Friday, August 19, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“Is your vote a ‘Patriotic Duty?’ If you think it’s ‘patriotic’ to keep enabling power-craving sociopaths to dictate virtually every aspect of everyone’s life you might want to reconsider exactly what ‘patriotic’ means and then decide if you’re wasting your vote or not. Libertarians see nothing more 'patriotic' about voting for politicians than they see ‘patriotic’ about voting to replace one criminal mob boss with another.”
Garry Reed

“Do not support politicians. Support universal human rights and principles.
Mike Rogers

“The standard American approach to war is to underestimate the enemy, overestimate American capacities, and misunderstand the kind of war it enters. This is particularly true when the war is a manhood ritual for masculine inadequates–think Kristol, Podhoretz, Sanders, the whole Neocon milk bar, and that mendacious wreck, Hillary, who has the military grasp of a Shetland pony. If you don’t think weak egos and perpetual adolescence have a part in deciding policy, read up on Kaiser Wilhelm.”
Fred Reed

Maybe you notice a pattern here. Wherever socialism is tried, people suffer. Each case is different because no tyrannical regime behaves exactly like any other. But the root of the problem is the refusal to allow people to own, accumulate, trade, and associate.'"
Jeffrey Tucker

“Terrorism is politically motivated violence against innocents and non-combatants. The police are the primary means every government on Earth exists another day. Absent their intimidation and violence, no one would comply.
The state, small or large, can’t exist absent the intentional terrorism police practice every day to ‘maintain order‘; one can translate this into the special province of political-speak which means enforcing the vision of the political class.”
Bill Buppert

“The bureaucrat is not only a government employee. He is, under a democratic constitution, at the same time a voter and as such a part of the sovereign, his employer. He is in a peculiar position: he is both employer and employee. And his pecuniary interest as employee towers above his interest as employer, as he gets much more from the public funds than he contributes to them.
This double relationship becomes more important as the people on the government’s payroll increase. The bureaucrat as voter is more eager to get a raise than to keep the budget balanced. His main concern is to swell the payroll.”
Ludwig von Mises

“I regard it as required by first principles, that the receipt of parish relief should be a peremptory disqualification for the franchise. He who cannot by his labour suffice for his own support, has no claim to the privilege of helping himself to the money of others. By becoming dependent on the remaining members of the community for actual subsistence, he abdicates his claim to equal rights with them in other respects. Those to whom is his indebted for this continuance of his very existence, may justly claim the exclusive management of those common concerns, to which he now brings nothing, or less than he takes away.”
John Stuart Mill

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
E.F. Schumacher

“Imagination was the source for the building of modern civilization. But then civilization became dedicated to itself AS THE GROUP.
The individual never goes away, and neither does his imagination.”
Jon Rappoport

"There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity."
Douglas MacArthur

"Though our civilization is the result of a cumulation of individual knowledge, it is not by the explicit or conscious combination of all this knowledge in any individual brain, but by its embodiment in symbols which we use without understanding them, in habits and institutions, tools and concepts, that man in society is constantly able to profit from a body of knowledge neither he nor any other man completely possesses. Many of the greatest things man has achieved are not the result of consciously directed thought, and still less the product of a deliberately co-ordinated effort of many individuals, but of a process in which the individual plays a part which he can never fully understand. They are greater than any individual precisely because they result from the combination of knowledge more extensive than a single mind can master."
Friedrich Hayek

Friday, August 12, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“All living things seek to perpetuate themselves into the future, but humans seek to perpetuate themselves forever. This seeking -- this will to immortality -- is the foundation of human achievement; it is the wellspring of religion, the muse of philosophy, the architect of our cities and the impulse behind the arts. It is embedded in our very nature, and its result is what we know as civilization.”
Stephen Cave

“My gosh, everyone these days needs to be ‘offended’ over something, or find some reason to claim victimhood and seek that special status that affords them the right to weep openly on television talk shows. ‘People never accepted me because I’m a vegan! Someone actually unloaded a family-pack of pork chops from a grocery cart right in front of me! I was so traumatized, I needed to seek professional counseling! I think we need a law that either bans meat altogether or makes it all packed in black plastic bags so it can’t offend anyone!’ Hey, I don’t make this crap up, folks. This is where we’re at now. Everyone wants to be a victim and have a cause to trumpet with bumper stickers and t-shirts. And their own ‘activists’.”
Jack Perry

“Governments rule by deception because they otherwise could not rule at all. There is no such thing as understanding government by a name or form such as republican or democracy or socialism or communism. This is because governments have life, philosophy, motivation and recognizable expression (language) patterns. All harmonize to the perpetual expansion of government power.”
Bob Livingston

“If gun control opponents were serious about limiting military power, they would advocate for a radical change to the balance of military power in the United States with an eye toward creating a federal dependence on state-controlled militaries that can only be deployed with the consent of state governments.
(As with all attempts to decentralize political power, devolution to the state level should, of course, not be viewed as the end-all-be-all of decentralization, but only as a step in the right direction toward even more radical decentralization and localism.)”
Ryan McMaken

“If you bound the arms and legs of gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, weighed him down with chains, threw him in a pool and he sank, you wouldn’t call it a ‘failure of swimming.’ So when markets have been weighted down by inept and excessive regulation, why call this a ‘failure of capitalism’?”
Peter Boettke

“Power comes from stripping away appearances and seeing things as they really are. Socialism appeals to psychological and intellectual weaklings. Identify and replace all external authorities with internal strength and competence. Take full control of, and responsibility for, your conscious mind and every aspect of your life. Being incompetent or dependent in any part of your life or business opens you up to sloppiness, manipulation and irrationality.”
David Kekich

“In both their policies and personalities, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the natural offspring of the upside-down incentives of the political plunderland that the American system has degenerated into: where governance is perverted into a regime of kleptocratic power grabbing and the paternalistic social engineering of human relationships. There will be no escape from these types of political candidates until Americans learn to understand and embrace the philosophy of human freedom.”

Richard Ebeling

“Most people think of the State in the quaint light of a grade school civics book. They think it has something to do with ‘We the People’ electing a Jimmy Stewart character to represent them. That ideal has always been a pernicious fiction, because it idealizes, sanitizes, and legitimizes an intrinsically evil and destructive institution, which is based on force. As Mao once said, political power comes out of the barrel of a gun.”
Doug Casey

“To criminalize discrimination is to criminalize freedom of thought.”
Laurence Vance

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Massive Voting Fraud Heading to Texas

In an earlier post, I explained how a court employed by the US Regime has dictated to Texas necessary changes to make voting fraud easier in Texas elections- all in the egalitarian spirit of allowing anyone to vote in any election. The Texas voting requirements were judged to be “discriminatory” because they prevented unqualified “voters” from participating.

Now it is being reported that the state of Texas has decided to bow to their DC rulers:

“The state reached the agreement with the U.S. Department of [in]Justice and minority[non-white] rights groups just a few weeks after a federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ 2011 voter identification law was discriminatory [discriminated against unqualified voters].”

It will now be possible to vote without a photo ID which is the only possible method to show that a voter is exactly who he says he is and the most convenient method of proving US citizenship. Those without such a photo ID only need to sign an affidavit claiming that yes, they most certainly are a US citizen (they would never lie about such a claim) and show proof of residence with a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

As the rules stand now, you need a TX driver’s license, DPS personal ID, or Social Slave# to register to vote. To identify yourself at the polls, the present law requires you to show a state driver's license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, a military ID card, or a U.S citizenship certificate with a photo. Now, that requirement no longer exists! All you have to do is sign a form saying you are who you say you are and you do meet those requirements. The only other proof required is proof of residence.

So if I wanted to vote in my neighbor’s place, all I have to do is scrounge a utility bill out of his trash, take it to the polls, sign a meaningless document and vote, vote, vote! I would have no worries about being prosecuted for fraud because no one would know my true identity!

“But,” you may ask, “would a significant number of people bother going to such trouble?” They most certainly would if they were paid handsomely by a political party or organization hell bent on winning an election at any cost. Voting fraud is not exactly a rare event in the history of the US Collective. And such political parties and organizations are flush with cash during election season.

It’s not hard to imagine such a group hiring willing individuals, supplying them with stolen personal documents (purchased cheaply on the black market) and sending them to vote in place of some other individual(s), as well as voting as themselves!

Governments are nothing more than protection rackets operated by gangsters. Come election time, when the gangsters ruling longevity is tested by the populace, the gangster “ethic” truly becomes a valuable asset in maintaining that power and longevity. If such a fraud can be so easily accomplished, it will happen. Count on it.

When such frauds are eventually exposed, also count on “minority rights’ groups and FedGov “Justice” hacks to again scream, “racism” and/or “discrimination.” This could very well result in further ridiculous “rulings” declaring such investigations as efforts to further prevent “minorities” from voting. The lunacy will continue.

How can these softer rules not invite fraud? Whether you are a Texan who votes or one who doesn‘t, you should be concerned that those that do vote and decide who robs you the next several years is at least “qualified” to do so. And when the inevitable referendum is offered for Texas independence, you certainly don’t want outsiders deciding the outcome.

Secession, anyone? Or will you continue being a sap by taking their crap?


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“Hillary's problem is not just that she's war hawk. She's a war hawk with bad judgment who gets an unseemly emotional rush out of killing people. She shouldn't be let near a gun shop, let alone an army. And she certainly should not become president of the United States.”
Julian Assange

“Globalism requires the dilution of an actively vigilant population because the philosophy of self defense leads naturally to an appreciation for individual action. Centralized government cannot take control of a citizenry that has the will to strike back on it’s own against predators.”
Brandon Smith

“Police power is government power and vice versa. Government by definition, by nature, by history and by practical existence is police power. Government would not and could not exist without police power. When governments lose their police power, they collapse.”
Bob Livingston

“I always find conventions depressing affairs. Rather than the cradle of democracy, they remind me of clownish Shriner’s Conventions. Or as the witty Democratic advisor Paul Begala said, `Hollywood for ugly people.’ What, I kept wondering, is the rest of the world thinking as it watching this tawdry spectacle?”
Eric Margolis

“A key takeaway, and I emphasize that because I expect it to otherwise bounce off the programmed psyches of most people, is that the very idea of the State itself is poisonous, evil, and intrinsically destructive. But, like so many bad ideas, people have come to assume it’s part of the cosmic firmament when it’s really just a monstrous scam. It’s a fraud, like your belief that you have a right to free speech because of the First Amendment, or a right to be armed because of the Second Amendment. No, you don’t. The U.S. Constitution is just an arbitrary piece of paper…entirely apart from the fact, the whole thing is now just a dead letter. You have a right to free speech and to be armed because they’re necessary parts of being a free person, not because of what a political document says.”
Doug Casey

“Remember that a government’s power is based exclusively on threats of violence, which exist solely in the physical world.
But Bitcoin exists in the digital world where their threats of violence are useless.
There is no centralized nexus of control for Bitcoin. No individual or organization controls it. Therefore governments have no one to threaten.
That’s why they’ll fail. Our modern technology favors the individual. It favors freedom. It favors those who understand major trends and adapt to change.”
Simon Black

"The Constitution has been similarly powerless to stem the rising tide of imperious, despotic power, powerless to fulfill the promises and high principles of the declaration. Independence Day, though, reminds us of the revolutionary remedies set forth in the declaration. Secession and outright abolition remain available to us according to a law that cannot be abrogated by kings, legislatures or any other government body—according, that is, to natural law.”
David S. D’Amato

“The truth that thoughtful minds must discover is that political authorities are in control of nothing and that our world can be made better only by our willingness to question our tradition-bound answers, and to discover and continue to refine the quality of the questions we bring to our complex world.”
Butler Shaffer

“The truth is not that we do things because of laws or even because of convention; we do them because the users of violence order them and stand ready to hurt us if we don’t comply.”
Paul Rosenberg

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Market Helps Stupid People, Too

People who have never lived in or have never even been to Texas during the summer may be excused for not knowing that it gets hot. However, people who live here have no such excuse. Residents not aware of such meteorological realities are nitwits, rightfully judged as criminally stupid.

Apparently, many humans have become so domesticated and coddled in their climate controlled existence, they neglect to pay attention to such realities and remain blissfully unaware of the possible consequences of that neglect.

I laugh every time I see the media publish warnings called “Heat Advisories,” warning the clueless and unaware that yes, it is summertime and yes, it will be hot today. Heat advisories can be seen as a market reaction to the reality that there are people stupidly unaware of summer heat.

A recent market reaction to human stupidity is to a increasingly common occurrence of people forgetting they have young children in the backseat of their automobiles. They hurry into the house or elsewhere and become distracted enough that they neglect to take the child out of their oven-like automobile and their child dies! The media continually warns about such neglectful behavior but such fatal incidents occur on a regular basis every summer.

Yes, such dolts not only need to be reminded that it is indeed hot outside, but apparently need to be reminded that yes, they have a child and yes, this child needs to be removed from the vehicle when it is parked. And it needs to be removed immediately to not risk the child suffering and dying from heat exhaustion!

These irresponsible dopes now have a technological savior (courtesy of the market) to increase the survival chances of their offspring and help pass on their inferior genetic information. GMC has developed sensors that are built into its Acadia model:

“Once you open and close the rear door placing your child in the back seat, a sensor inside of the car detects that the child is inside. When you turn on the vehicle, drive off, arrive to your destination, and turn the car off, an alert appears on the dashboard. The message ‘rear seat reminder’ flashes on the dashboard along with an alarm.”

Salvation! Once again, people must be dependent on technology to remind them to do what a disciplined chimpanzee should be able to remember. Expect such sensors to become more prevalent in other car models and eventually (unfortunately) become Regime- required, standard equipment on all models. So your next new car purchase will no doubt become even costlier. Consider it a kind of tax increase to protect stupid people.

It has been my theory for some time that people, in general are becoming increasingly stupid. And I don’t think it’s just because of the increasing prevalence of 24/7, ubiquitous media reporting such events. People seem to be reaching ever greater heights of stupidity. And I don’t mean just unwise or irresponsible behavior most anyone is guilty of at some time or another. I mean acute, barren-brained, record breaking stupid!

For about the last ten years, it has become common for people to enter a freeway, driving in the wrong direction and not become aware they are doing it until, of course, they crash head first into another, unfortunate vehicle. Such collisions are usually fatal. Even large, multiple “Wrong Way” signs on the ramps don’t seem to prevent the inevitable disaster.

Perhaps some genius in the market will come up with a solution to prevent such events. Perhaps still another sensor will be developed to electronically slap the deriver in the face, pointing out his idiocy and the impending catastrophe.

Whether it is desirable that stupid people be protected from themselves is debatable. What isn’t debatable is that it is certainly desirable that the rest of us be protected from them.

Resistance is Mandatory
No rulers

  No masters


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Texas Secession- Cheaper Than Lawsuits

Since the coronation of Lord Obama in 2009, Texas has sued the US Regime 43 times over various executive orders and bureaucratic rulings, costing the tax serfs nearly $6 million.

The statist media, of course, examines such actions from the perspective of whether tax serfs are getting their money’s worth. They question whether the State of Texas fighting such edicts is in the best interest of its subjects. After all, to them, The Regime always knows best. Or they judge the worthiness of such action by looking at the won/loss record- Is Texas at least winning more of these lawsuits than losing?

However, from a liberty minded perspective, the large number of lawsuits can be viewed as necessary, defensive counter attacks to aggression and interference committed by The Regime. Our DC rulers see no limit to their unjust obstruction or intervention in every imaginable area of Texas life.

Look at the list: Voting, redistricting, immigration, air quality, health, power generation, water quality, land use, business hiring practices, employee benefits packages, energy company regulations, education funding, banking, fishing, and of course everyone’s favorite- forcing Texas schools to accommodate male organ-equipped, pee-pee perverts who want to use the girl’s restroom. And these are just the list of defensive actions necessary since 2009! All can be described as direct attacks against Texas sovereignty.

Such attacks bring up my eternal question: Why do we need a “US?” Why does Texas or anyone need to be affiliated with a Regime that offers nothing in return for one’s loyalty and servitude than constant hindering and even outright obstruction of every individual and collective activity? What value can such a political affiliation have when you must constantly defend, resist, and even battle against its constant interventionism; not to mention its structural parasitism and predation.

The US Regime repeatedly proves itself nothing more than a war mongering death cult. It intervenes in the affairs of other nations with murderous wars committed by its obedient military, counting scalps to determine its effectiveness. It intervenes in the affairs of its subjects “at home” by steadfast meddling, regulation, and ultimately, domination- reshaping the culture to more easily complete its sordid agendas of mastery and enslavement.

In either situation, The Regime’s attitude is obey and comply….or suffer the consequences. Why put up with it? Had enough, Texans?

Secession, anyone? Or are you terrified of freedom?
Resistance is Mandatory
No rulers

  No masters


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“A freer society is only possible through the efforts of those who try to do new things even if that comes with the risk of failing and being wrong. The act of trying to innovate around systems of oppression is always a better alternative to doing nothing other than complaining about corrupt politicians."
T.K. Coleman

“In practice, if we favor free choice, free movement, and the opportunity to escape from overbearing regimes, the answer lies in the creation of more borders and more states. While borders can often work to inhibit the movement of goods and human beings, they can also offer opportunities for greater freedom by limiting the power and reach of existing states.” [Secession, anyone?]
Ryan McMaken

“If all people who claim the ‘libertarian’ label insist on dogmatically clinging to their own familiar definitions of words they'll just keep talking past rather than to each other. While individualist and collectivist oriented people may continue to deeply dislike and distrust one another the acceptance of the voluntaryism inherent in the non-aggression principle should bring them together in the common cause of rejecting statism.”
Garry Reed

“Terrorists don’t obey laws or conform to regulations. If they did, they wouldn’t be terrorists. Making those laws and regulations more restrictive fails as a counter to – in fact it actively incentivizes – terrorism. The goal of terrorists is to terrorize. Mass acceptance of repressive legal responses says they’re succeeding.”
Thomas Knapp

“There is no place in our nation for the kind of armed revolution our forefathers mounted against a tyrannical Great Britain. Such an act would be futile and tragic. We are no longer dealing with a distant, imperial king but with a tyrant of our own making: a militarized, technologized, heavily-financed bureaucratic machine that operates beyond the reach of the law.”
John Whitehead

“If people en masse really and truly want to secede, legal arguments would be irrelevant. If Texans or Pacificans or Vermonters or New Englanders, if enough of them wake up one morning saying, ‘This system is not conducive to their happiness, we want to get out,’ all the lawyers in the world saying you can’t do that will be irrelevant. The first great secessionist movement in American history was what we call the American Revolution.”
Sanford Levinson

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
Viktor Frankl

“Calling things by their true names is important. In fact, if we persist well enough and long enough in this, the world will change as a result. The coercive systems of our time couldn’t survive with light shining clearly upon them. Their continued operation requires a confused populace.”
Paul Rosenberg

“It is a poor mind that will think with the multitude because it is a multitude: truth is not altered by the opinions of the vulgar or the confirmation of the many. It is more blessed to be wise in truth in face of opinion than to be wise in opinion in face of truth.”
Giordano Bruno

“Liberty is a state of mind that does not require the indulgence of others.”
Louis E. Carabini