Thursday, December 25, 2008

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Savagery is associated with a cluster of other ideas and beliefs that have a grip on American thought. They include collectivism, which is against a person having property in his own mind, body, and life, that is, having control over his own mind, body, and life. For once one owns and controls others, even via a collective sense of ownership, the sense of restraint that governs behavior when each of us has property in ourselves disappears. We are free to act as we will, and that allows a broader scope for our more evil and selfish impulses”
“Once we abandon the idea that each of us is a person who makes decisions for himself over his life, and replace that with the idea that a person’s essence arises by virtue of belonging to some collective group, and the idea that everyone within a group is the same, the way is open to mistreating vast numbers of persons by labeling them and treating them all in government-specified ways.”
Michael Rozeff

“Are we now to be ruled by a depraved schoolchild obsessed with sharing the toys, granted the ability to carry forward that Ding-Dong School philosophy with powers reminiscent of the kid in the old "Twilight Zone" episode who could "wish people into the cornfield"?
Vin Suprynowicz, describing the Emperor-Elect.

“No governmental activity can negate market forces or nullify the cardinal rule of caveat emptor. Government can however, use our fears against us and promise unrealistic outcomes as a means to consolidate power and erode our liberties. Liberty comes with risk. This is a fact of life. But life without liberty is not much of a life at all.”
Ron Paul

"We could retain our federal ties if the federal government can scale back appropriately from the bloated, feckless enterprise it has become. Otherwise, it might only get in the way and make matters worse, and the public in one region or another of North America might reach a decision that they are better off without it. That would be what’s called a revolution."
James Howard Kunstler, The Daily Reckoning

Christian, are you one of Herod’s henchmen? Would you commit infanticide if the government told you to do so? Then why did you vote for a man whose motto was "Country First"? Why do you incessantly recite your "obey the powers that be" (Romans 13:1) mantra? Why do you make excuses for the genocide that the United States has unleashed in Iraq? Why do you dismiss bombed Afghan wedding parties as collateral damage? Why do you defend an imperialistic and interventionist U.S. foreign policy? Why do you encourage us to pray for the troops as they mete out death and destruction to Iraqis in a war that has nothing to do with defense of the country? Why do you continue to support the Republican Party in light of that Party’s profligate spending, massive increase in government, mockery of the Constitution, destruction of civil liberties, and open-ended wars? Why do you applaud U.S. soldiers as heroes and defenders of our freedoms when they are neither?”
Laurence Vance

From the Darkness:
"He could launch the kind of devastating attack the world has never seen. He doesn't have to check with anybody. He doesn't have to call the Congress; he doesn't have to check with the courts. He has that authority because of the nature of the world we live in. It's unfortunate, but I think we're perfectly appropriate to take the steps we have."
Dick Cheney, discussing his perverted view of the Presidency.


We've lent some of it. We've not lent some of it. We've not given any accounting of, 'Here's how we're doing it. We have not disclosed that to the public. We're declining to."
Thomas Kelly, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase, which received $25 billion in emergency bailout money.

"This season of giving should also be a time to renew a sense of common purpose and shared citizenship. Now, more than ever, we must rededicate ourselves to the notion that we share a common destiny as Americans."
The Man With Melanin, implying that Christmas has something to do with national collectivism.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
“I only hope that you have been spiritually visited as I have, and that you understand where freedom comes from. It doesn’t come from that hallowed piece of paper signed by the ruling elite of yore. It doesn’t come from the gun in the hand of the soldier featured on every recruitment poster. It sure as hell doesn’t come from multi-culti Obama. It comes from the simple recognition that you were born free, and you are free right now.”
B.R. Merrick

“For decades Washington has prevailed because the US dollar is the reserve currency. It is the world’s money. This advantage allows Washington to purchase almost every other government. There are governments all over the world, from Europe to Egypt, from Ukraine to South Korea to Japan, that are owned by Washington. When Washington speaks of spreading freedom and democracy, Washington means it has purchased more governments to do its will.’
Paul Craig Roberts

“To be free, the slave must first refuse the master’s gruel.”
Vin Suprynowicz

“The desire for security, while in itself natural and legitimate, can become an obsession which ultimately must be paid for by the loss of freedom and human dignity- whether people realize it or not. In the end, it is clear that whoever is prepared to pay this price is left neither with freedom and dignity nor with security, for there can be no security without freedom and protection from arbitrary power.”
William Roepke

“What’s wrong with America’s journalists, we wonder. Have they no shoes?”
Bill Bonner

“If Obama wants to keep the masses at home watching TV rather than marching on the White House, he should offer a real stimulus:
Give people back their tax money. Declare a Tax Jubilee. No taxes in ’09. No income taxes. No capital gains taxes. No federal taxes of any sort...not even any inheritance taxes. If we had our druthers, you could die in ’09 and rest in peace...with no tax consequences...leaving your money to whomever you wanted.
But we know what you’re thinking...how could the federal government operate without tax revenue? Ah...that’s the other part of the plan. We would shut it down. Take a holiday from government. Send everyone home for a year. Tell them to make do with what they’ve got.”
Bill Bonner

“I was disgusted to be associated through citizenship with the most dangerous gang of criminals in the world, the United States government. Renouncing my citizenship is a means of achieving a political divorce with that vile institution,” Gogulski said. “American politicians extol their state in terms of liberty, human rights, free markets and the rule of law. Examination of the country’s history and present actions reveals nothing but lies and hypocrisy.”
Michael Gogulski, explaining why he renounced his US citizenship.

“We should have learned from the Soviet experience that no one can plan an economy. The knowledge required to redesign something as complex as an economy is not available to anyone. An economic system is not a machine but a dynamic process resulting from countless micro decisions made by billions of producers and consumers worldwide. Much of the knowledge they act on is never written down or even discovered until they improvise in the face of unexpected market alternatives. How could a planner hope to succeed?”
Sheldon Richman

"All varieties of interference with the market phenomena not only fail to achieve the ends aimed at by their authors and supporters, but bring about a state of affairs which – from the point of view of their authors’ and advocates’ valuations – is less desirable than the previous state of affairs which they were designed to alter. If one wants to correct their manifest unsuitableness and preposterousness by supplementing the first acts of intervention with more and more of such acts, one must go farther and farther until the market economy has been entirely destroyed and socialism has been substituted for it."
Ludwig Von Mises, Human Action

From the Darkness:
"The American people are feeling frustrated that there's not a lot of adult supervision out there. We've been asleep at the switch."
Emperor-elect Obama, confirming that the American people want more nanny government.
“In the midst of a financial crisis and a recession, allowing the U.S. auto industry to collapse is not a responsible course of action.”
"If we were to allow the free market to take its course now, it would almost certainly lead to disorderly bankruptcy and liquidation for the automakers. Under ordinary economic circumstances, I would say this is the price that failed companies must pay -- and I would not favor intervening to prevent automakers from going out of business."
GW Bush, economic ignoramus.

“What we've seen, in terms of the evaluation of economists from across the political spectrum, is that we're going to have to be bold when it comes to our economic recovery package."
The Man With Melanin, Economic- Ignoramus- In -Waiting.

“Barney Frank has been called the "smartest guy in Congress," which is lucky for us since he works on some of the thorniest issues around”
Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes.

"Yeah, I'm for welfare. You're not? Are you for letting people starve?"
Barney Frank, Smartest Guy in Congress.

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Image Review of the Week, by Roger Young

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself."
James Wolcott

“The vain effort to purify the world through force is always self-defeating. Those who insist that the world can be molded into their vision are the most susceptible to violence as antidote. The more uncertainty, fear and reality impinge on this utopian vision, the more strident, absolutist and aggressive are those who call for the eradication of “the enemy.”
Chris Hedges

“Until men are willing to cut off the political funding of the established church of America, they will see the educational crisis escalate. The visible sign of sovereignty is the ability to pay for a service and the willingness to do so. Nothing short of this will suffice to solve the crisis in the schools, for the educational crisis is ultimately a conflict over sovereignty. He who pays with his own funds will win; he who continues to pay by voting cannot possibly win.”
Gary North, 1976

“Our American ancestors were easily able to avoid conflating the federal government and the private sector. They had learned an important lesson from history and from personal experience, a lesson that unfortunately has been lost on many modern-day Americans: the greatest threat to the freedom and well-being of a citizenry lies not with foreigners but rather with their own government, especially a government with a large standing military force.”
Jacob Hornberger

“There is no crueler from of tyranny that that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”
Montesquieu
From the Darkness:
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”
Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Obama’s chief of staff-designate.

"We've already stepped forward and made enormous concessions said Friday at a news conference. But as we made it clear ... , we were prepared to make further sacrifices. But we could not accept the effort by the Senate GOP caucus to single out workers and retirees for different treatment and to make them shoulder the entire burden of any restructuring."
UAW President Ron Gettelfinger, who apparently isn’t concerned about the “burden” shouldered by the lowly taxpayer.

“As far as I’m concerned, the automotive industry is the arsenal of democracy.”
Donald J. Andrews, a lawyer in the Detroit area.

“Saving workers’ jobs is every American’s duty; it’s what the government should have done.”
Dan Keros, restaurant manager in Detroit.

"The political systems of the developed world have become sclerotic. We have to overcome the paralysis that has prevented us from acting and focus clearly and unblinkingly on this crisis rather than spending so much time on O.J. Simpson, Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith."
Al Gore, The Climate Christ, upset that the celebrity worship cult is competing with his anti-carbon cult.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"If you made this presentation to get a bank loan, I suspect any sensible banker would systematically reject your request." Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala, in response to the most recent begging of the Big 3 dinosaurs. [Proof that even corrupt politi-gangsters can have brief bouts of clear thinking.]

“For those who reside within the bunkers and gated communities of the Power Elite, the rest of us are useful only as something to be consumed: We are producers whose earnings can be taxed, whose properties can be seized, whose children can be conscripted.”
Will Grigg

“And then there’s this business of having a black president. It seemed like a good idea. We’ve had white ones forever and it hasn’t worked, so a black one made sense. We have now established that a black president is exactly like a white one. Next time, maybe a Melanesian or Lao. I hoped O’Bama would stand in the Rose Garden and holler, “You blue-eyed muhfuhs done got it all wrong, and I’m gonna unscrew things.” No. Smart guy, decent guy, guy you could heist a brew with and tell dirty stories, but it’s business as usual. Same tired hacks.”

“I don’t get it. This is the country that produced Peggy Lee and Tampa Red and the ’fitty-sedden Chevy, the country that spits techno-whizz golf carts onto Mars just like it was even possible, that brought the hamburger to gorgeous bejuiced perfection and invented most of the modern world. It’s the home of sand-lot baseball and Little Peggy March and BB guns and Tasty Freeze. It is, in a phrase, one fine place.
How did it sink to being a proto-Soviet surveillance state that builds vast awful Visitor Centers in the style of a Hitlerian mauseoleum? You can’t go to the john without a photo ID anymore. Something ain’t right.”
Fred Reed

“Virtue is not advanced by written laws but by the habits of everyday life; for the majority of men tend to assimilate the manners and morals amid which they have been reared. Furthermore, where there is a multitude of specific laws, it is a sign that the state is badly governed.”
Isocrates
From the Darkness:
"So what we have tried to do, in contrast, is be aggressive as possible, to use all the tools we have to try to stabilize the financial system, to try and prevent the system from - from breaking down."
Ben Bernanke

"I may make my own mistakes, but I don't want to make somebody else's mistakes. And I've tried to learn that from the historical experience."
Ben Bernanke, who’s “historical experience” must not go back very far.

“We're here today because we made mistakes, which we're learning from; because forces beyond our control have pushed us to the brink. Most importantly we're here because saving General Motors, and all this company represents, is a job worth doing."
GM CEO Rick Wagoner

"We won't just throw money at the problem, We'll measure progress by the reforms we make and the results we achieve — by the jobs we create, by the energy we save, by whether America is more competitive in the world."
The Man With Melanin promoting his Soviet style economic central planning.

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Image Review of the Week, by Roger Young

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“In all types of systems, the state wishes to co-opt other potential competitors for social authority, but this is perhaps easiest under democracy. The artistic, scientific, journalistic, academic, legal, and religious communities – each at points in history the most reliable opponents and critics of tyranny – become bought off, intimidated or tricked into rallying for more state power. Churches begin lobbying for tax exemptions – a separation of church and state – and sometimes end up pushing for subsidies. Artists go from being against the establishment to being propagandists for it (witness how Obamania has co-opted the counterculture; those who used to wear anti-U.S. Che Guevara shirts now sport the likeness of the next head of the U.S. empire).”
Anthony Gregory

“Why do people think an idea that would be ludicrous on the market makes sense in politics? Why do people continue to regard as saviors those whose record shows unfailing support for activities few of us practice on our own, such as plunder and war? If we want change for our betterment, we will turn to the realm in which we are sovereign and reject political solutions altogether. “
George F. Smith

“Socialists are thieves. They are worse than thieves, because they assume a pose of high moral dudgeon if we call them what they are, proceeding to claim the authorization of “majority support” for their crimes. They are in fact slavers, insisting we not only pay up, but do so with a smile and a happy little minstrel song.”
Vin Suprynowicz

"People, in general, are statist, parasitical, clueless, and gutless – they beg for government to do something. Of course, "something" is never clarified, but it means that the government is not doing nothing, which gives them great pleasure."
Karen De Coster

“What can be more insane than mankind’s continuing insistence upon playing out the simple-minded notion that the intricacies and variability of our complex world can be fully comprehended and rendered manageable by wise leaders. In a world caught up in the madness of wars, genocidal campaigns, economic depressions, and the resort – by some – to the despair implicit in suicide bombings, there is no better occasion for us to consider a major paradigm shift in our thinking.”
“Western civilization collapses all around us, and yet most of us continue to insist upon a renewed commitment to variations of the Platonic vision of a world made orderly by philosopher-kings.”
Butler Shaffer

“The burden of proof lies with those who favor any state whatsoever to demonstrate that an institution whose very existence is predicated on larceny ought to be permitted to exist and to command our willing obedience and respect. We have no respect for private gangsters, though we sometimes obey them out of fear. We ought to have no respect for public gangsters either, and we certainly should not pretend that we are obeying them out of any loftier sentiment than fear for our own safety.”
Michael Tennant

From the Darkness:
"What exposes us to failure now is not our product lineup or our business plan or our long-term strategy. What exposes us to failure now is the global financial crisis, which has severely restricted credit availability and reduces industry sales to the lowest per capita level since World War II."
Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford, begging for a taxpayer funded bailout

"But understand where the vision for change comes from. First and foremost, it comes from me. That's my job, is to provide a vision in terms of where we are going and to make sure then that my team is implementing."
The Man With Melanin (And Little Else) describing how the blind will be leading the blind.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Is For Saps

You heard it right. Thanksgiving was created by a mass murderer (Lincoln) to create a sense of obligation to the murderous state that had just eliminated over 600,000 lives to preserve a political abstraction (a unified nation state). All those left standing were to give homage and thanks to the o’ holy state.

If you truly despise the state, one way to show it is to not participate in their “holidays” (defined as days off with pay by government gangsters with said pay to be extracted by force from unwilling tax serfs) and goofy traditions.

If you genuinely give thanks to God, you should be doing it daily. Why only one day per year? And why do you need a paid day off from work to do it? You can still have an official family thanksgiving- just do it on a day you choose, not when the state orders you to assemble.

Use the day for productive and creative pursuits rather than spending it comatose on the couch, inebriated by the latest degenerate fad of bread and circuses. The state hates it when you spend time learning and creating. Wise subjects make it more difficult for the state gangsters to continue their scam of “service.” Sharp, attentive minds make it still harder for them to cover their crimes.

If you don’t recognize the state as a legitimate authority over your life, why would you recognize their designated days of importance? Boycott Thanksgiving and all other state-mandated goof-off days. Follow your own path!

DVD Reviews

Carlos Santana- Blues at Montreux- Buddy Guy:
There is no more energetic blues performer alive today than Buddy Guy. His magnificent blues guitar, as well as his unparalleled showmanship is a joy to listen to and watch. The intensity really picks up when he concludes with a soaring blues jam with Carlos Santana. Yikes, there goes the roof.
Recommended

Flight of the Conchords, Season 1:
I only made it through the first disc of this series. Though the Conchcords make clever, funny music, it doesn’t seem to be enough to drive a television series- at least, not enough to motivate me to watch more than the first five episodes.
Not recommended, but listen to their music.

Young at Heart:
Thoroughly enjoyable documentary about an adult chorus whose member’s average age is in the 80’s. Very uplifting and moving.
Recommended

Iron Man:
Entertaining with a good choice of casting Robert Downey, Jr. in the lead role. It’s obvious that sequels are to follow.
Recommended

Angel’s Wing:
French drama about a sickly young aristocrat who becomes a crack fighter pilot in World War I. The acting is mediocre and the story depressing, considering the lead character aims to prove his worthiness by becoming a hired killer for the state.
Not recommended

Standard Operating Procedure:
Excellent documentary that examines the US crimes of torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. It provides insight into just how degenerate many members of the US military are and how power over others brings out the worst in humanity.
Recommended

The Story of Qui Ju:
Chinese drama about a young wife who seeks justice from the state after a local bureaucrat physically abuses her husband. It’s hard to have sympathy for her plight, however, as her task seems petty after refusing several acceptable judgments.
Not recommended

Two Men Went To War:
True story about two British army dentists in 1942. Not satisfied by their assigned positions in the war effort, the two men sneak across the English Channel to France to take on the occupying Germans by themselves. Very enjoyable and outright hysterical at times.
Recommended

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
Typical action packed, whiz bang, Indiana Jones movie entertainment. Harrison Ford can still play the part.
Recommended

A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn:
A 1995 tribute to SRV on Austin City Limits hosted by big brother Jimmie. A great lineup of blues greats play homage to one of the premier guitarists in blues and rock music. Dang, he’s missed.
Recommeded

Steep:
Brilliantly filmed documentary about extreme mountain skiing. What a great bunch of rugged individualists/kooks (depending on your perspective). The method used to film these incredible performers is just as extreme as their sport/art.
Recommended

War, Inc.
Satire about the “corporatizing” of war. You’ll notice many similarities with what has been going on for the last 5+ years in Iraq. Ben Kingsley is particularly entertaining.
Recommended

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“I often say I don't have any heroes. I don't need any. And neither should you. If somebody can pose themselves as a hero and sell you a sense of salvation (half-baked though it be), then they own your mind and they own you, for you are in debt to them, and you are beholden to them. More than any aspect of the political, economic, or social system, it is this kind of psychological domination that the lover of liberty recognizes and opposes with every fiber of his being. The man on the white horse brings no real “change”; he serves to distract your passions and lure you back into the fold so that you don’t demand real, radical change. “
Marcel Votlucka


"Government intervention is not a cure-all … History has shown that the greater threat to economic prosperity is not too little government involvement in the market, it is too much government involvement in the market…. Our aim should not be more government…the surest path to that growth is free markets and free people…. move forward with the free market principles that have delivered prosperity and hope to people all across the globe."
George W. Bush, 2008 [Say what? Proof that Satan can appear as an angel of light.]

From the Darkness:
"We shouldn't worry about the deficit next year or even the year after. ... The most important thing is that we avoid a deepening recession."
Emperor-elect Barack Obama

"Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response.”
“My presidency will mark a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process.”
The Man With Melanin, promoting two of his favorite scams.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"As Election Day approaches, Americans dutifully watch inane debates, respectfully watch commercials in which celebrities harangue them to “rock the vote” or other such nonsense, and compulsively ask each other who they’re going to vote for. On Election Day, they go to the polls as if they were receiving Holy Communion and then go through the rest of the day wearing “I Voted” stickers as if these stickers were ashes on Ash Wednesday."
David Heleniak

"It is an affront and an abomination to have anyone, but especially a bunch of stupid people, presume the authority to run your life. Not to withdraw your consent is an act of gratuitous self-contempt. Creating liberty is just the opposite. Liberty in your lifetime is not just possible, it’s the ultimate do-it-yourself project."
Will Groves

From the Darkness:
"Change is a good thing. I think the time comes when it is time for new people and new ideas."

"America must never be neutral about what is best. Democracy is the only system that can ... allow human beings to reach their potential in dignity."
Condoleeza Rice

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"Nothing in the teachings of Jesus says or even suggest, that for His disciples violence becomes acceptable when done as part of a crowd – whether the crowd names itself a state, a corporation, a Church, an army or any combination thereof."
Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

"We would do well to bear in mind the dangers of excessive military influence in national life. Professional soldiers have little in common with the rest of the country. We like to think of them as Our Boys in Uniform, the brave and the true and the patriotic, defenders of democracy, and so on. It isn’t so. The officer corps is authoritarian to the roots of its soul, has little use for democracy, and prides itself on blind obedience. Soldiers do not readily distinguish between dissent and treason. Further, they regard civil society as an unworkable anarchy of weaklings who lack the will to fight."
Fred Reed
From the Darkness:
"Friday's news of the automobile industry's record low sales figures only reaffirms the need for urgent action."
Nancy Pelosi, voicing her support of $50 billion dollars in federal loans to failed dinosaurs GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

"The millions who were mobilized and inspired by Obama's campaign and candidacy also have their work cut out for them--continuing to drive a bold agenda to respond to these crises--just as progressives have in recent years on the war, energy independence, trade, healthcare, and other issues that are defining the new "center" of American politics and hearts and minds."
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, New York Times [Yea, right, Kat. More state intervention and central planning will solve problems that incessant state intervention and central planning created. The dreams of a Marxist utopian kingdom of heaven on earth never dies.]
"Civilians getting caught in the crossfire is the worst possible thing that could happen. We regret this tragic loss of innocent lives."
U.S. Army Col. Greg Julian, dismissing the 37 civilians murdered and 25 civilians maimed for life by US crusaders this week in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

“Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon I believe is unacceptable. We have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening.”
Barack Obama [Soooooo…., where’s the “change”?]


“The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat. I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally, Israel. Do not be confused.”
Barack Obama [Soooooo…., where’s the “change”?]

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Suggestion to Non-Voters

Today, when someone asks you, "Did you vote?"- give the following reply:

"Yes, I vote every day- with my money and my feet. It is far more civilized than voting with ballots backed by bullets and no one gets hurt."

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"I don’t vote for the same reason I don’t rob banks or molest children: it is not the way I choose to live my life. I am not "apathetic" about not victimizing others: to the contrary, I insist upon such a trait. My entire sense of being is incompatible with coercing others. I can no more hide my ambitions over your life or property within the secret confines of a voting booth than I could confront my neighbor with a gun and demand his money. Voting is nothing more than a periodic public affirmation in the faith of systematic violence as a social system."
Butler Shaffer

"It is funny that FDR is so universally beloved on left and right. He imposed counterproductive economic fascism, destroyed food while people starved, imposed gun control and drug control at the federal level, created Fannie Mae (which has continued to cause economic troubles), drafted plans to round up rightwing and leftwing activists without due process, conscripted ten million Americans into the military, waged total war on civilians, brought nuclear weaponry into the world, stuck tens of thousands of U.S. citizens into concentration camps, set up a censorship office, palled around with Stalin, turned away exiled Jews back to Nazi control, was all around deceitful in foreign affairs, and did not actually bring America out of the Depression, in terms of economic well-being for the American people. "
Anthony Gregory

From the Darkness:
"We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself. We believe in the free market as the best tool to sustained prosperity and opportunity for all."
From the 2008 Republican Party Platform

“The arguments of liberals [leftists] are more often grounded in reason and fact.”
Barack Obama, from his book, “The Audacity of Hope.”

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“There was no doubt all kinds of sin and vice and debauchery in Jesus’ time. Moreover, Christianity was an outlaw religion for the first few centuries of its existence. Yet, we never hear Jesus or Paul or anyone else talking about “mobilizing” Christian voters to ‘take back Rome‘.”
Doug Newman

“Cooperation doesn’t come out of the barrel of a gun. Is it too much to ask that the self-righteous busy bodies spend only their own money (or money given voluntarily to them) and stop making war on the rest of us?”

“My philosophy: Win the battle for freedom in your own head, against your own ignorance, first. Enter the battlefield of ideas and share them with others, if you like, soon thereafter. Worry about who pays for the roads in Libertopia much later, if ever. Trust a bureaucrat, even a well-armed bureaucrat, with the future, never.”
Wilton D. Alston

“Politicians claim the financial industry needs more regulation, but when I'm being robbed I don't want the cops to subsidize the robbery and I don't want them to "regulate" it either. I want them to stop it. When they don't, I smell a payoff.”
Joe Schembrie

“Only our own government possesses the motive, means, and opportunity to tyrannize us. Only our own government has already significantly curtailed our liberty.”
Michael Rozeff

From the Darkness:
"This crisis demonstrates beyond doubt that a global capital market requires much stronger global cooperation and supervision. And we need to ensure that we have an effective global early warning system to alert us across continents to economic and financial risk."

"We are proposing a world leaders' meeting in which we must agree the principles and policies for restructuring the financial system across the globe." British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

"The government's role will be limited and temporary. These measures are not intended to take over the free market, but to preserve it."
Lying GW Bush defending the government’s bank “investment.”

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Friday, October 17, 2008

The State is Obsolete

"The chancellor was correct- he was obsolete. But so is the state, the entity he worshipped."

I’ve been viewing episodes of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone on a local TV station. Most are quite enjoyable but one has stood out from the others, and I highly recommend this episode as “must see” TV. The episode is entitled “Obsolete Man” and is brilliantly conceived and written. It not only terrifically demonstrates the state’s obsoleteness but its illegitimacy, as well. Mr. Serling sums it up accurately:

“Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man- that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under “M” for Mankind…in the Twilight Zone.”

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The State Protects Us From Wayward Chickens

There is no limit to how and where the state seeks control over the lives of individuals. And, of course, this control is backed up by the threat of violence. There also seems to be no limit to how ridiculous the state is willing to appear while asserting its illegitimate authority.

State agents will even go to the extreme of issuing an arrest warrant for an “illegal” chicken to make its point that it and only it controls the actions and decisions of individuals.

Forget the fact that the animal’s owner received no complaints from neighbors or customers. A rule is a rule! Forget the idea that an exception could be peacefully negotiated. A rule is a rule- and it must be obeyed to the letter! The fact that the rooster walked around the shop for years with no complaints proves the state’s untenable argument.

It’s good to see Mr. Scheel has a sense of humor about his ordeal while competently illustrating the farcical predicament with which he finds himself. It’s also comforting to know that he is fighting this needless act of aggression by overpaid bureaucrats with too much time on their hands.
The state’s pursuance of this matter proves that the chicken’s presence at Mr. Scheel’s business is not the threat but rather Mr. Scheel’s “uncooperative nature” and refusal to be told what to do with his animal on his property.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Government Expansion Called ‘Growth’

The MSM always seems to gleefully point out areas where government growth “fuels” economic growth and prosperity. The Houston Chronicle reports how various towns along the Mexican border have received an economic “boost” due to the recent growth of the U.S. Border Patrol.

To view such developments as a positive development indicates a warped view of true prosperity. A prime economic driving force in these border communities is now a government enterprise that restricts the free movement of people while arresting and caging those that refuse to comply to enforcement of arbitrary political boundaries.

The free movement of people is a necessity for true economic development and growth. The future of these communities are now dependent on an operation funded in part by stolen money (taxes) and the rest by deficit spending (borrowing)- hardly a recipe for steady, responsible growth. Rather than having vital capital invested in useful, new products and services that people require, that money is applied to non-productive and even harmful activity.
The Chronicle reports that many residents “grumble that heightened security has hampered business by creating longer waits to cross the border.” Exactly. These particular residents know commerce cannot flourish when the movements of people and their money are bottlenecked by Stalinist checkpoints and imprisoned behind walls.

DVD Reviews

God Grew Tired of Us:
Documentary about the Lost Boys from Sudan who escaped state genocide and the few who made it to the US. What remarkable individuals. The film is a nice complement to Lost Boys of Sudan which follows a different set of refugees.
Recommended


The Madness of King George:
The film deals with the madness suffered by King George II after losing the American colonies. Nigel Hawthorne is superb as his Highness but I found the film tiresome and myself looking at the clock to see how close it was to ending.
Not recommended

Carlos Santana- Blues at Montreux- Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown:
This must have been one of the last performances by Clarence Brown before passing away in 2005, shortly after evacuating from Hurricane Katrina. A really fine performance (backed up by some incredible jazz/blues musicians) that cements Mr. Brown’s high standing in the history of American blues, jazz, and roots music. What a delightful and unique performer.
Recommended

The Band’s Visit:
A small film about an Egyptian police orchestra that travels to Israel to give a performance, but gets lost in transit. They have to rely on the help of strangers to help find their way. A nice story of two different cultures discovering their similarities as well as individuals discovering things about themselves. Quite funny at times.
Recommended

Beatles- First U.S. Visit:
Two brothers team up to film The Beatles first visit to the U.S. in 1964. They document the public pandemonium as well as many behind the scenes views of “the boys” relaxing, traveling, and visiting. One extraordinary scene- the band playing a “in the round” concert in Washington, D.C. Every song or two they pull their equipment around to a different angle so everyone in the crowd can see them. Despite the crude sound equipment and screaming fans, the sound isn’t too bad. Don't miss the interview with one of the film makers.
Recommended

A Passage to India:
A young British woman visits India in the 1920’s. Beautifully filmed and a nice look at colonial India and the arrogance and bigotry that characterized it.
Recommended

CSNY Déjà Vu:
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tour the U.S. in 2006 on their “Freedom of Speech” tour. They travel with an embedded correspondent who documents the band and the audience’s response to the anti-war, anti-Bush slant of the performances. A good look at Your America as well as some good music.
Recommended

Vitus:
German film about a young genius and piano prodigy who finds he own way to deal with the burden of his high intellect and musical talent while seeking a normal childhood.
Recommended

American Folk-Blues Festival- 1963-66:
What a jewel. Some great performances by classic American blues performers recorded on a British television program. All are superb, but Lonnie Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe really stand out.
Recommended

Company K:
Great anti-war film based on the 1933 novel by William March. March documents his experiences as a soldier in World War I. He includes all the gritty, disgusting details that makes war the obscenity that it is.
Recommended

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?:
Morgan Spurlock travels throughout the Middle East on a comical quest to locate Osama bin Laden. He interviews many leaders and people on the street. The response is reassuring- people still generally love the American people but hate their government and its foreign policy, the social and economic stress created by this foreign policy fuels anti-U.S. extremism, and people everywhere want the same things out of life- to live in peace and raise their families.
Recommended

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
“Bad debts can't be made good by legislation.”
Lew Rockwell

“There are two kinds of people who stand out in the United States today: sheep and wolves. Sheep stay in their herd and follow their shepherd without questioning where he is leading them. Sheep trust that the shepherd looks out for their safety… Wolves, on the other hand, do not aimlessly follow a shepherd… Wolves question the shepherd and act in a way that forces the shepherd also to question his decisions. Wolves challenge government regulations, reject government assistance, and demand that the government recognize and protect their natural rights. They are rugged individualists.”
Andrew P. Napolitano in his book, “ A Nation of Sheep.”

From the Darkness:
“That’s what I say that I like every American I am speaking with we’re ill about this position that we been put in where it is taxpayers looking to bailout, but ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, um, helping the, oh, it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and, and, putting it back on the right track; so health care reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans and trade... we have we got to see trade as an opportunity not as, a competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity, all of those things under the umbrella of job creation, this bailout is part of that...”
Sarah Palin, babbler extraordinaire

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Today's Lesson- Let Death Rain From The Sky

Here’s a poster I noticed recently at a local high school ROTC classroom. This is the mindset the state creates in your children.

Keep them away. Keep them very, very far away.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
“Capitalism is doing just what it should do – it is separating fools from their money. But the fools vote. After a big bubble, there are more fools than sages...and, in the United States of America, more debtors than creditors. Sooner or later, Americans will realize that they are better off destroying their own money than preserving it...and that they would prefer to stiff their creditors rather than pay their bills.”
Bill Bonner
“It was only a few months ago that all the leading men and women of this drama claimed to believe in free enterprise so fervently they were willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars forcing it on others. It was free enterprise that separated us from the barbarians and made the country rich, they said. But now, they’re turning many of these free enterprises over to the bureaucrats to run...and desperately trying to make sure that the others don’t go broke. It’s capitalism without the creative destruction. Capitalism with seatbelts, helmets, and airbags. Capitalism without bankruptcy. It’s like taking the crucifixion out of Christianity. What’s left is as empty and foolish as a Congressman’s head.”
Bill Bonner

From the Darkness:
"I'm wiser, more experienced, but my heart and my values didn't change."
Emperor Bush, after visiting his boyhood home in Midland, TX.

"Facts are facts. Truth is truth. History is history. I always tell the truth.”
John McCain

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"A credit-money financial system wedded to statist politicians results in a bastard economic system, not free-market capitalism."
Mark Davis

"The history of Statism – allegedly inspired by the noble ideals promulgated in all manner of international charters – is clear evidence of what happens when a Power Structure attempts to change external reality without a prior change of the inner reality of the power holders. Without changing the state of inner consciousness to free it from ego, there can only be destruction."
Jeff Knaebel
From the Darkness:
"I don't think we're going to lose money, myself. We may, it's possible, but I doubt it in the long run."
Sen. Judd Gregg on the $700 billion bailout of the financial industry.

“We are committed to diversity at WaMu and pledge to listen to our customers and work closely with our employees to continue to make progress.” Steve Rotella, president and COO of broke and bankrupt Washington Mutual, Inc.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Big Surprise! Texas Election Is Rigged

"The Texas Supreme Court rejected a request Tuesday by Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr to keep Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama off the Texas ballot."

It seems that both the Democrat and Republican Presidential nominees did not meet the state filing deadline in Texas for the November election. This error has kept the Libertarian Party candidates and others off the ballot in the past. But it seems that the Warfare/Welfare parties get a bye in this situation. They don’t have to follow the same set of rules.


What a great example of how elections are a complete sham and rigged to allow the same set of gangsters to maintain power. Someone once said, “if voting actually changed anything it would be illegal.”
So why bother? Don’t vote!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
“You probably can get elected holding a chain saw and a severed head, but not if you know words of three syllables.”
Fred Reed, on elections.

“Yet the armed forces are based, at their very core, on the existence of an enemy to destroy. The very doctrine that governs your organization, your technology, and your methods, cannot exist without The Enemy. To accomplish that, the armed forces must do two things: they must devalue the lives of all who are not members of the nation, and they must set up an idol to supplant God.”
Stan Goff
From the Darkness:
"If I am sitting pretty and you've got a waitress who is making minimum wage plus tips, and I can afford it (the tax hikes) but she can't, what's the big deal for me to say I'm going to pay a little bit more. That is neighborliness."
Barack Obama, Marxist candidate for president.
"In my judgment, based upon the advice of a lot of people who know how markets work, this problem wasn't going to be contained to just the financial community."
Emperor Bush, liar and economic ignoramus

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

DVD Reviews


The Counterfeiters: German made film telling the true story of Jews held in concentration camps forced to counterfeit Allied money. Very interesting
Recommended

The Glenn Miller Story: Jimmy Stewart stars as the band leader in this 1953 semi-biopic. A nice illustration of a man’s quest to fulfill his artistic vision.
Recommended

Carlos Santana Presents: Blues at Montreux: Bobby Parker:
Part of a 3-discs series. Blues guitarist Bobby Parker plays a set with his band- a collection of very tight, accomplished musicians that help cover for the mostly average guitar work by Parker. The intensity picks up considerably when Carlos Santana joins the group for the last several numbers and Parker seems to find his groove.
Recommended

Eric Clapton- One more Car, One More Rider:
E.C.’s 2001 performance in Los Angeles. The concert starts with an extensive acoustic set. Blues lovers have to wait a full hour before the first blues number. Several songs I don’t recognize which were probably from his recent release of that time. A pleasant surprise is a couple jazz tunes. All numbers are performed to Clapton’s usual level of perfection. One facet of the concert that stands out is the brilliant, soulful organ playing and showmanship of Billy Preston. Oh my, will he be missed.
Recommended

I Witness:
Jeff Daniels plays a human rights investigator seeking the culprits behind a mass murder in Mexico. The local drug cartel turns out to be more honest than the local corporate/state alliance.
Recommended

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown:
Excellent documentary about the Funk Brothers, the musicians behind the scores of number 1 hits produced by the Motown music factory, but who are generally unknown to lovers of the music. The documentary also includes a Funk Brothers concert held in Detroit. If you love this music it’s almost your duty to learn about the incredible, creative musicians who gave us that magical, distinctive Motown groove.
Recommended

21:
Kevin Spacey stars as a MIT professor who takes a team of student math whizzes to Las Vegas to gamble. The members work together counting cards at the blackjack tables and win thousands. Based on a true story.
Recommended

Son of Rambow:
A couple British youngsters work together to make their own film inspired by Rambo.. One is a bright precocious troublemaker living in a dysfunctional family. The other strives to express his unlimited imagination despite the restraints of an ultra-religious parent. Very funny with some great child acting.
Recommended

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fascist Follies


Fascism just will not die in Dallas. First, Il Duce Jerry Jones enlists the state to run people off their land and force Arlington taxpayers to subsidize a grand new playground for his millionaires. Now the City of Dallas is ready to finance a $400 million hotel for some lucky developer.

If this site next to the Dallas Convention Center is such an ideal spot for a hotel, the city need not spend stolen money to get one built. At least one developer would be more than eager to build such a project. And if that proposed project looked promising to lenders, that developer will have no problem receiving the financing.

Instead we have city council political hacks using Soviet style central planning to achieve a vision of what they think Dallas should look like rather than allow the market place to decide. You just know some council members can look forward to some sizable bribes in pushing this idea.
The Dallas City Council just recently admitted they don’t have enough money in their budget to fix all the street potholes yet see no problem with forcing their tax serfs to guarantee a $400 million loan. Flush this idea down the commode and spray the room with Glade.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"Tolerance is what panarchy is about, that is, tolerance by people of those who live across the social divides that they wish to make for themselves. Social divides need not be territorial divides. There is plenty of room for everyone and plenty of ways to accommodate the different ways of others without compelling everyone to live under one set of laws in this vast region we call the United States of America."
Michael Rozeff

"If people are as incapable, as immoral, and as ignorant as the politicians indicate, then why is the right of these same people to vote defended with such passionate insistence?"
Frederic Bastiat

From the Darkness:
“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."
Sarah Palin, brutal War Wench, defending the US invasion of Iraq.

"They understand the challenges that we have in this world. They see the Russian invasion of the little country called Georgia. They see the problems in Afghanistan growing larger. They see a whole lot of things happening in the world that's going to require us to serve, and that opportunity has to be provided to them."
War criminal, John McCain, voicing support for “national service.”

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"Watch the conventions with an eye to what the political class wants to do for you. Everything they promise has a flip side of what they want to do to you. And the power to do these things has to come from the violence of the state, and using that violence requires a form of total control over government and society. They may look nice and sweet. They may claim to love you and your family and community. But their political ideology is actually steeped in hatred for your liberty and property. They seek an end to your freedom to seek a better life.
They seek dictatorship. All the rest is illusion."
Lew Rockwell

"Kids need to see the military for what it is (a big centrally-planned bastion of irrationality) and recognize that obedience to authority is neither manly nor a demonstration of adulthood. Blindly following orders and giving orders is tantamount to humans behaving like insects. It’s the polar opposite of how business is successfully managed and teaches not self-discipline but simple obedience…the more doglike the better. It is truly Orwellian Newspeak to see how inverted the propaganda remains; large numbers of people actually think the Army or Marine Corps will make a "man" out of their adolescent. By the same logic, so might playing Russian roulette while being hazed by an upper classman at a college frat house. "
David Calderwood

From the Darkness:
"You know, I've been called a maverick; someone who marches to the beat of his own drum. Sometimes it's meant as a compliment and sometimes it's not. What it really means is I understand who I work for. I don't work for a party. I don't work for a special interest. I don't work for myself. I work for you."
John McCain, deluded, lying war criminal.
"I think John was a hero in Vietnam.
I know what his children say of him. And his courageous service to America in war and peace leaves no doubt what our forefathers would make of him."
Cindy McCain, wife of murderous war criminal, John McCain.
[Cindy- The "forefathers" would carve him up and toss his remains in a rice patty, as the Vietnamese should have done.]

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Meet Sarah- The New War Wench


I did not watch a single second of the political conventions. I read a few news reports and observations- just enough to keep up with the evil intentions of politi-gangsters that claim to own me. One detail that caught my eye was that Sarah Palin has a baby born in April. So here’s a woman that doesn’t hestitate to abandon her newborn (with Down’s Syndrome, no less) in order to become part of the murderous Amerkian regime. Is not power the ultimate seductress?

If elected, watch Sarah as she explains how the state owns your children.
Watch Sarah justify taking the lives of foreigner’s children as an acceptable cost of maintaining imperialistic ambitions.
Watch Sara lead the cheers for those solider boys directly responsible for taking those lives.
Watch Sarah encourage the sheep to sacrifice their children (not hers) in the Amerikan Empire's growing list of wars.
Watch Sarah neglect a special child with special needs that only a mother can fulfill.
Country First!
Queen Hillary must be so jealous to find that there is a new War Wench on the block; a War Wench even more bloodthirsty and unconscionable.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"Don't just think outside the box - throw the box away, and don't ever pick up another one."
Unknown author

"Is there any more banal Olympic ritual than the playing of the national anthems? Give the athletes their medals and then talk about the athletes. They’re the ones who deserve the credit. Why shift the focus to a national state’s tacky little folk song?"
Ryan McMaken

From the Darkness:
"The best way to be loyal to your comrades is to continue your work, to raise your head, to be professional."
French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking to soldiers after 10 of their comrades were killed in Afghanistan.

"Ours -- ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools, and new roads, and science, and technology."

"That's the promise of America, the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation…"
B. Obama, mushy Marxist for president

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Back after a week hiatus........

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Time To Draw The Line On Drawing Blood


Police in Texas have been drawing blood from DWI suspects. I discussed this in an earlier post. This recent news story brought up an even more disturbing reality:

“Chief Waybourn said that if a person refuses to give blood, officers will then get a search warrant that gives police the authority to use any "reasonable" force to obtain the blood, including physical restraint”

A search warrant allows the state to “search” your body to obtain requisite bodily fluids? Does anyone see the precedent this pronouncement sets? What other materials inside your body can the state legally procure by way of a search warrant?
  • Can they now obtain feces from your colon to determine whether you’ve been eating any banned or unhealthy foods such as transfats or outlawed vitamin supplements?

  • Can they now obtain urine directly from your bladder if you refuse to pee in a cup for a drug test?

  • Can they now use a search warrant to restrain you (i.e., tie you down) and forcibly obtain eggs from your ovaries or sperm from you testicles to satisfy whatever perverted curiosity the state feels a need to satisfy?

  • When the technology allows, will a search warrant allow the state to probe your brain to identify any subversive thoughts or embarrassing memories?
The search warrant appears to be the state’s new magic key to unlock the few remaining barriers the individual has against privacy invasion and physical abuse.

Plop-Plop Goes Fizz-Fizz


State agents may be running out of human targets to tase so have now turned their nasty little weapons toward the animal kingdom. The decision to assault this bird was apparently to keep it from harming itself. Sound familiar? What better way to keep an animal from “harming “ itself than using Electro-Muscular Disruption via an electroshock weapon.
Where are the animal rights supporters? Wouldn’t it be sadly hilarious if they were able to get a state injunction prohibiting further use of this weapon against animals? Yet, it would still be legal to use such
a torture device against the lowly humans?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wear The Right Colored Belt Or Feel the Crack Of The Whip



The new school year brings with it fresh discovery by state edu-crats in Seagoville, TX- students can only learn when wearing a black or brown belt. The learning process is further inhibited when said belt has holes in it.

It is better that students spend the day locked in the gym than risk being mis-educated by wearing the wrong color or style of belt. After all, school is preparation for living under the thumb of the state. Learning to read and write is secondary to learning how to “follow the rules.”

Monday, August 25, 2008

DVD Reviews

Duck, You Sucker: 1971 spaghetti western released as “Fistful of Dynamite.” A small time Mexican bandit (Rod Steiger) and a banished IRA explosives expert (James Coburn) find themselves heavily involved in the Mexican Revolution. Steiger is hilarious and you’ll witness what must be some of the largest real explosions ever put into a movie.
Recommended

Lorenzo’s Oil: A couple works feverishly to find a cure to their son’s rare and rapidly progressing nerve disease. A true story with superb acting by Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon.
Recommended

Eric Clapton- Live in Hyde Park: 1996 performance in London. Each tour Clapton seems to have a different makeup to his band which helps keeps his music fresh and interesting. Here he has an accompanying harmonica player and superb horn section. A nice variety of tunes from the more pop oriented to sweet ballads and the usual scorching blues numbers.
Recommended

The Furies: 1950 western showcasing some fine acting by Walter Huston and Barbara Stanwyck.
Recommended

Night of Blistering Blues: B.B. King hosts an hour long program with numerous blues and soul legends as guests. It sometimes gets a little crowded on stage but the music stays tight and inspired. No date for the performance is found in the credits but it must be no later than 1987, since the late Paul Butterfield appears.
Recommended

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band- It’s Not Big, It’s Large: A close-up look at recording sessions with Lyle Lovett and his talented band. I don’t think I’ve ever seen musicians so brilliantly complement a great artist as does The Large Band to the masterful songs of Lyle Lovett.
Recommended

Shine a Light: Martin Scorsese directs this filmed performance by the Rolling Stones at the Beacon Theater in New York. There is no lack of energy by these 60+ rockers and it’s pleasurable to watch and listen to musicians totally involved in the joy of making music. Some of the best scenes are at the sound check with Jagger on harmonica and Richards and Wood on acoustic guitar. One scene stuck in my mind is Keith Richards sitting alone, acoustic guitar in hand, and playing a beautiful ditty- all the time oblivious to the surrounding mayhem of show prep with a contented grin on his face. Be sure to also listen to the bonus tracks.
Recommended

Memento: A man suffering from short term memory loss works to find his wife’s murderer. The plot unfolds backwards, time wise, with many surprises and twists that reveal an unthinkable truth.
Recommended

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Quotes of the Week


From the Light:
"The gospel of Christ is a blessed relief from that sinful state of affairs commonly known as hundred per-cent Americanism. And fortunately some of us were able to learn of the gospel in a freer, more spiritual time, before the state had begun to lay its grip upon the education of the young."
J. Gresham Machen

"If one thinks of himself as an "American" or a "Peruvian" only in the sense of being a resident of a given territory, there is little threat of organized conflict. It is when we identify who we are by reference to nationality – or race, religion, gender, or social status – that problems arise. We have been carefully trained – primarily by government schools – to attach existential significance to our nation-state."
Butler Shaffer
From the Darkness:
"I want to inspire a generation of Americans to serve a cause greater than its self interest."
John McCain, National Socialist candidate for president

"Russia is a state that is unfortunately using the one tool that it has always used whenever it wishes to deliver a message and that's its military power. That's not the way to deal in the 21st century."
Condoleezza Rice. Silver medal winner for hypocrisy

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Monday, August 18, 2008

The State “Fights” Crime With More Regulations


You know state hoodlums are serious when they appoint a “task force.” This is what Dallas City politi-gangsters have done in an effort to counter the huge number of crimes committed at convenience stores.

One recommendation is “establishment of minimum standards for store surveillance camera systems. Local convenience stores would be required to have at least two color, high-resolution cameras set up, along with video storage and recording systems.” I guess criminals will not operate as efficiently knowing that the store is taping them with not one, but two camera! Government’s solution to crime used to be hiring more cops. That didn’t work so the fad now is to install cameras everywhere.

Look at the photo included with this post. Here was a crime caught on camera, in color, with excellent sharpness. Did this prevent the crime from taking place? Hardly. Did it assist investigators is finding the perpetrators. I seriously doubt it. The robbers wear hoods and have their faces covered. I guess a clerk blessed with super-human quickness could grab one of the cameras and throw it at one of the robbers. That certainly would have given him/her more of a chance of preventing this particular crime.

The state is so determined not to allow individuals to protect themselves that they will risk looking stupid and ridiculous to anyone thinking rationally. Criminals are predators. They prey on those weaker than they. They prey on those who don't offer a defense that can counter whatever method of force used by the predator. The only way to prevent and “fight” crime to is offer an equal or superior force against the predator. The most sensible way to do this is to arm clerks with side arms and train them how to use them. More than likely, any predator who notices that his potential prey can adequately resist his aggression and even harm him will have second thoughts about his planned crime. If said criminal lacks this wisdom the armed clerks have the option of sending his ghetto monkey ass to hell.

Go into any gun shop and you will notice that all the employees have side arms on their belts. Ever hear of a gun shop being robbed? You’d have to look far and wide to find one.

The state is always offering some new technological fad to counter crime. The only technological solution to crime is individuals resisting with well aimed projectiles of their own.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I Feel Safer, Now


State gangsters in Navarro County, Texas have busted an “illegal” cockfighting operation for the second time this year. Thank God these crusaders for public decency are watching out for the public interest and the safety of the defenseless public. I’m now sleeping much more soundly.

The state profits nicely in this particular operation. They steal $13,000 in cash from the participants as well as 150 birds to be resold at 100% profit. Notice how the obedient “reporter” uses the state euphemism, “seized” instead of the more accurate, “steals.” A nice touch is ticketing the spectators, bringing in still more revenue to bloat the donut budget.

Since it’s obvious the operators of this business just move their operation after each bust, count on another nearby bust in 6-9 months. And the state will once again implement its revenue shakedown while proudly boasting its “accomplishment.”

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