Saturday, February 28, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“When government takes the position that some person or group is entitled to its assistance, that necessarily means the use of coercion against others. Government should attempt to uphold the right of all to attempt to achieve their goals through peaceful means. When it goes further and attacks the liberty of some to tip the scales in favor of those whom the state favors, government loses its legitimacy."
George C. Leef

"The best scientific answer to the question of human origins is "we don’t know." The best religious answer to this question is "God only knows."
Bill Sardi

“What is capitalism, after all? It is not a system...not a plan...not a program. It was not decreed by any half-wit tyrant...nor written into law by any earnest assembly. It has no constitution...and no boundaries. It is merely a recognition of basic principles. 'Thou shalt not steal,' it says in the Bible. Capitalism recognizes other peoples' property. The baker has a right to his oven. The farmer has a right to his land. The capitalist has a right to his money. What they do with these things is up to them.”
Bill Bonner

“What would happen if the U.S. government unilaterally lifted the embargo against Cuba? Immediately, there would be an outburst of economic activity, one in which Americans would be traveling to Cuba for business, personal, or cultural activity.
What better representatives of our country than American businessmen, tourists, and cultural groups? What worse representatives of our country than the Pentagon, CIA, and State Department?”
Jacob Hornberger

“He [Obama] is the avatar of the new plutocracy, the perfect oreo—a creamy patrician center sandwiched in dark, crunchy populism.
Our time calls for real leaders, but what we are getting are manufactured heroes, draped in historical allusions and set up on a pedestal for us to worship. The priests of the Obama cult intone their prayers and burn incense at his altar, while the Remnant looks on, bemused and not a little frightened, hoping he will not do too much harm.”
Justin Raimondo

“There is thus no reason to be surprised that tradesmen have become gloomy, brooding and increasingly dejected. They have finally discovered that they are not the rugged and indomitable entrepreneurs they, until very recently, imagined they were. They have found out that their lives and labor are, and will continue to be, the property of the imperial American government.”
Mark Crovelli

“It would be superfluous in us to point out that a plan to "end" a war which includes the continued garrisoning of up to 50,000 troops in a hostile land is, in reality, a continuation of that war, not its cessation. To produce such a plan and claim that it "ends" a war is the precise equivalent of, say, relieving one's bladder on the back of one's neighbor and telling him that the liquid is actually life-giving rain.”
Chris Floyd, on Obama’s Iraq plan.

“Indeed, government loves economic downturns. For decades, the private economy has been outrunning government. The private sector has taken over most of the command posts in society, from security to communications to all forms of technological progress. This has annoyed the state to no end. Now is the time for reprisal.”
Lew Rockwell

From the Darkness:
“Gov. Sanford says that he does not want to take the money . . . and I want to say to him: I'll take it. I'm more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn't want to take this money."
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“With a plan of this scale comes enormous responsibility to get it right and that’s why I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort, ’cause nobody messes with Joe.”
Barry Obama, regarding Biden’s “assignmnet” during the financial crisis. [Spoken like a true gangster.]

“Iran is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and constitutes the gravest threat to our existence since the war of independence. The terrorist forces of Iran threaten us from the north.”
Bibi Netanyahu, despite a complete lack of evidence for such any activity. [Let’s hope so, Bibi. Maybe Iran having such weapons will put a check on the Israeli state aggression.]

“The administration and the past administration have tried so many different ways that we can only hope and pray that this time they get it right.”
Charles Rangel, after the government's THIRD attempt to rescue Citigroup was not completely successful.

"People are coming from out of state and storing their boats and campers on premises inside fenced areas, evading the commissioner of revenue's ability to get in there and tax them."
Virginia Republican legislator, Ben Cline, on legislation he sponsors that will provide a tax on RVs stored inside self-storage facilities.

"It's a worthwhile cause. They were sitting around. It's in my best interests just to bring'em down."
Cal Nunnally, who turned in his guns to Dallas Police in exchange for grocery gift cards.

Image Review of the Week

The true Obama begins to emerge:

New name, same place:

JoMac doesn’t like what he hears:

Suddenly, a new contender for power emerges:

The near-extinct dinosaur looks to stave off extinction:

Uncle Sam-ski lets you know who’s boss in school:

Screw the rest of the world- Let's take care of our own:

They all look to the man with the answers:

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Is that a bullseye on Joe the Joker’s forehead?

Carbon Observatory fall and go boom. Cause- global warming?:

Times are a bit Rocky in the newspaper biz:

A head lost in the stars. I guess we’ll next be expected to believe in good fairies and angel dust:

US Crusaders supplicate before the arrival of their Master:

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance”

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“I don’t actually believe people are being bred to be stupid. What is happening is that they’re being trained out of the ability to think for themselves. What should happen is for people to be allowed to grow and develop and learn from their mistakes within reason. Of course charity has it’s place, but I want a world where there is less of a need for charity because we have fully adult people capable of caring for themselves. Then charity will be able to reach farther with less and easily meet the demands that exist. I do, however, believe that we are breeding poor businesses with state-capitalism.”
Dale Everett (Anarchy in Your Head)

“For a number of reasons, wars usually occur in tough economic times. Governments always like to find foreigners to blame for their problems, and that includes other countries blaming the U.S. In the end, I wouldn’t be surprised to see violence, tax revolt, or even parts of the country trying to secede. I don’t think I can adequately emphasize how serious this thing is likely to get. Nothing is certain, but it seems to me the odds are very, very high for an absolutely world-class disaster.”
Doug Casey

“Although the American political genius (now largely defunct) was for the division and dispersion of power, most men will always prefer a dictatorial monarchy. Caesars and Bonapartes are perennially popular. Fascism is so natural to man that it’s a marvel that the rule of law survives at all.”
Joe Sobran

“A productive, free, and peaceful society cannot be held together by violence, surveillance, torture, SWAT teams, lies, and prisons. Neither can it countenance governmental policies of plundering the fruits of the labors of an entire population, and redistributing it to the institutional friends of those in power.”
Butler Shaffer

“I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10-mile radius of my office on Capitol Hill than there are on the rest of the globe.”
Ron Paul

“In Texas, we actually know it is a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth. If we don’t, we may end up with an old nag. One thing that concerns me is that dollars are going to come into Texas that require us to match those dollars, and then two years from now, those federal dollars won’t be there, but we will be on the hook to pay for those programs going forward.”
Texas governor Rick Perry, voiceing concern over whether the state could afford federal strings. [Wow! A politician saying something that makes sense!]

“To restore prosperity, credit (derived from real savings rather than a printing press) must flow to producers. Greater liquidity for business will lead to legitimate job creation, increased production, and rising living standards. By further encumbering the economy with burdensome regulation, and by transferring business decisions to vote-seeking politicians who will bail out the irresponsible, reward failure and punish success, the government will create a society destined for misery.”
Peter D. Schiff

“If there's one silver lining to the crisis, it's that more and more people are figuring out that so-called respectable opinion has been dead wrong, and for a long time. The economics profession, by and large, has embarrassed itself with a Keynesianism so crude it would not satisfy a bright sixth-grader.”
Thomas E. Woods

“The state is some nanny. It is the only nanny that forces you to hire her. It is the only nanny that employs coercion, compulsion, threats, fines, and imprisonment. The state is the last entity that should be entrusted with enforcing morality.”
Laurence Vance

“Why am I expected to bow down before others? Why should anyone bow down who does not want to? Why should I be ruled by others? Why should anyone be ruled by others who does not want to be so ruled?
If you ever hear a good answer, let me know. I have not yet heard a good answer. The force and power to make me bow down is not an answer.”
Michael Rozeff

From the Darkness:
“The solvency of the state is on the line. It is really quite a system where the fate of the state rests upon the shoulders of a couple of members of a minority party. The system frankly needs to be changed.”
Darrell Steinberg, the California State Senate’s president pro tempore, discussing the state’s financial crisis.

"Lincoln continues to rank at the top in all categories because he is perceived to embody the nation's avowed core values: integrity, moderation, persistence in the pursuit of honorable goals, respect for human rights, compassion"
Howard University's Edna Medford

“And while we need to do everything in the short-term to get our economy moving again, we must recognize that having inherited a trillion-dollar deficit, we need to begin restoring fiscal discipline and taming our exploding deficits over the long-term.”
Barry Obama, immediately after adding another $787 billion dollars to the deficit.

"We believe the requested working capital loan is the least-costly alternative and will help provide an important stimulus to the U.S. economy and deliver positive results for American taxpayers."
Chrysler chief executive Robert L. Nardelli while begging for another $5 billion in bailout funds.

“To meet urgent security needs, I approved a request from Secretary Gates to deploy a Marine Expeditionary Brigade later this spring and an Army Stryker Brigade and the enabling forces necessary to support them later this summer.”
Barry Obama describing his first escalation of the US-Afghanistan Crusade. [Sounds like the man’s got plenty more killin’ to do.]

"The Post should at least clarify what point they were trying to make in this cartoon, and reprimand their cartoonist for making inferences that are offensive and divisive at a time the nation struggles to come together to stabilize the economy if, in fact, this was yet another racially charged cartoon.”
Race baiter, Al Sharpton, criticizing a New York Post cartoon that parodies the economic stimulus bill by including a monkey.

"The veil of secrecy has been pulled aside, and we will continue to aggressively pursue those who shirk their federal tax obligations, or assist others in doing so."
John DiCicco, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department Tax Division, after UBS (Switzerland's largest bank) admitted helping U.S. taxpayers hide money from the IRS and agreed to pay $780 million in fines and restitution, and to turn over account information.

"People who have hidden unreported income off shore need to get right with their government. They should come forward and take advantage of our voluntary disclosure process."
IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman issuing a warning to taxpayers who held the accounts at UBS, telling them to voluntarily pay up.

"I believe there are better ways to reinvigorate our economy and believe [the stimulus bill] will burden future generations with unprecedented levels of debt."
Perry, after receiving the state's $17 billion share of the federal stimulus package
[Oops, please disregard above comment. It’s back to The Darkness for a politi-gangster talking out both sides of his mouth.]

“When we were industrializing and growing, we didn’t know any better; neither did Europe. Now we’re smart enough to figure out how to have the right kind of growth.”
Hillary Clinton, pushing her agenda of Soviet-style central planning. [Being a second-rate lawyer and First Lady certainly qualifies her to plan the lives of 6 billion people.]

Image Review of the Week

Looks like C.C. has plenty of time..... least until this youngster is old enough to know better:

The Anointed One waits for applause:

Occasionally, an avenue of escape presents itself:

This can’t be good news:

Gimme more, gimme more!:

At least someone wants to move to Detroit:

Cotton Candy Crusaders satisfy their sweet tooth:

Always giving. Candy by day....

…..and drone attacks by night:

A sacrilegious and racist display- Representing Master Obama as a white guy:

Returning to her “liberated” home:

Under the shadow of the Creator, the revenue hogs are searching for their share....

....though not ALL the little piggys may sidle up to the Federal stimulus teat:

The most photographed, but least read bill, in history:

Johnny Law hits the jackpot:

Hillary looks to tame the Chinese:

Satan is smiling:

Satan is Smiling

The local tabloid brings the sad news of another lost soldier boy; this one, a local son killed in the empire graveyard of Afghanistan. The nationalistic, knee- jerk reaction of natives bring some questions to mind.

When the “enemy” (in this case, Islamic extremists) give their lives for their cause, they’re considered by their brethren as martyrs. Merriman-Webster defines martyr as “a person who makes a great sacrifice for the sake of principle.” US Loyalists insult and criticize those who martyr themselves in the name of Islam but hold up as heroes those that do the same for the sake of the US state. Isn’t this hypocritical?

Another question: If giving your life for your government is the highest level of service and the greatest contribution you can make- why are these people sad and crying? Shouldn’t they be smiling and celebrating?

Says one mourner, “We can sure support the people trying to make things better. We don't realize how lucky we are to live here, and there's a lot of people making it that way." Well, sir/maam, you certainly aren’t one of those people. Your remarks are representative of those who encourage and support the idea that one’s children should be sacrificed for the benefit of and extension of state power.

The tragic loss of this person makes nothing “better.” No worthy cause benefits from the loss of a young, promising life. Only the forces of darkness and depravity have been strengthened. The hope represented by a single soul has been permanently lost.
Satan is smiling.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

DVD Reviews

Eagle Eye:
Action thriller based around a government surveillance system gone haywire. There’s not a slow moment during the entire film.

Burn After Reading:
Witty writing, great acting and quirky characters- everything you would expect from the great Coen Brothers.

Battle for Haditha:
Reenactment of the civilian slaughter at Haditha, Iraq by US Crusaders. Ex- Marines play the lead roles which gives the film an authentic feel. The viewer can research for themselves whether the events are portrayed accurately. One fact remains clear- war is an obscenity that deserves neither glorification nor justification.

The Mummy- Tomb of the Dragon Emperor:
Mildly entertaining action flick. This is the third installment of the Mummy series. As with most sequels that play out this far, the actors seem to have lost the spontaneity that made their original characters attractive, and now are just going through the motions.
(Barely) recommended

Joe Cocker- Mad Dogs and Englishmen:
The film chronicles Joe Cocker’s 1970 US tour with a 40 member orchestra. Cocker is one singer who puts his all into every word and note he sings which makes for some soulful, enjoyable music.

Ed Harris stars in, directs, as well as produced and co-wrote this recently made western. A well played story about a long, working friendship between two lawmen in the New Mexico territory of 1882.

The Visitor:
A middle-aged, disconnected professor (played ably by Richard Jenkins) discovers an illegal immigrant couple squatting in his little-used New York apartment. He becomes involved in their lives and immigration problems which brings about a personal life change of his own. A nice portrayal of post-911 American paranoia and how the state considers individuals to be nothing more than livestock to be managed and caged.

The Express:
True story about Ernie Davis, the Syracuse running back who was the first black football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Not just a sports movie but relates his life’s events with the early days of the civil rights movement.

Chaplin- The Movie:
This biographical film was produced in 1992 but was just released on DVD. Robert Downey, Jr. took on the challenge of playing the comic genius and succeeds. A very enlightening and insightful film about what motivated and inspired this once in a generation artist.

Riding Giants:
A superb surfing film that outlines the history of surfing while focusing on the ultimate in the sport- riding the big waves. Lots of nicely restored surfing footage from the 1940’s and 50’s. The film includes the usual great surfing sequences, but the highlight is the wonderful personal testimony given by the most successful participants and trail blazers in the sport.

Bangkok Dangerous:
Nick Cage stars in this Asian-style action film. He doesn’t have to work hard at playing the brooding loner- he looks that way, naturally. If you like dark, violent thrillers, this should satisfy.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio:
This film dramatizes the life of housewife Evelyn Ryan who helped feed her family in the 1950’s and 60’s by entering and winning scores of commercial contests, including jingle writing. A nice portrayal of a resilient person who made use of all their inner resources.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I Feel Under-Stimulated

Texas policy wonks are agonizing over what failed state enterprises they’ll bail out with their share of Obama’s massive pork (stimulus ) bill. Watch all the little piggys gather at the Federal teat.Texans used to be considered independent, self-reliant folks. Now, they've become helpless waifs who need the nanny state to wipe their bottoms and tuck them in at night.

All our lives, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the more money the government spends, the more prosperity that results. After all, governments know better how to spend and “invest” your money than you do. But, perhaps it’s time for all individuals to acquire some common sense.

Think about it. If government can wave its magic wand and “create” 4 million jobs, why doesn’t it go ahead and create 10 million, 20 million?

If government can wave its magic wand and produce $1 trillion out of thin air to “create prosperity“, why doesn’t it create even trillions more and make everyone a billionaire?

If you insist on fast relief, why settle for such a pittance?

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“In the end, Lincoln didn't unite this country -- that can't be done by force -- he divided it along lines of an unspeakably ugly hatred and resentment that continue to exist almost a century and a half after they were drawn. If Lincoln could have been put on trial in Nuremburg for war crimes, he'd have received the same sentence as the highest-ranking Nazis."

“The troubling truth is that, more than anybody else's, Abraham Lincoln's career resembles and foreshadows that of V.I. Lenin, who, with somewhat better technology at his disposal, slaughtered millions of innocents -- rather than mere hundreds of thousands -- to enforce an impossibly stupid idea which, in the end, like forced association, was proven by history to be a resounding failure. Abraham Lincoln was America's Lenin, and when America has finally absorbed that painful but illuminating truth, it will finally have begun to recover from the War between the States.”
L. Neil Smith

“Libertarians spend their lives accurately predicting the future effects of government policy. Their predictions are accurate because they are derived from Hayek’s insights into the limitations of human knowledge, from the recognition that the people who comprise the government respond to incentives just like anyone else and are not magically transformed to selfless agents of the good merely by accepting government employment, from the awareness that for government to provide a benefit to some, it must first take it from others, and from the knowledge that politicians cannot repeal the laws of economics. For the same reason, their predictions are usually negative and utterly inconsistent with the utopian wishful-thinking that lies at the heart of virtually all contemporary political advocacy. And because no one likes to hear that he cannot have his cake and eat it too or be told that his good intentions cannot be translated into reality either by waving a magic wand or by passing legislation, these predictions are greeted not merely with disbelief, but with derision.”
John Hasnas

“Mr. Obama, not everyone believes in your gods. Nor everyone believes in your government, for obviously very good reasons. Some people, unlike the masses weeping in mindless emotional fervor every time you hypnotically chant your vague sentences, actually think as independent and free individuals, not units within some great collective.”
Danijel Orsolic

“We live in a time toward the end of the world of states. A growing number of states will vanish. Still more will become hollow shells, within which 4GW entities thrive while protected by "state sovereignty." As Globalism collapses economically and the global elites are revealed as emperors without clothes, the motto of every state will become "sauve qui peut." [“every man for himself.”]
William Lind

“Americans are proud of their system of government, but consider what it has given us this time around. We had an outgoing president who thought it was his right to grab as much as he could while leaving. Now we have a new president who thinks that the election entitled him to grab as much as he can, right from the beginning. We get looted by the state coming and going. It all amounts to one massive war on prosperity and freedom.”
Lew Rockwell

“The categorization of pot smokers as trouble-making, ne'er-do-well, societal misfits is a most disturbing portrait painted by decades of government propaganda justifying its fraudulent and violent drug wars and the placing of peaceful people in cages, like animals, for the "crime" of using (or selling) a drug that has not been approved for general use by the chain of power cascading on down from the gang of monopolists in Washington D.C.”
Karen DeCoster

“Liberty is an arrangement in which power is dispersed. More importantly, it is an arrangement in which the use of aggressive power meets with a quicker and more determined response because the incentives to efficient protection are stronger. This in turn enhances the incentive to cooperate and produce, which makes aggression less desirable and more likely to be dealt with efficiently. Society launches itself into a virtuous cycle as opposed to the downward course that a state induces.”
Michael Rozeff
From the Darkness:
“Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”
Nancy Pelosi, defending her proposed spending of hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services.

“The federal government is the only entity left with the resources to jolt our economy back to life.”
Barry Obama [What resources? The FG has been technically bankrupt for decades. The only resource it possesses is supreme fire power.]

“Our proposal is to combine a revived military draft with a broader public-service program as already practiced in some European states -- a “domestic Peace Corps.” Indeed, a crucial component of our proposal is that draftees be allowed to choose between military and nonmilitary service. A program structured along those lines would simultaneously increase the political appeal of conscription, defuse the opposition of those who disapprove of the use of military force, and serve such valuable national purposes as public health, public works, and the alleviation of shortages of teachers and social workers in disadvantaged regions of the country."
Willima R. Hauser and Jerome Slater, writing in Foreign Policy.

"Advocates of the free market must confront the fact that both the Great Depression and the current financial chaos were preceded by years of laissez-faire economic policies."
Katrina van den Heuvel, editor of The Nation, and author Eric Schlossel.
"I'm hearing certain voices in my head. … Lincoln's one of them."
Barry Obama, explaining what happens when he sits down to write a speech.

“It is a jobs bill, And today you might call us the jobs squad.”
Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, on the Obama pork package.

“Despite all that divided us -- North and South, black and white -- he had an unyielding belief that we were, at heart, one nation, and one people. And because of Abraham Lincoln, and all who carried on his work in the generations since, that is what we remain today.”

“'Only a nation can do these things. Only by coming together, all of us, and expressing that sense of shared sacrifice and responsibility...can we do the work that must be done in this country. That is the very definition of being American.”
Barry Obama, giving his religious testimony. [No, this the very definition of being a slave.]

“The [counter narcotics] program, which costs around $1 billion a year, may be the single most ineffective policy in the history of American foreign policy. It’s not just a waste of money. It actually strengthens the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as criminal elements within Afghanistan.”
Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to Afghanistan. [Then why are you continuing the program?]

"We're all Leninists now."

“We're going to use the power of government just like the Left is using the power of government. It's going to be a bigger, more powerful, stronger government -- and we're going to turn it against the Left in ways they could never have imagined."
Rush Limbaugh[What a wonderful event to look forward too.]

Image Review of the Week

The confused and ignorant will look to idols and earthly messiahs:

You work hard to escape the state’s clutches, but there’s always something pulling you back:

A steel building on fire and…….it doesn’t collapse!:

Come fly with us- (Keep movin movin movin, Though they’re disapprovin, Keep them doggies moving..);

Overturning the laws of economics isn’t enough. Obama takes aim at the laws of gravity:

What’s a queen without a robe?....

....and what’s a king without a carriage?

Celebrating 200 years of myths:

The tradition continues:

Hear the band:

The winds of judgment are just beginning to blow:

Joe the Joker makes sure no one falls between the cracks:

A change in the chain of command requires much redecorating:

No need to dress. Just a friendly visit from Janey Jackboot:

You can scrub and you can scrub, but the slime just won’t come off:

Sic Semper Tryannis- Tyrants beget even more tyrants:

A romantic moment for fascists in love:

They’re all heart. The state not only owns you, but loves you:

Big tough soldier-persons need their comforter:

The Empire’s new enforcer:

US Crusaders- always looking for new ways to draw blood:

How come George isn’t smiling?

Is there room in the empire junkyard for still one more?