Monday, March 29, 2010
This is a 2009 update of the unending war and US occupation in Afghanistan.
I marvel at watching the ignorant, arrogant gangsters masquerading as “statesmen” and “experts” who believe they can (and have the right to) centrally plan and control the lives of people they know virtually nothing about.
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days:
A film set in 1987 Romania. A young woman helps her roommate get an illegal abortion. A very real, starkly made film about a disturbing subject matter. It will make you feel uncomfortable
Johnny Deep plays amiable gangster, John Dillinger, constantly outsmarting and escaping law enforcement while robbing banks throughout the Midwest in the early 1930’s. Christian Bale plays Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who relentlessly pursues Dillinger.
An Indy science fiction film that doesn’t disappoint. A solo worker on the moon readies to return to Earth after three years but makes a shocking discovery. To say anymore would your ruin your viewing.
Imagine- John Lennon:
This 1988 documentary nicely outlines the life of the Beatle- his background, beliefs, and motivation. Edited from over 200 hours of film, Lennon’s interviews are used to narrate most of the film.
I had high hopes for this comedy written and directed by Larry David. Though not a bad film, it really wasn’t worth ninety minutes of my time.
When Soldiers Cry:
This film looks like it was produced by the local junior college film class. No discernible plot. The story seems to revolve around soldiers making their way through the jungles of Vietnam in 1965. Except the “jungle” looks more like the woods along side Interstate 20 in Louisiana.
The Power of Nightmares:
This three hour BBC produced documentary examines the notion that states have failed in promising their subjects a better world resulting in a discouraged populace. As a result, states now turn their energies toward protecting you from perceived nightmares- particularly international terrorism. The filmmakers focus on two groups- the neoconservatives and the radical Islamists.
Joni Mitchell- Woman of Heart and Mind:
A nicely made documentary, giving a comprehensive review of the life and contributions (up to present day) of a truly unique and gifted poet, songwriter, musician, and painter. Being male, most women songwriters don’t really reach me, but Ms. Mitchell’s work not only speaks to me, it captivates me. No one else creates music like her.
It Might Get Loud:
Three distinctive guitarists, Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White, meet to discuss their different approaches to their music, their influences and what inspires their creativity. They, of course, play their instruments to demonstrate. A great look at the musical creative process from the viewpoint of a very versatile musical instrument.
Flame and Citron:
A true story based on the lives of two assassins working within the Danish resistance during the Nazi occupation. In the confusion of war, knowing who the enemy is may not always be so clear cut.
World War II: Behind Closed Doors- Stalin, the Nazis and the West:
A six hour BBC series that looks not so much at details of various battles, but rather the meetings between the various national leaders involved- particularly, Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, FDR, and Truman. The details of some of these meetings have only been revealed in the last twenty years. Exhaustively researched, the documentary combines archival material with brilliantly acted dramatizations. Watch how world tyrants (on all sides) meet to carve up the world to their liking while millions are displaced and murdered.
Down From the Mountain:
I had this CD but was reminded by a recent Gary North article that a DVD of this monumental concert also existed. All the artists who contributed to the soundtrack of O’Brother Where Art Thou convened in Nashville in May 2000, shortly after the movie finished filming. T-Bone Burnett shows his brilliance in collecting this group of diverse, skilled musicians whose sparse, direct, soulful music comes directly from the joys and pain of human existence.
The Invention of Lying:
I keep hoping to come across a feature film comedy that makes me fall out of my seat laughing but I just can’t seem to find it. This one offers a couple chuckles while finding a clever way to promote atheism. Wrapped around the plot is a love story that makes absolutely no sense. Another waste of my time.
Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built:
A thoroughly enjoyable two hour documentary that looks at the life (with his help) of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records. The man’s keen ear for musical talent and genius brought a cavalcade of wonderful recording artists to the listening public.
Meet John Doe:
This 1941 feature pairs Barbara Stanwyck with Gary Cooper. A great look at how media disinformation coupled with political ambition and manipulation can delude a gullible, well-meaning public.
Roland Emmerich must be the only movie director who has destroyed the White House at least twice. Maybe he’s a closet anarchist. Lots of great apocalyptic special effects gives the viewer some idea of what the end of the world would look like. I especially liked the initial Yellowstone explosive eruption. The most unbelievable part of the story is that the government built these huge, impressive arks in only two years when in reality they have trouble widening a half mile of street in that same amount of time.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
“As an institution, the very foundation of which is the use of violence to accomplish goals, it ought to be readily apparent that no particular moral standard can be ascribed to or expected of it. Human life means little or nothing when it comes to the perpetuation of the elitists’ power cycle. Control, domination, and mastery become all-important. Ethics and scruples are mere laughable impediments and distractions.”
Alex R. Knight III
"Civilizations are created and sustained by individuals; they are destroyed by collectives. In our case, the institutionalized collective has found the most expedient course of action to be found in consuming the capital upon which Western Civilization has long thrived."
“Government serves no role in rousing passion nor in initiating or funding entrepreneurship. Instead, the state serves only as a detriment to entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship is a phenomenon inborn in the human spirit. The right to private property serves as the motivational factor behind the action of investment. Therefore, government is a burden on economic development."
Jonathan M. Finegold Catalan
“This is a command society now and medicine is right at the forefront of this….16,500 armed bureaucrats coming to make this program work – if it was a good program [the health care overhaul] and everybody liked it, you wouldn’t need 16,500 thugs coming with their guns and putting you in jail if you didn’t follow all the rules.”
"Whatever the result of America's radical, new dalliance with government-dominated everything, the distinction between First World and Third World has become much less distinct. In fact, this distinction is well on its way to becoming an historical artifact."
“Constitutions, bills of rights, statements of principle, party platforms, and all other Guarantees can never be more than self-imposed restrictions which cease to affect the people who run a government the instant they cease to believe in their rightness, or as soon as it is clear that the people will not punish the government for ignoring them.”
Per Christian Malloch
“Mass murder is the only undertaking in which government consistently out-performs its private sector competition. Yet we are supposed to believe that this engine of destruction can also serve as an instrument of compassionate healing.”
“If there’s a path to ‘smaller government,” that path necessarily leads through the forest of ‘no government at all.’”
Thomas L. Knapp
"Washington denounces other governments for human rights violations while itself violating human rights every day.
Washington puts foreign leaders on trial for war crimes, while committing war crimes every day.”
Paul Craig Roberts
“At the outset, let it be made clear that government is nothing but men acting in concert. The morality and value of government, like any other association of men, will be no greater and no less than the morality and value of the men comprising it. Since government is nothing but men, its inherent authority to act is in no way greater or different than the authority to act of individuals in isolation.”
Jarret B. Wollstein
“Terrorism is like jazz; it's all about improvisation and variation. That's why conventional forces are dead in the water against it; they're all 'by the book,' with top-down command and control.”
From the Coffee Party website
From an Iowa State University press release.
B. Obama, crowing about the US House’s passage of health care legislation.
"It's really declining revenue in the face of a series of attacks from partisan operatives and right-wing activist that have taken away our ability to raise the resources we need."
ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan, on the folding his organization six months after video footage emerged showing some of its workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute.
Queen Hillary, working hard to maintain the violence of the Drug War.
Rep. John Conyers, defending how the USG can constitutionally require people to purchase health insurance. [Sorry Johnny- there is no “good and welfare clause.”]
Rep. John Dingell , explaining the state’s long process to take over the health care industry.
Blathering Joe Biden [Relax, Joe, ain’t no “big f@$%ing deal.”]
Are things heating up?
Taking over the world- It’s just a game:
Serving the cause of tyranny- a pat on the back for a job well done:
A load of bricks for the #1 Blockhead:
"This is a big fu#%ing deal!"
Beware, Fearless Leader, another god is horning in on your action:
Tactic #1- Wear out the state’s legions and attack the soft underbelly:
Had enough? Folks keep a lookout for their Congress critter:
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leviathan looks to profit from the pipe:
"The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance."
Sunday, March 21, 2010
“Statists say that people can’t be trusted to interact with each other without someone lording over them. They view the state as a solution for inevitable problems of human relations. In reality people often work with each other, without rulers, to solve the problems created by rulers and statists.”
“You’ll succeed by working hard and playing by the rules about as fast as an Egyptian slave would have got to be Pharaoh by working hard building a pyramid.”
“It seems we notice our freedom most when that precious freedom feels most keenly threatened. But what is it that brings out the central planner in men, that moves one to force his will on others, and more importantly that allows us to acquiesce to the planning of the minutia of our lives by fiat? Is it the veil of political freedom? If we believe we are free, will we consent to anything? If we simply feel free, will we consent to even more?”
“Most people just don't get what money really is - and what it isn't. They take it as a given, as part of the cosmic firmament. But it's not.”
“There are inane responses to questions regarding state interventions. But the "I have nothing to hide" response is the most inane of them all. You have something to hide. We all do. And what we hide is our own business – it is personal.”
“The government doesn’t work. It is broken. It can’t be fixed. It can’t be fixed because only those within it could, and their interest lies in not fixing it.”
“Democracy, a system ideally designed to challenge the status quo, has been corrupted and tamed to slavishly serve the status quo.”
“Freedom is not only as moral as governmental slavery is immoral, it is as practical as government is impractical. It is foolish to suppose that men would not organize to defend themselves, and do so very effectively, if they were not forced to. Men are not so blind that they can't grasp the value of freedom, nor so indifferent to life that they will not defend their values. Nor are they so stupid that they need politicians, bureaucrats, and Pentagon generals to tell them how to organize and what to do. The freer people are, the more efficiently they will perform.”
Morris and Linda Tannehill
“When politicians speak of listening to “the people,” they are being quite honest; but for almost all of them, “the people” to whom they listen do not include you.”
Prof. Epstein of University of Buffalo
GW Bush, babbling about his GWB Institute
.......How about a future with more potatoes?
Apparently, not swift and strong enough:
The myths supporting the existence of the nation state must be constantly reinforced among those who serve it:
Who will be blessed by touching Her gown?.......
Be careful from whom you receive directions and advice:
McChrystal’s new kind of surge- Low tech weapons.......
"When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on."
Safety in numbers- The Men in Blue soil their pants at the sight of happy peaceniks:
Thursday, March 18, 2010
By going through the trouble of exhibiting this sign, the gentleman is obviously committed to the idea than living under democratic rule necessarily brings an improvement in his living condition. He also seems to believe that creating democratic rule over his life “peacefully,” neutralizes the ugly truth that democracy itself is an act of violence.
What is the advantage of being ruled by the decisions of thousands or millions of strangers (all nameless and unaccountable) rather than one or a few tyrants? The decisions rendered by these large mobs is backed by the same coercion and violence that enforces the decisions of oligarchs and individual dictators. So how is that an improvement? Because there was an election? Because there was political competition? Are you really willing to surrender your individual liberty and sovereignty to the majority opinions of other people through the means of an election- just because those opinions are held by the majority mob?
“Competition in the production of goods is good, but competition in the production of bads is not. Free competition in killing, stealing, counterfeiting, or swindling, for instance, is not good; it is worse than bad. Yet this is precisely what is instituted buy open political competition, i.e., democracy.”
Hans Hermann Hoppe, Democracy, The God That Failed
Monday, March 15, 2010
“I’m no conservative, and I’m no liberal. I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. And I’m not a green or a libertarian, or a socialist or an anarchist. I’m not even an independent.
All I am is me, and all I want is to live free.”
“If it is generally and historically accepted that self-defense is a right of all individual human beings before the sheer lunacy of government-creation even begins, doesn’t it qualify, rather, as mere common sense (partial apologies to Thomas Paine) rather than something that must be legislated and then endlessly challenged, interpreted, and intersticed with myriads of exceptions and special qualifications?”
Alex R. Knight III
“At some point, those presuming to rule us won't be satisfied merely to fleece their increasingly bedraggled flock. That's when the options for the sheep will be clarified into a stark and unmistakable choice between revolt and slaughter.”
“As spontaneous order in nature gets studied more, and hopefully understood better, perhaps educated people will begin to understand what wise people have known all along: that left alone, things will generally work themselves out in a beneficial way. And if they don't, imposing control wouldn't have made the situation any better anyway.”
“Conservative, n.: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.”
“A free, orderly, and productive society is held together not by the armed might of the police and military, nor by the dictates of rulers or the edicts of judges, but by a shared sense of the conditions that foster rather than inhibit life. At the core of such thinking is a belief in the innate worthiness and inviolability of each person, an attitude that manifests itself in terms of respect for one another’s property boundaries, within which each of us is free to pursue our respective self-interests. Peace and liberty are the inevitable consequences of living in a society so constituted.”
“The idea that invoking “the rules” against a government will force it to lie down obediently at one’s feet and accept a leash around its neck is beyond superstitious — it’s foolhardy. There are no magic words. There is no secret formula. The relationship between government and governed is inherently adversarial. Even the most determined efforts to make it otherwise have historically failed (usually sooner rather than later). Appealing vainly to those efforts rather than accepting the reality (that it’s them or you) and acting accordingly is a fool’s errand.”
Thomas L. Knapp
“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.”
Colorado Retail Council President Christopher Howes
International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, calling for a huge global warming slush fund to be established as an interim measure before carbon taxes are implemented.
"It's the nub of solving the immigration dilemma politically speaking."
Sen. Chuck Schumer, describing his plan for a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.
Thelma Dye, the executive director of the Northside Center for Child Development, commenting on Walmart’s decision to cut its price on the black Barbie Doll.
Markos Moulitsas, of the Daily Kos blog, criticizing Congressman Dennis Kucinich for refusing to tow the party line on government run health care.
Text of a salt ban billed introduced in the New York Assembly.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
At the age when civilized people are going to college, building businesses, and creating and caring for families, Johnny Mac was happily bombing and murdering Vietnamese peasants from the skies. Unfortunately (for him and later for us) McCain was shot down and held as a POW for six years. One of McCain’s partners in crime in Vietnam included Sam Johnson. Both McCain and Johnson were eventually released from their imprisonment and returned home to be rewarded with numerous pieces of scrap metal, national esteem, and election to political office. Both men seemed to have learned a lot from their Communist captors as both have continually supported wars of aggression, torture (despite being tortured themselves), continual increases in the scope and power of the American police state, promotion of neo-Marxist economic policies and an abiding, irrevocable reverence for the nation state. And of course, let’s not forget McCain/Feingold, which was a direct assault on the First Amendment.
I’ve long wondered why the Vietnamese, once they had captured the likes of McCain and Johnson, didn’t retaliate for these pilot’s war crimes by carving them up and tossing their remains into a rice paddy. They certainly would have been justified in doing so. I realize the captured pilots had intelligence value. But it’s not unrealistic to think that thoughts of revenge would overpower the decision to keep them alive for their obvious strategic importance.
I then began to consider another possibility why the North Vietnamese allowed these two to live. Perhaps they somehow understood the havoc these two warriors would create after returning home. They both have certainly done their part, have they not? Perhaps, the Vietnamese perceived the darkness that lived within these two men and realized their enemies in the US would be harmed more by these men returning home, rather than having them killed. If so, how diabolical is that?
I understand that this hypothesis is kind of “out there.” But after witnessing years of these men’s oppressive actions to make our freedoms and lives ever more restricted and miserable, it’s not hard to start believing it must be part of some great plan or conspiracy. After all, if these two men had never been POWs, let alone military pilots, do you think either of these men (both with mediocre intellects) would have wound up being elected to office?
Or is our suffering merely the often seen consequence of leaving unchecked the despicable actions of evil men?
"The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones."
Monday, March 8, 2010
The message informed me of the importance of this census form and that I should entirely fill out the form and return it immediately. A number of options come to mind on how I should respond to such an arrogant “request” and I would like to ask any interested readers to respond with your choice of action from the following list:
1) Fill out the form in its entirety and quickly return it like a good, solid, obedient citizen.
2) Only answer those questions deemed appropriate, as authorized by the US Constitution which outlines the purpose of the census.
3) Ignore the form and tear it up and throw it in the trash.
4) Give my creativity a workout and answer all questions with the goofiest, most outrageous answers I can think of.
5) Take a large black Sharpie and etch profane and subversive, anti-state messages and slogans on every square inch available on the census form.
6) Shred the form and return the resulting confetti to the US Census Bureau.
So, pick one. And unlike a government election, your vote counts!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
“To say 'no' in reply to an offer, suggestion, or demand is to assert authority. The same can be said of 'yes,' but only when it is said in particular circumstances. 'Yes' can signify either honorable agreement or craven submission. Saying 'no,' on the other hand, is a way of claiming one's sovereignty and demanding that it be respected.”
“Imperialism will always be framed by those in power as beneficial to those being ‘civilized.’ The most evil atrocities will be committed in the name of advancement. The human impact of imperialism is madness. The hubristic delusions of emperors, kings, generals and presidents ultimately put average men into morally ambiguous circumstances.”
“Peer pressure and social opprobrium are what really hold societies together, not execution squads chasing those who don’t believe in a war.”
“The State is an inherently illegitimate institution of organized aggression, of organized and regularized crime against the persons and properties of its subjects. Rather than necessary to society, it is a profoundly antisocial institution which lives parasitically off of the productive activities of private citizens.”
“Just as war is the natural consequence of monopoly, peace is the natural consequence of liberty.”
Gustave de Molinari
“The only things that government actually makes are criminals out of innocent people, and corpses out of living human beings.
“The bottom line is that it is politicians first and their supporters amongst intellectuals who pose the greatest threat to liberty.”
"It is property that enables one to determine the course of one’s own life. Without it, the right to life is no right at all, but rather a privilege granted by those who own your labor.
A government that has the unlimited power to seize the property of its citizens can afford to be magnanimous when it comes to free speech. Yet, for the citizen who no longer owns the fruits of his own labor, the right to complain makes him no less a slave."
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, concerned the Supreme Court may overturn his city’s gun ban.
Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Ceasefire, an advocacy group that seeks to reduce “gun violence”
University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, in announcing that The Climate Christ will be awarded an honorary degree from his university.
Bill Jones, president of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, upon awarding The Shrub the "History-Making Texan Award."
“Mao spoke those famous words: ‘women hold up half the sky.’ If the statistics are any indication, communism has been good for women."
John Podhoretz, on the movie, Avatar.
......as its shield of resistance will soon crack:“history":
Obama swears in some new cabinet members:
What every responsible state hater should have in his garage:
Despite your conviction for change, ......
......voting ballots backed by bullets......
......will not release you from your cage:
Are pink tights next?
"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."
A reminder- shoe throwing is not target specific:
Stick with the real thing. A successful life’s journey requires a sturdy steed: