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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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