Saturday, January 31, 2009
“I mean, if we had elected, say, a giant fronded barnacle from a geothermal vent, then, sure, I’d want to hear about it. For at least five minutes. Or maybe if we chose a hitherto-unknown tube worm. Though I grant we came pretty close last time. What’s the big deal about a black guy?”
“Yes, there may be modest or even significant adjustments in the implementation of the imperial agenda. Some of the most visible barbarities might end, or at least appear to. A certain superficial gentility might replace the pugnacious ignorance that characterized the Bush-era executive branch. Where the powers and purposes of the imperial state are concerned, however, these are merely cosmetic enhancements and refinements of technique; it's a bit like giving a cannibal a makeover and teaching him to use flatware.”
Will Grigg, on the Obama Era
“Randolph Bourne, famous for observing that war is the health of the state, might have gone further: war is not only the health of the state, but the health of democracy too. There is hardly any aspect of war that is unwelcome to the modern collectivist-democratic state. War justifies every desired measure for the expansion of state power; it necessitates the removal of all intermediaries among or between the state and individuals, families, or other natural human units. War exalts the collective and tends to kill, maim, humiliate, or corrupt the individual. War lends an air of sacralization to the modern positivist, humanist civic religion.”
“A real transfer of power is not simply a new name on the door. The plantation owner may sell the plantation, but the slaves are still enslaved.”
“Our politicized training – reinforced by media and government officials – leads most of us to believe that social order is the product of the conscious design of wise leaders, whom the political process allows us to identify and elect. In the face of the wars and economic collapse that are now destroying our world, it is difficult for intelligent men and women to any longer embrace such childlike thinking that is probably a carryover from a dependence on parental authority.”
“The cause of liberty is a cause of too much dignity to be sullied by turbulence and tumult. It ought to be maintained in a manner suitable to her nature. Those who engage in it should breathe a sedate, yet fervent spirit, animating them to actions of prudence, justice, modesty, bravery, humanity and magnanimity.”
John Dickinson (1732-1808)
“From the beginning, prominent Americans saw their nation as the chosen people, their government as destined to advance liberty through force, their faith in freedom and the dignity of man no less firm despite the exceptions made for those not in the establishment’s favor – whether they were American Indians, blacks, Catholics, Mexicans, Southern civilians, Chinese, Spanish, Cubans, Filipinos, Latin Americans, anarchists, war protestors, Germans, Japanese, Communists, Koreans, Vietnamese, drug users, Branch Davidians, Serbians or Muslims.”
“Economic reality is more than a brick wall. It is like the sea or the world's tallest mountain, or like the force of gravity itself. Economic forces pay no attention to the wishes of charismatic leaders and their throngs of adoring followers."
“Israel today is not the country once dreamed, in which Heidelberg professors escaped from Europe would work the soil with their hands on kibbutzim and play chess and the violin at night. It looks more like what the professors fled. Brutal conflicts breed brutal people. Atrocities engender counter- atrocities, extremists come to the fore, and military solutions seem the only solutions.”
“When normal human beings are in financial trouble they cut back on their spending, as they are doing now. The American polity, in its younger days, would naturally apply the same logic to government, but, in our dotage, we impart magical powers to the organs of the state, which can produce wealth out of thin air, with only the aid of a printing press. Oh, yes, we understand – albeit vaguely – that this is debt for future generations to pay. Yet we recall – even more vaguely – old bromides like "We owe it to ourselves," which are embedded in our collective memory like flies in amber, and we are reassured.”
From the Darkness:
"We have achieved a lot in hitting Hamas and its infrastructure, its rule and its armed wing, but there is still work ahead."
Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, chief of staff of the Israeli Army
[1400 dead Gazans, 5,500 wounded; hundreds of children killed; 4,000 to 5,000 homes destroyed and 20,000 damaged – 14% of all buildings in Gaza; 50,000 or more homeless; 400,000 without water; 50 U.N. facilities, 21 medical facilities, 1,500 factories and workshops, and 20 mosques reportedly damaged or destroyed; smashed schools and university structures; obliterated government buildings; an estimated almost two billion dollars in damage- and you’re just getting started?]
“Our goal is not to further burden an already struggling industry. It is to help America's automakers prepare for the future."
El Presidente Obama, holder of all knowledge.
"I want to be clear from the beginning of this administration that we have made our choice: America will not be held hostage to dwindling resources, hostile regimes and a warming planet."
President Obama [How does a planet hold you hostage?]
"The scientists are practically screaming from the rooftops. This is a planetary emergency. It's outside the scale we're used to dealing with."
Al Gore, doing his Chicken Little routine to a Senate committee.
“We are moving the ship of state in a new direction.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Obama’s $825 billion pork bill.
Prayers of protection or repentance?
Rahm Emanuel makes a good first impression:
Lie #1 and counting. What’s that little red book?
After spending the night in their remodeled home....
....it’s school time in Gaza:
Strange, puzzling beasts- from killing them to kissing them:
A jackboot finds a soul mate:
Those blue boxes still have some use:
Looks like a dead end. This corpse has already been bled dry of revenue:
They can’t believe they’re getting away with this scam:
Saturday, January 24, 2009
L. Neil Smith
The European Commission, announcing a preliminary decision to force Microsoft sto sotp bundling Internet Explorer with Windows.
Barack Obama [If you don’t support his policies you’re anti-American.]
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------D.C’s Via Dolorosa awaits the new state savior….
....and the flock awaits to touch his robe:
"Negroes have natural rights, however, as other men have, although they cannot enjoy them here . . ."
"I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. I am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position."
Just who is the puppeteer?
No time to waste- Miracles are needed:
…and he responds with bombs:
Dude, where’s my house?
Mystery wounds in Gaza....
Neatly folded rags for the suffering family:
Only chicken hawk cowards hide behind state symbols:
Insult tyrants and wind up in a cage:
Monday, January 19, 2009
Documentary that explores the talents of a 4-year old painting prodigy that not only questions the authenticity of her work but examines the question of just what is art.
American Roots Music:
Excellent 2-disc review of the history of American roots music and the diverse cultures that originated it. Forget all the democracy crap. The greatest contribution to the world from America is the diverse and ever-evolving musical landscape.
A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar…..
Documentary looks at the love/hate relationship toward lawyers in this country and follows several individuals as they study for and take the California Bar exam. Very interesting.
Very funny comedy. Robert Downey Jr., as an Australian actor playing a black, American soldier in a movie, is hysterically funny. Jack Black is his usual manic self and Nick Nolte is perfectly cast as a grizzled, old Vietnam vet.
The Ayn Rand novel is brought to life following Gary Cooper’s defense of individual dignity against the collectivist mob. The court room speech he delivers near the end of the film is a real jewel.
Shut Up And Sing:
Documentary that gives an intimate close-up of the Dixie Chicks as they deal with the controversy surrounding the disparaging remarks made by singer Natalie Maines against the War Emperor. Their response, as they rebuild their careers artistically and business-wise, is very impressive.
X-Files- I Want To Believe:
The latest X-Files movie does not quite have the wiz-bang fun of past efforts but is still entertaining and somewhat thought provoking.
Will Smith stars in a post-modern look at superheroes with a couple of interesting twists.
Searching for the Wrong-eyed Jesus:
Songwriter Jim White takes a trip through the Deep South to explain and explore the essence of the region. The result is a captivating, soulful journey accompanied by some interesting roots music.
The Dark Knight:
The hype about Heath Ledger playing The Joker is legitimate- and he seems to have a great time doing it. More fun and movie magic with the Caped Crusader’s “wonderful toys.”
Fun With Dick and Jane:
This remake is not quite the usual vehicle for Jim Carrey’s extreme comedic abilities, but he does it well. The slightly different plot from the original is a nice adjustment to the changing economic times.
Freddie King- Live in Europe:
It’s good to discover that filmed performances of the blues singer/guitarist exists. Mr. King died quite young and I’m glad that future generations can enjoy his intense stage presence and searing guitar. I saw Mr. King perform in the early 1970’s, around the same period of time these concerts were recorded.
Don Cheadle is a Muslim bomb expert with questionable loyalties, to both sides. Well acted and interesting story. Lesson: Don’t allow yourself to be used by states and religious fanatics.
Though the writing and acting aren’t the best, this movie does give some insight to a period of history rarely dealt with- the Irish colonization of New Zealand and the resulting conflict with indigenous tribes.
Gram Parsons- Fallen Angel:
Excellent, detailed documentary about the life of singer/songwriter Gram Parsons. Parsons was integral in turning on the young masses of the 60’s to country music through his involvement with The International Submarine Band (arguably the first country/rock band), The Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. A brilliant talent who flamed out at much too young of age.
Ricky Gervais is quite funny as a person who can see and communicate with ghosts. A comedy to be enjoyed while being reminded just what is important in life.
The fact that this documentary was banned from network television is enough reason to watch it. The film documents the 1971 Detroit Winter Soldier Investigation in Detroit. Nothing fancy. Just testimony after testimony of the atrocities committed by US Troops in Vietnam. The film provides still more evidence that the state converts men into murderous beasts.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Texas rancher, Pete Bonds, responding to the EPA’s proposal to regulate cow emissions as a cause of global warming.
The cure for a slump is a slump.”
“Only collectivists consider they have any moral right to criticize the “profligacy” of those who create enough wealth to use whatever they can buy on the free market, in any way they choose, whether it be “energy,” land, or long underwear. Underneath their cloak of presumed holiness, collectivists are would-be thieves, aiming to impoverish those of whom they are jealous. They simply lack the courage to pull out a gun and deprive the “profligate fat cats” of their wealth DIRECTLY – they prefer to hire bully-boys in government uniforms to do the job for them, under the sanctified cloak of “shared sacrifice.”
The Emperor-Elect [That’s NOT what the masses want to hear.]
GW Bush [So……..which one are you?]
Barack Obama, indicating he would oppose investigations of wrongdoing by the CIA and other agencies.
All sarcasm aside, the tangible benefits to the state after such a tragedy are:
- Those employed as crash investigators will have plenty of work to keep them busy while they calculate just what caused the accident.
- The destroyed helicopter will have to be replaced, resulting in more job security and revenue for the ever-busy military industrial complex.
- The personnel lost will have to be replaced, creating a new assignment for aggressive military recruiters.
- The new personnel will have to be trained, clothed, fed, etc, resulting in a multitude of support opportunities.
- The treatment of the injured and the care of the deceased’s family will necessitate more work for the military medical and compensation establishment.
Add to these tangible benefits the intangible gains:
- Militarists everywhere now have another dead hero to fawn over. Only the military honors those who have failed.
- The media will expound on the “service” of the deceased, contributing to the statist conditioning of the populace that the military is comprised of brave, courageous folk who are our only barrier between being free and living under tyranny.
- The military uses this event to expound on the dangers involved in “protecting” the populace from ever-increasing (and state created) threats.
Bastiat said, "Society loses the value of things which are uselessly destroyed." Yes, society suffers but the state is strengthened, at further cost to society. Society is forced to pay for the state’s mistakes- in this case, the military’s. The state is not only tangibly compensated but intangibly strengthened.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States
"The truth is that the only way out of this mess is less government, more savings, and increased production."
“Those in charge of the Israeli State, and those who aspire to run the embryonic Palestinian State, simply find the conflict too politically and materially profitable to abandon, despite the horrors it inflicts on the victims of their misrule.”
Dick Cheney [Ummm…Who created the violence in the first place?]
The Chinese Information Office, commenting on its crusade to make the Internet safe for its young population to surf without encountering pornography.
Nancy Pelosi, House speaker. [Spending trillions you don’t have, while already trillions in debt, to erase trillions in debt. Orwellian economics at its best.]
The Man With Melanin, commenting on the projected deficit.
Condoleeza Rice, commenting on Israel’s slaughter of civilians in Gaza. [Humanitarian corridor? What’s to keep them from bombing that too?]
Dick Cheney, on the current financial crisis.
Friday, January 9, 2009
The police don’t exist to protect individuals. The police exist to serve the needs of the state and collect its revenue. The police will continually remind us just who matters most (it’s not you) and just who is in charge (it’s definitely not you). Today’s obscenely ostentatious display of pomp and public expense illustrates that well.
The police are just another gang looking to control turf. The only difference between them and the street gangs is that the police wear uniforms and badges. When street gangs rob and kill individuals it’s called “crime.” When the police and state rob and kill individuals it’s called “good government” and “effective law enforcement.” The only reason the police and the state (the government gang) fight street gangs is because they are perceived as a threat to their monopoly of force and coercion.
The life and property of you meaningless, tax paying, peons is irrelevant. So, pull your cars to the side of the road and get out of their way!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Charles H. Featherstone
Paul Craig Roberts
When you look at what this president took on in terms of AIDS relief and foreign assistance to the world, when you look at the number of countries ... and the number of people that this president has actually liberated — you know, I really am someone who believes that you don't want to pay too much attention to today's headlines."
Alan Grayson, Representative-elect of Florida ’s 8th District [Thanks to Mark Davis]
That is precisely the path that we began only 4 years ago in pursuit of our national interest and have not wavered from that critical path despite the untold misunderstandings, vilification and demonization we have endured from across the political divide.”
Gideon Gono, central banker in Zimbabwe, where inflation is running 230 million percent.
The Emperor-Elect on how he plans to save us all. [I guess wanting to spend at least $1 trillion is not “throwing money at the problem.” Perhaps, heaving or tossing would be more accurate verbs?]
The Economic-Ignoramus-Elect [More of the collectivist “we” crap. All for one and one for all. Unite to save The Fatherland!! This statement brings to mind the words of Mussolini; "Everything within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State."]
Thursday, January 1, 2009
A fact that should genuinely upset Christians is that a man who claims to be a minister of the gospel of Christ chooses to even participate in such an event.
No true Christian would have anything to do with the state- let alone give a blessing in His name. The state is Satan's tool on earth-why give it legitimacy? Why would God send a Savior to earth only to preach subservience to the most wicked of earthly inventions- the tyrannical state?
Both entities long ago realized that each can complement the other by deceiving individuals into maintaining allegiances to both. Mr. Warren continues this infamous tradition.
Mr. Warren is a suck-up and a sell out. You either serve God or you serve the state- you can't do both.