Monday, August 31, 2009

Let’s Enlighten KayBay

Kay Bailey Hutchison, campaigning to be the next Tejas governor, is claiming to be an “enlightened” Republican. Describing a politician as “enlightened” is the equivalent mischaracterization of describing a tiger as vegetarian.

KayBay is always good for a laugh. She’s nothing more than Hillary in cowboy boots, though she certainly has a more suitable figure for pant suits than does the War Wench.

What she claims as “silly rhetoric about secession” is her constituency politely claiming that they’ve had ENOUGH of the tyranny and plunder of her demonic, thieving out of control Federal government. Her remarks remind me of King George’s perturbed reaction to the independence sentiment of the American colonists. What next? Will she denounce such secession talk as “treasonous” and threaten death by hanging to those who dare speak ill of the king?

KayBay may be wise to take seriously this “silly rhetoric,” as it reflects the growing distaste for and mistrust of the state to which she holds unbending allegiance. Her subjects have had enough of the surveillance state, unwarranted spying, trillions of mounting federal debt, bailouts of bank-sters and Wall Street cronies, a growing roster of dictatorial Czars, escalating and expanding colonial wars, belligerent posturing towards other countries, sanctioning, defending and celebrating torture, and Federal Reserve manipulated dollar devaluations.

But down comes KayBay from lofty, high-living, DC royalty claiming enlightenment for the ignorant, “silly” Tejas masses. May she sample and experience the bitter taste in the mouths of those who’ve been force fed the district’s abuse. May she quickly realize (for her own good) that the commoners will no longer stomach a diet of oligarchic despotism.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Is it to the benefit of humankind to exist in, and be driven in all collective action by, perpetual and pervasive fear? The answer to that question is also the answer to the question of whether or not we need — or, indeed, can tolerate the continued existence of — the state.”
Thomas L. Knapp

“Helpless people take orders well, they don't have minds of their own, they are predictable, they won't surprise corporations or governments with resistance to the newest product craze, the newest genetic patent -- or by armed revolution. Helpless people can be counted on to despise independent citizens and hence they act as a fifth column in opposition to social change in the direction of personal sovereignty.”
John Taylor Gatto

“The ‘mainstream’ media simply can’t be trusted. That’s why newspapers are losing circulation at a rapid clip, and television news is fading in importance. It’s not the Internet that’s killing off the sainted mandarins of the "mainstream" – it’s their role as transmission belts for official propaganda, whether it be from the government or the partisan opposition. They’re shills, and everybody knows it.”
Justin Raimondo

“There’s no policy change that’s going to save us. There’s no election that’s going to put a halt to the onslaught of tyranny. It’s here already – this country has changed for the worse and will continue to change for the worse. There is now a division between the citizenry and the state. When that state is used as a tool against me, there is no longer any reason why I should owe any allegiance to that state.”
Nick Monahan

“It would seem though that the only way to ensure lack of government intervention is to limit government. Since even such a clearly written document as our constitution isn’t able to invoke the necessary integrity and morality in our federal civil servants, it’s clear that the only solution is to limit the federal government to nothing and allow the states to govern and trade amongst themselves and with other economic agents.”
Don Cooper

“From warrantless wiretapping to the suppression of information under cover of state secrets, and from the waging of imperialist wars of conquest to torture, the militarist mind-set driving capitalist elites at warp speed towards an abyss of their own creation, are signs that new political provocations are being prepared by America's permanent "shadow government" – the military-intelligence-corporate apparatus.”
Tom Burghardt

“It’s certainly encouraging that the public is concerned about the growth of government, but it’s also puzzling and discouraging that the objections do not seem based on principle. What the town hall meetings seem to be saying is, “I don’t want to jump into the fire, but I’m content to stay in the frying pan.” A lethal dose of poison is strenuously resisted, but a smaller dose is quite all right.
Any resistance to the growth of government is good, but how much better if it were based on the nature of man and the nature of government, and not on some annoying details.”
Paul Hein

“Today, Ben Bernanke is our tragic hero. His flaw is as obvious as his challenge. He thinks he can stop the world from turning.... stop the seasons...avoid the hard, correcting winter by tempting the sun with bailouts, stimulus and cheap credit. His arrogance is an affront to the gods.”
Bill Bonner

“Don't think "Taxation is theft" is merely a libertarian bumper sticker. No amount of spin, slant, cant, parsing, philosophizing or any other wordplay can turn government-imposed taxation into a voluntary activity.”
Garry Reed

“No service or product should be provided at the barrel of a gun. It’s that simple. There are no exceptions unless one believes people have no rights. If one believes people have no rights, then "government" is not "necessary" to "protect" what doesn’t exist. If you believe people have rights, then you don’t "protect" them without their freely given consent. Also, protection is not submission to the violent, unaccountable control of another, nor is violent domination a legitimate method of doing business. Would you hire people who don’t acknowledge you have property, to protect your property? I wouldn't…”
Marc Stevens

“The central government of the United States (that is, 9 unelected judges, a congressional majority of only 269, and 1 CEO) cannot manage the bloated and unwieldy empire that a century of ritualistic centralization has produced; nor will it ever relinquish power.”
George Kennan

“It’s time to stop the excuses and the pardons people keep doling out for the real terrorists; the real thieves and murderers – politicians and government bureaucrats. It’s time to put them out of business forever.”
Alex R. Knight III


From the Darkness:
“Any nation as rich as ours ought to guarantee health coverage for all of its residents.”
Anonymous idiot writing for the NY Times

I will not personally travel in a state [Arizona] where civilians carry loaded weapons onto the sidewalks and as a means of political protest. I not only believe such practices are a threat to the future of our democracy, but I am firmly convinced that they would also endanger my own personal safety there.”
Arthur Frommer

"I know there are going to be some who say that this report [showing the government faces exploding deficits and mounting debt] proves that we can't afford health reform. I think that has it backwards."
US budget director Peter Orszag

"The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002.”
Dick Cheney

“May we honor the life and death of Sen. Edward Kennedy by laying aside the rancor, lies, fear, and even hate that has come to dominate the health-care debate in America this summer, and regain our moral compass by recovering the moral core of this debate: that too many Americans are hurting and suffering in a broken and highly inequitable health-care system, and that it is our moral obligation to repair and reform it — now.”
Jim Wallis, “Sojourners”

"The immediate release of these documents will destroy the board’s claims of exemption and right of appellate review. The institutions whose names and information would be disclosed will also suffer irreparable harm.”
A motion by the Federal Reserve to Manhattan Chief U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska to delay enforcement of her Aug. 24 decision that the identities of borrowers in 11 lending programs must be made public by Aug. 31

Image Review of the Week

In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie:

"All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them."

Simone de Beauvoir

How I spent my summer vacation……#8- Create my own, personal torture squad:

School is open! No excuse for not knowing the rules.....

.....and taking directions:

Nosey state agents- a worldwide epidemic:

Mate and pet. Two of a kind- noisy and obnoxious:

"The silent monster is full of restrained power; resolute in its onward sweep,.....

.....impervious to danger, it looks a menacing engine of destruction,.....

.....steady to its goal, and certain of its mission."

Patrick MacGill

One man’s music is another man’s refuse:

Really? We can decide our climate? Yes, We Can!

Oh, awright. Let’s do it for Teddy:

Whatever it takes- Go where you must to claim your individual sovereignty:

The faithful Obamatrons remain devout.....

.....while others contemplate their foolishness:

At least one clunker makes it out alive:

A helping hand to lead you to bondage:

"Flu View" - the newest cable channel:

Take heed - the warning signs are everywhere:

The state’s half-assed salute to a full fledged psychopath:

“I believe it is time to bring impeachment proceedings, not against the politicians, but against the ordinary people who are not living up to their obligations to see to it that their children do not live under tyranny.”
Butler Shaffer

Motorcades for Royalty:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“Reason” Without Adequate Information = Arrogant Ignorance

I’ve written some about atheists in the past. To summarize, I believe there are two versions of these thinkers. One is the individual who considers all his available information and rationalizes they he presently sees no proof of a God/Supreme Being/Creator (GSBC). Fair enough. I call these folks, Doubters.

The other kind (what I call the Fundamentalist) not only does not believe in the existence of a GSBC but unequivocally and categorically denies any possible existence of such a being. [Please note: this discussion is not examining the accuracy, validity or content of any religious dogma that claims specific knowledge of a GSBC.]

Though professional logicians will claim that you CAN prove a negative (though never 100% conclusively), the Fundy’s claim of absolute infallibility in this particular case (involving the existence of an entity somewhere in the universe) would require an individual have all the knowledge of the universe. The only reasonable claim they can make is that made by the doubters- who see no evidence of a GSBC within the parameters of their existing knowledge, perception and reason.

Why bring this up? Recently I viewed this video offered by The League of Reason:
I find it ironic that the fascinating facts about the universe presented in this video originate from an atheist organization. Why? Because at least a couple of these facts should give atheists (particularly, Fundys) reason (no pun intended) to pause and reflect.

Less than 5% of all material and energy is directly detectable.

Yikes! As I understand it, all material within the universe is either matter OR energy. In other words, if this fact is true, we cannot presently detect (let alone see, measure or quantify) 95% of the universe! Mankind is completely clueless about 95% of the universe, yet boldly makes absolute claims about what and what does not exist? How is that rational?

Less than one octillionth of the electromagnetic spectrum is visible to our eyes.

Yikes, again! The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation- radio waves, microwaves, terahertz radiation, infrared radiation, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, X-rays and gamma rays. According to Wikipedia, “EM radiation carries energy and momentum that may be imparted to matter with which it interacts.”

Obviously, EM provides a lot of information regarding the design and physical characteristics of the universe. Since virtually all of it is not visible to the eye, it appears there’s a lot of measuring and data interpretation yet to do before man can even begin to understand the nature, complexity and relevance of this phenomenon.

Cosmogony challenges the limits of human understanding.

I’ll say. So wouldn’t it be prudent to maintain an atmosphere of humbleness and modesty when making such universal, all-encompassing claims? Do Fundys really want to risk being cast as flat earth/earth-centric pre-Copernican misfits after any future, mind blowing discoveries? Shouldn’t Fundys at least pen a small asterisk after their incredible assertions when their admitted knowledge of the universe is the equivalent of a fart in a hurricane? Shouldn't Fundys base their unbelief, in part, on faith- as any honest believer in a GSBC does?

Even more mind blowing is this fascinating video:

Not only does man know virtually nothing about a universe he can’t even come close to adequately examining and measuring- but it turns out that there may be multiple universes (multiverses), including parallel universes just out of reach of our senses and perception. If these theories prove to be true, what fascinating discoveries await? What new knowledge will be gained to revolutionize our understanding of matter and energy? What new possibilities will arise? What theories, hunches, and past “superstitions” may be proven correct? What previously held dogmas (secular and religious) will be proven false? How will the very reality of our existence be changed?

My advice- by all means, continue reaching for the stars. Continually question and seek and formulate your personal truths. Just don’t allow your assertions or convictions to become unalterable dogma. Keep an open mind, feed your head, and prepare yourself for possible revelations of facts that may surpass your imagination.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hypocrite on Parade

You may have seen this video posted recently at the LRC Blog. It shows a self-described Marine Corp vet speaking to his congressman at a town hall meeting about health care. Although his assertions concerning the Obama plan and Nancy Pelosi’s ignorance about Nazis are accurate, the gentleman seems characteristically confused about the US Constitution.

He claims he “swore an oath to defend my Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.” He also claims to have “kept his oath.” The gentleman seems to have a very selective memory as pertains to his participations in illegal, unconstitutional war(s). The gentleman also seems completely unaware that, as a slave of the military, he has absolutely no power, constitutional or otherwise, to “defend” that useless piece of paper.

By his participation in the US military, he voluntarily and actively defended this very same rouge regime that he now whines about interfering with his health care! I guess things look a little different from the other side of the gulag fence.

The truth is, it is his participation in the enforcement wing of the tyrannical US Government that offers them the protection to project their illegitimate power (in this case, health care) over unwilling subjects. The truth is, the gentlemen voluntarily (along with others) defended this regime as it daily violated the US Constitution. The truth is, this gentlemen willfully followed all orders from his civilian and military masters as they trampled upon the constitutional rights of their “constituents.” This is “keeping his oath?”

Outrage rings hollow when expressed by hypocrites.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Learn About the Creature

I’ve never written book reviews on this blog in the past, but I think I’ll start. One of my summer projects was to read “The Creature From Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin. This is Mr. Griffin’s well researched history of the Federal Reserve. Read a 600 page book about banking? No need to worry. Mr. Griffin writes in such a way as to keep your interest in the history and personal stories involved in the creation of this monster and the read never becomes tiresome or dry, as many books on banking do.

Many folks, looking to understand the state’s tyranny and how to resist, will think there are better topics to spend time learning about than central banking. However, as Mr. Griffin explains, it is the Federal Reserve System which is at the root of all problems created by state intervention in the lives of free individuals:

“The chain of events begins with fiat money created by a central bank, which leads to government debt, which causes inflation, which destroys the economy, which impoverishes the people, which provides an excuse for increasing government power, which is an on-going process culmination in totalitarianism.”

The state increases in power by taking its subject’s wealth. However, it can only get away with so much taxation of its subjects before they revolt. Therefore, a central bank, and the monetary mechanizations it provides, is created to allow the state to create as much money as it needs. This is the only way the massive welfare/warfare state can support itself.

Mr. Griffin provides a detailed explanation of the Mandrake Mechanism- the process by which the Fed converts debt into money. The end product of the Mechanism “is an artificial expansion of the money supply, which is the root cause of the hidden tax called inflation.”

The author list seven reasons to abolish the Federal Reserve System:

1) It is incapable of accomplishing its state objectives.
2) It is a cartel operation against the public interest.
3) It is the supreme instrument of usury.
4) It generates our most unfair tax.
5) It encourages war.
6) It destabilizes the economy.
7) It is an instrument of totalitarianism.

This book gives an accurate assertion why all these reasons are true and then some. Understand the root cause of the state’s threat to your liberty. Read this book.

Dissent is Rising Among US Crusaders

"There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect."

This is a quote from one of the more recent US soldiers who refuse to deploy and fight in the growing list of US created wars. Quite by accident I came across this recent article that reveals a number of small ways soldiers are resisting in addition to going AWOL, refusing orders and even suicide. The concept of “search and avoid” is new to me and an ingenious way to stay alive. Hiding out in Iraqi houses and drinking tea is another good one. The piece is well worth a read.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The US government’s attacks on foreign financial institutions are one more means by which the US is slowly establishing controls that will prevent the populace from escaping their indentured servant status here, or just escaping, period. One of the effects of these attacks will be, to some extent, to lock American assets into American banks and keep funds here, onshore, where they are readily controllable, seizable and debasable. These attacks are a way of closing the borders, are the makings of a banking ‘Berlin Wall.’”
Jeff Snyder

“Opponents of the State must have faith in their fellow human beings - that they will not let them stand alone against the physical force of government; that they will stand together and risk individual physical injury in order to prevent collective injury to their social freedoms.”
Carl Watner

“Cassandra’s curse was to always tell the truth about the future, but never be believed. If you add to that curse that she would be ridiculed, derided, and shunned for making her predictions, you have a pretty fair approximation of what it feels like to be a libertarian.”
John Hasnas, Associate Professor of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

“You can’t overthrow the laws of economics. You can’t borrow your way out of debt. You can’t consume your way out of poverty. If you could, then you have created the economic equivalent of the perpetual motion machine. It’s not going to happen.”
Michael Barnett

“The similarity of arguments against the abolition of slavery and arguments against the abolition of government (as we know it) should shake the faith of all Americans who still labor under the misconception that ours is a "government of the people, by the people, for the people." From where I stand, it looks distressingly like an institutional complex that rests on the same shaky intellectual foundations as slavery.”
Robert Higgs

“If Obama is doing nothing wrong, why would he worry about peaceful armed people in his presence? Politicians should be harmless enough that no one would want to kill them or do them harm. If they are not, it is an indication that they have overstepped their authority and have become a threat to the people who are forced to live with the results of their "laws". It should be a wake-up call to back off and straighten up. Instead it will be seen as an excuse to further illegally expand the power and authority of the state.”
Kent McManigal


From the Darkness:
"If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al-Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans."
Barry Obama, defending his Afghanistan Crusade

"When you bring a loaded gun, particularly a loaded assault rifle, to any political event, but particularly to one where the president is appearing, you're just making the situation dangerous for everyone."
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

“So it seems we aren’t going to have a second Great Depression after all. What saved us? The answer, basically, is Big Government.”
Paul Krugman, a so-called economist

"Last fall, our financial system stood on the brink of a collapse that threatened a depression. The crisis required our government to display wisdom, courage and decisiveness. Fortunately, the Federal Reserve and key economic officials in both the Bush and Obama administrations responded more than ably to the need. The United States economy is now out of the emergency room and appears to be on a slow path to recovery."
Warren Buffet

“The president, I think, has surrounded himself with some of the most brilliant choices. Dr. Holdren, I don’t want to embarrass you but I sometimes refer to you as walking on water.”
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV speaking to Obama science czar, John P. Holdren

"We saved the world from disaster."
Fed chief Ben Bernanke

Image Review of the Week

Without their paraphernalia they are impotent ghosts:

Millions head toward Obamacare.....

.....but how many survive?

"Conformity is the jailer of freedom.....

.....and the enemy of growth."
John F. Kennedy

Coming soon, from Government Motors:

Is it “Game Over” for the tax eaters?

The Amerikan way. Torture while comfortable.....

.....and indifferent:

"Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you."

Wayne Dyer

We don’t want no steen-king press:

It’s always nice to feel wanted:

"If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world."
Deepak Chopra

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." Arthur C. Clarke

Johnny Law prefers the higher ground.....

The Bush Legacy- Mutilated children held in a democratic cage:

The state’s Speech Zones. Zone defense is more effective than man-to-man:

Whatever the standard of measurement- it’s still slavery:

"Voting is a civic sacrament."

Theodore Hesburgh

How many are targeted for removal?