Sunday, February 28, 2010

Italian Welders Get Whacked

Back in November I wrote about the media attack against Italian welders hired to construct a new bridge in Dallas. Well, it seems that reporter Byron Harris, defender of statist truth, mob justice, labor cartels, bigotry, and xenophobia, has succeeded in having these men, in effect, banished from this country by having their visas revoked. What wonderful hospitality!

Of course, the concern expressed is for the fairness to “Texas” welders (a term still not quite defined). "These guys are welders just like our welders in this state. And there's a lot of unemployment in this state, and our guys could be doing this work, too," drooled a spokesman from the local union mob. Apparently, this troglodyte seems to have the idea that “our guys” have some inherent right to be hired and paid whatever wage they demand. “Companies use the cheapest labor they can get,” he complained. Duh.

Hey bonehead, when you hire someone to cut your grass (and it better be a Texan and not a Mexican!) do you not hire the cheapest labor you can? When you take bids to add an addition to your house, do you not seek out the best price? Why do union thugs feel that their occupations are above such discriminating (and sensible) bargain hunting?

The labor cartels whine and whimper, pleading to our sense of nationalism and reminding us of fascist laws (Davis-Bacon) that protect their labor fiefdom with state threatened violence. Meanwhile, the taxpayers get hit with higher costs, construction delays lasting months- and eleven hard working, enterprising, competitive, skilled men get whacked.

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"The state does not fear firearms, as such; it is well known that a firearm is nothing more than a tool. What the state fears more than anything is the public’s willingness to use firearms in the defense of their lives, property and traditional values.”
Tim Case

“I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at ‘big brother’ while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough."
Joe Stack

“Government is not established to protect individuals; it is established to protect power. People don’t establish governments to secure themselves; some people establish governments to formalize or strengthen their rule over others.”
Darian Worden

“Life is not safe, nor will it ever be. "Safety" and "living well" have never been compatible.”
Kent McManigal

“If justice be a natural principle, then it is necessarily an immutable one; and can no more be changed — by any power inferior to that which established it — than can the law of gravitation, the laws of light, the principles of mathematics, or any other natural law or principle whatever; and all attempts or assumptions, on the part of any man or body of men — whether calling themselves governments, or by any other name — to set up their own commands, wills, pleasure, or discretion, in the place of justice, as a rule of conduct for any human being, are as much an absurdity, an usurpation, and a tyranny, as would be their attempts to set up their own commands, wills, pleasure, or discretion, in the place of any and all the physical, mental, and moral laws of the universe.”
Lysander Spooner

“There is nothing wrong with telling people that taxation is robbery, that regulation is trespass, that drug laws are assault and robbery, that politicians are criminals, and that the state is a monstrous criminal agency.”
Ben O’Neill

“Whether we are considering licensing, the establishment of tariffs, or the opening of the federal treasury for wholesale looting to benefit the friends of those holding the keys to the treasury, it is always governmental force that is called upon to transmit the virus of institutionalism. The nation-state – which has become the "typhoid Mary" in all of this – continues to expose otherwise healthy tissue to the disease-ridden influence that has reduced Western civilization to a terminal state.”
Butler Shaffer
From the Darkness:
“Usually a lack of profits is not considered a good result, but compared to the record loss the industry reported a year ago it represents a significant improvement.”
FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, commenting on the FDIC’s largest deficit on record.

“The science regarding climate change is settled, and human activity is responsible for global warming.”
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

"[Ron] Paul isn't a traditional conservative. His obsession with long-decided monetary policy and isolationism are not his only half-baked crusades."
David Harsanyi, Reason Magazine

"It's about jobs. In it's life, it [the health bill] will create 4 million jobs -- 400,000 jobs almost immediately."
Nancy Pelosi

“The very well-off [in Pakistan] do not pay their fair share for the services that are needed, in health and education primarily.”
Queen Hillary, spreading Amerkan Marxism to other countries.

Image Review of the Week

YOUR home is THAT way!

The God state- armed and ready for more mischief:

"Heroes, whatever high ideas we may have of them, are mortal and not divine."

John Osborne

A demand that (unfortunately) won’t survive the heat:

Rid your mind and reality of statist inclinations:

Teach them early......

......their roles in life, ......

......and to do their jobs well:

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people."

George S. Patton

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."


The Queen does not like what she sees:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“I do not claim to be a ‘citizen’ although the US government would label me in that way. I emphatically assert that I do not belong to any government. I did not consent to be ‘represented’ or ruled. I don't buy into the lie of ‘implied consent‘. I did not sign any constitution so I do not agree to be ‘governed’ even if a government actually obeyed that document. I do not need governmental protection from anything. There is nothing in it for me or for anything I value, and there is nothing I am willing to voluntarily give any government, anywhere on this planet or any other. Nothing, that is, except the cold shoulder, or if pressed, contempt. If anything, I am a denizen. I happen to live where I live. That is all.”
Kent McManigal

“No nation has ever existed, except for present company...whose histories have yet to be completed...that didn't default, renege, collapse, go bankrupt, disappear, disintegrate, capitulate, or otherwise fall over and die. The only questions are when and how.”
Bill Bonner

“When it comes to state worship, leader worship, and military worship, Americans are just as bad as anyone else in history.”
Laurence Vance

“Isn’t it somewhat twisted that taxation — the act of taking personal property and earnings by force, under the threat of violence, further theft, life destruction, and/or going to the hoosegow — is considered to be the law-abiding action, while the act of resisting the threats of theft and personal destruction is considered to be the ‘violence?’”
Karen De Coster

“I know Ron Paul. He is a friend of mine. And Sarah Palin, you are no Ron Paul.”
Doug Wead, ex-Reagan aide.

“The only appropriate celebrations of President's Day these days involve spitting, ridicule and obscene gestures.”
Thomas R. Eddlem

“There are some presidents that I would like to show appreciation for today: the presidents of Glock,, Coors, Wrangler’s, Colt, Maker’s Mark, Jeep, Pelican kayaks, Benchmade, Tabasco, Zatarain’s, Tropicana, Vortex binocs, Maglite, and Winn-Dixie, who provide services that actually DO keep me safe, happy, and free.”
Meredith Bass
From the Darkness:
"So many of us live to work, work to earn, and earn to consume, and our consumption habits are squandering the earth's natural resources.
Spending less time in paid work could help us to break this pattern. We'd have more time to be better parents, better citizens, better carers and better neighbours.”
Anna Coote, co-author of the 21 Hours report, which recommends the work week be reduced to 21 hours.

“We believe in Limited Government, Free Speech, the 2nd Amendment, our Military, Secure Borders and our Country!”
From the Tea Party Nation website.

“Don't cut Medicare.”
Newt Gingrich, from his healthcare proposal.

“If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

"We've only been halfway through the act. The job-creating portions are really loaded at the second half here."
Joe Biden, Defending the Obama stimulus program.

Image Review of the Week

Justice awaits the global warming cabal:

Challenge the youth...... NOT accept happy slavery:

Spit and polish to please the master:

Had enough?

"In music the passions enjoy themselves."

Friedrich Nietzsche

Major dufus.......

......of Olympic proportions:

Proud Papa? Breeders for the state:

Be prepared for when the census takers come a’knockin’:

When will Dick Cheney go away?

Don’t Fence Me In:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Please, Sarah, Just Go Away

Having no television reception, I had never honestly seen and heard Sarah Palin speak. I’ve only read quotes and some text of her speeches. Seeing her words on paper (or rather a web page) is disturbing enough. I’ve only leered at photos showing her dynamite legs- a pleasant contrast to the jagged sequoias Queen Hillary waddles around on. But recently I made the effort to actually listen to the woman.

Yikes! How can anyone stand to be bombarded with that squeaky, scratchy voice? I lasted about 30 seconds before tearing off the headphones to relieve my sonic distress. I’d almost rather listen to some simian rapper do his version of the Nutcracker Suite than listen to this screeching banshee. Not only are the woman’s spoken thoughts trite, vapid, and contradictory, her presentation matches her spoken lunacies. The woman is a walking, flesh and blood cartoon!

This is what attracts the politically active? This is what attracts those looking for a master/guide to lead them out of the wilderness, relieve their distress, and validate their harmful bigotries and skewed political views? This is someone the media actually takes the time to interview, while believing what she says is intelligent, relevant and credible?

When will people finally realize what a scam politics is, playing on the fears and ignorance of a poorly educated and misinformed populace? When will people realize that only clowns and crooks are attracted to this line of “work?” When will people realize that they DON”T have to settle for incompetent and criminal “leaders” to guide and direct their lives? When will they realize that they DON”T need any leaders AT ALL?

A self directed life is a life worth living. A self directed life is one that offers the greatest chance of success. To be led by the nose by some perceived “leader” does not improve your chances of success, but rather creates the greatest risk of failure. Only YOU know what is best for you. The only requirement is that you are responsible and motivated enough to research all facts and opinions before making the critical decisions that will alter and affect your life. Why trust those important decisions to someone who can’t articulate their own thoughts without using speech writers and teleprompters? As William Anderson writes, “They are not necessarily leaders; they simply are people who control a mechanism that permits them to gain coercive power over others while claiming to be leading by moral example.”

Why do people feel that because someone holds political office (or is running for one) they hold all the knowledge and power necessary to improve the lives of others? Just because someone stands behind a podium while speaking doesn’t mean they are worth listening to. Just because someone’s words are amplified through a public address system doesn’t mean the content of that speech is accurate or even relevant. And just because some public figure appears on the nightly TV/news/cartoon shows certainly doesn’t denote a person worthy of your time.

You don’t need Homer Simpson (or the female equivalent) for anything but to laugh at, ridicule, and dismiss See these characters as nothing more than a source of healthy humor, not as someone to follow, imitate, or take seriously.

I see lots written about some guy named Glenn Beck, whose program seems to stir up a lot of dissent and controversy. I’ve honestly never listened to him, either. As long as this experience with Screechy Sarah is fresh in my memory, I’m very hesitant to investigate. My nerve endings and auditory system are still tender from the SS outburst and another unpleasant sonic experience just might send me over the edge. I just can’t take that chance.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Snowmageddon- Dallas Style

The impact on people of extreme and unusual weather is relative to what is considered “normal” and what is considered “extreme” to a particular geographic region. In other words, a two inch rain in Miami is just a typical afternoon shower, while an equivalent amount of rain falling in Phoenix is considered very significant. A 50 mph wind in Lubbock is just considered a stiff, spring breeze, while such a blow would be considered dangerous and damaging in Cleveland.

With this in mind (particularly among you East Coasters buried under multiple-feet of snow) I want to discuss the recent snow event that occurred in Dallas, TX. It usually doesn’t snow more that a couple times during a winter (sleet and ice are more likely) and when it does snow, no more than a couple inches accumulates. That amount is considered a good sized snow event in Dallas. This winter has seen as least four instances of snow accumulation so far, including Dallas’ first white Christmas in 83 years. That milestone was surpassed this past Thursday, Feb. 11 when the skies over north Texas opened up for over 12.5 inches of snow in about in 18 hour period. That’s the official amount at the warm, cozy DFW airport, so I would imagine that the cooler, rural areas saw several more inches of the evil white shit (EWS). The EWS that fell during this particular storm was of the wet and heavy variety which resulted in lots of snapped tree limbs, collapsed awnings and other damage.

A few hours after the EWS finally finished falling, my power went out. How ironic- to lose power on the very day I planned to pay my electric bill. It stayed out for about 32 hours, giving me the opportunity to experience winter camping for the first time since I was a young Boy Scout. As I write this (late Sunday afternoon) thousands remain without power as Oncor (the local state power monopoly) struggles to restore the power they brag they are so good at providing. In fact, according to the Dallas Morning Ooze, Oncor’s operator sent a message before the storm arrived claiming, "Bring it, Old Man Winter. Oncor's ready." Uh-huh.

I shivered and struggled to stay warm, biding my time by cursing and condemning these bungling union jackals for their incompetence, my loss of productive work time and the fact that they are a monopoly and I have no choice but continue to do business with them in the future. I killed time thinking about just what I would do when I spotted an Oncor repair truck finally reaching my neighborhood. Would I merely pepper his vehicle unmercifully with hard, icy snow balls while remaining stoically silent? Or would I add spoken insults, profanities and invectives between each wind up?

I went to the nearby Denny’s for a hot meal and there was a line of people waiting. A line at Denny’s? People must be desperate. To kill time and find some warmth I went to a nearby yuppy mall and walked around. Lots of stores selling useless, overpriced merchandise. The only practical business I noticed was a Radio Shack. The only interesting store I noticed was an Apple store. There must have been fifty sale assistants in the place, decked out in their trademark blue shirts. I dared not walk in to browse, fearing I would be pounced on by an eager, young salesperson, ready to convince me I can afford some of their nifty merchandise.

I can claim some preparation for an event such as this, but saw ways I could improve that preparation for a similar or more severe event in the future. I have a small gas stove to heat food and water but no practical way to keep a room warm. My winter sleeping bag provides a toasty night’s sleep, even in sub-freezing weather. My emergency food supply should hold out for some time.

After regaining power and catching up on the news I found that the weather forecasters had only forecast “one to three inches” of EWS, giving legitimacy to the approach of “prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

Mercifully, the snow has melted. The EWS is back in either meteorological Hell or Ma Nature‘s deadly arsenal, awaiting the next time She gets peeved and decides to punish us. All that remains are a few grayish white clumps- the remains of EWS-men, created by innocent children who don't know any better.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The only entity that is “allowed” to profit from misery, pain, and death is government. Human lives can only be considered a resource when the state wields the scythe that separates the wheat from the chaff.”
Anthony Ajamian

"Traditionalists are understandably concerned about the damage that results when the military becomes a tool of radical social engineering. But they are so bewitched by appeals to nationalist and jingoist impulses that they fail to see the central role of the military establishment in fomenting the social changes they deplore. This isn't a problem we would be dealing with if we didn't have an immense standing military with a global license to meddle and an increasingly visible role in domestic policing.”
Will Grigg

"At the root of institutionalized death and destruction lies the desire of authoritarians to control what doesn’t belong to them – the lives, liberty, and loot of other individuals. Each consistent strike against control – against authority itself, not the changing of guards or victims – wedges further into the cracks that can set empire crumbling to pieces. Cultivating independence physically and mentally challenges the evils that reach with instructions or bombs toward every individual."
Darian Worden

“Constitutions can’t protect you from government. It’s a wild, savage animal, and the only way to protect yourself from it is to take it around back of the barn and put it out of your misery.”
Thomas L. Knapp

“This statist worship is sickening. Americans have a love affair with being ruled, controlled, and bamboozled by the Master Class. They yearn for authority figures, and in fact they justify their serfdom while genuflecting to such notions as social justice, duty, and “fair share.” No “good patriot” wants to be seen as a heretic in the Church of Washington D.C.”
Karen DeCoster

“The secession taking place in America is a secession of the heart – of people who have come to believe the government is them, and not us.”
Pat Buchanan

“I don’t know who he is, but he looks like a crook. He looks like he would take every single thing you have.”
Daniel Muir of the Indianapolis Colts, when shown a photo of Ben Bernanke.

From the Darkness:
“This was a tragic episode that the Agency has dealt with in a professional and thorough manner…Unfortunately, some have been willing to twist facts to imply otherwise. In so doing, they do a tremendous disservice to CIA officers, serving and retired, who have risked their lives for America’s national security.”
CIA statement, concerning the agency’s assitance in shooting down a plane containing Christian missionaries mistaken for drug smugglers, over Peru in 2001.

"If you don't pay bonuses, we can't tax it. Cops, firefighters, teachers, all municipal workers should be down there screaming, 'Pay Wall Street people more!' That's where their salaries come from."
Michael Bloomburg, giving his warped defense of bankster bonuses.

"A system like this should have strong logins, should require that the request be documented fully, and should produce statistical information so there can be strong oversight. I think that's a good thing to have."
Jim Harper, Cato Institute, giving his endoresement to the idea of creating a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically.

“I deeply regret that the government has bowed to the wishes of the markets.”
Yiannis Panagopoulos, head of the General Confederation of Greek Workers, Greece’s largest union.

“Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.”
John Brennan is Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, whining about critics.

"What we are going to be working on over the next several weeks is developing a significant regime of sanctions that will indicate to them [Iran] how isolated they are from the international community as a whole."
B. Obama, Man of Peace, frothing at the mouth at the opportunity to create misery in Iran.

"We can't afford grandstanding at the expense of actually getting something done. What I won't consider is doing nothing."
B. Obama, complaining about “partisan politics.” [Is there any other kind?]

“This epidemic [obesity] also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”
Meaty Michelle Obama, showing her concrn for the state’s livestock and cannon fodder.

“I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann

"No one likes to pay taxes, but with Pakistan's revenues representing less than 10% of [gross domestic product], Pakistanis pay less for their government than nearly any other country in the region. To balance its budget and invest for the future, Pakistan must begin to raise domestic revenues."
U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin [So when did this clown become the Pakistani Deputy Treasury Secretary?]

Image Review of the Week

Training for the defense test......

......with those who do it best:

Maybe global cooling......

......will save this precious rat:

Support The Troops! Feed them well!

Are you that desparate yet?

Time to shore up the defenses against Palestinian goats:

Maintain the proper spacing...... blast away over another grave:

Ma Nature keeps the murderers under ice......

......while protecting the children......

......and letting them play:

The locals wisely keep their distance:

Political promises- as disposable as a grocery list:

The high flying fantasy world of government economists:

Within reach. Touch, love, ......

......and ogle your Lincoln savior:

Dear soldier boy,
Your services are no longer required. You may return home:

A gay old time. I wanna hold you hand in Afghanistan:

You gotta look sharp......

......if you want to keep the world in chains: