Monday, December 27, 2010

Local Pundit’s Message to the Masses- Submit!

During the most recent uproar about TSA abuses against airline travelers, an appreciable amount of commentary space on mainstream tabloids was dedicated to discussion of this controversy. Most authors, of course, followed the usual, dutiful role as state apologist and defender. I don’t usually pay any attention to the local columnists writing for the Dallas Morning Ooze but a particular title caught my eye during by daily headline scan: “TSA's invasive airport screenings don't guarantee safety,” by Jacquielynn Floyd. Is there actually dissension among the ranks, I asked myself? Is Ms. Floyd one of those extremely rare writers who stands up for truth, armed with the facts?

After reading Ms Floyd’s thoughts, I realized her column’s title and ensuing text was merely a tease. Within the body of her commentary she accurately describes the unlawful and immoral aggression by TSA agents against individual travelers and her rightful disgust with such activity. However, the opening and closing statements of her column express the predictable and re-occurring theme seen within all statist commentary- obedience:

“If I want to fly – and I do – I will submit.”

“But rules are rules. Assume the position.”

In other words, forget all peaceful acts of resistance you may have in mind. Abandon any plans including determined, unbending battles to challenge and eliminate such abominable “security” procedures. Yes, these procedures are despicable, objectionable and don’t increase my safety one iota. But our rulers are ultimately in control, surrender is inevitable, and resistance is futile.

This bring us to another local commentary, this by a local TV anchor-puppet by the name of John McCaa who gives us his video commentary, "Why pat downs and scan are necessary." . Mr. McCaa wastes no time making a fool of himself, immediately stating, “We’ve sent a bad message to out troops in the field the last few weeks.” He’s referring, of course, to all those ungrateful boobs who have objected to being groped and sexually molested by state agents at the airport. The implication is that voicing objections is the equivalent, treasonous action of not “supporting the troops.” He then articulates the usual glorification and admiration of “our” brave soldiers, killing disobedient brown people on the other side of the world “to make sure you and I are safe.” He seems to place a large emphasis on describing the troops as “our troops” as if the national collective has some claim of ownership or control over their activities. Mr. McCaa makes a mild admission that these security measures may not be “proper” but then predicts the evil doer’s “luck will change” sometime in the near future and all us misfits and complainers will forget our objections. Not likely.

Mr. McCaa then once again brings up “our troops still under fire” (with no mention, of course. why- they’re aggressively invading and occupying other’s property) and appeals to our collective sensibility by suggesting we “think of what’s being asked of us.” Being asked by whom, Mr. McCaa- our state masters? You mean those same self-proclaimed rulers who lie, steal, torture, and murder at will around the world and even here in the “homeland?” Those same gangsters, elected by majority mob, who thereby claim to “represent” me? Besides, the last time I looked, no one was “asking” me or others to submit to such security theater and abuse- we were ordered! Any objection or rightful resistance means not flying or being caged. State monopolies enforced by violence never have to “ask” anything!

Writers, such as Ms. Floyd and Mr. McCaa both work for the large media conglomerate, Belo Corp. Such companies are highly regulated by the state (either by law or by limiting access to authority) and thus really have no credibility concerning opinions involving state intervention in people’s lives. They may tantalize and bait us here and there (as does Ms Floyd) with thoughts similar or paralleling our own but it’s just a ruse to stay relevant and desperately keep their steadily decreasing readers and viewers. Most likely they will blatantly and without hesitation repeat the state order of obedience to state mandates (no matter how unreasonable or ineffective) and unbending allegiance to the armed assassins who enforce such servility (as Mr. McCaa).

Ultimately, they know who controls their livelihoods and controls your life. So, shut up and assume the position.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"Ideas are the motive power of human progress, the force which shapes the world. Ideas are more powerful than armies, because it was ideas which caused the armies to be raised
Morris & Linda Tannehill

“Government employees think they are an elite class; above everyone else. Their wishes and opinions become 'law', while ours, if acted upon, are crimes.”
Kent McManigal

“As long as the American people continue to believe that their most formidable enemies are distant foreign terrorists rather than their own governments -- federal, state, local -- they will continue to lose their freedom and their wealth to the very entities they so wrongly believe exist to protect them.”

“Historically, criminality implied intent and required at least one victim. Today, however, crimes are whatever politicians and bureaucrats say they are. The law should deal with actions, not hypothetical situations, probabilities, or the mere potential to harm someone.”
Trevor Bothwell

“In reality the state is nothing more than a group of men and women that force everyone else to buy services from them. So even if the document that they claim is the foundation of their law, the constitution, does not give them permission to do this, so what? Why should they care? They have a monopoly on interpreting and applying the constitution. No one else gets to do this. So as you would predict given this situation, they have been interpreting it in favor of themselves for years, if not outright ignoring it. It really is an irrelevant document. A 250 year old parchment is not going to stop bullets.”
Michael P.

“When people say ‘God bless America’ or ‘God bless our troops,’ aren't they really trying to cast a spell? Do they really believe words can change reality? Or that a bumper sticker that reads, ‘Support our troops’ is nothing more than a talisman (‘A trinket or piece of jewelry thought to be a protection against evil')? Isn't this exactly what magic is? The belief that mere words, in the correct incantation, can alter reality to suit your tastes?”
Bob Wallace

“The gravest threats to their security that Americans face are domestic. They come from government. Government is strongly institutionalized. It is in place. It is everywhere. Government communicates to the public. Its speech invariably gets publicity. Government still commands a significant degree of trust. Government monopolizes certain missions that are crucial to Americans. Consequently its threats to national security are much more serious than any of the threats it purports to fight, including terrorism.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“People often have a hard time believing that the terms 'authoritarian' and 'tyranny' apply to their own government, but that's because those who meekly stay in line and remain unthreatening are never targeted by such forces. The face of authoritarianism and tyranny reveals itself with how it responds to those who meaningfully dissent from and effectively challenge its authority: do they act within the law or solely through the use of unconstrained force?”
Glenn Greenwald

“The world is very complex, with billions of people reacting to each other. It is impossible to predict all of the ramifications of our actions. That’s why moral rules are so important. If we set out to do things 'for the greater good,' believing that the ends justify the means, we may realize to our horror that we have ushered in great evils.”
Bob Murphy

“The culture of war . . . is not like the culture of ordinary peace-time life. It is a culture dominated by fear, blood, and sadism, by irrational actions and preposterous . . . results. It has more relation to science fiction or to absurdist theater than to actual life”
Paul Fussell

“[The] problem is the state, the one institution we allow this peculiar exemption from all of the general, moral assumptions that guide our daily dealings with one another. All ventures into politics are ultimately to prove unavailing at anything but reinforcing the untruths that hold it up.”
David D'Amato

“All politics that exist within the state monopoly are only variations on the question of what sector the wealth will come from and where the surplus that doesn’t go directly to the state apparatus will end up. This has always been the nature of the state. The state must and will continue to confiscate in order to survive.”
Gene DeNardo

“Clandestinism is not the usage of a handful of rogues, it is a formalized practice of an entire class in which a thousand hands spontaneously join. Conspiracy is the normal continuation of normal politics by normal means.”
Carl Ogelsby

“A cursory vetting of the evidence reveals that elected representatives are no more deliberative, nor sapient, nor any less rapacious than the plebeians whose vote they seek. It is understandable, really: the plebeians, theoretically and in fact, are the ultimate judge of all ideas and the source of all power; thus, they demand a representative who excels in nullity and mediocrity in order to best reflect majority opinion. The plebeians demand a mirror, even if it is cracked.”
Stephen Mauzy

“Nobody is born with a mandatory obligation to invisible lines on a map. Our fundamental obligation is to ourselves, our families, and the people that we choose to let into our circles...not to a piece of dirt that's controlled by mob-installed bureaucrats.”
Simon Black

“'Treason’ to and ‘betrayal’ of the state is service to humanity.”
Thomas L. Knapp

From the Darkness:
"I think the man [Julian Assange] is a high tech terrorist...he's done enormous damage to our country and to our relationships with our allies around the world, and he should be prosecuted."
Sen. Mitch McConnell

“When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange triumph of failed ideas. Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet they now dominate the political scene more thoroughly than ever.”
Paul Krugman

"Some years down the pike, we're going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It's going to be that we're actually going to take Medicare under control, and we're going to have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT. But it's not going to happen now."
Paul Krugman, on the future of you heatlth care

“And we intend to follow that up with public hearings and bring some of those in front of a public hearing to explain how they justify the use of federally regulated airwaves to offend people based on who they are -- not using free speech based on what their opinions may be.”
Al Sharpton, calling for the FCC to hold hearings on “what should be standards in regard to race and gender on publicly regulated TV and radio.”

"One myth that's out there is that what we're doing is printing money."
Ben Bernanke

"What I am trying to do in this interview is to make people aware of the fact that the threat is real, the threat is different, the threat is constant."
Attorney General Eric Holder keeping the fear alive.

"It's clear that our policy is going to be to continue to impose pressure on Iran so long as it defies its international obligations."
Stuart Levey, US Treasury, announcing new financial sanctions on Iran's elite military unit and the country's largest shipping company

"I say to all Americans, gay or straight, who want nothing more than to defend this country in uniform, your country needs you, your country wants you, and we will be honored to welcome you into the ranks of the finest military the world has ever known."
B. Obama, after repealing the ban on gay men and women to killon the state’s command [You neglected to add, "Your country owns you."]

"Defeating your own is a form of sophisticated cannibalism.”
Outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter, on the tea party activists who worked to defeat GOP centrists

“Some governments deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation."
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [Hubris on parade.]

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rest Easy- The War Criminal is Safe

US nationalists are resting easy in Dallas today after reading of the overnight incident near the residence of brutal war criminal, George W. Bush. It appears a drunken holiday reveler was too enthusiastic in showing off his classic automobile and promptly crashed it into someone’s yard. Some reports says the yard was Bush’s, some say a neighbor’s- the discrepancy to confuse potential terrrrrists, no doubt. We all sighed in relief after being confidently notified by authorities that Bush and his wife are “OK.”

When Bush first moved to this address in a heavily populated area in the heart of north Dallas, I was kind of surprised. Considering his unpopularity, wouldn’t he feel safer, I reasoned, in a more remote and rural area? Then I realized that Bush has adopted a popular protection tactic practiced by his hated “evil doers.” Just as a desperate Iraqi or Afghan insurgent has been known to use human shields to protect himself from enemy fire, Bush has situated himself among a dense, civilian population. Any troubles that find him now become his neighbor’s, as well. I guess The Shrub is more clever than I give him credit for.

We peons are already suffering the economic disruption caused in great part by his massive, expensive, and unending wars of aggression and occupation. Now we get to look forward to sharing in any trouble that comes his way in retirement. So nice of him to share.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The irony of it is that, even as the government is justifying its unaccountable power based on the stuff it knows that we don’t, it’s simultaneously warning us not to acquire any knowledge it doesn’t want us to have.”
Kevin Carson

"Government does not exist of necessity, but rather by virtue of a tragic, almost comical combination of klutzy, opportunistic terrorism against sitting ducks whom it pretends to shelter, plus our childish phobia of responsibility, praying to be exempted from the hard reality of life on life's terms."
Wolf DeVoon

“When someone asks how much liberty you’re willing to trade for security, you should ask why they assume there is a tradeoff. What we’re purchasing with our liberty, privacy and wealth is not security. It is a society of submission. True security is founded on liberty at home and abroad.”
Darian Worden

“The question that is never asked is: Do I have any right to impose my will on my neighbor, who is doing me no harm? For to ask that simple but penetrating question – and to come to grips with the moral implications of the answer – would cause the ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal' authoritarian alike to suddenly see the blood each have on their hands."
Eric Peters

“In a state where the people are sovereign, state secrets are maintained for one reason and one reason only: to permit certain elements of the state to operate freely without taking into account the will of the other elements of the state. This is why state secrets are intrinsically authoritarian and invariably lead to the loss of human liberty over time.”
Vox Day

“No state regulations and no economic calculus can replace each individual’s plans for his daily needs. The free man is the best man for this job. And there’re no free men without self-ownership.”
Cristian Gherasim

“Even if Americans become convinced that their government is lying to them about something having to do with war, they'll assume that the government is honest in its overall message about war: anything that the U.S. government does that is bad is done to stop something that is worse.”
Anthony Gregory

“To recap 'Obama justice,' if you create an illegal worldwide torture regime, illegally spy on Americans without warrants, abduct people with no legal authority, or invade and destroy another country based on false claims, then you are fully protected. But if you expose any of the evils secretly perpetrated as part of those lawless actions -- by publishing the truth about what was done -- then you are an Evil Criminal who deserves the harshest possible prosecution.”
Glen Greenwald

“The poisonous pedagogy of statism and collectivism has institutionalized the sacrifice of the individual, one’s rights and one’s liberty to serve the collective needs of the community, and to obey the will of the State, the community’s hired guns.”
Scott Lazarowitz

“The leak, in other words, is only the catalyst for the desired counter-overreaction; Wikileaks wants to provoke the conspiracy into turning off its own brain in response to the threat. As it tries to plug its own holes and find the leakers, he reasons, its component elements will de-synchronize from and turn against each other, de-link from the central processing network, and come undone. Even if all the elements of the conspiracy still exist, in this sense, depriving themselves of a vigorous flow of information to connect them all together as a conspiracy prevents them from acting as a conspiracy.”
Julian Assange

“It has been said that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. But such vigilance is a constant non-productive expenditure of energy, and it is grossly unreasonable to expect men to keep expending their energy non-productively out of ‘unselfish idealism.’ There is no area of the free market which requires the constant vigilance of the entire population to keep it from going awry.”
Morris & Linda Tannehill

“Stop playing by everyone else's rules. Refuse to be enslaved by the idea that it's your civic and moral responsibility to pay off the debts of your government's failures. Cast off the yoke of their control... and summon the courage to live a life by your own design.”
Simon Black

“If publishing is a crime, your editor is in trouble. If publishing 'sensitive' documents that make US officials look like fools is a crime, we're all in trouble.”
Bill Bonner

"You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan."
Richard Holbrooke, US diplomat, immediately before entering surgery he did not survive
From the Darkness:
“New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.”
From a US State Dept. press release , announcing that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011

“At this point, we are beyond indictments and courts. The damage has been done… Kill him.”
Jeffrey T. Kuhner, Washington Times, on Julian Assange

“I'm not advocating that we bring out of retirement the KGB proxy who, on a London street, killed a Bulgarian dissident with a poisoned umbrella tip. But it would be nice if people like [Julian] Assange were made to worry every time they go out in the rain.”
Charles Krauthammer

“In Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.”
Spencer Bachus, Alabama Republican , the incoming chairman of the House banking committee

“Childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well."
Michelle Obama [No more a threat than nosey, busy-body women with large, obese butts.]

"The Federal Reserve does not release specific information regarding the borrowings of individual institutions from our lending facilities. The approach is completely consistent with the long-standing practice of central banks."
Ben Bernanke

“I think it's understandable, and I'm very respectful of the feelings of the American people, but the question I would ask is, how do you feel about a continuing American commitment that is aimed at protecting you and your family now and into the future? Because that's the question we've asked, and this is how we've answered it.”
Queen Hillary, responding to a poll showing public disapproval of the Afghanistan war

"We've been taking a lot of heat for what we do. We just put a new face on TSA — I think a positive face."
Ernie Perez, a TSA security supervisor and tenor, commenting on the TSA choir serenading the human livestock at the airport.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“As Ron [Paul] has also long noted, the American State claims the right to know every single thing about us: every dime we earn and spend, every phone call we make or email we send. To track our movements. To know what we are teaching our children. To ascertain our shower head and toilet tank. Now even to see all of you naked or feel you up. And a million and one other insanities, indignities, and outrages. Every single aspect of life is within the State’s jurisdiction, or so it claims.
But for us to know anything about the State, aside from its propaganda, is treason. That is, of course, because the State is a criminal enterprise that depends on our consent. The more we know about its murders, its looting, its lying, the less willing we are to consent, to be good little robots, indeed to worship it as a god, which is always its ultimate ambition.”
Lew Rockwell

“I’m confused. It’s disregard for human life to [WikiLeaks] publish documents naming people who cooperate with invaders and occupiers and in naming them may get them killed, but it isn’t disregarding human life to actually invade and occupy a country, killing people in the process. Could someone please explain the morality to me, because I continue to look at this and the statist view makes utterly no moral sense to me.”
Charles Featherstone

“Ultimately, Wikileaks is about the desire to expose compromising secrets, not about maintaining Websites. And Wikileaks is just one incarnation of that push for transparency — taking the Website, the organization or its leader out of the picture only shifts the action elsewhere.”
J.D. Tuccille

“Let the debtors default and let the capitalists pick up the pieces.”
Eric Fry

“One by one, people will wake up and consider their options. 'Stay and fight' is just a bombastic rallying cry of the institutionalized, not a real option. The fact is, there is no enemy, there is no fight... there is only gradual erosion of freedom and opportunity.”
Simon Black

“Every increased resistance to the empire or any concocted event is going to be played as a threat to the mythical national security and used to enhance control over people so as to dampen any resistance. The new Old Order is not going to give up without a struggle. Trash it in your minds. Think of it as trash, as rubbish, which it is. It trashes everything it touches. And think of the people unalterably in it and who unwaveringly support it and have every intent to extend it further as trash for being the liars, manipulators, hypocrites, thieves, murderers, usurpers, and traitors that they are.”
Michael Rozeff

“Nothing could be more unnatural, indeed incompatible with the natural order, than placing the supposed 'interests' of the amalgam of inanimate objects that we call earth above the inviolable rights of the individual.”
David D'Amato

“Laws and rights are not the same thing. Laws either respect or disrespect rights, but they do not bestow them, because the government is not from whence rights flow, and you cannot bestow that which you do not first possess."
Karl Denninger

“One might worry that these [WikiLeaks provided] leaks could weaken international relations to the point of war. But the fact is... international relations are already at the point of war. And while some obedient citizens may remain loyal to their governments, many others are no longer going to be so eager to fight and die for the interests of their disgraced leaders.”

“If secrecy is necessary for national security and effective diplomacy, it is also inevitable that the prerogative of secrecy will be used to hide the misdeeds of the permanent state and its privileged agents. I suspect that there is no scheme of government oversight that will not eventually come under the indirect control of the generals, spies, and foreign-service officers it is meant to oversee.”
Tom Kirkendall

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“For those who can read the writing on the wall, the message is clear: we’re living in a corporate police state. The government has taken on the identity of the corporation, which exists to make money and amass power – not protect freedoms.”
John W. Whitehead

“We have a trans-political ideology; it is not right, it is not left, it is about understanding. Before you can give any advice, any program about how to deal with the world, how to put the civil into civilization. How to gain influence on people. Before you can have that program, first you have to understand what is actually going on. How does the world actually work. How do human civilisation and institutions actually work. What are they doing? Because, any remedy must be based on what is actually happening in practice. Because, if it is not based on what is actually happening it is based on some kind of fantasy. And therefore any program or recommendation, any political ideology that comes out of that misunderstanding will itself be a misunderstanding.
So, we say, to some degree all political ideologies are currently bankrupt. Because they do not have the raw ingredient they need to address the world. The raw ingredient to understand what is actually happening."
Julian Assange

“Democracy is the legitimizing story for modern government. But government actually suppresses democracy by ruling over people and using its control of information to mislead the public. The success of WikiLeaks in dispersing the power of knowledge among the broader population damages the ruling class’s ability to prevent people from making informed decisions.”
Darian Worden
From the Darkness:
“We have to reinforce the authority of the public authority. It is on the authority of the public authority that we can continue the resistance to an environment which is very demanding and will continue to be demanding for a period of time.”
Jean Clude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, hinting the ECB might launch a European-style quantitative easing program.

“Given the total, absolute, and final disappearance of Homo Sapiens, not only would the Earth’s community of life continue to exist, but in all probability, its well-being would be enhanced. Our presence, in short, is not needed. And if we were to take the standpoint of that Life Community and give voice to its true interests, the ending of the human epoch on Earth would most likely be greeted with a hearty ‘Good riddance!’”
Paul Taylor, philosopher and environmentalist in his, Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics

“Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, are not as important as a wild and healthy planet. … [The ecosystem has] intrinsic value, more value to me than another human body or a billion of them. … Until such time as Homo Sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”
David Grabe, biologist

"I think the man is a high-tech terrorist."
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, on Julian Aassange

"He should be treated as an enemy combatant."
New Gingrich, on Julian Aassange

“The people who are leaking these documents need to do a gut check about their patriotism.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill on WikiLeaks [ You're right, sweetheart.  Patriotism doesn't come from the brain, but from the gut, the colon and the anus.]

“Our sources are bravely risking their lives when they stand up against the tyranny of al Qaeda, the Taliban and murderous regimes, and I simply will not stand idly by as they become death targets because of Julian Assange. Let me be very clear, WikiLeaks is not a whistleblower website and Assange is not a journalist.”
Sen. John Ensign

"We haven’t got into the specific areas of where we’re looking because we don’t want to provide a road map to the bad guys as to what we’re looking (at) and where we’re looking. But I can tell you, we’re not touching genitals.”
Nico Melendez, TSA apologist

"National security of the United States has been put at risk.  The lives of people who work for the American people have been put at risk. The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way."
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whining about WikiLeaks

“I certainly believe WikiLeaks has violated The Espionage Act. The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship. Whether they've committed a crime, I think that bears very intensive inquiry by the Justice Department.”
Joe Lieberman

"I will go back convinced that our strategy is working. The bottom line is that over the last 12 months we've come a long way. . . . There is no denying that the security climate is improving and that the sacrifices of Afghan and coalition troops are achieving greater safety and security."
Robert Gates ["Waist deep in the big muddy, the big fool says to push on."]

“Americans rightly lack an imperial mentality. But lessening our engagement with the world would have devastating consequences for humanity. The disruptions we witness today are but a taste of what is to come should our country flinch from its international responsibilities.”
Robert D. Kaplan

"Texas is the only state that is grandstanding about abstract concepts of federal intrusion and not taking care of its industries."
David Doniger, an attorney and policy director for the National Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, after a federal appeals court denied Texas' request to halt nationwide greenhouse-gas regulations

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The essence of all things political is force. The state has no power but that which it has taken from the people through brute force or deceit. In entrusting the protection of one's person to bureaucrats, one must first surrender the responsibility that one has to protect himself from harm. The instinct of self preservation is quite common in the animal kingdom, but to modern man, it has become an inconvenience to be shrugged off and handed over to the nanny state. In my humble opinion, anyone with so little self respect deserves whatever misery they invite upon themselves.”
Cal Bittersmore

“Al Qaeda didn’t hijack those planes because Osama bin Laden got an undercooked hamburger at a fast food joint, or because some big box chain store sold him a defective lawn chair.
They hijacked those planes by way of attempting to blackmail powerful politicians into doing things they don’t want to do by scaring their constituents into demanding it. Take the power away from the politicians and the tactic goes away with it.”
Thomas L. Knapp

“Instead of regarding torture as aberrant within the statist social configuration, a deviation from an otherwise open society of laws, we ought to acknowledge it as the inevitable denouement of a system that, across the board, takes violence as its means. For every problem faced by human beings, without exception, coercion is the state’s proposed solution; individuals are treated as disposable.”
David D'Amato

“History’s most important lesson is that it has not been possible to make coercion compatible with truth.”
Yale law professor John H. Langbein

“Scratch a ‘progressive’ and you find a neocon with sandals. The attacks on the Judge [Andrew Napolitano] tell you all you need to know: they prefer the neocons to a consistent advocate of liberty. They attack the neocons now and again, to be sure, but not in the career-destroying mode they reserve for actual dissidents."
Thomas Woods

“…..Those of us who care about civilization must not become what we seek to oppose. We must not dismiss their humanity as they have been dismissing ours.”
Bretigne Shaffer

“American liberty is measured inversely to the credit rating of the United States government.”
Gary North

“Thanksgiving wasn’t made a national holiday until 1863. Then, it celebrated not the success of the American experiment, but the end of it.”
Bill Bonner

“Soldiers have difficulty with the notion of people, of citizens, of populations, who are mere impediments to the proper management of a swell war. The military longs for mechanized battle in which men in machines destroy other men in other machines, tank against tank, fighter plane against fighter plane, in a spirit of simple-minded adolescentt romanticism. You know, battle-scarred tanks growling across the Algerian desert, against a flaming red sunset burning out to night, desert wind blowing scarves of heroic etc. People don’t figure in this dream, which is why the results are so regularly dismal.”
Fred Reed

“Yet, the fact remains that Government is a human organization, consisting of men who are exactly like the men they serve. That is, they too seek to satisfy their desires with the minimum of exertion, and they too are insatiable in their appetites. In addition to the run-of-the-mill desires that possess all men, Government personnel acquire one peculiar to their occupation: the adulation showered on them because they alone exercise coercion. They are people apart.
The honorifics that stem from the exercise of power arouse a passion for power, particularly with men whose capacities would go quite unnoticed in the marketplace, and the temptation is strong to expand the area of power; the negative function of protection is too confining for men of ambition. The tendency then in the world of officialdom is to assume a capacity for positive functions, to invade the marketplace, to undertake to regulate, control, manage, and manipulate its techniques.”
Frank Chodorov

“To a consistently authoritarian mindset, a neighborhood is a mere administrative unit, not a community where individuals enrich each others’ lives through free association. Municipal authorities must keep everything under control.
State control is not a necessary precondition for social life, but is actually an intrusion into social life that actively cripples the development of free association and autonomy. The goal of safety through submission begins with ceding responsibility to agencies with little accountability, corrodes community in favor of conformity with the posted rules, and ends with life and liberty subjected to the mercy of the powerful.”
Darian Worden

“Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.”
Peter Ustinov

“Leaking secrets only hurts lying, cheating, sneaking, backstabbing, double-dealing, two-timing hypocrites.
In other words, politicians.”
Garry Reed
From the Darkness:
“Anytime anyone says anything libertarian, spit on them. Libertarians are by definition enemies of the state…. Like Communists before them, they are actively subverting the Constitution and the American Dream.”
Mark Ames, The Nation

"As long as many of our sons and daughters and husbands and wives are at war, we've got to support their mission and honor their service."
B. Obama, promoting his hired assassins.

"We've got to do it as one people. And in the coming weeks and months, I hope that we can work together, Democrats and Republicans and independents alike, to make progress on these and other issues."
B. Obama, prmoting mob rule as as solution to the country’s economic problems.

“A lot of people fear artificial intelligence. I will stand by my artificial intelligence against your human any day of the week and tell you that my A.I. will pay more attention to the rules of engagement and create fewer ethical lapses than a human force.”
John Arquilla, executive director of the Information Operations Center at the Naval Postgraduate School, promoting the use of military combat robots.

“What is getting in the way of deeper cooperation with the U.S. military is that the Mexican military, political and intellectual leaders, abetted by U.S. intellectuals, still have their heads in the Mexican and American wars for the 19th century and the Cold War of the 20th. They talk of imperialism and hegemony — which are irrelevant today.”
Edward Schumacher-Matos,Washington Post columnist

“To be clear -- such [WikiLeaks] disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs [It looks like the government became much more “open” thanks to WikiLeaks.]

“The latest controversy over Transportation Security Administration body scans and enhanced body pat-downs leaves no doubt: America truly is a nation of whiners.
Yes, I've been through body scans. Yes, I've been patted down, not just at airports, but also covering political events. Yes, I've had to contend with the rare overbearing TSA worker who let the power go to his head. Are these searches intrusive? Sure, but they beat crossing the country in a covered wagon.”
Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle

“I don’t know what the [WikiLeaks released] cables may say, but we’re at war. The world is getting dangerous by the day. People who do this are low on the food chain as far as I’m concerned. If you can prosecute them, let’s try.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham

“I do not believe for one second that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful. Iran is still very much on a path to be able to develop nuclear weapons. We've actually been thinking about military options for a significant period of time. And I've spoken with many others, that we've had options on the table… And we will continue to do that in the future.”
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen

“This is worse even than a physical attack on Americans, it’s worse than a military attack”
Rep. Peter King, on the latest WikiLeaks release

“The Second World War and the concept of rationing is something we need to seriously consider if we are to address the scale of the [climate change] problem we face.”
Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

"This [WikiLeaks] disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community.”
Queen Hillary

"Pentagon spending comes first. Everything else comes second."
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, showing his true allegience

"Whoever in our government leaked that [WikiLeaks released] information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee