Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Willie’s Sentence- Sing For Your Freedom

You’ll recall that Willie Nelson's body and weed were seized by meddling, intrusive, agents of the state back in November. But being kidnapped, caged and robbed by the terrorist US government is apparently not enough for the state’s idea of “justice” to be served. He must now suffer still more indignity. It seems that a west Texas prosecutor and judge has decided that Willie “can resolve marijuana possession charges if he agrees to plead guilty, pay a fine and sing ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ for the court.”

The attitude of this judge and prosecutor/persecutor is so characteristic of our self-appointed state rulers. We mundane citizen/slaves are merely livestock and circus animals, on this earth exclusively to work and perform at the state’s perverted pleasure. "Come on boy, sing a little tune for me and I'll forgive ya!" If Willie was a black rap artist and ordered to "sing a little tune," the race hustlers would be screaming, "Racism!" And rightly so.

Hopefully Willie will refuse such an arrangement, But if not, I would challenge that “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” is just too sentimental. This authoritarian blowhard doesn’t deserve a song glorifying the emotion of human intimacy. May I suggest to Willie some more appropriate song titles to serenade this robed clump of human debris:

“Down With Big Brother”

“Hey, Big Brother”

“She Got the Gold Mine, I Got the Shaft”

“Masters of War”

“Compared to What?”

“For What It’s Worth”

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

“Eve of Destruction”

“American Idiot”

“Fortunate Son”

“Long Dark Night”

“I Can’t Take It No More”

“A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”

These are a few tunes that come to me off the top of my head. And if the judge doesn’t like it, Willie should tell this sick, power mad, illegitimate "judge" to take her court and her crying blue eyes and stick them where the sun don’t shine.

And I don’t mean in the rain.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The fact is that just as the U.S. government imposes its will on me and you, no matter what we want or say or think, the U.N. is just another government imposing its will upon us or others, as it sees fit and as it can. A government created by national governments is still a government.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“By drawing on coercion to (directly or indirectly) compel individuals to pay for things that they would never pay for in a society without those constraints, the state functions on a principle quite opposite to statists’ cherished ‘efficiency.’ Its whole system is founded on the theft of productive energy for purposes that the aggregate of free exchanges would never choose. It hinges on the capacity to externalize expenses and losses on the human livestock of productive society while directing profits to a favored few beneficiaries.”
David D'Amato

“For more than a century after the American Revolution, the United States was a genuine beacon to mankind, a haven for the downtrodden, and a true (if horribly inconsistent) champion of liberty and human rights. During that period the U.S also became the wealthiest nation the Earth has ever known because it fostered non-coercive, civil society by keeping coercive government small and restrained. Now our government is huge and frighteningly unrestrained; coercion and centralized control have largely replaced liberty and the organic, decentralized decision-making that society needs to function properly. Love and freedom are being pushed out of American life in favor of cruelty and tyranny in a modern blend of corporatism, fascism, and coercive socialism.”
Glen Allport

"For advocates of 'social justice,' the notion of 'rights' is a mere term of entitlement."
Ben O'Neill

“Now, the State is an institution of compulsory government, an institution of territorial monopoly in which the agents of the State have been given authority over the rest of the population. The State’s agents are not given authority through voluntary association or contract or the consent of those over whom State authority rests, but by compulsion. The State’s authority is enforced not by the Rule of Law but by the State's own self-assigned officialdom and armaments, and threats of aggression.”
Scott Lazarowitz

"When they lack moral authority, they simply create it out of thin air. Politicians and bureaucrats equate morality with legality. If something is legal, it must be just... and if it's not legal, they'll pass a law or resolution making it legal... and hence just.
This is the way they operate-- using regulatory technicalities to wrap themselves in a blanket of righteousness in order to execute their agenda."
Simon Black

“We really should have re-elected The Chimp to a third term. The latest Decider is no different – and much less entertaining.”
Eric Peters

“Given that governments are both motivated by a perverse goal - power, not profit - and driven by individuals who, necessarily, are inspired by force rather than voluntary exchange, it is little wonder that nations periodically undergo sea changes in the form of revolutions, civil wars and social and political upheaval. Left unchecked, all governments inevitably descend into pure sin. Even the most lethargic, apathetic citizenry is likely to stand up and declare that "enough is enough" eventually. The only surprising thing is that it doesn't happen with more frequency and to more welcome cheers.”
Joel Bowman

“Don’t forget that the bombing and killing of Koreans was done in the name of a ‘police action‘; American troops killed people in Kosovo — and other places — as ‘peacekeepers; while other military action — e.g., current Libya — in the name of Humanitarianism.’ The Strategic Air Command — which has unloaded millions of tons of bombs on other countries — tells the world that ‘Peace Is Our Profession.’ Such corruption of language is engaged in to comfort Boobus — the collective dullard who actually loves war; relishes war — provided it’s called something else.”
Butler Shaffer

“At the end of the day, all government mandates are enforced at the end of the barrel of a gun, and that scares the hell out of everyone, as it should. But if we truly believe we are free then we have to start acting like it. It’s time we cared about something bigger than ourselves. It’s time we stopped living our lives in fear.”
Don Cooper
From the Darkness:
“We share the view that Iran’s activities in the Gulf, including its efforts to advance its agenda in neighboring countries, undermines peace and stability.”
Queen Hillary, whose own “agenda” includes bombing Libya [So just who has Iran bombed?]

"First we protect [Libyan] civilians and destroy his Gaddafi’s military capability. And then we help other remove him indirectly, presumably. Though I, unlike the president, would not rule out ultimately having to go in with peacekeeping and nation stabilizing forces. And I wouldn't be surprised if we do that at the end of the day."
Bill Kristol [Of course "we" doesn't include Chickenhawk Billy]

“Conscription, when everyone is called to serve, has powered some of our nation's greatest military victories, including WWII. The need for a draft is not a condemnation of our current military force, but a strong belief in equality and that the sacrifices needed to maintain a vibrant economy should be shared by all.”
Rep. Charles Rangel, still pushing his Universal National Service Act

“The United States will join in a multilateral fight for democracy and humanitarian aims when it is in the nation’s interest and when the locals are involved and desire US participation. In short, the Anti-Bush Doctrine.”
Mother Jones Magazine [Obama Doctrine = Making war and killing people for "humanitarian aims."]

"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet."
Hugo Chavez

“Gold has no valuation, no metrics, no commercial use. It’s the world’s most respected ponzi scheme.”
Dan Dicker, veteran commodities trader, quoted by CNBC.com

“When I received that [Nobel Peace Prize] award, I specifically said there was an irony because I was already dealing with two wars. So I am accustomed to this contradiction of being both a commander-in-chief but also someone who aspires to peace.”
B. Obama, a man content with his Orwellian contradictions

“What's needed is a federal law requiring all retailers selling goods in any state to collect and remit sales taxes to the home state of each customer. A Main Street Fairness Act has been introduced repeatedly over many years, but is now needed even more desperately by state governments facing massive deficits."
Nathan Newman, Huffington Post, whining about Amazon not paying state sales taxes.

“We're clarifying, as we’ve said repeatedly, that the effort of our military operation is not regime change, that as we actually say in this readout, it’s the Libyan people who are going to make their determinations about the future. We support their aspirations, their democratic aspirations, and have stated that Gadhafi should go because he’s lost their confidence.”
Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser [So how is bombing to help get rid of a dictator NOT about regime change?]

"No one – least of all someone like myself who has experienced the existential terror of California's regular tremors and knows the big one is coming here next – would minimize the grief, suffering and disruption caused by Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami. But if one can look past the devastation, there is a silver lining. The need to rebuild a large swath of Japan will create huge opportunities for domestic economic growth, particularly in energy-efficient technologies, while also stimulating global demand and hastening the integration of East Asia. ... By taking Japan's mature economy down a notch, Mother Nature has accomplished what fiscal policy and the central bank could not."
Nathan Gardels

"We are taking the next step: We have agreed along with our NATO allies to transition command and control for the no-fly zone over Libya to NATO."
Queen Hillary, who apparently thinks the “A” in NATO stands for African

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DVD Reviews

Bruce Willis plays a retired CIA agent (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) who suddenly has people trying to kill him. Seems like a perfect character and plot for Bruce. But instead of the usual wisecracking Willis we know and love, we get the laid back, soft spoken, boring Bruce. He also has a very improbable relationship with his character’s love interest, Mary-Louise Parker. The acting talents of Morgan Freeman, John Malkkovich and Helen Mirren are also mostly wasted. All in all, a disappointment.
Not recommended

Sons of Anarchy- Season Two:
The Son’s story arc continues. The feud between old and new leadership intensifies to new levels as the MC runs into numerous conflicts and seems to be losing its direction and cohesion This is that rare kind of TV series that is hopelessly addictive. You’re always ready to click on the next episode to see what happens. Now I have to patiently wait for Season Three to be released.

The Tillman Story:
Finally, the truth about the Pat Tillman assassination is presented to the public. A disturbing look at the US Military’s deceptions and stonewalling as well as the inexcusable use of Tillman’s death as a war propaganda tool.

An American contractor in Iraq is kidnapped and buried alive in a box under ground. The entire movie is filmed within this box with the only sources of light being a cigarette lighter, light stick, flashlight, and light from a cell phone display. A unique, masterfully executed film that manages to keep you engrossed with the character’s predicament despite the entire 90 minute movie taking place in a box!

American Experience- We Shall Remain:
This multi-episode PBS production looks at the 300 year history of native Americans in what would become the US. Includes narration with historical reenactments and numerous interviews with historians and native Americans of various tribes. Three centuries of white oppression, murder and theft are well documented. The timeline ends with a comprehensive look at the American Indian Movement’s take over of Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1973.

Last of the Mississippi Jukes:
Lots of good, live blues performances accompany this filmmaker’s look at the important history of the fast disappearing local juke joints in the south. One in particular that was still in business when this film was made is examined in Jackson, MS.

An historical drama about the capture and interrogation of Adolph Eichmann, Hitler’s key man in executing the “final solution” of Jewish genocide. Eichmann was extremely crafty during his reign of terror to assure no documented evidence existed to prove his guilt.

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour- Season 3:
The Brother’s hair is a little longer and their program choices more daring for the show’s final season during 1968-69. The collection includes the “sermonette” by comedian David Steinberg that got the Brothers fired by CBS. Other worthy performances include The Doors, George Carlin, David Frye, Jackie Mason, Ray Charles, and Ike and Tina Turner, The final disc includes a special about comedian Pat Paulsen’s various runs for the presidency, particularly his initial effort in 1968.

Get Low:
Robert Duval is my favorite actor. I’d watch him on screen for an hour doing nothing more than sawing a board as I know he would find some way to make it interesting. Here he plays a hermit with a dark secret who decides to hold his funeral before he dies to confess his past sins. Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek ably assist in this well written, charming independent movie based on a true story.

A huge, dangerous alien life form has taken root in Mexico and is only being contained by constant US military action. Sounds entertaining enough. Except the monsters take a back seat to a slowly, developing love relationship between a young man and woman. Ugh.
Not recommended

This Spanish language semi-documentary follows a father and his young son as they explore a tropical paradise along the southeast coast of Mexico. They experience the simple life of fishing and living off their catch while developing that strong, unique bond that can only be created between father and son.

Back From Hell- A Tribute to Sam Kinison:
This hour long tribute to the late comedian is chock full of great performance clips of a very unique comedy trailblazer. Includes interviews from many of his contemporaries. If you miss Sam or weren’t around to witness his intelligent outrageousness, you won’t want to miss this one.

Shake Hands With the Devil- The Journey of Roméo Dallaire:
This documentary follows Canadian Gen. Fallaire’s return to Rwanda, tens years after he led a failed UN mission to prevent the genocide that ultimately occurred. Fallier explains in disturbing detail the futility of his mission as well as the lack of support and indifference from the UN and the “international community.”

Released in 1989, this feature tells the story of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero, a moderate priest who was radicalized by the repetitive slaughter of his priests and congregation by government right wing death squads in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. His eloquent and courageous defense of human rights ultimately cost him is life.

Based on a true story, the film revolves around a black girl born to white parents due to a genetic anomaly. This takes place in South Africa during the apartheid era, so you can imagine the complications and conflicts that arise. A great story about family love and personal identity, as well as the perverse restrictions and legal categorizations imposed by government.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Just as stock investors often confuse a bull market with genius, religionists often confuse happy accidents of history with the fruits of righteousness.”
Doug Casey

“It is ironic, but the US government’s endless promotion of 'democracy' overseas actually distorts and undermines democracy in targeted nations. The involvement of a foreign power often undermines true self-determination.”
Ron Paul

"‘Live and let live’ works only when it is not ‘live and let live at my expense.’ Faith in the politics of plunder has steadily replaced men's confidence in both versions of the invisible hand. It has therefore displaced the older outlook. The messianic state has become the do-gooder state, or the nanny state, or the caretaker state.”
Gary North

“Political activism is, at its core, a prisoner helping to build his own cage.”
R.K. Blacksher

“Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.”
Will Durant

“That the United States, the world’s most militaristic, murderous and savage death-dealer, continues to invoke the menace posed by an Iran with nuclear weapons is among the most striking and illustrative examples of statist madness. Anyone who is actually frightened more of Iran than the United States would do well to take a casual look around the Middle East and consider which of the two is spilling more blood.”
David D'Amato

“My view is that the essence of the human being while on this earth is the free human personality. Our being is tied up with freedom at its very root. Every sacrifice of freedom that arises from the pressures, domination, and coercions of family, friends, business, church, society, and state, or from our own personal sacrifice and enslavement by ourselves, destroys a portion of that being or suppresses it, thereby causing a degree of non-being. As I understand the human condition, God created us as free persons. We are free to choose good or evil. Non-being is evil. Being, which presumes freedom and actualizes freedom, is good. The free human personality, as God’s creation, is good. It is a value that is above family, friends, society, organizations, and states. Its worth is above any of these.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“The US government considers you — whoever you are, wherever you may live, and to whatever extent you aren’t its active agent — its enemy and intends to treat you as such. Your freedom, perhaps even your very survival, depend on you recognizing this fact and acting accordingly.”
Thomas L. Knapp

“Calling those who are wealthy ‘greedy,’ solely because of their wealth, or to suggest that the human drive for a better life is the same as greed, muddles our thinking. Muddled thinking is dangerous because it can lead to policies that punish both virtue and vice, that interfere with our inalienable right to pursue happiness, and lead to more, not less, poverty.
This distinction between greed and enterprise is consistent with the powerful negative implications associated with greed. Greed is a charge that implies sinfulness, a morally corrupt character, a crime against society at large. It should not be used to demonize the desire or drive for wealth, per se. Rather, it should be reserved for those who use coercion or deception to gain their wealth by reducing the wealth of the community at large.”
Charles Kadlec

“For a real [economic] recovery to exist there first has to be real political reform because it's unethical politics that have screwed up the country. No country is going to get out of a mess like this unless they abandon the idea that stealing is acceptable. It is not. Once again, it all comes down to ethics. People have been mislead and taught that stealing is OK. Simply put, as long as people are willing to accept the notion of legalized theft in the form of visible and hidden taxes, there can be no lasting solution to the mess we are in.”
Richard Maybury

“Today’s ‘enemy’ can be anyone useful to the political establishment to so label, it being the role of government officials, the mainstream media, and so-called ‘think tanks,’ to so designate. Boobus need not be convinced of any factual or rational basis for the choice of a new adversary: it is enough that he be told to adjust his thinking, and to shout ‘hurrah!’ upon command.”
Butler Shaffer

“When it comes to history, there is only one story, always repeated: the attempt of the State to expand its power until it absorbs everything--and the people who have captured the State mostly do it because of their lust for money, but always operate under the guise of humanitarianism. This expansion invariably means people suffering and being humiliated in public. Then, always, comes revenge.
In other words, the expansion of government always results in the expansion of obscenity--shaming, humiliating, abusing and exploiting people, both abroad and at home. Unfortunately, the 'modern' minds of many do not understand common-sense concepts noticed thousands of years ago, in more cultures than one.”
Bob Wallace

“You can’t just up and change the system. But what you can do is subvert it. If enough people subvert things long enough, the system changes de facto. In order to do this, you have to stop buying into the idea that the system as such is legitimate, that it has a claim on your behavior. Subversion, sedition and sabotage. Direct action in pursuit of your goals. Not only does it get results, but it allows you to live like a human being again. You will be, if not entirely free, liberated from the wasteful trap of throwing your life away trying to convince the ruling class to go against their own interests.”
Anna O. Morgenstern
From the Darkness:
“Some islands affected by climate change have been hit. Has not the time come to demonstrate on solidarity — not least solidarity in combating and adapting to climate change and global warming? Mother Nature has again given us a sign that that is what we need to do.”
Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, blaming the Japan earthquake on global warming.

"The human toll here [in Japan] looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that."
Larry Kudlow, TV idiot

“We can't see the connections here. I'm not saying God is causing earthquakes - well I'm not not saying that either! What God does is God's business. But I'll tell you this...there's a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’ I'm just saying.”
Glenn Beck, another TV idiot

"The US view is that we need to be prepared to contemplate steps that include, but perhaps go beyond a no-fly zone, at this point, as the situation on the ground has evolved and as a no-fly zone has inherent limitations in terms of protection of civilians at immediate risk."
US ambassador Susan Rice, suggesting all out war may be necessary in Libya

"I am concerned that levels of funding for our State Department and USAID partners will not sufficiently enable them to build on the hard-fought security achievements of our men and women in uniform.”
General David Petraeus, whining about proposed budget cuts for State Department, USAID and other corrupt programs

"In the most volatile regions of Afghanistan, USAID works side-by-side with the military, playing a critical role in stabilizing districts, building responsive local governance, improving the lives of ordinary Afghans, and -- ultimately -- helping to pave the way for American troops to return home."
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, defending his organization which is under investigation for massive fraud [And they’ve done such a fine job, haven’t they? Afghanistan is certainly the most stable, well governed country I can think of.]

“There’s room for us to have reasonable [gun] laws that uphold liberty, ensure citizen safety and are fully compatible with a robust Second Amendment.”
B. Obama

"We need a plan for economic development, for jobs. The Tunisian people deserve that."
Queen Hillary, welcoming Tunisia as the US’s newest colony

"Texans don't realize the extent to which the federal government created modern Texas in the 30s, 40s and early 1950s. The federal government took us from a rural, agrarian, poor society with two-thirds of the national income, to an urban industrial society. It really did change the structure of the Texas economy."
Cal Jillson, professor of political science at SMU, perpetuating the myth that the state creates prosperity

"We [the US Marines] are here [in Afghanistan] to rebuild, but sometimes that takes destruction."
Capt. Matthew Peterson

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism. While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.”
U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins, after successfully convicting Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the Liberty dollar, for "counterfeiting."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The world is changing. Trying to use the coercive power of the state to maintain the status quo is a doomed effort. It's like trying to carry water in your hands for an entire marathon.”
Doug Casey

“Ethics are what I think of as objective right and wrong. Unchangeable regardless of the prevailing culture. Based upon the Zero Aggression Principle, and the recognition that theft and fraud are also always wrong, no matter what pretty names you give them, and no matter what ‘authority’ claims that, in this instance, they are OK, ethics stay rooted in place.”
Kent McManigal

“In no other nation do five lawyers determine what is lawful and what is not. This supreme authority of five people is both a symbol and the legal foundation of the political system that rules 310 million Americans. Yet we are so used to it that we give it no thought. We assume that this is normative: ‘the way things are 'sposed to be.’ Yet it is neither normative nor Constitutional. It is merely traditional.”
Gary North

“So praise God for the market’s ‘invisible hand‘! Effortlessly and without thought on our part, it transforms self-interest into a facsimile of genuine love. Like a newborn’s doting mother, the successful businessman anticipates and fills our needs. He’s as generous as your best friend on your birthday, selling us what we want at a good price. He overlooks our shortcomings as would a beloved aunt, happily dealing with us though there’s dirt under our fingernails or stains on our shirt.”
Becky Akers

“Our forefathers tried hereditary rule, divine rule, rule by majority, minority, by power, money and force of every stripe and style. They drafted manifestos, constitutions, bills of rights and Little Red Books. Every conceivable form of 'The State' has been given its turn. We've tweaked it, tortured it and tinkered with it for long enough. And now, after six millennia in the political lab, after countless wars and untold lives surrendered to whatever the 'cause of the day' happened to be, we see what we have for our troubles.”
Joel Bowman

“A human being must have the heart and soul, the basic morality, and integral consistency of human beings in general. These sociopaths [rulers] who routinely destroy societies and murder and steal with total abandon and spy secretly on everyone and betray and lie with total abandon are not human beings. They are more like the evil zombie erstwhile people in science fiction movies who look and talk like human beings, but are really doing so to deceive people so they can steal their lives and societies, or reprogram them as zombies through the central planning of education or brain implants, or murder them to take over their lands. They once were human beings, but they have been totally possessed by the lust for power and by greed and blood lust—the love of destruction and murder and torture and destruction of real human beings who still have human hearts and souls and minds.”
Jack Douglas

“Whenever the state finds itself in a condition of political, economic, or social instability, it will dredge up bogeymen as fear-objects with which to reinforce the herd mentality.
Butler Shaffer

“Today, democracy and all of its many accoutrements make up an extravaganza for celebrating and purifying the acts of the modern, total state. Free market anarchism simply calls for a democratic ideal wherein unchained individuals would resolve problems and come to conclusions through nonviolent channels of action. Regardless of the details of bills moving about in state legislatures, the democracy of the state will always be of the state, by the state and for the state.”
David D'Amato

"There are, of course, very noticeable differences between an addiction to drugs and an addiction to state violence. The most important difference is that drug addiction is far less dangerous. The people who smoke marijuana in their basements are far less dangerous than the statists, like Newt Gingrich, who support the due process free detention of innocent people. The people who drop acid in the privacy of their own homes are far less dangerous than the statists, like Newt Gingrich, who advocate using the coercive power of the state to violate the property rights of others."
R.K. Blacksher

“The very concept of having no rulers often encounters fears of a power vacuum – an unsustainable, dangerous situation that can only end in the re-establishment of rulers. But the rejection of authority does not mean that power is up for grabs — it means that power is widely distributed, making it harder for tyrants to usurp.”
Darian Worden

“Actually, I’m not sure why we went into space at all. There’s nothing there. I mean, that’s how you know it’s space.”
Fred Reed
From the Darkness:
"It's a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country. It's a symbol of hatred and bigotry."
Adolph Mongo, head of Detroiters for Progress objecting to Kid Rock’s use of the Confederate flag during his performances. [The myth lives on.]

"Believe it or not, we love our constituents as much as you all do, and we want to do right for them…"
Haley Barbour, Mississippi Republican governor, speaking to the US House

“I strongly oppose Ron Paul. think he’s horrific. He wants us to end the War on Drugs. He wants us to end the War on Terror.”
Dick Morris

"Frankly, there is too much talk about leaving and not enough talk about getting the job done right. We will not sacrifice the significant gains made to date, or the lives lost, for a political gestures. n return, we expect the same from you.”
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, threatening NATO allies against pulling out of Afghanistan

“There is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings."
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) as he launched his McCarthyite probe of American Muslims.

"You're the state [New Hampshire] where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord."
Michelle Bachman, speaking to Tea Party dolts in New Hampshire [Sorry to break it to you, Michelle, but those cities you mentioned are in Massachusetts.]

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"Soldiers will do their duty to a dictator, if the price is right. They will do their duty to the government they helped elect for less. And they will more willingly submit to government's taxes, too, if they feel they are its masters, rather than the slaves. The real difference may only be an illusion, but it is an effective one. In practice, the individual may have less ability to influence the large pool of voting numbskulls than he does to influence a single knuckleheaded autocrat.”
Bill Bonner

“When the going gets rough, it often turns out that civilization is really just a pretty veneer that lies on top of a fetid cesspool.”
Doug Casey

“Our federal government does whatever it wants, whenever it wants because the vast majority of people do not resist its depredations. Most people just want to get on with their lives. The minority of us who despise the State will be jailed, beaten, tasered, and killed for resisting. And the majority will not care what happens to us. They will reason that we should have written our congressman or organized a civil protest. We should have worked within the system, but we did not. Thus, they will conclude that we got what we deserved.”

“If the nine most frightening words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,’ then the eleven most frightening words in the English language must be: ‘I’m from the United States government, and I’m here to help.’”
Charles Featherstone

“Here’s the thing. Forget about arguments over the proper role of government. If politicians and their enablers make promises that lead people to depend on government for things that it can’t possibly continue to provide, those oh-so-caring demagogues are not compassionate, they’re pricks.”
J.D. Tuccille

“9/11 opened a window into the soul of America, all right. And it laid bare the soul of a cringing, beaten dog with its tail tucked between its legs. Ready – eager – to submit to its master’s voice.”
Eric Peters

“Why, we wonder aloud, do people yearn for leaders? Are we humans so ill equipped to do anything but follow those we almost uniformly despise; the political ruling class? Are we unable to lead our own lives, to think for ourselves? Do we see in the mirror every morning a sacrificial animal, some poor sod fit for nothing more than a dismal existence on the government's tax treadmill? Surely we think more of ourselves than that, right?”
Joel Bowman

“Every civil government rests on self-government on the part of the masses. It rests on this assumption: the masses cannot communicate cheaply. They cannot get a message other than the Party Line, communicated in one-way pipelines. That world is now gone. The gatekeepers stand at the gates, but the walls are down.”
Gary North

“The fact is, these fear mongers [state propagandists] only know how to play one tune-- create a sense of panic among the people in order to instill blind allegiance to government. Inundate them with vague threats and scary sounding uncertainties until they say ‘thank goodness we have these cracker jack bureaucrats around to keep us safe!’
A rational human being ought to filter out such noise and let common sense prevail.”
Simon Black

“War emancipates every base and repulsive impulse to which fallen man is susceptible.”
Will Grigg

"This is a cake that's been baking for 85 years. All this administration has done is light the candles."
Cary Wise, membership director of the Texas Nationalist Movement, on the drive for Texas secession

“Government officials are not performing a public service, and they do not regard themselves as public servants. They regard themselves as our masters.”
Andrew P. Napolitano

“Events have shown that people do not need to defer to authority or wait for permission to take power from tyrants. If the masses retain power and show a widespread respect for individual autonomy instead of ceding power and liberty to ambitious politicians, an era of unprecedented human freedom will be safeguarded.”
Darian Worden
From the Darkness:
“I think that government is a necessary evil. Government is necessary to provide certain services.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [The myth lives on.]

"I think it's way too soon to tell how this is going to play out, but we're going to be ready and prepared to offer any kind of assistance [to the Libyan rebels] that anyone wishes to have from the United States."
Queen Hillary, advertising for a new US sock puppet

"Libyan pilots aren't going to fly if there is a no-fly zone and we could get air assets there to ensure it."
John McCain, looking for more blood to spill

“….I think we need a program — I would dramatically expand [drug] testing. I think we have — and I agree with you. I would try to use rehabilitation, I’d make it mandatory. And I think we have every right as a country to demand of our citizens that they quit doing illegal things which are funding, both in Afghanistan and in Mexico and in Colombia, people who are destroying civilization.”
Newt Gingrich, fascist candidate for president

"I don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon."
B. Obama, objecting to criticism of state employee parasites

"Like all governments, the Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need and to respect the rights of its people."
B. Obama [This guy really expects people to take him seriously?]

"Changing the culture of borrowing and spending in Washington is no small feat, but I am heartened by today's action and it shows that Republicans have started to make the meaningful changes that voters called for in the last election."
Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, beating his chest with pride, after Congress voted a measly $4 billion in spending cuts.

“There is sufficient justification to question whether outside forces triggered, capitalized upon or magnified the economic difficulties of 2008.”
From a Pentagon contractor report blaming the 2008 economic crisis on “financial subversion carried out by unknown parties, such as terrorists or hostile nations.” [No need to look any further than the terrorists working at the Fed.]

"We are deeply sorry for this tragedy and apologize to the members of the Afghan government, the people of Afghanistan and, most importantly, the surviving family members of those killed by our actions. These deaths should have never happened."
U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, after soldier thugs under his command murdered nine Afghan children in a military strike.

“Every government can not only balance its budget, but wind up with a surplus. The solution is simple: tax the rich.”
Ted Rall [The myth lives on.]

“They’re [the rich] sitting on the money, they’re using it for their own - they’re putting it someplace else with no interest in helping you with our life, with that money. We’ve allowed them to take that. That’s not theirs, that’s a national resource, that’s ours. We all have this, we all benefit from this or we all suffer as a result of not having it. And I think that we need to go back to taxing these people at the proper rates ... We need to see these jobs as something that we own, that we collectively own as Americans, and you just can't steal our jobs.”
Michael Moore

"I've gotten to know Jeb [Bush] because his family exemplifies public service.”
B. Obama [“public service,” as in murdering tens of thousands.]

"The knowing adherence to sharia and to foreign sharia authorities constitutes a conspiracy to further the legal, political, and military doctrine and system which embraces the law of jihad.... The knowing adherence to sharia and to foreign sharia authorities is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the United States government and the government of this state through the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the United States and Tennessee Constitutions by the likely use of imminent criminal violence...."
Tennessee state senator Bill Ketron, promoting his proposed anti-Sahria measure in the Tennessee legislature. [I guess his new law would cover the US military’s installation of Sharia law in Iraq. Check out the Iraqi constitution.]

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Whining Warrior

It’s seems we’re presented on a near weekly basis the heart wrenching story of some soldier boy returning home from the horrors of battle, only to be treated “unfairly” in the civilian world.

This time the focus is on a veteran of the US government’s aggressive wars and criminal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan who “returned home only to be told he cannot return to his job as a police officer with the Dallas Independent School District.” It seems the school district has some concerns (and rightly so) about the mental stability of someone who has participated in such immoral acts as killing people in other countries who refuse obedience to the US state’s commands. Here’s a rare case of the Dallas school district making a wise, thoughtful, and even daring choice.

Here is an individual who has been drilled and highly trained in the use of violence, armed with the latest in high tech weaponry and given a free license to kill to force compliance among the US state‘s enemies. He is not trained in the arts of peaceful education and persuasion. He has been participating in such activity without questioning any order he has received. Forget for a moment the obscenity of cops in schools. Is this the type of individual you want keeping company with your children? Particularly, one who is viewed by children as a trustworthy authority figure?

I just don’t see how these military veterans can keep sustaining their tough guy image when so many can’t seem to successfully navigate the relatively minor obstacles inherent in mundane civilian life. So many of their lives seem to degenerate into domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, and even suicide. Believe me, despite my passionate disapproval of the military, I take no joy in these facts. These are precious lives with great potential wasted because of one bad choice- joining the military. At least these poor souls didn’t wish to overburden strangers with their troubles and view a successful life as an entitlement earned by voluntarily killing for the state.

To me, the most despicable action is committed by those who contact the dutiful, state controlled media to whine and moan about their perceived difficulties or ‘injustices.” Of course, the mainstream press eagerly await such opportunities to publicize the veteran’s “misfortune” in a well packaged story promoting “gratefulness” to those “who protect your freedom.” They certainly wish to keep alive the meme that we subjects of the king should bow to and accommodate without question those who have served in the king’s legions. They certainly wish to reinforce the class distinction between rulers and the ruled. And they most certainly wish to keep alive the spirit of bloody nationalism beating in the hearts of the patriotic faithful.

This action usually works. Expect to see more.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A ‘Shutdown’ It Ain’t

I’m always hard on reporting done in the mainstream media. They usually, without fail, act not as purveyors of truth but merely as state apologists, “catapulting the propaganda.” Every once in a while, a useful jewel of information makes its way from the Fourth Estate to the readership. Such is the case with “Psst. No ‘shutdown’ during a government shutdown,” by the AP’s Andrew Taylor.

As a state hater and liberty lover, you probably imagine a “government shutdown” as I do- padlocked gates and doors among vacant government office buildings, unemployed, paper pushing bureaucrats, military guns silenced and aircraft grounded, welfare bums not receiving checks, unpaid cops and other lower-level-primate LEO’s walking off the “job,” no food inspectors terrorizing raw milk producers or vitamin supplement salesmen, no diplomats flying around the world creating bedlam, civil war, and strife among people in other countries, and lobbyists unable to reach and bribe our elected trolls to influence and purchase their allegiance.

A very pleasing and hopeful image, to say the least.

But, of course, none of these events occur. The worst (or best, depending on your point of view) that happens is lower level government hacks get a paid, multi-week vacation with the check arriving a little later than they would prefer. It’s all just political theater to keep the ruled masses alarmed and begging for continuity. A brief glimpse of the beautiful reality of true freedom is just too terrifying or incomprehensible for them to conceive. They scream in pathetic tantrums to remain dependent slaves.

Just as “budget cuts” are nothing more that decreases in planned increases in spending, “shutdowns” are nothing more than threatened, imaginary actions to fuel the state’s deceiving propaganda. The only “shutdown” occurs within the gullible minds of uninformed individuals intent on living in a state fabricated fantasy world.