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The Rally to Restore Sanity hardly compares to the once grass-roots tea party activities, so indeed I am comparing apples to oranges when place these side by side, but the point stills stands. The Tea Party movement has no monopoly on uninformed adherents, apparently (if voting records aren't apparent enough) the democratic party has its share of useful idiots who will vote party line without any sort of idea what constitutes the policy the party advances.
Now, I know this is not a surprise to anyone, but I found the video just as humorous as the "worst of the Tea Party" videos.
Forget voting, contending with all these mouth breathers just to waste an hour of my day participating in a purely symbolic act of granting moral authority to whichever thief king spoke the fanciest on the glow box last.
An entertaining article at American Thinker exposed me to a bit more Krugman than is allowed by my physician. It really doesn't cover the myriad ways of why the perennial priest of Keynesianism is wrong, it is assumed the reader knows that already, it just goes into how his blog has become a cult compound now that Krugman has started moderating responses to avoid being exposed for the charlatan he is.
What little I know of Krugman was from bits I read here at the DR and via an excellent article I came across while eating sushi, coincidentally. So, I was pleased to see the retreat of Krugman from the relentless barrage of common sense and logic that his commenters had began to issue.
What better than people taking apart his doubleplusunlogic? His double-thinking supporters.
Here is a brief excerpt:
By July, Krugman had lost his "Battle of the Blog." On July 23, Latrina commented, "Who is this Sean from Florida? He takes everything that [the] Professor [says] and shreds it, piece by piece. He shouldn't be allowed to post his comments on this blog since he seems to be winning all the debates. We progressives need to stick together and embellish our talking points without someone from the outside pointing out fallacies in our ideology."
Enjoy, or not. As usual with Krugman, self-dosing can be dangerous. Please consult a physician.
According to CNN that is the biggest one-day point decline on an intraday basis. Is it to early to break out the clapboard signs that read The end is nigh!? Probably. Even though the Senate fiddles while Rome burns.
I wonder if the Plunge Protection Team had anything to do with the 600 point recovery...
"So, if you can have all your valuables laid out by noon tomorrow so I can see which of your stuff I want to take..."
That line in particular had me laughing pretty damn heartily.
The frightening thing is, this is essentially what the CotUS says. Now I would really like to know by what authority - other than coercive threat of violence - am I required to follow a covenant that I have not signed? What recourse does a citizen have, when the heinous grievance one wants redressed is the very existence of the government itself?
Since the criminal enterprise of malevolent jobholders have done a mighty fine job of convincing folks that theft, when government sanctioned is a "good" thing. It is obvious to me that voting wont get me relief from the multi tentacled thieves, though I must concede that it may get me an ever so slight and ludicrously temporary reprieve. As I have stated before and elsewhere this is still not incentive enough to vote.
Is thievery a moderate imperfection of government? I don't think so, I truly believe that we are under the regimen of our barbarous ancestors.
For those of you that are interested, the Ludwig Von Mises Institute has released their new 2010 Book Catalog today. I can easily imagine spending a couple hundred on books that will be added to my own personal backlog of literary works that will eventually be read.
South Carolina, notorious for it's willful disregard of a crusty piece of parchment, is at it again.
South Carolina legislature adopts Subversive Activities Registration Act.
My take: When everything is illegal, everyone is a criminal. The purpose is clear to me, when someone is declared to be a criminal by the state, their rights can be abrogated without too much bleating from the voters.
SECTION 23-29-90. Penalties.
Any organization or person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than ten years, or by both fine and imprisonment.
Hey, all right! it appears that the Grammy's also made sure to push the police state agenda. What am I talking about? Well, Beyonce and her ode to JBT's - thats Jack Booted Thugs for the uninitiated - that garnered so much applause. If you do not see a problem with the blatant, over the top militarism that gets pumped into homes on a nightly basis, I guess you can just enjoy Beyonce as much as you please.
The lyrics may not have been overtly obscene or laden with bloodthirsty jingoism, but the imagery certainly was. The site of men in black armor goose-stepping in sequence to the sound of applause is frightening. I am reminded of the scene from the 3rd Indiana Jones film. Nazi's prancing about with wooden heels, carrying banners in torchlight all while der Koniggratzer plays in the background. How delightfully civic minded!
This is all incredibly reminiscent of some prison documentary I had seen. CERT, otherwise known as Corrections Emergency Response Teams routinely parade down the halls - stomping their feet in unison - prior to making a hard entry into a cell. This type of psychological warfare is intended to get the subject to submit before the JBT's with taser-shields go in and give them a serious ass kicking. Can you imagine being pinned to your bed with one of those until you comply?
Omar Deghayes doesn't need to imagine torture at the hands of civil servants, his story is far worse. When I view these things I see a systemic problem, one that requires more than just structural changes, but indeed a whole new foundation.
Society is rotten to the core. Democracy is a joke that brings us unaccountability and places like GITMO. I find myself leaning more towards Hoppe by the day. Democracy is the god that failed, the experiment should end now. Instead of now it will happen later, when inevitable central bank failure will place democracy in the trash heap alongside the US Dollar hegemony. Then what?
I guess those who survive will decide.
P.S. Before I forget. If you intend on resisting just remember that when they tell you to pick up that can in real life, you had better hope you made a shank out of your toothbrush this morning. Just don't store it in your prison wallet.
I was in the midst of getting a cup of coffee from downstairs when I was beckoned to a side office. Sue Lowden, who is running for US Senate against the much maligned statist Harry Reid, was paying our office a visit.
By what appears to be coincidence, not but 30 minutes earlier I had read a piece by Justin Raimondo over at Antiwar.com, which had an advertisement for Sue Lowdens campaign. Creepy but true. I read Sue's opinion on the issues and found that I almost resoundingly disagree with her on everything. Which is fine, because I have been resisting the urge to vote for a long time now.
What are the odds? I don't know, but what I do know is that the owners of the company I work for are Republicans, and participate/donate heavily in the local state party machine. This means the office is frequently visited by candidates of one caliber or another. No surprise, the last company I worked for in this state had many fund raisers for local campaigns. This allowed me the opportunity to shake hands with many a future judge and politician. Among the more notables, I once had the chance to meet former-Sheriff Bill Young of Clark County and his future-now-current replacement Doug Gillespie.
Bill Young was interesting, we chatted about our mutual enthusiasm for personal firearms ownership while munching on various forms of cheese and seafood. His buddy Doug, scared me, I shook his hand but I voted for Airola. That was back in the day when I still voted, but I digress.
Sue Lowden was the original reason for this post. I knew how she stood on most every issue, except the war. At this point, with the memory still fresh in my mind, I should have realized that the reason she didn't talk about the war on her site. Sue failed to mention the ongoing atrocity for the simple fact that her potential voting pool is mostly comprised of pro-war statist-right individuals.
Into the office I venture, the room is occupied by Sue and about 4 other persons. Introductions are made, in which I shake her hand after shifting the coffee cup out of my dominant hand. Short of stature but very commanding, that is how I would describe her presence. I mentioned how I read her website and even threw in the part about how I found it through antiwar. She took the opportunity to laud her web campaign and how it is an essential tool for getting to the young people. She said to me, "I have more facebook friends than Harry Reid". We all shared a laugh and I took the opportunity to poke more fun at Harry by saying that she probably has more friends in general than Senator Reid.
I told her that any vote against Reid is a good vote, her response was that she would prefer me to vote for her instead of against Reid. So she gave me the opening to pose a question, I seized the opportunity to ask about her stance on the war. Her opinion is: We are there now, we should make sure our boys and girls have what they need to win.
Obviously uncomfortable with her response, she asked me what I think we should do. I told her that I agree with Representative Paul from Texas, who said that "We marched right in there we can march right out". All she could do was repeat her mantra of "We are there now, we should make sure our boys and girls have what they need to win."
I nodded in agreement and left, so as to prevent any hard feelings over my obvious disagreement. Off color remarks at work could seriously interfere with future employment.
So I clocked out for lunch and typed this up. I also found a suitable image. Thanks to Carlos Latuff.
Now I sit here almost completely dumbfounded by the blood-lust of the sedentary. With the unborn being the only exception, the apparent disregard for all human life by those in the theocratic statist-right is appalling.
Voting just makes people like Sue think that the status-quo is OK.
Two of every three Massachusettsians either didn’t want what Brown, Coakley and Kennedy were offering, or weren’t asked.
If that happened in Iran or Venezuela, the US State Department would strain its public relations muscles pumping out press releases on the significance of the “massive election boycott” or the “general voter strike” and asserting that “the people” had spoken clearly in rejection of the the regimes which rule them.
Since it happened in America, we’re expected to go along with the pretense that a “majority” sent Scott Brown to Washington. But no such majority for Brown exists. He was the choice of fewer than one in five of his fellow citizens, and more than three in five appear to have either been disenfranchised or to have rejected the notion that they require representation in, or consider themselves in any way bound by the edicts of, the US Senate.
I am part of the REAL silent majority. The non-voting, alienated persons who simply want to be left alone. These wars are predicated under the false assumptions of imperialists who cannot recognize that our situation is CIA blowback, manifest.
Despite what the bureaucrats and judges say, you too are above the law. The trick, is to know that you are. As the old GI Joe cartoon used to say, "...knowing is half the battle".
A character of fiction, a William Wilde Curringer, once stated:
"People - pardon me, journalists and politicians - have often accused me of believing that I'm above the law. And yet, who isn't? Everywhere you prod it, even with the shortest stick, the established system isn't simply corrupt, it's unequivocally putrescent. The law is created by demonstrable criminals, enforced by demonstrable criminals, interpreted by demonstrable criminals, all for demonstrably criminal purposes. Of course I'm above the law. And so are you."
Apparently one Zhang Xuping in China took those very same feelings to their logical conclusion of free-market justice. He stabbed the local criminal chief, Li Shiming in his heart, putting him down like the dog he is. I have absolutely no sympathy for Li, or his family.
Unfortunately Zhang was captured, and he apologized to Li's family while in court. Li's eldest son naturally rejected the apology. The good thing is, his rejection wont get his vile father back.
Screw the Shiming family. I raise a clenched fist in honor of Zhang Xuping.
How do you protect yourself from great evil? Invoke the very power of the great evil and hope you get left alone.
On December 24th of '09, Roderick T Long over at Austro-Atheninan Empire informed his readers of what he called a "charming bit of theocratic statist-right propaganda". The propaganda he referred to was an artists rendition of Jesus standing amongst us lesser mortals, holding the Constitution in his right hand. The image portrayed the very false statist assumptions of war being good and a woman's right to choose what happens to her body as evil. It also unfortunately lumped people like Thomas Jefferson with the likes of Hamilton and Lincoln.
The statist jesus image depicts state power as holy. It implies that the evils of government stem solely from the wrong people being in power, politicians who do not follow the word of God. Personally I find that to be a total load of hogwash. The Constitution is far from perfect and is certainly not a divine gift from on high. As a matter of fact, it is the foundation of power that the evil use to enslave the masses. It hands over the responsibility of the individual to the aggregate of the body politic.
With that being said, you can imagine how delighted I was to find a piece of counter-propaganda that was just as rich in symbolism as statist jesus. As a matter of fact, the image is a corrupted version of former. The part that struck me as brilliant was the inclusion of the child reaching up and scrawling the Elder Sign on the blank constitution, with his own blood. The imagery itself is evocative and repulsive, calling it disturbing fails to do it justice. As for its origins, the horrible work of art was posted in the Paranormal board on 4chan. A gift from Anonymous.
If you are unfamiliar with the Elder Sign, I can do some explaining for you. The Elder Sign is a symbol that according to the Cthulu Mythos, protects the person who wields it, from the depredations of the Great Cthulu or his lesser cohorts. It doesn't always work in the literature.
If you are ever faced with the horrors of a Great Old One, you shouldn't put much faith in symbolic gestures. The same is true for the Constitution, it wont extricate you from the corrupt bile that is spewed forth from R'lyeh on the Potomac.
To me the funniest part of the novel Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, was his description of the internal management practices of the Feds.
In the fictional world of that novel, most centralized states had collapsed, and the territory of the former United States was home to dozens of competing networked “government” franchises. The Feds, or the former federal government of the United States, was one of those competing governments (although it claimed continued jurisdiction over the former territory of the United States). Its main source of revenue was software design for private clients.
From the way the Feds organize their software design operations, they seem to have read “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” recoiled in horror, and decided instead that “Brazil” was the way to go.
Everybody’s assigned their tiny little share of the project on a need-to-know basis, with their individual pictures of the project resembling that subcommittee of a subcommitee Winston Smith sat on to decide whether the Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary should put braces inside brackets or vice versa. Smith’s assignment was actually a model of transparency, in comparison, because at least he knew it had something to do with the Newspeak Dictionary. The overall design of the Feds’ software, or even its basic purpose, is outside the scope of anyone’s need-to-know below the highest level. And nobody can alter a single line of code without reference to endless policy manuals in three-ring binders; what’s more, since these policy manuals are revised every few weeks with endless interdeparmental meetings, most of the new code written has to be thrown out every time the policy is changed.
The coder’s first order of business, after clearing the hurdle of urine tests and personality profiling to get to work, is to spend until noon or so reading all the interdepartmental memos on new regulations or changes to the existing rules for writing code. Most of the afternoon is spent rewriting the portions of code rendered obsolete by changes in the rules (with none of the hundreds of programmers working on any project having any idea what it’s actually for, of course—that’s classified).
Even the interdepartmental memos include suggested reading times, with the surveillance system monitoring compliance. Anyone who scrolls through in less than the suggested time lacks proper respect for the importance of policy memos, while anyone who takes too long is suspected either of incompetence or of taking an unauthorized bathroom break. And anyone who reads it in exactly the suggested time to the second is a smartass who needs attitude counseling.
I’m not sure who the customers for the Feds’ software are supposed to be, but I get the feeling the IT department at my employer (and probably yours) would be among them.
Until last week, I thought Stephenson’s farce—hysterically funny as it was—was a grossly exaggerated depiction of even the worst real-world bureaucracies.
But no more. According to an op-ed by Jonathan Vaccaro at the New York Times, it takes 96 hours after the Taliban arrive in an Afghan village for an Army commander to secure the necessary approvals to act. The company in which Vaccaro was embedded failed to interdict the Taliban in some 70 percent of cases because its commander failed to get the required eleven approvals in time. Travel in anything but a 20-ton mine resistant vehicle requires “written justification, a risk assessment and approval from a colonel, a lieutenant colonel and sometimes a major” (over half the villages in Afghanistan are inaccessible to such vehicles). The Taliban walk in or ride donkeys.
The bureaucracy runs to the highest echelons. Small aid projects require endless delays for approval (the opening of a small free health clinic was delayed eight months after it was built “while paperwork for erecting its protective fence waited in the approval queue”). While Taliban propaganda operations turn on a dime in response to events, “our messages have to inch through a press release approval pipeline, emerging 24 to 48 hours after the event…” Battlefield commanders are required to submit reports in PowerPoint, “with proper fonts, line widths and colors so that the filing system is not derailed.” So, um, if you could put the new cover sheets on the T.P.S. reports, that would be great, m’kay?
John Robb, who blogs at Global Guerrillas, makes a couple of points about the American military’s organizational model.
First, “risk mitigation trumps initiative every time.”
Second, rather than using new communications technology to “enable decentralized operation due to better informed people on the ground,” the military instead uses it to “enable more complicated and hierarchical approval processes—more sign offs/approvals, more required processes, and higher level oversight.”
Just another example of why state capitalism is doomed. Small, agile, bottom-up organizations will eat government and corporate bureaucracies alive. One of my favorite sayings is that the twentieth century was the era of the large organization; by the end of the twenty-first, there won’t be enough of them left to bury.
As recently brought to my attention by Randall McElroy III, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County has gone off the deep end. The link in his post doesn’t adequately inform the individual who may have just recently stumbled upon this horrid mess in Maricopa County.
Let me say that the first time I had ever learned anything of substance about Arpaio was in the documentary American Drug War. He seemed like a relatively harmless little statist with no ambitions beyond tormenting those unfortunate enough to be arrested in his County, turns out I was dead wrong.
Excerpts from The Thin Blue Whine: The Crybaby Thugs of Maricopa County by William Norman Grigg.
Male prisoners are required to wear pink underwear; until a lawsuit ended the practice, female detainees were under constant video surveillance, including hidden cameras in the toilet facilities. Inmates are fed green bologna and forced to work in chain gangs. Many are housed in surplus military tents that offer little effective shelter from the elements.
That really doesn’t bother me too much, what else would you expect from a county dungeon?
After several people charged with non-violent offenses died of culpable abuse or neglect while in Arpaio’s custody, the county was forced to pay millions of dollars in legal settlements.
Ok, now that is real problem. Now it is sounding like a Pre-Magna Carta dungeon.
[...]Arpaio — with the aid of the similarly megalomaniacal Maricopa County prosecutor, Andrew Thomas — attempted to prosecute and imprison the people who had brought those irregularities to light: The reporters and editorial staff of the independent Phoenix New Times newspaper.
In August 2007, the Maricopa County Prosecutor’s Office hit the Phoenix New Times with a grand jury subpoena demanding detailed information, including “Every note, tape, and record from every story written about Sheriff Arpaio by every reporter over a period of years” as well as “detailed information on anyone who has looked at the New Times Web site since 2004″ as well as every individual “individual who looked at any story, review, listing, classified, or retail ad [in the publication] over a period of years.”
If that doesn’t really get your goat, just read the whole article and see if you can justify (to yourself) the actions of this statist fool, who makes the Sheriff of Nottingham seem like a reasonable fellow.
Sheriff Arpaio is mad as a March Hare and is absolutely drunk on power.
originally posted to http://fedland.tk
So here's the good news: the Paul amendment passed with the bill! No matter how bad the overall bill, it's still pretty incredible that we were able to get a thorough audit of the Fed all the way through the House.
Personally, I don't care how bad the overall bill is. Auditing the Fed is the first step to abolishing yet another US central bank.
I wonder how this will play out in the Senate, probably the same way it played out for these fellas with those nice taxpayer funded ear muffs:
Well, one can hope the Senate and Presidente allow this audit to happen. Otherwise they just may build a prison for all of us, the southern fence is getting built right now.
FIRED UP! READY TO GITMO!
What happens when your wrist deep in the nether cavities of foreign leaders that you protect with the blood of your fascist storm troopers?
Things fall apart. Can you honestly blame these sad sack freedom fighters that are attempting to resist the quisling state that the US Federal Government has imposed upon them? I know I cant. Matter of fact, I salute them for their continued resistance to foreign occupation, it renews my faith in humanity. The outcome in Iraq will be decided by time and fates, not the sound and fury of unremarkable peoples who languish over the morals they posses but fail to impose on foreigners.
Today is a good day for the anti-state. Not only are the evil terrorists in Iraq proving that the state cannot protect itself, let alone its citizens... but we are also getting some head way in our own occupation!
It seems the ideas of nullification are spreading throughout these United States. As with the state level resistance to Real ID, it all comes down to money. The federales cannot afford as many of these control grid projects as they once could, and the states are unwilling to pony up the dough.
Nullification leads to secession on the long road back to the republic. Sure the union can play the abusive husband role once again and beat and abuse the battered spouse one more time. Will they get away with it when those who resist are better organized and more diffuse? When the wife poisons the husbands dinner?
Our freedom may come in the form of a US default on debt, freedom at a terrifying and almost unprecedented level in the history of these United States.
These are exciting times indeed.
Maybe a change of title to New Junk Scientist is in order. Prophesy is in the realm of faith, not science.
Changes in industrial production, food production and pollution are all in line with the book's predictions of collapse in the 21st century, says Turner. According to the book, the path we have taken will cause decreasing resource availability and an escalating cost of extraction that triggers a slowdown of industry, which eventually results in economic collapse some time after 2020.
"For the first 30 years of the model, the world has been tracking along an unsustainable trajectory," he says.
According to Herman Daly of the University of Maryland, Turner's results show that we "must get off the growth path of business as usual, and move to a steady state economy," stopping population growth, resource depletion, and pollution.
Yeah, population control, that'll work. While they are at it, lets see if they can legislate us some morality, or some of that much desired justice.
May your chains rest lightly.