Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas, happy new year

There's far too much corruption in this world, far too much destruction, and far too much outright evil in this world for grumpy old curmudgeons like me to fully enjoy the "joy of the season."

Everything (outside my home and family) just bums me out these days. Politics, culture, entertainment, laws, religion... Everything is just so damn infuriating. The NSA is still spying on everything with a shadow, and no one seems to care; the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and tenth amendments are effectively dead, and no one seems to care; cops are murdering/assaulting innocent civilians on a routine fucking basis and no one seems to care; fast and furious, the irs, the destruction of health care, cronyism, and no one seems to care.

Clark suggests we burn the fucking system to the ground, and the comments are very informative about the state of the collective mindset of the nation. "But what system will replace it??" Well, Clark is a voluntaryist, like myself. Chances are, he doesn't want the system replaced. Just destroyed. I find it difficult to argue with his conclusion that the system is NOT broken; it's working exactly as it was intended to.

It's the same with any power structure. The structure always protects the people with power, and victimizes the powerless. It doesn't make a difference if we're talking about Kim Jong Un or Sheriff McAnalrape; those in power violate the law without consequence while the rest of us are guilty until proven innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt.

A few years ago, I made the only news year's resolution I've ever kept: to never make new years resolutions. However, if you are one of those who waits until a certain day to try and better your life, I have some suggestions, and they're all pretty basic:

1) always take everything to its logical conclusion. If it is wrong for me to steal, and it's wrong for you to steal, then we can't give the right to steal to other men.
2) follow through. If you're stupid enough to vote for higher taxes for the screwls and the chillrens, pay attention when they still close the screwls and fire the indoctrinators. Then, the next time, don't fucking vote for the higher taxes.
3) if you're a religious American, stop asking God for help. I'm not saying don't pray our commune with your deity; quite the opposite. I'm saying that God has more pressing important matters to attend to than helping the Packers beat the White Sox (I don't follow sports. Are either of those teams in the finals for the world cup?) or helping you find your keys. If you've got a dying family member, sure, I'll make an exception for you, but other than that, God gave you all the tools you need, and the 8 year old in Africa being raped to death by Boko Harem for just believing in God could really use His undivided attention.
4) read more, dammit. Ignorance is a choice in the age of information. It's all there at your fingertips.
5) become a criminal. There's a pretty good chance you already are, even if you think you're not. Are you sure you've never violated a tax law?

Well, that's it for now. I'm trying hard to stay positive, but I'm not a very good liar.

Until next year, peace, love, and affordable urinal cakes.
Ghost.

Edited to add: Lew Rockwell is a little more optimistic than I am.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The War On Americans

*This is another essay I wrote for one of my classes. So, again instead of links, there are in text citations and a works cited page at the bottom.*

The War on Americans

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 is a law that prohibits the American government from using the federal military to enforce state laws. That law may as well be null and void as America’s police forces have been overtly militarized. Armed with fully automatic weapons and wearing the latest in urban camouflage, these storm troopers force their way into residences and businesses - and all too often, make mistakes - and innocent people get killed. Fueled almost entirely by the so-called “War on Drugs,” we no longer have peace officers to serve and protect citizens; we have an army of policy enforcers who frequently flout the law without consequence. America is now a war zone, and your home could be the next battlefield.

On May 11th, 2011, Jose Guerena, a Marine veteran with two tours in Iraq, was sleeping at his home in Tuscon, Arizona when the war came to him. His wife had awoken him, visibly scared, telling him she saw men in camouflage with guns outside their house. Even after only three hours sleep after a twelve hour day in a copper mine, Guerena still had the presence of mind to tell his wife to take their two young boys and hide in the closet. They heard the loud pop of flash bang grenades being deployed in their backyard. He grabbed his AR-15 and stood in the hallway between the front door and where his family was hiding. Seconds later, the splinters that had once been his front door came flying inward as the invading army fired 71 rounds at Guerena, hitting him 22 times. It would take him over an hour to bleed out and die. That is when Vanessa Guerena learned that the army at her door was the Pima County Sheriff’s SWAT Team (Grigg).

The fourth amendment to the United States Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” (US Const. Amend. 4). Every single word of this is important when looking at not only the raid on Guerena’s home, but several other instances as well. In Guerena’s case, the search warrant that the SWAT team used to execute him was invalid; it failed to name the crime he was accused of, nor did it specify items being sought. This, compounded with a series of false statements from the Sheriff’s office, highlights the fact that Jose Guerena was indeed murdered by the very government he had fought for. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik claimed that Guerena was not only the muscle for a violent drug smuggling gang, but that he was also a suspect in a double homicide. There has been absolutely no evidence to corroborate Dupnik’s claims, but it pales in comparison to the justification for Guerena’s execution: Dupnik claimed that Guerena had opened fire on his officers; a very difficult thing to accomplish while the safety on his rifle was still engaged (Grigg).

After settling a lawsuit with the widow Guerena - one that the tax payers will be on the hook for - Dupnik’s deputy Tracy Suitt wrote: “The Pima County Sheriff’s Department strongly believes the events of May 5, 2011, were unfortunate and tragic, but the officers performed that day in accordance with their training and nationally recognized standards” (Ferguson). If acting on an invalid warrant and unloading 71 bullets into a suburban house (several bullets hit neighboring houses) that children are in, and then allowing the suspect to bleed out while preventing EMT’s from providing assistance, then maybe the training and standards need to be fixed.

There are many more egregious cases of SWAT teams using the “no knock raid” technique that end with innocent people being killed. A “no knock” is a raid that occurs most often when the police are looking for drugs; the justification being that if the police officers knock and announce themselves, valuable evidence could be flushed down the toilet. However, they are also used when the suspect that the individual inside might respond violently. This was the logic employedon March 28th, 1992, when Snohomish County police in Washington conducted a pre-dawn no-knock raid on the residence of Larry Pratt, who had been implicated in an armed robbery by an informant who would later admit that he lied. Even though police knew that Pratt and his wife had children, even though they knew where he lived and worked, and even though they had obtained a key to the residence from the landlord, the SWAT team figured that “slamming a 50-pound battering ram through a sliding glass door” was the best tactical maneuver (Balko). Glass shards rained down on the Pratt’s six-year-old daughter and five-year-old niece who were sleeping in the room. Robin Pratt came running out of her bedroom to see what was happening. As she dropped to her knees, she looked at Deputy Anthony Aston and said, “Please don’t hurt my children.” Aston responded by firing a single round through her neck, leaving her to bleed out in front of her daughter (Balko). Despite the fact that she was unarmed, on her knees, and pleading for mercy, Washington’s assistant attorney general said that there was not enough evidence that Aston “intentionally, recklessly or negligently fired the shot that killed Robin Marie Pratt,” and that he would not be facing charges (Houtz, Koch).

Even in cases where no one dies, these dangerous SWAT raids cause serious damage to lives and property. In October of 2012, Jackie Fasching’s two daughters were asleep in their room when a SWAT team unit dropped a flash grenade (an incendiary device) into the bedroom, severely burning the 12-year-old. Seconds later, the front door was broken down, as the SWAT team threw another grenade into the house that “blew the nails out of the drywall” and created a “large bowl-shaped dent in the wall,” according to Fasching’s husband (Grigg). The police thought they were raiding a methamphetamine lab, which calls into question the level of intelligence in the police department; meth labs have a tendency to explode, so lobbing multiple grenades into one would almost certainly have disastrous results. Police Chief Rich St. John further calls into question the intelligence of the police when he told the Billings Gazette that they had done plenty of homework on the residence, yet somehow thought it was a meth lab that had no children inside. Chief St. John also seemed to have a loose understanding of the word “evidence” when he said, “Every bit of information and intelligence that we have comes together and we determine what kind of risk is there. The warrant was based on some hard evidence and everything we knew at the time” (Benoit). Keep in mind, no drugs, let alone a meth lab, were found in the house.

In my research, I have found only one case where police officers were held to account for their actions, and even then, only after more than a year of public outrage. In November of 2006, plain clothes officers from the Atlanta police, who would later claim to be acting on the tip of a man with a long criminal history, forced their way into Kathryn Johnston’s home. While we may never know what she was thinking, it may be safe to assume that she thought she was being robbed, as the officers were not in any kind of recognizable uniform. She had an old revolver with which she fired a single shot, which the police would later claim was multiple shots that wounded two officers (it was later determined that the officers were hit by friendly fire). The police returned almost forty shots, five or six hitting the 92-year-old Johnston. As she lay bleeding on the floor, the officers handcuffed her, and then searched the house for drugs. Finding none, Officer Jason Smith would later admit to planting 3 bags of marijuana in the grandmother’s house. The informant who the police based their information on claims that the police lied, and that he had never bought drugs from Johnston or anyone else at that address. Three of the officers involved in that raid are serving ten, six, and five years for manslaughter. Johnston was still alive when the officers handcuffed her and left her to die (Balko). How that doesn’t qualify as at least negligent homicide is beyond this writer.

These raids don’t just endanger the innocent lives of American citizens, they can also be deadly for the officers involved. While serving a search warrant on his neighbor the day after Christmas in 2001, police also raided Cory Maye’s apartment. Maye had fallen asleep in his easy chair after putting his 11-month-old daughter to bed, when he heard a loud crash outside his door. Terrified, he reached for his pistol and moved toward the back of the house where his daughter was. That’s when Officer Ron Jones came crashing through his back door. After squeezing off a few rounds, Maye heard a voice screaming, “Police! Police! You just shot an officer!” and dropped his gun, sliding it away from himself. One of Maye’s rounds missed the bulletproof vest Jones was wearing, and he died from his injuries on the way to the hospital. Cory Maye was originally sentenced to death before an investigative journalist named Radley Balko saw the case, and worked to get Maye a new trial. After 10 years in prison, Maye is a free man (Balko).

The CATO Institute, a Libertarian think-tank, has put together an interactive map of “botched paramilitary police raids” (www.cato.org/raidmap) and the picture is absolutely frightening. These are only the raids were something has gone terribly wrong; categories range from wrong house raids to deaths of police officers and innocent people. Unfortunately, there are no hard numbers for how many times police searched the wrong house or raided a house by using false information because police departments don’t keep records of that sort of thing (the same is true for whenever an officer shoots a dog, but that’s another six page essay).

In almost every case I found while researching this paper, the department behind the botched raid would release a statement about how “procedure was followed” and “officers acted accordingly,” even when someone died as a result of a wrong house raid. In one case, deputies knocked on the wrong door of the wrong house at 1:30 in the morning on July 15th, 2012, without identifying themselves; when Andrew Lee Scott answered the door with a gun in his hand, officers shot and killed him. The officers didn’t announce themselves because they wanted to have the element of surprise when apprehending their suspect. However, the police apparently also expected Scott to be a member of the Psychic Friends Network, because Lt. John Herrell placed the blame solely on the victim’s lifeless corpse: “The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police officer, you’re going to get shot” (wesh.com). It obviously hasn’t occurred to him that pounding on doors in the middle of the night without announcing yourselves is a good way to end up on the business end of a scared homeowner’s shotgun. So, they need the element of surprise, but he should have known they were police, and procedures were followed. I think I might be getting to the root of the problem here.

This can literally happen to anyone. There needs to be a repeal of such doctrines as “qualified immunity,” which allows state and federal officials to brazenly violate constitutional and natural law. The so-called “thin blue line” must be obliterated, and the citizenry must stop granting special rights to those who carry a badge. Those we entrust with protecting us must be held to a higher standard of justice, and if they break the law they should be punished to the fullest extent. As it stands now, police routinely violate not only civil liberties but the very letter of the law as well, and they almost always get away with it. The Roman poet Juvenal saw the root of the problem centuries ago, when he asked, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or, “Who will watch the watchers?”

Works Cited

Balko, Radley. “The Case of Cory Maye.” Reason Magazine. Oct, 2006. Web. Nov 21. 2013
Balko, Radley. “Kathryn Johnston: A Year Later.” Reason Magazine. Nov 23, 2007. Web. Nov 15, 2013.
Balko, Radley. “Raid of the Day: Robin Pratt, Shot and Killed In Front Of Her Daughter.” The Huffington Post. Feb 21, 2013. Web. Nov. 15, 2013
Benoit, Zach. “Grenade Burns Sleeping Girl As SWAT Team Raids Home.” The Billings Gazette. Oct. 12, 2012. Web. Nov. 25, 2013
Ferguson, Joe. “$3.4M Settlement In Deadly 2011 SWAT Raid Near Tuscon.” The Arizona Star. Sept. 20, 2013. Web. Nov. 17, 2013
Grigg, William Norman. “Good Morning Sweetheart: Now You’re On Fire, Courtesy Of The Local Police.” Lew Rockwell Online. Oct. 12, 2012. Web. Nov. 15, 2013
Grigg, William Norman. “Pima County Tax Victims to Indemnify Murder Of Jose Guerena.” Lew Rockwell Online. Sept 9, 2013. Web. Nov 17, 2013
Houtz, Jolayne and Anne Koch. “SWAT Killing: No Charges - State Finds No Negligence Despite Split Inquest Jury.” Seattle Times. Aug. 8, 1992. Web. Nov. 17, 2013
“Deputies Shoot, Kill Man After Knocking On Wrong Door.” wesh.com. July 16, 2012. Web. Nov. 21, 2013.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Yes, they must, but can they?

*this is an essay I had to write for one of my college classes, so instead of links, there is a "works cited" at the bottom, as well as in-text citations. It is a summary/response paper. enjoy.*
Yes, They Must, But Can They?

In “Our Schools Must Do Better,” Bob Herbert argues - as the title suggests - that the schools in the United States must do better at educating America’s children, and that we must begin by tackling “teacher quality” (90). He suggests that America needs to think differently when it comes to things like “paper qualifications, such as teacher certification,” which Herbert contends has “very little to do with whatever it is that makes good teachers effective” (90). He argues that these changes can be made without abandoning tenure for teachers (90). He also suggests offering competition with “alternative school models,” noting as an example the Knowledge Is Power Program, a “charter school network” which he says has gotten amazing results for poorer children (91).

Herbert believes America’s schools are failing the nation’s children because they are sticking with an antiquated system (91). He argues that the entire public school system needs to be revamped, and that the United States has not yet “faced up to that fact” (Herbert 89). Herbert contends that by rethinking things like how the country certifies teachers, and offering students different schools to choose from, America will be on the way to better educating her children.

Unfortunately, for someone who argues for the “wholesale transformation of the public school system,” I don’t believe Herbert goes far enough (89). The United States Department of Education has only existed for two more years than myself, and I believe most of the problems facing American education could be solved by eliminating the department entirely. There are almost 14,000 school districts, home to 55.4 million students, with one central education department deciding the standards, lessons, and curriculum for almost every single one of them. If the DOE were perfect, students scores and graduation rates would be skyrocketing; but it is run by human beings - and the worst kind, politicians and bureaucrats - and therefore, every single bad decision that gets made is passed on to fifty-five million students. Students today are still taught that Christopher Columbus was trying to prove that the world wasn’t flat. With the elimination of that federal bureaucracy, school districts would be able to fine tune their standards with their students’ needs in mind, and one mistake wouldn’t bring down the entire nation’s IQ. The monolithic department has had a virtual monopoly on education, as even if one wished to provide their child with a better education, they would be forced to pay twice - once in taxes for the public school which they already deemed unfit to educate, and once for the actual education. This practically insures that their monopoly remains strong while shutting the door to competition.

In regards to how we certify teachers, I do agree with Herbert that it is indeed an archaic and arbitrary process with little to no bearing on the actual effectiveness of a teacher, but he believes that the process can be salvaged without abandoning tenure, and I have to disagree with him. Job security is important, however it should be earned not with time, but with merit. I do believe that tenure allows for complacency in the same way that “qualified immunity” allows for police officers to abuse their authority. Telling someone they can’t be fired generally results in a poorer work ethic. Most “not-so-good teachers,” as Herbert says - because, apparently, there are no “bad” teachers - can be successfully weeded out in the first three years, but even he acknowledges that they have to be “closely observed” within that time frame (90). Most schools don’t have the resources to essentially pay for two teachers (one to teach, and one to supervise) for the first two to three years of a teacher’s career just to make sure they’re worth it. Most schools rely on students and parents to inform them of “not-so-good teachers.” However, if that teacher is already tenured, tough luck; that student will have a shitty teacher, and aside from homeschooling or paying twice for one education, there’s nothing they can do about it. This doesn’t even take into account the teachers who are restricted from student contact because of misconduct (violent, sexual, or otherwise inappropriate) but can’t be fired because of tenure and their unions. New York City alone had over 600 teachers being paid not to teach.

Herbert makes a good argument for more competition in school choices, and I do believe he is absolutely correct about this. According to Betsy Hammond of the Oregonian, Portland public schools have an overall graduation rate of only 62%, performing much worse than Beaverton or Hillsboro despite spending 25% more per student (Hammond). The main problem with government run schools - and there are many - is the lack of accountability. Teacher’s unions wield an insane amount of political power in this country, and they use that power to stomp out any and all competition to their monopoly. Much like the police union, a lot of their power comes from fear and manipulation. After all, who could be against teachers or police officers? This mindset is the breeding ground for corruption, as any who speak out against it are maligned, pilloried, and otherwise ostracized from polite society.

Herbert is right; our schools must do better; however, with the milquetoast suggestions he’s put forward, he misses why schools are failing to begin with. The Department of Education has been able to produce a nationwide 74.7% graduation rate, according to the National Education Association - the highest graduation rate since 1973. Please note that 1973 is six full years before the Department of Education existed. Abolishing the DOE, and at least replacing tenure with a more sustainable model should be the first things we do to fix schools.

Works Cited Hammond, Betsy. “Audit: Portland Public Schools has the worst graduation rate among large Oregon districts.” The Oregonian. Aug 19, 2013. Web. Oct 2013 Herbert, Bob. “Our Schools Must Do Better.” Everyone’s an Author. Eds: Andrea Lunsford, et all. New York. WW Norton & Co. 2013. Print. Yoshida, Helen. “U.S. Graduation Rate Highest in 40 Years.” NEAtoday.org. June 10, 2013. Web. Oct 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans day

As an anarchist, do I thank the troops for protecting my freedom? No. Do I thank them for defending freedom? No.

But I do thank them. Not for serving, but for taking my spot. I support the troops in my own way (usually by voting for people who promise not to send them to war), and I bristle at the thought of disparaging soldiers the way I do police. But should there be a difference?

I despise cops because they routinely shatter the law and get away with it. But I don't despise combat soldiers (drone operators can suck a fart out of my ass, fuck you, war isn't a goddam game, and fuck your double-tap-kill-first-responders bull shit, you should be held for war crimes) who also routinely break the law and get it covered up. Why is that? Left over jingoism from my neoconservative days?

No, it's because for the most part, these are kids. Kids who've been lied to from day fucking one, brainwashed and manipulated into thinking that America stands for freedom. Let's kill that notion right now, unless Deming, New Mexico seems like your idea of "freedom." These are kids who are duped into literally signing their freedoms away to become a slave to the government; they own you, they decide if you live or die, you are replaceable.

Unlike police officers, who face termination for doing the right thing, soldiers get jail time for doing the right thing. Just ask Bradley Manning about that. Sometimes, they just don't come home.

Maybe instead of "thanking" and "supporting" our troops, we should set some time aside to say, "I'm sorry."

Maybe one day, when the troops are saying their oath to protect this nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic, they'll actually mean it, and then we can thank them for our freedoms.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Abduction and anal probing, without UFO's

By now, hopefully you've heard of the absolutely disgusting case(s) of police officers, judges, and doctors who all participated in the state sanctioned gang rape of at least 2 innocent men.

All based on the unspoken word of an animal who isn't even certified to sniff its own ass, let alone sniff for drugs. Watch this video if you want to see how even "certified" dogs are used fraudulently to circumvent your civil liberties.

However, if you really want to understand a story that involves police brutality, don't wait on the mainstream media to find out what's going on. They don't do investigative journalism on these cases. But William Norman Grigg does. Read the whole thing, but here's some important parts:

"On September 6, 2012, Eckert was stopped a few blocks from his home in Lordsburg by Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Rodriguez, who claimed to have noticed a cracked windshield on Eckert’s car."
(Please note that this was a previous encounter, again using a non-crime as a pretense for the ensuing civil rights infractions.)
"Eckert politely asked if he was free to leave, as he had been told. Feigning offense, the deputy claimed that this was “rude” and said that he suspected Eckert had narcotics in his vehicle."

Aha! And now we find the real crime Eckert truly committed: contempt of cop. Despite what Glenn Beck says, this is, in fact, America. This is the war on drugs. This is what happens when you grant rights to certain people because they wear a costume an a badge. This might not be what you thought America was, but it is definitely what it is.

I always say that if cops aren't bad people, why do law abiding citizens piss their pants at the sight of red-and-blues in their rear view, but it's even worse than that now. A traffic stop now carries the same weight of fear as being abducted by aliens.

By the way, the hospital is billing him for his rape.

Edited to add: Ken at Popehat weighs in. Read the whole thing. Don't miss a word.
Also Orin Kerr at Volokh. I'm sure more will be written as more and more facts come out.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Become a RINO

The political process sucks. We have a one party system masquerading as two parties. A lot of conservative/libertarian/tea party people are fed up with McCain, Graham, Boehner, and the lot of them.

Here's the deal: if you want to vote, if you still think voting matters, you have two choices. The first choice is registering as an independent, and being locked out of the only part of the process where you can actually affect change - the primaries. You only get to vote in the general election. That's how we end up with McCain, Dole, Bush, and Romney.

Or, you can register as a republican. Don't give one red fucking cent to the party, but instead push and vote for libertarians in the primary. That's how we get Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee.

I would love for the libertarian party to replace the republicans. But until that happens, why not just take your party back?

Why not a DINO?

Because the democrats aren't even close to liberty anymore. They have successfully purged almost every single blue dog from the party. They are united in their march towards totalitarianism.

I'm a registered republican, but a practicing voluntaryist. Register, but make them earn your vote. And if they don't earn it, don't you dare give it to them. You owe them nothing. They owe you everything.

But you're an anarchist. Why even bother voting?

I vote as a means of self defense. I don't believe in their authority, but I do believe in their guns and cages. My vote is a drop in the bucket, but dammit, at least I'm doing something.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

All our heroes are criminals

I'm watching A NORML Life, a documentary about medical marijuana, and one of the guys being interviewed says something like, "you locked up Martin Luther King, you locked up Gandhi, you locked up Rosa Parks..."

My first thought was, "yeah, but they also locked up Dahmer, Bundy, and Gacy, so maybe that's not a comparison you want to make." But I think the point he's trying to make (it's hard to think of the right words when you're "higher than giraffe pussy," as Joe Rogan would say) is that all of our heroes are criminals.

Jesus Christ was executed by the government. The founding fathers were all traitors to the crown. Harriet Tubman broke the law, as did Frederick Douglass. They invented new laws to try and make Lysander Spooner a criminal, and he openly defied laws routinely. Dietrich Bonhoeffer died in a concentration camp. Oskar Schindler was a criminal. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and countless others in the civil rights movement were law breakers. Gandhi, too.

I believe that all of our heroes are criminals because we instinctively know that government is a lie, and it always has been. We admire those who disobeyed.

And that gives me just a little bit of optimism.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Great movies on Netflix right now

I'm too lazy to link anything, but Netflix is streaming:

Occupy Unmasked
Hating Breitbart
Runaway Slave
Dirty Wars

They're all documentaries, and they're all worth your time. I really do miss Andrew Breitbart.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A preview of what's to come in this country

Remember when the administration first started seriously talking about gun control, and there were a bunch of "patriot sheriffs" who would absolutely refuse to comply with such nonsense?

You know that was bull shit, right?

A 30 man team assaults a family over a spent shell casing, going on nothing but the word of a provably vindictive ex-wife, and not one fucking man on that team has the balls to do what's right. They yank a naked 16 year old out of the shower, put guns to the heads of children, cause 10k in damages all to disarm a man who has done nothing criminal.

As the author of that piece points out, David Fucking Gregory. No charges for him BLATANTLY (yes, he called first and asked if it would be illegal, and was told it was very definitely illegal) breaking the law on national fucking television. Well, his wife is good friends with this piece of shit persecutor (he's not a prosecutor), so of course, charging one of the elites with a crime wouldn't do anything for "public safety."

But ransacking this family's house and terrorizing children, that makes us all safe.

Not one real man on that team. Just a bunch of cowards. The only shocking thing here is that they didn't follow procedure and shoot someone.

The time is coming. It's not here yet, but goddam is it getting close.

Added: legal insurrection has more apt thoughts on this.

I can't fucking take it anymore

Once again, Obama had no idea until he saw the news that his signature health care bill was a giant clusterfuck of a miserable failure.

So, for those of you keeping score, our president has had no idea of the workings of his government on fast and furious, the nsa, the irs scandal, and the justice department targeting journalists until it was reported in the news.

Let us not forget that he was playing cards during the bin Laden raid, and he was sleeping when our ambassador and 3 others were murdered in Libya.

And who, pray tell, has been fired for these fuck ups? In fast and furious and the nsa scandals, only the whistle blowers have been fired. The culprit behind the irs scandal retired with full pension (paid for by us), and Eric Holder is still running the department of injustice.

You fucking lefties actually buy this shit? There are only two possibilities: glaring incompetence or active complicity in illegal activity. In either case, Obama is unfit to lead.

And remember that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Trey Gowdy, and Justin Amash are the only ones with the stones to try to stop him.

Even Jon Stewart can see it.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Nonessential? Get paid twice!

That's right, not only will the nonessential government workers get paid for not working, they'll also get paid  unemployment benefits (if they applied for them).

Nonessential workers getting paid twice with your tax dollars for not working. This is why we can't have nice things.

And they still have the balls to call themselves "servants."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Did Miriam Carey deserve to die?

You know how I feel about police brutality, but I truly am torn on this. On the one hand, she was trying to ram the barriers at the white house and the capitol. We live in crazy times, and there are legitimate threats to our nation's "leaders." On the other hand, as Clark points out, when you live in a fortress, you develop a fortress mentality.

She was unarmed. I find out hard to believe that when they had the vehicle surrounded, they didn't notice the toddler in the back seat. They still riddled the car with bullets. Whether or not Miriam Carey deserved to die, I do believe that the cops acted recklessly with regards to the child.

Of course, the palace guards would just say that the toddler should have had a more responsible mother.

So did she deserve to die? Like I said, I'm torn. But I find myself coming down on the "no" side.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Crazy thoughts

I wanted to take a minute to discuss my own "conspiracy theories" regarding the recent mass shootings. I have a few. These are theories and speculations, or as most people would call them, "crazy thoughts", so that's my disclaimer. These aren't theories that I have a lot of stock in, that I stay up looking at videos trying to find the second gunman or anything like that. Just thoughts and questions.

1) These people are crazy. Crazy people get put on meds. The meds made them do it. There are several "antidepressants" that are known to cause not only suicidal thoughts, but also homicidal impulses as well. My ex wife was on Wellbutrine and started having violent, vivid fantasies about murdering our children. The doctors know that this is a common enough side effect, but they never warned us. Do you really believe they warned Loughner, Lanza, or Alexis? They didn't warn a mentally disturbed mother that she might feel like killing someone on these pills. They said, "take these pills, and you'll be normal." Then they sent her home to be with her kids. This is the theory that holds the most weight with me, as I've seen this first hand. Even still, watch these commercials for any of these pills. "May cause mood swings, irritability, and suicidal thoughts." Homicidal? Not listed. Fucking ever.

2) They weren't crazy. They were right. For this part, I'm only talking about Jared loughner and Aaron Alexis, as they are really the only ones that we have an insight to their motivations leading up to their actions. A lot has been said about how crazy Alexis was for believing the government was beaming extra low frequencies into his head and sending him signals and messages. Loughner described his often lucid dreaming, where he said he felt awake but that someone else was in control of his body. MK Ultra was a real project. They've admitted it. Following each attack, the government tries to strip the rest of us of our natural and constitutional rights. The same government that poisoned its own citizens in the name of the law, or that faked enemy attacks to drag us into war, that same government would willingly end its top secret mind control program because we mundanes didn't approve? I don't buy that. I'm not saying they were MK Ultra. But I definitely can't say they weren't.

3) Just crazy. No meds. No mind control. Sometimes people are crazy, and they do horribly evil things. There's no rhyme or reason. They lost their minds, and that's that. Just pathetic wastes of skin that masturbate furiously to the idea of Piers Morgan discussing their motives and their weapon choice for the next 6 months.

4) Demonic possession. Hey, why not?

So, those are my theories. Pills, MK Ultra, crazy, or demons. Did you notice what's missing from this list? The gun. Guns don't make people kill. They are inanimate machines, unable to act on their own accord.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Disingenuous Clown

Via mediaite, Jon Stewart says republicans only love the second amendment, all the other amendments are suggestions. It's a pretty funny clip, but it is entirely disingenuous. Why? Because if that is the standard and metric we use to determine who loves which amendments, then please, tell me which ones the democrats love.

Free speech? Don't make me laugh.
You know they don't like guns, so obviously they don't love that one. Aside from a case in Nevada, the third amendment hasn't come under fire enough to see where they stand, so let's skip the third.
The right to be free from unwarranted searches? Right. Couldn't fit that clip in, could ya, Johnny?
States rights? Only when it comes to marijuana, and even then only because it's a means to an end.

Yes, the republicans are atrocious at defending our rights. The only right they seem willing to defend is the right to defend ourselves. All I'm saying is, at least they're protecting that. The democrats sold civil liberties down the river. The only rights they're willing to defend is the right of the government to make you their slaves.

Even on the issues that democrats used to win on, like privacy or peace, have been completely abandoned for their messiah. The most vocal peace proponent out there right now is Rand Paul. Psst! Hey, Jon! Rand is a republican.

Of course if Jon Stewart were to rip democrats as much as he rips republicans, his audience would start to dwindle. I know plenty of right leaning folks who watch the daily show, because we have the ability to understand humor and we can take a joke. The left can't. And if you don't believe that, I know a rodeo clown who'd like to have a word with you.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Navy yard shooting

My heart goes out to the victims. I suggest ignoring all news reports on the matter for the next 24-48 hours, as almost all of the reports will be wrong. A couple have already falsely identified the shooter.

I hope justice is meted out thoroughly.

And fuck the morgue dancers.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Only Government Employees Could Pull This Off

From Patterico, guess which government gave Nidal Hasan a shit ton of money after his arrest? Do you even need to ask? Only government employees could get away with this. Anyone in the private sector would be canned immediately, because, holy shit, why the hell would we keep paying them.

Patterico did the math on how much he got paid per victim. The government habitually aids our enemies, because government is necessarily evil. That's our tax dollars that were stolen from you and me under threat of arrest and given to a man who killed the people who volunteered to protect the nation.

The government is not your friend. It is not our protector. It is our enemy. It is our master. And we are its slave. It's getting to the point where people are going to stop complying, as there seems to be no logical reason to continue contributing to our own demise.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

What. The. Fuck.

There's link trolling, there's controversial, and then there's downright fucking evil. Don't worry, that's a safe link to Ace Of Spades, and his, well, Ace does his thing of tearing down moronic fuckheads with ease.

The Washington Post published an op-ed that argues that teachers and kids having sex is seriously, not a big deal, you guys. She obviously made this same argument when the Catholic priest scandal broke open.

Oh, wait, no. Catholic priests aren't members of the protected class of government workers that should get a special pass for violating the trust and authority they held over children. Teachers are different, because, for the children.

If a man wrote this article, he would be forever shunned from polite society, long before the Washington Post rejected it. So, thank you, feminism, for bringing us to an age where a woman can get published in a national newspaper arguing for the legalization of child rape.

Thank you, so fucking much. I hate this fucking world.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Just so we're clear

I'm against the idea of attacking Syria. It's a bad idea with a lot of very foreseeable consequences.

That's all.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The God Blog

First, to start things off, Clark from Popehat has a very interesting piece about why he finds atheist thinking incoherent. It really is a great piece, and I suggest you read it. That post brought me on board the train of thought that led to this post.

I'm not going to talk at all about what other people believe. I have a very strange and unique view of God that I came to on my own, then I listened to more learned men than I who were able to fill in the gaps in what I understand of my belief in God.

WHICH GOD?
This is an easy question with a tricky answer, and for the purposes of this section, "believe" does not mean faith, just a belief in the existence. I have faith in the Judeo/Christian God and His son, Jesus the Christ. I believe that Zeus and his fellow "gods" existed, as did the Egyptian gods, and probably other culture's gods, and I believe that the old testament discusses this (genesis 6). I believe that God (when capitalized, I speak of the one I consider the true God) exists outside of time, but has a physical presence in a dimension that we cannot see (unless He shows us).

Wait, back up. Zeus?
Yes, Zeus. In Genesis 6, it speaks of the sons of God taking the daughters of men as wives. Recent biblical scholars contend that the sons of God merely refers to the righteous sons of Seth (the Sethite view, as its called), but there is no biblical evidence to support that theory. Even more to the point, there are other places in the bible that speak of the sons of God as only one thing: angels. If we look at 6:4, we read this:
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
I do believe this is a reference to Zeus, Hercules, and the whole gamut of Greek gods.

Ok, now you're taking genesis literally. What's next, no evolution?
Well, yes and no. I believe in adaptation. I don't believe in Darwinian evolution, in that species change from one animal into an entirely different species. I don't believe man came from monkeys or apes. I don't believe t-rex devolved into a chicken. In fact, I don't believe that dinosaurs existed 65 million years ago. I believe they existed quite recently, recently enough that we have written recorded history of man dealing with them. Not only in the bible, but virtually every culture have legends of giant lizards, some of which could fly, some of which could breathe fire, which they called dragons. But since this is a post about my beliefs, I will quote the bible again. Job 40:15-24:
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

Modern biblical scholars will say this must be referring to an elephant (with their enormous cedar-like tails). I believe it to be one of the long necked dinosaurs. Especially since the very next verse talks about another prehistoric beast, Leviathan. I don't know how old the earth/universe is, but I'm also not going to lie and say "it's been scientifically proven that the earth is 869 katrillion years old!" because that's not something that can be scientifically proven. It can be scientifically estimated, but it can't be proven. Which is why I don't believe in Darwinian evolution. There is a historical record of Jesus. People claim to have heard the voice of God. No one has seen one animal change into another. It has not been documented where a pregnant dog suddenly have birth to a litter of kittens or anything like that. To accept evolution as truth requires more faith than any religion I've come across, aside from scientology. Although I think they may be on to something with the aliens...

Shut up. Aliens?
Not in the sense that we're used to thinking of them, but in a manner of speaking, yes, aliens. I mean, not visitors from far away planets that come in space ships to mutilate our cows and probe our anus...es? Ani? Butt holes. No, I believe that the "aliens" we hear about with their ufos and whatnot are the spiritual entities of angels and demons. Mostly demons. L.A. Marzulli and Chuck Missler are two excellent sources of information on this topic. Missler especially has an extensive background in science and engineering.

Aliens are demons?
I believe what we consider to be aliens and ufos are in fact demonic forces using the age old art of deception. I believe this is important to understand because every day draws closer to the end, when the final great deception will grip most of humanity. And I believe that that deception will take the form of a benevolent extraterrestrial presence who will promise peace on earth. I believe that day is coming soon.

So what about heaven and hell?
They exist in a separate dimension. Job is given a glimpse into the first layer of hell (there are 3 heavens and 3 hells), 2 Corinthians describes the heavens. I believe they are a physical place, and that God has a physical form. How else could we be made in His image? The physical location exists outside of time. If you've seen Imagining The Tenth Dimension, I believe that the physical location is in the tenth dimension, or possibly beyond.

I don't know of any church outside of Chuck Missler's that teaches any of this stuff, so I'm not sure what "denomination" I belong to. But this is what I believe.

Tl;dr:
I have a weird belief system. As such, I try not to mock those who believe differently, especially atheists. That doesn't mean not pointing out the flaws in their ideas. That just means that as long as the debate is civil, I won't be an asshole. Please reciprocate if you wish to engage.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

This is not America

This is fucking bullshit.

Can anyone explain the functional difference between the gangs that rule the inner cities and this current form of government? Because I sure as shit can't.
Will Grigg is right. It's time to abolish the police.

Give us all your cash, and I'll let you keep your kids.

Fucking bullshit.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Link-stravaganza

First, from reason, state agents kidnap a child because his parents smoke pot,  only to have the child murdered by the foster parents. There is so much wrong with what the state has done here, I don't know where to begin. It is fast becoming evident that the state's official kidnapping agencies are doing much more harm than good.

Next up, from Kristen Powers, another Gosnell is operating in Delaware. Aside from Powers, none of the leftist media will touch this. But that goes without saying.

From Vox Day, we get the story of what happens when you disrespect a member of the nation's largest gang. Thugs shouldn't be given badges.

This is the consequence of unnecessary laws: make it illegal to own a deer, and armed thugs will murder bambi because, policy. When you make something a crime, you are saying you want men with guns to enforce the law. If you're the kind of person who would use a gun to stop someone from owning a deer, you need counseling.

Lastly, from Patterico, more Weiner lies. This story is unraveling faster than last time. Pat is taking Breitbart's mantle from the incompetents running his empire. Sorry, but I have been less than impressed with Shapiro and Nolte's management skills.

That's it for now. Have a safe week.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Remember the cowards (updated)

Here are the names of the cowards responsible for allowing the country to continue its downward spiral. Ryan voted no. Boehner voted no. Bachmann voted no. Cowards. Traitors. The whole fucking lot of them.

I was pleasantly surprised by some of the ayes, though. Gowdy has been impressive lately, and he continues to impress me. But I'm continually disappointed by a majority of the republicans. Amash got more democrat support than he got from republicans.

Maybe now, people can understand why we don't vote for the party anymore. Fuck them. Let it burn.

Update: Glenn Beck weighs in. I'm glad he's calling Bachmann out for this bullshit, but I still feel like slapping him for supporting her so fervently during the election. This isn't a new position for her. She has completely supported things like the NDAA and the patriot act. I'm glad he's waking up, but its kinda sad it took him this long.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Reason #3,740 to be an anarchist:

The law is not applied equally.*** This mother fucker signed a law that he would later violate, and he thinks the appropriate response is to resign?

If you got caught paying for sex anywhere outside of certain counties in Nevada, could you escape jail time by saying, "I'll quit my job. There. Problem solved"? No, of course not, but then, you're not a wealthy and powerful politician (of the right persuasion).

Compare Spitzer's legal treatment, and that of Sen. Joseph Bruno. Bruno's supposed "crime" isn't even a damn crime anymore, and these corrupt fucks are still going after him. Spitzer CREATED the fucking law that he fucking broke, and everyone just laughs it off, because hey, he can go on Colbert. (although, I don't even think Spitzer was ready for the, I guess you could say "mock-demnation" at the end. Mediaite is generous with the headline.)

It isn't just the rank hypocrisy that drives me nuts on this, it really is about the way we treat "criminals" in this country. I personally don't believe that prostitution should be a crime (human trafficking and sex slavery are different stories), but Eliot Jizzbrain Spitzer does. He passed a law that should have put his own ass in jail. Instead, it only applies to us mundanes. Just think of all the lives of people just like Spitzer (without the job title) this law has destroyed; people who didn't have the option of just "choosing a different line of employment" and who actually had to go to jail. The system is inherently flawed because the men who create the laws are not held accountable to them.

If they don't obey their own laws, why the fuck should we?

***Jake Tapper is seriously one of the last honest reporters left. Him and Sheryl Atkinsson are the only two off the top of my head that I have enormous respect for. History will remember them kindly.***

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Well, fuck Rolling Stone, then.

Seriously, fuck them. I really don't have a lot more to say about it than that.

That's a lie. I have a lot more to say about it. For 17 years, I busted my ass to become nominally talented at playing guitar and writing new and original music and lyrics. I never made it huge, and that's not my beef. My beef is that I know I'm not alone. I know there are hundreds of thousands of musicians out there who have busted their asses to get where they are, some of them have actually made it. Some of them dreamed of one day being on the cover of the premier music magazine of the country. Instead of them, the honor goes to the (alleged) Boston bomber.

This would be like if Good Housekeeping did a cover article on the cleanliness of Ted Kaczynski's mountain cabin. It's outrageous, and intentionally so.

Over at Mediaite, Rolling Stone has defended this indefensible act as "routine journalism." And, in defense of their absolute stupidity, these days I agree with them. After all, Time Magazine gave the cover to Klebold and Harris (Columbine shooters), Ted Kaczynski, and Nidal Hassan. But at least when Time did it, they didn't take the sexiest pictures of the psychos to put up.

It's still shit journalism. It's still glorifying murderers. It's still inspiring more nutjobs. I'm not arguing for censorship. I'm arguing for decency. I'm arguing for the free market to utterly destroy Rolling Go Fuck Yourselves. Boycott those dipshits. I've been on a defacto boycott for years (seriously, who the fuck still reads Rolling Stone?) but now I'll actively boycott and dissuade people from buying and supporting these brain dead morons.

The last Stone I bought had the Fugees on the cover. Make last weeks your last. Not another penny for these fucks.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Donde esta La Raza?

You know they read twitter, right? You've got multitudes of racists calling for the head of a Hispanic man who defended himself from a kid who was bashing his head into the fucking concrete, and La Raza is... where?

Oh, that's right. This doesn't fit their leftist agenda. They're perfectly happy to let the creepy-ass crackers take the fall for this, and the goddam media is too chicken shit to admit to fomenting racial hatred that they can't even correct the fact that they guessed his fucking ethnicity incorrectly. White Hispanic. White Hispanic? Really ? White Hispanic. That's what passes for journalism these days?

These prosecutors should be disbarred, and certain members of the media should be tried for inciting a mob to violence. And Hispanics should remember that La Raza has been entirely absent from Zimmerman's defense. Probably because he's a white Hispanic.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Finally free...

For the last 7 months, I've been a foster parent. For the record, I was a reluctant foster parent. I wanted nothing to do with DHS, but a family member was having their children kidnapped by the state, and I didn't want my relatives children being raised by strangers. My wife and I had almost convinced this relative to get into rehab before the state's intervention, but having their children ripped from their arms by agents of the government caused them to spiral even further downward.

Happily, with our help (despite the State's frequent protestations that we should let them die in a gutter if necessary), they finally got clean, and they just got their kids back. Hopefully, this is our last encounter with this monstrosity of an agency.

From the beginning, there were frequent problems. They had issues with the medication I take, and made it a point that I not be permitted to take my medicine while I was alone with the kids. They also tried to make my wife and I agents by requiring that we report any and all conversations we had with this relative to them. And every step of the way, DHS did everything they could do to ensure that my relative not get their children back.

The DHS had their start in the eugenics movement. They may not openly state it, but their objective seems to remain the same.

I understand that there are bad parents who actually harm their children. I understand that society has a need to protect the most innocent among us. But this agency doesn't protect children, they kidnap children from parents who haven't done any harm to their children. Yes, they may also get a few children away from genuinely bad people, but that's not their primary goal. Just like it isn't the cops primary goal to catch murderers, it's to give fines to motorists going 6 over the limit.

Anyway, the kids are back with their rightful parent, and DHS is out of my life. Now that things are back to normal, I hope to be blogging more. There's been a lot of scandals, a lot of freedom lost, a few freedoms reclaimed, and a few new reasons for hope.

I've also been thinking a lot about faith. I have a weird belief in God, and it's difficult to explain. I think Chick Missler is probably closest to what I believe. If you're interested, watch some of his videos on YouTube. I believe things are going to come to a head soon, and I believe the bible has predicted it.

So, more blogs to come on the many many scandals. Thanks for sticking around.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A tale of two crazies

I'm busy, but I have a small point to make.

Adam Lanza wanted to kill a lot of people, so he went to a school were everyone was unarmed.

Christopher Dorner wanted to kill a lot of police officers, so he went to the police station full of heavily armed police officers and opened fire.

Oh wait. No he didn't. I wonder why. I mean, the left keeps telling us that the presence of guns doesn't deter crazy psychopaths. If that were true, why didn't Dorner just attack the LAPD station?

Why should schools be any less safe?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Have I got a deal for you!

Want to be both disgusted and terrified at the same time? Well, have I got a deal for you! Check out the targets DHS is using to train cops to NOT hesitate (because cops are really known for showing too much restraint when it comes to shooting civilians). We have nothing to worry about, ya know, except being slaughtered by the law.

We are so fucked.














Saturday, February 9, 2013

Christopher Dorner

This is exactly like the Iran/Iraq war; I hope they both lose. To clarify, since Dorner is the enemy of my enemy, that only makes him my enemy's enemy. He is nothing to me but an interesting news story. Yes, I hate cops, but I also hate aggression.

However, the LAPD is going to have a LOT more enemies if they keep shooting at every pick-up truck on the road. I'd be willing to be my pension that by the time this is over, the cops will have killed more innocent bystanders than Dorner will have killed cops/families of cops.

And please, let's stop with the "finest" and the "bravest" bullshit. That hasn't been the case in decades, and it will never be the case again. These thugs break into homes, kill dogs and the elderly (sometimes the bedridden paralyzed elderly), shoot kids in the neck while they're sleeping on the couch. They routinely step on both the constitution and our necks, but they're "so brave" they have to pump 40 rounds into the paper lady's truck, because the tiny Mexican woman in the Blue Nissan Titan looked eerily similar to the large black man in the Silver Toyota Tacoma. So brave they are, indeed.

If you're a cop in LA, you might want to start standing up for what's right and speaking out against the corruption. Because I have a feeling that when this is over and Dorner is dead, some of the families of the cops newest victims might take his methods to heart.

And chances are, they won't send a nice manifesto to help the cops figure out who to hunt.

So, to once again clarify, Dorner is not on my team. He doesn't represent me. I don't hope he is successful, I hope he fails. And the exact same can be said for the police. You're not on my team, you don't represent me, and I hope you fail.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Lysander's Ghost

I haven't been able to get a good recording of it yet, but here are the lyrics. I'll post either a video or a audio track within the next month or two so you can hear the melody and whatnot.

Lysander's Ghost

A man is nonetheless a slave,
Bound by shackles, whips, and chains
That gets to choose a new master every few years
Instead of being voluntary
They say this evil is necessary
To protect us from our temptations and our fears

They call our vices "crimes"
While making crimes their vices
And their "security" leaves us all afraid
We're forced to bow to their whims
They never answer for their sins
By force, by gun, we are kept in chains
It wasn't meant to be this way

(Chorus)
And Lysander's ghost screams to our souls
To not take back, but abolish control
For too long we've chose not to be free
Content with dying on our knees
And Lysander's ghost screams to our souls
To not take back, but abolish control
For too long we've chose not to be free
Content with dying on our knees

I contend all men are flawed
Falling short of the glory of God
Prone to corruption, temptation, and greed
Yet we grant men the right to kill,
Kidnap, assault and steal
To protect us from killers, kidnappers, rapists, and thieves
It doesn't make sense to me

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
No one can be trusted, no one believed
Everyone is suspect, 'cause all have been deceived
If no one is perfect, then no one should lead
No slaves and no masters, where all men are free

(Chorus)

A man is nonetheless a slave
Bound by shackles, whips, and chains
That gets to choose a new master every few years...

[ I took various quotes from Lysander Spooner and made them more lyrical to write this song. ]


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

So, yeah... Read this.

Read this. Go read it. I'll wait.

Did you read that? If there is any truth to this at all, we are fucked.

Not willing to kill Americans? That's the new litmus test.

It was fun while it lasted. Get safe.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Book and movie review

First, the book: The Joy of Hate by the always hilarious Greg Gutfeld. It's an in depth analysis of the beta-zation of America through repressive tolerance. And it's funny as hell.

I would excerpt some things for you, but I've already lent it to a friend. But he tackles the bullying issue, pointing out that the fact that everyone has been bullied means, logically, that everyone has done some bullying themselves. He also takes on the leftist idea of "tolerance means everyone agrees." He talks about working on the Death Star (Fox news), and how his liberal friends are treated when they appear on his show.

My suggestion: buy it, borrow it, download it, whatever. Read this book. As Gutfeld says in his intro, you may learn something, and at very least, you'll have read a book.

Movie review: Lawless

This movie is a rockin good time. It's about a 3 bootlegging brothers who are being squeezed by a corrupt DA and sheriff's department during prohibition. Tom Hardy (Bane in the Dark Knight Rises), Shai LeBeuf (I'm not going to look up how it's spelled. The kid from Transformers), and Guy Pierce (Memento, Count of Monte Cristo, Prometheus) make this movie fucking spectacular.

And I'm usually not a fan of the transformers kid. So that's saying a lot. He annoys me almost as much as Zachary Braff annoys everybody.

But anyway, the movie. An excellent unspoken point of this movie is that this is what happens when you make vices crimes. Vices are not crimes, they are simply means of self-gratification that people think differently of. Making a desired product illegal won't stop its production, consumption, or sale. It will only make violent people (gangsters and corrupt police officers [i.e. the ones with the most guns]) very rich, and a lot of peaceful people very dead.

Suggestion: worth the 1.25 from Redbox. Hell, I might even buy this one. The only downside of this movie was, like the DKR, I could only understand half of what Tom Hardy was saying. His accent in this movie causes him to kinda mumble sometimes.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The road to Celiac/Serfdom

I was rereading my post about having Celiac Sprue, and I wanted to add something, because the parallels to the paths we as a nation have taken are very similar.

When I was a young child, about 3rd or 4th grade, I was constantly in the nurses office complaining of stomach pains. Someone suggested to my mom that I might be lactose intolerant (I guess these were the days before "tests"), so for 3 years, I had to drink Lactose-free milk. Ever had it? It's gross. And the stomach pains were still constantly happening. So, one day in 7th grade, I said, "fuck this," and started drinking regular milk. The cramps were still there, but they weren't any worse now that I was drinking milk again.

My reaction? "I'm obviously not allergic to milk. So I must be fine!"

In my 9th grade year, my mouth broke out in fever blisters covering my lips and my tongue, swollen and bleeding gums, and difficulty swallowing. The doctor asked if I had been having sexual relations, which I had not (I wouldn't kiss a girl until I was 17), so he prescribed me some antibiotics and told me I'd be fine.

My reaction? "Hooray! I'll be fine!"

A year later, I was rushed to the emergency room with intense stomach pains. They were ready to remove my inflamed-about-to-burst appendix, but they ran an ultrasound first. "Huh. Your appendix is fine. Guess there's nothing wrong with you."

My reaction? "Hooray! There's nothing wrong with me!"

(By now, you may have already guessed where I'm going with this, but there's more.)

When I was about 21, I had more of the crippling stomach cramping. Mind you, the stomach cramps were constant to the point that I figured this is what everyone feels like, and I just might be a giant pussy about pain. "Ulcers? I don't know. Doesn't seem to be anything wrong with you. Cut back on sodas and junk food. You'll be fine."

"Hooray! I'll be fine!"

Finally, after my 28th birthday, I had an experience so painful, so embarrassing, and so utterly horrific, I thought I might actually have contracted the plague. This time, the stomach cramps were accompanied by the scariest thing I've ever experienced: blood. In my stool. Actually, that's quite inaccurate. Blood instead of stool. For three weeks straight. I kid you not, my boxers looked like they belonged to one of Sandusky's victims. There was no stool in my stool, just torrent after torrent of blood.

So I go to the doctor and explain my situation to him, and also mention that my mother had Crone's Disease. So they give me a colonoscopy (which is every bit as fun as you imagine it) to check for Crone's. This is how the conversation about those results went:

Doctor: "Well, the test came back negative for Crone's, so you should be ok."

(After 2 decades of being told that I'm ok, something snapped.)
Me: "Wait. I don't have Crone's, but I am far from fine. I shat blood for three weeks straight."

Dr: "You may have ruptured a hemorrhoid. Just a small amount of blood can turn the whole bowl red."

Me: "... Have you ever seen the exorcist?"
Dr: "..."
Me: "This wasn't a few drops. It was gushing."

Dr. "It might be irritable bowel syndrome, but honestly, that's just what doctors call stomach pain they can't explain."

Me: "Would IBS cause a 20 pound weight drop in two weeks?"
Dr: "I, uh, don't, uh, think..."
Me: "At this point, I don't care. Tell me I have cancer. Tell me I have aids. Just please, tell me what the hell is wrong with me."

Dr: "... You might be allergic to gluten."

Me: "Seriously? Gluten? Well, if you think it's a possibility, run the tests. Gluten? Really?"

Well, turns out he was right. But I never would have known it if I didn't demand to know what was wrong with me.

Likewise, for decades, politicians in Washington have kept telling us, "don't worry. You'll be fine." And for decades we said, "Hooray! We're gonna be fine!" Instead of getting a second opinion on our daily discomforts, we fell into complacency.

And once we did get that second opinion, oddly enough from an actual doctor, we called him a quack. We derided his common sense approach, his spot on diagnoses, and we ridiculed his prescription. We opted for a new-age cure of potions and ales brought to us by the most cunning of snake-oil salesmen, Barack Obama.

Now our condition is terminal. The doctor who could have helped us has retired. The cure we sought rendered us weak. How anyone can look at the constant stomach cramping, the weight loss, the fucking blood in the toilet and say, "Hooray! I'm going to be fine!" should strike anyone as crazy, but I get it. We don't want to hear the bad news.

But stage one cancer is much easier to fight than stage 4. Getting the bad news at stage one could've helped. Admitting that there is bad news when the tumor is inoperable doesn't help much at all.

That's why I'm suggesting the Cloward-Piven approach. We are past the point of saving this country. Take advantage of them. You and I know we would do just fine without the government's handouts, but if they're handing out your money, might as well try to grab some of it back.

I hope this metaphor worked for ya. It made sense to me.

*the reason I bolded that part about IBS was that it was the most honest thing I've ever heard a doctor say.*

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New year, new method...

Let's Cloward and Piven these motherfuckers. I mean it. Their plan was to overload the system with a bunch of useless leaches, which would bring down the country, and then they could install their socialist utopia or whatever fuckin bullshit they were peddling.

I'm referring to the "fiscal cliff" (because after $16 trillion in debt, that's when you're really in danger of going over "the cliff") of course, and the financial no-lube-or-courtesy-reach-around-ass-fucking we're about to be on the involuntary receiving end of, again. I'd like to note that Rand Paul voted against this bullshit, as well as Rubio.

But anyway, since they want to believe that governments can run on hopes and wishes and debt and magic unicorn queefs, and everyone can have everything for free, then lets help prove them wrong. I'm not encouraging anyone to defraud the government, quite the contrary. If you are a conservative who refuses government assistance on principle, reconsider it. These jackasses are going to keep raping your wallet every step of the way, no matter what, so try and get back every dollar you've ever given them.

If you qualify for food stamps, get them. If you qualify for energy assistance, get it. If you qualify for Medicare, WIC, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, get some. Why? First the obvious: you've played by the rules and paid your fair share into the system, so get your money back. Second, the strategy: this course is unsustainable. We live in a country where kids think socialism and communism is "cool" because of Chè and Rage Against The Machine and Sean Penn. They have no idea what this future will hold, and they won't believe you if you tell them. There is only one solution: the debate is over, it's time to prove them wrong. We need to prove to these kids and moronic professors that this path leads to collapse. And once it collapses, we can rebuild it from the ashes.

It will mean the end of America The Superpower, but is that really such a bad thing? We wouldn't be policing the world, occupying more than half the planet with an insanely blowbacky foreign policy, propping up fascists dictators, orchestrating coups, giving guns to Mexican drug cartels, and fucking up everywhere we go.

The thing is, the empire is doomed. One way or the other, the American government will collapse. So get every penny you can back. If you're living comfortably, and you qualify for something like food stamps, use them to build up your food storage. If they give you cash assistance that you don't need but qualify for, get some ammunition.

In the dying America, it's "from each according to his paycheck, to each according to what they qualify for." Overload the system. Take every penny back that they've stolen from you through taxation. Forget the "let it burn" strategy. It's time to burn it down. Burn this motherfucker down.