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Victor Davis Hanson has a good one at PJMedia

07/06/2015

This was sent to me by one of my G+ friends. I won’t simply copy/paste the whole thing, but I’d rather like to. This has to do with the LSM attack on Donald Trump, partially. It also has to do with the Goebbelesque propaganda machine that is our modern media. Here’s a piece:

At home the progressive Left is on the scent of another scalp, this time Donald Trump’s for his uncouth and blunderbuss stereotyping of illegal immigrants from Mexico, who, he implies, are for the most part not Mexico’s choice citizenry and who have a tendency to commit various crimes upon arrival.

The best way to refute the shoot-from-the-hip Trump’s stereotyping of an entire illegal immigration population as inordinately committing crimes and relying on state subsidies should be easy: his critics should not quote creased-browed professors and outraged ethnic activists, but first cite federal and state statistics of crimes committed by illegal aliens as well as the legal status of those on federal and state assistance, and then calculate to what degree these percentages are not — or in fact are — in line with the native American population.

Of course, Trump’s opponents rarely do that, partly because governments, both state and federal — which love to categorize Americans by race, class, and gender — strangely claim that they do not have accurate and up-to-date statistics on illegal aliens. When the liberal PolitiFact stitches together what facts it can find to properly refute Fox pundit Gavin McInnes’s erroneous claim that 50 percent of Texas murders were committed by illegal aliens, does it then go on to correct the record with a more accurate percentage?

No. PolitiFact trumpets that 50% of Texas murders are not committed by illegal aliens. End of story? But it does not then tell us that its own data of refutation nevertheless might suggest that 17% of Texas murders may well be committed by illegal aliens — an astounding figure in its own right.

I just got out of bed, so my brain isn’t on full perk yet. The coffee hasn’t kicked in, and I have numerous things I’d LIKE to say about this. But they’re just not formulating coherently. Y’all go read this, and we can discuss it.

There are so many things going on that never used to. God I miss the USA I was born in.

You all know how I find FX a kindred mind

07/04/2015

Sometimes far more thoughtful and deep than my own. This is one of those times:

Happy Independence Day.

Enjoy it[independence] while we still have it as it is daily being eroded by a remorseless ruling class that has no scruples or integrity. We now suffer from depredations of tyranny that are geometrically if not orders of magnitude worse than anything the founders experienced. It is compounded by the advent of technology which make the tyrant able to respond that much more quickly.

We suffer from the tyranny of the sophists who think it is their right to change the meaning of words in order to impose their demented ego driven philosophy upon us. They engage in dishonesty to enslave the populace. They keep them docile with crumbs stolen from their neighbors and unleash them with ginned up crises that have no more importance than what you are going to wear that day.

It is a sickening mess we are faced with: a miasma of self proclaimed victimization and the grotesques sense entitlement that flows from such immoral sloth. We have tolerated this theft of the moral high ground now claimed by these parasites for far too long as these qualities are now hailed as the epitome of virture as opposed to the contemptible condition that is their natural station.

Black is white. Day is night. Freedom is slavery. That last one has been the mantra of the now dominant forces in this society for the last 100 plus years as fantasized by that racist, statist reprobate T. Woodrow Wilson, who thought the ultimate freedom was to serve the state after they i.e the state took over all the other aspects daily life. As if the states aim is ever benevolence. To paraphrase Washington- it is brute force nothing more nothing less.

The counter to this slow erosion will not be pretty. All the civil responses are being foreclosed by legalistic maneuvering and specious demagoguery that would make a Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin blush with envy. Dishonesty and bad faith are now the cornerstones of American governance and juris prudence. Which leaves us with this conclusion.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Truer words were never uttered before or after. Words now truer than ever.

Thanks CM for nudging me to reflect on this. We are at the cross roads with too many of those we share these borders with looking for a free lunch and /or to deny us the rights and dignity expressed by Jefferson et. al. We now live in a tyranny of the minorities where vicious self serving grievance groups can compel an all powerful state to enforce their sensibilities and sense of entitlement on the rest under the all purpose charge of being “historically oppressed”. Of course the idea that they are the ones being oppressive is anathema to the newly imposed state religion of the “Church of State”. Actual God given rights to freely worship, speak, assemble, defend oneself and enjoy the fruits of ones labor give way to the involuntary servitude to be compelled to labor for intolerant fruits. This of course is the ultimate manifestation of the virus inaptly known as “progressivism” or what ever else they are calling it today. The progress is towards serfdom.

“Progressivism” is the antithesis of the Jeffersonian ideal as state in the above declaration. The Jeffersonian ideal encompasses the idea of the individual as sovereign which even to this day is the most radical premise vis a vis human rights ever imagined. Meanwhile the so called progressives seek to return us to the servile status of peons without the dignity of God given rights while trying to vindicate rights manufactured out of whole of beggaring thy neighbor or buggering thy neighbors sons and then forcing them to help celebrate this delusional fiasco. They seek to impose a collectivist idea of state given rights; only to be exercised depending on race,gender,class and their victim status hierarchy. This is the swamp of positivist law “liberty” in which we find ourselves.This concept is essentially an oxymoron as all that is not forbidden is compulsory. It is the opposite of liberty.

The path must be resistance. The first duty is to recognize where we are. Otherwise we cannot chart the course to where we need to be.

So again enjoy Independence Day while we have it.

Hopefully we all will be together for Re-Independence Day.

Happy Independence Day

07/04/2015

And then there’s:

And, of course:

To sleep, perchance to dream…

07/03/2015

Am I dating myself?

07/03/2015

Happy Independence Day!

But that’s not what was on my mind when I hit the “add post” button. Anybody ever read “On The Beach“? I got to thinking about that book today, and the story made me think of this song to break the funk:

It did help change the mood.

Right, “Affordable Care Act”

07/02/2015

If it is so “Affordable”, why do people need government supplements to afford it? To take more out of the pockets of the workers?

If you want to provide “affordable medical care”, why not open government hospitals? This would provide more jobs in GS positions, and provide said medical care for those unable to afford insurance of their own. And there are now a lot of buildings, that used to be hospitals, that they could refurbish into same.

This sounds like it is quite different

07/02/2015

But the more you let your mind savor it, the better it sounds.

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