December 21, 2010
Unintended consequences are often overlooked or ignored by those that officially spew propaganda. This video is a mostly accurate account of what has- and is- going wrong. Learning some facts and figures makes your time well spent, so please do so.
One of those $300 America Recover Act road signs is in my neighborhood. Isn’t it somewhat insulting to the target audience’s intelligence to post an expensive sign (multiply this by how many there are) to remind US government is spending tax dollars? Gee, thanks.
December 15, 2010
Not R. Budd Dwyer bad, but for you who are feint-hearted, best to give this one a pass.
The gunman was a poor shot. If you go to that CNN link, view the third one down below the fold at ~1:30 in a woman comes and belts him with her purse Ruth Buzzi style.
So it’s starting to smell a bit like desperation out there. Petty crime is actually up in my safe neighborhood. The rule of law only applies down here on Main Street apparently and a lot of people are waking up to that fact, are pissed off and getting pissier.
In brief: The native are getting restless.
If Eric ‘Place’ Holder would get up off his goddamn chair and start going after some real crims, maybe the people wouldn’t feel so much like they’ve been hung out to dry.
December 14, 2010
“But we are told that we need not fear; because those in power, being our representatives, will not abuse the powers we put in their hands. I am not well versed in history, but I will submit to your recollection, whether liberty has been destroyed most often by the licentiousness of the people, or by the tyranny of rulers.
“I imagine, sir, you will find the balance on the side of tyranny. Happy will you be if you miss the fate of those nations, who, omitting to resist their oppressors, or negligently suffering their liberty to be wrested from them, have groaned under intolerable despotism!
“Most of the human race are now in this deplorable condition; and those nations who have gone in search of grandeur, power, and splendor, have also fallen a sacrifice, and been the victims of their own folly. While they acquired those visionary blessings, they lost their freedom.”
The above quotation appears at the end of a great essay by Charles Hugh Smith WikiLeaks: The Banality of Evil and Imperial Over-Reach.
Some additional quotes from Mr. Smith himself:
“A republic has little to fear from transparency and much to fear from Elites’ shadowy secrets.”
“Empires have much to fear from transparency, as they depend on Elites’ control of shadow worlds kept secret from the citizenry.”
“A republic has a public forum, an Empire has a Coliseum serving entertainment and distraction.”
“Is the American Empire acting in the best interests of the U.S. and its citizenry? Though the two are being “sold” as identical, both to the world and to American citizens, the two are separate entities. The United States will endure if its empire vanishes.”