Beautifully stated: Inside the Cold, Calculating Libertarian Mind
“Government is the embodiment of rights violation – it cannot function otherwise. Taxation violates property rights, extending imagined rights to others violates liberty (the patient may be getting a “right”, but ask the doctor if he isn’t a slave), and any refusal to comply will ultimately lead to government violating the right to life.”
Still think voting for Barry or Mitt is smart?
One to screw it in,
one to excoriate men for creating the need for illumination,
one to blame men for inventing such a faulty means of illumination,
one to suggest the whole “screwing” bit to be too “rape-like”,
one to deconstruct the lightbulb itself as being phallic,
one to blame men for not changing the bulb,
one to blame men for trying to change the bulb instead of letting a woman do it,
one to blame men for creating a society that discourages women from changing light bulbs,
one to blame men for creating a society where women change too many light bulbs,
one to advocate that lightbulb changers should have wage parity with electricians,
one to alert the media that women are now “out-lightbulbing” men,
and one to just sit there taking pictures for her blog for photo-evidence that men are unnecessary.
Direct from the New York Times last week:
The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said [last] Tuesday.
Mr. Awlaki has been the focus of intense scrutiny since he was linked to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., in November, and then to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Dec. 25.
As a general principle, international law permits the use of lethal force against individuals and groups that pose an imminent threat to a country, and officials said that was the standard used in adding names to the list of targets. In addition, Congress approved the use of military force against Al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. People on the target list are considered to be military enemies of the United States and therefore not subject to the ban on political assassination first approved by President Gerald R. Ford.
Most readers will be hearing about this for the first time because there has largely been a deafening silence in the news. But credit must be given where it is due. Keith Olbermann, usually an Obama loyalist, has harshly criticized the president for ordering the assassination without trial and has been the only relatively mainstream media personality to even breach the subject. Continue reading
Since today (12/15) is Bill of Rights Day, it seems like an appropriate time to pause and consider the condition of the safeguards set forth in our fundamental legal charter.Let’s consider each amendment in turn.
The First Amendment says that Congress “shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Government officials, however, insist that they can make it a crime to mention the name of a political candidate in an ad in the weeks preceding an election. They also insist upon gag orders in thousands of federal investigations.
The Second Amendment says the people have the right “to keep and bear arms.” Government officials, however, insist that they can make it a crime to keep and bear arms.
The Third Amendment says soldiers may not be quartered in our homes without the consent of the owners. This safeguard is doing so well that we can pause here for a laugh.
The Fourth Amendment says the people have the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. Government officials, however, insist that they can storm into homes in the middle of the night after giving residents a few seconds to answer their “knock” on the door.
This deserves to be brought back to the top:
Texas Congressman Ron Paul introduced a bill to audit the Federal Reserve back in the 80’s. It gained him some notoriety during his presidential campaign at the time but things are surely different nowadays.
HR 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, has 297 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 30 more in the Senate for its companion bill, S 604. It has very real potential to pass and with every fiber of my being, I hope that it does. It’s the first step on the road to completely eliminating the Federal Reserve.
Here’s why we should do just that.
Gettin' right aggro in here innit?
For the hippies, communists, and pacifists of western Pennsylvania (and whoever else traveled to town), Thursday and Friday’s Group of 20 summit is another excuse to make papier-mâché globes and rant against ‘capitalism.’ Admittedly, I really do not like being lumped in with the usual protestors, as frankly, they have become caricatures and clichés for lazy idiocy.
I’m swallowing my pride however, and will be occupying my own slice of sidewalk along Liberty or Penn Avenue, or wherever the security perimeter allows, protesting this meeting of presidents, prime ministers, and central bankers.
But Greg! Why would a nice fellow such as you want to be considered a ragamuffin and hang out with those crazy ‘anarchists?’ I have several reasons.