I do not want to live in a country where everything is free but us.
None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us. ~ Paul Ryan
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Note: Neil Young is an illiberal folk-rock singer/composer/guitarist. Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the moon. NBC reported Neil Armstrong's death at age 82 of heart complications as Neil Young. We can all breathe easier knowing that the illiberal folk-rock singer still lives. Update: Check out Iowahawk.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing a proposal to tax broadband Internet service.
Here's a clue: There is no place on earth where you cannot get broadband internet service [satellite]. If you choose to live in a remote area, then you can expect to pay a little more for internet connectivity. Think of it as the price you pay for the luxury of living far away from the big city collectivists. I have to wonder why government bureaucracies would even want to waste taxpayer dollars on rural internet service, when the Agenda 21 "pack'n'stack" goals for urban infill would chase most people out of the rural areas by the end of the century anyway. I guess it's a "belt and suspenders" kind of a thing -- in case liberty wins out, and we get to keep living where we want to live. Besides, what government agency gives a rat's ass about wasting taxpayer dollars? I answered my own question. Forget I mentioned it.
The move would funnel money to the Connect America Fund, a subsidy the agency created last year to expand Internet access. (Read more...)
Saturday, August 25, 2012
For Barack Obama though, it doesn't help that he was mentored by communist, anti-colonialist, anti-American tutors, radical friends, radical ministers and radical professors. It isn't surprising that we have the most radical, most anti-American, anti-capitalist president in US history. What is stunning is that the media has so far downplayed these influences. Fortunately, the movie 2016: Obama’s America has stunned Hollywood, opening at #1 in theaters on Friday. People will see it, and get the information that the mainstream media has strenuously attempted to suppress.
We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home ... to live our own lives in peace.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Did you know that here in Washington, unlike many other states, we elect a Commissioner of Public Lands? Well, we do. And this year’s race is going to be a doozy!
Sign our petition to show your commitment to Washington Forests.
Four years ago, Washington Conservation Voters helped elect Commissioner Peter Goldmark, a rancher from Eastern Washington, who committed to cleaning up shabby logging practices in forests around Washington, protecting Puget Sound, and addressing the challenges that climate change is bringing to our region.
Apparently, Goldmark’s commitment to clean water and healthy forests has angered one man: Clint Didier.
You say tea-party activist like it's a bad thing! Tea parties simply want to re-acquaint American citizens with our government's founding principles. If you disagree with the founding principles, why don't you just admit it? We the People should be able to protect the environment voluntarily, without forfeiting our inalienable rights. But you and Goldmark want to force everyone to do what you happen to think is right, when there is considerable latitude for honest people to disagree about what the problems are, and what the right solutions are. In a free country, private citizens would make those decisions. Does that guarantee success? Better than government, it usually turns out. The screed continues:
Didier, a tea-party activist and ex-NFL player, has run unsuccessfully for office before and this year he is challenging Goldmark. He has made it very clear that protecting the environment is not one of his values.
Wow. You say "denier" like it's a bad thing! What you call "denial", I call "skepticism", and skepticism has been the fundamental truth-detector in science since the discipline was first invented. The burden of proof is on the accuser. That applies to forestry, global warming and stormwater runoff. What's more, the science has been altered! The famous hockey stick graph was falsified and the data manipulated to present the illusion of a correlation between human industrial activity, CO2 and global warming. So the correlation is much weaker than the IPCC claims, and as any decent scientist knows, correlation does not imply causation. There is no experiment that you could run that can reproducibly and reliably prove causation for global warming, if it exists at all. Why do we have to keep debunking this fraudulent science? The email closes with:
Wow. Denying climate change. Opposing a healthy Puget Sound. Clint Didier, your policies are too extreme for Washington! Sign our petition and add your name to a growing list of Washingtonian committed to protecting our water and forests.
- In fact, he has said, the only way to make forests sustainable is “if Man puts his footprint back in the forest.”1
- Shockingly, he believes that “science has been altered so as to make it (global warming) look like it is truly happening.”2
- He believes that trying to protect our state’s waterways from herbicides and pesticides is elitist.3
Political Director, Washington Conservation Voters
PS: As fires continue to rage in Central Washington, and throughout the west, we are thankful to have, in our highest environmental office, a man committed to addressing the realities of climate change, since science has shown the link between bigger and more frequent fires and climate change. Please sign our petition now.
I will not sign your petition, and we would not be having nearly the problem with the fires if someone who truly understood what freedom and liberty means, was allowing knowledgeable citizens to to manage the forests intelligently and productively. Clint Didier understands what freedom truly means. Vote for Clint!
1) July 14, 2012, Whatcom Freedom Rally. 7/14/2012. Youtube.
2) Ex-NFLer Clint Didier tackles Murray, and a lot more,” Joel Connelly, 1/11/2010, Seattle PI.
3) Angry Crowd Enlivens County Meeting,” by Mark St. J. Couhig, 9/28/2011, Sequim Gazette.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Adapted from an email circulating on the Internet:
The year was 1947. Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, a little more than 64 years ago, numerous witnesses claim that an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico.
This is a well known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force, as well as other federal agencies and organizations. However, what you may not know is that in the month of April 1948, nine months after the historic day, the following people were born:
- Barack Obama Sr.
- Albert A. Gore, Jr.
- Hillary Rodham
- William J. Clinton
- John F. Kerry
- Howard Dean
- Nancy Pelosi
- Dianne Feinstein
- Charles E. Schumer
- Barbara Boxer
- Joe Biden
Coincidence? I think not. The email goes on to suggest that the aliens bred with the sheep and jack-asses, but that would be ludicrous, don't you think? I'm pretty sure these were their own kids.
(Thanks to my aunt and/or uncle for sending me the inspiration for this post.)
Monday, August 6, 2012
Here's how: where I live, there is a culture in the halls of the Whatcom County Courthouse; a mindset that says, "if it isn't permitted, it isn't permitted" -- meaning that if you don't have a permit to do something, then you're not permitted to do it. That same culture is evidently in force in parts of Arizona,
Phoenix City Prosecutor Vicki Hill said in a statement: “It came down to zoning and proper permitting. Anytime you are holding a gathering of people continuously as he does, we have concerns about people being able to exit the facility properly in case there is a fire, and that’s really all this comes down to.” (Read more...)If it isn't permitted, it isn't permitted. Oh sure, they have their reasons. It's for our own good, of course. Nevermind the first amendment (any part -- freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of religion). If it isn't permitted, it isn't permitted. It's a $12,000 fine, or jail time. Pay up, sucka! I wonder if the ACLU will have anything to say about this.
In America, freedom used to be the default. Subject to common sense, responsibility and decency, we could do pretty much what we wanted, except in special cases where there were laws against it. No more. If it isn't permitted, it isn't permitted!
Saturday, August 4, 2012
This was back when men and women all had the same hair styles.
This is a rarely seen video recorded in 1972, recently shown on German Channel ZDF. Mouth & MacNeal were a pop duo from Holland. They formed in 1971 when record producer Hans van Hemert brought the solo talents of Mouth (born Willem Duyn, March 31, 1937) and Maggie MacNeal (born Sjoukje van't Spijker, May 5, 1950) together. Their biggest hit, "How Do You Do", eventually reached #8 in the U.S. in July 1972. The song spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 and won a R.I.A.A. gold disc on August 2, 1972. Selling over a million copies in the U.S. alone, global sales exceeded two million.