PREACHER ON TV: …nointed with oil on troubled waters? Oh, Heavenly Grid, help us bear up thy Standard, our Chevron flashing bright across the Gulf of Compromise, standing Humble on the Rich Field of Mobile American Thinking? Here in this Shell we call Life… (excerpted from The Firesign Theatre’s “How Can You Be In Two Places At Once, When You’re Not Anywhere At All”)
Oregon Department of Transportation
By all accounts, Robin Speronis is engaged in a successful experiment in “living off the grid” in Cape Coral, Florida. The 54-year-old former real estate agent disconnected from city water and power about a year and a half ago. Now she relies on solar panels, propane lanterns, and collected rain water in her duplex and seems quite happy about it. But the city clearly is not. Officials tried to boot her from her home, and have now given her until the end of March to reconnect to the grid. A special magistrate who tossed many of the charges and admits that reasonableness may not play a role in the rules says she will ultimately have to comply. Speronis is standing firm.
You can’t be FREE, all by yourself, doing as you please! That’s not being part of the collective! Don’t you know it takes a village? Resistance is futile!
Okay, all you freedom-loving self-actualized, libertarians and self-governing folks. Listen up. The government NEEDS you.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung
h/t Say Uncle
Alexandria brings us the following lovely idea…
Technotopia And Politics-Jonah Goldberg At The National Review Online: ‘Minimum Wage And The Rise Of The Machines’
Dec 9th, 2013 by Chris Navin
‘The robot future is coming no matter what, and it will require some truly creative responses by policymakers. I don’t know what those are, but I’m pretty sure antiquated ideas that were bad policy 100 years ago aren’t going to be of much use. Maybe the answers will come when artificial intelligence finally comes online and we can replace the policymakers with machines, too.’
Say your HAL9000 State U.S. Representative has indicated that it wouldn’t raise taxes this half-cycle to a probability of 99%, but then you get your tax bill and it nearly killed you! Time to decommission
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My roomie and I had a recent discussion regarding minimum wage. Her thought was we needed ‘something’ imposed by gov’t – mine was the free market needed to decide.
Don’t like where you are employed because of what they pay? Go somewhere else. If Mc-Whatever can’t pay enough to keep people, they will eventually dry up.
Or is the T-1000 in our future?
Free North Carolina (via avordvet) shares with us an ARIZONA story, of statists versus freemen.
To press the point, a free man, legally carrying a pistol openly, tried to photograph a Phoenix federal courthouse.
Not of the freeman photographer, but of the authorities, who promptly dispatched police helicopters and ground personnel to stop the
terrorist attack legally-armed photographer from photographing a public building.
(visit the link above for the video and post)
Seriously, don’t they have better things to do? Like catching real bad guys? I can see watching, and perhaps even tracking such an individual for security intel, but confronting, attempting to disarm?
This used to be a relatively free State, at least when compared to places like Massachusetts.
Walls of the City reminds us (by way of Sharp As A Marble) that while we continue to speak of ourselves as the Land of the Free, we certainly are no longer:
30 years ago, you’d just assume that anything that wasn’t obviously contrary to morality was legal. That is, you’d have a built-in default setting of assuming liberty. And that assumption of liberty would then propel you to take actions.
But now, you have to assume that many things that aren’t contrary to morality are illegal anyway. And so you now have — quel coincidence! — a built-in default setting of assuming prohibition. And that assumption that many of the things you’d like to do are illegal and criminal thereby reduces your desire to take any action at all.
Can you name all of the crimes in your state that are felonies? Can you name all of the crimes in your state that are misdemeanors? Have you ever uttered the words, “Is that legal?” without actually being able to intuitively guess whether it is or not?
Welcome to the club. And the problem.
You should go and read the whole thing. It’s well worth your time, and even has some Latin words in it!
The Country for whom I would have probably died (in Vietnam – had I not been a disabled 4-F) no longer exists. She does on paper (The Constitution), but that was long ago, and like Benghazi, is no longer relevant.
Did you know The United States has more prisoners per capita than any other Nation? How many of these folks zigged when they should have zagged? Or were caught with weed. Or carrying a gun for protection?
Lets stop electing people to legislatures to pass more incomprehensible laws. Lets elect them to remove laws. And hold those accountable who messed everything up. THEY are the people who should be afraid. And incarcerated!
He is an American, but in name only. More than likely, he identifies himself (herself?) as a(n) (fill-in-blank-with-ethnicity or religion) American. Even if he is here illegally. He probably doesn’t have a computer. But if he does, it’s for gaming, word processing and perhaps porn.
He doesn’t like politics. He believes all politicians are evil, corrupt, self-serving, lawyers (liars) – whose only function (as they see it) is to get re-elected and get more lobbyist’s ‘gifts’. But, not many pay attention to the ‘issues’ or even vote.
He pays no attention to the state of the economy, or the news, or individual rights. Or to the Constitution and it’s ubiquitous erosion. He’s too busy working to make enough to pay the high taxes imposed to pay for everyone else’s (fill-in-the-blank-gov’t-program-handout). He wears blinders when yet another infringement occurs – be it the FBI’s COINTELPRO (1960s), airport metal detectors (1972), sobriety checkpoints (1986), random stop-and-frisks (2012), no-knock warrants (1970), shotgun microphones, FBI ‘administrative’ warrants (recently overturned-thank you!), The Patriot Act (2001), NDAA (2012), NSA monitoring of all cellular and Email traffic, cameras on every corner, black boxes in cars, locators in cell phones, warrantless GPS on cars, DHS claiming Christians and conservatives are radicals – but Islamic folks are just practicing their beliefs, The Fort Hood shooting is deemed ‘workplace violence’ (NOT terrorism)…
I could go on, but I’m already physically, emotionally and spiritually ill.
(I keep telling myself) WE (persons who participate on the Internet) are NOT EVERYMAN, and we DO participate and WE DO pay attention, and WE DO write our congressmen and senators and presidents.
And we DO bitch to each other. Sometimes, vociferously.
WE NEED TO KEEP COMPLAINING! To anyone who will listen, and yes, to those crooked politicians, yet again.
If we stop, we’ll be joining the rest of our Nation, with our heads in the sand. Or up some orifice.
And we’ll be in the perfect position for the next infringement.
BOHICA - Bend over, here it comes, again!
S. Weasel brings us the following:
This is Li Meng. He hasn’t left this computer terminal for six years. He gets up to pee and shower and they hold his place for him. The rest of the time, he’s sitting in this internet cafe in this very chair playing video games. If you Google “Li Meng” and “internet cafe” you’ll get a ton of different takes on the story, mostly a bunch of handwringing about “internet addiction”.
But here’s the thing: renting a spot full time in the internet cafe costs him about eighty bucks a month. Playing video games, he says he’s making about $325 a month. You know what I say? THIS MAN IS THE KING OF AWESOME.
Plays video games all night, sleeps in the chair all day, slips out for a wash and some Chinese takeaway and puts money in the bank every month. I am NOT seeing a problem here.
It’s like when heroin got cheap in the Nineties and there were all these articles about how horrible it was that junkies could take a McDonald’s job and have enough money to rent a small apartment and support a smack habit. And I’m thinking, “wait…they’re fully supporting themselves and their wicked habits with an honest job? So what part of this is your business?” (emphasis Guffaw)
…but all is not, yet, lost…
SAN FRANCISCO — They’re called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They’re sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.
On Friday, a federal judge in San Francisco declared the letters unconstitutional, saying the secretive demands for customer data violate the First Amendment.
The government has failed to show that the letters and the blanket non-disclosure policy “serve the compelling need of national security,” and the gag order creates “too large a danger that speech is being unnecessarily restricted,” U.S. District Judge Susan Illston wrote.
She ordered the FBI to stop issuing the letters, but put that order on hold for 90 days so the U.S. Department of Justice can pursue an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The DOJ said it is reviewing the decision.
FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the letters after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
More at the above link. Apparently, not everyone in government supports the push toward totalitarianism.
Funny how the congress keeps passing more legislation ‘to protect us’, and instead constrains us.
Real News Reporter shares with us an essay by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market
The Constitution of the United States is an undeniably powerful document. So powerful in fact, that it took establishment elitists with aspirations of globalized governance over a century to diminish the American people’s connection to it. It’s been a long time coming, but in the new millennium, there is now indeed a subsection of the masses that not only have no relationship to our founding roots, they actually despise those of us who do!
Including the following video, wherein a New Hampshire politician voices his opposition to libertarians moving into his State:
The essay IS a worthy read!
…okay, so I was off by a few years…OKAY 63!
Thanks for bothering to continue to stop by. I’m still in amazement.
Guffaw in AZ
“They: The makers of the Constitution: conferred,
as against the government, the right to be let alone –
the most comprehensive of rights and
the right most valued by civilized men.”
- Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
What the Hell ever happened to this concept?
For the past seventy years (or more) there has been an eating away at the substance that used to be American Culture. Not just political correctness, multiculturalism and unreasonable inclusion, but who we are as individuals.
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.
The USA Patriot Act, NDAA, FISA, no-knock warrants, cameras on every corner, warrants unnecessary for GPS attachment, sobriety checkpoints, citizenship checkpoints, TSA rifling through personal belongings and groping etc., etc. And this from an NSA whistleblower:
They’ve apparently turned it up to 12, and it’s accelerating, he says. Scary stuff.
More from the whistleblower:
“The problem is if they think they are not doing anything that’s wrong, they don’t get to define that. The central government does, the central government defines what is right and wrong and whether or not they target you. So, it’s not up to the individuals. Even if they think they aren’t doing something wrong, if their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target.“
(emphasis in original post)
We’ve devolved from Norman Rockwell to George Lincoln Rockwell. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it?
h/t Rev. Paul