I just received an email from Ron Paul advising me his measure to Audit The Federal Reserve goes up for a vote this Thursday!
Seriously, why don’t ‘the powers that be’ want it audited? Shouldn’t all agencies linked to government be accountable in this era of the most transparent administration in history?
Please let Ron Paul and your congresscritter know you support auditing all agencies.
Not coincidentally, I’m sure, I found this elsewhere on the Internet…
Or rather MY libertarian conundrum!
I’m generally a libertarian (small L), politically and philosophically. Want to MAKE me do something as a function of government? I don’t think so. (conscript me, tax me w/o representation, ad infinitum). Want to believe something different than me? Sure – have at it! Believe in Krishna or The Flying Spaghetti Monster, or nothing. I don’t care.
Just don’t knock on my door demanding I believe as you, with or without the force of government behind you!
I respect your right to think and act and believe differently, as long as you leave me to do the same. Period.
Now comes the conundrum -
I tend to be isolationist. If one tribe or political party in far off Boogaboogastan wants to kill another tribe or political party, it’s no skin off my nose. As long as it doesn’t affect me. Or the National interest. (whatever THAT is!)
BUT, what if I had this opinion (and had been alive) during WWII? What if The United States did? Would we all be speaking German or Japanese now? (Those of us who are alive?)
In short, what is in keeping with libertarian principles, but allows us to have our National Security and Sovereignty and be able to look ourselves in the mirror?
Do our National Principles apply only to us? And if not, to whom, and when?
A partial sampling:
|2014.08.31||Iraq||Ramadi||37||38||Thirty-seven Iraqis are reduced to pulp by a Shahid suicide bomber.|
|2014.08.31||Yemen||Shabwa||6||2||Two Shahid suicide bombers take out a half-dozen human beings.|
|2014.08.30||Afghanistan||Jalalabad||6||33||A Shahid suicide bomber disassembles six other people.|
|2014.08.30||Nigeria||Borno||14||215||Boko Haram militants spray machine-gun fire into villages while yelling praises to Allah. At least fourteen are killed.|
|2014.08.28||Thailand||Pattani||1||2||Muslim terrorists murder a teacher with a bomb.|
Should we have gone into Iraq initially? I won’t debate that, because the fact is we did. And we then left.
hundreds thousands are paying for our having done so.
A libertarian tenet is WE ARE NOT THE WORLD’S POLICEMAN. We cannot afford to be, and we are not going to make everyone believe as we do.
It would be great if we could just leave others alone to their own Destiny. Or Hell. Pick one.
Then look in the mirror the next morning.
At NRO, Frank Miniter examines what the billionaires contributing to gun control groups hope to accomplish, and the playbook they’re using:
In a section labeled “Overall Messaging Guidance,” the guide gives its number-one “Key Messaging Principle”: “Always focus on emotional and value-driven arguments about gun violence, not the political food fight in Washington or wonky statistics.” It further explains this strategy by saying, “It’s critical that you ground your messaging around gun violence in prevention by making that emotional connection.” Its second key principle is: “Tell stories with images and feelings.” The guide says, “Our first task is to draw a vivid portrait and make an emotional connection. We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence.” They realize they’ve lost the rational and empirical debates about what really stops gun violence and instead want the debate enflamed by emotion.
That’s ever the way, of course; you can’t win the argument with rational facts, so legislate by emotions.
Isn’t this the tack they take with virtually EVERYTHING? After all, it’s for the children!
(from my friend Borepatch)
There’s a novel solar energy plant in California. The plant works by concentrating the energy of the sun using mirrors and making steam. It also has the side effect of killing birds by frying them in mid-air. It may be happening as frequently as a bird every two minutes. They call them streamers because the feathers ignite in a puff of smoke as they fall from the sky.
If these birds were being covered in oil there would be an international effort to rescue them and mitigate the future deaths. Network news would be covering the effort with video at 6! Since they are dying at a green energy facility, you have to come to Borepatch to even hear about it. Global News of Canada has the details.
At least we still have the windmills! Oh, wait a minute…
The regal TAMARA (Yes, THAT Tamara) one of my blogmothers, has opted for making her weblog View From The Porch viewable with comments disabled, and is on INDEFINITE HIATUS! (Her words)
Someone repeatedly posted derisive commentary against which she felt the need to defend, and appeared (for lack of a better term) to be Internet stalking her.
Now, aside from her being a fine, intelligent person well-schooled in guncraft and history, she is also known world-wide as the Queen (or Mistress, if you will) of SNARK!
And the idea that she feels the need to insulate herself from the flotsam and jetsam of the Internet (and certain specific a$$h00l3s) only punctuates that the World in which we live can be impudent, unthinking and even rude. And perhaps even criminal and tortuous.
How sad that someone as beloved as she, who is welcomed electronically into thousands (probably millions) of homes daily feels the need to shut the electronic door.
Because someone else is apparently an electronic jackass, or worse.
This is a signpost of the world in which we live. No longer can people vehemently disagree in debate, then go out for a beer together afterward. Now, it becomes personal.
And all of us suffer.
Forgive them, Tam, they know not what they do. or, they do, and they don’t give a sh**!
Let’s not get so wrapped up in electronic media that we buckle to the idiots.
I STAND WITH TAM FOR HER TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT HER CHARACTER AND SANITY. Let’s hope this bastard just goes away!
And she makes the choice to return.
Until all our personal wealth is ‘shared’ (by force) with the less fortunate! It’s
Karl Marx’s, The President’s way…
Judicial Watch reports that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America.The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major “Democrat strongholds.”“This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.”More @ Yahoo
I remember a time, not that long ago…
When Canada was thought of as the weak sister to the North of The United States. Still symbolically tied to a monarchy, NO Bill of Rights, The Mounties were the FBI on steroids, high taxation to pay for their universal health care (wherein many folks came HERE for more-timely surgery), and their jeezly nickels and pennies kept finding their way into OUR change!
They did make good beer, and had a quaint way of verbally punctuating with the syllable ‘eh?’ though. :-)
I do hear about the Yukon and The Northwest Territories largely ignoring gun control edicts from Ottawa, to the point where they reversed their rifle registration scheme. So there is some hope.
Just think – if they adopted OUR Bill of Rights, we could move there and with a population akin to the U.S. in 1860, and a still largely polite society, we could have Utopia.
A COLD Utopia…
Hey, a guy can dream…
First, let me state I support both organizations. You may see links to them (along with other fine organizations) on this blog.
Frankly, I’ve not had the time (okay, the inclination) to study this issue in depth. Mea culpa.
Thankfully, Erin Palette of Lurking Rhythmically has done quite a fine, succinct analysis. You may see it here.
The issue appears to be The Second Amendment Foundation is considering acquiring the financially-troubled Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.
Like Ms. Palette, I’ve no opinion on this issue. Go to the link to see her analysis.
The kerfluffle appears to be some folks don’t like the SAF, and think they would somehow water-down or edit the JFPO’s message…
h/t Lurking Rhythmically
I’ve posted before in this venue about what a cesspool Detroit is and how 60 years of socialist politics have brought a once proud hub of American Industry to it’s knees, and even the police have advised the citizenry they must fend for themselves.
Apparently, they have listened and responded!!
(Below, a short snippet from the article)
Space prohibits a thorough account of Detroiters fighting criminals with lawfully obtained firearms, doing so would run longer than our infamous Hillary piece (our longest column ever, as several critics were kind enough to note). But a search of the Detroit papers for 2014 reveals instance after instance. Just one week’s reportage from February should suffice to demonstrate:
■At 2 a.m. Feb. 22, two men broke into a house on the city’s southwest side; the homeowner shot both men. A 21-year-old man died and the other man escaped.
■Earlier on Feb. 22, at 12:30 a.m., a woman who was surprised by a gunman when she pulled her car into the garage was able to reach for her own gun and fatally shot the man.
■A woman on Feb. 17 opened fire on three teens who kicked in her door. The alleged intruders, ages 14, 14 and 15, were caught by police and charged with home invasion.”
Now if only New Orleans, Oakland, New York and Washington, D.C. would pick up the same mantle!
h/t Kevin Baker
Said Idiots spending the next quite a while trying every excuse possible for their screwups?
…Vanessa Guerena’s $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the four police agencies was recently settled for $3.4 million. Even with that extraordinary settlement, the police of Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita have been loath to admit fault.
Of course they have; taking lessons from the EffingBI, they NEVER want to just say “We screwed up, let’s make this right and learn from it”, oh no.I understand the widow being willing to take a settlement, but I have to say: I would have LOVED it if they’d taken this to a jury, and put every one of the incompetents involved under oath and in a witness seat. God knows what all would’ve come out.