In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised. Now an artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
The statue is a direct response to the state’s installation of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Capitol in 2012. State Representative Mike Ritze paid for the controversial statue with his own money, and therefore it was considered a donation and OK to place on government property. Following that line of reasoning, the Satanic Temple submitted a formal application for their monument.
As Trait Thompson of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission told CNN last December, “Individuals and groups are free to apply to place a monument or statue or artwork.” The applications are then approved or rejected by the Commission. Unfortunately, the state has placed a halt on issuing permits for any other monuments until a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against Ritze’s Commandments monument is settled.
Now I’m all about freedom OF religion and freedom FROM religion, when it comes to State entities. But, paradoxically I do support the notice that the Judeo-Christian ethic helped found this great nation. I’ve no problem with the Ten Commandments being posted proudly in the Supreme Court chamber, for example.
But, I don’t remember any Satanists (not to be confused with Wiccans or practitioners of Santaria) being involved in the crucible of the United States.
h/t Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog, vice.com
(courtesy of Say Uncle…)
Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million? In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system. And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs? When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government. Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people. In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.
Just check out the chart below. It comes from the Heritage Foundation, and it shows that 69 percent of all federal money is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs…
So when people tell you that the main reason why we are being taxed into oblivion is so that we can “build roads” and provide “public services”, they are lying to you. The main reason why the government taxes you so much is so that they can take your money and give it to someone else.
(income redistribution – who knew? – Guffaw)
We have become a nation that is completely and totally addicted to government money. The following are 18 stats that prove that government dependence has reached epidemic levels…
Of course, this is what the
Fabian Socialist, Utopian, Communist, Socialist, Progressives have wanted all along. Collapse the system from within; a fundamental transformation if you will…
*the end of the world as we know it
For the past several months, the U.S. Department of Justice has been pressuring banks to refuse service to businesses the DOJ is targeting politically, such as gun stores, in a program entitled Operation Choke Point.
Under the program, the DOJ, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, is attempting to shut down various legal businesses, including firearm dealers, dating services, purveyors of drug paraphernalia and pornography distributors, by coercing financial institutions to close the bank and merchant accounts associated with these businesses.
The businesses targeted follow a 2011 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation bulletin which lists all of the above legal activities and others as “merchant categories that have been associated with high-risk activity” involving “disreputable merchants.
This reminds me of when I first began working for TMCCC (in 1987). While we were investigating credit card fraud, if we found a merchant of a “questionable nature”, we were to contact the merchant division and see about having them shut down. Massage parlors, adult bookstores and bars with private dance rooms were common targets.
Suddenly, without warning, the prohibition against such businesses was quietly removed.
At least Mr. Holder is operating from a moral compass – one that points to Nazi Germany or La Cosa Nostra.
I suspect TMCCC decided free enterprise was a better agenda.
h/t Theo Spark, Info Wars
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.
It’s impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY.
The result: potential waste of unknown value. (USA Today)
(courtesy of Joe Huffman)
Gun owners are hostile to having guns registered and requiring a license to own them. The fear of having that data in the hands of the government is justifiable. Not just stories like the Belgian Corporal from 75 years ago on another continent but the stories in present day from Connecticut, New York, and California.
Now we have conclusive evidence that car licenses are also subject to abuse.
It’s time to treat cars like guns. No more registration.
Uh, wait a minute?
You mean a free people should have a right not to be tracked incessantly by the State-run computer system? Their vehicles should be able to move freely without encumbrance, unmolested? Untracked? Unrecorded?
WHAT IS THIS, THE
GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC? UNITED STATES?
Remember when we were kids, and taught to strive for self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and integrity?
Remember when Candidate Obama told us he was five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America?
Welcome to that world…
“The majority of the class felt that they would rather be a slave than to be a factory worker. And she was just extremely confused by that, knowing what slaves went through, she couldn’t understand why anyone would choose that,” James said. “The rationale by those students to choose slaves was that they had free housing, they had free food and they had free protection…”
You’ve done it. Created a bunch of slave-minded kids who’ll grow up willing to be slaves if you give them enough ‘free’ stuff.
I think I’ll go throw up now. (Firehand)
Sadly (a word I’m utilizing more and more) I agree with Firehand. To be fair, obviously, this New America didn’t begin with President Obama. (FDR?) But, he’s certainly done nothing to foster the rugged individualism that used to typify citizens of this country.
We are now generationally creating
citizens legal residents occupiers dependent on the government teat for nourishment, information, protection and all manner of goods and services. Paid for by those of us who spent most of our lives working and paying taxes. And the recipients are so dependent, they have no understanding that their contract with government has a quid pro quo. And they are passing this tradition onto their drone progeny.
♫ I owe my soul to the company store ♫ – Tennessee Ernie Ford
I ‘subscribe’ to emails from Change.org. They allow people to post petitions for their causes on the Internet. Some are leftist clap-trap; some just out there.
And some are thought provoking.
Needless to say, I don’t automatically sign-on to all of them!
But, a recent one got my attention,
As the biggest day of the football season approaches, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for signing my request that Congress revoke the nonprofit, tax-exempt status of the NFL. Because of your actions, our movement has continued to grow. We are now well past 310,000 signatures, the media has taken notice, the NFL League Office has been forced to respond, and we have gained the support of http://www.SportsFans.org.
Yet despite our efforts, a recent survey showed that only 13% of the public can correctly identify the NFL as a nonprofit. Further, Senator Tom Coburn has struggled to find supporters for his legislation that would end the tax-exempt status of the NFL.
Now, here are my questions – should the NFL continue to be entitled to tax-exempt status? Should ANY group, organization of company? How about churches?
Should we just eliminate the Federal Tax Code and the IRS, rendering the whole discussion moot?
Whenever I get into the miasma that is the federal bureaucracy, and all of the deletions, exceptions and exemptions (Affordable Care Act, anyone?), I’m always reminded of Gilbert & Sullivan:
If everybody’s somebody, then no one’s anybody! - The Gondoliers
According to new reports, the NSA may be intercepting electronics, including laptops and computers purchased online, to install spyware and other malware before the devices are delivered.
A new report from Der Spiegel about the National Security Agency’s top team of hackers says that the agency is intercepting electronics purchased online to install malware and spyware on them before final delivery to the consumer.
I almost put my ironic Captain Renault ‘Shocked’ logo here, but, its becoming both sad and redundant.
Who’s watching the watchers, when they are watching us? And WHY are they watching us?
The saddest part of this post is I’m no longer shocked, or fearful. I’m just disappointed and angry. – Guffaw
h/t Preserve Freedom
Not him, personally. He’s a great friend! But, he recently left a comment on Rev. Paul’s (another great friend) Way Up North that set me off.
Murphy was commenting on the state of education in these United States.
All my nephew knows about World War Two is that we locked the Japanese Americans in camps and dropped atom bombs on Japan. But a girl in one of my college classes back in the day did one better. I was telling her and some other students that I’d just come back from a motorcycle trip through Montana, and she asked where that was. I told her what states were around it and she didn’t know where those were, either. In COLLEGE. And it turned out that before I talked to her, she did not know that Montana was a state. IN COLLEGE. Schools today don’t want to fail the precious little snowflakes so they pass the dumb ones on, education not included.
And I was reminded they no longer teach cursive handwriting, geography and real history in public school, anymore! We used to be (when I was a kid) tops in math and science - but no more.
Is this simply an accident of Fate? I doubt it. I suspect
THE GREAT RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY a greater left-wing conspiracy is at the helm. Think about it. The Fabians have always taken the long view with regard to the socialist utopia they wanted to foist upon us. That’s why (and how) it works! H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw and company believed they knew better, and sought to evolve socialist ideals generationally. This is why the guff that was largely dismissed by younger generations 60 years ago is now being embraced by today’s youth. And with modern technology literally in their pocket, they can be nudged in whatever direction ‘the powers that be’ deem appropriate.
Can’t spell? Doesn’t matter – you have spel-chek. Didn’t read the assignment? You have Wikipedia, which the classmate next to you wrote. Can’t do long-division? You have a calculator. Can’t cook? You have a microwave. Can’t shoot? Doesn’t matter – the government will protect you. Believe in
AGW climate change? The IPCC (who trumpted it’s praises for years) dismissed it due to recent findings, but no one paid attention to those details. It’s all about the agenda.
Can’t think critically, or accept new, contradictory data without dismissing it because it doesn’t conform to the forgone conclusion? Yes, it’s true. You are one of Lenin’s useful idiots.
I weep for us…
Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.
“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.
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And from the same government that brought you the above…