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I Remember Halloween Past

I’ve always loved Halloween.

From my own childhood as a pirate, or a hobo; a cowboy or a secret agent…it meant getting to be out of the house at night, after dark, extorting goodies from neighbors and even houses far away.  Homemade popcorn balls, cookies and caramel apples sometimes weighed down the trick-or-treat bags of commercial candy though.  (As if this were a problem!)

It was ‘safe’, in the 50s and 60s.

Then, not long after my Man-From-Uncle/James Bond excursion into the night air, I was too old.  😦

I didn’t go out trick-or-treating again for many years, when I accompanied my daughter Molly.  I remember a number of years of fairy princesses followed by ballerinas – Molly had started taking dance lessons.

Guffaw’s Rule of Weather (in Phoenix) – It never really ‘cools off’ until Halloween.  People have short memories from the previous years, and think when it reaches October it means cooler weather.  Not necessarily so.

I remember one Halloween escorting young Molly door-to-door, resplendent in her costume, covered by my insulated Ike jacket.  It was something like 45 degrees, breezy and humid.  The drill was I was to wait on the sidewalk and remove the jacket while she raced all sparkley  to the next front door, rang the bell, got candy, then raced back to the jacket I warmed up until her next house!  Next house after next house…  GEEZ, it was cold!

jean greyThen, she had gotten old enough she no longer wanted an escort, and good enough with her Mom’s sewing machine to make her own costume – Jean Grey from X-Men.  Did her own makeup, too!  She and her best friend had been making a killing buying, trading and selling X-Men comics at school.

My daughter –  the 6th Grade capitalist entrepreneur!

She would have probably had another year before she was too old, but Jean Grey was to be her last.

You made a terrific Jean Grey  –  Happy Halloween, Molly!

Remember to hug those close to you and tell them you love them, because you never know.

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Support The Troops?

Of course you do!

I do, too.  But Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian Blog” offers perspective, along with support.

To wit (in part):

The powderkeg of “troops”

Are individuals in America better off that there are US troops all over the planet?  Do troops really help “the people”?Think about it.Was Germany better off by having and supporting the Nazi troops?  Or, in the long run was the normal, average German made less safe and less prosperous because of “the troops”?  (And don’t bother trying to misuse Godwin’s Law on me- I’m on to that game.)

The only ones helped by “the troops” are those who work for that gang of thugs called “government”.  Everyone else is harmed.  They may think they are benefiting, but only until consequences catch up to them all.  At that time the veil is ripped away.

You should go to Kent’s link above and read the whole thing.  Blind obedience isn’t thinking, and it certainly isn’t what freedom and liberty are about.

Question Authority.  Not just for the exercise, but for the meaning; the agenda.

Misprision of Felony

Rivrdog ‘hoists ‘them’ on their own petar’.

To wit:

Misprision of Felony

…or, 18 USC 4

Here is the citation:

“Misprision of felony” is still an offense under United States federal law after being codified in 1909 under 18 U.S.C.§ 4:

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This offense, however, requires active concealment of a known felony rather than merely failing to report it.[7]

This is from the Wiki on this subject.

Now, if the United States government, which has a clear chain of authority, knows of cases of felonious entry (Illegal entry is not a felony, but committing ANY crime while illegally in the country makes it so), and they not only fail to actively prosecute and at least, deport those individuals which it DOES know about, THEN the same Government engages in actions intended to cover up and/or relieve those felons of their criminal responsibility, is the Government and it’s agents/actors criminally liable for Misprision of Felony?

More at the Rivrdog link, above.

Inquiring minds want to know…

The Wisdom of David Nolan

TThe Whited Sepulchre reminded us of The Wisdom of David Nolan – founder of the Libertarian Party.

How does one tell if one is truly a Libertarian (philosophically, not necessarily a card-carrying LP member!)

In David’s words, below:

  As a founder of the Libertarian Party and editor-in-chief of California Liberty, I am often asked how to tell if someone is “really” a libertarian.  There are probably as many different definitions of the word “libertarian” as there are people who claim the label. These range from overly broad (“anyone who calls himself a libertarian is one”) to impossibly doctrinaire (“only those who agree with every word in the party platform are truly annointed”).

   My own definition is that in order to be considered a libertarian, at least in the political context, an individual must adhere without compromise to five key points. Ideally, of course, we’d all be in agreement on everything. But we’re not, and probably never will be. Debate is likely to continue indefinitely on such matters as abortion, foreign policy, and whether, when, and how various government programs can be discontinued or privatized. But as far as I’m concerned, if someone is sound on these five points, he/she is de facto a libertarian; if he fails on even one of the five, he isn’t.

What then, are the “indispensible five” — the points of no compromise?

YOU OWN YOURSELF

    First and foremost, libertarians believe in the the principle of self-ownership. You own your own body and mind; no extermal power has the right to force you into the service of “society” or “mankind” or any other individual or group for any purpose, however noble. Slavery is wrong, period.

   Because you own yourself, you are responsible for your own well-being. Others are not obligated to feed you, clothe you, or provide you with health care. Most of us choose to help one another voluntarily, for a variety of reasons — and that’s as it should be — but “forced compassion” is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.

THE RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE

   Self-ownership implies the right to self-defense. Libertarians yield to no one in their support for our right as individuals to keep and bear arms. We only wish that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution said “The right to self-defense being inalienable…” instead of that stuff about a “well-regulated militia”.  Anyone who thinks that government — any government — has the right to disarm its citizens is NOT a libertarian!

NO “CRIMINAL POSSESSION” LAWS

   In fact, libertarians believe that individuals have the right to own and use anything- gold, guns, marijuana, sexually explicit material- so long as they do not harm others through force or the threat of force. Laws criminalizing the simple possession of anything are tailor-made for police states; it is all too easy to plant a forbidden substance in someone’s home, car or pocket. Libertarians are as tough on crime- real crime- as anyone. But criminal possession laws are an affront to liberty, whatever the rhetoric used to defend them.

NO TAXES ON PRODUCTIVITY

   In an ideal world, there would be no taxation. All services would be paid for on an as-used basis. But in a less-than-ideal world, some services will be force-financed for the foreseeable future. However, not all taxes are equally deleterious, and the worst form of taxation is a tax on productivity — i.e., an income tax — and no libertarian supports this type of taxation.

   What kind of taxation is least harmful? This is a topic still open for debate. My own preference is for a single tax on land. Is this “the” libertarian position on taxes? No. But all libertarians oppose any form of income tax.

A SOUND MONEY SYSTEM

   The fifth and final key test of anyone’s claim to being a libertarian is their support for an honest money system; i.e. one where the currency is backed by something of true value (usually gold or silver). Fiat money — money with no backing, whose acceptance is mandated by the State — is simply legalized counterfeiting and is one of the keys to expanding government power.

   The five points enumerated here are not a complete, comprehensive prescription for freedom… but they would take us most of the way. A government which cannot conscript, confiscate, or counterfeit, and which imposes no criminal penalties for the mere possession and peaceful use of anything, is one that almost all libertarians would be comfortable with.

You notice you don’t see the word control in there, except perhaps the understood doctrine of self-control. Fascists, Communists, Statists, For-your-own-good-ists need not apply!  No Nudgers, either!

Beer Gut

beer gutMan’s gut fermented food into alcohol, making him drunk, case study finds

(CNN) — Most beer guts are the result of consuming fermented brew, but a new case study describes a rare syndrome that had one man’s gut fermenting brew, not consuming it.

It’s called gut fermentation syndrome or auto-brewery syndrome, and it’s “a relatively unknown phenomenon in Western medicine” according to a study published in July’s International Journal of Clinical Medicine. “Only a few cases have been reported in the last three decades” according to Dr. Barbara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, and Dr. Justin McCarthy, a Lubbock gastroenterologist, the study’s authors.

The most current case comes courtesy of an unnamed 61-year-old Texas man who for five years seemed to be drunk — all of the time.

Sounds like some bloggers I’ve run across!

No, not me.

PS – because Squeaky Wheel informed me of the real health issues in this post, she asked for a link to the original article.  Here ya go Squeak:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/19/health/gut-fermentation-syndrome/index.html

 

“Baseball been berry berry good to me!”

chico e(a quote from Chico Escuela – Garrett Morris on SNL)

Most of you know I don’t particularly care for sports.  My father was SPORTS-A-HOLIC, and as such, when he wasn’t watching football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey he was refereeing/umpiring football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey (in his off time).

When I became disabled (initially@ age 12) sports were pretty much off the table.  He did try to teach me tennis, however.

After the disability, I became effectively a sports orphan (You’ve heard of sports widows?)

So, the announcement the World Series began Wednesday night last was a big yawn for me.  Fox News did a poll:

Q: The World Series begins Wednesday night. Who will win?

28%   Boston Red Sox

 
30%   St. Louis Cardinals

42%   I don’t care

When I was a kid, the over-emphasized sports thing aside, Baseball -The National Pastime, had fans and followers, even among kids who didn’t really care.  I liked a number of teams, and players.  As my Dad refereed Cactus League games  (Spring training camp games) there was access to famous players.

My Dad even got me an Ernie Banks autographed baseball ! (which I subsequently ruined, not understanding the history or meaning of such a souvenir.)

Hell, I was in grade school, what did I know?

When I saw the Fox News poll, it got me to wondering:  With all the movies, video games, texting, computers, etc., is Baseball still the National Pastime?

Or is it just like so many other things from the mid-Twentieth Century?  A ruined historical souvenir?

Meanwhile, in TEXAS…

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And here’s the link to the news story.

We need to see more and more of this! (he said, preaching to the choir…)

h/t The Lonely Libertarian

But Civilians With Guns NEVER Save ANYONE!

They are a danger – take the guns away!

By Jackee Coe The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:40 PM

A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries early Sunday morning after a shooting broke out at a Glendale house party, authorities said.

Glendale police officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to a house near 51st and Olive avenues where they found a 27-year-old man who had been shot, Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden said. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, where he remained Sunday afternoon.

Investigators determined an argument started between individuals at the party and the 27-year-old, and he was asked to leave, she said. The man left for a short time, then returned with a rifle and began firing off rounds outside the house.

The man pointed the rifle at partygoers and a 39-year-old partygoer pulled out a handgun and shot the 27 year old before police arrived, Breeden said. The shooter did not try to leave and waited for officers to arrive.

The shooter has been cooperative with investigators, she said. He was questioned and released by detectives.

“This is standard procedure under these type of circumstances,” Breeden said. “Information and evidence detectives have gathered leads them to believe the 27-year-old was not only firing his rifle, endangering partygoers, but also pointed the weapon at other partygoers, endangering them, prior to the 39-year-old displaying a weapon and shooting the 27-year-old.”

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, Breeden said.

h/t Guns Save Lives

The Libertine Party

I’m a pretty liberal guy.  In the classical sense, not the liberal = progressive = socialist = communist sense.  As a libertarian, I think adults should be able to make their own lives; their own decisions…

As long as doing so doesn’t affect others, negatively.

You wanna smoke weed?  In your own home?  As long as it doesn’t waft into my back yard, it’s okay with me. You want to marry three other adults?  Change your State law and have at it.  Just remember how complex (and costly) the divorcing of two of them will be!

But, I draw the line at abusing children.  Yes, you should be able to raise your children as you see fit, and perhaps one or two smacks on the bottom to get their attention might be necessary.  When they are four.  But, not when they’re 18, or nude, or with the use of a studded belt.  That’s beyond the pale, for me.

Speaking of abusing children:

Child Trauma Expert: Pro-Pedophilia Groups Are ‘Grooming’ Public to Accept Adult-Child Sex

NO.

PS – Why does NAMBLA still exist?  The North American Man Boy Love Association promotes sexually abusing children.  Why hasn’t your government used RICO to shut them down and absorb their funds? And imprison the miscreants.  Certainly a continuing criminal enterprise?

“WE Want A Police State! And We Want It NOW!”

Americans Sign Petition to Support “Nazi-Style Orwellian Police State”

To keep everybody safe

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
October 21, 2013

After illustrating their enthusiasm for repealing the Bill of Rights, a video shows Americans happily signing a petition to support a “Nazi-style Orwellian police state,” in what easily represents the most shocking footage of its kind to date.

Citing issues with how the government shutdown has impacted the ability of the police to “keep the community safe,” Dice tells San Diegans that there is a need to “increase the Orwellian system.”

“Not a problem,” responds one man as he signs the petition.

“We just want to model it after the Nazi Germany system to keep people safe and secure,” Dice tells another individual.

After signing the petition to “implement the Orwellian police state,” another man responds, “You find the pot of money though,” apparently more concerned about how much a Nazi-style police state would cost than its actual consequences.

“They’re trying to cut the budget by 20 per cent so we just want to make sure that we can model the police state after the Nazi Germany system,” Dice tells another couple who sign the petition, before adding, “Thanks for supporting the police state.”

“We’re going to model it after the Nazi Germany-style police state,” Dice clearly tells another man who signs the petition.

“We need this Orwellian-style system to keep everybody safe,” Dice tells a woman as she is signing the petition, to which she responds, “Yeah.”

Click here for all of Paul’s article.  But bring along an airsick bag.

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” – Benjamin Franklin

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…