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Predicting The Future

zenerGrowing up, doing magic tricks, and such, I always liked things akin, like parapsychology and ESP.  Sadly, I never had the ability to actually ‘see’ in my mind’s eye anything, or to predict the future.

scrying

H.(erbert) L.(Lewis) Mencken, a certifiable curmudgeon and seer ahead of his time, was obviously different.  He said this in The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920…

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.  On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and 
the White House will
 be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”

As the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wasn’t even born until August 4, 1961, and Mencken died January 29, 1956, HOW COULD HE HAVE KNOWN?

Cue the Twilight Zone theme….

h/t Boyd and Donna

 

Our Shame Of Higher Education

Harvard Students Struggle To Answer The Most Basic Questions On America and Current Events

Five weeks ago, Campus Reform went to Harvard and asked the students if ISIS or the U.S. poses a bigger threat to world peace. The answers that were given were entertaining enough to create a viral video that has since received about half a million hits.

In addition, the video received air time on Fox News.

Somewhat skeptical of the video, a few students at Harvard decided to go around and ask their fellow classmates some questions of their own. The questions focused on ISIS and the Pledge of Allegiance.

When one student was asked if ISIS or the U.S. posed a bigger threat to world peace. He said:

“I guess I’ll have to say America. I think ISIS as a group… I believe as Ben Affleck said, could fit into a baseball stadium, so they don’t have the potential to put countries into war as America would.”

Also, the response to being asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance, which anyone applying for U.S. citizenship must to be able to recite, was even more concerning…

Disgusting.  And shameful.

To disagree with a political philosophy is an American Right, a tradition.  But, to do so in complete ignorance is SHAMEFUL.  Of course, look what we see every day on the ‘news’, the Internet.

Of course, sometimes there it’s an agenda.

I was surprised to hear people must apply for citizenship, anymore.  I thought it was just granted – like a fief.

h/t Facebook, IJReview

Anton Szandor LaVey and Aleister Crowley Must Be Dancing!

Somewhere…

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.

satanicNow 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

“Those Whom The Gods Wish To Destroy, They First Make Bored.”

DetroitLibrarySICKENING!

A public library in Detroit left to ruin, then destroyed – BOOKS AND ALL!

The whole scene is available on Flickr, courtesy of Never Yet Melted.

The only thing worse would be if they burned the books.  Regardless, I’m certain Mark Twain and Ray Bradbury are crying, somewhere…

I’m guessing the under 50% of the literate in Detroit are reading The National Enquirer!

But…there IS hope!

Five Futures for Libraries! (Neatorama)

Remember What I Said About Canucks?

Well, I take some of it back.

While OUR President (or rather his toady Secretary of State) signed the U.N. Small Arms Treaty (thankfully, an uphill fight for ratification in the Senate!), the Prime Minister of Canada refuses to sign it!

Three Cheers for Canuckistan!

Granted, they still have abysmal internal gun control laws, and no Bill of Rights, but, at least their executive recognizes the danger of ceding sovereignty to outside authority.

The United Nations?  Seriously?

We Need More Information…

Theo Spark presents us with the following graphic:

As one of his commenters mentioned, a third map showing the density of legal gun ownership would also put some light on the subject.

But, what do WE know?

Well, So Much For THAT Amendment!

Censored-First-AmendmentMike Vanderboegh (and a number of other bloggers) bring to our attention to a further attempted erosion of our rights.  This time, Amendment the First!

Advancing their quest for “common sense press control,” the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an “Authorized Journalist,” meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on “a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations … the overall bill will … would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Fox News reported.

Notice who the three Senators are, and who is specifically excluded as an ‘authorized journalist’ in their proposed definition of same.

(I’ll give you a hint)  BLOGGERS

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.  (Wikipedia entry, quoting from George Orwell’s Animal Farm)

Be afraid.  Be VERY afraid.

Statistics Are Just NUMBERS, Right?

I’m not a fan (nor a regular reader) of the Huffington Post, any more than I am of ‘public’ television or NPR.(No, that’s not true – I dislike HuffPO more, for their outright bombast)  At least NPR tries to have the ‘cosmetic appearance’ of centricity.

HOWEVER

Give Me Liberty linked to a HuffPo stat-fest, showing how drug overdoses and traffic accidents accounted for more deaths statistically than firearms!

Now most readers of this blog (all two of you) knew this, but my point is this comes from the Huffington Post!

Does this mean they’re preparing an opinion piece about severely restricting drug access and use or driving?

I kinda doubt it.

But, it IS good to see.

Condiments

I’ve always been a picky eater.  You wouldn’t know that by looking at me.

mustardBut one of the things I’ve always enjoyed has been MUSTARD.  Hot sweet mustard, stone-ground mustard, spicy brown mustard, mustard mixed with horseradish, even plain ol’ yellow mustard.  And Grey Poupon.

On hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pretzels, Polish sausages, bologna; used for chip dip (!)

This liking isn’t too surprising.  I was born on the East Coast.  Many East Coast subcultures thrive on mustard.

Not so much out here in the West.

Many of the fast-food franchises stock mustard.  But, ask for it on a sandwich?  Or ask for extra?  It is as if you said staple that bag of onion rings to my forehead.  And extra means two drops instead of one

Most drive through help doesn’t get it.

I’ve a theory about this.  One of the subcultures not famous for mustard use is Mexican.  And many fast-food places hire Mexican help.  One place hired Bosnians.  Equal difficulty with the Mexicans in (not) understanding English, but they certainly understood mustard!

Don’t get me started on A-1 Sauce.  I LOVE A-1 SAUCE!  And loathe mayonnaise – especially on hamburger!.  And ketchup is meh…

h/t Brigid

“Let’s Have A Dialog About Race.”

After the recent Zimmerman trial and verdict, I’ve been seeing comments like the post title popping up. Seems some folks want us to do this, yet again.

The United States of America is alleged to be a nation of laws, not men.  As such, not only is racial discrimination prohibited, but justice is supposed to be blind.

Haven’t they seen the statue?justice

If that is so, then why is categorizing folks racially exist on all  government forms and applications?  I can see it as an identifier, e.g. John Jones the White guy versus John Jones the Black guy, or John Jones the Pacific Islander.  Especially is one is already convicted of something.

But why else?

Because in spite of the National and State Constitutions, and the vast body of laws and protections afforded to all, the government wants to keep the battle going.

Because if we are fighting amongst ourselves, we will be paying less attention to Congress and the President making laws exempting themselves from laws they enact.  And laws that keep eroding our rights even further.

Add the media focus on the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, and some recently-born British prince, and we will be ignorant of the fundamental transformation the President promised us if elected.

See, he’s keeping at least one promise.

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