Wednesday, November 18, 2009

“Miraculous Things” Are Outside of Reality, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin kicked off her Going Rogue book tour right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, today.  I hope she makes millions of dollars from the book sales.

With that said, let’s turn to a sound bite Ms. Palin offered to the throngs of admirers who showed up for the hoopla, which is as follows.

“I’d like to see some miraculous things happen here.”

It is not “miraculous things” which the State of Michigan requires, but a dismantling of the welfare state, from the lowliest of on the dole individuals, right on up to the highest of the high corporate welfare recipients.  That, would be inspiring.

Sarah Palin ‘inspired’ by West Michigan crowds

Posted by John Venlet on 11/18 at 08:06 PM
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I Am, Indeed, A Disloyal American and Proud of It

Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, proclaims that enterpreneurs are disloyal Americans.

Stern, the most frequent guest to the White House this year, said the U.S. economy has created a system in which the entrepreneurial class is not loyal to America. Its not wrong for the government to distribute wealth to people who need it, and labor unions can help the country do that, Stern said.

A true socialist believer, that Stern, and he and his grubby collective can eat cake as far as I am concerned.

If individuals could reason, they would understand that loyalty to themselves creates opportunities and wealth for themselves, which in turn allows them to individually redistribute their wealth through the trading of their wealth for goods and services which they themselves desire rather than being individually suffocated by the State in its quest to turn individual Americans into equal paupers.

Stern’s pronouncement, and the State’s role as the enforcer of Stern’s philosophy of redistribution, is akin to being eaten alive by maggots until individuals are nothing more than bones, and no more victims are left to feed on, and America and Americans are no more.

Via Billy Beck via Coyote Blog.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/18 at 12:13 PM
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Monday, November 02, 2009

The Next Wave of Socialists Will Arise from Churches - Redux

Back in December 2004 I titled a post The Next Wave of Socialists Will Arise from Churches, in response to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle titled Pushing poverty into ‘moral-values’ debate - Some religious leaders trying to broaden discussion beyond abortion and marriage.

I did not want to be right, but when Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former false witness for twenty years, stands up and praises socialism and Marxism, I am afraid I was and am.

Via Billy Beck, via the New Paltz Journal.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/02 at 08:10 PM
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Evolutionary Anthropomorphic Nonsense

PBS’ new season has begun and I have watched a number of their new shows.  Specifically the shows The Botany of Desire; based on Michael Pollan’s new book The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World; Born Wild: The First Days of Life, and Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions.

The cinematography in the above shows is outstanding, but the anthropomorphic nonsense uttered in the narration for the shows is akin to spewing Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey as words to live by.

Each of the above PBS shows so anthropomorphize their subject matter, to the accompaniment of carefully arranged musical scores, that the common viewer is soon emotionally swooning and waxing eloquently over their dog, hamster, hydrangea, crab grass or what have you’s ability to display their uncanny human consciousness that you believe they will soon ask to go to the library, or borrow the keys to the car, and not simply metaphorically.  Though in fairness, the show based on Pollan’s book does use the word metaphorically, when ascribing human consciousness to plants, one time and one time only.

This type of anthropomorphic nonsense is Tooheyist, and is indicative of the constant belittling of the greatness of man which assails individuals today from all quarters in the march to the total collectivization of the world.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/02 at 10:04 AM
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Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Company Store

Do you recall, from your history lessons, the outrage over coal companies’ company stores?  The coal companies, which owned The Company Store, for all intents and purposes, owned the coal miner by forcing the miner, through the coal companies use of script, to shop at the company store, as the script was monetarily useless outside of the coal companies realm.

I thought of that this morning after reading this.

Starting Sunday, cash-strapped California will dig deeper into the pocketbooks of wage earners—holding back 10% more than it already does in state income taxes just as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks into gear.

Technically, it’s not a tax increase, even though it may feel like one when your next paycheck arrives. As part of a bundle of budget patches adopted in the summer, the state is taking more money now in withholding, even though workers’ annual tax bills won’t change.

Think of it as a forced, interest-free loan: You’ll be repaid any extra withholding in April. Those who would receive a refund anyway will receive a larger one, and those who owe taxes will owe less.

If you live in the State of California, you are owned.  I recommend that California adopt Sixteen Tons as the state song.

You load sixteen tons, and what do you get?  Another day older and deeper in debt.  Saint Peter, don’t you call me, ‘cause I can’t go; I owe my soul to the company store…

California to withhold a bigger chunk of paychecks

Posted by John Venlet on 11/01 at 12:19 PM
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