Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Simple Sunday Prayer Which Could Bear Being Uttered Daily

In the movie Sergeant York, there is a scene where York is sitting at the table with Mother York and his brother and sister preparing to eat dinner.  Mother York offers up a simple prayer, which, even if you’re not receptive to offering up prayers, could bear being at least a principle worth embracing.

Mother York begins her simple prayer asking for a blessing on the vittles about to be eaten, but it is the ending of Mother York’s prayer which I recommend to you.

”...And help us not to be beholden to anybody.”

Posted by John Venlet on 02/21 at 12:38 PM
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ObamaCare (DeathCare) Is Not Dead It is Simply in A Zombie State

Even though the majority of Americans are against the United States government intervening in the health care industry, Obama and the Democrats, acting as bokors, will not let the issue die.  Kill it, now!

Obama to spell out new healthcare plan

Posted by John Venlet on 02/21 at 10:54 AM
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Islamists - Why Do They Hate Us? - “An Investigatory Dead End”

Though the calls for attempting to understand, exactly, why the Islamists hate Westerners, and willingly express their hate via suicide bombings and the killing of innocent individuals have subsided to a certain degree since America’s 9/11 and Britain’s 7/7, if another terrorist event of the magnitude of 9/11 or 7/7 is successfully executed in the coming future, the call for understanding exactly why the Islamists hate Westerners would once again rise in crescendo.

In an attempt to shed some light on this, Johann Hari, penned a piece titled Meet the Ex-Jihadis.  The piece is date November 15, 2009, but this is the first time I have been aware of it, and it is worth a read.  The piece runs just over 8,100 words, so it will take a bit of time to read through.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/21 at 10:28 AM
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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Amish Lawyer Up, Too

Members of the Amish community, in my experience, are some of the most peaceful, non-confrontational individuals in the world.  More importantly, in my opinion, is that the Amish, unlike other organized faiths, make no attempts to impart their morality onto others through active lobbying for legislation for laws restricting this or that, which makes the title to this post, though written in a humorous vein, sad.

This post notes a news story about eleven days old, and even though America’s attention span is short, it bears being commented on and considered.  The opening paragraphs from the news story.

Kinzers, PA – At 9:40 a.m. Thursday, February 4, only a few miles from the scene of the Nickel Mines Amish massacre of 2006, another drama against the Amish began as agents of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came onto the property of Amish farmer Dan Allgyer, without permission, claiming to be conducting an investigation.

Agents Joshua Schafer and Deborah Haney, from the Delaware FDA office, drove past Allgyer’s “No Trespassing” signs and up his driveway almost to his barn, where Allgyer happened to be outside.  Allgyer approached the car, the agents got out and Allgyer asked them why they were there.  They produced a piece of paper, asked Allgyer if he was Dan Allgyer, which Allgyer confirmed, asked him his middle initial and phone number, entered the information on the paper, told Allgyer they were there to do an inspection and started reading the paper to him, saying it gave them jurisdiction to be there. 

The agents – Schafer did most of the talking – said they had a right to be there because “you produce food for human consumption.”  Dan asked why they believed that and they said, “Well, you have cows.  You cannot be consuming all the milk you produce.” They further stated, “If you get a milk truck in to move all this milk you sell milk to the public, therefore we have jurisdiction.” 

Dan said, “This is a private farm, I do not sell anything to the public.” 

As they continued to harass him about doing an inspection, Allgyer said, “You can sit in your car.  I will call my lawyer.”

Go and read the rest of the story and decided for yourself whether America requires this type of continued intrusion into their daily lives.  As for myself, I salute Dan Allgyer and urge him and his lawyer to stick to their metaphorical guns.

FDA Invades Non-Commercial Amish Farm in PA

Linked via The Quick and the Dead.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/19 at 07:10 PM
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Somebody Slap That Stupid Bitch

I do not frequently curse on these pages, but there are times when cursing something or someone is required.

In this case it is required in response to words dribbling from the mouth of one Veronica Siwik-Daniels, former porner and allegedly at one time mixed up with Tiger Woods, in response to Tiger Woods televised mea culpa.  Here’s Siwik-Daniels response.

Veronica Siwik-Daniels, one of Woods’ alleged mistresses and a former pornographic performer, watched the event with her attorney in a Los Angeles radio studio. She said she wants an apology for the unwanted attention the scandal has brought her.

“I really feel I deserve to look at him in person face to face in the eyes because I did not deserve this,” she said.

You stupid bitch.  If you didn’t desire “unwanted attention” due to your alleged bedding with Tiger Woods becoming public knowledge, you should have kept your legs shut, along with your mouth.

The only individual Tiger Woods owes an apology to is Elin Nordegren.

Tiger Woods: Sorry for behavior, unsure of return

Posted by John Venlet on 02/19 at 03:08 PM
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Yawn, Would It Have Counted as a Stimulus Job?

So Congressman Joe Sestak (D - PA) claims the White House, meaning Obama and his cronies, offered him a job not to run against Senator Arlen Spector (D - PA).  Yawn.

No matter how vehemently the White House may deny, or not comment, on this allegation, Americans would bet big dollars that Sestak’s allegation is true.  I would too.

Pa. Rep. Sestak stands by claim that White House offered him job to drop challenge of Specter

Posted by John Venlet on 02/19 at 02:52 PM
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Joe Stack’s Frustration is America’s Frustration, Misguided Though it May Be

Joseph Anthony Stack’s intentional death, yesterday, by flying his small airplance into an Austin, Texas building which housed offices of the Internal Revenue Service is big news.  My initial post on this story posited this incident under the heading Joe Stack - Patriot or Terrorist?  It is not an idle speculation.

Billy Beck adroitly posted on this subject under the heading Parsing Guilts And Allegiances, pointing to a Shannon Love comment on a Matt Welch post at Reason.com regarding this event.  Here’s Love’s comment.

Actually, if you read the manifesto, you see that he is not upset at big government itself but that big government never helps him.

He whines and whines about how the government, big business, his accountant, etc in short anyone but him have screwed him over and refused to help. He whines and whines and whines that government helps out everyone BUT him and his grievance isn’t that the government is invasive but that it is not invasive in his favor.

He seemed perfectly happy to feed at the public trough when the military was pumping money into aerospace in southern California and he was pissed off that when the Cold War finished and his gravy train ended that the government didn’t charge in a make everything better.

He bitches that he came to Austin and couldn’t compete against the business that already existed. Bitching that others outcompete you and that the government should make sure you get a fair shot in business is not a libertarian point of view.

This guy never even had a thought about personal responsibility and self-reliance.

He’s not a libertarian/classical-liberal. He’s a greedy little piglet who is angry that the bigger piglets pushed him off the teat he felt his by divine right.

Love’s assertions in the comment, as Billy notes, are quite “perceptive,” but let us not deny the fact that probably ninety percent (90%) of American individuals are not libertarian/classical-liberal individuals.  No, ninety percent (90%) of American individuals are, if not greedy little piglets angry at the bigger piglets, as Love states, they are at a minimum so conditioned to believe that the State, in all its various manifestations, is in existence for their benefit, that it is little wonder that Joe Stack’s last words are lacking any references to self-reliance and personal responsibility.

With that said, let’s move on to Joe Stack’s frustration, which I think is America’s frustration, and is a cause of concern for the current status quo in America.  Scott Brown accidently commented on this frustration yesterday, stating “Senator Brown said he hopes that the pilot’s anger is not connected to frustration he sensed while on the campaign trail.”, this according to Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review’s The Corner.

Americans are frustrated, you can sense it, as Brown noted in his comment.  This frustration may be misguided, or lacking in focus for freedom from the State, but that does not make the frustration any less real or, more importantly, a frustration only afflicting what MSMs would call fringe elements of society, it is mainstream.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/19 at 11:41 AM
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Objective Honesty Regarding Rejecting Objective Reality

The Atlanta Progressive News has fired senior staff writer Jonathon Springston due to Springston’s desire to report the news objectively, and the Atlanta Progressive News (APN) can’t have that going on.

At a very fundamental, core level, Springston did not share our vision for a news publication with a progressive perspective. He held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News. It just wasn’t the right fit.

The above quote is taken from an APN statement sent to the blog Creative Loafing which was attempting to determine the truth of the matter, and yes, it is true.  How progressive, and unreal.

Via a Diana Hsieh Link-O-Rama.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 04:56 PM
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Joe Stack - Patriot or Terrorist?

An Austin, Texas building, which evidently housed an IRS office has, apparently, been intentionally struck by a small airplance, piloted, again apparently, by an individual by the name of Joe Stack.  One headline on the story, linked via Drudge, reads Texas Small Plane Crash Might Be Intentional Act, Officials Say.

This is not unlike the events of 9/11.

The Smoking Gun (TSG) is following this story, and notes that Joe Stack left an online letter addressed to the IRS, and posted it on their website.  TSG titles their posting of this letter Plane Crash Suspect’s Online Diatribe.

I’ve read through Mr. Stack’s letter to the IRS, and it does appear that this letter would self indict Mr. Stack as the pilot crashing the small airplane into the Austin, TX building.  I find Mr. Stack’s letter far less than a diatribe, unless one considers diatribe’s archaic meaning as the most accurate description for Mr. Stack’s letter, rather than the more common meanings associated with the word.  Mr. Stack’s letter is for the most part rational, and it expresses, quiet eloquently I think, many of the frustrations freedom loving individual Americans, who desire autonomy and relief from crushing taxation, internally harbor.

Now, as an individual I eschew violence, random destruction of property which is not my own, and the unprovoked killing of individuals.  With that said, how should Americans be viewing Mr. Stack?  Of course Mr. Stack will be portrayed by the press and the State as a scoundrel, a potential Timothy McVeigh or some other manifestation of evil.  But is he?  Is Mr. Stack a patriot, or a terrorist?

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 03:02 PM
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Depositing Cash? - You May Be Suspect

Karen De Coster relates a recent credit union banking experience wherein she was depositing cash, $5,400.00 bucks worth of cash, at her local credit union.  A credit union which she had been a member of since the tender age of 5 years old.  Karen’s depositing of cash caused much whisperings, mulitple countings of the bills, and notifiying of the credit union manager.  She must’ve looked rather suspicious, what with her blonde hair, polite manner and expressive smile.  I wonder if she was wearing her biker leathers or something?

How the State Destroys Your Banking Relationships

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 10:16 AM
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Federal Weatherization Program, It’s A Failure

According to the LA Times, Obama’s push to weatherize homes, you know, to save the environment, money, and redistribute wealth in a manner which is less offensive than simply handing out wads of cash to the alleged poor, is so wasteful, to the tune of a $57,362.00 cost, on average, to winterize one home, you could buy a home here in Michigan.  Here are 978 homes, for 60K or less, just in the Western Michigan area alone.

Have Obama’s federal government weatherize your home for only $57,362 each

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 09:18 AM
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

“The One Big Problem,” and it is A HUGE Problem, But…

Scooter Oi clearly states The One Big Problem.

It comes down to this: People want to tell other people how to live.

Think about that for a minute. People always seem to think that the way they live, the way they think and what they believe is the best there is. And they want you to live, act and think that way, too. They want you to be just like them because they think that they know best. Many people are prepared to convince you to do so, and failing that, they will force you to do so.

I would stress the importance, though, of the end of the above quote.  “Many people are prepared to convince you to do so, and failing that, they will force you to do so.”

People can tell me all that they desire to tell me, in regards to how they believe I should live my life, but I fear their words not one wit.  It is the peoples’ unbridled willingness to use force against me, either directly or through their proxy the State, which is to be feared.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/17 at 10:37 AM
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“Utterly Retarded Legislation,” Just $5 Bucks

If you live in South Carolina, and are advocating, teaching, advising or practicing the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, you are now required, by law, to register with South Carolina’s Secretary of State.

Think I’m kidding?  I’m not.

SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES REGISTRATION ACT

At least the South Carolina legislature had the sense to make the filing fee of $5 bucks cheap enough so even the poorest of the poor subversives could afford to register.

No joke: South Carolina now requires ’subversives’ to register

Via Weird Universe.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/17 at 09:39 AM
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Friday, February 05, 2010

Is it The Majority or the Minority?

Instapundit links to a Real Clear Politics piece titled Gallup: Majority of Dems View Socialism Positively, which links to the original Gallup poll numbers which display under the title Socialism Viewed Positively by 36% of Americans.

This leads me to state that this 36% of Americans who view socialism positively, the minority, in conjunction with the 53% of Democrats who view socialism positively, and the 61% of liberals who view socialism positively, with the complicity of Congress, are dragging the majority of individuals in America to the hell that is socialism.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/05 at 09:15 AM
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Wonders of the Brain

Brain injuries can be devastating, particularly when an individual’s brain is so injured as to render the individual to be diagnosed as being in a vegetative state, which makes the following rather amazing.

Many of the patients were labeled with the same grim diagnosis: “vegetative state.” Their head injuries, teams of specialists had concluded, condemned them to a netherworld—alive yet utterly devoid of any awareness of the world around them.

But an international team of scientists decided to try a bold experiment using the latest technology to peek inside the minds of 54 patients to see whether, in fact, they were conscious.

One by one, the men and women were placed inside advanced brain scanners as technicians gave them careful instructions: Imagine you are playing tennis. Imagine you are exploring your home, room by room. For most, the scanner showed nothing.

But, shockingly, for one, then another, and another, and yet two more, the scans flashed exactly like any healthy conscious person’s would. These patients, the images clearly indicated, were living silently in their bodies, their minds apparently active. One man could even flawlessly answer detailed yes-or-no questions about his life before his trauma by activating different parts of his brain.

From a Washington Post article headlined In ‘vegetative state’ patients, brain scanners show some alert minds.

One thing I was rather surprised at in reporting this, is that this new information was not sensationalized.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/04 at 12:46 PM
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