Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Rock ‘n’ Roll Racism Blues

If listening to Rock ‘n’ Roll allegedly can make an individual racist, as a recent “study” is attempting to suggest, then Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an edifice to racism and should either be draped in a sheet and topped with a burning cross, or torn down.

For a more thorough treatment of this subject, read RAB’s post at Counting Cats in Zanzibar which is titled Complete and utter Bollocks “Study” of the Week., and be sure to listen to this aural wonderfulness, as RAB suggests.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/07 at 03:09 PM
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The Magical Illusion of Political Choice

7. If you are given a choice, you believe you have acted freely. This is one of the darkest of all psychological secrets…

You think you’ve made a choice, just as when you choose between two candidates preselected by entrenched political parties (No. 7—Choice is not freedom).

Teller, of the duo Penn & Teller, from a piece in the Smithsonian Magazine titled Teller Reveals His Secrets.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/07 at 02:06 PM
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Distilling a Distallation of Maryland’s Second Amendment Ruling

The Ace of Spades, in a post titled The Essence of Original Intent [krakatoa], comments as follows on the news that Md. Gun Law Found Unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg distills the concept into 2 short sentences.

Those two short sentences of Judge Benson Everett Legg being.

“A citizen may not be required to offer a `good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights.

The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

Judge Legg’s second amendment distallation does present the appearance of clarity, but the concept referenced remains somewhat obscured by cirrus clouds; the alleged legitimacy of states bestowing rights which individuals own inalienably, and thus Legg’s ruling, in order to be potable, requires distilling one more time.

I have more principled reasons for my stand on owning firearms, and I don’t care one whit in the world for the Second Amendment. It means nothing to me. My rights have nothing to do with the U.S. Constitution, and when it dawns on people that it has finally been erased—the principal danger of all political premises posed as “social contracts”—my rights will still validly exist, even if I die defending them. I own firearms because I have a right to private property. That is the First Thing.

Billy Beck.

Link to Ace of Spades post via The Gunslinger.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/07 at 09:10 AM
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