Thursday, March 22, 2012

Three Reads of Interest

Here are three reads of interest, with a short quote from each read.

Charles Simic’s essay, in The New York Review of Books, titled Age of Ignorance.  From Simic’s essay.

The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.

America has an overabundance of such “ideal citizens.”

A CNN story on slavery in Mauritania titled Slavery’s last stronghold, relates the tale of a former woman slave named Moulkheir Mint Yarba, from whom all individuals can learn an important lesson regarding freedom.

...the first step toward freedom is realizing you’re enslaved.

Unfortunately, the “ideal citizens” described in the above quote may be incapable of the realization they are enslaved due to their gullibility.

And last, but not least, an essay written by former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith, titled

“Cold Civil War, but for how long?”  From Smith’s essay.

But we cannot stand down. We cannot be silent. We MUST stand together as one…WITHOUT VIOLENCE, for there is no going back from that; we MUST speak out with the conviction and the authority granted by our unalienable rights and the United States Constitution!

I must point out, that the rights Smith refers to as “unalienable” cannot be granted, and any individual who states differently is a liar and pretender to power.  The United States Constitution does not grant you any right, and it is wholly incapable of doing so.  The United States Constitution was written by the founding fathers to protect your inalienable rights.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/22 at 12:41 PM
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Freedom - “Nothing Else”

Is freedom anything but the power of living as we like?  “Nothing else.”


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Selection from Epictetus

Now there are two sorts of obstinancy; one, a hardening of the understanding, the other, of the sense of shame, as when one obstinately sets himself not to assent to evident truths, nor to quit the defense of contradictions.  Most of us dread a bodily paralysis, and would use every means to avoid it; but none of us is troubled about a paralysis of the soul.  And yet, indeed, even with regard to the soul, when a person is so affected as not to apprehend or understand anything, we think him in a sad condition.  But where the sense of shame and modesty is under an absolute paralysis, we go so far as even to call this strength of mind.

From this slim little volume of Epictetus, of which I have a copy, in much finer condition.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

He Said He Would Call Fast and Furious, Chief

Seven months after federal agents began the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, they stumbled upon their main suspect in a remote Arizona outpost on the Mexican border, driving an old BMW with 74 rounds of ammunition and nine cellphones hidden inside.

Detained for questioning that day in May 2010, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta described to agents from theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosiveshis close association with a top Mexican drug cartel member, according to documents obtained this weekend by the Times/Tribune Washington Bureau.

The top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, scribbled her phone number on a $10 bill after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators.

Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called.

And he seemed so earnest.

Gun-tracking operation caught top suspect, then let him go

Via The Corner.

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Screw Protocol for the Dogs

On Sunday, Radley Balko posted a Sappy Reader Rescue Dog Story, with photos, that’s a feel good read.  Screw protocol.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/19 at 02:23 PM
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NSA and NRDA Perspective

Claire Wolfe in a post titled Keep cool.  Don’t panic.

The so-called powerful, as cruel and dangerous as they are, FEAR US. And in their terror they retreat into a fantasy that modern history has shown to be just that — fantasy. They imagine that they can control the whole world from some centralized Tower of Power.

Day after day after day, our minds slip out of their control. Our parents, our grandparents, respected government. They believed the propaganda about it being Our Wise Protector. They Obeyed. We increasingly see government for exactly what it is.

This is what matters in the long run. We shouldn’t be trembling or getting our blood pressure into a spike over this. We should be laughing at the bastards who imagine they can control us forever. (bold by ed.)

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gun Headline Juxtaposition

The Vetting - Holder 1995: We Must ‘Brainwash’ People on Guns

Gun Sales Boom

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While We Slept - NRDA

The phrase “while we slept,” is a variation of the phrase At Dawn We Slept, which in all likelihood came into Americans’ consciousness courtesy of Gordon Prange’s book of that title, which sits on my bookshelf.

This phrase, while we slept, is a condemnation of Americans’ naïveté in regards to specific threats.  In the case of “at dawn we slept” the threat naïveté was the belligerence of the Japanese.  Though the threat was well known, it was mistakenly downplayed, resulting in Pearl Harbor becoming a memorialized graveyard.  At dawn we slept.

Though Americans were aroused from their sleep at dawn in 1941, and remained awake well into 1945.  Since that time, American somnolence has morphed almost into unending stupor, though Americans can be roused from time to time, think 9/11, much like a witch doctor allegedly reanimates a corpse to employ it for some nefarious purposes.

The threat Americans are sleeping through now, and have been for more decades than I care to contemplate, is the threat of the United States government against Americans’ freedom and liberty.  While wakeup calls to this threat have been made, and some Americans are awake, wide awake, most Americans remain deeply and naïvely asleep in their beds with thoughts of government benevolence dancing in their heads.

But the government is not benevolent, and while we slept this weekend, Obama signed an Executive Order with the somnolence inducing title of National Defense Resources Preparedness (NRDA).  While this Excutive Order title gives the appearance of legality, invoking national defense which is a proper role for government, the legality of the order, like all Executive Orders, is questionable, as the power to issue Executive Orders is only vaguely granted by the words of the Constitution.

NRDA allows, on the word of the POTUS, a gathering into the government’s control almost all aspects of the economy, up to and including the distribution of manpower (human) assets.  While we slept, Obama gave himself the power to rule completely by signing his name to a piece of paper.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 12:01 PM
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

It’s Not St. Patrick’s Day It’s ‘O’ Green Day

A Massachusetts school principal is renaming “St. Patrick’s Day” with “O’Green Day” in an effort to be “inclusive and diverse,”...

Lisa Curtin, principal of the Soule Road School in Wilbraham, Mass., decided to change the name to ease discomfort that some students might have in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day—which last month was renamed to “Caring and Kindness Day,”...

Undertatement of the day in response to Ms. Curtin’s efforts to “inclusive and diverse.”

...some parents are blasting the decision as “stupid” and illogical.

Massachusetts principal replaces ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ with ‘O’Green Day’

Via Small Dead Animals.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

What About Justice for Dina Babbitt?

I enjoy reading about cases wherein a Jewish individual, or descendants of a Jewish individual, are able to recover artworks or monies stolen from them by the Nazi’s during World War II.  The most recent story concerning just such events was filed today and deals with the Sachs family.

A Berlin museum must return thousands of rare posters to an American man, part of his Jewish father’s unique collection that had been seized by the Nazis, Germany’s top federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe confirmed Peter Sachs, 74, was the rightful owner of the posters collected by his father Hans and ruled he is entitled to receive them back from the German Historical Museum.

Nazi-seized art ordered returned to American man

This is justice.

What about justice for Dina Babbitt, whom I noted in 2006 in a post I titled “The creation, not the benefit others derived from it.”, whose story I related as follows.

The story, pulled from The New York Times, relates to us the story of Dina Babbitt, an Auschwitz survivor, and artist, who was coerced by Joseph Mengele to paint pictures of Gypsy prisoners, in order to live.

The pictures painted by Ms. Babbitt currently hang in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.  Though the museum fully acknowledges the paintings were indeed painted by Ms. Babbitt, it claims the paintings as their own property stating,...

And just what was Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum stating in 2006, and, as far as I am able to determine, is still stating today?  This.

...we do not regard these as personal artistic creations but as documentary work done under direct orders from Dr. Mengele and carried out by the artist to ensure her survival.

What about justice for Dina Babbitt?  Or at least for her family?  Dina passed away in 2009.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/16 at 01:24 PM
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The Modern Conservative Defined

…The modern conservative, then, is the equivalent of a climber’s anchor on the progressives’ assent to their goal of total socialism.

From an article at The University of Common Sense titled The Socialist’s Anchor.

Via Claire at Sondrakistan.

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Men of Steel - A Comparison

Men of Steel - A Comparison

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George Clooney - Master Thespian

George Clooney, for some reason, has been in the headlines over at Drudge twice in the last 24 hours.  First, which was yesterday at 16:40:18, was the headline Michelle seats herself next to Clooney…, and now this morning, with a headline which reads Clooney goes to WhiteHouse, again…

The reason for Clooney’s headlining is the result of his current campaign for the Sudan, which campaign kicked off over at PBS this week.

Need I remind you that Clooney is simply a master thespian, adored by the ladies, especially those on the left, and as covetous of the limelight as Obama?

Clooney has learned his lines well, he’s a thespian.

UPDATE:  You could not script a better continuing headline(s).

Clooney Arrested

I wonder if Michelle will post his bail?

Posted by John Venlet on 03/16 at 10:22 AM
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“Donate” a Buck for Abortion

I would not willingly pay for an individual to have an abortion, and yet I do, as do you, obliquely fund abortions, every single day, through the tax dollars forcefully misappropriated from me by the government, much to my displeasure.

Americans’ funding of abortions is obliquely undertaken because of the divisiveness of the subject of abortion, but this oblique funding of abortions will soon be made straight by ObamaCare.

“To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer,” the pro-life source informed LifeNews. “The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment. Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidize abortions.”

As I considered this more direct approach to the funding of abortions, which will not sit well with many Americans due to its lack of obliqueness, I thought of a method to fund abortions which will allow for an individual to either contribute, or not contribute, based on their personal and individual consciences.  In other words the funding of abortions would be voluntary rather than forced.

Here’s my idea, which is based on many fund raising methods currently in use throughout the country.

You know how when you walk into a convenience store, gas station, or local lunch place and you’ll see say shamrocks or Chidren’s Miracle Network balloons plastered to the walls with various individuals’ names scrawled on them which announce that so and so has donated a buck for such and such cause?  Well let’s fund abortions using these methods.  You could even have some fun with it.  Instead of a shamrock or balloon to scrawl your name on after you donated a buck, you could have a cutout of a bloody baby with the words “I donated a buck to abort an unwanted child.”  Or, to encourage even more participation, with a bit of a zing factor, you could have multiple sayings printed on the cutout babies such as “I donated a buck to abort a Democrat,” or “I donated a buck to abort a Republican,” or “I donated a buck to abort the result a desitute slut’s one night stand.”

News regarding the ObamaCare buck for abortions via Ann Barnhardt in a post she titled Caesar Tyrannus Obama, I Will Not Submit (scroll down to read).  I’d also like to offer my congratulations to Ann for making the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate group list, as an individual.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

“Third Definition Patriot”

What is a patriot, or, more definitively, what is an American patriot?  Depending on who you ask, you will receive various answers.  Here’s a suggested answer to the question that I think is quite correct.

So, how about we create a third definition? To wit: a defender of personal liberty and property rights who recognizes that America cannot be saved from destruction, and looks to secession and the establishment of a new nation as the only solution.

I am a “third-definition” Patriot who regards himself as a defender of individual rights and a man against presumed interference by the federal government…

Russell D. Longcore in a post titled I Am Not A Patriot, But I Am A Patriot.

Linked via WRSA.

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