Posted by at 5:00 am
Jul 082014
 

(This cartoon was originally from March, 2010.)

Jul 122014
 

Hans-Hermann Hoppe explains central banking and fiat paper money printing and how the Rulers address economic crises such as the one in 2008 by doing the same thing that led to that crisis, and how the banksters and their political partners enrich themselves while impoverishing the rest of us schleps.

Some Recent Items Today

 Posted by at 12:09 pm
Jul 122014
 

Jacob Hornberger discusses the drug war, intervention, and immigrant children.

Police State USA has a story from Durham, North Carolina in which police have been knocking on residents’ doors, and telling them falsely that a 911 hang-up call originated from their residence in order to illegally and warrantlessly search the home. Apparently the practice is widespread.

And Andrew Wilson presents Ludvig von Mises’s book, The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, as an adequate rebuttal to Thomas Piketty’s recent book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Jul 112014
 

Ilana Mercer says that Joan Rivers is the antidote to PC totalitarianism, providing as an example a recent CNN interview of Rivers by a Fredricka Whitfield. This Fredricka person seemed typical of someone unfamiliar with the “stick-and-stones …” adage, who is concerned about “offending” people and “hurting someone’s feelings,” etc., and she was saying to Joan Rivers about being “mean” to others in her act and so on. Well, Joan had enough of this newsbimbo’s lecturing and walked out of the interview. I don’t blame her. I think that many people on the Left are more concerned about someone saying something that might hurt someone’s feelings than they are about Obama’s drone-killing spree overseas murdering innocents and targeting rescuers and wedding parties, or Obama’s DOJ sending drug-war S.W.A.T. teams into people’s homes and assaulting and killing more innocents for no good reason, or Big Pharma killing people with their “legal” drugs, etc. But God forbid someone’s feelings might be hurt by some crass remark made by some old comedian who has made a lot of money insulting celebrities.

And Justin Raimondo exposes Diane Sawyer’s showing a photo of Palestinians being victimized by the Israeli government’s bombings but describing the photo as Israeli victims. Supposedly ABC will correct the “error.” Raimondo also gives a brief historical background of the history behind some of these conflicts and the history of Zionism. In my view, it doesn’t have as much to do with Jews having a “safe homeland” as it is to do with an ideology that mixes Zionism with central planning. Several governments and their respective bureaucrats around the world got together to form one new central planning ruling bureaucracy, in Israel. It hasn’t worked out so well, just as things here in the U.S have not worked out so well with our central planning bureaucracy. But like their pushing for PC censorship for fear of “offending” someone, the newsbimbos on the networks here propagandize for central planning regimes, especially those in which it is “PC” to support.

Some More Misc. Items

 Posted by at 9:56 am
Jul 102014
 

Kevin Zeese says that Edward Snowden shouldn’t play along with the Alice in Wonderland sham trial he would be facing if he returns to USSA.

Wendy McElroy with a very good analysis of why married people tend to be wealthier than singles. And the State-promoted divorce lawyers get rich off people’s divorces.

Sheldon Richman says, Let the immigrants stay.

Jonathan Turley is shocked that Joan Rivers would call Barack Obama “gay.” (Perhaps he did not read this.)

Andrew Napolitano writes about the U.S. government spying on innocents.

John Whitehead writes about the emperor’s new clothes and the naked truth about the American police state.

The U.K. Guardian has an article about how the U.S. military bureaucrats are wasting time and resources, funded by U.S. taxpayers, to study how Twitter users’ messages spread, emphasizing the Occupy movement and Middle Eastern protests. (And obviously with the goal of manipulating, influencing and sabotaging Twitter users’, protesters’ and dissenters’ efforts. Only in Nazi Amerika, of course.)

Washington’s Blog has a post regarding governments who admit engaging in false flag terror events. (Perhaps that’s what the Twitter manipulating is going to be for? Who knows?)

Justin Raimondo asks, Who started the ‘cycle of violence’ in Palestine, and who keeps it going?

Jacob Hornberger writes about chronic minimum wage ignorance.

And Thomas Sowell reviews Jason Riley’s book, Please Stop Helping Us, about how minimum wage laws, racial preferences etc. have adversely affected black people in America.

Robert Wenzel presents his view of the ideal libertarian currency.

And Jon Rappoport says that “doctors” are giving babies those poisonous, toxic psychiatric drugs now. They’re diagnosing babies with ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder. (And yes, these are State-licensed medical “doctors.”)

Jul 092014
 

MBTA is the greater Boston transit bureaucracy. The Boston Globe reported:

An MBTA Police officer has been relieved of his duties as a drill instructor at the MBTA police academy after posting a controversial comment on his Facebook page over Father’s Day weekend.

WCVB reported that Officer Joe Rossi posted the following status on his social media profile: “Farther’s [sic] Day, the most confusing day in Roxbury.”

The report said the MBTA responded to the status by removing Rossi from his role as a drill instructor at its police academy and saying he will undergo training “on the importance of treating people and communities with dignity and respect.”

So I’m thinking that the MBTA is really against typos. And then I concluded that the idiots who employ this person are assuming that his comment was an anti-LGBT comment. And then I read this at WCVB TV:

A Father’s Day post on Officer Joe Rossi’s Facebook page read, “Farther’s (sic) Day, the most confusing day in Roxbury.”

“It’s a sad commentary on what this gentleman thinks is going on in communities of color,” said Boston NAACP President Michael Curry.

The MBTA said Rossi will no longer continue in his role as a drill instructor at the police academy.

In a statement, the MBTA said, “In addition to being disciplined, the officer in question will be re-trained on the importance of treating people and communities with dignity and respect.”

City Councilor Tito Jackson, who represents Roxbury, said the comment from the officer is a setback for a community that is getting stronger.

“Great things are happening here and to have anyone make any disparaging remarks about Roxbury in that way is absolutely uncalled for,” Jackson said.

The MBTA said it is also investigating other officers who either “liked” or commented on the Facebook post.

NewsCenter 5 unsuccessfully tried to reach Rossi for comment several times.

So it’s a racial thing. That’s usually what “communities of color” refers to. And I am reminded that Roxbury has a higher minority population than, say, Wellesley. But is this stupid comment on a Facebook page really an actual “setback” for the community, City Councilor Tito Jackson? Is it that bad?

Anyway, so the guy is saying something about black people in Roxbury, that Father’s Day might be “confusing” to them? What, he’s saying that they are dumb and don’t understand “Father’s Day”? Or is it because there are a lot of LGBT people amongst the black population? Or same-sex couples, or lesbian couples with kids in Roxbury? And why do they have to relieve some officer of his duties as a drill instructor because he made a racial and/or anti-LGBT comment on Facebook? What does being a moron writing stupid things (and typos) yet are non-threatening have to do with one’s ability to be a drill instructor? Oh, I get it. This is Massachusetts. Sorry for my ignorance.

Are You a True Believer?

 Posted by at 11:50 am
Jul 092014
 

Copyright 2014 LewRockwell.com (Link to article)

There seem to be a lot of true believers out there, those nationalists who believe in “American Exceptionalism” and that America is or should be “superior” to other places or countries.

But because of the claim of being “exceptional,” or in fact divinely chosen as some people have suggested of America, the bottom line for the American Exceptionalism ideology has become its promotion of the authoritarianism and collectivism of the centralized State while actually opposing the very philosophies and principles upon which America was founded: individualism, independence, free markets and private property.

But I really believe there are now many disillusioned believers in American Exceptionalism who may very well be starting to question such an Exceptionalism ideology. And they are the people who would benefit the most from Lew Rockwell’s new bookAgainst the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto.

In truth, the American Exceptionalism ideology is a rejection of equality under the law, and a rejection of the Golden Rule. After all, what has made America “exceptional” has been more than anything the promotion of the U.S. government having the power to invade and occupy other countries while never allowing other countries’ governments to occupy America’s territory with military bases and other foreign governmental apparatus.

It is as though the Exceptionalism believers think that Americans have some supreme right as a collective population and a single political unit to claim possession of or authority over foreign territories in the absence of voluntary contracts and peaceful agreements.

Millions of people seem to believe these myths and old wives tales, a result of cultural and government school brainwashing, in my view.

As libertarians, private property advocates and non-interventionists have argued, one reason it is almost impossible to get so many people to question such an ideology of moral relativism is that the Exceptionalists have accumulated much emotional investment in feeling they are superior to foreigners.

And I’m sure that many emotional people will shed tears when viewing Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, America: Imagine the World Without Her.

But do the true believers ever notice any fallacies in their belief in “Exceptionalism”? For instance, some people claim that the United States of America is “supreme” over other nations, and America is “#1″ and so on. Yet, economic prosperity in America has plummeted thanks to the wars overseas and the unwinnable and Orwellian “war on terror,” the fascist regulations and bureaucratic intrusions into private labor and employment contracts, and now the monstrous Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare laws. The U.S. has dropped to #17 in the 2013 Economic Freedom of the World annual report.

The U.S. used to be #1 in the education category, but America’s educational ranking has also declined since the imposition of the federal Department of Education, now at 27 out of 34 countries in the 2012 OECD International Student Assessment. Common Core can only make things worse, no?

America’s global Press Freedom ranking has also severely declined to #46, according to Reporters Without Borders. Thanks to not just Bush and Obama but all the little sheeple in Congress cheering on the Patriot Act and all their other fascist restrictions in the “land of the free.”

So, what happened to “#1″? It seems that America is not so “supreme” or “exceptional,” is it?

Nevertheless, the true believers still have faith. Faith in the government, that is, regardless how incompetent, dangerous and criminal the agents and bureaucrats of the State have been.

Could these true believers be a part of what Eric Hoffer had in mind when he wrote his book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements? Who knows?

And there are those true believers in war, those who believe in the concept of war in the rationalized collective sense that people have been indoctrinated with since their earliest days. But war as we have known it in modern times really has not been what the Rulers say it is. “War” really is an excuse for government bureaucrats and their politically connected cronies to order the commission of criminal acts of physical aggression, murder, assault, destruction of property and theft of wealth against people in other territories. The term “war” is used to emotionally manipulate the masses to support such criminality and destruction, and their own enslavement in funding and laboring on behalf of the criminals.

Sadly, the true believers in the myth of “war” continue to show their blind faith in the pretense, and their obedience to the criminals who rule over them. The post-9/11 hysteria is a good example.

In reality, the 9/11 terrorists didn’t commit an “act of war,” as suggested by the U.S. government, they committed criminal acts. But so did those who ordered the aggressions against and destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan in response to those criminal acts — those also were criminal aggressions, rationalized as “wars.”

But to this day, many Americans are still true believers in the collectivists and statists’ official story of war and they blindly “support the troops,” especially with the emotionalism that has surrounded 9/11 since that day.

At the time of 9/11, many Americans did not consider the possibility that their Rulers were merely exploiting a crisis for the sake of expanded political power, expanded police power, and expanded confiscation of private wealth of the working and productive class. And no wonder America’s news media have such a low ranking, given that so many of the “journalists” merely repeated everything that government bureaucrats told them. No challenging of the bureaucrats’ assertions, hardly any actual objective investigating seemed to occur.

Within hours or even minutes after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, immediately the politicians in charge, the pundits and MSM stenographers knew that the responsible culprits were Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. And the Bush Administration and their spokespeople in the media repeatedly and ad nauseam declared, “Muslims” and “Iraq,” but not “Saudi  Arabia” or other factors which were later whitewashed by the 9/11 Commission. And they certainly didn’t provide any historical review of the previous 10 years, the 1991 U.S. government war on Iraq and subsequent bombings, sanctions and no-fly zones that caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians by the year 2000. Warnings throughout the 1990s of possible future terrorist attacks in America were declared by sensible people who understand cause and effect. And post-9/11 the subsequent wars and domestic police state were also easily predicted. Those who brought up the facts of history were called un-American, unpatriotic, heretics.

And typical of government bureaucrats, instead of ending terrible policies which caused the blowback of 9/11, they doubled down. And they got their support from the true believers thanks to relentless propaganda from the low-ranking mainstream media.

But I wonder if the true believers could ever consider the possibility that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were already being planned before 9/11, went forward despite unreliable intelligence, that there was no evidence  linking Osama bin Laden to those terrorist attacks (but there was evidence linking Osama bin Laden to the CIA), that bin Laden denied involvement in 9/11, and in fact prior to 9/11 the FBI were told by the Bush Administration to lay off the bin Laden family and Saudi connections to terrorism. And also we later learned that the Bush-Feith neocons weren’t really interested in al-Qaeda but in “regime change” throughout the Middle East and Asia. And it’s even possible that the “underwear bomber” was helped by the FBI to board flight 253 to Detroit with a visa the U.S. government had ordered not to be revoked despite his known ties to terrorism.

If you’re a true believer in the government and media stenographers’ official narratives of these various stories, then you probably also believed the government’s tales about Osama bin Laden being killed in 2011 despite witnesses claiming otherwise, and even though he probably had already died in 2001 or 2002. By 2001 he had already been suffering from kidney disease among other ailments. This LRC article notes how Osama bin Laden looked younger and younger in videos subsequent to 9/11 and how with all those ailments he couldn’t possibly have survived much after 2001. This 2002 CBS News report describes Osama bin Laden receiving kidney dialysis treatment in Pakistan the day before the 9/11 attacks, and this Guardian article states that he received treatment at a Dubai hospital two months earlier. And this article explains the U.S. government’s history of presenting fake Osama bin Laden tapes.

Well, we would rather not believe that our own government would lie to us and make things up. While it wasn’t revealed until 1997, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962 had proposed Operation Northwoods, in which the Joint Chiefs wanted terrorist attacks to be committed by U.S. government agents disguised as Cubans. That proposal was obviously rejected by President John F. Kennedy.

While that proposal did not go forward, the U.S. government nevertheless has a notorious track record of deceit and wars for political gain.

President Lyndon Johnson and his Defense Secretary Robert McNamara used the Gulf of Tonkin incident to lie the American people into supporting sending American soldiers to die in the Vietnam War, and the Pentagon Papers showed that later on the U.S. government continued with the war anyway even though its officials believed the war to be unwinnable.

After the Vietnam War there was Watergate, and only a few years later President Ronald Reagan was secretly negotiating with terrorists and selling arms to Iran.

After the 1970s and ’80s, how could the American people have believed anything their “leaders” told them? After the Iran-Contra wheeling-and-dealing scandal, President George H.W. Bush started another war for no good reason, in Iraq in 1991,saying, “This will not be ‘another Vietnam’.”

Despite all that, the American Exceptionalism true believers would still rather not believe that our ruling bureaucrats would intentionally commit acts of aggression in other countries to provoke foreigners to rationalize further expanding the bureaucrats’ reach across our borders, and to rationalize their parasitic expansion of the State at the expense of the productive class.

Now, either the true believers in American Exceptionalism believe that America is “exceptional” the more centralized government power is projected from Washington — and look where that’s gotten us! — or they believe that America is exceptional by promoting life and liberty and setting an example of moral principles for others to follow. Now is the time to choose.

So as Lew Rockwell has shown in his book, Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto, the State — or at least the central planning regime in Washington — can’t be reformed and instead must be dismantled. And the sooner the better.

Jul 062014
 

Daisy Luther explains 25 ways to declare your independence.

Thomas DiLorenzo describes the Jeffersonian secessionist tradition.

Wendy McElroy explains the power of the powerless.

Jon Rappoport explains how the “underclass” of permanent “victims” will get the government jobs to determine via psychological testing and surveillance of everyone just who is “troublesome” in society.

Robert Wenzel shows how the Left does not want consumers to benefit from more choices and lower prices.

And Brandon Smith asks, is the Cloward-Piven strategy being used to destroy America?

Some More Recent Items

 Posted by at 1:18 pm
Jul 052014
 

Here are some interesting items I found recently:

Jacob Hornberger discusses Catholics, Libertarians, and Statism.

Becky Akers writes about July 4, 1777.

Andrew Napolitano’s take on “Independence Day.”

Philip Giraldi writes about deserters, traitors, and resisters.

Jeff Jacoby says that immigrants aren’t taking jobs away from Americans.

Doug Bandow says that all those conflicts we are seeing overseas resulted mainly from World War I.

Michael Patrick Brill explains Iraq’s forty years of conflict.

Laurence Vance writes about the transportation “fiscal cliff.”

And Joshua Bennett writes about the Anarchist Highway.

I have more in my bookmarks but don’t have any more time for today. Oh, well.