Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I'm With...

...Mark G. Brennan on this one. If the thousands of American soldiers killed, and the tens of thousands injured got this kind of coverage, then maybe the People would rethink their position on this. But apparently Americans love their journalists more than their sons and daughters...[from LewRockwell.com]

"Ever hear of a guy named Jerry Durbin? No? OK, let me use his proper name. Did you ever hear of a guy named Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.? Not that either? OK, let me try it with his title. Did you ever hear of Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.? From Spring, Texas? Still doesn’t ring a bell? Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team? No luck with that either? Well, just so you know, Staff Sgt. Durbin died last Wednesday in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol. The honorable, 26 year-old Staff Sgt. Durbin leaves behind a wife, two children, a stepdaughter and his parents to pay him his final respects.

"Let’s try another one. Ever hear of Bob Woodruff? "Of course!" you just yelled. I would also bet you know that in the last 24 hours Mr. Woodruff, reporting from Iraq for ABC News, suffered serious injuries when an explosion hit the Iraqi vehicle in which he was riding during a shootout near Baghdad. Luckily, Mr. Woodruff was wearing full body armor but he and his cameraman, Bob Vogt, suffered severe shrapnel wounds to their heads and upper bodies. Since they were standing up in the vehicle’s turret they were more exposed and therefore more prone to injury. I wish both Messrs. Woodruff and Vogt a speedy recovery and pray that none of their injuries are life-threatening."

More here...

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."
-- Herbert Spencer

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Easily Observable...

...without a scientific study. Of course republicans and democrats cannot reason. I am beginning to question that same quality about the official Libertarian Party and the Free State Party Project. Too bad they were not tested using this proceedure...

Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way, a new study shows.

And they get quite a rush from ignoring information that's contrary to their point of view.


"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," said Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory University. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts."

Bias on both sides
The test subjects on both sides of the political aisle reached totally biased conclusions by ignoring information that could not rationally be discounted, Westen and his colleagues say.

Then, with their minds made up, brain activity ceased in the areas that deal with negative emotions such as disgust. But activity spiked in the circuits involved in reward, a response similar to what addicts experience when they get a fix, Westen explained.

The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making.

More here...

I have noticed that since the campaign of 2004, whenever anyone starts with "you can blame the (insert your opposing political party here) for the current problems...", I automatically disassociate that person from rational behavior or thought. They are simply caught up in the propoganda of (insert your favorite political party here) and are incapable of rational discourse about whatever subject was being discussed.

"There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
-- James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Happy Birthday...

...Robert E. Lee...

"With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword..." - Robert E. Lee

Thursday, January 12, 2006

As the World Turns...and Burns...

I like Mike Shedlock. We don't always agree, usually on the viability of the dollar, but in his latest opinion, "Energy Crisis & the Politics of Oil" he is dead on.

The US is worried about "safety issues" while Japan buys half of the world's supply of LNG and China is ramping up, both without concern. Meanwhile the UK seems to be stuck in the same sorry boat with the US. By the time the US is ready to be signing deals with Australia I have an inkling the rates will not be as good as the 25 year deals negotiated by China.

If Australia was smart they would hold out for free trade deals on sheep and cattle and everything else they want too. After all, if the US does not take that natural gas, China or Japan or someone else surely will. Higher prices are the consequences of letting the world pass you by with trade deals while being preoccupied with silliness in Iraq.

It's high time the US stops trying to be the world's policeman (a role we clearly can not afford) and starts thinking more like pragmatic India: "We live in a very complex neighborhood, surrounded by governments and rulers of different orientation - communists, military dictatorships, monarchies ... we hope the US understands the difficult choices we have to make for the well-being of our people," India's ambassador to the US, Ronen Sen, has said while referring to Washington's dislike for Iran.

The sooner the US (and the UK) learn that lesson the better off the US and the world will be. If we fail to learn that lesson, we risk a major world war over energy. Perhaps we are sowing the seeds of that war right now, attempting to police the world instead of securing energy deals for our future like everyone else. Now we are eyeing Iran. Will India and China and Russia stand idly by if we strike Iran? Do we want to find out?

The rest of the article here...

Our government is bent on either world domination or the complete destruction of the American Republic. There can be no other explanation. The safety and security issues have been proven false and they were never justification in the first place, for the attack on American liberties.

"I see,... and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power... It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic."
-- Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1825. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, ME 16:146

Saturday, January 07, 2006

$150/Barrel Oil and Global Thermo-Nuclear War

You might as well get used to the idea, because this administration is bent on the destruction of the United States. They have borrowed on the souls of our children and payment is about to come due. Whether you believe the media and their cock-a-mamey story about Iranian Nuclear facilities or you are more attuned to the recent announcement by the Federal Reserve to stop publishing M3 data and what that means, we are headed for war, first with Iran and then with China and Russia.

By now your saying to yourself (and me) "David, you have lost it....gone 'round the pipe'...you're a few sandwiches short of a picnic...etc...."

Well lets look at a few facts:

1. The dollar has lost 96% of its value since the inception of the Federal Reserve.
2. In March, Iran, a major supplier and dealer of world oil, is going to open its Oil Bourse (unless we invade and stop it first).
3. At the same time The Federal Reserve is going to stop reporting M3, the major indicatory of the size of the money supply.
4. Since the dollar is the reserve currency for the world (but not for much longer), any destabilization of it will have global affects.
5. Russia and China are heavily invested in Iran and not likely to just stand by and let Bush get away with ruining their investments.

When (if we don't invade) Iran begins selling oil only for Euros, the fraud of the American dollar will be exposed and the dollar will not be worth a Continental. There will be a global reset of currency alignments and economies and governments will fall. If we don't invade, then $150/barrel oil is just the starting point. It will go up dramitcally from there. If we do invade then the government may be able to hold the price in the high hundreds for as long as they can resist the rest of the world trying to stop them, but in the end the dollar and the United States are toast.

Ed Haas has more on this:

Is it mere coincidence that the Fed will begin hiding M-3 the same month that Iran will launch its Iran Oil Bourse, or is there a direct threat to the stability of the U.S. dollar, the U.S. economy, and the U.S. standard of living? Are Americans being set up for a collapse in our economy that will make the Great Depression of the 1930’s look like a bounced check? If you cannot or will not make the value and stability of the U.S. currency of personal importance, if you are unwilling to demand from your elected officials, an immediate abolishment of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and the fiat money scheme that the banking cartel has used for nearly a century now to keep our government and our people in a state of perpetual debt, than you are faced with but two alternatives, abject poverty, or invading Iran.

The plans to invade Iran are unspoken, but unfolding before our very eyes. The media has been reporting on Iran more often, and increasingly harshly. For the U.S. government to justify invading Iran, it must first begin to phase out the War in Iraq, which it is already doing. Next, it must portray the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a threat to the region and the world. Finally, once naive American people are convinced the “weapons of mass destruction” that were to be found in Iraq are actually in Iran, coupled with the almost daily media coverage of Iran’s nuclear power / weapons program aspirations, and what we will soon have on our hands is another fabricated war that will result in tens of thousands of civilian lives being lost, all because the political elected pawns in Washington DC lack the discipline to return our currency to a gold or silver standard, end the relationship with the foreign banking cartel called the Federal Reserve, and limit the activities of the U.S. government to those articulated in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution for the United States of America.

When a wayward and corrupt fiscal policy and fiat currency, coupled with runaway government spending, forces a nation to only be able to sustain the value of its currency with bullets, the citizenry of the country involved in wars primarily to sustain its currency have historically first became slaves to their government, and then to the nations that finally conquer them. If you question the validity of such a premise, or whether it could happen to the United States of America, study the fall of the Roman Empire. If you read the right books on the subject, you’ll quickly discover that towards the end of the Roman reign, the Roman Empire was doing exactly what America is doing today; attempting to sustain a failed fiat money system with bullets.


If the United States invades Iran, or if Israel starts military actions by launches missiles at Iran’s nuclear power facilities, which then opens the door for the United States to intervene, most Americans will believe that our military actions in Iran will be to defend freedom and liberty while spreading democracy, when the truth is that we’ll be fighting a war in Iran because of our nation’s relationship with the Federal Reserve, a so-called bank that is not owned by the federal government, maintains no reserve, and isn’t a bank at all, but a cartel. Just like our war in Iraq, Americans and foreigners will die in battle so that the historical power bankers and brokers; cartel members such as Rothschild, Morgan, Lehman, Lizard, Schrader, Lobe, Kuhn, and Rockefeller to name a few, can continue collecting interest on every single U.S. coin and dollar bill in circulation, while controlling the U.S. Congress to the extent that the U.S. taxpayer becomes the collateral and lender of last resort to cover bad loans and unpaid debts that these institutions create by loaning money to third world countries, some of which are devout enemies of the United States. Remember the $400 billion savings & loan bailout approved by the U.S. Congress during the Reagan Administration? America is still paying for it – you and me, and so will our children and grandchildren.

We can avoid this, but only if the government fesses up about the Federal Reserve and ends this fiat currency. If we go by the Constitution and return to the bi-metal standard that is prescribed by law, we can avoid a world war. I'm not saying it will be easy, but it is preferable to 2000 spf sunblock and living underground.

But don't count on it. This adminstration and this congress have shown themselves to be more corrupt than any other in the history of America. They will jump from the sinking ship, taking as many of their toys as they can carry, but they have shown no interest in protecting Americans.

"We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute."
-- Thomas Paine

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Faux Christians and Faux Patriots...

...Many of them are the same. This post is libel to upset a few of my readers. But, they need to be upset. Sometimes it takes a two-by-four to the brain to get it to work properly.

Christians are in a dilemma They can't forsake their Lord and Savior to worship the state and expect to get to heaven. After all, Jesus is an Anarchist. Jesus mixed it up with and mostly ignored the state, and its mandates for all of his life. Eventually being killed by that state for nothing more than preaching peace and worship of the Lord. You see the state doesn't like competition for worship. Yet today's Christians either have forgotten why their ancestors came to this country and some of the basis for this country's origins or are so poorly educated as to not have known to begin with. Many were fleeing religious tyranny. And the Constitution included protections for any method of worship, as long as it did not infringe on the inalienable rights of others. Pretty simple. Yet, modern Christians are so disorganized on the Word, that there are several dozen variations of Christian churches, each with its own specific twist on the Word. Some of these Christians are like Judas and betray the Lord for money. These you find in the churches that protect their tax-exempt status by refusing to compare the Bible's teachings to the those of the state. Such things are against state doctrine and not allowed. These Christians worship the state more than they do the Lord.

Then there are the ones like Peter, who thrice denied Christ. They will go to church and worship with the congregation. They sing hymns and go to Bible study. Yet in their day to day life they act counter to the teachings of the Bible. They deny the Lord more than thrice a day. Notice I said the Bible and not the "church". The Bible is the Word, not the interpretations of some manipulator who can be shown to favor the state over his Lord. This is an important distinction. "You shall know them by their actions..." Our president falls into this latter category. He not only rejects the laws of God, he rejects the laws of man that he agreed to when he took his oath of office. Why today's Christians aren't demanding his impeachment I cannot explain. Except that they worship him over God. Go figure...

Now onto Faux Patriots. When I was a Boy Scout, more than three decades ago, we learned about respect for the flag. We learned how it was to be presented, in public, at different ceremonies, how to properly fly and lower it, how to honor the dead with it, how to take it down at dusk, how to fold it properly. Proper flag etiquette is actually codified in the US statutes. Technically, this makes violations of the code a crime. Fortunately for most 'Faux Patriots', these laws are ignored to enforce laws that infringe on basic rights and freedoms of Americans. Right after 9-11, there was a flurry of faux patriotism. People bought flags to adorn their cars. They flew flags at their home, at work and on their desk. They put flag bumper stickers on their cars. They wore flag apparel, coats, vests, bikinis and flag pins. They gave those things as gifts. And not a one of them could tell you how disrespectful to the flag it was. Now I have put my flags away, because of the demise of America. I no longer stand or say 'the pledge'. About the only flag I fly anymore is a Gadsen or a Culpepper, or sometimes the 1st Navy Jack or a Confederate Battle Flag (the south is gonna rise again, ya know...). And if the statists manage to get an anti-flag burning amendment through, I will be burning one of mine in defiance to state authoritarianism and first amendment violations. You see, true patriotism is not worshiping your government, but protecting your country from your government.


To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. (1918) -- Theodore Roosevelt

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. (Journals, 1824) -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may. -- Mark Twain

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair. -- H.L. Mencken

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. -- Herman Goering

I come to this post after receiving a Christmas gift (a flag in the guise of a fleece blanket or throw) and reading a rant by Mike Rogers over at LewRockwell.com. I found it interesting, in that a few years before 9-11 I went in search of a Flag pin that had 50 stars. They're harder to find than you think. But find one, I did (really, Mike!!). Mike's article also brought to mind all the flags I collected that had fallen off of cars in the months after 9-11. Many of them were being run over by other vehicle with flags similarly displayed. You know the ones, hung on a plastic staff that clipped to a rolled up window on your vehicle. One reason this is an improper way to fly the flag is the unreliable mounting method. Per US Code:

Title 4, Chapter 1, Sec 175(b) The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

Yet these Americans will claim all manner of partiotic intentions to explain their 'faux pas'. Heehehe...they crack me up.

Americans have come to rationalize any manner of betrayal, be it to their God or their country.

Some of my favorite Christians, who defy the state and show their patriotism, are, Gene Chapman, who takes the battle to federal and state government buildings, in an attempt to get the Faux Christians working there to see the error of their ways; Fred Smart, who goes to the grassroots of his area and sets up meetings and discussions of how to overcome the state and its interference in Constituional law and religeous freedom and who has a numerical understanding of the Word that borders on genius; and Vox Day, whose articles are published on WorldNetDaily and whose blog is read from around the world...Voxie has Moxie!!!

Go and read. Follow their links to other like minded true Christians and Patriots. Learn and turn away from the state that would feed you to the lions for the sake of its bread an circuses...

In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying, "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
-- James Madison, 4 Annals of congress 179 (1794)