Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some quotes from Heinlein's Lazarus Long (and one from de la Paz)

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love
 
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
--Professor Bernardo de la Paz, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Rights is a fictional abstraction. No one has rights; neither machines nor flesh-and-blood. Persons -- both sorts -- have opportunities, not rights, which they use, or do not use.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, and without self-delusion -- in the long run these are the only people who count.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love

Tell the truth - but not all of it.
Tell the exact truth and maybe all of it, but so unconvincingly that the person you're talking to is sure that you are lying.
--Lazarus Long

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
--Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Quote of the Day about Climategate.....

From The Doctor is In--the blogpost called Our Gnostic Masters wherein the Doctor is talking about Climategate:

We have been lectured endlessly by our postmodern mentors that religion is naught but ignorance and superstition, while scientific “facts” are Truth. But “knowledge is power,” as the saying goes — especially when the knowledge can be hidden behind a veil of secrecy, manipulated at will to conform to unchallengeable presuppositions and philosophies, then relentlessly drilled into our collective consciences through compliant and complicit channels of media, education, and politics.

How not to win an election....

I was listening to WLS this morning and heard an ad from Andy Martin, who is running against Mark Kirk in the Republican primary for Senator (Obama's seat).  What I heard was an advertisement that is guaranteed to lose and it made Andy Martin (who I've never heard of until now) sound like a total nutter (looking at his biography on his website kind of clinches that whole nutter thing). 

The whole advert was basically that Andy Martin thinks that Mark Kirk is a homosexual, that Kirk's joined the Republican homosexual club, and that Kirk has surrounded himself with homosexuals.  There was one line about how Andy Martin fights corruption which basically made it sound like being a homosexual is corrupt.

I looked at Andy Martin's website and he seems like a conservative kind of guy--pro 1st and 2nd Amendments (good), pro High Speed rail (dumb).  His website goes after Kirk for voting for Cap and Trade, etc. which I think is valid (I blogged about this because Kirk claimed he read the whole 1000+ pages of the Cap and Trade bill in one day and I just don't think so), but his commercial makes him sound like a rabid gay-basher.

Now I really don't have a dog in this hunt since I don't live in Illinois and I think that Kirk is a bit too crunchy granola (a Democrat in Republican clothing), but geez louise, if the conservatives are coming out with gay conspiracy theories (that they didn't relate to any of Kirk's politics) to the point where WLS had a disclaimer after the spot saying that they are mandated by federal law to run tripe like Martin's advertisement, then the Republicans are showing that they really have lost the plot.  Any person who advertises themselves as "America's Internet Powerhouse" should know better.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Taking a break from politics for a minutes for a totally different rant

Was watching Star Wars (the original, I refuse to call it Episode 4 or The New Hope or whatever).  Frickin' George Lucas, you rat-bastard--Greedo DID NOT SHOOT FIRST.  The whole scene between Han Solo and Greedo was to show what a rogue and bad man that Han Solo is--that's what makes him coming back to help at the end of the movie such a revelation.  GAH--how in the world can the writer and director forget his own plot lines?!?

Lucas and Spielberg should both be lined up and Stooge-slapped for changing movies and then allowing those changed movies to be shown in lieu of the originals, especially without warning us.  I refer you to South Park Episode 609 and will let Trey and Matt say it better.

That is all.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Demonizing law abiding citizens

On the heels of a discussion regarding the implications and issues surrounding an Indiana newspaper putting online a database of concealed carry permit holders (which BTW isn't the only one, the Journal News in New York does so as well under the guise of reporting on out of date records), comes this article from Bob Owens at Pajamas Media.

He discussed the Violence Policy Center's reports on violence perpetuated by concealed carry permit holders.  He notes that the VPC's reports does not limit itself to gun violence, but to beatings, etc.--violence committed without the use of a firearm.  He also notes that they have many facts wrong (like knowing when someone is dead or alive).  They also include legal actions (stand your ground) in their tallies.

RobertaX, in her comments (scroll down) on View from the Porch on this issue rightly noted that databases such as have been placed online are designed to stigmatize those who lawfully own and/or carry firearms.  Combine those media actions with a propoganda factory such as the VPC, then seems to be a real push to demonize and marginalize the Free Citizens of this country who value the Second Amendment and act accordingly.


edited to take out domestic violence and put in out of date records regarding the Journal New's database.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Well, they did it.

The Senate has proven that there is no honor and that bribes are the status-quo for passing a bill that the American public has vociferously opposed.  No one could have read it, even if Harry Reid's office had released it.  I'll say again... they voted on something that affects 1/6th of the economy of the United States, that, according to all analysts will bankrupt the states since they've put Medicaid onto the states.

I'll link to Breda since she puts it better than I could:  60 Votes.  I will echo her words:  our government is no longer of the people, by the people, and for the people.  The government has clearly shown that they are only for themselves.  They are getting much closer to my line in the sand.  I'd like to see their heads on pikes since that's what should happen to oathbreakers and power-mongers.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

So then, will we get to complain about discrimination??

Via Drudge, there's an AP article saying that whites will no longer be the majority in the United States come the middle of the century (funny enough they're saying the limits to immigration are pushing this figure back). So, one wonders, at that time will white jokes become un-PC and will there be entitlement programs to keep the diversity that academics and, by proxy, the federal government crows about??  Already the feds have changed ethnicity reporting requirements for higher education where the first category is:  Hispanic/Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino.  Then you can choose as many race categories as you want from the list: 

American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
White
Despite being in higher education for 14 years, I'm hard pressed to understand why hispanic is an ethnicity and not a race.  It USED to be a race category.  According to the National Center for Educational Statistics' glossary
A Latino or Hispanic person is of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term "Spanish origin" can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
 So a person who has Mexican ancestry but self-identifies as White would be a Hispanic/Latino ethnicity-wise but would be categorized with race=White.

No wonder the whites are going to be in the minority if that's how we're changing the way we collect data--it'll take several years for this new classifcation to trickle up and become a self-realizing prophecy.

For your viewing pleasure... an excerpt from Guys and Dolls

I played about five different parts in my high school production of this play and it's always been one of my favorites.  I use this quote often but here's the whole scene.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Crossed wires at the Senate

I was reading Gateway Pundit's posting about the Tuesday Code Red Party at Claire McCaskill's St. Louis office today and in the article it mentioned that it's very difficult to get through to the Senator's office in DC.  Now when I was called Senator Evan Bayh's office in DC, I also ran into problems as well as 'telephone glitches' at his main office in Indianapolis and at three out of five of his satellite offices.  This is not the only outside mention of people trying to call their Senators and not being able to get through, not even to voice mail. 

Now the conspiracy theorist in me is suggesting that maybe it's deliberate--someone kiboshed the phone system so that no one can communicate directly with their Senators.  The other part of my brain logically replies that they are getting inundated with so many phone calls against the health care bill and cap and trade that their system has been overwhelmed.  I dunno......

Just in time for Christmas

The WTF blanket (Snuggy parody).  This is pretty funny.  For myself, I think the snuggy make everyone wearing it look like Spock in "The Voyage Home" or someone out of a 1970 horror flick.

Algore thrown under the bus, or would that be the polar ice cap??

Via Insty, there is an article in the London Times that I thought was particularly amusing.  First my disclaimer: I don't like Algore, I don't like his politics and his self-righteous attitude with his 'green houseboat' that runs on biodiesel at a lake that has no fueling stations with biodiesel or the fact that his house sucks more power than most homes in Nashville--I guess hypocrites disturb me. 

So I admit to a bit of schadenfreude when I saw that in response to his speech at Copenhagen where he 'quoted' a scientist who Algore claimed had said that there was a "75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years".  The scientist in question, Dr. Maslowski, said "It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at. I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Guess the Warm-meister was exagerating to make his point, a typical liberal strategy--his office said that his comment was based on a conversation with Maslowski several years ago.  The ironic part of this (okay the whole thing is ironic) is that probably a month ago, the scientist would not have corrected Algore but with the whole climate debacle being brought into the light of day, now the feeding frenzy begins.  Even Maslowski's fellow scientists are smacking him down for his time estimates.

It's ClimateChange Deathmatch--pull up a chair and watch what happens....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Media Misdirection

Larry Anderson over at American Thinker has a fantastic piece on values, justice, and truth.  I like the article but I think that he's missing a crucial piece in his 'Values' section.  He blames the American public for the media blitz about Tiger Woods because he says that this is what the public is buying, so that's what they are selling.  Okay, now I'm firmly putting on my tin-foil hat on this one.  His hypothesis is dependent upon basic supply/demand and doesn't take into account the fact that the mainstream media is a partner in the socialist policies that the government is trying to ram down the throats of the American people.

I think what he's missing is that the mainstream media is pushing the Tiger Woods story to AVOID mentioning Climategate, the health care bill, or the TSA bandying about crucial security documents.  It's a classic play from the Communist handbook--keep the public thinking about trivialities and no one will notice what's going on with the man behind the curtain.

The rest of his piece brings up some interesting points and the whole thing is well worth the read.  We need to bring back the concepts of true Justice and Truth, not what they've been corrupted to be through our legal system and by those who would use our virtures against us.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Palin/Shatner Beat Poet Smackdown

This  was pretty good (ht Insty).  I think that Palin is really enjoying herself.  Shatner, of course, has no ego--he seems to be pretty secure in himself and takes the joke well.  Well played, well played--especially to whoever thought it up.  Great move for Palin.

eta:  Apparently Shatner's latest schtick on the Tonight Show has been to lampoon Palin by reading from her book and her appearance came as somewhat of a surprise (there was a rehearsal so it wasn't a complete surprise).   So her interpretation of HIS book is a fantastic turnabout-is-fair-play.  Even more well-played than I thought....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Suffering the death of one-hundred thousand papercuts....

....Just waiting for someone to bring the lemon juice and salt.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Day the Sleeping Giant was Awakened....

Regardless if Yamamoto actually uttered those lines, it was the response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

The United States, which had previously been steering clear of the war that began in Europe in 1939, woke up and began putting all of its resources into the war effort.  Those in my generation and after have absolutely no idea about the voluntary deprivations our citizens endured in order to put the full effort of this country into winning what came to be known as World War II.  From flour and gasoline rationing, to women taking the places of the men outside of the house, to schoolchildren learning the silhouettes of air planes in the night skies, the world changed at that moment.

Please join me in remembering and honoring those who were lost in that heinous attack on December 7, 1941.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Apparently the AP hasn't gotten the news about Climategate yet....

Found this article on the front page of my yahoo.  It seems that the AP science writer, Seth Borenstein didn't get the memo (please see B's site for much linky goodness on the issue) that the global warming data was cooked and all of that coastal flooding and such that was predicted for 2350 (not 2035 as the typo in the IPCC report says), is a non-issue.  So he's either an idiot or a shill for the UN's committee on climate change committee for world domination.  The fact this article actually made it into circulation is both funny and sad at the same time and shows how agenda-driven the Legacy media is.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Again, how liberals think

Over at Ambulance Driver (one of my favorite, read-daily blogs) there's quite the bruhaha going on, basically caused by one person.  AD posted some pics and narrative about taking his seven year old daughter shooting.  One of the pics showed her shooting her birthday present, a nice AR15 .22 caliber.  Someone called Nurse K, who apparently does not like guns, has taken one NRA course, and has been to the range once in her life, felt the need to speak up and say that a father teaching his daughter to shoot is bad and if she could find a law against it in the state where AD lives, she would call Child Protective Services on him since she feels that it's reckless behavior.  Tempted as I was to post in the comments (which are now up to 140 on that particular posting), I refrained. 

What I do want to say about the whole thing is this:  the liberal mindset absolutely does not allow for diverse thoughts and actions.  Boiled down to its essence, Nurse K wishes to force her beliefs and worldview on others.  Because she doesn't like guns, then no one should be taught the proper handling and use of them.  Because she doesn't believe in spanking then she calls it child abuse. 

She has the elitist attitude that now permeates the present administration--that which implies that if you don't share their views, then you are misinformed, misguided, uneducated, and are just plain dumb and that because you are all of those things, then laws must be passed to prohibit the behavior that they don't like and cannot possibly understand (since the ideas of freedom and personal responsibility are completely beyond their ken), for your own protection of course.

My ire and disgust at such an attitude is almost beyond words.