"Congress is finally standing up to President Barack Obama on targeted killing. Almost a year after three American citizens were killed in US drone strikes, legislators are pushing the administration to explain why it believes it's legal to kill American terror suspects overseas. Congress is considering two measures that would compel the Obama administration to show members of Congress what Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls Obama's "license to kill": internal memos outlining the legal justification for killing Americans overseas without charge or trial..."
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
After 9/11, the government began encouraging local police, private security and everyday Americans to report so-called "suspicious activity" that may indicate a security threat. Taking photos of landmarks, walking "nervously" and writing in a notebook are all activities that have led to people being stopped and questioned. Could you be next?The TSA, DHS and countless other security agencies have been established to keep America safe from terrorist attacks in post-9/11 America. How far beyond that does the feds’ reach really go, though? ... Testimonies delivered in recent weeks by former employees of the National Security Agency suggest that the US government is granting itself surveillance powers far beyond what most Americans consider the proper role of the federal government. ... In an interview with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer, Drake said there was a “key decision made shortly after 9/11, which began to rapidly turn the United States of America into the equivalent of a foreign nation for dragnet blanket electronic surveillance.” These powers have previously defended by claims of national security necessity, but Drake says that it doesn’t stop there. He warns that the government is giving itself the power to gather intel on every American that could be used in future prosecutions unrelated to terrorism.-NSA whistleblowers: Government spying on every single American
Sunday, July 29, 2012
She might have been 20. I am 58. She had long blond hair, and was wearing a short putty-coloured jacket, nude hose – I didn't think anyone wore nude hose any more – and a white miniskirt, trim but straining, tucked primly beneath her. My first sight of her felt like a light blow to the chest. Her body held my interest, but so did her decision to wear a miniskirt on a bike, along with her youth, her loveliness, even the fleetingness of the six blocks I kept her company – she turned right, and she was gone. We owed each other nothing. The inevitable backwash of guilt arrived, as all men know it does. I have a daughter her age. I am married but spent several minutes gazing at a pretty girl's backside. I could hear the charges: objectifier, perv, pig, man.-Why men can't - and shouldn't - stop staring at women
Bonus video: Doug Stanhope
"God spared him that average 72 year sentence on this shithole planet."
"Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved." ~Mark Twain
It really makes no sense, whatever feeble explanation you put forth. I've heard religious "leaders" say dumb things like "We know he's in Heaven, but we're sad because we won't see him again until we get there ourselves." Bullshit! You're crying because you know it's all over, and that you'll never see that person again. Reality, when it strikes, overrides our indoctrinated fantasies. All religions are proven an elaborate lie that attempts to hide the harsh facts of existence, proven by all the tears of "believers" shed on behalf of the dead. And not only do we cry when a loved one dies, we try to hold on to our own life, to this one life we can be sure is real, as long as possible. Look at the religious that flock to faith healers and shrines to be cured of terminal illnesses. Heaven awaits them, with its streets paved with gold, but for some reason, they're in no hurry to get there. Life after death? Spirit leaving the body when it breathes its last? Resurrection? No one believes a word of it. There is a way to end all this pain, this heartache, and that is to refuse to perpetuate it.
i've reached the point where
I am unable to write
but you can't be a writer if you can't write
it's a paralyzing depression mixed with anxiety
the only temporary fix
is a twinkie or equivalent
eating doesn't help
eating junk relieves a little
and then the darkness
let's in a tiny little light
that's why i can't write
the boost doesn't last long enough
i just would rather lie
and read a book or watch
i talk a good game
in my mind
and know i will
write something real
but for now
i find it
to be me
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado Batman movie theater shooting, President Obama chimed in on the gun control debate yesterday, saying, "Every day, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater. For every Columbine or Virginia Tech, there are dozens gunned down on the streets of Chicago or Atlanta..."
What he didn't say, however, is that every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that's the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Anyway, I’d thought I would take a look at the various faith tribes as Barna sums them up:
- Casual Christians: by far the largest group coming in at around 66%, which is the number of the beast minus a digit. And they certainly are a beastly group. They have no real standards to speak of, other than to claim they are Christian without really understanding what that means and to not rock the boat. In other words, they are a spineless, arrogant bunch who believe it is okay to bomb foreign Muslim children (because they are not Christian) and boo people like Ron Paul for pointing out that they should love their neighbor as themselves. If most people are idiots, then they certainly are proof positive of this as they are the majority of Americans. The mere fact that the NIV translation is the most widely used version also proves my point that this group is stupid. They lack foresight and have no true understanding of their faith. God prefers you sacrifice your children to Moloch rather than be what you are now (that is Bible as well).
- Muslims: a small group in America, not exceeding 2%, this group is probably a very socially conservative group. The only problem with this is that they vote Democratic, probably because the two Christian groups are such dicks about the social issues and see Muslims as stupid because they are Muslim (I don’t see them stupid for being Muslim, just stupid for being a person). They also enjoy religious freedom in America but also want more government in our lives, which means they don’t want to enjoy religious freedom, just the oppression they would invariably suffer should their ballot desires come to fruition. Generally though, Muslims have much in common with other socially conservative counterparts, which goes to show that you can vote without considerations for major social issues like the right to scramble a baby’s brain in the womb of its mother.
- Jews: America has more Jews than any other nation on Earth. I’m going to repeat that: America has more Jews than any other nation on Earth. So despite having their own country, Israel, which would welcome all 6.5 million of them with open arms, they prefer to stay in this pit stain on the world. It probably has something to do with their pride in being Jewish and how they are survivors or how the other races and religions are mostly gullible and stupid when it comes to financial matters. Wait, that’s not fair to the Jews, because they do more than personal finance scams. They also do a lot of comedy. In any event, most, save the orthodox ones, don’t see their faith identity as a faith but more as a culture and family. They are very welcoming to fellow Jews, which reminds me of a saying a Russian friend once said to me: “Don’t do business with other Russians”. In any case, most Americans (see the first group) has some weird hard-on for Jews not realizing that they are just as idiotic as everyone else. Also, they are the most unhappy group of all seven faith tribes. And they make up about 2% of America.
- Mormons: Mormons feature the largest number of converts each year. They also feature the same rate of people leaving the Mormon church each year which means they never seem to get above about 2%. So what does that tell you? That they are evangelical failures? That the only thing they have going for them, besides some idiot prophesying while staring at gold stones in a hat, is a good family life. Which is also what Muslims have and what Captive Christians have and, to a lesser extent, Jews. So really, all they have as a faith tribe that stands out is Willard Romney. And he’s not a very good Mormon.
- Pantheists: For some reason, George Barna didn’t want to make a miscellaneous category, so he instead called it a Pantheist category. This is made up mostly of followers of the various East Asian religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. For the most part, they tend to live for the moment and appear to have no direction. This was explain the conclusion that Buddha made, which is that life is an illusion and nothing really matters. Of course, if you sit under a tree for as long as he did and do nothing with yourself, then you’re going to develop such a pessimistic and pointless outlook on life as well. As for the group as a whole, they are about 1% of the population, so their vote doesn’t count and I don’t give a crap about their political views.
- Skeptics: This is the group that either has no faith (atheist) or only entertains the ideas of faith (agnostic). They are, however, the third largest “faith” tribe in America at 11%. Generally, they are libertarian in their attitudes about life in that they seem to follow the non-aggression principle. They tend to not make a fuss in politics, despite a few bad apples, but are more than happy to dismiss religion and blame it on all the woes of this world (everyone needs an enemy). You will often hear them grip about how all religions start wars but I doubt they could name five religious wars and not even one that America has fought in. They also tend to ignore the mass genocides that have been perpetrated by atheists in the last century and state that they were communists, not atheists. I guess religion wasn’t the opiate of the masses after all.
- Captive Christians: The second largest group which was probably George Barna’s way of keeping the number at seven and stating that not all Christians are “like that.” They make up 16% of Americans and hold deep convictions in their own faith. This translates onto their politics where they are suckered into voting for the biggest idiot to promise an end to abortion, among other social ills. But like many other Americans, they forget that politicians are in the void category of faith and tend to be looking out for the handout rather than appeasing the dumb masses. So despite having strong moral convictions and maybe trying to let those stand as an example of their faith, they instead show us their faith through their votes.
In any case, while I probably would fall into the Captive Christian category, I am personally disgusted with the political views of many of them, which is outsourcing moral conviction to the State, so I doubt I’d find much time to hang out with any of them.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Summer arrives. Squealer is seen to take all the sheep of the farm aside, and no-one sees them for a week. The sheep eventually return. That evening, as the animals are returning to the yard from work, Clover is heard neighing excitedly from the yard. The animals rush forward to see what is happening. They stop dead when they all see what has startled Clover. It is the sight of Squealer walking upright, on his hind legs. At this moment, all of the pigs leave the farmhouse in single file, all upright on two legs. Finally, Napoleon emerges from the farmhouse, upright and carrying a whip.Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad by Anna Morgenstern at Center for a Stateless Society published under Creative Commons
It is the most shocking thing the animals have ever seen. It goes against everything that they have been taught up to then. Just as it seems that someone might object, the sheep break into a deafening chorus of “Four legs good, two legs better.” They went on for five minutes, during which the pigs walked briefly around and then returned to the farmhouse. The chance to protest is gone. Clover goes to the gable wall and brings Benjamin with her. She asks Benjamin to read for her what is on the gable wall. All the commandments are gone, and all that is written there now is “All animals are equal, But some animals are more equal than others.”
After this, the pigs and their sows start wearing clothes and carrying whips. They begin to have more direct dealings with the neighboring farmers. One day, the pigs invite a number of the local farmers to inspect the farm. After the inspection, the pigs and the farmers return to the farmhouse for a celebration. After a time, loud noises of laughter and singing are heard through the windows. The other animals are overcome with curiosity, and they approach the farmhouse to see what is going on. They look through the windows to see the pigs and farmers seated around the living room table, playing cards, making speeches and congratulating one another. Mr Pilkington makes a speech telling the pigs how impressed he is with Animal Farm, especially with the hard work and poor rations of the farm animals. Napoleon makes a speech in return, expressing his happiness that the mistrust between Animal Farm and the others is now at an end. He furthermore announces that the animals will cease to address each other as “Comrade,” and that “Animal Farm” will now revert to being called “Manor Farm.” As Napoleon finishes his speech to great applause, the animals outside seem to notice something changing in the features of the pigs, but what?
As the applause dies down and the card game is resumed, the animals creep away from the window. However, they hurry back when they hear a furious argument break out. The argument is because Mr. Pilkington and Napoleon have both played an Ace of Spades at the same time. But as the animals look from Napoleon to Pilkington, from man to pig and from pig back to man, they find that they are unable to tell the difference.” — Last Four Paragraphs of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Extraverts are energized by interaction with others, so naturally the opportunity to interact with another gives them a reason to be happy. Thus, when being interrogated or interviewed by a "researcher" regarding preferences for human interaction and the happiness derived therefrom, the extravert will answer affirmatively in order to gain favor of the the immediate audience human, as well as the projected eventual audience of humans who may be interested in the "research." The extravert is biased toward declaring happiness, because that is both what the extravert wants to be true, and what the extravert is gambling on existentially: that every other human is extroverted, too, and is competing for the happiness maximum. Culturally, engaging with others and coming out on top is rewarded both implicitly and explicitly in America. ... Artifice, pretense and charade are rewarded in America, because Americans fear being "boring" or feeling bored. As a culture, Americans to a person despise "boring" things and people, and abhor being "bored." They demand excitement from the tiniest things. And because Hollywood has told them they deserve and will receive excitement from such things as: * A high-pressure job that creates pressure needlessly in order to keep high levels of tension among co-workers, to create an artificially competitive work environment based on fear of being 2d place. Like being Donald Trump's Apprentice, or a wannabe chef in some poncey Brit's kitchen. A society created, blown up/grown/expanded/"progressed" by extraverts will naturally define the extravert view as the norm, as what's healthy, and will be suspicious of introverts, will expect introverts to do all the things the extravert does when behind closed doors. American society labels introverts negatively because of this -- Categorically, extraverts are the more fucked-up human, and their obsession with "connection" to others (which always implies competition with those others, and a desire to be "best") makes them the more manipulative as well as more cowardly, while also being dichotomous about their powerful exhibitionist fetish. The dark human urges they can't really suppress successfully because they are so other-directed. They don't feel right experiencing ANYTHING alone. So anything done alone by anyone, it must be laden with the things that the extravert fears most. Extraverts are the mass murderers, mass pedophiles, and organizers of social entities which work solely to promote and protect those violent sexual urges being given free rein. American culture is run by such people.-sorry, but I don't like peopleand so, though karl does capitalize the beginning of sentences, we here omit for dramatic purposes and in honor of non-conformity, the extroverted letters and name his blog our latest blog of the moment.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Some think that the rest of the world cares how they feel. I assure you: no one gives a shit how you feel, except you. Anyone you talk to about your feelings is only listening to be polite and internally wishes you would shut the fuck up. Those who listen patiently to you probably want something from you, either sex or for you to return the favor and sit through their boring bullshit, but they may just want money or a promotion. This is why you have to pay therapists: no one cares about you or what you think or feel. None of us are interesting, no matter how many boring people we manage to get to read our blog posts. Trust me. ... For those who don’t know, Tosh supposedly said it would be funny if a heckler got raped. At one point, I was conversing with someone who was convinced that what Tosh said was wrong, wrong, wrong. When I disagreed, they proceeded to tell me what they hoped a large man would do to my rectum while he held me down. This was after some normal, polite discussion where neither of us insulted the other. It kind of took me off-guard how stupid the comment was. As you might expect, I wasn’t insulted… I laughed, and it was the best rape joke I had heard in a while. How can I take seriously a person who is so blatantly hypocritical? I’m meant to believe that joking about someone being raped is totally wrong for comedy purposes, but it’s okay for someone to tell me that I should be raped in order to make some sort of point. That almost makes sense… if you subscribe to the “do as I say, not as I do” school of ethics. I think it's healthy that people make jokes about everything. The holocaust, rape, date rape, prison rape, pedophilia, child molestation, birth defects, 9/11, dead soldiers, dead celebrities, dead babies, having sex with the bodies of dead babies, kidnapping, mothers, sex with mothers, dead mothers, sex with dead mothers… really, there’s no end to what can be joked about. It’s all hilarious if you have the right timing and enough weed. I don't trust someone if they think there is a topic that is off-limits to humor. That person lacks basic control over their own emotions, and I find that to be far more dangerous than off-color jokes.-Rape Jokes Are Still FunnyView Two: Francois Tremblay: Someone enjoys rape jokes, so they’re okay!
I hope I don’t have to dissect this. This “one person enjoys X, therefore X is okay!” is pure subjectivism and total bullshit. But that’s the bullshit you commit to when you commit to a position as nonsensical as voluntaryism. You end up supporting rape jokes. ... Rape jokes are wrong because trivializing the rape culture is anti-women! No matter how much any given woman might enjoy it. What does someone’s enjoyment of a thing have to do with it being right or wrong? Seriously JR, abandon this bizarre ethics of feelings and start thinking rationally about it. I’m not going to allow you to post comments that are against women any more than I allow comments that are anti-atheism or pro-government. People’s feelings are not a guide to reason or public policy.-Someone enjoys rape jokes, so they’re okay!Read the complete posts at their respective links. I approve of the following comment at Tremblay's post
Does every man have a right to enjoy telling hateful jokes about women, and should not be judged for doing so? I don’t get this. People are judged for things because we have morality. A woman has the right to judge others for herself, and others have the right to judge her judgment. A woman has the right to hate “niggers,” but does not have the right to “not be judged for doing so.”You don't have to want to make something illegal to disapprove of it, or believe that favoring free speech means that you can't pass rational judgement on what people write and say.
Monday, July 16, 2012
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Growing Threat Genetically Engineered Trees - Award winning documentary film explores the growing global threat of genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
In what is probably a predictable move, Joseph Farah, Chief Editor of World Net Daily, has decided to vote for Willard “Mitt” Romney:
Based on his long and contradictory political record, I do not have much hope that Romney is going to do a 180 if he wins. I don’t think he will steer the nation on the U-turn course that is absolutely necessary to save us from the brink of disaster.
However, the idea of a second term for Obama genuinely scares me. I don’t believe America could ever recover from such a cataclysm. The country will suffer irreparable harm, if it hasn’t done so already.
While I remain a principled constitutionalist who doesn’t believe in voting for anyone who does not understand and embrace its limitations on federal power, I believe 2012 is one of those rare election years in which freedom-loving Americans will, out of necessity, be forced to vote defensively.
I won’t be voting for Romney because I think he will save America or reverse our dangerous course. But I will likely be voting for him to buy America the time it needs to avoid catastrophe. It’s just that simple – and sad.
And there is the excuse that I have been hearing from many mainstream conservatives like Joseph Farah for over a decade now. The logic amounts to this:
- Candidate A is a <opposing party> and I cannot vote for him.
- Candidate B is a <the other party> but does not share a majority of positions I would like him to have.
- Voting for a third party candidate or a write-in candidate would be a waste of a vote since nobody else would vote for him or her.
- Not voting would really be a vote for the winner (illogical, of course, but no one questions it).
- Therefore I must vote for Candidate B because things will be slightly less worse than with Candidate A.
While it is true that Joseph Farah wrote a book in 2008 about not voting for either Barack Obama or John McCain, this year he seems to have finally given into fear.
This is why I no longer count myself as a conservative by any measure. They constantly talk about principles and going back to the Constitution (which would be a great thing) but when faced with a Republican candidate who won’t do that, they vote for him or her anyway. Worse still, when a candidate genuinely presents a constitutionalist message like Ron Paul, he or she is mocked, insulted, and criticized by the very people who still agree with him 90% of the time. Instead, they focus on the “winnable” candidate, not the one they mostly agree with.
This trend has been going on ever since 1988 in the aftermath of Ronald Reagan, who duped the conservative movement into believing he was conservative (he may have been at one time) and still increased the size and scope of government while maintaining the illegal Statist institutions such as the Federal Reserve in the process. Why do you think Ron Paul ran as the Libertarian party candidate in 1988? He was so disgusted with the lack of putting principles into practice under the Reagan administration that he decided to try and go his own way.
I am tired of seeing conservatives play the game and fold every time, while claiming that this is the most important election ever. They are a collection of morons and idiots who think that somehow voting for the guy they disagree with but happens to be in the correct party is a virtue while standing on your principle is a vice.
This is also why I believe that the mainstream conservative movement, the one created by William F. Buckley in 1955, is dying. They are fading out as more and more people are realizing that they are not true to their principles and are instead shills for the Republicans who at best pay lip service to conservatives’ own causes.
Until conservatives stop voting out of fear, stop voting against something, and start voting for something, they will always be losers.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
It's hard to fathom the fall and decay of a once mighty American city like Detroit. These photographs lend an idea. All that beautiful architecture. Dead. Likely never to return. Is Detroit symbolic of what's in store for the future? Or is it unique? I visited Detroit for a day in 1994. Went to see a World Cup match at the Silverdome. The place was pretty messed up. The city too. How does the city continue to support four major pro teams? It makes the Red Wings dynasty all the more remarkable.-Fall Of An American CityT.C. had barely asked that question, and my poor brain had barley (I was eating some whole grain cereal I shouldn't have) begun to work on the conundrum (I think...what's a conundrum?) when T.C. the blogging machine posted again with more thoughts on Detroit!
Interesting politically incorrect black history of Detroit by one refreshing and honest Dr. Fleming. It's fascinating actually how he describes the two, albeit different, waves of black immigration. I'm on record, as many others have also, as asserting men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton plant the seeds of destruction and division. They're evil. How they're always hanging around to prey on a tragic event to further their own sad agendas. Read more More on Detroit: More On DetroitT.C. stuff is reposted under Creative Commons White people built Detroit and invited Blacks in to help. Dr. Fleming gives a personal family history of how there were two waves of Black people who arrived in Detroit during the industrial revolution. The first wave were entrepreneurs, businessmen, craftsmen and artisans...The second wave were the of the natural slave stock (those who more readily accepted slavery) who brought crime, drunkenness and religion. The second wave were successful in turning a beautiful oasis into the current garbage can that it is now.-http://youtu.be/rkFPN5zUw3I