Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quote of the Day - Confessions of an IRS Agent Edition

So, after church tonight I got into a conversation with a fellow I harass about being a tax collector. Turns out, he is much more conservative than I thought. From among other things he said, I would like to highlight this:
"I used to watch MSNBC just to make myself mad."
Yep, that's about the only reason to watch that lapdog station.

On another note, he had some rather disturbing things to say about the nation's current situations and how he thinks some things might play out. He said that he and some of his friends, who are brilliant economists, have been talking, and that they predict massive inflation in the near future.

He also said he is planning to begin stocking up on foodstuffs, firearms, and ammunition. Seems like a pretty good hint to me. If you want a good source of info on things in that area, go to Worth your time.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The disintegration of the welfare state

This seems eerily familiar to the way the U.S. government is going to be dealing with things. Things like this give me reason to do my best to prepare mentally, physically, and financially for what is ahead. I believe it is a similar fate.

The disintegration of the welfare state - The Globe and Mail:
"Democratic self-deprecation isn’t quite as funny as it once was. Mobs have already taken to the venerable, iconic streets of European states, notably among them Greece, birthplace of Athenian democracy. It’s apparently easier to give wealth away than it is to take it back. Democracy assembled the welfare state peaceably enough. Can democracy dismantle it as peaceably? No, it can’t. The mobs are not finished."

Via Mike.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Making Amends: A Mini-Manifesto

Via Mike V.

This is a very sobering piece. However, I believe it provides wonderful, if not a little disturbing, insight into what is coming in our country. Like the author, I, too hope it doesn't come to this, but history does have a way of repeating itself and its lessons for those who didn't learn the first dozen or more times. Excerpt below, but you need to read the whole thing.

Francis W. Porretto - Eternity Road

Should we succeed in throwing off the yoke of the Corporate Social-Fascist State, part of our atonement, perhaps the most unpleasant part, will be this: we will be required to be hard.

We will never, ever, put an end to the dreams and machinations of the power-seekers unless we punish those among us with proper severity. Among our current officials are several overt traitors: men who took oaths to defend the Constitution, and have done the exact opposite. Of these, I count one president, four Supreme Court Justices, and hundreds of federal legislators. Unless these are dragged from their hidey-holes as was Saddam Hussein, and executed or incarcerated for life, there will be no respite from the pressure of closet totalitarians and social engineers against our polity. Men to whom power over others is the ultimate satisfaction will seek it relentlessly, until the price for doing so becomes both ultimate and inevitable.

That's merely what will be demanded of us to cleanse the federal government. Further severity will be required of us:

  • Toward nations and "non-state actors" that seek to bend us to their wills;
  • Toward religious and quasi-religious, racial, and ethnic groups that agitate for special treatment and exemptions from the laws;
  • Toward special interests that seek subsidies, subventions, or to impose their views upon us through the political process;
  • Toward individual predators who have, in the main, eluded the proper penalties for their deeds.

The underlying message is, of course, We mean it. But it can only be expressed in deeds. Our words have become untrustworthy. We will not regain our credibility until we've demonstrated that we deserve it.

That will be the hardest price of our restoration. It will be unpleasant at best, dreadful and massively bloody at worst.

We will be spared none of it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Welcome to Obamacare, Prepare to Die, and no, you can't try to save yourself. That's cheating.

Scared yet? I feel a storm a-brewin'.

Captain Clueless At The Helm , An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

Fear and Anger

Via Mike, these two pages have been sitting in open tabs for several days, waiting on me to quit procrastinating. This first one is rather scary, especially considering it is a look into the mind of liberals.
American Thinker: The Leftist 'Purification' Movement

Here is something that just ticks me off. "Representatives" like this are a reason we are in the trouble we are in. Mocking constituents? Calling them names? Insinuating murder? Lying through your teeth and expecting them to believe it? (Well, I guess that one worked for Obama.) Seriously, this guy and all those like him need to go, preferably to a foreign country (China, maybe), never to return. Read the whole article and watch the video. Notice all of the immigrants in the room who are upset about the unsecured border.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Keep Freedom Alive - Happy Independence Day

Thus begun our independent nation, a union of thirteen sovereign states, breaking their allegiance to a tyrannical king. Some emphasis added.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Now, does any of this sound familiar? Let us not, on this day on which we celebrate our independence from Britain, forget those who risked and gave everything that we might have something to celebrate. Let us also remember what they stood for as the world around us will twist and distort the truth our our nation's founding. And let us not settle for anything but freedom.

May God bless America, and not remove His hand from us.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Coburn and Kagan on Natural Rights - Hit & Run

Via Mike, here's an enlightening read on Elena Kagan. Oppose her. She is not in any way good for the Republic.

Coburn and Kagan on Natural Rights - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

For All the Immigrants in the United States, Whether Legal or Illegal . . .

Late last night I heard on the news a story in Jackson, not the first one of it's kind, which made me even more mad. As Mike V. would say it, my thoughts were, "Oh, HELL No!"
You see there is a man in Jackson who comes from a long line of veterans, and flies his American flag proudly for all to see.
There is a woman in Jackson who lives in the same apartment complex. She is from the Bahamas. She filed a complaint saying that the flag offended her and she wanted it removed.

First, a message for all of the legal immigrants/Americans who are proud of our flag; we know you understand what it means, and that when you left the old country, you have devoted yourself to ours. We welcome you. You help make America great.

Here is a message for that woman, and all immigrants, legal or otherwise who are not proud of our flag. And for all "Americans" who are not proud of that flag and what it stands for, the sentiment of this message applies to you as well. We did not force you to come here. You left a flag on your own terms to come to America because of the freedoms we have under our flag, which many men and women have laid down their lives to protect. By saying that our flag offends you, you insult us and those who died to create the country you came to for a better life.You insult the ideals upon which this country was made great. You insult freedom. You are not worthy to walk on the ground, sail in the water, or fly in the air above this great nation. To put it simply,
If this flag offends you -