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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Some New Year's Revelations

Happy New Year

Not that I’m expecting better. Out with the Old Bad, in with the New Bad. On January 1, the evil that has descended on the land will remain entrenched. The snitch of federalism will continue to foul the air of a once proud nation. The shackles of our children and grandchildren will continue to grow heavier. The TV News promised as much truth as the TV commercials. But wait, there’s more…

Monday, December 30, 2013

Maybe I’m Amazed…

(with no apologies to Paul McCartney)

Actually, no “maybe” about it; I am most certainly amazed at the fact that otherwise ordinary-to- intelligent people continue to be amazed that ObamaCare ain’t even close to what it was crack-piped up to be: the salvation of American Health Care. Except for the suffocating, cost-escalating red tape regulations foisted upon every family doctor from Welby to Johns Hopkkins , American hospitals were the First Choice Among Death-Dealing Dictators who came here under cover to receive the bodacious benefits American health care had to offer.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Maybe It Will Be Like This

From: A Friend
To: A Friend

Analysis and extended reasoning....

The McAuliffe Campaign made a calculated strategy that proved to be inspired and profound, which if followed skillfully without an equally skillful response from Republicans will, I think, result in the elimination of the GOP as a national force within the next election cycle.  That strategy was based on the apparent truth that young women think with and about their reproductive organs as much as do young men (as near as I could tell the only issue was abortion), and these young women want the intrusive welfare state to be their new baby-daddies.  Cuccinelli erred in thinking civil virtue was still prevalent among the Virginia voters, and that it would carry the day on his behalf.  He was wrong.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Tipping Point



                                              
Someone famous once said “Enough is enough and too much is plenty.” Too bad the person didn’t copyright it; Google shows it has been referenced out the wahzoo forever in most any context that implies a pending demolition of tolerance with shock waves of substantial force and destruction.

Studiously following current events – from the “mainstream media” to the Alternative Media, talk radio, blogosphere, ‘water-cooler talk’, it is not an overstatement to say: America is rapidly approaching its “tipping point."

Sunday, December 8, 2013

More Info, Less Viagra


Adam Geller’s obliquely written, poorly edited, AP distributed piece “A year after Newtown…” arrived  12/7 in well choreographed proximity to the 12/14 anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting rampage and slaughter of 20 children, 6 adults and 1 malignant human being. While strenuously bending verbally to appear “balanced”, starting with an account of a long forgotten and poorly remembered Kansas City “play” as well as  anecdotal stories of community “debates” about gun control from here and there, the understated conclusion is an endorsement for more gun control.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Solving Stupid


Stupid or Evil? Dumbo or Einstein? The Obama debate rages on. A simple question - hiding in plain sight- settles argument and those rooting for Stupid Dumbo lose.

Retrospectively, Stupid Dumbo stories, columns, commentaries vastly outnumber Evil Einstein by avalanche proportions. Why? Largely because writers, commentators even my tell-it-like-it-is All Knowing fellow talk show hosts are reluctant to directly assign evil by name to the Most Powerful Man in the World, despite the fact he is a public servant, “works for us”, no Super Powers ad yadda. It’s easier, safer, more reflexive and rhetorical to be amazed, appalled, aghast that someone so Important, with lofty (alleged) credentials, could be so….well…Stupid. Even being too blatant with that assessment can get your column cancelled by a popular newsletter publisher with a higher opinion of O-Dumbo than I (and most others) and refused to publish an earlier article. No matter. It just proves the point there remains a severe shortage of guts in the media world of critics.

But I digress…

Thursday, November 28, 2013

"What If..." The Judge Strikes Again

What if Thanksgiving Exposes the Government?


What if another Thanksgiving Day is upon us and because of the government we have less to be thankful for than we did at the last one? What if at every Thanksgiving liberty is weakened and the government is strengthened? What if Thanksgiving’s warm and breezy seduction of gratitude is just the government’s way of inducing us to think we should be grateful for it?
What if we don’t owe the government any thanks for anything? What if the government owes us back all the freedom and property it has stolen from us? What if the government has produced nothing and owns nothing, save what it has coerced us to give it? What if the courts have ruled that the government can lie and cheat with impunity in order to acquire our property or assault our freedoms?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Kid Who Cried... “Obama!”


By the time the Clintons Beverly-Hillbilly’d their way into the Logic Free Zone, Whitewater, Web Hubble, Jennifer Flowers, Red Bone, Barry Seal were early cannon fodder for talk show hosts like me doing AM Drive on a DC station; it was hot stuff. Guests were high profile and deep into the weeds of the scandals (a good thing). Despite the Herculean efforts of reporters and editorial writers at the  Washington Times (DC’s “other” newspaper), talk show hosts such my colleagues at WWRC and authors like James Bovard (“Feeling Your Pain”) did our best by crying “Clinton!” to warn the public danger was at the door and wanted a seat at the dinner table. The Constitution was the entre with a side order of Rights. But most historical accounts record (verbatim) “Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history”, thrilling the Wall St – DC “Axis of Crony Capitalism” and tamping down any bad news.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Why not?

During my weekly chat, “Judging Freedom” with FOX News Senior Judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, at the Libertas Media Project , we spent considerable time decrying the recently revealed (and elevated) state of spying as practiced by the Obama administration. We agreed the situation has deteriorated to the point among those paying attention where “surprise” and “outrage” have been replaced with “suspicions confirmed”. The Judge wrote:

Either the president knew of this and has denied it, or he is invincibly ignorant of the forces he has unleashed on us and on himself…What are the consequences of a president spying on himself? What does this mean for the rest of us?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Stupid or Evil?

          
 “When searching for a reason why things go wrong, never overlook sheer stupidity.” Hanlon’s Razor (paraphrased). By now, astute readers have read through the avalanche of bovine fecal matter bloviating on nothing that is everything regarding the Obamacare Roll-Out.

Not undertaken by the “retail” media (MSM), is an unvarnished look at what this might really be about.

You’re familiar with the old chestnut about Republicans (Stupid Party) and Democrats (Evil Party).     Well, which is it?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Anarchyville? Horror!

3 thumbs up for Anarchy!

Close your eyes, open your mind and imagine the peace, serenity and security of Anarchyville. Think Galt’s Gulch without the alliteration…

Yes, semantics has given Anarchy a bad name, turning it into a one word horror story. But unlike The Amityville Horror, the only “demons” in Anarchyville are its natural enemies: Aggressive Ignorance and Terminal Stupidity – with an occasional guest appearance by Human Nature.

Channeling Lennon: Let’s give Anarchy a chance…

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ned Beatty!? Is That You?

A Washington Deliverance

There are no toothless hillbillies of questionable lineage and you won’t hear any rousing dueling banjo riffs but when it comes to Washington Deliverance, there is plenty of Squeal Like A Pig. And guess what, dear reader…you are Ned Beatty.

If Americans haven’t had their blinders knocked clean off over the last 2 weeks of “government shut-down” giving them untrammeled vision and clarity into the immoral, illegal, hypocritical cesspool we call “government”, then fluoride in the water really has caused a nationwide lobotomy – and those chemtrails didn’t help at all.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bum Tossing

It’s official! October 11, 2013 10:00AM EDT (time approximate), this was the DRUDGE headline:
                                                                              

One word: Stupid. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

This Is a Test

                                                           
Over the years, EBS referred to the Emergency Broadcast System test, those glorious moments in show biz when radio and TV stations would interrupt otherwise compelling programming with some off-stage announcer sonorously intoning:  “This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.”  It was always a thrill to have your show interrupted with one of these buzz kills; only the Chief Engineer would get a soaky.

Considering the events of the last couple weeks, forever ingrained in our memories as the 2013 DC Kubuki Shut Down, I’m petitioning the FCC to change this. With the War on Terror, Dirty Bombs, drones and other technological means of instant extermination, what good would an actual Warning do, coming in the middle of a Miley Cyrus twerk fest or another soporific Limbaugh Back Slapping marathon? It’s questionable whether the Elitists would have time to make such an “announcement” anyway since they’d all be Bunker Bound. My petition is to change the acronym to stand for Emergency Bullshit System. Every time a politicians speaks, voice recognition technology will set off that odd but irritating series of tones and noises - purported to be the recorded sounds of Nancy Pelosi’s coal-powered vibrator - that precede the coming EBS test.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Revenge Rape and the First Amendment


Long dead English playwright William Congreve penned the famous (paraphrased) line: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Thanks to today’s cell phone technology and wandering morals, we will see if the First Amendment’s “free speech” will withstand the latest furious onslaught from one Holly Jacobs (nee Thometz).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Judge: On the Constitution and SCOTUS Losers

Every Thursday, as part of the Libertas Media Project ,I am privileged to spend some thought-provoking time with Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst, former NJ Superior Court Judge and newly appointed  Distinguished Scholar in Law and Jurisprudence at the Mises Institute. The pod casts of those conversations, "Judging Freedom", can be heard/downloaded here and here. With his multi-media exposure, succinct explanations and passion for Liberty, he is easily the most effective spokesman for the Freedom Movement in America today. The following is not only instructive and informative, it gives a sneak peak into a forthcoming book the Judge is writing and will be out early 2014. 



Judge Andrew P. Napolitano joined the Mises Institute in August as the Institute’s Distinguished Scholar in Law and Jurisprudence. During Mises University in July, Judge Napolitano taught what David Gordon described as a “conference within the conference” and “a masterful survey of how the Supreme Court has interpreted the commerce clause, from Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) to the present.” This summer, the Mises Institute spoke briefly with Judge Napolitano about the Constitution and the American political system.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

What’s “Common”? Whose “sense”?

I don’t know how many news consumers snacked on this AP morsel Sunday, but serious parsing is necessary to fully appreciate the "media message" layered over the political cow pie...

US: 'Common-sense test' holds Assad responsible
September 08, 2013 11:23 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.

Another Levin Book

Over at friend Monty Pelerin's web site, Economicnoise.com, contributing writer Tom Lester penned a review of Mark Levin's latest scribbling: "The Liberty Amendments". I have little to no respect for such "Cure-All" screeds. The premise the Constitution could be repeatedly amended according to Levin's prescription and make everything honky-dory is supremely idealistic with a soupcon of childish belief sprinkled over it. As I posted in response to Lester's review:

A few comments…

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How many are you?


You Know You Are a Conspiracy Theorist If…



You are capable of critical thinking.
You distrust mainstream media.
You like nature.
You think it’s a good idea to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving with your family rather than camping outside Best Buy to get a cheap plasma television made in China.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Lousy Question; Excellent Answer

Over the past few months, I asked several well-known economists a poorly worded question: Was there such a phenom as the “physics of economics”? Put a better way: are the economic forces now in play on a national and international scale, irreversible? Or is the Financial Cliff our unavoidable destination? Monty Pelerin and I discussed the “better” question in our recent  Libertas Media Project pod cast. Now he has written this superb piece, "It's The Government, Stupid" simply and succinctly laying out the answers to my flummoxed  interrogatory,  painting  a clear, concise picture of our future.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BUCHANAN TO OBAMA

Rich Iott post this on FaceBook but FB has a short shelf life. If you're not Friends with Rich or you were occupied otherwise, you would have missed this excellent piece. I'm posting it here since my low profile blog site has a permanance FB doesn't.  
Read. If you agree, pass it along. If not, tell me why. BW
BUCHANAN TO OBAMA
By Patrick J. Buchanan

Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America .. Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation.. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.... This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.. Jeremiah Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks -- with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas -- to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated their time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks. We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude??

Barack talks about new 'ladders of opportunity' for blacks. Let him go to Altoona ? And Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for 'deserving' white kids...? Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America ? Is it really white America 's fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena . And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago. This needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs to hear!!!

I am
Not racist,
Not violent,

Just not silent anymore.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hide 'n Seek (and find!)

"When the American people find out how their government has interpreted the Patriot Act, they are going to be stunned and they are going to be angry.”

If you're not angry..."haven't done anything wrong"..."got nothing to hide"...read this.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Vigilante Journalism


Some day political archaeologists will dig through the ruins of America searching for events that led up to America’s Great Tipping Point: how the Rule of Law was replaced by the Rule of Feel. Hopefully, they’ll start by poking around whatever remains of so-called “journalism schools” as well as the several headquarters of the Main Stream Media, unindicted co-conspirators of Factual Obfuscation and Public Perjury which together constructed the popular narrative that conditioned the populace to accept adrenalin over reason: “I Feel” vs. “I Think”.

The much-anticipated, pre-arranged, Government-sponsored, taxpayer funded hyperventilation of sloganeering crowds reacting badly to the unquestionably accurate verdict in the media-hyped Trayvon Martin - George Zimmerman show trial didn’t fail to disappoint those glued to the tube for the Evening Nooze. The One-Eyed God delivered with perfection a super-sized portion of mis - and disinformation and outright lies smothered in vitriol with the customary side-order of celebrity hubris, heavy on the narcissism and served Extra Loud. Who could ask for anything more?

An “Extra-Added” never-before-seen feature was the First American President To Inject Himself in the First American Stalinist “Show Trial”. As PJ Media's Roger Simon puts it:

“By injecting himself in a minor Florida criminal case by implying Martin could be his son, the president of the United States — a onetime law lecturer, of all things — disgraced himself and his office, made a mockery of our legal system and exacerbated racial tensions in our country, making them worse than they have been in years. This is the work of a reactionary, someone who consciously/unconsciously wants to push our nation back to the 1950s.
It is also the work of a narcissist who thinks of himself first, of his image, not of black, white or any other kind of people. It’s no accident that race relations in our country have gone backwards during his stewardship.”

Put more succinctly: Barack Obama is responsible for the most dramatic decrease in a nation's standing since Alderaan was blown up by the Death Star.
But apparently, the “could have been my son” comment didn’t go quite far enough. Interrupting regular programming this day (something not done by all networks), the administration’s media handmaiden, ABC News decided their dwindling audience needed to hear the President’s personal comments about the African-American’s perspective on the trial and verdict. Of course, President’s unrestrained narcissism was in full bloom:

“That includes me," he said
                     “That happens to me, at least before I was a senator.”
                          "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," 

Based on his earlier comment, that would indicate Obama could have been his own son. How cool is that?

But I digress. What to do to help our intrepid future truth-seekers discover the “reason for the fall”?

Invariably, there is a catalytic ingredient, the Missing Link that explains all.    It’s Vigilante Journalism. 

The late Rodney Dangerfield famously said, “I get no respect”. That sad distinction is now shared with the Rule of Law. In the great linguistic tug of war between “Thinking” and “Feeling”, “Feeling” scores another 10 points in coverage of the George Zimmerman verdict. In the adjoining stadium, the Rule of Law, while winning on a technicality (the law), is poised to relinquish the cherished “Cornerstone of Our Republic” title to the Rule of Feel, thanks to Vigilante Journalism.

The advance of technology vis a vis: handi-cams, flip phones, cell phone cameras, the “citizen journalist” (see: computer…basement…underwear), opinion entitlement while factually challenged all expedited the creation and fan base of our manipulative, facts-be-damned Main Stream Media. The Who-What-Where-When of News morphed into the “I Feel…” of what used to be called Truth and Fact.

Vigilante Journalism, a brilliantly accurate term conjured years ago by Cassie Wilson, veteran journalist, writer and my bride. Facts be damned! Today’s Evening News is reported thus, not to inform but because it will elicit sensational responses, predictably galvanize hatreds and skew perceptions. The Byline, Prime Time exposure, “changing the world for all personkind” is the overriding imperative. Like the song says, the Blow-Dried Set believes… 

We are the world
We are the children 
We are the ones who make a brighter day so keep on watchinnggg…
There's a choice we're making 
We're saving our own jobs 
It's true we’re dumbing down the day 
For you and meee...
Back to you, Chet…

Vigilante Journalism, on display every Sunday morning on broadcast TV,   weekday evenings on cable and 24/7 on my beloved Talk Radio, is the gumbo of Professional Hubris, Inflamed Ego and just a soupcon of Insufferable Condescension, all for the sake of what has become journalism’s 3 R’s: Ratings, Revenue and Resume. 

A well-informed audience served a regular diet of conscientiously supplied facts can lead to a healthy, informed electorate and a robust republic. While Current Events are mercilessly mugged by the Alphabet Soup Network Gang, the heroic Alternative Media – such as the web site you’re visiting right now – is fortunately providing invigorating factual supplements and red meat reality for those curious enough to find it and intellectually adroit to handle it. Vigilante Journalism is simply a tingle looking for a leg to run up. Don’t give it to them – or the Rule of Law will soon become the Law of the Rulers.


Friday, July 5, 2013

The Forgotten Founding Document

Over the decades I have known him, Robert Greenslade has done some of the best instructional  reserch on Constitutional issues available on the Internet. Here is his latest - and timely - piece...BW

Every July 4th, America celebrates the signing of the document commonly known as the Declaration of Independence. However, there is another document, adopted a year earlier that, in my opinion, helped lay the foundation for the Declaration of Independence. This document, which contains some of the most moving words ever spoken by Founders, needs to be read and celebrated by every American who still values liberty.

On July 6th, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted: A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms.

The following was written by Thomas Jefferson:

“We are reduced to the alternative of chusing [sic] an unconditional submission to the tyranny of irritated ministers, or resistance by force.—The latter is our choice—We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery.—Honour, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them, if we basely entail hereditary bondage upon them.

Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable… With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverence, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

During the debates in the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788, Patrick Henry stated:

“We are told…that our own representatives-Congress-will not exercise their powers oppressively; that we shall not enslave ourselves… Who has enslaved France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and the other countries that groan under tyranny? They have been enslaved by the hands of their own people. If it be so in America, it will be only as it has been every where else.”

Henry was a prophet. Once again government tyranny has raised its ugly head. The people of these united States are being forced to submit to the unconstitutional dictates of judges, politicians, bureaucrats and other government reprobates who are more oppressive than King George.

In an article entitled: Historical fact: Independence Day is a celebration of freedom from government tyranny, Mike Adams wrote:


“[I]f you celebrate Independence Day in America, you are celebrating the result of a violent revolutionary war against a tyrannical government whose crimes against the People have all been re-created right here at home, via the American government!

Where we once fought for independence, we now lay down and surrender our freedoms. The masses of sheeple have forgotten what it means to live free, and they have allowed a tyrannical government to treat them with the same disdain that the British empire once dealt out as routine.”

If Americans were a sane people who valued liberty more than their new iphone, they would rise-up and drag these arrogant bastards into the public square and place them in chains for their lies, thefts and usurpations.

The question we need to ask this week as the beacon of liberty glows dimmer by the day is: Are we going to continue to surrender the freedoms our Creator and gallant ancestors bestowed upon us and live as slaves to government or are we going to throw-off the shackles and resist the usurpations?


If we do not choose the later, there will come a time in the not to distant future when we are faced with the same choice the Founders had to make on July 6, 1775.

By Robert Greenslade
© Nitwit Press

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

72 Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation in Boston


(BOSTON)

National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily." Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans. During a tense standoff in Lexington 's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large. 


And this is how the American Revolution began...April 20, 1775  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Constitution or Constipation?

CATO's Doug Bandow was a real sharp dude when we first met Back In The Day. He, Stephen Moore and several others were the young hard chargers at Ed Crane's growing think tank of upstart libertarian brainiacs making an impact on The Way We Always Do It on Capitol Hill. Here, Doug nails one of the giant tasks before us if the Republic is to have a chance...
Posted: 21 Jun 2013 02:51 PM PDT

Doug Bandow
The Supreme Court is finishing up its latest term, saving its most controversial decisions for last. Americans venerate the Constitution, but judges determine its meaning.
Unfortunately, the result of the judicial process vindicates German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who famously said that no one should see his sausages or his laws being made. As I point out in my latest Forbes online column, much of the Constitution is treated like an antique wall decoration: although the federal government is supposed to have only limited, enumerated powers, today it pretty much does whatever it wants.
Unfortunately, there may be no way to avoid judicial rulemaking. Louis Fisher of the Library of Congress argued: “Being ‘ultimate interpreter,’ however, is not the same as being exclusive interpreter.” 
It seems obvious that if you take an oath to support the Constitution, you shouldn’t act in ways that violate the law. Former congressman and judge Abner Mikva argued that a failure by Congress to consider constitutionality “is both an abdication of its role as a constitutional guardian and an abnegation of its duty of responsible lawmaker.”
Still, the judiciary long has had the final say. But that actually is supposed to limit government and protect liberty. As I wrote on Forbes online:
The final say logically goes to the judiciary, since the legislative and executive branches pass and approve/execute laws, respectively, making them the institutions in most need of constraint. Alexander Hamilton argued in Federalist 78 that limitations on government power “can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing.”
In this way, the judiciary was supposed to protect individual liberty. In introducing the Bill of Rights, James Madison told Congress: “If they are incorporated into the Constitution, independent tribunals of justice will consider themselves in a peculiar manner the guardians of those rights; they will be an impenetrable bulwark against every assumption of power in the Legislature or Executive; they will be naturally led to resist every encroachment upon rights expressly stipulated for in the Constitution by the declaration of rights.” (Tragically, this is no longer the case.)
Unfortunately, too many judges no longer really “interpret” the Constitution. That is why Madison’s “few and defined” powers for the national government have become “everything and unlimited. Basically, legislative and executive branch officials act however they like, subject only to judges, who decide however they like. It is government by zeitgeist—if it feels good, do it.
That means the rest of us need to work extra hard to “defend and support” the Constitution. It ain’t much of a bulwark for liberty these days, but it really is about all we have.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hello, TSA?

Some choice excerpts from the latest Jim Bovard article on the TSA...

The Transportation Security Administration treats American travelers like cattle being chuted to a civil liberties slaughterhouse....The TSA has rarely missed an opportunity to abuse Americans who refuse to kowtow...The TSA is like a nitwit magician who perennially pulls boondoggles out of a hat....The TSA is renowned as “security theater” - an organization whose byzantine rituals provide only an illusion of safety....After the TSA has harassed and humiliated millions of Americans, now is the time to throw the penalty flag back at the agency...Rather than making Americans safe from terrorists, the TSA made them prey to federal agents. 

After reading the entire piece, follow the E Z Instructions to call the TSA Polling Center and share your thoughts, feelings and/or experiences at the hands of this most lawless and intrusive Government waste of carbon and space.

And join Jim and me as we dis and cuss the TSA, NSA, lying politicians and governmental mission creep to destroy Freedom. The conversation can heard at the Libertas Media Project web site. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WOW! Those spiffy Gun Control EOs sure are pricey!

"The implementation of these orders is expected to cost taxpayers $4.5 billon."

Here's the rest of the story. (My favorite is #4! How damn effective can ya get??)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Your Daily Insight

"...amid what is apparently called a 'recovery' remains a depressingly real sign of the times. The political allure of free is so strong that an alarming number of people choose to become wards of the entitlement/welfare state rather than captain their own destiny...threatening the supposed self-reliance that has long characterized the American national psyche."

Read it all here.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What's another word for OMG?

 "Put another way, how can anyone contest the value and justifiability of the stories that we were able to publish as a result of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing: stories that informed the American public – including even the US Congress – about these incredibly consequential programs? What kind of person would think that it would be preferable to remain in the dark – totally ignorant – about them?"

Glenn Greenwald with more on the NSA. Hint: yoiu won't like it.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Do we have a "rouge" government?

Discussing the NSA vs 4th Amendment, Judge Andrew Napolitano called NSA whistleblower Eric Snowden a patriot for choosing to obey a higher law. What does that make Obama, Clapper, Boehner and other "elected officials" who are calling him a traitor?  Hear his answer and the entire the discussion during this week's "Judging Freedom" at the Libertas Media Project.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Say it with me: You Have Over-Stepped Your Boundaries, Sir

"You Have Over-Stepped Your Boundaries, Sir"


Perhaps you have noted in your life, as we have in ours, that denial is often the preface to justification. For the citizens of our country there is no justification, no national security assertion, that will dissuade us from the premise that our current government, in listening to every phone call and reading every transmission on the internet, is violating the fundamental Constitutional rights of American citizens. As Americans we should say, “You have overstepped your boundaries Sir.” Citizens should stand and state, “No one has given you the authority to spy upon me and my fellow Americans and that you are violating the Constitution in this exercise and it should cease immediately.” It should be said to a Democrat. It should be said to a Republican. We should say this to any man that has undertaken to pervert the rights that we have ascribed to ourselves in the formation of our government. This is where we should stand and we should make our voices heard to the best of our abilities.

H/T Tyler Durden. Full article here: Zerohedge

Monday, June 10, 2013

Trust Is Like Virginity

  
Words have meaning. Syntax provides more meaning with more words. Then comes the writer’s motive, prejudice, agenda, political persuasion the context of which transmits valuable information, utilitarian instruction, and some variety of propaganda or plain old flat-out lies.

Let’s see what we have here…(my comments in snappy italicized red)

Mounting controversies are all about trust
LIZ SIDOTI
June 10, 2013 3:23 AM EDT
WASHINGTON  — As a candidate, Barack Obama vowed to bring a different, better kind of leadership to the dysfunctional capital. He'd make government more efficient, accountable and transparent. He'd rise above the "small-ball" nature of doing business. And he'd work with Republicans to break Washington paralysis. You can trust me, Obama said back in 2008. And — for a while, at least — a good piece of the country did. But with big promises often come big failures — and the potential for big hits to the one thing that can make or break a presidency: credibility. A series of mounting controversies is exposing both the risks of political promise-making and the limits of national-level governing while undercutting the core assurance Obama made from the outset: that he and his administration would behave differently.

Liz was getting me excited! The AP was finally turning the blinding light of the MSM on the debacles the rest of us have been seeing for years.
Then she got to “mounting controversies...” In a more objective universe, those are called “scandals” – and scandals of the highest order inasmuch as they were and are being committed in the places of greatest power. “undercutting [Obama’s] core assurance…” is far less troubling that undercutting unalienable rights, the Rule of Law and Constitutional protections.

The latest: the government's acknowledgement that, in a holdover from the Bush administration and with a bipartisan Congress' approval and a secret court's authorization, it was siphoning the phone records of millions of American citizens in a massive data-collection effort officials say was meant to protect the nation from terrorism. This came after the disclosure that the government was snooping on journalists.
Ms. Sidoti cleverly creates not one, not two, but three levels of protection for Obama: the customary Bush “inheritance”, an inconveniently unified Congress and the FISA Court. As if there was simply nothing the poor Prez could do to exterminate the infestation of Liberty destroying termites! Not even a presser or a roundly ignored weekend radio address. Until some whistleblower whistles, cue the crickets…..

Also, the IRS' improper targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny as they sought tax-exempt status has spiraled into a wholesale examination of the agency, including the finding that it spent $49 million in taxpayer money on 225 employee conferences over the past three years.
At the same time, Obama's immigration reform plan, which initially seemed to have wide bipartisan support, is hitting bumps on Capitol Hill. Gun control legislation is all but dead. And he's barely speaking to Republicans who control the House, much less working with them on a top priority: tax reform.
NB: We’re 7 graphs into the story, 4 past where the Average Reader quits and moves on and we still haven’t read about “trust”, any culpability of the The Man. Guess I got my hopes up too soon and too far expecting a Media Turning, an epiphany. My bad. I should know better…

Even Democrats are warning that more angst may be ahead as the government steps up its efforts to implement Obama's extraordinarily expensive, deeply unpopular health care law.
Collectively, the issues call into question not only whether the nation's leadership can be trusted but also whether government itself can. All of this has Obama on the verge of losing the already waning faith of the American people. And without their confidence, it's really difficult for presidents to get anything done — particularly those in the sixth year of a presidency and inching toward lame-duck status.
Might as well stop here. Ms. Sidoti has no intention of laying the blame at the feet of the The Barry. When could – or should - government ever be “trusted”? She and the AP’s view of government is a loving, concerned Nanny, here to care for and protect us Little Ones.
OMG! The Barry is “on the verge of losing…waning faith of the American people”! Wow-zers! Did YOU “have Faith” in The Barry? In government? Did George Michael re-write the National Anthem? “…really difficult for presidents to get anything done…” What gets “done”? Programs, legislation, initiatives, executive orders, resolutions, regulations, limitations, prohibitions, taxation, bombings, death of innocents, wars. Killing Freedom through governance. It’s not difficult enough.

The ramifications stretch beyond the White House. If enough Americans lose faith in Obama, he will lack strong coattails come next fall's congressional elections. Big losses in those races will make it harder for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, especially if it's Hillary Rodham Clinton, to run as an extension of Obama's presidency and convince the American public to give Democrats another four years.
Sadly, the 3 Graphs And Out readers missed this gem. The whole graph says it all: Losing faith in Obama will mean hard times for Democrats to regain total control of Congress and – horror of horrors – the defeat of Hillary Whitewater Clinton to be our next fraudulently elected dictator. Vince Foster must be twirling in his grave.

Obama seemed to recognize this last week. He emphasized to anxious Americans that the other two branches of government were as responsible as the White House for signing off on the vast data-gathering program.
"We've got congressional oversight and judicial oversight," Obama said. "And if people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust Congress and don't trust federal judges to make sure that we're abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we're going to have some problems here."
WARNING: Please note what the president did not say. He did not say the American People would “have some problems”. He inferred if the illusion of Constitutional governance and the 3 branches which pull the strings administer fail, “we’re going to have problems here”. What you mean, “we”, Kemosabe? Americans already have a dim view of the trustworthiness of Congress (favorable ratings lower than Used Car Salesman). Recent SCOTUS decisions have ranged from dumbfounding to inexplicable to outrageous. And, in light of the past 230+ years, we don’t have to review current sentiment to evaluate the vaunted Executive Branch.

The government is an enormous operation, and it's unrealistic to think it will operate smoothly all of the time. But, as the head of it, Obama faces the reality of all of his successors: The buck stops with him.
13 – count ‘em – 13 graphs to get to the most salient point. This is what Journalists call “burying the lead”.

If the controversies drag on, morale across America could end up taking a huge hit, just when the mood seems to be improving along with an economic uptick. Or, Americans could end up buying Obama's arguments that safety sometimes trumps privacy, that his administration is taking action on the IRS, and that he's doing the best he can to forge bipartisan compromise when Republicans are obstructing progress.
With True Colors flying in the hot air of her own bullshit, we learn it’s “morale” we should worry about – not governance, the sanctity of the Rule of Law, the Constitution, Rights, Freedom, Liberty, Justice or just plain old-fashioned Honesty. There is no “improving economy”; that’s just a whistling-passed-the-graveyard Talking Point and an outright lie. Safety never “trumps privacy” (see also Ben Franklin), an administration investigating itself (insert laugh track here) and the Winning Whopper: “doing his best…to… compromise…” with those obfuscating Republicans. Well damn! Just damn! It’s hard to tell if this in an Opinion piece or what passes for regular AP “reporting”.

Every president faces the predicament of overpromising. Often the gap can be chalked up to the difference between campaigning and governing, between rhetoric and reality. As with past presidents, people desperate to turn the page on the previous administration voted for the Obama they wanted and now are grappling with the Obama they got.
From the start of his career, Obama tried to sculpt an almost nonpartisan persona as he spoke of bridging divides and rejecting politics as usual. He attracted scores of supporters from across the ideological spectrum with his promises to behave differently. And they largely believed what he said.
Translation: He lied. People voted for him out of ignorance, prejudice and fraud.

Back then, he held an advantage as one of the most trusted figures in American politics.
In January 2008, Obama had an 8-point edge over Clinton as the more honest and trustworthy candidate in the Democratic primary. That grew to a 23-point advantage by April of that year, according to Washington Post-ABC News polls. Later that year, the Post-ABC poll showed Obama up 8 points on Republican nominee John McCain as the more honest candidate.
Obama held such strong marks during his first term, with the public giving the new president the benefit of the doubt. Up for re-election, he went into the 2012 campaign home stretch topping Mitt Romney by 9 points on honesty in a mid-October ABC/Post poll.
But now, that carefully honed image of trustworthiness may be changing in Americans' eyes.
Bottom line: Polls are questionably reliable snap shots at best. When one factors in the questions, sample size, demographics, geography and (most importantly) who’s paying for it, one gets the true sense of polling integrity. At bottom, who cares what “the polls” say? Do polls mean more than the principles of Freedom and Liberty? Do polls trump your unalienable rights? Do polls license government-by-opinion? Mark your answers and pass you papers forward. This will count on your Final.

Obama has waning opportunities to turn it around. He's halfway through his sixth year, and with midterm elections next fall, there's no time to waste. If he can't convince the American people that they can trust him, he could end up damaging the legacy he has worked so hard to control and shape — and be remembered, even by those who once supported him, as the very opposite of the different type of leader he promised to be.
Thanks ever so, Ms. Sidoti. Please remove the fluffer outfit and return it to central casting.


Memo to NSA: No need to monitor Ms. Sidoti; she’s no James Rosen. 

AP: "Mounting controversies are all about trust" -- BW:: And Trust is like your viginity....

 While written from a Statist and status quo perspective, this opinion piece does manage to spotlight some important basic realities. Give it a read; I'll parse it here later.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Least Comforting Headline:

 NSA claims know-how to ensure no illegal spying

Then why the hell didn't they use it? "Claims know-how...."? How about "claims will-do..."?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Another Timely Reunion!

One of my pals going back to the days of "Brian & Bob" on WWRC/DC (circa 1992-95), Stephen Moore, then of the CATO Institute, now WSJ Editorial Board and author of "Who's The Fairest Of Them All" . Stephen has been a frequent guest on my shows from DC to San Fran to Dallas to...wherever! We get back together discussing his appearance on Bill Maher's "show", Toledo as a microcosm of the plague known as Liberalism, where the IRS scandal will take us and other cheery news!
Stephen's happy basketball nemesis, economist, author and professor extraordinaire, Walter E. Williams drops by for some fermented grape juice and timely conversation Friday afternoon.
Judge Napolitano is out gathering Frequent Flier Miles this week. "Judging Freedom" returns next Thursday. All the action is right here at the Libertas Media Project!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Stop. Read. Share.

Ya meet some of the nicest, smartest, best writers at LewRockwell.com. Daisy Luther has penned one of the  best I've read in moons: Random Acts of Revolution.
Don't forget to share with your friends....

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Holy Guacamole Avacado Dip!!

Could this be a credible poll??

Thought food

Memorial Day Idiocy
"It is the dissenter who protects your freedom. It is the whistle blower that exposes government corruption who is worthy of respect. It is all who stand up to this massive government and the military industrial complex, fighting and exposing the state at every opportunity, who are the real patriots."
Gary D. Burnett, friend and fellow fighter for Liberty

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Savages of Stockholm

The Western ideal has been reduced to a personal technocratic utopia built on efficiency and it has collided in the night with an Eastern ideal of the clan and a theocratic utopia built on total purity. That is the kind of conflict that the creed of good fences for good neighbors was meant for, but there are no fences tall enough to work it out within a single nation. Savages of Stockholm

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hey! Are YOU are Racist, too??

See if you are on the same page with this remarkable writer for an unremarkable newspaper.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Words I Wish I Wrote

"The common denominator in all of this is government. It is the modern day equivalent of typhoid Mary, infecting all that it comes in contact with duplicity, dishonesty and corruption."  

Libertas Media Project guest Monty Pelerin, also purveyor of Monty Pelerin's World provides excellent analysis and insight to our world as it is: ""the terminal state of broken".

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fear? Exaggeration? Or Truth? Wanna know?

"Government is now so huge, powerful, and callous that citizens risk becoming virtual serfs, lacking the freedoms guaranteed by the Founders. Is that perennial fear an exaggeration? Survey the current news." Victor Davis Hanson

VDH is one of the most brilliant people I've had the pleasure of interviewing on the "old show". His latest is another solid account of where we are and where we're going. Click here


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Maybe the tide is turning after all! Some encouraging Sunday reading...

Frequent guest on my former show, Fritz Wenzel, Wenzel Stratgies, has this tidbit that should brighten the end of your weekend!