For words written in 1963, they surely do resonate poignantly today:
You were there; you saw what’s happening. The barbarians are rising; they have a leader, and they’re uniting. Every society rests on a barbarian base. The people who don’t understand civilization, and wouldn’t like it if they did. The hitchhikers. The people who create nothing, and who don’t appreciate what others have created for them, and who think civilization is something that just [...]
A conversation yesterday evening between myself an a FedEx shipping employee, while filling out the shipping forms:
Her: So what are you shipping?
Me: A rifle.
Her: A rif… and who are you shipping it to?
Me: The company that made it.
Her: Oh. Ok. Carry on!
Of course, this illustrates the idiocy of requiring interstate firearm transfers to go through an Federal Firearm License holder; I am fairly [...]
This point came up in discussions on Twitter a few days ago, and what with the 225th Constitution Day transpiring back on the 17th, this seems like an appropriate, if somewhat late, post.
Anyone who stayed awake during their high school civics / American government / American history classes knows that the Constitution solely and only limits the American government (after first defining it), and has absolutely no bearing on private citizens or control [...]
Well, there was going to be a post in this space… until Jennifer went and stole pretty much all of it.
So go over there and read it. Be that way.
I am going to post this quote entirely without context, ramble on a bit, and then bring you back to the point:
Laws aren’t just for the little people. If the government cannot be constrained by laws, then the government is invalid. Period. If I violate laws, I run the risk of fines and jail time. Just because you work in a government building doesn’t shield you from that.
Give the man a kewpie [...]
… Well, ok, almost without comment: those price increases are directly due to the federal government wantonly printing money at an amazing rate, all in the name of "quantitative easing", which has the entirely predictable and arguably planned-for result of devaluing the American dollar. The simpler explanation is that goods are not getting more expensive; the dollar is simply worth less.
(Courtesy of Nobody Asked Me.)
Why do I think Police-State-Formerly-Known-as-America is effectively an unavoidable fate for our country? Barron breaks out the reasoning and most-recent examples, with this being my primary point of contention (though, as usual, I did a bad job expressing it):
The government is murdering it’s own civilians and it seems like only a few of us are bothering to care or notice. Frankly, that is the most saddening and disturbing prospect of all. The American [...]
I have tried for over two weeks now, but I simply cannot find the words to adequately address this news report:
If Bill Clinton had his way, there would be an Internet agency created by the U.S. government or United Nations to debunk malicious rumors that originate and spread online.
“Somebody needs to be doing it, and maybe it’s a worthy expenditure of taxpayer money,” he said. “But if it’s a government agency [...]
All analogies are flawed – it is just the name of the game. Just as photocopiers degrade the quality of a document every time it gets run through the system (a flawed analogy on its own), so too does something get lost in the conversion from one topic to another. Still, even with that inherent, unavoidable shortcoming in the system, analogies are still invaluable for expressing complex concepts in easier-to-understand chunks.
Take, for instance, [...]
Sometimes, anti-rights organizations and individuals say things so very idiotic that you almost have to wonder if they intentionally said it, or if it was just a reflexive response born out of their immersion in constant, low-level stupidity… Other times, you give them all the chances in the world to avoid saying something completely moronic, and then they go and do it anywise.
Today is one of the latter.
Below is a Twitter conversation (Twiversation?) [...]
A criminal, if given the opportunity, would put a gun to my head and demand to know where my money is.
An anti-rights nut, if given the ability, would have the government put a gun to my head (literally – remember, all governmental actions are backed with the implicit threat of force) and demand to know where my firearms are (firearms I purchased with my own money, mind you).
So what is the [...]
We are at the parents’ place in the Pacific NorthWhite, and along with another 60,000 Washingtonians, we are out of power (though it seems that the generator at the cell tower is working fine). Anywise, we were listening to the news on the radio, and someone called in basically telling Seattle residents to suck it up, stop whining, stop relying on the government to fix everything and take care of them, and actually plan ahead [...]