Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Serious Facepalm


This is a new sign. It's a recent addition to several others on a lonely stretch of highway in Southern Nevada. The first sign is "...Veterans of WW1", then "...Veterans of WW2", on up to "...Veterans of The Persian Gulf War". Carpenter shakes his head and sighs.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rest in Peace, Ralph.



Ralph, our director of security, died today. He was in end-stage renal failure.
Best watchdog ever.
        

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Anarchy!

Americans, culturally, are anarchists. Few Americans realize this. Most Americans have a false understanding of the term "anarchism." However, upon examining the beliefs of your average American, you will find that most Americans:
  • do not trust leaders
  • do not trust government
  • wish to be left alone
  • value their privacy
  • think of themselves as independent from society
  • do not believe that there is a systemic solution to their problems
  • believe that others should be free to do what they choose, provided they do so in private and do not harm others
While it is undeniable that political culture in the United States often speaks to the opposite of the above list, it is also undeniable that most Americans register as neither Democrat or Republican and most Americans do not vote. Thus, despite the political culture, most Americans choose not to participate in it. This is not only due to their belief that the American political system is hopeless, but also is due to the cultural clash between the wider culture and the political culture.

The above is from a post on The Daily Paul. Click here to read more.

          

Ain't Freedom Somethin'?


Slaves, in general, tend to cherish their chains. In any event, those upon whom enlightenment must be pressed are almost certainly never worthy of it. Those who must be persuaded to be free do not deserve to be.

Taxes are not only a monkey wrench in the machinery of civilization--rent we're forced to pay on our own lives--but the very fuel of war itself.


All taxes are evil. When you take somebody else's property and they don't want to give it to you, there's only one word for it, no matter how many others voted to do it or what kind of funny hat or silly uniform you wear. That word is theft.


If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash--for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything--without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you.


When our national leaders begin hiding behind guided missiles, body armor, "pedestrian malls", bullet-proof glass, and tripod control, it's probably for a reason. If you make a career of stealing people's money and screwing with their lives, you're an idiot if you don't expect some of the more frangible among them....to begin screwing back.


The above quotes are from Lever Action, Essays on Liberty by L. Neil Smith.

Friday, October 9, 2009

No Speeches, Just Speechless


In a surprise, Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize
By KARL RITTER and MATT MOORE
Associated Press Writers

OSLO (AP) -- President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama woke up to the news a little before 6 a.m. EDT. The White House had no immediate comment on the announcement, which took the administration by surprise.
The Nobel Committee lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama's calls for peace and cooperation but recognized initiatives that have yet to bear fruit: reducing the world stock of nuclear arms, easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. role in combating climate change.
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," Jagland said.

Right. Hope and Change. Any day now.

          
 

Thursday, October 8, 2009

From My Cold, Dead Fingers


The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If we have a right to life, then we have a right to defend our lives, irrespective of all the victim disarmament laws. A right is that which requires no permission. (Thank you, Ayn Rand)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Show Me The Money





“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.”

Frederic Bastiat







Frederic was fond of pointing out "what is seen and what is not seen". He would have gently mentioned that you might have bought a new car with the income taxes you were forced to pay. Instead, a wedding party was bombed in Afghanistan.