Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ingredient of Freedom

Mayberry has an annoying habit of causing me to think. He had a series of posts on his quest for Galt's Gulch, i.e., a place of freedom. The big problem is that most people don't want freedom. They're terrified of freedom and can't imagine anything other than the slave life. So how do you find freedom? Frontier, baby! But there's precious little of that left on this human-infested planet. For frontier, there's only space and ocean, both difficult to inhabit. But there's another way to freedom, even in a crowded city. A necessary ingredient. All you need is the ability to defend yourself against government and private thugs who want what you've got. Some sort of weapon or force field or invisibility cloak. I can imagine it, but I can't build it. The ability to blend into your surroundings, like Predator. A Harry Potter cloak. A Jedi light saber. That sort of thing. And the will to use it is important too.
The cool thing about space or ocean as a frontier is that it's hard to tax or rob a household that moves. It makes self-defense a lot easier, especially if you've got the Millennium Falcon or a nuclear submarine. I could dream like this all day, but on a carpenter's wages I'm not likely to be high bidder at a government submarine auction.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Almost A Hunter's Moon

Just screwing around with my new camera. This was taken about 2 a.m. last night. Click on picture to embiggen.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Good And Hard

1.  Government would collapse if we let everybody in.
Notice first the "we" implies that our monstrous government has the tacit approval of all "legal" citizens. If all that is required to bring down our government is a few more brown-skinned people relocating, then I'm even more in favor of immigrants, legal or illegal.

2.  Our ancestors had to jump through hoops. We must make sure that the "route to citizenship" is even more onerous, with drug testing, medical testing, bank balances, English testing, and background checks.
None of the above will predict human potential. Ghandi and Jesus were dirt poor, Stephan Hawking is a physical train wreck, Nelson Mandela was a felon who did 26 years. Do I need to continue?

3.  "To secure these rights…." Our government was created to pay bureaucrats to decide who gets to come here and stay.
What happened to the "All men are endowed…" concept of rights? Why is it that people should be "allowed" to practice their religion but not be allowed to relocate? If you think that because you're a legal citizen you don't need permission to be here, then what about driver's licenses, professional licenses, curfews, documentation like Real ID, Social Security cards and birth certificates. The more you egg on ICE, the more you'll get what you want, good and hard.
4.  Illegals are all scamming welfare, free housing, and food stamps.
OK, the easy solution is to end all welfare programs. If you can't hoist your own ass up and down the highway of life, then please report immediately to the Soylent Green Vats. If you think someone deserves help, then help them yourself, but don't demand that everyone be robbed in the name of charity.

5.  The Mexican drug cartels will spill into this country if we let the brown people in unhindered.
Easy solution: End the stupid drug laws.

6.  Al Queda would rush into this country and cause a wave of terror.
Al Queda doesn't much concern me, but getting an IRS summons or seeing flashing red-and-blue lights in my rear-view mirror scares the piss out of me.

8.  Try crossing the border into Iran, North Korea, or even Mexico without "documentation" if our laws bother you.
Are you serious? You think we should have draconian laws just because some totalitarian penal colonies have harsh immigration laws? Remember when your parents would ask you, "If little Johnny decided to jump off a cliff, would you follow him?"

9.  Illegals are stealing jobs from desperate Americans.
This is not a land where freedom is prized. Most people don't want fewer laws; they want more laws that favor them over others. Funny, new laws never work the way you'd like them to. Ironic justice.

10.  People who aren't like you and me need to be controlled.
Dave's litmus test for freedom-lovers: If you don't support freedom for people you consider repugnant, like cigarette-smokers, drug users, brown people, homosexuals, people who don't bathe often, gun owners, then you don't support freedom at all.

Finally, The Weekend

I've been toiling all week in the dark, satanic carpenter mills. This morning I need to catch up on some home maintenance, and then I'll be able to write more stupid things on this blog.

In case you were wondering.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Moral Dilemma Of The Animating Contest For Freedom

I have a charming fantasy of freedom-loving patriots watering the tree of liberty with the blood of [insert names of your favorite politicians].  But if "The People" don't want freedom, you'd be forcing freedom on them at gunpoint. That wouldn't be right.

The Atlas Shrugged solution is best. Go on strike and move to Galt's Gulch, where like-minded people are.

Dave's definition of Freedom:
You hoist your own petard up and down the highway of life and no one will be robbed to "help" you.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Post That Wouldn't Write Itself

I've been writing notes all week in odd moments. Sometimes, on the way to work, I'd pull over and scribble a few lines. I was on fire with ideas to finally square this country away and right its path. This weekend I was going to write my breakthrough post, a sweeping indictment of government excesses that have crippled this country. Only one problem. I was completely wrong.

Richard Mitchell* used to say that we should examine our beliefs, especially our most closely-held beliefs. As long as I can remember, I've believed that freedom is a good thing, that presented with a choice between freedom and slavery, every sane person would choose freedom. This is palpably not true, but my beliefs blinded me.

So now I have to conclude that a preference for freedom, aka liberty, is merely an opinion. You might just as well prefer non-freedom, aka slavery, and your opinion would be every bit as valid as mine. There's just a couple of problems with my new discovery. First, I don't enjoy being clubbed over the head and robbed, and I'm not much good with the bowing-and-scraping thing. Second, it would require a certain amount of freedom of thought to conclude that slavery is preferable; and only in complete freedom would choosing slavery have a moral imperative.

Have a nice day.

*What? You've never read Richard Mitchell? He wrote a newletter called The Underground Grammarian and four books on the subject of grammar usage and how it relates to our ability to think. Everything he wrote can be read online, for free. Go now and read.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pat Knew Too

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?
Patrick Henry

Fear is the passion of slaves.
Patrick Henry

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
Patrick Henry

I know no way of judging the future but by the past.
Patrick Henry

If this be treason, make the most of it!
Patrick Henry

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
Patrick Henry

The great object is that every man be armed.
Patrick Henry

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Patrick Henry

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.
Patrick Henry

Monday, July 5, 2010

Only A Republican...

This is from Claire Wolfe's blog. Some of the finest snark out there. Go read.

Only a Republican …

June 29th, 2010 by Claire

 … could courageously admit that the U.S. government is flat outa money, proclaim the need to raise the retirement age to 70, endorse an overhaul of all “entitlements,” state that it’s time to tell the American people “we’re broke” … and then say … wait for it … wait for it …



Sign Of Distress

Tip of the hat to Mayberry for the tech support that allowed me to copy his upside-down flag pic and put it in my sidebar.

I'd like to suggest to everyone in the blogosphere to put this upside-down flag in your blog sidebar and in your e-mails.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Who Dat?

Why, it's your friendly neighborhood Underground Carpenter, that's who!

Photo by David Bonaventura.


Rock The Cute!

This is Charlie, director-of-security-in-training here at the Underground Carpenter Mega-Complex. He has nearly completed his tactical training in threat-communication and counter-insurgency operations. (He no longer widdles in the house, either.) At 11 months, his exploits are not legendary. However, he is really cute.


Trailer Fall Down, Go Boom

This trailer loaded with rebar fell over suddenly. The second picture shows why. One of the front legs sank into the pavement. There must have been a void under the street, because the leg sank about 3 feet! These pictures were taken by David Bonaventura at the new Las Vegas City Hall project where your favorite Underground Carpenter is employed. These pictures cost me $20 because I bet David he couldn't e-mail them to me directly from his phone.

First Amendment Under Attack

This is from an e-mail I got from Natural News:

Dear NaturalNews readers,
It seems downright spooky that on the weekend when the USA is about to celebrate Independence Day -- the July 4th holiday that commemorates freedom from tyranny -- we are bringing you a disturbing report on how the U.S. Coast Guard, under the direction of the Obama administration, has suspended the First Amendment in the Gulf of Mexico.
Free Speech is now illegal on the beaches of the Gulf Coast. Any reporter, photographer or blogger caught within 65 feet of an oil spill boom, vessel or cleanup operation will be arrested, fined as much as $40,000 and prosecuted with a Class F felony crime by the U.S. government.
I'm not making this up. This is your "Independence Day" gift from the Obama administration, which once promised "transparency" in Gulf cleanup operations.
Read my complete story on this Orwellian censorship by the U.S. government:


Saturday, July 3, 2010

His Concern Is Underwhelming

President Barack Obama, in a statement released in Washington, said the United States is particularly concerned about "the spread of restrictions on civil society, the growing use of law to curb rather than enhance freedom and widespread corruption that is undermining the faith of citizens in their governments."   Link.

Notice the language here. It's not a direct quote, so we can't know whether Obammy said it exactly this way, but read carefully; "...the United States is..." I didn't know that a country could be concerned. Particularly. 


What Am I Missing?

I've often wondered why our government masters can't seem to see the obvious. I'm sure there are reasons I'm not privy to that explain their exuberant embrace of the war lunacy that has trashed this country. It'd be nice if they would explain it to us. Some of us might even be able to understand their big words.