Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WordPress Wordplay

I'm playing with Wordpress, which I tried back in 2008 but gave up on because it seemed impenetrably difficult. I haven't played with any bells and whistles yet, but here's my "alternate" blog.

I got the notion to retry WordPress from Mayberry. He got fed up with problems at Blogger.

In this post, at least, links seem to work without getting the damn "form errors" message.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Posting Problems

I keep getting "Form Errors" when I try to post. I can't cut-n-paste text, use links, put up pictures, or make quotes. This is a new development, something I haven't run across in over 400 posts. I'm trying to get something going on my WordPress blog that I started in April 2008. Back then WordPress was too tough to figure out, so I went with Blogger. I don't have patience or time for learning something new, so I probably just won't blog until later on in the year. Right now I'm hugely busy.

The only thing that's changed lately is my browser. I upgraded Firefox to 4.0, which totally sucked, made everything harder, and added close to a dozen extra steps, coming and going. So I started using Chrome. Chrome is an easy, no bullshit browser that works well, but perhaps it's the cause of my problems.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hit The Brakes, Marge!

BULLHEAD CITY — ... Sepulveda was walking in the middle of McCormick Boulevard around 8:25 p.m. Friday night when he was struck by a Toyota pickup truck...      Link.

This is an almost weekly occurrence where I live. The story is always the same, but the reporter never asks the truly important questions: Was the walker drunk, suicidal, or preoccupied by a UFO directly overhead? Is this a national problem, or just local? Why do pedestrians in Mohave County like to hang out in the middle of busy streets?

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Kendall On Sharecropping

Saw this on Dependable Renegade.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good Stuff From BartCop

 Subject: Hillary & Testosterone (Joe Klein)

Bart -

I'd just like to point something out that most of male-oriented western civilization seems to have missed.

When people say, "sack up", "grow a pair", "get some cajones", etc.... they're referring to the male scrotum.
The weakest part of any genitalia in our species. An organ that attempts to crawl back into a man's body at
the slightest breeze or drop in temperature, and can render a man totally incapacitated with a bump.

On the other hand, the female vagina can stretch to 15x it's normal size to accommodate the birth of
a human, then shrink back to normal retaining it's elasticity. Females are also biologically designed with
a far higher tolerance of pain. We have to be.

So for Hillary and the girls having the VAGINA to make hard decisions comes as no surprise to most females.
Most of us do that on a daily basis raising children, running a family, and putting up with men. We just don't
feel the need to run around flexing our estrogen.

I think the proper term should be VAG UP and GROW A VAGINA.

Pussies are a hell of a lot stronger than a ball sack.
Just sayin...


I'm reminded of what James Carville said in 2008:
"If Hillary gave Obama a testicle, they'd each have two."

Bartcop is a lefty blog, and I disagree with Bart on most things. But he puts up a great blog with lots of funny stuff. 

(Carpenter's note: I lean neither right nor left, but at my own rakish angle.)

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Kick Me!

I got this pic in an e-mail. Supposedly it's not Photoshopped. The story goes that the people holding the signs hired a translator to make signs in English saying, "Death to America", or some such; but this is what they got and they didn't know what the signs really said.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Working For Ford

For that kind of money, we could kill half of the population of every fucking country in the Middle East.

Just who the fuck is in charge of this clusterfuck and I damn well want to know if they used to work for Ford.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

War Party

"We anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not in a matter of weeks," Obama told a news conference during a visit to Chile. He did not spell out which nation or organisation would take charge...   Link.

Obama is awesome. He can launch a war and party like it's 1999 at the same time. Notice that Obammy always uses the royal "We". No need for you little people to bother your silly little heads about any of this. Obammy is egalitarian, too. He lumps Congress in with the little people. Didn't even bother to tell your "representatives" about his plan to launch another quagmire.And don't worry about the cost of Tomahawk cruise missiles, carriers and Harriers, and a nice long quagmire. Congress will send us the bill, as soon as Obammy jets back to the land of the free.

...the firepower of more than 130 Tomahawk cruise missiles and attacks by allied warplanes have not yet succeeded in accomplishing the more ambitious demands by the United States — repeated by President Obama in a letter to Congress on Monday — that Colonel Qaddafi withdraw his forces from embattled cities and cease all attacks against civilians.

[British Prime Minister] Cameron said there were no plans to target Gaddafi. "The U.N. resolution is limited in its scope, it explicitly does not provide legal authority for action to bring about Gaddafi's removal from power by military means," he told parliament. Same Link.

Competing ruling classes, including the American rulers, are content to watch their respective pawns slaughtering each other by the thousands, but it has long been the official policy of many "governments," including the U.S. "government," not to attempt to kill foreign "rulers"--i.e., the ones most responsible for making the war happen. In truth, the most moral, the most rational, and the most cost-effective means of defense against any invading "authority" is the assassination of those who command it.

With the above quote, two names come to mind. Two insane motherfuckers that can't be reasoned with.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Occupations That Enslave

Without "enforcers", I think most Americans would laugh at our slavemaster politicians.  Po-lice, IRS, ATF--All of these people share some responsibility for our lack of freedom. But what about other occupations, ones with less-obvious connections to the threat of guns and cages?

Accountants--How many accountants would have a job without the Income Tax?

Carpenters--Without carpenters, how would enforcers build their "compliance centers"? Your favorite Underground Carpenter has worked for the last year on the new Las Vegas City Hall(aka, local-level oppression center).

Teachers--Through all your years in Government Indoctrination Camps, how many teachers lit the light bulb of freedom in your head?

Building Inspectors--How many inspectors ever think about how their job makes affordable housing impossible?

DMV--Compliance for the sake of compliance; is there any other reason for a Department of Motor Vehicles?

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Flashlight Rant

This is the Coast Tacticool Focus Beam LED flashlight. About a year ago, I bought one at Home Despot. $50, it was. It blew me away; I'd never seen such a powerful, compact, solid flashlight, with an LED bulb that doesn't burn out and 3 AAA batteries power it seemingly forever. When I bought mine, Coast flashlights were made in Germany, and everything about them screamed quality--even gold-plated contacts on the switch.

Fast-forward to today. Cheap Chinese knock-offs drove the price of LED flashlights down. So Coast did what every business does, moved to China and cheapened the shit out of their products. Now the switch jiggles and the light dims if you don't hold it just right. And they just don't feel solid anymore.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Expended Freedom

BULLHEAD CITY — It wasn’t the driver-license test that leads to an era of expended freedom, but kids were learning lessons Saturday at Walmart that could prove useful in the future. Link.

"Expended freedom". Ha Ha. Rodd Cayton, the reporter that penned the above article, is either incompetent or a mole for freedom. You decide.
Bullhead City is the nearest Big City to me. I live in the armpit of America. Mrs. UC calls it the GFFHH, the God-Forsaken-Fucking-Hell-Hole. But even here in the armpit, members of the Police State made sure that "about 90 kids aged 3 to 10 got their bikes registered." Nice, obedient slave children, and thanks to their parents, these kids will never have to fear the animating contest of freedom. Useful lessons, indeed.

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Coining Money, The New Threat

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added. “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins, quoted upon the conviction of Bernard von Nothaus, founder of Norfed, for coining real money.

Read Tyler Durden's take at ZeroHedge. Or the FBI's Official Story about this dastardly criminal. Notice that they immediately "seized" all of von Nothaus' coins and, you know, silver and stuff, because all of it was a terrorist threat. H/T to Western Rifle Shooters Association.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but before the Fed took up counterfeiting operations, didn't most banks issue their own currency? And yet, I've never heard any story of a bank in the 1800's being seized because of it.

Oh, and by the way, Anne, honey, fuck you and your "legitimate", "democratic form of government."

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Another Fucking War

President Barack Obama said he was reluctant(note: humorous, ironic word) to resort to force against a fellow despot. But what the fuck, let's start another Goddamn Motherfucking War!

If you're not grinding your teeth in anger over this latest outrage, then you're not human.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Topeka — A legislator said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled: with gunmen shooting from helicopters. Link.

Wow! Great idea! Only, instead of innocent Mexicans, let's target legislators. You first, Rep. Virgil Peck[sniff]. Talk about a feral hog!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

The Great Globular Cluster in the constellation Hercules. Isn't it magnificent? I took this shot about 4:30 a.m this morning, using a Celestron 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain as a prime-focus lens for my Nikon D3000. The constellation Hercules, at that hour, was directly overhead. ISO was set to 1600 and this was a 20 second exposure. Next up accessory is an autoguider, which will sharpen up the stars considerably. An autoguider takes 3 parts to put together, and I can't find anybody who has all 3 parts in stock. So I wait.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Open Clusters In Scorpius

I was out stargazing this morning. Early in the morning, about 3 a.m., the half-moon set, which made for darker skies and brighter stars. This is a shot of M6, an open cluster in the constellation Scorpius. I used an Orion 80mm scope as a prime-focus lens for my Nikon D3000. ISO 800 and a 20 second exposure.

This is M7, another open cluster in Scorpius. Same ISO 800, but a 30 second shot this time. Click on either picture to embiggen.

I do a 3-star alignment to easily slew to any cataloged object in the sky. The alignment requires me to punch in longitude, latitude and exact time. The NIST gadget I put in the sidebar gives me time to the second.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Tiny Dot

Ding, ding, ding! Another good one by Larken Rose.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Iron Web, by Larken Rose

Larken Rose rocks! Here's a taste:

Haven't you noticed that everything the government touches turns to shit?

Even the spectacle of having to choose between John McHitler and Barack Ostalin in 2008 wasn't enough to shake the American people out of their blind faith in the cult of democracy.

Do you think the fact that you personally haven't gotten into trouble yet, because you're too much of a chicken-shit to even rattle your own cage door, means that you're free?

You look around, and you don't see the open strife and violent conflict that exists in many other countries, and you interpret that to mean that we have peace and freedom here. It means nothing of the sort. It means only that most of the victims of oppression here aren't resisting it. And that is not a sign that you are strong and free; it is a sign that you are weak and cowardly. When the peasants quietly do as they're told, the violence underlying all government remains hidden. It is only resistance that brings it out into the open.

The difference between you and a common thief is that the thief has the honesty to commit the crime himself, while you whine for government to do your stealing for you.

You old folks want the government to steal from your kids so you can get your monthly check. You parents want all your neighbors to be robbed to pay for your kid's schooling. You all vote for whichever crook promises to steal money from other people to pay for what you want. …[snippage]... You proudly support the troops as they kill whomever the liars in D.C. tell them to kill, and you feel good about it.

If you call it "taxation" and "war", it stops being a sin, right?

Leaders? Where is it that you think you're going, exactly, that would require you to have a leader? If you just live your own life and mind your own damn business, exercising your own talents, pursuing your own dreams, striving to be what you believe you should be, what possible use would you have for a leader?

You condemn as extremists and fringe kooks those who try to show you the chains you wear, because you don't want to be free; you don't even want to be human. Responsibility and reality scare the hell out of you, so you cling tightly to your own enslavement and lash out at any who seek to free you from it. When someone opens the door to your cage, you cower back in the corner and yell, "Close it, close it!"

Larken Rose, The Iron Web

Buy it Here.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Consenting Subjects

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The abundance of campaign signs littering lawns prior to every election are not the sign of an enlightened, free society; they are the sign of a mentally and physically enslaved society, bickering over which slave master they want holding the whip.

Any "government" that had the consent of its subjects would not need, and would not have, "law" enforcers.

How, for example--whether you call it "theft" or "taxation"--would those in "government" acquire the right to forcible take property from those who have earned it? No voter has such a right. So how could voters possibly have given such a right to politicians? All modern statism is based entirely on the assumption that people can delegate rights they don't have. Even the U.S. Constitution pretended to grant to "Congress" the right to "tax" and "regulate" certain things, though the authors of the Constitution had no such right themselves and therefore could not possible have given such a right to anyone else.

Whether the issue is math, morality, or anything else, there is a huge difference between trying to determine what is true and trying to dictate what is true. The former is useful; the latter is insane. And the latter is what those in "government" pretend to do every day.

In the long run, there is no such thing, and can be no such thing, as "limited government," because once someone is accepted by others as a rightful master, and believes himself to have the moral right to rule, there will be nothing and no one "above" him with the power to restrain him.  ...[snippage]...  The Constitution is a perfect example of this: a piece of parchment which purported to grant very limited "authority" to certain people but which utterly failed to stop those people from going beyond those limits, creating something that eventually grew into the most powerful authoritarian empire in history.

Because a police officer is supposed to "enforce the law," and a soldier is supposed to follow orders, their own values and intentions get trumped by the agendas of those giving the orders. Notwithstanding the military recruiting propaganda encouraging young men and women to join up to fight for truth and justice, the true job of a soldier is to kill whomever the masters tell him to kill. It is as simple as that. How many Americans would, on their own, choose to go to foreign lands and kill complete strangers?

In the United States, about 100,000 IRS employees extort about 200,000,000 victims. Those being robbed outnumber the robbers by about two thousand to one. This could never be accomplished by brute force alone; it continues only because most of those being robbed feel a duty to be robbed, and imagine such robberies to be legitimate and valid.

If the Nazis had had to physically carry each Jew, dead or alive, to the gas chambers or crematoriums, the level of murder would have been dramatically lower. If every slave sold into bondage had refused to work, there would soon have been no slave trade. If the IRS had to calculate the tax due and then directly take it from each "taxpayer," there would be no more federal "taxation." In short, if the victims of authoritarian extortion, harassment, surveillance assault, kidnapping, and murder simply stopped assisting in their own oppression, tyranny would crumble.

Larken Rose, The Most Dangerous Superstition

Breathtaking, isn't he? I'd like to party with this cowboy! Buy his book Here.

OK, let's review our options:

Option #1:  Do nothing.

Option #2:  Do something.

In the "something" category, lots of bloggers advocate open revolt. I have a problem with the whole "tree of liberty" thing. Telling me to sack up and stand my ground for freedom is not helpful. Freedom can't be organized. Only tyranny can. Any attempt to throw off current masters will only lead to new masters. I reluctantly comply with the demands of the masters, not because of a lack of courage, but from a realistic assessment of my odds of being killed or caged. Sorry if that bothers you. The only currently viable option for freedom seekers is to sleep on a "concrete pillow 'neath the overpass." Perhaps another option would be to endlessly sail the ocean, an outcast. But how would you get your green veggies without putting to and paying taxes at a grocery store? And buying a seaworthy boat entails earning taxable income. You're back to square one.

The only hope for freedom-lovers is that enough humans come to the conclusion that government is not legitimate. Yeah, that'll happen.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Waiting To Be Processed

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On the BBC his last week was a report about refugees in Tunisia. Apparently people in Egypt, Libya, Chad, Niger and some other African countries consider Tunisia to be a bastion of freedom and plenty, or at least marginally better than their own miserable country. So they are flocking by the tens of thousands to Tunisia. The Egyptians had to cross Libya to get there.

Once they arrived, their slave mentality took over, and they meekly submitted to being "processed" at one of the many refugee camps set up by the Tunisian government. Most of the BBC report was interviewing, via translator, the broke, hungry refugees. When asked what they were doing, all responded thusly, "We're waiting to be processed." Said report never mentioned what that entailed. At one point in the report, in the background there was shouting and chanting coming from some Egyptian refugees who complained that the Egyptian military wasn't helping them get back home.

Perhaps in the near future, Americans will be standing around at a FEMA camp, waiting to be processed. I don't think I'll join them.

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