Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quote for the Day

"A man's liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited." -- Herbert Spencer

Truly Birds of a Feather

And while we're at it let's find a few more tyrants and dictators to cozy up to. Surprises me Obama doesn't have better ties with North Korea, of course he probably tried, but that nut job is too paranoid to have dealings with anyone.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Quote for the Day

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. --John D. Rockefeller

Why Are the Tyrants Jumpy

"The Honduran military on Sunday ousted leftist President Manuel Zelaya and exiled him to Costa Rica - an action rejected by much of the world, including the United States and its sometimes foe, Venezuela.

The apparent catalyst for the coup came last week when Mr. Zelaya decided to go ahead with a nationwide referendum on whether he could purse a second term in office. Honduran electoral law limits leaders to one four-year term." [link]

Hmmm! A leftist leader ousted from power for attempting to make a power grab that goes against the laws of that nation!

"President Obama joined other regional leaders in calling for a peaceful return of Zelaya to office.

But the Honduran National Congress defiantly announced that Zelaya was out, and its members named congressional leader Roberto Micheletti the new president on Sunday afternoon.

The Honduran Supreme Court also supported the removal of Zelaya, saying that the military was acting in defense of democracy." [link]

And then the said Nations Congress and highest Courts uphold the decision because it was done in defense of democracy!

"Earlier, Obama said in a statement he was "deeply concerned" about the events, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Zelaya's arrest should be condemned." [link]

And then two of Americas great Tyrants in training leap to the defense of a man who was in the midst of a sweeping power-grab. Wonder why they would back someone like this? Oh, could it be because they are like minded and after the same thing.

Dictator Chavez is up in arms about this, Obama as always is "deeply concerned", and Hillary is for condemnation of the action. Could it be that these pseudo-tyrants are starting to see what could possibly happen to them if they continue down the road of ignoring the voices of the people, of shoving aside the laws of the land that they live in for their own purposes?

Why Bother Anymore

"The White House left open the possibility Sunday that President Obama could tax employer-provided health insurance to pay for his $1 trillion universal health care plan, a violation of the president's campaign pledge to not raise taxes on middle-class families." [link]

Why bother even reporting stories like this anymore. It is already obvious that this man has no sense of honor and/or honesty and just said or did whatever it took to get elected. Also with the drooling media and a large portion of the citizenry either too stupid or too apathetic to do anything about the travesties going on is Washington D.C. it may just be best if everyone just took their choice of "opiate for the masses" and held their television remotes just a little bit tighter, cause they're going to be in for a long bumpy ride.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Quote for the Day

"There is no virtue in slavery, and the only time you should turn the other cheek is to facilitate using your non-dominate eye in acquiring a sight-picture." -- Jim Smith

Things That Happen When Liberty is Not Present

An Iranian couple who lost their only son amid violent protests in Tehran say they were told they would have to pay $3,000 to recover his body -- a "bullet fee," they were told, to cover the cost of the bullet that killed him...[link] I think even the Pentagon gets better deals than this on its small arms ammunition.

Iran's violent crackdown against demonstrators in Tehran is only the latest exploit from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps that has helped the country earn its U.S.-designated label as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. [link] I am about as certain as anyone that "voting" was handled in a fair manner. Don't you think so?

Iranian authorities have told four players on the nation's soccer team to turn in their cleats after they wore green wristbands in a show of solidarity with the country's opposition leader, the Guardian reported, citing opposition newspapers in Iran. [link] So much for being able to express your opinions, thoughts, and ideas.

Now just stop to think a moment...Iran was never a "free" country. How much harder would some of these hardships be to a people that had at least had some freedom in their daily lives. Now is the time to start standing up for our own freedoms, demand enforcement and adherence to the Constitution, and to truly start holding our elected officials responsible.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." -- Tacitus

Monday, June 22, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought." -- Samuel Adams

Newest Victim Disarmament Zone

Officials said Wednesday that starting July 17th, no guns will be allowed on Beale Street. All clubs and businesses will post signs notifying patrons of the ban.

Police officers and private security guards will use handheld metal detectors to search patrons before allowing them inside the famous street's barricades.

Merchants will have to cover the cost, but they say it's worth it to maintain Beale Street's reputation as one of the country's safest entertainment districts.

John Elkington of Performa Entertainment says he wants to offer tourists and other patrons the opportunity to visit Beale without the fear of encountering armed citizens. [link]

You can now count this place off my places in America to visit. It is a shame really, I visited Beale Street several years ago and it is truly a nice place. Good entertainment, good food, and a relatively family friendly atmosphere. However if you will no longer allow me to legally protect myself and my family then I will not be going. For those that request it though, will you provide an armed security guard or a police officer to escort people around?

How long do you think it will be before the criminal element realizes there is a massive victim disarmament zone full of tourists with cash?

But He Could Carry a Concealed Weapon Anywhere He Wanted

"U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent of Texas pleaded guilty in February, admitting he lied to investigators about nonconsensual sexual contact with two employees in his courthouse. As part of a plea agreement, other counts alleging sexual misconduct were dropped." [link]

When "lines are drawn" that elevate certain people's rights over the exact same rights of others why would you not expect corruption from some of them? Federal Judges are one group that once they get that title are "legally" entitled to carry a concealed firearm pretty much anywhere within the United States. Does it bother anyone else that certain job classes are "privileged" to exercise their God given rights, while regular citizens must often times break a "law" in able to defend themselves and their family?

Truth be told, with all of the exceptions, extra privileges, differential treatment, are some of these job classes really any different from holding a title of nobility? Doesn't the United States Constitution strictly forbid this?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The natural cure for an ill-administration... is a change of men." -- Alexander Hamilton

Continuing to Be More Deadly Than the Gun

I have written multiple times about how much more deadly it is in going to the doctor or a hospital than it is in owning a gun. Just do a search of my blog and you will find out just how deadly the health care profession can be. More news in today of more damage done by a doctor

"An Ohio hospital says tests point to an anesthesiologist as the likely source of bacterial meningitis that infected two pregnant women, killing one of them." [link]

Once again one more reason why we should start banning physicians

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Quote for the Day

Definition: Political Correctness. A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.


To understand someone who says one thing then turns around and does the exact opposite is quite infuriating to anyone who uses logic, has a brain, or consumes oxygen. However there are some people out there that have actually put together lists of what Obama actually means when he acts in this manner. Far be it from me to even attempt such project. Here is a short list of "Obamaspeak" and how it works...Make sure to go to the link to see the rest.

"1. The Budget. Wanting to cut $17 billion from the budget, as President Obama has promised, is proof of financial responsibility. Borrowing $1.84 trillion this year for new programs is "stimulus." The old phrase "out-of-control spending" is inoperative.

2. Unemployment. The number of jobs theoretically saved, or created, by new government policies - not the actual percentage of Americans out of work, or the total number of jobs lost - is now the far better indicator of unemployment.

3. The Private Sector. Nationalizing much of the auto and financial industries, while regulating executive compensation, is an indication of our new government's repeatedly stated reluctance to interfere in the private sector." [link]

A "Good" Way to Get a Majority Labeled as Terrorists

"The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice question that asks:

“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”

— Attacking the Pentagon


— Hate crimes against racial groups

— Protests

The correct answer, according to the exam, is "Protests." [link]

Very good backdoor way to start getting quite a few people to start thinking about things the way the government wants them to. This is also known as propaganda and it has been used for thousands of years to great effect by dictator and tyrant alike to sway the support of the masses one way or another.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Quote for the Day

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." -- Daniel Webster

Scary Enough for You Yet?

"The most sweeping overhaul of financial rules since the Great Depression also would grant the Federal Reserve broad new powers to oversee large firms, such as insurance companies, that it does not regulate directly. The Fed would have the authority to seize and dismantle these companies if they are in danger of failing." [link]

So Obama is proposing we allow an agency that in reality has no oversight over it whatsoever to be able to seize privately held companies and dismantle them as they see fit? Where is the uproar and the outrage over these tactics of government theft? Does no one care anymore that America is ceasing to be America? Or are there so many people out there that think this is OK so long as they still have their car, their Starbucks, their satellite, and it doesn't directly effect them?

Guess they'll learn soon enough.


"A Texas woman who stole a Hurricane Rita travel trailer and resold it has pleaded guilty to theft of government property." [link]

Uncle Sam seems to get really upset when the "peasants" take something that Uncle Sam got through money gained by force(taxation). Granted it was right for the woman to take something that other tax payers had payed for but I still just love the irony of a thief prosecuting a thief.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Quote for the Day

"We trained hard but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization." – Petronius Arbiter

Getting Things Rolling Again

I would like to apologize to my frequent visitors for the lack of information posted recently. Unfortunately there have been issues at work that have had me being there from roughly 8 am to 12 pm quite a bit more than I would like. Looks like this will abate in the very near future and I will be able to get back to posting quite a bit more frequently.

It is also unfortunate that I have missed quite a bit of interesting news going on nationally and internationally. From the North Korean debacle, the Iranian elections, and the government takeover/attempted takeover of just about everything private sector.

There is never a lack of information about freedoms and liberties being eroded on a daily basis, there just always is not enough time to discuss them.

I look forward to the slowdown at work and the time to get back to keeping you informed and entertained.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Quote for the Day

"Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous." -- Will Rogers

Criminal Brings Knife to Gun Fight

"A 29-year-old man is dead after an employee at a West Side bakery shot the man as he attempted to rob the business, police said Wednesday.

Robert Adame walked into the establishment at the 1300 block of Saltillo brandishing a knife, police said. A male worker shot Adame, who fled the scene and was found at the 1500 block of Saltillo. He was taken to University Hospital in critical condition, where he later died, police said.

Police said they are not planning to charge the employee." [link]

Chalk another one up for law abiding citizens using guns for protection and as a crime deterrent.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Quote for the Day

"Liberty cannot be caged into a charter or handed on ready-made to the next generation. Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves." -- Florence Ellinwood Allen

On Liberty Pt. 3 (Personal Responsibility)

Personal responsibility is perhaps the cornerstone of true liberty. It is not always easy for a person to say that "I am responsible for myself and my actions at all times", but this is the reality of life, and the sooner this is understood the sooner all people can start living free. How can such a simple statement be so powerful? If I am responsible for myself (my safety, well being, health, economic standing, etc...), then I will also be on the lookout for things that could harm my self interest and take the necessary measures to fix them.

Selfishness! In a way yes, but in the broader scope of things it works out differently. How do "selfishness" and "self-interest" actually coincide with a better community for all? If each person in a community were to be personally responsible for themselves and their actions then they would not do anything to jeopardize their "self-interests". This would include not committing crimes against people or property. This would also mean if I wanted to make money from my investment in my home that I would want to be on good terms with my neighbors. (Human nature is strange, make a friend and more often than not there will be friendly competition on a subconscious level. "I can make my lawn look better than his", or "Her flower garden is beautiful, but I bet I can outdo her"). However make an enemy and oftentimes out of spite they will let themselves go to make you look bad.

The best thing about personal responsibility is being in full control of your own life. If I do not have to depend on anyone for necessities then I am beholden to no one. As soon as you turn to someone else to take care of your needs, you are no longer the one in control of your life. You have chosen to allow someone else to control you and you are along for the ride. Do not misunderstand this in certain respects, charity in many instances is to help, if the charity is freely given. Once charitable contributions are forced (taxes) then there is a sudden rift between those being forced to be charitable and those choosing to accept the charity (tax money).

In a community where people are responsible for themselves charity is freely given, because each person usually realizes that things can happen. Homes can burn, crops can whither and die, fatal accidents do happen, sudden illness strikes, etc... In times like this it is best to turn to friends and neighbors for help. However if you have been responsible and charitable yourself, you will not have to turn far because help will usually be there before you even have to ask.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The tyranny of the legislatures is the most formidable dread at present, and will be for long years. That of the executive will come in it's turn, but it will be at a remote period." James Madison

On Liberty Pt. 2 (Entitlements)

Any more there are quite a few people that seem to think they deserve something for just being. Well in a since they are correct. They deserve to have their rights honored and the chance to work as hard as they want to achieve whatever they may. They also deserve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

They do not however deserve a handout if they fall on hard times, they don't deserve a bailout because their 401K tanked, and they don't deserve "free" food because they don't make enough money.

Plenty of people would call this harsh and in a way it is, however it is not my job or yours to be forced to fend for those that either cannot or choose not to fend for themselves. To look at it another way. If not for the income tax, payroll tax, unemployment tax, social security tax, school tax, library tax, property tax, etc...a community could easily support those less fortunate via charity than is being done now via forced taxation.

Deep down a vast majority of human beings are very generous, we just don't always have the means to give what we would like. However if not for forced "entitlements" there is quite a bit of good that each and every one of us could share easily.

Keep watching for more short topics On Liberty.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Quote for the Day

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero - 42 BC

On Liberty

Liberty, as myself and many others much wiser than myself have said, is not free, is not easy, and is not always comfortable. With true liberty comes great responsibility and the realization that you are ultimately responsible for you!

For some reason in this day and age this is not longer thought of as something to seek and acquire. No longer something that is held in high esteem and respect. But is rather looked on as being a rather radical, extremist view.

There are many factors that I feel are the cause of this and should allow me many posts in the future to discuss this issue. Today however I want to take a look at two types of people, those that love true liberty, and those that don't.

For those that love liberty they want to be left alone, they believe in pursuing whatever interest, job, hobby, path, etc... life takes them on. More often than not they are very self reliant, ingenious about devising ways to get the most out of what is available to them, and can make a dollar go a very long way. They are also usually very kind hearted and true humanitarians, give back to their community and do charitable work quite frequently. (This is just a general observation I have noticed from those that I know and have contact with).

In opposition to them are those that want someone else to have a majority control in their lives. It is never their fault that they maxed out their credit cards, overspend on their budget, didn't get that job promotion, or didn't get hired for that better job. They look at life bitterly, as though just because they are born in America they deserve something automatically. They usually seek to impose a system that tries to make everyone "equal" by taking from those that do well to make sure those that don't have something, regardless of why those that don't are that way (they don't care if it is due to lack of motivation, laziness, etc...). (Once again a general observation).

That will wrap up my brief discussion on liberty today. Look for more in the future.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Quote for the Day (With Short Commentary)

For those that haven't been keeping tabs Obama has appointed many more Czars than mother Russia ever thought about. These are appointed, go through no Congressional investigation, and who knows what powers they truly have. Do a google search on Obama and his Czars and see what you come up with.

"A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?" -- Cicero

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Quote for the Day

"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it." -- Thomas Jefferson

Lies and Rhetoric but No True Freedom

"President Barack Obama says no country should try to impose a system of government on another nation...Obama also says he believes governments must reflect the will of their people. And, he says he believes all people want to be able to speak their minds and have a say in how they are governed. He says he believes people want to have confidence in law and justice, as well as a transparent government and the freedom to live as they choose." [link]

How about an administration trying to impose a system of government that 50+million of its citizens voted to reject? A government reflecting the will of the people? Please Mr. Obama lie to us again. How many people in America are against your taxpayer money spending spree, yet the floodgates seem to be open with no sign of anyone shutting off the flow.

Americans, at least a large number, do prefer to have the freedom to live as they choose. This means being able to live as they see fit without government intervention, so long as they do not violate the rights of others. Keep your rhetoric and false promises. Start doing what you say not saying one thing and then doing the other. Quit spending OUR hard earned money, stop taxing us to support your programs, get your hands out of and off of private business. Do these and show that you truly believe in transparent government and freedom!

Educator or Racial Profiler

"...It [the form] asks teachers to break down behavioral problems with students based on their race. Moore-Hamilton is black. The student body of the school, PS 96, is more than 60 percent Hispanic.

Some parents claim the principal has also taken pictures of students when she feels they're misbehaving and threatens to send the pictures to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein or Mayor Bloomberg.

Parents held an emergency meeting at PS 96 with Department of Education officials Tuesday afternoon to discuss the matter. The DOE issued a statement saying in part, "The survey was inappropriate." [link]

Public education, isn't it wonderful that government has control over this institution. I grew up under the impression that teachers and educators were supposed to do just that, teach and educate! Live and learn, and you will see that educating and teaching are at about the bottom of their list.