Archive for November, 2008

Give Me Liberty by Rose Wilder Lane

Posted in Liberty on November 30, 2008 by Darkman

I have taken advantage of WordPress’ “page” function to give certain essays a more prominent and permanent place on the sidebar than the typical blog post.  (Pardon me if I sometimes include something of my own there).  I have added a new page today that I think is worthy of a complete read.  Written by Rose Wilder Lane and originally published as part of her 1936 book Give Me Liberty.  Here is a taste to whet your appetite.

We appeared suddenly in the doorways of workingmen’s cafes, dingy places with sawdust on earthen floors where one musician forlornly tried to make music on a cheap fiddle and men and women in the gray rags of poverty sat at bare tables and economically sipped beer or coffee. Their terror at the sight of uniforms was abject. All rose and meekly raised their hands. The policemen grinned with that peculiar enjoyment of human beings in possessing such power.

They went through the men’s pockets, making some little jest at this object and that. They found the Labor cards, inspected them, thrust them back in the pockets. At their curt word of release, the men dropped into chairs and wiped their foreheads.

In every place, a few cards failed to pass the examination. No employer had stamped them during the past three days. Men and women were loaded into the patrol wagon.

Now and then, at our entrance, someone tried to escape from back door or window and ran, of course, into the clutch of policemen. We could hear the policemen laughing. The Chief accepted the compliments of the British detective. Everything was perfectly done; no one escaped.

Several women frantically protested, crying, pleading on their knees, so that they had almost to be carried to the wagon. One young girl fought, screaming horribly. It took two policemen to handle her; they were not rough, but when she bit at their hands on her arms, a third slapped her face. In the wagon she went on screaming insanely. I could not understand Hungarian. The Chief explained that some women objected to being given prostitutes’ cards.

To read the entire essay, click here.

Many thanks to Western Rifle Shooters Association for the pointer.

Today the U.S., tomorrow the world

Posted in Amerika on November 29, 2008 by Darkman

Samantha Power was part of Obama’s campaign team until in March 2008 she referred to Hillary Clinton as “a monster,” and then was called on to resign.  She’s now back with Obama as part of the “transition team” and will no doubt continue to work for him.  Here are a few select quotes from an interview with her, published in New Statesman last March.  All emphases are mine.

New Statesman – Interview: Samantha Power

“Obama has talked a lot about the importance of moving away from electocracy,” she says, trying to move on to more comfortable territory, and suggesting that the way people actually live is more important than the “reification of elections”.

In terms of how radical the shift will be, I think it’s very hard. There’s going to be a huge foreign service and civil service that he will inherit, senators and congressmen who have already been elected. So I think he is one guy, trying to steer this ship of cacophonous agendas into a new place.”

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“There will be situations where the priority is self-defence,” she says, indicating that a preference for multilateralism only goes so far. “President Obama, like every other leader on earth, is still going to be looking out for national and economic interests. States don’t cease to be states overnight just because they get a great visionary as their new president.

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Refreshingly unsmoothed by politics, Power – and, by extension, Obama – is advocating a nuanced form of foreign policy that takes “the world as it is” but seeks its betterment. It is a pragmatism informed by principle, as well as a certain briskness. At one point, discussing the UN, I say “not to criticise Ban Ki-moon” and Power butts in: “Oh go ahead, please do.” She opens her hands wide at the UN secretary general’s name. “Is that all there is?” she asks. “Can we afford to do without a global figure, a global leader?”

Sergio Vieira de Mello is sadly no longer available to fill such a role. But Samantha Power knows a man who is.

Draw your own conclusions.

via RBO

Never let it be forgotten

Posted in Amerika, Police State on November 28, 2008 by Darkman

Remember Ruby Ridge:

“Ruby Ridge” used to refer to a geographical location in the state of Idaho, but after an incident that took place there 10 years ago on Aug. 21, the phrase has come to refer to a scandalous series of events that opened the eyes of many people to the inner workings of the federal government, including the vaunted Federal Bureau of Investigation. Now that 10 years have passed, the feds will accelerate their ongoing effort to “move forward” and have the scandal declared “ancient history.” But the Ruby Ridge episode should not be soon forgotten.

Should never be forgotten as demonstrable proof that agents of the government are perfectly willing to commit murder and lie about it afterwards.

And then, some of them are apparently even proud of their accomplishments.

via Front Sight, Press

Sins of a distant relative

Posted in Police State, The Most Fundamental Right on November 25, 2008 by Darkman

Tracing a crime suspect through a relative – Los Angeles Times:

Police have determined through DNA and other evidence that the killings were the work of a single person. But the DNA does not match any of the millions of genetic profiles of convicted criminals in law enforcement databases, and detectives have few other clues.

Now Los Angeles Police Department investigators want to search the state’s DNA database again — not for exact matches but for any profiles similar enough to belong to a parent or sibling.

The hope is that one of those family members might lead detectives to the killer.

This strategy, pioneered in Britain, is poised to become an important crime-fighting tool in the United States. The Los Angeles case will mark the first major use of California’s newly approved familial searching policy, the most far-reaching in the nation.

But the idea of scrutinizing families based exclusively on their possible genetic relationship to an unknown suspect makes privacy advocates and legal experts nervous. They argue that it effectively expands criminal databases to include every offender’s relatives, a potentially unconstitutional intrusion.

“There is kind of a queasiness about having the sins of your father come back to haunt you,” said Stanford University law professor Hank Greely, who supports familial searching despite those concerns. “It feels like we’re holding people responsible for the crimes of their family.”

Because the technology isn’t perfect, families with no connection to the perpetrator inevitably will be investigated, some scientists and legal experts say.

If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.

This is their mantra.

Meanwhile, they do everything in their power to prevent us from exercising our most fundamental right in order to defend ourselves from the rapists and murderers.

But fear not, the “authorities” will be coming right along to wipe up the mess and follow trails of incomplete DNA until they wreck several innocent lives before they (might) find the real perpetrator.  Not that it will do you any good.  You’ll still be dead.  Or raped.

Ask this:  How have they accumulated a database of DNA profiles for those who have never committed a crime?  Such information must already exist, if they are pursuing leads through relatives via partial DNA matches.  This is an inescapable conclusion.

A gentle reminder

Posted in Police State on November 25, 2008 by Darkman

William Grigg reminds us:

Every government function, no matter how mundane or apparently harmless, carries with it the implied (and often overt) use of lethal force against those who do not submit. Stefan Molyneux perceptively describes this as the principle of the “Gun in the room”: Whenever anybody refers to the supposed virtue of a given government undertaking, Molyneux sagely observes, the central question is not whether the end is desirable, but rather “whether I am allowed to disagree with you without getting shot.”

An argument that can have great effect on a receptive listener.  It reminds me very much of another of my favorite blog posts, by Mike Gogulski:  The penalty is always death.

Read them both.

Crisis

Posted in Amerika on November 23, 2008 by Darkman

Just a couple of comments on something from The Liberty Sphere:

But, The Chairman is dependent on crisis to consolidate power. Thus, the ‘crisis’ is made to sound worse than it is, courtesy of his new Pravda–the mainstream media. Dire warnings must be issued of the loss of ‘millions of jobs’ unless big government comes to the rescue.

Government has always, always relied on crisis to consolidate power.  Regardless of any so-called party affiliation.  They create crisis where there is none, and they exploit real crisis when it occurs; just look at all the unconstitutional laws (e.g., The Patriot Act) passed since 9/11.  Obama is simply being blatantly obvious about it.

And to those who may think I am engaging in more Obama-phobia or hysteria, I would remind you that The Chairman’s own new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, candidly stated several months ago that it would be silly to allow a golden opportunity like an economic nosedive to slip by them.

As I said once before, the socialists have tasted blood, and they are going to find it very difficult to restrain themselves.  They are going to relax their deviousness and assume that no one stands in their way.  In a way, this is a good thing, because it is going to wake some people up.  Whether enough people will awaken in time, I cannot say.

The stupid and the damned

Posted in Election 2008 on November 22, 2008 by Darkman

America the Illiterate by Chris Hedges:

We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities.

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The illiterate rarely vote, and when they do vote they do so without the ability to make decisions based on textual information. American political campaigns, which have learned to speak in the comforting epistemology of images, eschew real ideas and policy for cheap slogans and reassuring personal narratives. Political propaganda now masquerades as ideology. Political campaigns have become an experience. They do not require cognitive or self-critical skills. They are designed to ignite pseudo-religious feelings of euphoria, empowerment and collective salvation. Campaigns that succeed are carefully constructed psychological instruments that manipulate fickle public moods, emotions and impulses, many of which are subliminal. They create a public ecstasy that annuls individuality and fosters a state of mindlessness. They thrust us into an eternal present. They cater to a nation that now lives in a state of permanent amnesia. It is style and story, not content or history or reality, which inform our politics and our lives. We prefer happy illusions. And it works because so much of the American electorate, including those who should know better, blindly cast ballots for slogans, smiles, the cheerful family tableaux, narratives and the perceived sincerity and the attractiveness of candidates. We confuse how we feel with knowledge.

I must agree, and once again recommend to read the whole thing.  They will pretend that the dichotomy is based on race; in fact, they have already started with calling His Highnass’s opponents racists, and it’s going to get worse.  They will pretend it’s based on wealth, and cite “redistribution” as a form of justice.  But the fact is, the dichotomy is between the stupid, who have damned us, and we the damned, who know better and are cursed for it.

via Karen De Coster