Monday, September 29, 2008
The most shocking part was when Jim Lehrer said, in asking the candidates a spontaneous question, what would the candidate do about some issue or other when "you rule the country."
Jim! Jim! Jim! King George was kicked out of the country once and for good in 1783 - that's 225 years ago!!! The President does NOT rule the country!! Oi! Oi! Oi!
But now my memory starts to perk up, like Sarah Palin when she can't answer a question, and I wikipedia up the List of United States federal executive orders. And I note that G.W. Bush’s orders of the last 7 years are more than all others put together in the past. And then memory stirs of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that let’s the president arrest, torture and execute me without a warrant, trial or even telling my family what happened to me. And then passed in July and so quickly forgotten, the Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq which lets Bush - or presidents McCain or Palin - take all my property and forbid anyone from ever hiring Iraq war protesters like me, or even letting people hire or rent to me -- assuming, of course, he hasn’t already tortured and executed me.
I take it back, Jim. You are right. The President DOES rule America - and all us poor peons, too. We can only hope that when Obama wins -- insufficient computer voting tampering willing -- he will turn out to be a closet libertarian, repeal all these fucking laws and FREE THE SLAVES! Or we can just secede from the union and free ourselves. Your decision!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Evidently McCain thinks that Congress and Obama and the American people are SO desperate to see him debate Friday night, we're willing to quickly bend to the will of Bush/McCain to throw $700 billion ($200 billion more than the cost of the Iraq war so far) at Bush/McCain's rich cronies. (Like we believe it when he denies his lobbyist handlers are aiming to cover their former and future employers' financial asses.)
Whether or not he gets his way, this gives you the an excellent idea of what kind of a threatening, bullying president he would make. How long before he's at war against Iran and Pakistan, drafting two million young Americans (male and female), declaring a national emergency and giving himself dictatorial powers, and shutting down all the critical blogs and throwing their writers in camps. The latter will be Sarah Palin's job. Thank heavens the American people seem to be on to the both of them.
McCain thought the worst thing that would get out would be how horrible the operations on his facial skin cancer have disfigured him - and may again in the future. The uglier he gets on the outside, the uglier he gets on the inside - and he can't wait to take it all out on us!
John, repeat to yourself, preferably while doing deep breathing relaxation exercises, "I love myself. Everyone loves me" and feel the self-love and compassion for others percolate throughout your soul and body - and feel the desire to strike out and destroy dissipate.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
And then we have Kenyan witch hunter Pastor Thomas Muthee laying hands on John McCain's Vice President Sarah Palin to protect her from witchcraft - (the short, to the point version). Muthee also prayed in this and a later video to help her become President of the United States - probably after some witch takes care of McCain for her. You can bet Muthee's praying he holds the bible when Palin's sworn in!
Poor John McCain, his snow ball brain is melting down faster than the economy... Oh, what am I thinking! He's busy working with Bush to blackmail Obama into canceling the debate that McCain is not and never will be ready for. After the two of them shove a $700 billion dollar rip off for their crony friends down our throats, they'll probably cancel the election. After Bush appoints McCain vice president and then steps down? HMMM!
Why should Alaska secede? (Besides the wicked plans to sell it to China to pay off the national debt?) With crooked nutty politicians like that, wouldn't you?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
They over-expanded the money supply during the twenties, encouraging fun practices like buying stock on margin (no money down!), leading to a 1929 bursting stock market bubble. And then the government under Hoover and then Roosevelt decided to be conservative and refused to put enough money into the system to facilitate trade, leading to an 12 year depression. Credit remained relatively tight with the elites happy to live off all that profitable borrowed money for 40 years - until Jimmy Carter started printing all that money. The U.S. experienced 10% plus inflation for the first time since - the Revolutionary War??
Suddenly people began to realize there is a difference between a government printing money, thereby causing across the board inflation, and banks extending credit to foment real production and trade. Of course, if the government says it's "OK" banks extend more money than is prudent creating bubbles and financial collapse for the least prudent banks and investors. It was in the early eighties I myself studied up on monetary theory and wrote my still formidable article "Trade Creates Money" - the title based on E.C. Riegel's theories of the legitimate expansion of the money supply. (I sent it to economists Friedrich Hayek, who loved it, and Milton Friedman, who hated it.)
Unfortunately, libertarians, who were all against government fiat money-caused inflation, were divided between gold standard advocates and those who believed free market banking would show us what monetary system - or competing systems - worked best. So we couldn't educate the baby boomers who were sick and tired of being poor and started demanding or engineering a loosening of credit - and what we baby boom brats wanted, we got. (Don't ask me for a reliable source on that one, just sounds reasonable to me!)
The elites just found new additional ways to rip us all off, of course, between excessive credit card fees, wacky investment schemes, war profiteering, etc. And then came in 1995 Clinton and his buddies got that great idea to force banks to loan to anybody who wanted to buy a house, whether or not they could afford it. Pretty soon the sharks were telling poor folks they could afford to move into $200,000 houses, getting a guarantee from Fannie or Freddie Mae. The sharks walked off with big fat fees. The permutations of the scams they pulled boggle the mind.
But don't take my word for it. The Investor's Business Daily article The Real Culprits In This Meltdown was re-printed by dozens of publications this week. It said most importantly:
''The untold story in this whole national crisis is that President Clinton put on steroids the Community Redevelopment Act, a well-intended Carter-era law designed to encourage minority homeownership. And in so doing, he helped create the market for the risky subprime loans that he and Democrats now decry as not only greedy but "predatory." Yes, the market was fueled by greed and over leveraging in the secondary market for subprimes, vis-a-vis mortgaged-backed securities traded on Wall Street. But the seed was planted in the '90s by Clinton and his social engineers.'' Obviously the Bush administration also was totally complicit.
Mark Skousen's Ride out Wall Street's hurricane - The real reasons we're in this mess – and how to clean it up Christian Science Monitor article says in part:
...did not Congress amend the Community Reinvestment Act in 1995 to require commercial and mortgage banks to lend to high-risk borrowers? Banks that failed to comply were hit with fines and faced rejection when they requested mergers and branch expansions. Suddenly the sub-prime mortgage business boomed, and Countrywide Financial became its poster child. Furthermore, to encourage home ownership, did not the federal government offer an implicit guarantee to cover the performance of mortgage-securities giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The result was corporate abuse and a systematic easy-money policy that lasted for more than a decade in real estate. Like all artificial inflationary policies, the overheated property market led inevitably to widespread turbulence. Recently the quasi-private Financial Accounting Standards Board imposed "mark-to-market" accounting regulations on financial institutions, forcing mortgages and other loans to be written down to zero simply because they couldn't be sold, even if they were still being paid by customers. As a result, we've seen financial tornadoes causing institutions to be downgraded and, in some cases, completely collapse.
OK, if your heart is beating too fast and your debts and impending job loss are making your nervous, take a break and watch a meditation video and then I'll continue...
Now there doubtless were lots of other factors at work here. A systematic study of relevant government laws and regulations, and selective exemptions to them, can help explain a lot. Few of us are aware of even 1% of the tens of thousands of laws and regulations that make the rich richer and the middle class and poor, poorer.
We have seen there are government-induced boom bust cycles which are far more devastating than any natural cycles which may or may not exist. But instead of allowing companies and individuals who most foolishly jumped on the bandwagon fail, while allowing productive companies and credit-worthy individuals to keep obtaining sufficient credit, governments are now "solving" the problem by printing money and throwing it at the most irresponsible - and or crooked and or connected to Bush/Cheney - lenders and borrowers. The rich cannot be allowed to go broke even if we all pay for it with inflation, even massive inflation cannot be far behind.
Solution wise, we have to assume people will always do stupid, manic and crooked things with money, especially with lots of money. What is the best way to protect yourself? Trusting politicians and bureaucrats who are constantly corrupted by wealthy, greedy and often crooked special interests? Or hiring an affordable private consumer agency whose researchers are totally on top of which banks, investment houses, insurers, etc. are trustworthy and which are not. Who do you trust - Bill Clinton and George Bush or Ralph Nader and Consumer Reports? :-)
Yes, get the government out of the money and banking and investment and mortgage business. It's like letting the Mafia run Las Vegas, except it's the economy! Of course, being a smart consumer is the other half. Banking in a local credit union where you have a say in where you money gets invested can help protect the little guy. Playing the stock market only if you know what you are doing, can afford to lose or stick it out through cyclic downturns. And not falling for phony schemes that are too good to be true. I wrote an idealistic article in the mid-1980s called Finding Freedom in Your Own Back Yard about local economics. Keeping things local where we can keep our eyes on them remains a pretty good idea. In economics and in government...secede and survive!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Considering that Ron Paul as a republican had been able to attract more libertarian sympathizers than Barr, and raise more money in a few hours than Barr has raised in his whole campaign, that's some chutzpah!
Disgusted and outraged Ron Paul supporters and Libertarian Party members dropped their support for Barr on the spot, and started organizing petition and other campaigns to have the Libertarian National Committee drop him from the ticket. Not likely given the LNC's sympathies to Barr and the lack of a more sensational crime. Below are a few links to read some news and commentary.
There were dozens of mainstream news stories including:
* Associated Press Paul says he turned down appeal to endorse McCain
* ABC News Bob Barr Attends Ron Paul Rally to Woo Paul Supporters
* Dana Milbank in the Washington Post Third-Party Candidates Choose Clown Makeup Over Pig Lipstick (Ron Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Chuck Baldwin and Ralph Nader -- the picture of unity)
*Barr's home state Atlanta Constitution, taking him semi-seriously, Barr asks Ron Paul to be his running mate.
* Wiki news article Controversy Spreads over Libertarian candidate Bob Barr
Then some statements issued by Paul and Barr:
* 9/11 Campaign Blog - Principled Leadership in Times of Crisis
* Bob Barr Shows Leadership to Unify Liberty Movement
* Libertarian Party statement defending Barr's bad behavior and trashing Paul!
* Another statement defending Barr's actions in more general terms
* Statement from Don Rasmussen, Events Coordinator for Paul's Campaign for Liberty.
* Reactions from Ron Paul supporters on Campaign Liberty site
And lots of commentary:
* LP founder David Nolan The Barr Campaign is over
* United Liberty's Blow by Blow description of events
* Independent Political Reports Collection of Articles on SnubGate (good place to keep up to date)
* LewRockwell.Com archives Sept 10 and Sept 11 and Sept 12
* LP member Jim Duensing's thoughts
There's the Petition to dump Barr and comments about it. UPDATE: Wikinews on move in National Libertarian Committee to Dump Barr.
And of course there's William Hughes videos of whole Paul event. And below Paul and Ralph Nader on CNN discussing the press conference.
Ultimate Update from Bob Barr's home state Atlanta Constitution: Libertarian idol Ron Paul endorses someone who’s not Bob Barr
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Next post. I PROMISE!!!
Update: The good news is that Christopher Ketcham has an opinion piece in today's Los Angeles Times entitled The Americans secessionist streak about secessionist sympathizers from Sarah Palin (yes, you ARE girl) to the 22% of Americans who support secession to the North American Secessionist conventions.
Here's the relevant quotes about the Lipstick Secessionist: Sarah Palin's secessionist sympathies sparked minor hysteria last week. Her crime was hailing with round praise the work of the cranky Alaskan Independence Party, which advocates a statewide plebiscite on the secession of Alaska from the Union. "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government," the party's late founder, gold miner Joe Vogler, once said. "And I won't be buried under their damn flag." Palin's husband was a member of the AIP for seven years, and Palin herself has courted the AIP for more than a decade. In an address to the party convention this spring, wearing a ski parka and looking like she was about to decamp into the back country, Palin told the secessionists, "Keep up the good work."
Could it be that Palin, like her minister, thinks in the last days after God destroys the rest of the nation and Alaska becomes a "refuge state," it will secede?
Monday, September 08, 2008
As we all know Christianity through the centuries most often has been a faith run largely by corrupt opportunists who only repeat the Sermon on the Mount if it suits their nefarious plans, but prefer to scare the heck out of people with fire, brimstone, nazis, communists, islamists, etc. to keep them under control. Sarah Palin is no different and probably will set up a big concentration camp for all the journalists and bloggers who diss her before she -- universal consciousness forbid - gets elected VP. And then when "God takes McCain" (his rage attack over her antics causes a heart attack??) and Sara becomes president. This hilarious video by Jay Spears makes the point that this is NOT a Christian nation.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I had fun for a week fantasizing about a whistleblowing secessionist just a rage-induced brain aneurysm away from the presidency. But Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com puts Sarah Palin in perspective in Sarah Palin: The Xena of the War Party.
...Prior to being plucked from obscurity by the neocons who run the McCain campaign, Sarah Palin was a complete unknown. Today, she is the object of a burgeoning cult that proclaims her to be the virtual incarnation of the Republican renewal...
McCain really wanted Joe Lieberman, the last surviving member of the Scoop Jackson wing of the Democratic party, whose neoconservative credentials, electoral appeal in certain key areas, and ability to provoke the Obama-crats made him the natural choice...
McCain and his top advisors are ideologues who care about one thing and one thing only: war. The glory of it, the utility of it, the necessity of it. It's the McCain panacea, like "free silver" was to William Jennings Bryan and socialism was to Eugene Debs. It's his answer to everything: it solves all problems, and, more importantly, stifles all criticism. If you doubt his veracity, question his good intentions, or point out his inconsistencies, you're attacking a war hero, doubting the divine wisdom suffering is supposed to impart.
Religion also played an important role in the choice of Palin: she's a member of a dispensationalist sect, within the Pentecostalist tradition, a "born again" Christian who believes in the Rapture and the centrality of Israel in world affairs.
This latter belief is a theological verity with the dispensationalists, who make up the rank-and-file of the GOP's electoral machine: after the Rapture, when the anointed are raised up to heaven and the rest of us are left on earth, the church will be represented by the Chosen People of God – the Jews. According to the biblical prophecy, they will gather together in the land of Israel, their historic home, and this signals the coming of the End Times. Israel, for the dispensationalists, is the key issue: its interests must be defended at all costs, even above the national interests of the US. Israel is, in short, a non-negotiable item, and it's easy to see how this fits very neatly into the neoconservative agenda.
According to news reports, Palin was diverted away from a fundraiser for a pro-life group headed up by Phyllis Schlafly so she could attend a grilling session conducted jointly by AIPAC and Lieberman, but this hardly seemed necessary. After all, the woman has a little Israeli flag in her office....
The McCainiacs chose Palin out of jealousy: they wanted an Obama of their own, and since they couldn't have one, they settled on Palin – the Bizarro Obama...
Sarah, who looks – and acts – an awful lot like Xena, the Warrior Princess, is the perfect messenger for the GOP's credo of unmitigated militarism. Her speech to the Republican convention was, in large part, a continuation of the theme of the previous night: aggressive nationalism rationalized by religious fervor.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
But why couldn't all those McCain signs read AMERICA FIRST!?!?!
Could it be because AMERICA FIRST is a slogan associated with those who oppose foreign wars in general, and especially those which have not been approved by the U.S. Congress per the U.S. Constitution?
There's the AMERICA FIRST COMMITTEE which some wikipedia editor opined "was the foremost pressure group against American entry into the Second World War. It may have been the largest anti-war organization in American history." It was "established September 4, 1940 by Yale University law student R. Douglas Stuart, Jr., along with other students including future President Gerald Ford, Sargent Shriver and future Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart." Its most provocative belief: "American democracy can be preserved only by keeping out of the European war."
And today there is a poorly organized AMERICA FIRST PARTY with a great looking web site and some excellent foreign policy principles (I only quote the more libertarian ones):
- Support a military whose mission is to protect our nation, not police the world
- Seek friendship with all nations, but avoid entangling alliances
- Work to maintain our nation's sovereignty and oppose all attempts to make our nation subservient to the precursors of global government
- Apply American values to our foreign policy
The man who sang BOMB! BOMB! BOMB! BOMB! BOMB! IRAN!! can't wait to get his fingers on the nuclear trigger. For six years he dreamed and schemed of his revenge on all of those who caused him 2000 days of pain and torture in a filthy prisoner of war cell. One - how about two - of the many videos on McCain's psychopathology.
Update: September 18, 2008 - Keith Olbermann openly wonders "Which country was McCain talking about anyway?" I just hope he's that snotty once Obama gets elected.
But the "funnest" laugh out loud part for us secessionists, is all the speculation over just how much of a secessionist Ms. Palin really is!
The L.A. Times reported on September 3rd: she was not a member but she has cheered the work of AIP...according to its website, "its primary goal is merely a vote on secession."... "Keep up the good work," Sarah Palin told members of the Alaskan Independence Party in a videotaped speech to their convention six months ago in Fairbanks. She wished the party luck on what she called its "inspiring convention."... her husband, Todd, was a member of the party for seven years...McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said Palin did not support secession...He sidestepped the question of whether she favored a statewide vote on secession. The Times' Rosa Brook had a very funny discussion of "Palin's Secession Flirtation" the next day.
The first video below is Governor Palin's message to the latest Alaskan Independence Party convention. The second comes from Youtube user Defederalization's collection of videos from the 2007 Second North American Secessionist Convention. In it, at six minutes, the Alaska party's chair Dexter Clark mentions Palin, saying she was an "AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town -- that was a nonpartisan job. But you get along to go along. She eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics." His second amusing video from Clark is here.