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Government and Science have concluded that there’s no God, no souls in our bodies, no purpose to our lives other than the immediacy of our day-to-day needs (supplied by Government). After reaching that conclusion, Plan B [abortifacient] and other population controls methods just make sense.
We, subjects of Government and Science, are now subject to sensible animal husbandry practices.
Last night I was reading an article [PDF] written in 1997 by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn:
Where do we find the most dynamic American liberal assault today? Surely not in the field of economics, when even the most socialistic European governments are trying to auction off state enterprises. No, the radical nature of American liberalism leads it to affect the very roots of life that are found in human sexuality. It wants to hit us below the belt, to undermine and pervert the relationship between the genders, human sexuality, and the family which is the nervus rerum ['the nerve of things']. If everything else is to be submitted to the omnipotent state, it is argued, there should at least be sexual “freedom.” And yet, here is where discipline is most necessary.
One need not be a Freudian to understand its importance in human relations. He who “devalues” the family by promoting promiscuity and perversion devalues the very fabric of society. He who denies the biological differences of men and women, and the unique roles each must fill, rebels against nature. The Soviets boasted that the equality of the genders in their realm was perfect since women were permitted to work in coal mines. In the United States, too, women are now accepted as combatants in the armed forces as equally as men are.
Another danger lurks in the emancipation of sexual deviations. Our sexuality is of a rather “plastic” nature — even in its normal course. For instance, a male will more easily fall in love with an extremely slender girl, if thinness is the fashion, or with one of opposite bodily qualities, as in the fashion of Rubens’ age, if that is the day’s trend. Perversions or other forms of immorality often become fashions and can destroy nations. For instance, generations of fatherless children from single mothers will likely lead to social perdition.
Contemporary liberalism reveals its hedonistic character with the mass murder of the unborn. What we have in the West is Childermass of “unwanted life,” similar to the practices of National and International Socialism in Europe and East Asia. What did Nicolas Gomez Davila, brightest thinker on the Right, tell us? “The cult of man must be celebrated with human sacrifices.” As a result, pregnant women no longer walk as cradles but as swinging coffins.
That gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘swingers’.
What the Left has been engaging-in in it’s [so far successful] attempts to undermine the family is nothing less than an assault on normal [ie: natural] sexuality.
All of the areas mentioned by Serr8d and Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn are directly related.
I have nothing profound to offer at this point. I just wanted to broadcast their ideas to a wider audience.
One final snippet that just flashed-into my mind…
…[O'Brien] paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil: ‘How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’
Winston thought. ‘By making him suffer,’ he said.
‘Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery is torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy — everything. Already we are breaking down the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.’
The first line in the report by Chris Frates, over at the National Journal, tells you pretty much everything you need to know:
John Boehner wants immigration reform to pass. To get it done, the House speaker will have to capitalize on the widening gap among conservatives, and he’s preparing the groundwork to do it.
So…here is the leader of the GOP in the House actively working against the principles of the vast majority of it’s members.
His borwn-nosed leadership team is bent-over, following right behind him:
Republicans on and off the Hill say Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy all want to do something on immigration. Boehner “really wants to get that done but he has to be real quiet about it because if he puts his name on it and his brand on it, like he did with the big (fiscal-cliff) deal, then it’s probably going to die under its own weight,” a former GOP leadership aide said.
So…Cryin’ John believes he has to make his moves behind the scenes because his reputation is so very bad that, if he were publicly associated with ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ [snicker], perhaps those so-called warring conservatives in the House might put aside their differences and unite against their soggy-pants leader.
What is wrong with picture?
More from the report:
So House leaders have been meeting privately with members, making the case that inaction on immigration will be more costly than doing something. Weeks into the debate, it remains a hard sell among reform opponents, particularly members who do not want to offer citizenship to people here illegally. They worry that any House legislation—such as a tough border-security bill most of them are after—will ultimately be watered down in negotiations with the Senate.
“What will have to happen, and is happening in private discussions, is that we have to convince these guys if we’re going to go to conference, we’re not going to cave on our principles,” a senior House GOP aide said. “That is the sales job you have to make to those guys.”
Good luck with that, Johnny, you loser.
Or at least it will be in a few years hence.
From Mark Steyn:
Four years ago in this space, I was anticipating an increase in Islamic-conversion rates in the likes of Amsterdam and Rotterdam:
Let’s say you work in an office in those cities: One day they install a Muslim prayer room, and a few folks head off at the designated time, while the rest of you get on with what passes for work in the EU. A couple of years go by, and it’s now a few more folks scooting off to the prayer room. Then it’s a majority. And the ones who don’t are beginning to feel a bit awkward about being left behind.
What do you do? The future showed up a lot sooner than you thought. If you were a fundamentalist Christian like those wackjob Yanks, signing on to Islam might cause you some discomfort. But, if you’re the average post-Christian Eurosecularist, what’s the big deal? Who wants to be the last guy sitting in the office sharpening his pencil during morning prayers?
Funny how quickly it all happened. There was the woman on reception, but she retired. And the guy in personnel who used to say, sotto voce, that Geert Wilders had a point. But he emigrated the year after Wilders did.
I didn’t know the half of it. The other day, Arnoud van Doorn, the producer of Wilders’s anti-Islamic film Fitna, announced that he’d converted to Islam — or “accepted Islam,” as they say — and made a pilgrimage to Medina to repent and ask for Allah’s forgiveness. There’s a lot of it about. Tony Blair’s sister-in-law has converted. So has Gitmo guard Terry Holdbrooks, who was touched by the way the detainees “wake up each day and smile,” and Katherine Russell, the “all-American girl” from Rhode Island who married Tamerlan Tsarnaev and whose parents were “very supportive” of their daughter’s decision to “accept Islam” and retreat beneath the veil and stayed “very supportive” right up until their son-in-law blew up the Boston Marathon. The two men who butchered Royal Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of London were also converts, British-born sons of Nigerian Christians.
Four years ago, in 2009, I predicted:
…Converting to Islam will become the chic thing to do amongst the Beautiful people.*
Conversion to Islam becoming the ‘in thing’ may come about a lot faster than either Mark Steyn or I thought it would.
That West of ours having become a buffoon, its final tragedy could well be a joke.
Could This Be One Explanation?
*Old TCOTS site on 01OCT at 1843, now taken down,
post title: Don’t Be Surprised…. See also here.
From Dan Collins, Prior at The Necropolitan Sentinel, we learn:
If this story is true, and I have no reason to believe that it isn’t, AT&T will be bringing ObamAlerts to their subscribers, along with Amber Alerts and Emergency Alerts. The difference is that you can turn off the Amber Alerts and the Emergency Alerts. The ObamAlerts will be mandatory….
In case you haven’t read Nineteen Eighty-Four, every room in every apartment and nearly every public area have a transceiving television set, or ‘telescreen’ that cannot be turned-off, so everyone is subjected, without choice, to whatever Big Brother wants you to see [see ObamAlerts on AT&T above]. It also can hear and see you [hello NSA].
Of course, those of us who understand the Leftist Cancer understand that they don’t see Nineteen Eight-Four as a cautionary tale, but, rather, as a guidebook, a supplement to the Leftist Bible, as it were.
Dan has come up with a way for you AT&Ters to battle back against this Corporatism [aka: Fascism]:
I will say this: there’s probably a class action suit in here that would at least permit people who didn’t want to get the President’s text messages to walk away from AT&T contracts without penalty, and I think that someone should take up the cause. If private businesses can be restrained from spamming people on their cell phones, and if those people have the right to place themselves on a "Do Not Call" list, then I don’t really see why Obama gets a pass to blurt out his propaganda on devices for which consumers pay. Personally, I’m stuck with AT&T, because it’s the only carrier that reaches into my Vermont Fortress of Solitude, as long as I’m willing to stand on my porch in February. Shouldn’t this be an opt-in matter? These guys don’t really care much for freedom of choice, unless it’s their own freedom to choose which laws to enforce and which not.
Freedom of choice
Is what you got
Freedom from choice
Is what you want
This is a test of The Belvedere Post Formatting System.
This is only a test….
Around 40 protesters took to the streets of New York on Saturday to demonstrate against a US ban on mimolette that has angered lovers of the distinctive French cheese.
Since March, several hundred pounds of the bright orange cheese have been held up by US customs because of a warning by the Food and Drug Administration that it contained microscopic cheese mites.
The mites are a critical part of the process to produce mimolette, giving it its distinctive grayish crust.
Mr. Steyn comments:
This rang a wearily familiar bell with me. From my book America Alone, page 182:
In America, unpasteurized un-aged raw cheese that would be standard in any Continental fromagerie is banned. Americans, so zealous in defense of their liberties when it comes to guns, are happy to roll over for the nanny state when it comes to the cheese board . . . The French may be surrender monkeys on the battlefield, but they don’t throw their hands up and flee in terror just because the Brie’s a bit ripe. It’s the Americans who are the cheese-surrendering eating-monkeys — who insist, oh, no, the only way to deal with this sliver of Roquefort is to set up a rigorous ongoing Hans Blix-type inspections regime.
Has the FDA with its insistence on over-processed, homogenized, one-size-fits-all food done anything for the health of the American people? Well, you can’t help noticing the one size is now the largest in the developed world. But let’s stick to principles here:
The federalization of food may seem peripheral to national security issues, and the taste of American milk – compared with its French or English or even Québécois equivalents – may seem a small loss. But take almost any area of American life: what’s the more common approach nowadays? The excessive government regulation exemplified by American cheese or the spirit of self-reliance embodied in the Second Amendment? On a whole raft of issues from health care to education the United States is trending in an alarmingly fromage-like direction.
From the cheese board to the data bank to the death panel is a shorter journey than you’d imagine….
It is all part of the Leftist strategy to control every aspect of our lives via our own Free Will.
The most subtle example I’m hearing these days is on the radio and in broadcasts via such apps as I Heart Radio, where it’s very hard to avoid PSA’s that offer advice on everyday, mundane, small health issues like not leaving food out for too long. You’ve heard them; they always end with ‘sponsored by the AdCouncil and the Department of Health And Human Services’ — you know, the empire of Czarina Katherine Sibelius.
It is a slow process, this government dependency thing, but it is always successful.
Like The Big Lie, if you offer the advice enough times, people will start to accept it’s legitimacy and take it and then start to rely on entities like HHS for such information exclusively.
What the Left is implementing is nothing more than a strategy of re-engineering.
The Left are usually patient, very willing to wait for their victories.
It is imperative that we stay always impatient and always vigilant.
Leftism Delenda Est!
Willful Blindness leads to Willful Stupidity, you know.
From WPTV-5, Katie Johnson reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Newrouter]:
Drivers traveling along Interstate 95 in Delray Beach passed by a shocking message Saturday. The word "Jihad" was spray painted across a wall south of the Atlantic Avenue exit along the northbound lanes of I-95.
Heather Smith traveled past it Saturday, and was very upset by the message. She said, " If it’s a joke, it’s a sick joke."
[BOB: Here it comes...] Drivers speculated as to who did it. Todd Newman said, "Probably a bunch of kids to be honest, but still… what possesses kids to do that? They just don’t even understand what it means and what it comes from."
Eli Jones expressed his concerns."Technically it’s a message," Jones said, "It’s a little nervewracking [sic]. Somebody’s gotta see that and understand that something’s going on." [BOB: At least one person in DB is not in denial]
Deeper into Delray Beach, at the intersection of SW 4th Avenue and Linton Boulevard, a sticker was found on an electrical box. The sticker read "Jihad." Police were alerted of the sticker. They say it will be difficult to track down who put it there, because there’s no telling when it was placed on the box.
How about a visit to the local mosques [or is it 'mosques'?].
I’m surprised at the venerable, old newspaper!
The headline reads [WARNING: Link leads to a video version which auto-plays]:
Barack Obama opens up about
his absent dad on Father’s Day
To save some time, I went and did a word search on the report and found no mention of Frank Marshall Davis [who is absent because he died sometime ago].
What gives, Telegraph???
Somebody should be disciplined for this [and by that I don't mean the way a Tory politician would want to be 'disciplined', IYKWIMAITYD].
Josh Painter has just posted a video of Sarah Palin’s remarks today at the Faith And Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority event in Washington.
Besides her comment above on the whether America should intervene in the Syrian situation, there were, per usual, some great Barracuda quips.
A highlight from Josh’s report:
Palin also told the cheering crowd, “The problem is government grown so big that it intrudes into every area of our lives,” and she blamed both major political parties. That’s when she made her remark that she is listening more to independents and libertarians these days. She praised everyday, hard-working, average Americans, and criticized elements inside the Republican Party for trying to “dismiss and discredit” them.
Her shout out to Ted Cruz was classic Palin: “I wish Congress, just for a week, would put themselves on Cruz control”…
God, I love this gal.
UPDATE at 1633…
I just finished watching the whole speech and I think the best, the take-home, line is:
We will fundamentally restore America.
Yes, We Must.
As you may have heard, CBS has confirmed that the home computer system of reporter Sharyl Attkisson was hacked and information taken. It occurred during late 2012, when she was in the midst of a deep investigation into the events surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack of 11 September 2012.
There’s been much commentary and analysis on this and I was prepared to add my nuts to the bowl, as it were, but Dan Collins said everything I would have said [and said it better] in a post this morning.
I highly recommend it, so please do take the time to click here and read it all.
I could go on and on building the case about the asymmetry of the administration’s view of information—how they refuse to disgorge their own, even under subpoena, but how they have illegally employed the IRS and other agencies to abuse other people’s information—but you already know the score. The White House and DoJ have done some public hand-wringing, for the rubes, over the ‘chilling effect’ that their actions might have on journalism, but any chilling effect works to their advantage, and they know it. They don’t like whistleblowers, and they don’t mind having created a situation in which sources refuse to speak to journalists over the telephone, or in emails, and now that they have them identified, they won’t have any qualms using NSA metadata to keep an eye on suspects. If you’re going to drop a dime on executive branch wrongdoing, you’re now compelled to meet physically with reporters, having removed the battery from your phone, with hard copies of whatever supporting documents you might care to bring along, and to take all the other precautions utilized by spies.
One Quibble, Dano: It’s now gone beyond ‘chilling’ to ‘freezing’.
Allow me to break the ice. My name is Freeze.
Learn it well. For it’s the chilling sound of your doom.
Daily Mail says Kim Kardashian is in labor at a hospital, which means say your prayers kids anti-Christ is upon us. http://t.co/66Vy2Wo3mv
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 15, 2013
If confirmed…I’m outta here.
Kim is a Beast.
Kanye is a Beast.
[The Committee, as always, welcomes your suggestions — just e-mail us]
Mrs. B and other people I know think Barack Hussein Obama is really a Mohammedin, but I agree with Darleen Click:
Leftism is a religion … and it ignores/protects/apologizes for Islamism because the greatest threat to Leftism is Americanism. “The enemy of my enemy”
It’s the Stalin/Hitler alliance.
Both the Leftist and Islamic Ideologies are Totalitarian.
If it suits them — and it appears it certainly suits the former — they will ally with each other to defeat the forces of freedom and liberty.
And they have.
Think also: Oceania and Eastasia, but the Nazi/Soviet analogy works best, I think, as Richard McEnroe shows:
They include: delusions of persecution, delusions or grandeur, nihilistic delusions, psychotic beliefs, phantasm orgasms, etc…
Dan Collins on the subject:
A couple of days ago, a writer at IBD tackled the story of the sudden spike in sales of George Orwell’s 1984 at Amazon by providing a bare plot outline of that book, then suggesting that readers interested in dystopias might want to go to Huxley’s Brave New World, Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and threw in Foucault’s Discipline and Punish for good measure, for its discussion of the panopticon. Douchily, that writer says that he’s giving us a plot outline so that we can pretend to know what we’re talking about when we invoke Orwell’s novel, for he is an intellectual and we are shmoes. For a pointed comparison of Orwell and Huxley’s visions, I direct you here, but including The Handmaid’s Tale in such a list is absurd. In that story, a post-nuclear holocaust United States has been seized by repressive, hypocritical Christofascist Godbags who have instituted the sort of police state that Progressives always said they would, using women as reproductive chattel, because of fertility problems brought about by radiation. Only it’s not the Christian right that’s actually in the political ascendancy and installing a repressive police state, is it? Instead, it’s the Progressives themselves.
Ace picks up the same bias in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, "The Newsroom." In the second season, the major plot development is the rise of a TEA Party-like outfit that is committing acts of violence across the US. They’re characterized as "the American Taliban." Ace holds that this psychotic leftist combination of wish fulfillment and paranoia is responsible for the IRS targeting of the TEA Party. Given the Southern Poverty Law Center’s extraordinary influence over the folks at DHS, who have been sending their version of BOLO to law enforcement agents all across the country regarding so-called ‘patriot groups’ and other dangerous fringe outfits such as the Catholic Church, it’s not hard to see where these strange leftist representational conventions are headed, although it might be true that Occupy Wall Street resembled to some extent the Arab Spring ("strong enough for a man, but if we find a woman using it, we’ll stone her"). As Ace notes, the show seems to be a fantasy representation of MSNBC, were MSNBC an actual news organization, and were all of its biases based in reality rather than projection.
None of this is surprising to the student of Leftist Thought because their whole Ideology [like all Ideologies, but this one more so than any of the others] is based on a fantastical view of the world.
Leftism is a set of ideas developed in the sterile laboratories of the minds of it’s members, far away from the Real World. It is a constructed world, derived from viewing Life via a funhouse mirror.
As Richard Pipes wrote in The Russian Revolution [Chapter 4]:
For intellectuals of this kind, the criterion of truth was not life: they created their own reality, or rather, sur-reality, subject to verification only with reference to opinions of which they approved. Contradictory evidence was ignored: anyone inclined to heed such evidence was ruthlessly cast out.
This kind of thinking led to a progressive estrangement from life….
…Live reality was treated as a perversion or caricature of “genuine” reality, believed to lurk invisible behind appearances and waiting to be set free by the Revolution. This attitude would enable the intelligentsia to accept as true propositions at total variance with demonstrable fact as well as common sense…. To understand the behavior of the intelligentsia it is imperative to keep in mind at all times its deliberate detachment from reality: for while the revolutionaries can be ruthlessly pragmatic in exploiting, for tactical purposes, the people’s grievances, their notion of what the people desire is the product of sheer abstraction. Not surprisingly, when they come to power, revolutionary intellectuals immediately seize control of the means of information and institute a tight censorship: for it is only by suppressing free speech that they can impose their “sur-reality” on ordinary people bogged down in the quagmire of facts.
Mr. Pipes was describing the Leftist Intelligentsia [I know, I repeat myself] in Russia, but it applies to all Leftists everywhere in the world.
You will have to admit that the best description of the situation in America today is ‘surreal’, eh?.
Gabriel Gomez is the Republican nominee for the Senate seat that was vacated by JFK [John Forbes Kerry]. He is running against career politician Ed Markey.
It seems former Navy Seal Gomez has learned a few lessons from Scottie Brown, one of which is to not even pretend that you’re conservative in any way.
From Aaron Goldstein, over at TAS, we learn [worth quoting in full]:
In [Wednesday] night’s Massachusetts Senatorial debate, GOP hopeful Gabriel Gomez said, “There are those in my party who do not believe in science.”
It is an absolutely asinine statement. Disagreeing with the causes of climate change and its policy prescriptions does not mean one does not believe in science. But I’ve been hearing this sentiment for many years in precincts such as Brookline, Cambridge and Jamaica Plain. It’s a sentiment no different from President Obama Republicans want “dirtier air, dirtier water.”
Look, I understand that Republicans cannot win elected office in Massachusetts without the support of Democrats and there are Democratic votes to be had. But the kind of Democrats who think Republicans don’t believe in science aren’t going to vote for Gomez, “new kind of Republican” or not.
Gomez is, of course, under no obligation to agree with everything Ted Cruz has to say. But to call yourself a “new kind of Republican” strongly suggests he is apologetic and ashamed of his political affiliation. Gomez does himself no favors by making fatuous statements about his party to appease a constituency which has no intention of supporting him and at the expense of those who are working the hardest to ensure his election.
On nearly every, single issue Gomez has taken a Leftist position – check out his ‘Issues’ page, but be prepared to strain your neck shaking it.
My advice to those people ‘working the hardest to ensure his election’: stop it, if you truly are a conservative, libertarian, or Classical Liberal [he's a 'new kind of Republican' all right: a Cabin Boy for the Democrats].
This man is a Leftist.
This Senate seat is lost to the Right, so I’d rather see an open Leftist get it than a fraud, which is what Gabriel Gomez is. I’d rather not encourage the GOP in it’s efforts to be part of the cool kids in the Ruling Class.
Some wise man once said: ‘When the choice is between a Democrat and a "Democrat", the people will vote for the Democrat every time’.
Who is advising [the GOP]? They must have democrat operatives planted as advisers and pollsters telling them this is fine and dandy. No way they come to their decision without a barrel full of lies being spoon-fed to them.
If that were true, there would be some hope of taking the GOP back — we could investigate and expose the agent provocateurs — but the sad truth is: they’re getting their advice from fellow Republicans.
The leaders of the Republican Party have allied with the leaders of the Democratic Party because they have decided that they would rather be members of the Ruling Class than be Patriots [yeah, I said it].
Like the Whig Party in the 1850′s, the Republican Party should, by rights, fade away because it doesn’t deserve to live.
It is only we conservatives, small ‘l’ libertarians, and Classical Liberals who, by staying with the GOP, are allowing it to remain a legitimate party.
The fault, dear Right Wingers, is not in our elephants, but in ourselves.
If we refuse to support any Republican candidates or initiatives and strike out on our own, the whole structure of the Party will collapse.
DISOBEDIENCE NOW; DISOBEDIENCE FOREVER.
[Speaking of Sodom: this]
…The day may dawn when fair play, love for one’s fellow-men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth serene and triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.
—Winston Churchill, last speech before Parliament in 1955
I know I’ve been sounding pretty grim and wistful lately and it’s because the full horror of our situation has really hit me these past number of days. It’s always there, but sometimes it decides to remind me it’s there.
However, my grim mood is always balanced by the thought that we are on the side of Good, that there is no nobler quest than to battle Evil.
Recently, in a comment over at Protein Wisdom, Squid helped raise my spirits; perhaps he will yours:
This is not the time for regret or despair. It is a time for grim determination, that our little corners of the world will not fall into darkness. We carry our civilization within ourselves, and as long as we have good neighbors with whom we can form a community dedicated to liberty, our civilization will not die. We may suffer terribly, but we owe it to ourselves, our families, and our neighbors to persevere, so that the “interesting times” serve not to crush us, so much as to temper us.
You are a free man. Your unenlightened neighbors may have granted the State the power to shackle you for a time, but you remain free just the same.
They can take away your physical freedom, but they can never take away your soul…unless you let them.
A submissive sheep is a find for a wolf.
—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
Terrance Brown, 40, is on trial in South Florida for allegedly conspiring with four other men to hijack armored trucks delivering cash to banks in 2010. All have pleaded not guilty. But now Brown has come up with a unique defense: he wants the National Security Agency to turn over his phone records to the court to demonstrate his innocence.
The case, which is taking place in federal court, involves phone records – the FBI and prosecutors have been using cellphone records to demonstrate the men’s locations near the robbery attempts. The prosecution said that it was unable to get cellphone records from the time before September 2010 because the phone carrier had destroyed the records.
But Brown has new hope: his lawyer, Marshall Dore Louis, filed documents requesting NSA documents showing phone location records for Brown’s cellphones on the night of one of the robberies. “The president of the United States has recognized this program has been ongoing since 2006,” wrote Louis, “to gather the phone numbers [and related information] of everybody including my client in 2010.”
I love it.
Jeff Goldstein puts the whole ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ [snicker] story in it’s proper perspective:
Here it is in plain, clear English: The ruling class plan to defeat the TEA Party and the small-government base of the Republican Party is to import enough new progressive voters to offset the influence of we, the people. Whose only remaining function will be to subsidize the people and programs that ensure our own subjugation to the State. We become draft horses to the Beltway crowd’s plantation overseer. August 1 is the date of fundamental transformation. And it will be accomplished with the help of people you mistakenly believed were in office to represent you.
They aren’t. They represent themselves, pragmatists being pragmatic, opportunists seizing an opportunity. And they will vote themselves a ruling permanence by using human logistics to effectively end the American experiment in representative government — ironically by legalizing a dependent class, the representation for which will forever swing elections and guarantee big government progressivism.
I have no doubt that the vast majority of Republicans supporting this bill, both elected and of the pundit persuasion, would all admit, if you got them locked in a room and went Medieval on their arses [hmmm...not a bad idea, eh?], that they know these newly-minted legal citizens would support the Leviathan for the rest of their lives.
You see, party designation no longer matters. People in America are divided into classes now, in this Age Of Obama. Those of us who believe in The Constitution and The Republic are the Producer Class who are being stripped of all political and cultural sovereignty by a Ruling Class, which depends on the support of a happily self-enslaved Dependent Class.
The world of The Founding Fathers has been turned upside down and the Ruling and Dependent Classes are all wearing glasses made of funhouse mirror lenses.
Could This Be One Explanation?
One quibble with Jeff’s remarks: I think the end of the American experiment in representative governmen began with the passage of Obamacare and that the passage of this horrendous bill will merely be icing on the Fascist cake.