Posted By Guy Smith on December 11, 2013
“Brave cowards” might be a kind way of describing those who dislike pluralism.
The internet simultaneously achieves two things: making everybody a publisher and everybody a critic. This may be the ultimate in fairness – a global forum for the advancement, discussion, and debunking of ideas. Yet people lacking cranial blood flow and unable to substantiate their prejudices often turn to electronic assault in order to silence those with whom they disagree. They do so in the shadows that Internet anonymity provides (speaking of which, the best online user name I have seen this month is WhiskeyVac 5000).
When speaking of digital vandals and violence, we invariably speak of the political left. These brave cowards have been active enough that the law is catching up to them, with one Wisconsin man going to jail for participating in a distributed denial of service (DDS) assault on a web site owned by libertarian / conservative / industrialists. For digital novices, a DDS is when a bunch of computers are used to bombard a web site with traffic in an attempt to make it inaccessible by anyone, which is a way of slapping duct tape over the mouths of people you dislike. Doing so in person typically results in rectal footwear insertions, but behind the Internet veil people escape the penalty for such uncivil behavior.
Until now, because this cat is facing two years getting poked in the pokey. Let’s see how well he does with face-to-face confrontations.
Aside from being uncivil, such stunts as DDS are attempts at the most fundamental form of propaganda, namely controlling the flow of information (anyone wanting to know more about propaganda techniques need to read Shooting The Bull and The Ten Commandments of Propaganda). The goal is to control information availability, which includes finding ways of promoting your own (left-leaning media used to be very effective at this skullduggery) or preventing your opponent’s from finding an audience. Al Gore claimed that anthropogenic global warming was “settled science”, which is nonsense given that science … click to continue reading …
Posted By Guy Smith on December 4, 2013
There is a cancer in the American body politic. It is looking likely that only radical surgery can save the patient.
Cancerous cells have three common mutations that make them fatal. First, they have to avoid being killed (apoptosis is the process where abnormal cells are destroyed). Next, the cells must have a means to grow unregulated. Finally, cancerous cells must spread throughout the body.
The political cancer called socialism works in the same three phases. In America, our Constitution of limited and enumerated powers was the primary apoptosis mechanism, designed to keep government from doing the nasty things other governments had done in the past, including panem et circenses. This Constitutional immune system was compromised through a series of treasonous Supreme Court decisions that devolved the United States into a mere democracy, through which corrupt practices could flourish. This included basic and unsustainable giveaways for which we are now at least $87 trillion dollars in the hole (though the figure may be as large as $222 trillion).
The second mechanism is to encourage cancer by feeding it what every cell needs to fuel its uncontrolled growth. In the human body, controlling angiogenesis – the growth of blood vessels – supplying cancer cells is one approach. In the body politic, money feeds the cancer and grows more of the insider criminal class and indolent consumer cells. Cutting off money to politicians is ineffective medicine, but … click to continue reading …
Posted By Guy Smith on November 18, 2013
“I promise … I’ll never hit you again.”
Any woman who has heard that phrase should apply it to the current commander.
Seeing that the ineptness known as Obamacare caused millions of people to have the health insurance policies canceled as well as their premiums and deductibles double, Barack unilaterally declared a one year extension of those old polices. This came as a shock to the insurance companies who had been ordered to cancel those same policies because they did not conform to Obamacare edicts. Worse still, it put insurance companies in double jeopardy since state regulators, following the letter of the law, are requiring the policies to remain canceled.
The cause of confusion is that Barack has no legal authority to allow an extension of old policies, the ones he repeatedly promised people could keep if they liked them. It is a matter of the legislation Nancy Pelosi refused to read before enacting. The president cannot legally alter a law that congress has passed. Instead, what Barack has done is to promise insurance companies that he will not prosecute them in court for selling existing policies that do not meet Obamacare standards. In other words, he is asking insurance companies to willfully break the law under the assurance that he will not haul their CEOs off to jail.
Just like he promised you and me that we could keep our policies if we liked them.
This creates a messy situation for insurers. Federal law is clear: insurance companies cannot sell policies that do not meet Obamacare standards. States wanting federal Obamacare dollars have made their laws clear: insurance companies cannot sell policies that do not meet Obamacare standards. Under the possible penalty of state and federal law … click to continue reading …
Posted By Guy Smith on November 11, 2013
Funny thing about soldiers and cops. They don’t often talk about their experiences outside of the tribe.
Combat veteran and beat cops are members of groups whose collective experiences are so far outside the Middle American daily norm that sharing stories of their experiences is a protected matter. Some police pals have told me that civilians don’t understand the mechanics of being a cop, and thus regaling friends and neighbors isn’t all that fun. Warriors say the same, but add that some details of the job are too gruesome for folks who have not looked into the eye of an enemy soldier before planting a bullet there. The same might be said for police officers. I was recently chatting with Sean Lynch, the new star of cop fiction and a former officer. He said he can’t write about the really weird and disgusting things that cops see and do because “people wouldn’t believe it.”
Yet, among these folks there are those who don’t talk for other reasons, even within their tribes. The strongest among them have experiences that manifest in unexpected ways. Behind these reactions lay deep, untold stories that will never see print, never be fictionalized, or even spoken aloud.
A dear friend of mine is a happy and gregarious Viet Nam vet, who only mentions his purple heart when necessary to tell some other story. None of his tales – at least the ones he shares with me and others in our political circles – have to do with combat, Nam, what he saw, who he killed, who he saw die or the hit he took. Instead his time at war is something he can only share with other Viet Nam survivors and his wife. Like so many WWII vets, he is reluctant to share what cannot be understood by those who have not smelled death on a daily basis.
Yet despite what can only be classified as the ultimate in traumas … click to continue reading …
Posted By Guy Smith on November 4, 2013
It has become necessary to dissolve the political bands which once connected the people of Colorado … and California … and Illinois.
People threaten secession all the time. This is no longer an option for states that detest being part of the Union, though some in Texas believe they reserved the right before rejoining. Yet counties within states largely retain the power to take their land and become independent entities, be the result a state or a federal territory. Tomorrow in Colorado, eleven counties (17% of them) vote to leave the Rocky Mountain Empire with the intent of becoming the 51st state.
Wouldn’t be the first time. West Virginia used to be part of Virginia proper, though truth be told Virginia was happy to be rid of the Sheep Shagger State. Maine proactively quit Massachusetts when the first Kennedy’s landed there. It is legal but not easy, and requires intolerable separation of local attitudes and needs. California is ripe for such revolution, and has entertained a small split-up, with northern-most California counties joining with southernmost Oregonians intent on creating the state of Jefferson.
Secession is an uphill battle and as messy as the worst of divorces. Land is the easiest of assets to allocate, with seceding counties defining the dividing line. Court buildings, highway patrol depots, current cash and debt accounts all must be divvied. That last bit may be the only thing that keeps California from fracturing, because nobody wants their share of the Golden State’s lack of gold. The hard work begins in creating, almost from scratch, the minimal legal infrastructure since a primary reason for secession is disgruntlement with existing laws. Establishing a capital, electing new cretins, rearranging education funding, and many, many details await the 51st state whenever it arrives.
Which it will, though we do not yet know if it will be a part of Colorado, California or Illinois.
Like Colorado, Illinois … click to continue reading …