October 11, 2017

Censorship and The Importance of Citizen Journalists


I wanted to take some time and bring attention to a situation that some of my readers in the Ukraine are experiencing.  Not only do I want these readers to have access to information without censorship, but I also want this situation to be brought to the attention of all free peoples of the world.  Some may herald the times we live in as more free than ever before, and it is this semi-complacent view which drives me to bring attention to those sections of the world, near and far, which may be experiencing media censorship.

Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers


A recent FBI document on Black Identity Extremism explains that individuals upset with "perceived injustice" may become more likely to target Law Enforcement officials.  While much of the report outlines assumptions based on "confirmed BIE (Black Identity Extremism)" such as the July 7th 2016 shooting by Army Reserve and Afghan War Veteran Micah Johnson; some of the language seems to show a slightly different narrative.  While I suggest that you read the entire report to gain a full understanding, here are some excerpts that I thought were worth mentioning outright. (Emphasis mine)

August 29, 2017

State Department FOIA Request Not In The Public Interest


 "Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system."


August 21, 2017

Homeland Security Labels Antifa: 'Anarchists'




A recently released Department of Homeland security document labels Antifa as Anarchists.

The document dated May 2017 was released by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and preparedness.  It outlines the motivations of Antifa and outlines some recent confrontations between Antifa and white supremacist and patriot groups.

July 6, 2017

I Did Not Speak Out




So... I'm looking at this "God Awful exploitation of Auschwitz by a US Congressman"... and it got me to wondering.  Just what was so offensive?  The prevailing narrative is that Louisiana Representative Clay Higgins used the World War II era concentration camp as "a stage".  His public narrative video was posted to social media and quickly drew the ire and condemnation of nearly everyone.

June 22, 2017

Declaration of the Necessity of Taking Up Arms.

If it was possible for men, who exercise their reason to believe, that the divine Author of our existence intended a part of the human race to hold an absolute property in, and an unbounded power over others, marked out by his infinite goodness and wisdom, as the objects of a legal domination never rightfully resistible, however severe and oppressive, the inhabitants of these colonies might at least require from the parliament of Great-Britain some evidence, that this dreadful authority over them, has been granted to that body. But a reverance for our Creator, principles of humanity, and the dictates of common sense, must convince all those who reflect upon the subject, that government was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought to be administered for the attainment of that end. The legislature of Great-Britain, however, stimulated by an inordinate passion for a power not only unjustifiable, but which they know to be peculiarly reprobated by the very constitution of that kingdom, and desparate of success in any mode of contest, where regard should be had to truth, law, or right, have at length, deserting those, attempted to effect their cruel and impolitic purpose of enslaving these colonies by violence, and have thereby rendered it necessary for us to close with their last appeal from reason to arms. - Yet, however blinded that assembly may be, by their intemperate rage for unlimited domination, so to sight justice and the opinion of mankind, we esteem ourselves bound by obligations of respect to the rest of the world, to make known the justice of our cause.

June 21, 2017

Mark Twain's 4th of July Address


I thank you for the compliment which has just been tendered me, and to show my appreciation of it I will not afflict you with many words.

It is pleasant to celebrate in this peaceful way, upon this old mother soil, the anniversary of an experiment which was born of war with this same land so long ago, and wrought out to a successful issue by the devotion of our ancestors. It has taken nearly a hundred years to bring the English and Americans into kindly and mutually appreciative relations, but I believe it has been accomplished at last.

June 20, 2017

Paul Revere's Ride


By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive 
Who remembers that famous day and year.

June 19, 2017

President Kennedy, Independence Hall July 4th 1962





Governor Powell, Your Excellency the Archbishop, Governor Lawrence, Mayor Tate, Senator Clark, Congressman Green, distinguished Governors, ladies and gentlemen, citizens of Philadelphia:

It is a high honor for any citizen of our great Republic to speak at this Hall of Independence on this day of Independence. To speak as President of the United States to the Chief Executives of our 50 States is both an opportunity and an obligation. The necessity for comity between the National Government and the several States is an indelible lesson of our long history.

Because our system is designed to encourage both differences and dissent, because its checks and balances are designed to preserve the rights of the individual and the locality against preeminent central authority, you and I, Governors, recognize how dependent we both are, one upon the other, for the successful operation of our unique and happy form of government. Our system and our freedom permit the legislative to be pitted against the executive, the State against the Federal Government, the city against the countryside, party against party, interest against interest, all in competition or in contention one with another. Our task--your task in the State House and my task in the White House--is to weave from all these tangled threads a fabric of law and progress. We are not permitted the luxury of irresolution. Others may confine themselves to debate, discussion, and that ultimate luxury--free advice. Our responsibility is one of decision--for to govern is to choose.

June 18, 2017

What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?



Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens:

He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion.

June 14, 2017

Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs

In the following article I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense; and have no other business to settle with the reader, than that you will divest yourself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer your reason and your feelings to determine for yourselves; that you will put on, or rather that you will not put off, the true character of a human being, and generously enlarge your views beyond the present day.

Volumes have been written on the subject of the struggle between Government and the Governed. People of all ranks have embarked in the controversy, from different motives, and with various designs; but all have been ineffectual, and the period of debate is closed. Arms, as the last resource, decide the contest; the appeal was the choice of D.C., and free people have accepted the challenge.

June 6, 2017

We Have A Winner! (Spoiler Alert: It's not Reality)


Lets just dive right in here folks.  We are supposed to believe that a real human being named Reality Winner with active Top Secret clearance and next to no computer skills or knowledge; printed a document from a government computer and sent it post marked mail to apparently the most incompetent reporter in the history of the world.... all in the face of the information released by Wikileaks, The Intercept and Edward Snowden... on HOW TO PROPERLY LEAK DOCUMENTS TO THE PRESS!  Then.... the fucking reporter "According to the Justice Department" called the government with source materials in order to verify the information.

May 11, 2017

New Orleans Monuments: A Different Perspective



Most of you have, by now, heard of the controversy surrounding the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans. The proposal to remove the four "nuisance" monuments came a week after the June 17, 2015 Charleston Church Massacre.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu's proposal was approved In December of the same year, with a 6-1 vote in favor of removing the four contentious monuments.

In light of the recent controversy surrounding the elimination of the monuments Its worth investigating to see if perhaps there is more to the story than trying to mend the wounds of racism and civil war.

April 29, 2017

Interesting Protest Signs

The Unfairness of Equal Outcomes

By: Steven Horwitz
Originally Posted on Fee.org

When I talk to student groups about inequality, one of the first things I ask them to do is consider a mental experiment. Imagine a society in which, for example, the richest 20 percent of households earn an average of $60,000 per year and the poorest 20 percent of households earn an average of $10,000 per year. Imagine average household income overall is around $35,000 per year.
Only about 4% of the total benefits of innovation accrue to the innovator. The rest goes to consumers.

Why Do We Still Have High Expectations For Politicians?

By: Logan Albright
Originally Posted on Fee.Org

We all like to think we can spot a fraud and tell a charlatan from the real thing, but sometimes prejudice, assumption, and years of indoctrination make it harder than we might think. Maybe it’s a fundamental feature of humanity, or maybe it’s a product of society, but for better or worse, people tend to see what they expect to see. This point is often made in the context of racism, and it certainly applies there, but it also has a lot to do with the way we handle authority, and the confidence we place in those who wield it.

Elderly Couple Evicted, Thrown Out on the Street, for Failing to Pay Property Taxes on Their Home



By Claire Bernish

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/property-taxes-elderly-couple-evicted/

Albion, ME — Maine Governor Paul LePage wants to rewrite the law after becoming incensed at the plight of an elderly, disabled couple — one of whom is a veteran — who were evicted from their home of 33 years because they are too impoverished to pay tax
es.

According to the Portland Press Herald, in December 2015, the town of Albion moved to foreclose on the “rundown camp” of National Guard and Marine veteran Richard Sukeforth and his wife, Leonette, when taxes went unpaid.

Then, the town put the couple’s home up for auction — it sold for just $6,500 — and the new owner, Jason Marks, kicked the two 80-year-olds to the curb last week.

April 25, 2017

A Word Of Caution... History Repeats Itself



A WORD OF CAUTION TO THOSE WHO HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED CALAMITY. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF!

By: Jim Pera


Lately, it has become more common for commentators and pundits to admonish anyone who has the audacity to compare certain current events to those that happened during the Nazi era in Germany.

It is understandable why people have that opinion but I suspect, although it is echoed by both the left and right, that it is actually a strategic invention of the left designed to shame those of us who can see a analogy between what is happening today to what happened during the twenties and thirties in Germany as the Nazi’s were being born and coming to power.

Rattling the Sabers of War



North Korea and the US are rattling sabers again.  Today North Korea launched a barrage of artillery fire near their port city of Wonsan.  This display of military might is in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the North Korean Army.

Great Street Art

 Some of the best Street Art you will see.

April 24, 2017

Refuting the Conservative Position on Libertarianism

 

 Below is my response to an article on Intellectual Takeout which can be found HERE.  All underlined portions were written by the author at the link provided.  Non-underlined portions are my response.  I encourage your participation.


Libertarians are good at explaining why the market works and why government fails, and they have made important policy initiatives in areas such as school choice. On the other hand, they actively oppose laws prohibiting obscenity, protecting unborn children, promoting marriage, limiting immigration, and securing American citizens against terrorists. These positions flow from core principles that have more in common with modern liberalism than with the American founding, and which threaten to erode our constitutional order even further.

The core of Libertarian philosophy is that we do not believe that a centralized authority aught to legislate moral, behavioral or otherwise philosophical circumstances in which no physical harm will come to parties involved.  Its not necessarily if or not we support an action as much as we simply do not support the Federal government or the State to be the arbiter of the matters.  So yes, neat solutions to complex issues.  Realizing that they don't need oversight from the state, and could be handled between the parties involved in the matter.  This radical idea that adults, when left to their devices, tend not to want to harm others where no incentive has been made.  I think the core principles flow from the minarchist principles the founding fathers had.  Their writings and teachings seems to be geared towards the least amount of the necessary evil, government, required to go on living as a society who's ideals are encompassed in Natural Law and Freedom and Liberty.  I really believe that it reinforces the principles of the Constitution more than any other modern political ideology.

March 8, 2017

WHAT IS VAULT 7?




From the Pentagon Papers to Watergate, the Iraq War Logs to Snowden, we now have Wikileaks'       Vault 7.  After a series of cryptic messages by Wikileaks, we now have the answer to 'What is Vault 7?'.  The first part in a series of the Vault 7 documents, named "Year Zero", consists of approximately 8,700 documents and files directly from the CIA's isolated high-security network at Langley, Virginia.