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RIP, Anne Conte, Age Nine — A Casualty of Marijuana Prohibition

Anne Conte

Anna Conte of Albany, New York has died at the age of nine, a casualty of the bureaucratized cruelty and misguided sanctimony of drug prohibition.

Desperate to get relief for their daughter, Anna’s mother and father had traveled across the country to Colorado, exploring the possibility of moving there in order to have access to cannabis oil. Because of its relatively humane and comparably sensible state laws dealing with marijuana, people seeking to make medical use of cannabis — including parents of children like Anna, who suffered from Dravet’s syndrome — have looked upon the state as the terminus of what amounts to a modern Underground Railroad.

Last January, amid a gale-force outburst of self-approval, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would take executive action to resurrect a 1980 state program allowing limited therapeutic and medical use of marijuana. But that program would have amounted to another drug war subsidy. It would have left in place prohibitions against growing marijuana for medical use and importing it from other states. This means that the only “legal” way to obtain marijuana would be for families like Anna’s to buy it from police, who had stolen it from private providers.

For people of Cuomo’s ilk, it is perfectly acceptable for sick people to buy “illegal” marijuana, providing that the tax-feeding class receives all of the profits.

Anna and her parents have been prominent advocates for decriminalization of medical marijuana. The same state political system that acts with eager urgency to expand restrictions on gun ownership in the name of “saving children” responded with torpid indifference to the plight of a child whose life could have been saved by removing restrictions on cannabis use. A few weeks ago, the New York State Legislature enacted a measure allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat afflictions such as the severe form of epilepsy from which Anna suffered. For reasons of institutional inertia, however, that measure won’t take effect until late next year.

At the time the bill was enacted, Anna was in the audience at the state capitol, and she was reportedly the first to leap to her feet to applaud. This was a selfless gesture of gratitude on behalf of other children who may eventually benefit once the new law goes into effect. Both Anna and her mother Wendy knew that by the time the youngster could have unimpeded access to cannabis oil it would be far too late.

Anna suffered hundreds of seizures each day. As the child’s body deteriorated, all that her mother Wendy could do was to capitalize on fleeting moments of tranquility to read or sing to her daughter, calming and comforting her in lieu of administering a medication that was being withheld from them for reasons no rational person can explain. Because of marijuana prohibition, Wendy Conte could do little more than watch her daughter slowly die in avoidable agony.

11:18 am on July 21, 2014

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Jeff Deist welcomes the students.

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9:49 am on July 21, 2014

‘Cute or Offensive?’

Ellen Finnigan’s Pinterest board.

8:28 am on July 21, 2014

Crony Corporatist: Elizabeth Warren and the Export-Import Bank

Antony C. Sutton, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, was author of the authoritative three-volume series, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development. It documented how powerful interests in the United States and Western Europe created the Soviet Military Industrial Complex during the Cold War.

Surveying every possible source of information, in five languages, and regarding every industry, physical plant capacity, and technological development in the Soviet Union since 1917, Sutton proved “there is no such thing as Soviet technology,” but technology transferred from the Western bloc countries by physical force, monopolistic concessions, espionage, harassment, breach of contract, or numerous other unsavory methods.

Check out chapter 3 of his amazing book, The Best Enemy Money Can Buy.

A key component in this process was the Export-Import Bank. The Bank is financed through your taxes. It helped build the Kama River Complex in the former USSR.

This truck factory was the largest in world, thirty six square miles in area. It produced over 250,000 heavy trucks, tanks, and armored personnel carriers each year. During the Vietnam War it built the trucks that carried supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to North Vietnamese troops fighting American soldiers.

Later it was Kama River Soviet military vehicles which invaded Afghanistan in December 1979, traveling on a highway built from the Soviet border to Kabul, a joint construction project of the US and Soviet governments in the 1960s during the Vietnam War.

The head of the Export Import Bank during the Nixon administration which authorized the financing and building of the Kama River Complex was William J. Casey, later CIA director under Ronald Reagan.

The Export-Import Bank is the quintessential example of crony corporatism. In 2008 “presidential candidate” Barack Obama called the Export-Import Bank “litttle more than a fund for corporate welfare.”

However “President” Barack Obama recently signed a bill which again reauthorized the life of the Export-Import Bank. Uber-progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren was a strong supporter of this bill.

Perhaps supporters of her 2016 presidential run should ask her which enemy are we going to subsidize and sustain next?

We already know how Obama has performed on that account.

 

5:27 am on July 21, 2014

Mises U. Off to an Amazing Start

We all know that Tom Woods is an outstanding orator, but tonight, in kicking off Mises U. 2014, he outdid himself. His stirring talk on the role of Austrian economics in the libertarian movement will be available on YouTube–and I’ll link to it–but the rest of the week’s program can be watched live for free on Mises.org.

8:53 pm on July 20, 2014

ThankYou, James Garner

Writes David Romo:

The Rockford Files was a major influence upon me as a kid.

Although Rockford had an inside friend in the police force, he really didn’t get along with the police as an institution, and as a Korean War veteran, he really didn’t get along with the U.S. military either. He also didn’t trust the FBI and other feds.

If fact, that show was unusual for its time in having a healthy cynicism about all major U.S. institutions that were dutifully worshiped by cop and detective shows in the 1970′s.

It was from watching this show that I realized that the state and all its appendages was not as it was portrayed to be.

Thank you,  Jimmy Garner. Rest n Peace.

12:49 pm on July 20, 2014

The Most Useless Member of an Orchestra?

I was watching a video of one of my favorite pieces of music, Richard Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben.” The conductor – the symbol of vertically-structured art – was busily waving his baton, with members of the orchestra paying close attention to [a] the conductor?, or [b] the printed music in front of each of them?. All were busily reading their music! Conductors – like good teachers – are probably useful in practices, but seem to have little to do in the actual performance. One of my former students was a member of a major symphony in Canada, and confirmed my observation. She told me that in the school of music from which she graduated [one of the big-named schools] they had done some interesting experimentation with conductor-less performances. I once saw a seventeen piece orchestra perform without any conductor. Guess what? It all came out right! One sees the same dynamics in leaderless jazz bands, with the rhythm section setting the pace – quite informally – within the group.

Yet another example of the decentralization of how we live; the collapse of the vertical and the emergence of the horizontal.

12:25 pm on July 20, 2014

James Garner — and Jim Rockford — RIP

Like many men of a certain age, I grew up watching “The Rockford Files,” which chronicled the adventures of James Garner’s witty, inventive, and often over-matched private investigator, Jim Rockford. Well-written and refreshingly cynical, that series also provided some perceptive and prescient critiques of the American police state when it was in its relative infancy.

The season three episode “So Help Me, God” depicted the now-routine abuse of the grand juryonce an independent, citizen-controlled entity used to investigate official corruption — by ambitious prosecutors:

The following season offered an episode entitled “The House on Willis Avenue” that anticipated the NSA’s computerized Panopticon state, which should have been strangled in the crib:

10:29 am on July 20, 2014

Re: Soldiers as Ambassadors

But Laurence, after the soldiers finished helping to destroy homes, the entire village, and the people who had been living there, they gave out Hershey bars to the orphaned children! Isn’t this what we are supposed to think America is all about?

9:35 am on July 20, 2014

Re: James Garner

I have occasionally used Memorial Day weekends to host my “Anti-War Film Festival.” There are many wonderful films that fit into this category – from “Oh, What a Lovely War!,” to “King of Hearts,” to “Shenandoah,” to the more recent “Wag the Dog.” I did a brief review of the better ones in Thomas Woods’ and Murray Polner’s 2008 book, We Who Dared Say No to War. The movie I have long thought to be the most powerful expression of opposition to war is James Garner’s The Americanization of Emily. The most potent scene was the one Charles Burris provided in his blog. It speaks for itself. This film, along with the example set by the late Lew Ayres during World War II, provide the life-enhancing heroics that contrast with the war-mongering movies from the likes of John Wayne, who bravely defended the back-lot of Republic Pictures from attack by Japanese actors!

Garner was a very enjoyable actor to watch. I first got hooked on him in the 1950s, in the Maverick television series. When the sadness of his passing becomes too much, I can always go to my DVD collection where he now enjoys immortality.

9:18 am on July 20, 2014

Is This the Best Illustration of an Ambassador that He Could Come up With?

From a Christian newsletter I receive:

“In March of 1968 the United States Army saw fit to send me to serve my country in Vietnam. I had received some of the best military training in the world and the powers that be said I was ready to go into battle. In my preparation for ‘overseas’ duty the Army taught me that as a soldier of the United States I was basically an ambassador representing the United States and I need to conduct myself accordingly.”

Then follows his discussion of a Christian as an ambassador. But is this the best illustration of an ambassador that he could come up with? U.S. soldiers who went to Vietnam were anything but ambassadors. They did not serve America in Vietnam. They killed, poisoned, raped, beat, tortured, burned, mutilated, abused, drowned, and sexually exploited the Vietnamese. See my review here of Nick Turse’s Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.

9:14 am on July 20, 2014

James Garner, RIP

4:45 am on July 20, 2014

When the U.S. Navy Shot Down a Civilian Airliner

Fox News keeps playing Ronald Reagan’s indignant response to the Soviets shooting down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983 and killing 269 passengers. (I just saw it again a few minutes ago on Jenine “Bomb Them, Bomb Them, Keep Bombing Them, Bomb Them Again and Again” Pirro’s Justice show.)  Reagan’s statement is supposedly a favorable contrast to Obama’s inept response to the recent shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. (Even a former progressive war blogger now turned Beltarian seems enraptured with the apotheosis of St. Reagan.)

Down the Memory Hole is Iran Air Flight 655, shot down by the USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988.  The Airbus A300 was flying in Iranian airspace and the Vincennes was sitting in Iranian waters. A total of 290 passengers (including 66 children) were killed.

Vincennes was known in the Navy as “Robo Cruiser,” a ship under the aggressive command of Captain Will Rogers III who, along with his crew, seemed to like to menace and shoot just about anything that moved.

Reagan’s contemptuous initial response to reporters: “Understandable…Ever been in combat?” he angrily snapped. Later on Reagan from Camp David:

We deeply regret any loss of life. The course of the Iranian civilian airliner was such that it was headed directly for the U.S.S. Vincennes, which was at the time engaged with five Iranian Boghammar boats that had attacked our forces. When the aircraft failed to heed repeated warnings, the Vincennes followed standing orders and widely publicized procedures, firing to protect itself against possible attack.

Navy Commander David Carlson, in charge of the USS Sides in the Gulf that day, begged to differ with Reagan on just about every detail.  In the September 1989 Naval Institute Proceedings, Carlson wrote:

When the decision was made to shoot down the Airbus, the airliner was climbing, not diving; it was showing the proper identification friend-or-foe (IFF Mode III); and it was in the correct flight corridor from Bandar Abbas to Dubai…The Vincennes was never under attack by Iranian aircraft…There was no coordinated attack involving the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps boats and Iranian military forces.

Having watched the performance of the Vincennes for a month before the incident, my impression was clearly that an atmosphere of restraint was not her long suit…Her actions appeared to be consistently aggressive, and had become a topic of wardroom conversation…’Robo Cruiser’ was the unamusing nickname that someone jokingly came up with for her, and it stuck.

At the time, the Navy asserted that Revolutionary Guard gunboats attacked the Vincennes first, but Carlson revealed that the Vincennes sought permission to open fire on them, a protocol unnecessary if the ship had already been under actual attack.

Unlike the South Koreans and Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Iranians never received an apology from the U.S. government for the killing of 254 Iranians and 36 others on Iran Air Flight 655. Nevertheless, U.S. taxpayers apparently got a bill for $132 million in compensation the U.S. paid to Iran to make Iran’s suit against the U.S. in the International Court of Justice go away.

9:38 pm on July 19, 2014

See All That You Can See

Heroic Ed tells us that the pervs at the NSA love to and frequently share the “intimate nude photo[s] of someone of in a sexually compromising situation” they discover as they read our emails. Indeed they consider such voyeurism a “fringe benefit” of sponging off our taxes. Which prompted this confirmation from the agency’s spokesliar, Vanee Whines-sorry, Vines: “NSA is a professional foreign-intelligence organization with a highly trained workforce, including brave and dedicated men and women from our armed forces.” [Emphasis added.]

So Ed’s right again: the smut’s making the rounds at the NSA faster than Bill Clinton raped women.

5:11 pm on July 19, 2014

You Are Invited to the 2014 Mises University

Attend this world-famous instructional program in Austrian economics for free. You can watch the live stream on YouTube, or enroll in Virtual Mises University for more in-depth participation. Here are the details. The program starts with Tom Woods Sunday July 20th at 7:00pm CDT. Here’s the complete schedule. Here is the extraordinary faculty. As you will see, at the Mises Institute, learning is inspiring and fun. No wonder students tell us it’s the intellectual experience of a lifetime.

1:07 pm on July 19, 2014

Heeeere’s News

Health care reform offers insurance industry a boost, study,” gloats a headline at liveinsurancenews.com. Ya think?

Lest readers wonder how Leviathan’s diktat to buy a product could “offer” [sic for "guarantee"] that industry “a boost,” the article’s first sentence expounds further: “The health care reform is giving quite a shot in the arm to the insurance industry in Michigan, as sales of individual policies have spiked by almost 40 percent in the first quarter of 2014.” I expect insurers’ bribes-sorry, contributions to politicians’ campaigns have spiked by a similar percentage.

And though I didn’t look at the website’s other pieces, no doubt one of them bears the headline, “Water is wet, study.”

5:06 am on July 19, 2014

On Truth-Seeking

President Obama was on all network channels today addressing the crash or missile attack involving a Malaysian airliner. He stressed the need to find the truth and, at the same time, to avoid propaganda. No rational person can disagree with this. But he then proceeded to speculate – as no evidence has yet been produced – that this atrocity was caused either by Russia, or by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukraine. In other words, “U.S. speculation = ‘truth,’ and those who offer a different interpretation are engaging in propaganda.” You can see how difficult it will be to come anywhere near a truthful explanation of this event, when the inquiry is left in the hands of political speculators.

The approach I take in my teaching and speaking is grounded not so much in the search for answers, as it is the for the refinement of the questions we ask. With this admonition in mind, here are some guidelines I would suggest all of us carry with us in this inquiry:

1. Begin by asking the “cui bono” question (i.e., who would benefit from this evil act?) If your spouse is found murdered, guess who the police will begin questioning? This does not mean that you committed the crime, only that you might be more likely to have an ill-motive than would a homeless man in Yazoo City. Try applying this initial question to the attacks on the World Trade Center and see to which parties the cui bono question would apply. In using this approach in the current Malaysian airliner disaster, honest minds might want to include the parties who would have benefitted from the well-documented 1960s “Operation Northwoods” conspiracy!

2. As you listen to American politicians – from the president on down – offering their speculations-as-fact, bear in mind the observations of such men as George Carlin and Kurt Vonnegut, who reminded us to “never believe anything the government tells you.” Apply this same test to officials of other governments as well, and to the toadies whose job it is to parrot the establishment line to you via the media.

3. Keep uppermost in your thoughts the advice common among many Englishmen: “never accept anything as ‘true’ until it has been officially denied.”

4. Should you question the politically-directed, media-communicated, “consensus-based” definitions of reality, you may be accused of advocating “conspiracy theories.” Do not be intimidated by such attacks on your mind. There have been, and continue to be, conspiracies engaged in by people who desire to control your life, and want to keep that fact from you. I prefer the approach taken by the late Chris Tame: “I am not interested in conspiracy theories; I am interested in the facts of conspiracies.” (An introduction to such “facts” can be found in the efforts of Chelsea Manning, Ed Snowden, Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and many other truth-tellers who have made the substance of corporate-state conspiracies quite clear. Those who deny the existence of conspiracies appear to be unburdened by studies of history – whether from Roman or later Italian times, the Nazi Holocaust, or an abundance of more recent schemes for power.

5. Do not fall for any “Blue-Ribbon Commission,” to be set up and run by the political establishment, to provide a “bipartisan” inquiry into this latest atrocity. How much credibility would you give to a Mafia-run inquiry into the nature of organized crime in America? Why would you have any more confidence in a government panel studying itself?

6. If you have any interest in the implications of all of this for the future of the world in which you and your children/grandchildren will live, bear in mind the observation of Andre Malraux: “A civilization can be defined at once by the basic questions it asks and by those it does not ask.”

8:10 pm on July 18, 2014

Heroic Ed Just Grows More Heroic!

“…if I end up in chains in Guantanamo, I can live with that.”

So says the Heroic (and Handsome, if Ed will pardon a personal observation. Love that he lost the glasses! The honesty in his eyes shines even more noticeably now) Ed in his interview with the Guardian posted on today’s LRC.

Contrast that incredibly patriotic statement with this fascist gloating from Towson University (I’ve emphasized the pertinent parts in case wading through Jargon distresses you as much as it does me): “The National Security Agency (NSA) and the United States Cyber Command have designated Towson University a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations for 2014-2019. TU is one of only 13 such designees and the only Maryland institution on the list. … This NSA/DHS-sponsored program is intended to reduce vulnerabilities in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance/cyber security with the goal of producing more professionals with expertise in various disciplines. Centers of Academic Excellence have enabled government, academia and industry to recruit students to meet their specific requirements.” I believe the Hitlerjugend boasted of the same achievement.

Here’s a list of the “Centers of Academic Excellence Institutions” as a whole, should you wish to boycott them while steering any pupils you know to less offensive universities.

Meanwhile, though Our Rulers have thoroughly corrupted American education from kindergarten to graduate studies, here and there a few victims resist. “’Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford University” courageously denounced the NSA’s dragnet for both practical and philosophical reasons, despite his being on the Feds’ payroll (again, I’ve highlighted the essence for those impatient with context): after Devlin “spent five years researching ‘the area of extracting actionable information from vast amounts of data’ funded by the US Department of Defense, [he]claimed that mass data collection is an ineffective way of preventing terrorism, and that resources would be better deployed elsewhere. ‘I concentrate on whether indiscriminate ‘vacuuming up’ of personal information that, according to the documents Edward Snowden has released, the NSA has routinely engaged in for several years, can effectively predict terrorist attacks,’ Devlin writes. ‘I’ll say up front that, based on everything I learned in those five years, blanket surveillance is highly unlikely to prevent a terrorist attack and is a dangerous misuse of resources that, if used in other ways, possibly could prevent attacks such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Anyone with a reasonable sense of large numbers could surmise a similar conclusion. When the goal is to identify a very small number of key signals in a large ocean of noise, indiscriminately increasing the size of the ocean is self-evidently not the way to go.’”

The piece next cites “Andrew Odlyzko, professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis,” who “claims that the concentration of power represented by mass collection of data by both the NSA and private organisations is dangerous for the entire political system. ‘The antiterrorism mantra is driving public policy, and it is corroding the already weakened trust in democratic governance. When high-level officials feel free to give the ‘least untruthful’ answers or provide assurances of careful oversight and of intelligence successes that are then shown to be false, much is lost,’ Odlyzko says. Odlyzko claims that this is just the beginning, and that the incipient Internet of Things will allow much greater levels of data collection and therefore potential for abuse.”

Finally, the article ends on an outrageously encouraging note: “In the interest of balance [the journal that published Devlin and Odlyzko] also sought mathematicians prepared to write in defence of the NSA, but said that for whatever reason ‘this proved difficult’.” Yee-haw!!!!!

12:49 pm on July 18, 2014

Walter Block on CNBC Espousing Radical Views

By Luis Rivera III

Walter Block makes no compromises on national television – makes his case on an establishment medium for privatizing all roads.

Walter Block on CNBC

12:01 pm on July 18, 2014

Jeff Deist and Will Grigg Discuss ‘Police State Keynesianism’

Mises Weekends: Jeff Deist and Will Grigg discuss “police state Keynesianism,” how the once embryonic American police state became overt, how military equipment, personnel, and mindsets increasingly find their way into local law enforcement agencies, and why there are more than 100 SWAT deployments every day in the US.

Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/mises-institute/mises-weekends/episode/34836821

iTunesU: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/mises-weekends/id884207568?mt=10

10:51 am on July 18, 2014

From Zero to Murder in Minutes: The Latent Lethality of Every Police Encounter

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Whitehall, Pennsylvania resident Kevin McCullers may be crippled for life after being shot repeatedly in the back by a Pennsylvania State Constable trying to serve a warrant for unpaid parking tickets. At the time of the assault McCullers was backing out of his driveway on his way to Dunkin’ Donuts. The officer insisted — let’s all say it together — that he acted out of fear for his life, a condition that is diligently cultivated within the state’s enforcement caste.

“They never knocked on the door! No nothing! I just heard the gunshots!” exclaimed Hafeezah Muhammad, a neighbor who witnessed the attempted homicide.

In a fine display of impartiality between the victim and his would-be murderer, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin conceded that the costumed assailant made “mistakes” and is part of a corps of tax-farmers operate “under no one’s direct supervision” — but said that the victim could have avoided being shot if he had arranged to make the extortion payments on an installment plan.

McCullers was more fortunate than Eric Garner, an asthmatic street vendor who suffocated beneath a half-ton of privileged, state-subsidized suet after five NYPD officers threw him to the sidewalk. One of the assailants put Garner in a chokehold; he was quickly joined by several others who slammed the victim’s head repeatedly to the concrete. Following standard procedure, other officers provided a barricade to protect their comrades as they murdered Garner, who had six children and two grandchildren. One officer threatened a citizen who video-recorded the entire atrocity.

Unlike the belligerent parasites who murdered him, Garner was a productive citizen and a peacemaker: He had just broken up a fight before the police arrived. In doing so he humiliated the armed tax-farmers, who immediately began harassing him in search of a pretext to kidnap him. He had court dates in October for the supposed offenses of pot possession and “possessing or selling untaxed cigarettes,” which was apparently treated as a pretext for a purely retaliatory arrest.

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the New York Daily News. Every time a citizen leaves his home –or even backs out of his driveway — he runs the risk of an encounter with the police, who are perfectly capable of going from zero to murder in minute when dealing with trivial matters of revenue collection. Of course, the home offers no sanctuary in a country where police routinely kick in doors in SWAT raids that occur before daybreak or after sunset.

10:50 am on July 18, 2014

Bow Down and Kiss the Fringe?

The latest spam from a huge conservative think-tank on the sacred soil of DC:

In 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law a code that outlines the legal requirements for displaying the American flag.

How much do you know about how to properly display the Red, White, & Blue?

The government’s war banner has, courtesy of the fascist FDR, all sorts of religious rubrics in its Flag Code. Memorize them for proper reverencing.

8:34 am on July 18, 2014

This Just In

CNN Headline this evening:  “US. Government Concludes:  Malaysian Plane was Shot Down”

CNN Headline in March, 2003 (Paraphrasing):  “Saddam Hussein Has Weapons of Mass Destruction that Threaten the U.S.”

7:29 pm on July 17, 2014

On Shooting Down Airliners

Tom: The statists are so desperate to rehabilitate their dead horse that they will exploit every disaster. The AlGorythmic at NASA who suggested, a few years back, that aliens from another solar system might attack and seek to destroy Earth for failing to abide by Gore’s “climate change” directives, might be offering today’s downing of the Malaysian airliner as evidence the attack is underway. The NASA seer might even explain the missing Malaysian Flight 370 mystery as a warning shot taken against us Earthlings.

The erstwhile CIA official who was so quick to blame the loss of today’s Malaysian airliner on Ukranian separatists might inform us how – and by whom – he was so quickly able to get his theory on air at CBS News. Will we next be told that these separatists have “weapons of mass destruction” with which to carry out their murderous deeds? For those who, like the late George Carlin, prefer to engage in that “moronic thing” called “thinking,” the possibilities that the plane crashed due to weather, mechanical functions, etc., should be examined. So, too, should intelligent minds consider this to be a possible “false flag” operation. For anyone unfamiliar with how the U.S. government might – the word is “might” – script out such an occurrence, resort might be had to a plan generated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the early 1960s to fake the shooting down of an American passenger jet by fake Cuban fighter-planes. Google “Operation Northwoods” and see what lengthy documented details appear!

5:15 pm on July 17, 2014

Mark Crovelli opines:

It’s amazing to me how resistant some people are to libertarian ideas at the national level, even though they would agree wholeheartedly that the student body president and faculty in their high schools were petty, brown-nosing morons and sycophants.  Well, guess who is running the congress, presidency, and Fed? Duh.  A distillation of the brownest noses, and uber sycophants in America.  Trust them at your own peril.

3:09 pm on July 17, 2014

We Need More War Spending

Says conservative Roger Zakheim, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank (with emphasis on the word “tank”). At AEI, Zakheim “will study and write about defense issues.” He is “a former deputy staff director and general counsel of the House Armed Services Committee.” He was “the deputy assistant secretary of defense for coalitions from 2008 to 2009.” He “helped secure the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.”

I have said it before and will now say it again: The very heart and soul of conservatism is war. Patriotism, Americanism, and being a real conservative are now equated with support for war, torture, and militarism.

1:54 pm on July 17, 2014

The State’s Concern-O-Meter

CBS News proudly announced this afternoon that the Obama administration “strengthened sanctions against Russia to promote peace in the region,” referring to Ukraine.  “Sanctions” are of course an act of war, not peace.

CBS then dutifully repeated the administration talking point that the administration has “increasing concern” about Russia’s foreign policy.  This got me to thinking:  How would anyone know if there is increased, decreased or the same concern about Russia or anything else?  Is there a giant Concern-O-Meter in the White House press briefing room connected directly to Obama’s brain?

1:01 pm on July 17, 2014

A Reliable Source?

CBS News has been “reporting” all afternoon on the crash of the Malaysian 777 airliner in Ukraine.  They just interviewed one of their “experts” who said that the plane was almost certainly shot down by a missile, and that the culprits are the Ukrainian separatists who want to secede and become part of Russia.  The “expert” was then identified as “the former Number Two man at the CIA, now with CBS news.”

A little later the news anchor admitted, “we have no hard facts about what actually happened.”

UPDATE:  John M. writes:  “Is this attack on the plane an attempt to divert the media away from the war crimes in Gaza?”

Chris C. writes to point out that the “hawks of the War Party” say “there will be hell to pay” if it turns out that Ukrainian secessionists are behind this.  However, no similar outrage is being promised by The Hawks of the War Party if it turns out that the Ukrainian military was responsible.

 

12:53 pm on July 17, 2014

Understandable Confusion

Once again, we find that a serf who preys upon women exactly as Our Rulers do lands in the pokey though the pattern he followed supposedly protects aviation and the ol’ Homeland.

No doubt Travis Holte, who sent me this story, would agree that these are tough times for those seeking to differentiate criminal from official conduct.

10:59 am on July 17, 2014

Today’s Quote

“It is blasphemy to call tyrants and oppressors God’s ministers,” said Jonathan Mayhew in 1749. “They are more properly ‘The Messengers of Satan to buffet us.’ No rulers are properly God’s ministers, but such as are ‘just, ruling in the fear of God.’ When once magistrates act contrary to their office, and the end of their institution when they rob and ruin the public, instead of being guardians of its peace … they immediately cease to be the ordinance and ministers of God, and no more deserve that glorious character than common pirates and highwaymen.”

I stumbled across this magnificent condemnation of Satan’s citadel, the State, in an article entitled “Authority From the Governed — Nowhere Else!” by Rev. David Whitney. The piece offers further ammo against the “Romans-13-requires-unlimited-obedience-to-the-government” heresy among Christians. I highly recommend this quick read if you’re trying to convince our siblings in the Lord that disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God.

10:46 am on July 17, 2014
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