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Thin-Skinned Tough Guys

Writes Peter:

My goodness, imagine the outrage if they played the song, “The Universal Soldier” by Donavan at the Concert for Valor, or even the better known song by Bob Dylan, “with God on Our Side.” Those tough guys have pretty thin skins.

Editorial note: “Universal Soldier” is Ron Paul’s favorite antiwar song.

10:11 am on November 13, 2014

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Writes Sam Gedney:

Hello Lew, the best version of The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is by the late great Liam Clancy.

Heartbreaking.

P.S. Love the site. You, Ron Paul, and Lawrence Vance are most responsible for my awakening. Thanks. :)

10:00 am on November 13, 2014

’19′

From Minnesota Chris:

Comment from Steve Pahs:

I graduated from High School in 1965. In June of 66′ I was home on leave from basic training (drafted) and turned 19. In late Oct 66′ I was a grunt 25 miles NW of Saigon. I was wounded in March of 67. I was still 19. Purple Heart. The several videos of ’19′ depict what I was caught up in. Adversity does not build character; it reveals it. Mine is fine. My unit, A Co, 2nd Batt, 27th Inf Reg, 25th Inf Div took terrible casualties but I saw no unit or individual atrocities. Character revealed.

We (I) were simple working class (farm) kids with a worldview shaped by a controlled press and educational (history) system. We did not start that war but we ‘had’ to fight it. With a little more knowledge I wouldn’t have gone. But I did and that can’t be changed. Because of my desire to understand why, and people like Ron Paul and yourself, I “see” the forces that generate the carnage and waste.

Sites like yours and RT are breaking through the fog and giving people around the globe a welcome alternative to our captured media. Thank you.

9:55 am on November 13, 2014

Willie Mcbride and Danny Boy

From Chris Sullivan:

9:45 am on November 13, 2014

Powerful Antiwar Song

Writes Robert Vertullio:

I nominate Pink Floyd’s “When The Tigers Broke Free,” in which Roger Waters tells the story of his father’s death at the battle of Anzio, is as powerful an anti-war song as I can imagine.

Here are the lyrics :

It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black ‘forty four.
When the forward commander
Was told to sit tight
When he asked that his men be withdrawn.
And the Generals gave thanks
As the other ranks held back
The enemy tanks for a while.
And the Anzio bridgehead
Was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives.

And kind old King George
Sent Mother a note
When he heard that father was gone.
It was, I recall,
In the form of a scroll,
With gold leaf adorned,
And I found it one day
In a drawer of old photographs, hidden away.
And my eyes still grow damp to remember
His Majesty signed
With his own rubber stamp.

(more…)

9:09 am on November 13, 2014

Rally ‘Round the Flag

At your local Christian school. His former church, writes SRD, extended a sidewalk and installed this a flagpole. The kids are now trotted out to worship the flag not just on Veterans Day but everyday. I firmly believe that most Christian schools instill statism in children just as much as the public schools. What a shame.

sda flagpole

7:35 am on November 13, 2014

The War on Drugs Is a Failure

In Afghanistan. Even though the U.S. government took $7.6 billion from American taxpayers and spent it to fight the drug war in Afghanistan, the country’s opium poppy cultivation set a new record this year. Total cultivation rose 7 percent. “More than 550,000 acres of Afghan land were cultivated — that’s approaching the total land area of Rhode Island.”

The war on drugs is not only a failure, it is a war on freedom.

7:06 am on November 13, 2014

Secession Update: Catalonia and Veneto

Barcelona_Iglesia_Sagrada_FamiliaOn Sunday, the Catalonia region of Spain held an “informal” or “symbolic” referendum on Catalonian independence.  It was “symbolic” because Madrid politicians have declared it to be illegal, and  ”a sterile and useless sham.” The Guardian concludes that a legal one is now inevitable.

Catalonia is one of the most industrialized (and consequently) most lucrative areas of the country from which to extract tax revenue that can subsidize poorer and less-productive regions of Spain.  Naturally, those who benefit from such coerced largesse are enthusiastically opposed to Catalonian independence. (The centralists claim that Catalonia agitates for more government spending in Catalonia, and is thus living off the Spanish taxpayer, although it appears fairly clear that the region is simply attempting to get the central government to spend more of Catalonia’s money in Catalonia.)

As a political tactic, the Catalonian vote appears to have been at least moderately effective. More than 1.8 million people appear to have voted for independence (80 percent of those who voted) . Such numbers are hardly the last word (there are 5.4 million voters total), but if Madrid continues its current stance, it will become more and more difficult to describe as a position that amounts to anything other than “might makes right.”

According to Reuters, the Madrid government has now decided that maybe it should actually negotiate with the separatists, rather than merely dismiss them as sterile and useless.

Italy is currently using a similar tactic with the recent independence vote in Veneto. PressTV reported last week on the latest moves from the pro-independence movement in the region: (more…)

5:45 pm on November 12, 2014

Re: Anti-War Songs

And don’t forget the powerful music from the final scene in the “Oh, What a Lovely War!” movie. If it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you need to read the instructions!!

5:06 pm on November 12, 2014

2 More Antiwar Songs for the Next Pentagon Hoedown

From W.S. Henderson:

About WWI.

From the war on Vietnam.

3:37 pm on November 12, 2014

After QE, Where’s the Economy Headed?

Don’t miss Joe Salerno’s Mises.org blog on this all-important topic. And note the use of the True Money Supply (TMS) designed by Murray Rothbard and Joe.

3:11 pm on November 12, 2014

Anarcho-Capitalist Soldiers

Writes a young man in Texas:

Do you know of any groups for anarcho-capitalist soldiers? I was thinking about starting one for soldiers who, like me, came to these beliefs during their enlistment.

Write me if you know of such a group.

2:45 pm on November 12, 2014

Russian Bomber Patrols to Reach Gulf of Mexico

So says the Associated Press. If U.S. foreign policy is so good, then surely there should be no objection if other countries copy it.

1:42 pm on November 12, 2014

The New Age Has Dawned

I was intrigued by the photograph discussed in Ralph Raico’s article on East Berlin today:

A graphic comment on the above reasoning is provided by a photograph a reporter was clever enough to take, which may be seen at Amerika Haus, in West Berlin. It was snapped near the wall, and shows the office-building of a Communist newspaper, just over the boundary. The picture is taken at such an angle that the name of the newspaper, in big block letters on the side of the building, is framed by the barbed wire on top of the wall. The newspaper is—Neue Zeit (“New Age”).

So I looked up the image. This appears to be it:

neue_zeit

And it appears to be featured in this newsreel as well.

1:25 pm on November 12, 2014

Aegis Destroyer ‘Turned Off’ by Russian Fighter?

What frightened the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?

11:58 am on November 12, 2014

2 Truthful Songs Played at Militarist Hoot’nanny

Writes Francis Bleyer:

Apparently, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown are under fire from those who bow down to the altar of the Pentagon for daring to play the great song “Fortunate Son” at the so-called Concert for Valor.  Personally, I think this is a tribute to those who (like me) joined the military with “star-spangled eyes” only to realize that we weren’t really fighting for our country, but for the personal agendas of those in power.  Also, Metallica played “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which is another great anti-war song.

11:23 am on November 12, 2014

Just What Venezuela Needs

Murray Rothbard on natural law vs. the State: in Spanish and Anglo-Google. (Thanks to Kris Borer.)

11:13 am on November 12, 2014

Wow

Writes Matthew:

Mr. Rockwell, I just wanted you to know, I will one day name my child Llewellyn.

Adds Trevor:

When naming our child, I changed a middle name to result in the initials “LEW” instead of “LAW.” Thank you for all you do.

10:58 am on November 12, 2014

Desecration

With its worship of the State and of its Satanic sacrament, war, “Veteran’s Day” is infuriating all the way round. But my blood-pressure, already hovering at dangerous levels yesterday, rocketed even higher this morning when I read of Yale University’s “ceremony … to commemorate those who have fallen and celebrate those who have served.”

Bleeeech—but standard propaganda so far. Where Yale’s yahoos veer into absolute nausea is when they invoke one of the school’s most principled alumni as an inspiration for totalitarianism.

American Revolutionary Captain Nathan Hale did indeed graduate from Yale, but at a time when the place dispensed an education instead of brainwashing. He joined the Continental Army two years later, as Americans set out to free themselves from an empire far less onerous than the one they have since established. The Patriots fighting the British Army were defending themselves, their homes, and their families from evils that their descendants not only relish but for which they pay horrific taxes: policing, surveillance, mercantilism (i.e.,protectionism), and a bureaucratic regime compelling victims to abide by its whims rather than their own.

To compare that honorable struggle for liberty with the imperial wickedness that the various “services” of the USSA now force on the rest of the world is utter, offensive hogwash. Yet one of the liars at Yale’s “ceremony” babbled, “In the tradition of Nathan Hale and all those remembered in Woolsey Hall, Yale is demonstrating that it understands that the defense of our nation and the responsibilities for which it stands are not the responsibilities of a few, but of all.” Nor was that sufficient: the twit further “noted that civilians also have an obligation to support the nation.”

I guess personal taxes approaching 50% aren’t enough. Meanwhile, not even the Nazis could have put such nationalist sentiments better. Total war, with every citizen dedicated to the State and its hellish agenda—precisely the opposite of the Revolutionary generation’s quest to free itself from government.

Let me propose an antidote for such sick genuflecting to the State and smearing of the Revolution’s most endearing hero: my novel Halestorm. There you’ll savor the true, incredibly thrilling story of Nathan Hale and of his devotion to liberty, not Leviathan. (Hint: Nathan probably never said the nationalistic words attributed to him, ”I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”)

10:32 am on November 12, 2014

Thank You, Taxpayers

A friend of mine, who spent a few years “guarding” the South Korean border, sends his annual Veterans Day address:

Time for my obligatory Veteran’s Day post.

Thank you to all of you who paid your taxes (not that you had a choice) and through those taxes paid for me to live while I did a job chosen of my own free will. Thank you for paying for me to go to graduate school. Thank you for guaranteeing my mortgage years after I stopped working as a soldier. Thank you for getting up every day and working a job you probably don’t like only to have 25-45% of it taken away to fund things you have nearly zero say in. Thank you, productive American.

10:19 am on November 12, 2014

Ron Paul: On Veterans Day

Speak truth to the warmongers.

6:16 pm on November 11, 2014

Oh the Irony

From a veteran on Veterans Day:

I tried calling up the VA to schedule an appointment today. After 10+ rings a woman gets on the line and I say I want to set up an appointment with my doctor. She says everything is shut down today because of veteran’s day. end of call. I can’t decide if it’s fitting or ironic that the VA is closed on “Veteran’s Day.” Private businesses offer freebies and discounts today to veterans. The Government? The VA? Well, they just don’t help you: “thanks for your service.”

6:13 pm on November 11, 2014

How Much Do Some Members of the Military Love Their God?

After two dozen surgeries to reconstruct his face, this Marine says of his “service”: “I’m really glad I did it. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

He was shot by a sniper. Why is not this sniper a hero? American snipers are. Remember Chris Kyle?

6:05 pm on November 11, 2014

On Being Fined For Exercising Your Religious Beliefs On Your Property

Travis: So, the state fines a couple for insisting upon controlling their property in order to conform to their religious beliefs (rather than internalizing the High-Church Politically-Correct dogmas). I thought the PC crowd was all in favor of “diversity.” How is “diversity” supported in an environment like this? It sounds like the definition of “diversity” on college campuses: “we support the racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and lifestyle people who speak and act in conformity with our thinking. Those with alternative views are not welcome.”

5:39 pm on November 11, 2014

I’ll Be Speaking

I will be speaking at 3 p.m. next Sunday (Nov. 16th) at Libertopia 2014, at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. The conference runs from Nov. 13-16. My talk is titled “On Oxytocin, and How Liberty Depends Upon Our Being Free.”

5:18 pm on November 11, 2014

Another ‘Success Story’: US Plans to Evacuate Embassy in Yemen

On September 10, President Obama addressed the nation on his plans to “downgrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS. What had begun just weeks earlier as a humanitarian rescue mission to save a religious minority in Iraq purportedly threatened by ISIS had crept into a full-fledged US war against ISIS in Iraq.

At the time, the president outlined his four-part strategy to achieve his goal of eliminating ISIS, which included airstrikes, support for forces on the ground, counterterrorism operations against ISIS, and continued humanitarian assistance. A broad international coalition would soon join the fight, sharing the burden with the US, he promised.

The president emphasized that this strategy had already been proven successful, explaining that:

This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.

Yemen was the model for a successful US fight against terrorism, the president asserted.
 
Uh oh…

Today we read that the US State Department is making evacuation plans for its embassy in Yemen’s capitol, Sana’a,  amid increasing violence between the US-backed government and Houthi rebels who seek to overthrow it.

Should the planned evacuation take place, it will follow the US evacuation of its embassy in another of intervention’s “success stories,” Libya, in July.

Considering intervention’s other “success stories” in Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Syria, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and so on, one wonders just what failure would look like?

I am on Twitter.

4:33 pm on November 11, 2014

Blasphemous Pro-Military Beer Commercial

This pro-military beer commercial is bad enough, but to use a Christian hymn as the music for it is utterly blasphemous.

3:22 pm on November 11, 2014

Don’t Thank These Veterans for Their Service

Veterans Day brings some mail from veterans after reading my article, “Worship the Veterans Day.” Here are the comments of five veterans:

I don’t stand, identify myself or even tell people that I am a veteran- I’m no one special, I’m just another human being, it’s embarrassing when someone says ” thank you for your service” it’s embarrassing when I see 600 veterans waiting 2-3 hours for a free 10 dollar meal at sizzler- really? Do you really need that much attention? I always tell my kids that being a “Veteran” in 98% of the cases means you learned how to obey orders and fold t-shirts, that’s it- nothing special.

I’m a two-tour veteran of Vietnam (’65-66 and ’67-68 when that little shitstorm was at its bloody height (with a 60% VA disability to show for it), 5th Special Forces Gp, and I find the current worship of veterans and the military one of the most vomititious displays of phony patriotism yet. “Thank you for your service.” Translation, “So I and mine don’t have to go.” (But we’ll cheer for you!)

I get the “thank you for your service” often, as people find out that I was an Army officer during the Vietnam War. People either forget or don’t know or don’t care that I returned from Vietnam with an anti-war attitude. Of course the tiniest segment of the American sheeple never have experienced war first-hand and their indoctrination by the state is pretty much total, so it is pretty depressing to hear even my family express unhappiness with my viewpoint.

As a USMC veteran of combat in two countries in the previous decade, I despise when someone blindly “thanks” me for my “service.” I should be instead apologizing for not having been able to overcome 12 years of pro-state/war brainwashing via government schools and media in time enough to not enlist.

I enlisted in the USAF at 18 following in the footsteps of my grandfather. My youth then caused me great heartache in the USAF because I was only interested in getting drunk and chasing women. So as you can probably guess that caused a lot of issues with those in charge. I see clearly all the harm that military worship brings. When someone now attempts to place that worship on me I refuse it by stating “the USAF was the biggest and longest lasting party I have ever attended”. It brings some disgusted looks and grunts from those I tell but I hope in some way it will bring to light that there is no glory with the US military and no worship is required for those that enlist … it is a job choice and not a hero’s role.

2:17 pm on November 11, 2014

What a Punk

There are headlines all over today about how Obama refused to make eye contact with Putin at a conference in China.  What a punk.

This is a far cry from the old Democratic Party which, all throughout the Cold War, endlessly repeated the mantra, “talk with the Russians, talk with the Russians . . .” every time a Republican would repeat the GOP mantra of “peace through strength.”   That was before the foreign policy establishment of both parties was taken over by the neocons and American foreign policy came under the control of the Likud Party (a.k.a. the crazy wing of Israeli politics).

The Chinese public apparently thinks Obama’s behavior was punkish as well.  Their media called him a “rapper” and an “idler” with his obnoxious gum chewing behavior.  They think he looked like some pot-smoking punk hanging out on the street in say, Chicago or Honolulu.

1:30 pm on November 11, 2014

Thieves Loot Couple of $13,000

A couple running a business in New York has learned the hard way what happens when you exercise property rights and freedom of religion against members of one of the Thieves’ protected groups.

1:25 pm on November 11, 2014