Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On gay marriage...

If we agree: Government has no "business" (i.e. sanctioned authority or assigned obligation) in ths matter, why should "the church"? If two Agnostics or Aethiests (gay or straight) wish to marry, what "authority" sanctions their union? The Church's involvement is traditional, not imperative - except to the Believer. A basic motivation behind gay marriage is to satisfy legal requirements to gain access to actions and/or benefits otherwise denied to a non-relative. Changing or eliminating those unnecessary hurdles would be far easier, less threatening to the culture and thus make a lot more sense than once again calling on Governemnt to resolve a problem it crerated while having no authorizatioon to be involved in the first place.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Free-dumb: the Official Conservative View

Rush Limbaugh, the self-anointed, self-appointed Spokeshead for All That Is Conservative, has a damned warped opinion of what Freedom is. Unfortunately, there are many who agree with him. Do you? Hear what he said -- and my unvarnished response right here.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Suppose you were fond of books...

 We've never met, but I have known L. Neil Smith for years. He is one of the most prolific writers on Freedom and Liberty in America. Really. He's done it mainly through writing his 50 year library of award-winning science fiction novels. Every now and then, he strays into non-fiction like his recent "Down With Power"  which is, well - powerful. For anyone struggling with the national "debate" about guns and gun control roiling America, you'll find this vintage LNS helpful.

SUPPOSE YOU WERE FOND OF BOOKS ... 

You liked their leather bindings, their fancy endpapers, the way they
speak to you of other times and places, the way they feel in your hand.

You even liked the way they smell.

Naturally you were aware that books are dangerous. They give people
ideas. Over the long, sad course of history, they've resulted in the
slaughter of millions -- books like _Uncle Tom's Cabin_, _Das Kapital_,
_Mein Kampf_, the Quran, even the Bible -- but you had too much
intelligence, too much regard for the right of other people to read,
write, and _think_ whatever they please, to blame the books themselves.

Now suppose somebody came along who agreed with you: books are dangerous
-- _and something oughta be done about it!_ Nothing you couldn't live
with, of course: numbers should be stamped inside them, a different
number, not just in each kind of book, or each title or edition -- but
in each and every individual book.

"So what if it raises prices a little? We can keep track of 'em better
that way -- it'll help you get 'em back if they're stolen."

But wait ... Isn't the right to freedom of expression, the right to
create, exchange, and collect books -- without a trace of government
harassment -- the right to read, write, and think whatever you please,
isn't that supposed to have been guaranteed by the First Amendment to
the Constitution? No matter who decides it's wrong? No matter how
"sensible" their arguments may sound for taking that right away?

You tried to defend your rights, but nobody listened. You appealed to
the mainstream media; they were even more dependent on the Bill of
Rights than you were, and American journalism has always gloried in its
self-appointed role as watchdog over the rights of the individual. But
the bitter truth was, that during heir long, self-congratulatory
history, they were more like a pack of curs caught bloody-muzzled time
and time again, savaging the very flocks they had been trusted to protect.

You were alone. You insisted that books don't kill people, people kill
people. They laughed and told you that people who read books kill people.

Time passed ... and  still they couldn't be satisfied. Now they wanted
the serial numbers written down in record books. Then they demanded that
your name be written down beside the numbers, along with your address,
your driver's license number, your age, your sex, and your race: "'Cause
we gotta right to know who's reading all these books!"

Soon they were insisting that bookstores be licensed. They forbade you
to buy books by mail, in another state, on the Internet, or from a
friend. They required that your dealer report you if you bought more
than one book within a five day period.

They forbade you to buy more than one book a month. They demanded that
you wait five days, a week, three weeks, before you could pick up a book
that you'd already paid for -- at a bookstore subject to unannounced
warrantless inspections and punitive closure by heavily- armed
government agents. In states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and
California, mere possession of a book meant an automatic year in jail.

At one point they offered to spend tax money to buy your books "back":
"You got too many. This is a purely voluntary measure -- for the time
being."

Now they want to confiscate any of your books that they think are too
long: "No honest citizen needs a book with that many pages!"
Ideologically biased think-tanks, Homeland Security, TSA, and your local
police all agree that anybody who reads books is potential terrorist.

Your taxes will be spent to burn them, and somehow you have a grim
foreboding that this is only the beginning, that some dark midnight, no
matter how peaceable or agreeable or law-abiding you have been, you're
going to hear that knock on your door ...

Yes, books are dangerous.

They start holy wars, revolutions, and make people dissatisfied with
their lives.

But this is ridiculous!

Is it a nightmare?

Another Gulag horror story?

A bloodsoaked page from the history of fascism?

No, it's just the commonplace oppression that people suffer under every
day when they feel about guns the way that you feel about books.

Okay, so maybe that feeling, being fond of guns, is a little hard to
understand. But just try justifying your own love of books, say, to a
Christian fundamentalist, or an Iranian ayatollah. The very demand that
you must explain yourself -- in blatant, brutal violation of your basic
human rights -- will make you inarticulate with rage.

Increasingly, gun owners laugh at the notion of human rights, because,
increasingly, they have none.

Sure, guns are dangerous.

Like books.

Like books, the right to create, exchange, and collect them without a
trace of government harassment, is supposed to be guaranteed.

No matter who thinks it's wrong.

No matter how "sensible" their arguments may sound for taking your
rights away.

So what makes you think your books are any safer than your neighbor's guns?

Whether you like books or guns, the issue's the same:

When anybody's rights are threatened,  everybody's  rights are threatened.


By L. Neil Smith <lneil@netzero.com> 
Excerpted and Adapted from _Lever Action: Essays on Liberty_, Mountain
Media, 2001 
L. Neil Smith's _Lever Action: Essays on Liberty_ is available at
Amazon.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Happy Hour Challenge (posted 5P)

Today's HHC is quite simple: Watch this without laughing.
The Winner receives my sympathy and one (1) Sense of Humor Implant.
(NB: Those who have taken the test before are automatically disqualified).

Begin................

Sunday, March 10, 2013

And the Hypocrite of the Day Award goes to...

.... the person best demonstrating "The 2nd Amendement for Me, but not for Thee"!
And the  snarky winner is --

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Making the last 7 years worthwhile

While I am generally uncomfortable with compliments (an old WASP tradition), it was a great pleasure - and relief - to receive the following:

Dear Brian,
I wanted to write to thank you for the time you spent in Toledo. It was a disappointing day that I learned you were no longer on the airwaves of NW Ohio. The afternoon show will never be the same.

Thank you for all the great guests you brought on air - Rich Galen, James Bovard, Walter Williams, Ann Coulter and so many more. Thanks, too, for introducing me to Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged is, without a doubt, the most influential novel I have read.

More importantly, thank you for telling us about libertarianism. It is the only political philosophy I can truly get behind. Eight years ago, I had never even heard of it. Now I tell those who are not so "aggressively ignorant" about it. Not as eloquently as you ever put it, but we must all do our part. It is difficult trying to explain reason and logic to the unreasonable and illogical, especially in Toledo. I have started with my own children. We spend a lot of time discussing the social studies they learn at TPS. I figure it is my responsibility as a parent to correct the misinformation provided by the Toledo Federation of Teachers. They may be the only children in their school learning to think for themselves....

Finally, thank you for bringing your voice of reason to Toledo. It will be missed.

Rxxx Hxxx
 
You're more than welcome.  You took the initiative and made the effort to put yourself in place that will benefit not only you, but your children, family, friends and community. Hopefully, you will find rooms full of hearing ears. When the rooms and minds are vacant, remember what we used to say back around the fall of the Roman Empire: “Noli sinere malos te vexare” -- which is the literal and correct Latin for "Illigitimis carborundum non est". 
 

Before the weekend gets away...

 ...enjoy this 40 minute chat with  Lew Rockwell, erudite founder and leader of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute and keeper of LewRockwell.com, marking the official - albeit technically tenuous - launch of the Libertas Media Project. Coming up: Tom Woods, James Bovard, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Dr. Walter E. Williams, Monty Pelerin, Tom DiLorenzo and many more of the bright lights in the firmament of Freedom.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sequester this

DHS order 2,700 for parades, county fairs, grade school field trips....