LMAO

I hear you

I hear you

Since the New York Times doesn’t allow me to mirror one of their articles, you’ll have to settle for THIS LINK to their article entitled: U.S. Wants To Make It Easier To Wiretap The Internet.

I’m laughing because me and millions more like me have old copies of PGP as well as programming languages capable of creating encryptions that are difficult if not practically impossible to decrypt.  Not only that, but there are countless ways to pass information between two (or more) people with almost complete confidence that no one will ever discover the encryption medium, or even discover that there is an encryption medium.

First it was an “Internet Kill Switch” and now that they’ve (apparently) discovered that such a thing would be more difficult than keeping our neighbors to the South from visiting us at will, they think they can eavesdrop on it.

Really.  You just have to laugh at these clowns.

Next thing you know, they’ll be appropriating money to build ID Cards that can’t be counterfeited.  Oh wait…

Dumb And Dumber

That title refers to me.  I’ve been incredibly naive and gullible for too damned long.

Astonished

Astonished

When I first saw the NYT article on people who moved onto a flood plain and were then astonished to discover high water, I thought it was a funny human interest article.  Since I thought that no lender would offer a mortgage on a home in a flood plain that didn’t include flood insurance, I was curious about the cost of a policy… so I tried to find out how much it would cost on the open market.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the only flood insurance offered is one based on a FEMA subsidized (100%) policy.  If you peruse their website, you’ll discover how they train policy sales people and how to get in line to become a corporate welfare recipient of a program that’s sold as a social safety net.

A friend of mine expressed regret that he felt a little mean for thinking that maybe they deserved what they got.

No… what I think is mean, is luring ignorant people into taking risks that will statistically result in a benefit to someone else.  A benefit that’s going to add to the debt that will only be paid by my (our) grandchildren.

What the heck is going on?

Tim DeChristopher

Rather than entering my long winded diatribe about why I’ve more and more decided to loath what was once the greatest experiment in liberty the world has ever known, I’m going to rely instead on the following already published accounts of why we should all know Tim DeChristopher.

After you’ve watched the video account of his actions and their consequences, please take the time to read his complete statement at his sentencing .

Are you ashamed too?

Competition in Currency

Sneaky

Sneaky No Longer Works

For some time now I’ve been thinking about all the revelations that the internet provides and how it’s ubiquitous communications capability has fundamentally altered the way everyone does business.  Especially government business.  Along those lines, it occurred to me the other day that our traditional economic policy of constantly inflating the currency in order to allow banks to securely service debt with only fractional reserves was dependent on the fact that the common, ordinary citizen bank customer never before realized that without the FED’s printing presses, all banks are insolvent because the only legal tender happens to be Federal Reserve Notes… which is inherently counterfeit.

At about the same time, I heard about Congressman Ron Paul’s “Free Competition in Currency Act.”  I connected the dots with the following letter to my legislative representatives.  Needless to say, I hope a lot of citizens learn about and support the benefits of having a legitimate currency.

Subject: Free Competition in Currency Act

Please co-sponsor and do all you can to help pass Ron Paul’s “Free Competition in Currency Act” (HR 1098).

Unless you are afraid of exposing the FED’s counterfeiting Federal Reserve Notes that have less and less value, you will want to co-sponsor and support HR 1098.

The only reason to oppose HR1098 is to hide the fact that counterfeiting is illegal for good reason and an admission that you don’t understand that Keynesian consumer stimulus schemes depend on a level of secrecy that the internet and worldwide communications technology have forever rendered obsolete.

In the wake of the FED’s expansion of it’s balance sheet, consumers in a bygone era consumed irresponsibly only because they had no reason to know that the influx of currency didn’t occur naturally because of an expansion in production. Now days everyone knows that these influx’s are temporary, fraudulent monetary perversions, and for that reason even banks aren’t pushing their ill-gotten gains into the marketplace.

Enter the 21st century and stop pretending that FED counterfeiting can be done in secret. Publicly and intellectually acknowledge that FED counterfeiting will never, ever again be able to trick citizens into believing that it isn’t fraud on a massive, worldwide scale.

History Of US Currency Defaults

Horror!  Tremble in fear for the possibility of (another) currency default.

We never learn, do we?

Cower in terror at the thought of Moody’s downgrading US currency.

What we really ought to do is reflect on past defaults and try to imagine the really horrible consequence of failing to stop this counterfeiting FED enterprise in it’s tracks right now before it’s too late to prevent our winding up like the Weimar Republic.

In it’s customary fashion, Mises.Org describes US currency default history.

Government Literacy

They say that I missed 3 questions, but I’m going to argue with them about one answer.  The other two though, I blew fair and square.

Try it yourself  — American Civic Knowledge Survey

My results are below:

I’m going to argue that I only missed TWO.
The one in RED below is NOT WRONG – dammit.
My comments are in BLUE*

  • You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy@isi.org.You can consult the following tableto see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.(Be sure to check out the table to see how you compare with your elected officials)

Incorrect Answers

  • Question: What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
    Your Answer: Declaration of Independence
    Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address
    Blew This One For Sure

  • Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
    Your Answer: government debt is zero
    Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average
    What pray tell, is the difference? 
    *Uh oh… I get it… Deficit isn’t the same as DEBT.  So I missed TWO.

  • Question: A flood-control levee (or National Defense) is considered a public good because:
    Your Answer: citizens value it as much as bread and medicine
    Correct Answer: a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it
    All residents pay for National Defense and even levees.  Even residents who live in another county or state pay for levees.  This is BS!

I need to do some more studying.  How about you?

Texas Voters Get What They Deserve

The Texas legislature had a chance yesterday to drive the last nail in the coffin of the Texas based TSA’s ability to sexually abuse children and grandmothers in wheel chairs.

The cowardly weasel, House Speaker Joe Straus along with the conniving Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and his equally dishonest ally, Governor Rick Perry put enough fear into enough house members to kill the bills authored by Congressman David Simpson and Senator Dan Patrick that would have criminalized TSA agents who chose to “just follow orders” that instructed them to feel around in the panties of the least likely terrorists on Earth.

If Texas and other states used their brains instead of their collective wallets to rake in campaign funds in return for back scatter x-ray machines, more power and less constitutional restrictions, they’d do the sensible thing and hire employees like those starring in the following video.

Texans who help reelect Straus, Dewhurst and Perry deserve what they get:  lying, cowardly, third rate crooks.

Ms Wafa Sultan

Most of us US citizens have heard the rhetoric about Muslims and how disgraceful their Islamic religion is, but I recently watched a YouTube video which had a visceral impact on me like none other.

It was a presentation by Ms Wafa Sultan, who was born and spent the first three decades of her life as a Syrian citizen.  Her short story is both moving and unnerving.

I spend a lot of time complaining about what I believe is evidence that the USA is sliding down a slippery slope toward more ignorance, less freedom and bankruptcy, but because I listened to Sultan’s history, I had to remind myself that we’ve got a lot of sliding to go before we slide back into the seventh century.

At the same time, her story makes me even more committed to championing our countries founding principles that have made the United States of American the most unique experiment in freedom in the history of the planet.

See if you don’t agree.

Wafa Sultan

Texas Governor Rick Perry Hears The Wind Blowing

Houston Chronicle Photo - Rick Perry

Houston Chronicle Photo - Rick Perry

In his typical “finger to the wind” decision making methodology, Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to add the TSA Anti-Groping bill to the current special legislative session agenda.  The Houston Chronicle issued the following:

Gov. Rick Perry announced he had added legislation that would make it illegal for TSA agents to engage in “intrusive touching” at airports security checkpoints without probable cause to the list of items for the legislature to consider during the special session.

The measure had previously failed to muster enough support in the Texas Senate to come up for a vote because the Justice Department wrote a scathing memo against the bill, which threatened legal action against the state, and the measure became enmeshed in Senate politics.  Read more…

Typical Republican – Texas Gov. Rick Perry

When Colonel William Barrett Travis drew a line in the sand prior to the Texicans stand at the Alamo, it was meant to convey that even when faced with certain defeat and certain death, there would be no turning back.  The current state governor, Rick Perry, doesn’t deserve to be in the same category with Travis.

When presented with a warning by the US Justice Department that Texas would be declared a no-fly zone in the event that the TSA Anti-Groping Bill passed and was signed into state law, Perry couldn’t back peddle fast enough.

In the following video, you see him lying through his teeth saying that he wasn’t aware that the Texas House & Senate already had votes committed to support the acts passage.  Don’t be fooled by this lying, cowardly, big statist clown.  He’s nothing more than a typical mainstream Republican.