Well, sort of.
Rockwell put that up.
Well, sort of.
Rockwell put that up.
Alright, listen: I was an Andrea Bocelli fan before anyone who currently cares about him in America had even heard his name — or most, anyway. I’m just sayin’.
Here’s my favorite number, which, naturally, is nowhere near any of his popular tracks. I love the way is starts of slow and just builds and builds. No idea what the video is all about. This was the only instance of it on YT — unlike the popular ones, of which there are dozens. I do hope you enjoy.
First off, I really don’t care about Jeffs, and I personally loath that whole racket they’ve got going. But 10 years to life for "forcing a 14-yr-old to marry her 19-yr-old first cousin?" How does one "force" people to marry, presuming that means we’re talking about something more than a 10-minute ceremony where two people are tied to adjoining telephone polls. And when it comes to conjugation, one’s imagination runs pretty wild imagining how Jeffs is the culpable one. But what do I know?
I’ve a simple question though: where was her dad, or mom, or grandfather, or grandmother; a responsible older sibling; an aunt, uncle, or a guardian?
I guess it’s easier to just run to the state to solve all our problems. As one "dissident" (oh, they’re "dissidents?") is quoted as saying:
Thousands of children can sleep safer tonight with Jeffs
"Thousands." "Thousands!" She added:
It is a positive first step, although much more needs to
be done … to protect women and children who want out of the
Uh, maybe I’m missing something, but it sounds to me like if ya’ can’t already leave, then the state — hell, the feds — already got ’em on kidnapping.
Jesus. Gotta go; before my head explodes.
I really do welcome the news, but, in a rational world:
Everyone would mind their own business, and nobody –least of all me — would give a hoot in hell who ultimately wins that American-style, cutthroat competition. I suspect that just getting the stem cells directly would win out, but you never know.
Of course, they say that this news will undercut the "moral" objection (the real moral issue, however, is property rights), but I think it’s just to clear the way for hundreds of millions in federal grant money. We’ll see.
Listen for that, and consider the implications — especially for those under perhaps about 35 years of age. Could it be that, here in America, there exists young people who’ve grown up and do not know what freedom is? And the only reason they would not know, is that they’ve never really felt it in a classic, American sense?
So, just ask yourself: how long did you expect they could be lied to? How long do you suppose they would go, hearing always about the "Land of the Free," yet never once truly feeling it in all of their lives? I know I haven’t felt it — not once — in over two decades. The last time I felt free in America was 1984. I was out of the country almost continuously until 1992, so I don’t have a good idea of the exact moment a feeling like that would have slipped away for a guy like me. Anyway, take a look.
Other than a few really annoying typos (Communications Director?), this is exactly the sort of thing I like to see. Simple, direct, straightforward, to-the-point; and completely devoid of double-talk, euphemism, innuendo, wiggle room, grandstanding, appeals to emotion, authority (other then the Constitution), patriotism and every other insulting device used in virtually every communication out of a campaign in the last 50 years at least. Additional background, here.
You know, all one need do is read that release and compare it with position or clarification statements issued by other campaigns now and over the years and decades to understand Paul’s appeal. There is a dire thirst for honesty in the political process. Now, that is a vain hope, because honesty is anathema to democratic politics, for the simple reason that democracy keys on opinion above principle and people are easily fooled; hell, people want to be fooled. That’s why Paul, in spite of 10 terms in office, has never enjoyed any notoriety until now. Nonetheless, honesty is its own reward — always. More honesty is always better, no exceptions. That’s essentially the basis of my enthusiasm for this campaign.
Let me just say it: Paul is the only honest man to sit in national office within the lifetime of anyone living today. I don’t give a fuck what you think, and don’t give me shit bags like fucking Regan. Fuck Regan! He talked a good line — before he was governor of California. Christ. What a waste; to think he was going to do anything but double or triple the size of the federal government, whatever the dammed number is. Fuck Regan. May he rot in peace.
Bruce McQain really does a good job filling you in on what you’re up against, assuming you’re in the top 50% of income earners in the U.S. And let’s face it: if you’re even trying, top 50% aint that tough. Read the whole thing, and the Walter Williams piece that underlies it, too.
I’ve been saying it for years: the chief objective of practical politics (I’m not going to make any useless distinctions: politics. period.) in a
free democratic society is to have the productive half of the country foot the bill, while ensuring the other half get out to the polls to vote. Which means: if you’re one of the productive half and you vote, there’s just something a little bit stupid about you — because you’ll never outvote all those who’d be happy to have you pay their way. Then again, I’m always hearing what a great political "value" and "freedom" it is to vote. Well, you’re sure gettin’ the freedom to have your values, eh? (good & hard)
Bruce includes an interesting chart that shows us closing in on France in terms of haematomania. I note that the fastest growing economy on the plant (3-5 times faster than us), China, is not even on the list. You do understand, don’t you? One day, should the trends continue, you may wake up a citizen of a 2nd rate economic power (uh, that would be America).
Johah Goldberg’s punchline :
But there’s something weird going on when Paul, the small-government
constitutionalist, is considered the extremist in the Republican Party
while Huckabee, the statist, is the lovable underdog. It’s even weirder
because it’s probably true: Huckabee is much closer to the mainstream. And that’s what scares me about Huckabee and the mainstream alike.
You can read the rest of the article to find out why, but what it really comes down to, between the lines, is that Huckabee is the right-wing version of Hillary Clinton, and I think there’s a lot of truth to that. They both want to "save the world" according to their collectivist religious ideals. What? You think the difference between Huckabee and Hillary is that one is devoutly religious and the other not? Ha!
Of course, all the candidates, save Paul, want to run your life, run the country, and run the world. And that’s only because they look out and see a county of 50% leftist ignoramuses who think a president should run their lives, run the country, and run the world, and 50% rightist ignoramuses who think a president should run their lives, run the country, and run the world. This is why I never spend any time talking about their various policy proposals — because of the common theme: I just don’t want to be a fucking ignoramus. There is simply nothing in the world more silly, more child like, more seriously stupid and fucked up than trying to find important distinctions between, say, outlawing smoking, nationwide, and mandating your-neighbor-pays-your-medical-bills "national healthcare." Certainly, one is more financially devastating than the other, but I really don’t care. Really.
Don and Susie Kirlin buy a piece of property in Boulder, CO in 1980, and last year finally decide to build their dream house on it. Not so fast.
Former Boulder District Judge, Boulder Mayor, RTD board member – among other elected positions – Richard McLean and his wife, attorney Edith Stevens, used an arcane common law called "adverse possession" to claim the land for their own.
And they were successful. They had developed an "emotional attachment" to the land over the years. And the Kirlins didn’t just have to sell it to them at "fair market." The had to sign over 34% of the lot, and now the $800,000 lot is essentially worthless.
Well at least the law was upheld. That’s always important, you know.
Not really a big surprise, as I speak the language and used to live there. I could have gone different ways on a number of those questions, though. Got this via Bruce.
Your Inner European is French!
Smart and sophisticated.
You have the best of everything – at least, *you* think so.