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H.L. Mencken on liberty and government

from Mises.org by Gary Galles Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was perhaps America’s most outspoken defender of liberty in the first half of the 20th Century.  A major theme of his writings was that “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”  It is worth remembering some of the reasons he gave for that shame, since, by the same standards, the government is even more shameful today than when Mencken wrote. The basis justifying shame in our government lies in the appropriate role of government: “The ideal government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone-one which barely escapes being no government at all.” “Good […]

why the new boss is the same as the old boss

Outgoing president Dwight Eisenhower warned us about the growing power of the military-industrial-complex. They obviously control international policy. The drug companies control national drug policy. The banksters control the monetary system. Entrenched systems control the federal government. Little men in the Oval Office are allowed to pontificate and play at being important. Their lifespan is directly related to their unwillingness to tip over the vendors’ carts. American Democracy Is “A Dead Man Walking” Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, Trump’s “sell-out,” as it is called, coming on top of Obama’s eight-year “sell-out,” is instructive. We have now had a Democratic president who sold out the people who elected him and a Republican president who has done the same thing. This is […]

executive dis-orders

Wave of the hand; Law of the land I am paraphrasing a Bill Clinton aid. During that presidency the legislative branch had their job stolen by the executive branch in wholesale quantities and The Whim Of The President was thoroughly shoved in our faces… or at least in mine. The current emperor waved his magical pen the other day, now allowing religious organizations to spend their tax-exempt money on political activity. That is just one of many executive orders The Imperial Donald has signed already. The anti-Christians are hyperventilating over this one. I am disgusted by ALL OF THEM. The Constitution created a legislative branch with representatives of the states (Senate) and representatives of the people (House) to hash out […]

my new car company

I found myself with a spare five billion dollars lying around. I have a bullet-proof plan for using it in the creation of the ultimate car company. As is popular with ideas like this, I will give it a proper newspeak name: FREEDOM MOTORS. My first step to guarantee profitability will be to have my good friends in Congress move all liability for injury, death or failure to perform as advertised from Freedom Motors to the National Freedom Motors Injury Compensation Program. Lawmakers actually work quite inexpensively. For less than a billion dollars, I can get a fifty-fold return on investment. Then to make sure our compensation system doesn’t break the taxpayers, and give my company a bad name […]

daylight savings

Sure is a shame about the hour I am losing this weekend. It was the one I intended to spend worshiping our government. While there is even a .gov website describing circadian rhythms, other than the governments of Arizona and Hawaii, the rest of the governments within the USofA seem to be clueless about it. I’ll put it in simple terms even a legislator can comprehend: Messing with our clocks messes us up. The ONLY purpose it serves is to twice every year demonstrate governmental control over our daily lives. It COSTS the economy money. It kills hundreds of people every year. And, most importantly, It pisses me off. One year I skipped it… for a while. It was tedious, […]

great news

You likely have heard of Wikileaks’ Vault 7 data release. This is much like what Edward Snowden did a few years back. Of course lamestream media and the rulers are ducking, bobbing and weaving as fast as they can, but truth is a harsh master, and can be merciless to the liars. This particular news show gets all stars possible for covering the current picture, what the information released means, the context of it, and explaining it in accessible terms. It is a great way to catch up if you haven’t been following the “Vault 7” story since it exploded. Included is a wonderful interview with John McAfee who explains in understandable terms the who, what and how of the […]

Bull* vetoes

Bullock again proves himself ignorant and incompetent to hold an office representing the people of Montana. Twenty states have “Constitutional Carry” – that is, no law against carrying weapons regardless of whether your coat falls over it or not. There are absolutely no related problems in any of them. With a strong, knowledgeable gun culture, Montana is no more at risk than any of them, particularly including the most recent addition to that list, New Hampshire. Both houses of the state legislature agreed. King Bull* disagreed. His second idiotic move Thursday was vetoing legal carry into Montana Post Offices. Over a decade ago a couple of US Postal Service employees “went postal” and shot some co-workers. From postal service […]

more local dam news

Painted Rocks dam – with no overflow systemIn honor of California’s dam problems, the local Ravalli Republic newspaper just published an article on The Painted Rocks dam. Probably more thanks to the agitation of Dallas Erickson than the threatening disaster of Oroville. If you have been watching the unfolding drama as the crumbling dam gets pushed to, and perhaps beyond its limit, you know that the main spillway damage first observed 4 years ago has now rendered that spillway hazardous to use. The emergency overflow was deemed inadequate and unusable 12 years ago. Surprise, surprise, surprise, turns out that it is indeed unusable without catastrophic erosion. Several years ago, California politicians pushed through a “water bond” to fix aging and […]