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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 […]

lost six inches

I have A LOT of “friends” on Facebook. It does not deceive me about my real-world popularity, but I do get exposed to an interesting mix of information there. I just ran across a photo of a tape measure that someone posted under the heading: I lost 6 inches around my waist. Well heck, I want to lose six inches around my waist… But I’m not so keen on the steps that would require. Ah, DUCT TAPE to the rescue. Is there anything it cannot fix? The enhanced tape measure indicates a waistline six inches less than yesterday. The really awesome thing is that my pants still fit exactly as they did before. No wardrobe refit required. No dieting. No […]

The Freest Country on Earth

from A Geek With Guns A lot of people in the United States mistakenly believe that peacekeeper and law enforcer are interchangeable terms. In a nation where the only laws on the books were laws against harming others that could be true. But a vast majority of the laws in the United States have nothing to do with harming others, which is what a vast majority of prisoners are being held for victimless crimes: In light of that, let us review some statistics which demonstrate just how destructive the mass incarceration of victimless criminals has become to our society. The 2009 federal prison population consisted of criminals who committed these crimes: Drugs 50.7% Public-order 35.0%, Violent 7.9% Property 5.8% […]

insider view of Arabian chaos

A great resource for keeping track of national and international interactions is Paul Craig Roberts. He does, however, have glaring blind spots. Chief among them is his apparent ignorance of The Bilderberg Group, aka The Globalists. The media monopoly, the tiny, inbred pool of electable leaders, the schooling monopoly, the single war party known by two names (D & R) and, of course the source of their world-dominance, their world-wide banking-cartel, money-changer monopoly. Nevertheless, he clearly sees that the Mideast turmoil is not going away quietly. ————————————— From Paul Craig Roberts: … Israel wants Syria and Iran to join Iraq and Libya in American-induced chaos so that Israel can steal the water in southern Lebanon. If Syria and Iran are […]

Tor – what for?

Wondoze Exploder is still the big dog in Internet browsing tools. Mozilla Firefox escapes some of its more onerous aspects, and is a strong second. Firefox adds a modicum of resistance to The Great Database accumulating everything there is to know about everybody they wish to control – roughly everybody. The best computer brains on the planet include many who are less than in love with Big Brother. They are freedom of thought’s friends. Somewhere much lower on that food chain are those who have sold their souls to The Man … the programming prostitutes. Fortunately, the A team is on our side. You do, of course, have to do your part. That brings me back to Internet browsing… and […]

stupid smart phones

I was going along with cell phone evolution for a while. I wised-up about the time they started with the “smart phone” moniker. Privacy and health concerns are enough to put me off that feed. I share a couple of recent articles below touching on some of those concerns with current knowledge. First off, I will resist the constant monitoring by Big Brother as well as I conveniently can. I phrase it that way as I recognize The Deep State is a pervasive, cancerous growth in our world. Escape is possible, but requires focus, dedication and abandonment of too many modern conveniences. My attempt at balance dictates resistance, avoidance and fershur I will not facilitate Big Brother’s snooping. That […]

repair, re-use trumps recycle, re-purchase

These scissors have been a part of my ‘riverside tool box’ for a lot of years. They have a nice edge, cut well, seem heavy enough for shop use, and have required no maintenance. Until a couple days ago when the pivot pin broke, turning the pair of scissors into two useless pieces of plastic and steel. Fortunately I have tools, assorted hardware and ingenuity. Rather than a trip to the new scissor store, I drilled the pivot point out to fit a bolt I had on hand. After reassembly, the reunited PAIR of scissors now works as well as they ever did. Quality I like, form that functions, less time than a trip to town and my familiar […]

what day is it?

July 4th is flags, beer, barbecue and fireworks. What for? All of our lawyers are contracted affiliates of the British Bar Association. Sixty percent of the USofA senators and 43% of our congresscritters are lawyers. British bankers own “our” federal reserve, and, thus complete control of our money. So Brits own our courts, our legislature and our economy. What exactly did the colonists of 1776 win independence from? And about this flag USofA politicians, courts and ENFORCERS of their laws wave around… It is The Flag Of The Admiralty. What exactly are you celebrating?