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    Persona non grata 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Michael Dunn
    The title should read: Enabling an American Dictator: Here and Now
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    tzo 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Interestingly, but not too surprisingly I suppose, Wikipedia defines these terms you mentioned mostly as an imposed, not voluntarily entered into, status. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_death http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonperson
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    Suverans2 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Though they are very unlikely to ever admit it, the "wise" among us know that if they secede, i.e. withdraw from membership...[in the political]...group, they will have to give up all their "civil privileges", which include, (but are not limited to), "voting, holding public office, obtaining many jobs, and occupational licenses, entering judicially-enforceable agreements, maintaining family relationships, and obtaining insurance and pension benefits", and this is why they will never seriously consider it. They would rather say, "Oh, it can't be done", and quickly look the other way. ″Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened.″ ~ Winston Churchill When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest. ~ Author Unknown It is important to understand, we are not asking anyone else to join us in our walk, we are only asking that our right ("just claim") to do so be respected, and nothing more.
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    Suverans2 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    After reading that, these may make more sense. non·per·son n. UNPERSON; specif., ones who is officially ignored by the government ~ Webster's New World Dictionary of American English, Third College Edition,, page 923 [Emphasis added]
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    Suverans2 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Greetings and salutations Sharon Secor, As always your reply is friendly, polite and thoughtful, (not to mention complimentary), and is, therefore, a pleasure to read. Regarding my question. Although I can appreciate your answer, here is what I was fishing for. Did you know that a man (or woman) who has withdrawn from membership in the political association, (i.e. seceded), is considered to be "civilly dead"? civil death. Law. The change of status of a person equivalent in its legal consequences to natural death. ~ Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1916-1960, pg. 151 Civil death. The state of a person who, though possessing natural life, has lost [or given up by choice] all civil rights [but not his or her natural rights] and as to them is considered civilly dead. …persons…declared civilly dead…means that certain civil rights and privileges…including the right to vote and contract and to sue and be sued are forfeited. ~ Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 245 [Emphasis and bracketed information added] Specifically, judicially-enforceable agreements [contracts][1] are forfeited, because he or she cannot sue or be sued. And, as Bill Engvall would say, "Here's your sign". Sandra Renfro could not have "sued" Dave Winfield if he had been "civilly dead"; their union would not have been a judicially-enforceable agreement [contract]. "Serial monogamy", what an interesting, and no doubt appropriate, label, especially since, as far as I know, there is no word for this multiple-marriage type of behavior. Most people are not aware of it, but there are two distinctly different definitions for the word "monogamy". 1. the practice or state of being married to only one person at a time 2. RARE the practice of marrying only once during life (Source: Webster's 2010 New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition) RARE ain't the word for it, how about ALMOST UNHEARD OF these days. __________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Civil disabilities. …these disabilities…include denial of such privileges as voting, holding public office, obtaining many jobs, and occupational licenses, entering judicially-enforceable agreements, maintaining family relationships, and obtaining insurance and pension benefits. ~ Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 245
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    Sharon Secor 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Good Morning. I, of course, thank you for your always thought-provoking comments. You always add so much to a discussion. As I understand it, the reason the State got involved in that particular divorce is because it was requested of them by one of the parties in the marriage. While I, for example, would NEVER go running to the State to ask that they interfere or otherwise get involved in my personal relationship, other people have no qualms, it seems, about utilizing the force of the State to resolve their differences. Often a desire to punish or hurt the other person is the driving force behind many divorce court fights over property, etc. Now, some see the role of a limited government as dealing with contract disputes. Marriage can be a tricky issue, in terms of property disputes. For me personally, I think it best not to involve oneself in a situation in which such disputes can occur. That may, for some people, mean that private contracts regarding property, etc., are made before entering into a marriage. That may mean not marrying someone you are not sure of. For example, my husband is not the sort of person that would, in the event of a parting of the ways, try to wrest my real estate from me, as that belongs to the children. That's just not a part of his personality. It was mine before we met, procured specifically with the children in mind. The ability to be fair, even under undesirable circumstances is an important quality... People make poor marital choices, or choose people on more superficial levels, or simply do not invest much thought in long-term outcomes. It amazes me how lightly people enter into serious, serious things such as child rearing or marriage, investing little deep thought. (I've done it... when I was first married, many years ago, I didn't have a full understanding of how serious a thing it was. Today, I do. Childrearing, however... years and years of thought and research. Decades worth.) Of course, culturally we view marriage differently than we have in times past, more open-ended, more along the serial monogamy lines than a life long commitment. It may be best for serial monogamists to stick with living together, as it is easier to dissolve. Of course, how people arrange their personal lives is none of my business. I, however, do make the distinction between the two types of relationships... marriage is a different thing for me. And, I choose not to involve the State, not now and not in the future. My husband isn't inclined to such things either. And, he also knows that, even if he did lose his mind and decide to run to the State to solve a dispute involving me, it would do him no good, because I would refuse to participate or comply anyway. And, the likelihood of our local law enforcement dragging me into divorce court in chains and at gunpoint (the only way I'd ever make it there) is very, very, slim. They have far better things to do with their time and resources, HA HA HA. Enjoy the day. Always a pleasure to hear from you. And, I was also well aware of the origin of marriage licenses in the US. Fascinating, isn't it? Thanks for pointing that out to people who didn't yet know that. Best Regards...
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    Suverans2 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    G'day Sharon Secor, "Earle Lilly, a noted divorce lawyer from Houston, ...represented a woman [in "divorce court"] who claimed Dave Winfield as her common-law husband and won a $1.6 million judgment." How did this happen if they were married in a way that did not involve the State?
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    Suverans2 3 years 5 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    An aside. Ever see the modern-day legal definition of "marriage license"? Well, actually, it is the very same definition found in Henry Black's first edition, A Dictionary of Law (1891), a hundred years earlier, on page 757; no change, not one word[1]. Marriage license. A license or permission granted by public authority to persons who intend to intermarry... ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 973 [Emphasis added] And what, according to this same source, is "intermarry"? Intermarriage. See Miscegenation. Okay, we will. Miscegenation. Mixture of races. Term formerly applied to marriage between persons of different races. Ibid., page 999 [Emphasis added] Formerly? Miscegenation. Mixture of races; marriage between persons of different races; as between a white person and a negro. A Dictionary of Law (c.1891) page 778 Yep, "formerly" it did; that's right. Should make one wonder what the term "miscegenation" applies to now, "legally" speaking, should it not? Well, now it only applies to "mixture of races", and not the "marriage between persons of different races". That being the case, why has the legal definition of "marriage license" never been changed to reflect this, e.g. A license or permission granted by public authority to persons who intend to marry? _____________________________________________________________________________________ [1] However, by 1910, Henry Black's second legal dictionary, A Law Dictionary, page 762, added this, "By statute in some jurisdictions, it is made an essential prerequisite to the lawful solemnization of the marriage," and remains attached to the legal definition of "marriage license" to this day, word for word.
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    Persona non grata 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    Economics knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, to parapharse Oscar Wilde. The value of peace cannot be counted in dollars, pounds or renminbi but in liberty gained.
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    John deLaubenfels 3 years 6 weeks ago
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    rita 3 years 6 weeks ago
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago
    The 'Rule of Law'
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    G'day Bill Ross, Bruce wrote, in the comment you posted, (which is otherwise an excellent dissertation), "The word lawful implies what history has found to be moral and just, and pertains to what we perceive as the common law." According to Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1332 the definition of "rule of law" is this: "The rule of law, sometimes called "the supremacy of law", provides that decisions should be made by the application of known principles or laws without the intervention of discretion in their application." And what is the "supreme law" of man? It is not the "common law", which is dependent upon "custom" and/or "judicial decisions", it is the "law of nature", the "natural law" of man. The law of nature is superior in obligation to any other. It is binding in all countries and at all times. No human laws are valid if opposed to this, and all which are binding derive their authority either directly or indirectly from it. ~ Institutes of American Law by John Bouvier, 1851, Part I, Title II, No. 9 [The natural] law is the paramount law, and the same law, over all the world, at all times, and for all peoples; and will be the same paramount and only law, at all times, and for all peoples, so long as man shall live upon the earth. ~ Natural Law; or the Science of Justice by Lysander Spooner This law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original. ~ 1 W. Blackstone, Commentaries at 41 ...“natural law,” or jus naturale...system of rules and principles for the guidance of human conduct which, independent of enacted law or of the systems peculiar to any one people, might be discovered by the rational intelligence of man, and would be found to grow out of and conform to his nature, meaning by that word his whole mental, moral, and physical constitution. ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 2ND c. 1910), pg. 804 Law of nature, is a rule of conduct arising out of the natural relations of human beings established by the Creator, and existing prior to any positive precept. Thus it is a law of nature, that one man should not injure another, and murder and fraud would be crimes, independent of any prohibition from a supreme power. ~ Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago
    The 'Rule of Law'
    Page Bill Ross
    Could not post this with the below link imbedded, it triggered the spam filter on first attempt at posting it. http ://users.ugent.be/~frvandun/Texts/Logica/NaturalLaw.htm (Space added after http so I could post it here.)
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    If people begin to understand that the entire Western world HAS LOST ITS MOST IMPORTANT WAR TO A BUNCH OF GOAT-HERDERS AND POPPY GROWERS ... what then? Turning Points of Empire's End? Saturday, May 28, 2011 – by Anthony Wile http://www.thedailybell.com/2414/Turning-Points-of-Empires-End.html
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    US, Losing the War, Seeks Further Talks With Taliban? Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – by Staff Report Armies that are winning wars don't negotiate, do they? .... http://www.thedailybell.com/2328/US-Losing-the-War-Seeks-Further-Talks-W...
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    The part I particularly liked was this: Whenever there arises in conversation the mere suggestion of a totally free, laissez-faire market — the possibility that human beings might even be able to survive (much less thrive) without the safety net of state control — apologists for "benevolent government" invariably step atop their soapboxes and ask, "Yes, but who will provide education for the masses, if not the public schools?" or "Who will care for the sick and weak, if not the public hospitals?" Indeed, these are questions that deserve thoughtful, honest answers. But these questions assume realities that are not in evidence. They suppose that "the public" (i.e., the state) actually has money to "provide" these services, rather than, as is actually the case, first having to expropriate (steal) it from private, productive individuals. Furthermore, the fallacy of benign governmental control relies on the idea that governments can provide essential services more reliably and cost-effectively than the private sector. In other words, the government's obligation to provide essential services is more reliable and effective than the private sector's opportunity to provide essential services. Admittedly, this debate does not lend itself to easy, black-and-white conclusions. But as the Tannehills argue persuasively, the free market provides solutions that governments would never dream of. "The big advantage of any action of the free market," contend the Tannehills, is that errors and injustices are self-correcting. Because competition creates a need for excellence on the part of each business, a free-market institution must correct its errors in order to survive. Government, on the other hand, survives not by excellence, but by coercion; so an error or flaw in a governmental institution can (and usually will) perpetuate itself almost indefinitely, with its errors being "corrected" by further errors. Private enterprise must, therefore, always be superior to government in any field. (It is worth mentioning here that corporations acting in collusion with the state are not private enterprises as the Tannehills define them. They are simply entities that have co-opted the government's "gun-for-hire" to do their dirty work for them. Think Wall Street "bailout" recipients and their army of DC lobbyists. Indeed, think any institution at all that seeks unfair protection or promotion from the state.) Freedom, Naturally Mises Daily: Thursday, May 26, 2011 by Joel Bowman http://mises.org/daily/5305/Freedom-Naturally
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    rita 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Nine years ago friend of mine was murdered, in his own home, in the presence of his 3-year-old son, while his 90-year-old grandmother, a former Army nurse, a "If-you-love-your-freedom-thank-a" WWII veteran, watched in handcuffs from the living room floor. The murderer was never brought to justice, never even put on leave while his buddies conducted a travesty of an investigation. The murderer, is, in fact, still on the force, license to kill still firmly pinned to his chest. Whenever I dare to publicly criticize the men and women who would be gods, someone invariably accuses me of having "issues" with police. Yeah, I say, I've got issues.
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Well, gee, if individuals who call themselves United States' citizens had any backbone, they "might actually put liberty and justice and individual freedom before personal convenience" and withdraw from membership in any STATE that perpetrates these sorts of things. But don't hold your breath, because those who will actually withdraw their consent to be members of the STATE will be told by the other crabs in the basket, "It can't be done." In other words, those "crabs" who choose to remain in the basket will "pretend", along with their masters, not to "recognize" that one has actually gotten out of the basket.
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    DanClore 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Westernerd
    But was this a scientific poll?
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Re: AND then there is the Fed Reserve and Lord Keyenes the British Fascist prof who taught every Prez since Wilson and FDR debt is wealth, slavery is freedom, war is progress... Let's not forget Hamilton.... A Note on the Machiavellian Origins of Central Banking in America, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo http://blog.mises.org/17122/quarterly-journal-of-austrian-economics-vol-...
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    It is at times useful to imagine how a truly laissez-faire society, one entirely emancipated from the shackles of state coercion, might exist and operate. Morris and Linda Tannehill examine this very idea in The Market for Liberty: Is Government Really Necessary? The Statist will ask but how will you do this and that and this and so forth? * How, the statist is heard to question, might common disputes find resolution without the currently preferred monopoly of the state's courts? * What about private monopolies that would ruthlessly jack up prices and bleed us working-class proletarians to death? * By what means might a laissez-faire society offer protection from foreign aggressors? * How might the personal liberties underpinning the whole system be protected if it were not for the tireless work of the state's police and its myriad other law-enforcement agencies? In response: "Freedom is not only as moral as governmental slavery is immoral," the authors write, "it is as practical as government is impractical." The Tannehills argue persuasively, the free market provides solutions that governments would never dream of. "The big advantage of any action of the free market," contend the Tannehills is....see link Freedom, Naturally Mises Daily: Thursday, May 26, 2011 by Joel Bowman http://mises.org/daily/5305/Freedom-Naturally
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    For those who insist on honoring military veterans on Memorial Day, there are three genuine heroes – and not many others – who come to mind, and merit attention. 1. Already mentioned above: Marine Corps General Smedley Butler – who twice won the Congressional Medal of Honor, and wrote one of the best anti-war books: War Is a Racket; 2. Army Warrant Officer Hugh Tompson, a helicopter pilot who came upon the ongoing My Lai massacre in Vietnam. He ordered his gunnery crew to open fire on any American soldiers who continued the killing of Vietnamese civilians, thus ending the slaughter; 3. Army Private Bradley Manning who, it is alleged, came into possession of “classified” information (i.e., information the government didn’t want the American public to know about) and, allegedly, turned this information over to Julian Assange for distribution on “Wikileaks.” Manning will not be available for any public recognition of his heroism, as he is reportedly being held, incommunicado, in an Army prison, guarded by other military men for whom the word “hero” would not be applicable. Honoring War Heroes Posted by Butler Shaffer on May 28, 2011 02:15 PM http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/88832.html AND then there is the Fed Reserve and Lord Keyenes the British Fascist prof who taught every Prez since Wilson and FDR debt is wealth, slavery is freedom, war is progress... The Plain Truth on American Fascism Judge Andrew P. Napolitano http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/88821.html
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    New reply in order for edit to bypass spam filter. "Under the Supremacy Cause of the United States Constitution, Texas has no authority...to pass a statute that conflicts with federal law." [Emphasis added]
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Proof of same. In its letter to state officials, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy warned: "Under the Supremacy Cause of the United States Constitution, Texas has no authority to regulate federal agents and employees in the performance of their federal duties or to pass a statute that conflicts with federal law." Thanks, John.
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    rita 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Westernerd
    In my neck of the woods, the police scream "search warrant" before they knock your door in with a battering ram. Only after you're face-down on the floor in handcuffs do they identify themselves as "officers." Only after the shooting stops is evidence of illegal activity searched for, and only AFTER they trash your house do they call in the drug dogs. Because only the public gives a damn about drugs; the police care only about doing violence. Violence is what they DO. This article describes the video as "shocking" -- yeah, it's shocking, alright -- if you've been living under a rock for the past, oh, 40 years. Maybe I'm the one who's crazy, but I honestly don't see how anyone with even a shred of sanity can pretend there's anything okay about any of this.
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    rita 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Well, one thing's for sure -- it won't be in my local newspaper. Seriously, though, how long could (or would) the arilines hold out with flights into and out of certain states banned?
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    ″Power [i.e. authority] rests on nothing other than people's consent to submit, and each person who refuses to submit to tyranny reduces it by one two-hundred-and-fifty-millionth, whereas each who compromises [with it] only increases it.″ ~ Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    That's pretty much what Herbert Spencer said, Paul. "...in the majority of men, there is such a love of tried arrangements and so great a dread of experiments that they will probably not act upon this right [to ignore the state] until long after it is safe to do so."
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Re: The Police-State. The Police State Is Personal Mises Daily: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Wendy McElroy http://mises.org/daily/5317/The-Police-State-Is-Personal Policing for Profit Mises Daily: Thursday, May 26, 2011 by Robert P. Murphy http://mises.org/daily/5321/Policing-for-Profit Re: Generals. Many former top generals and admirals have written memoirs around the theme "war is hell," but Gen. Smedley Butler went a step further, writing a book titled War Is a Racket. Smedley defined a racket as "something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people." War, he goes on, "is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious" of rackets. Where Is Smedley When We Need Him? by Butler Shaffer http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer42.html When referring to War as an anarcho-libertarian it makes more sense to point out that it is a racket and refer to General Smedley Butler the highest decorated Marine, than to use war is hell Sherman who was every bit as much a racist and white supremacist as Lincoln. (He was also an anti-Semite, and of course hated red-skinned people almost as much as he hated South Carolinians — and would later kill them in even greater numbers). RE: Perhaps today's STR quote applies: Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts." ~ Frank Zappa It is NOT about "guts" and I would stay clear of a library--most of the stuff in there has been selected and is re-hash. Thank goodness for the internet specifically the sites I mentioned above including Lewrockwell.com and Mises.org. It gives the economics behind history and current events.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Correction and Re-post to proper thread reply.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Re: Yes, it's strange to see the "Civil" war cited in this column as it was. Definitely a jarring note. And even the Revolution should be subject to some scrutiny. Good column otherwise... When Aarron Russo--the author of freedom to fascism--was asked to join Nelson Rockefeller, Rockefeller told Russo he wanted to get the women out into the work force--to free them from the home (sic)--so that he could tax them AND to get at the children! Russo refused Rockefeller's offer. It is most especially "jarring" to note that this fallout has not totally dissipated as witnessed in this column regarding the "Civil War" AND that it missed that there were TWO Revolutionary wars and that we lost one of them and that we were not created by the first but UNDone by the failed Second War (of Secession) and from usurpations worse than those visited by England's George III. Not the least that because carnage and mayhem was visited on US civilians, and slaves by a standing US Prez and a US General with a cool name acting "on orders" it was glossed over and even attributed as saving the nation, even though a foreign prez and generals would have been hung for War Crimes. And the article missed the attribution of what actually saved us from short and grim lives. See Thomas DiLorenzo's "How Capitalism Saved America" (now remnant thanks to the planks of Abraham Lincoln's Unnecessary War. It was also the bloodiest war in American History waged on civilians and later on the Indians) and apparently on the minds around us. Perhaps today's STR quote applies: Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts." ~ Frank Zappa Not only is there a military-industrial-police-state-prison-gmo-food-farm but another arm. It is--acadamia--and it is a creature of that empire, it gets funding in the billions from it, its research is heavily directed toward its needs, its faculties are intertwined with Federal agencies, and insofar as academia may be said to have a philosophy it would follow more or less the support for big government, and the bigger the better. Reflexive Patriotism, Last Refuge of a Scoundrel Nation by Kirkpatrick Sale http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/sale7.1.1.html What what might parenting--home schooling look like with respect to property rights, freedom from initiation of force (anarcho-libertarianism)? (Trading and Personal Relationships) AS OPPOSED to Policing. The Jeff Tucker Interview Part 2 - From Freedomain Radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k6O1ZI_ztU&feature=channel_video_title AND Montessori, Peace, and Libertarianism by Stephan Kinsella Previously by Stephan Kinsella: What Libertarianism Is http://www.lewrockwell.com/kinsella/kinsella22.1.html AND Salman Khan talk at TED 2011 (from ted.com) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM95HHI4gLk But what if one needs to get out of waiting or hoping or convincing others to change their ways INCLUDING authoritarians? If you are a young person OR a person with feet or a wheel chair or crutches and need to get away, I introduce the following because they start one thinking out-side the box and they are models that can be frame worked and lived without parents AND the boot on one's neck nanny state. One is an adult that moment one can support oneself and leave home!! And it does not have to be that hard. And it does not matter if one thinks oneself too old...! 1. Think of all those young individuals in England, US, around the world who with this one counter intuitive idea could stop banging their heads against a wall. Of course they are being set up by those who feed off one's ignorance... http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/young-people-get-ready-to-grab-your-an... 2. And or get a bus (they are dirt cheap), cut ALL the chords (Direct Actions)-- sever the rat race with its propaganda and its self ratcheting hopelessness/insinuations and "Get A Life"--As In One's Own--(Direct Results) without the utopia, rights and treadmill and permission conflict traps.... http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Road-Harold-Hough/dp/1559500670/ref=cm_cr_... 3. Watch Steve Wynn's set-up, set-design and physical-framework (hotel/club) move to Macau (Direct Actions). Moving innovatively, spiritually and physically to spaces of freedom in an unfree world AND make innovation actually possible--(Direct Results). And that translates to waitresses making north of $100K in Macau working with Steve. Embracing the division of labor society (laissez faire capitalism) remnant http://www.lewrockwell.com/holland/holland19.1.html References: Book Review: How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World http://www.buildfreedom.com/bookrev.htm MIT is offering its course free online... http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm Mises.org offers it's works online free.... http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/daily-bell-interview141.html http://academy.mises.org/ http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north928.html
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    Paul 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Yes, it's strange to see the "Civil" war cited in this column as it was. Definitely a jarring note. And even the Revolution should be subject to some scrutiny. Good column otherwise...
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    Paul 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Indeed. I think fear of the unknown is one motivator, for this embrace of tyranny, but another motivator is shame: http://strike-the-root.com/why-people-believe-government-is-here-to-help-us
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    Paul 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    I'm a bit puzzled over the respect the 4th Amendment receives. Even if government thugs paid attention to it, it still amounts to one lowlife signing a paper authorizing other lowlifes to go through your private stuff (and even planting drugs and other prohibited crap on you if they please). It seems a bit much to be pining for it, now that it is gone. We are at war, plain and simple. If you are the next victim on their list, you simply have two choices: resist or submit (OK, maybe evasion is also a possible choice). The world was ever so. Let's just deal with the world as it is, and leave these childish fantasies behind. Oh, and one more thing: submitting does not help things get better.
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    Paul 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Excellent article, except perhaps for the suggestion near the end, that government debt might ever be "necessary'. Government itself is not necessary. But yeah, the protests should be in front of the central banks.
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    Michael Kleen 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    That's a good question. The article I posted is dated the 25th - the 10th Amendment Center article was dated the 24th. I haven't heard any details since then.
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    rita 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't yesterday's article from the Tenth Amendment Center say that Texas lawmakers had backed down? Cheer or boo? I need to know.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Dispute Resolution... The fact that people still cling to the belief that the State is required to resolve disputes is amazing, since modern courts are out of the reach of all but the most wealthy and patient, and are primarily used to shield the powerful from competition or criticism. And what of armed disputes and collective services? The Stateless Society An Examination of Alternatives by Stefan Molyneux http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/molyneux1.html This is one alternative outside the box of statism. One does not need to wait for this alternative to take hold although it already has to some extent as more and more understand what is going on. At a personal level it is about avoiding trouble. Taking precautions. Surrounding oneself with compatible friends. Reducing vulnerabilities. And this can be as explicit as having a personal covenant of unanimous consent. And there are arbitration services that one can use that actually solve the problems. Not to mention that a prudent businessman pays attention to the certainty trap and makes provision for the risk of set backs and liabilities.... I might also add that if the US can slide into being a third world banana republic, could it rise to another model? Freedom vs Force Why The Failing US and EU Should Follow the Swiss Government Model! http://www.lewrockwell.com/holland/holland14.1.html But then they did not have Hamilton nor Lincoln to contend with nor their whig Mercantlist warfare-welfare-you will be assimilated agenda. But they the Swiss do have a 4% referendum that allows them to rescind laws on the spot--a way to easily undo the works of politicians . States (cantons that actually compete) and competitive interest in trade and good will....There is more of course including multiple currencies...Oh how refreshing.... So why is Switzerland different? Here are some highlight of why the Swiss government model works and the European Union and American Union have failed to deliver on their big-government utopian promises. National Expansion By Voluntary Association vs Force — The term "Willensnation" is a Swiss concept of national growth and expansion by attraction through the voluntary association of neighboring principalities, cities, and individuals. This makes Switzerland a nation created by acts of free will rather than force. Growth by attraction of those willing to be part of the Helvetian Confederation rather than war and invasion have served the Swiss well over the last few hundred years of peace and prosperity. How totally different from the American model of "manifest destiny" and military aggression which is how most of the national expansion of the United States took place. The growth of the Union was followed again by force with the outright invasion of the Southern states that decided to leave by Lincoln's armies during the War Between the States. The article also specifically addresses and fleshes out : Tax Competition vs Forced Tax Harmonization — .... Competing Currencies vs Currency Monopoly — ..... Ultimate Citizen Control vs Political Establishment —.... This is something to look at. But it is govt and you know what that means. There are alternatives to waiting for others and that was touched on at the beginning of this post and in other threads. Such as Was Ayn Rand A Proto-Fascist? (No she was not, Abe Lincoln was, but she did leave some answers) http://www.strike-the-root.com/was-ayn-rand-proto-fascist And alternatives were provided here on the link below too--no it is not to reform the police. They are beyond reform. Parenting does not require policing. Nor does living one's life. http://www.strike-the-root.com/police-reform
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    These following two links relate to this issue of the forethought and need to walk, crawl and retreat--or have a back door--hopefully before coming under fire and move outside the grappling hooks of an oncoming onslaught (power arc). We now have this kind of stuff going on--calling individuals and groups cowards for repositioning into the eye of a storm--most especially regarding the French in WWII i.e. supposedly for not fighting and retreating. But it is proper to get away when facing superior technology. In fact the British expedition fleed back across the channel during the lightening like communications and coordination of the till then UNheard of and UNexperienced Blitzereig onslaught, yet no one calls them out on that. Hell, the French high command did not even have a phone in their command post. Then of course the Brits said the same thing about the early proto-Americans who turned and RAN into the forest to lean on trees for hmm agh support... The following explores this and other apparently unknown issues...including how an American fortress in Manila was taken out from behind and how a British fort in Singapore similarly as it relates to French fortifications... Let’s Bury These Phony Myths About World War II by Eric Margolis http://lewrockwell.com/margolis/margolis243.htm Unfortunately what was visited on the South and Ghandi and the rest of the world is also very much here on these shores and heaped upon those who are minding their own business and defending their own. War is being made on civilians--we are all slaves now--as we speak. Death Squad Damage Control in Tucson by William Norman Grigg http://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w214.html
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    And that's not even the half of it. A Prison State, If Not a Police State by Paul Craig Roberts One out of every 142 Americans is in prison — and this does not include military prisons or INS jails... The US has a unique distinction: It is the world's greatest prison state. The US, "the land of the free," has the biggest prison population in the world and the highest rate of prisoners per capita of all countries — including countries that President Bush believes need liberating by US armed forces. Even China, with one party rule and a population that is 4.5 times larger than the US population, has 30% fewer total prisoners than the US. China's per capita rate is a small fraction of the US rate. The US prison population per capita is three times higher than "axis of evil" country Iran, five times higher than Tanzania, and seven times higher than a civilized European country like Germany. http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts43.html Paul Craig Roberts gets into the gestapo like CPS but what of BM facilities? And just as we're told that practically any development justifies "expanded vigilance" against terrorism, just about any adolescent problem or behavior can be depicted as an indication that the youngster is "at risk," and thus needs to be confined in a BM facility to get "straightened out" through means that include unambiguous torture. The Authentic Cruelty of a Synthetic Man by William Norman Grigg http://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w213.html There is no way to avert the train wreck now. The plus-51% of the population on the dole alone guarantees it – that’s the point of no return. Not to mention the abject failure of the government education system, and many other factors we’ve discussed before. http://lewrockwell.com/casey/casey84.1.html And as you are biting down on that banana or....and chasing it down with Coca Cola made with corn syrup (to make up for the 1/3 price you're not paying because Cubans and their natural cane sugar needs to be embargoed for the US populace's own good. Got food? Here, have some metabolic syndrome--diet coke--and some frog's brain DNA imprinted food--genetically modified for your good? Oh yum... http://blog.friendseat.com/how-to-id-genetically-modified-food-at-the-su... http://blog.friendseat.com/over-80-percent-of-all-food-is-genetically-mo...
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    On May 13, 1985, in the twilight of the Cold War, residents of Philadelphia were ruthlessly bombed from the sky... The perpetrator was not the Soviet Union, or else the attack might have escalated into international conflict. It certainly would have made it into textbook timelines and become part of the nation’s consciousness. No, those responsible for this atrocity were members of the Philadelphia police department. The local cops sought to finish off their political enemies after years of animosity and tension. The proximate legal excuse for bombing their own city? The cops had gotten complaints about noise and the stench of compost. Twenty-six years have passed since the bombing of the MOVE house and if there was any doubt before, it is now beyond question that the local police have become the occupying troops that Malcolm X described. They are the standing army the Founding Fathers warned against. In the United States, they are the most dangerous gang operating and they do so under the color of law..... The chaotic violence of the modern police state is ubiquitous. Every day there are 100 SWAT raids in America. Remember in the old days when SWAT raids were reserved for stopping some terrorist intent on destroying half the city? Maybe that was just in the movies. There were 3,000 SWAT raids in 1981, the year the author was born, which was bad enough. There will be 40,000 this year. Surely, the people who are killed by the cops had it coming. Well, consider how many are killed when the police presumably do not intend to kill at all and so reach for their taser... Although there was plenty to object to in colonial law and law in the early republic 1776, police as we now know them didn’t exist back then. (Actually the so called Law and Order Red Coats were the thin red line cops back in the time as were the blue line of Lincoln's troops (see above posts regarding their law and order usurpations on civilians). But don’t police put their lives on the line for us? Only 117 police were killed in the line of duty in 2009, which might seem like a lot, but being a police officer is not even one of the top ten dangerous jobs in America. Policeman is 12th and fireman 13th. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/86367.html Regarding statistics of life forms being shot by police in their war against everybody: The TV news frets about al-Qaeda, but rarely exposes the threat of the thin blue line. About as many Americans have been killed by police since 9/11/01 as died on that day. Between 1980 and 2005, police killed 9,500 people in the U.S., approximately one per day and almost three-fourths as many people as have been sentenced and executed in the United States since colonial times. A study in Harris County, Texas, found that between 1999 and mid 2005, officers in the county shot 65 unarmed people, killing 17. They tended early on to focus their brutality against the other – immigrants, gangsters, ethnic minorities, transients and the counterculture. Today they still bias their violence against the fringes of society, the young and the powerless, but they are now so vast a presence that no one is safe, no matter how respectable, no matter his demographic. Some will object that that author is cherry picking. So let us limit ourselves to just the last couple months to illustrate the depth of the problem....continued in link below Abolish the Police by Anthony Gregory http://lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory213.html PS If you distrust socialism, you should distrust law-enforcement socialism as much as anything, for this is the original sin that allows all other state depredations to follow. I think another blogger Rita had mentioned the need for statistics for police shootings on another thread. And they are in this link.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Regarding statistics of life forms being shot by police in their war against everybody: The TV news frets about al-Qaeda, but rarely exposes the threat of the thin blue line. About as many Americans have been killed by police since 9/11/01 as died on that day. Between 1980 and 2005, police killed 9,500 people in the U.S., approximately one per day and almost three-fourths as many people as have been sentenced and executed in the United States since colonial times. A study in Harris County, Texas, found that between 1999 and mid 2005, officers in the county shot 65 unarmed people, killing 17. Surely, the people who are killed by the cops had it coming. Well, consider how many are killed when the police presumably do not intend to kill at all and so reach for their taser... Although there was plenty to object to in colonial law and law in the early republic 1776, police as we now know them didn’t exist back then. (Actually the English Red coats were cops if you think about it) But don’t police put their lives on the line for us? Only 117 police were killed in the line of duty in 2009, which might seem like a lot, but being a police officer is not even one of the top ten dangerous jobs in America. Policeman is 12th and fireman 13th. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/86367.html On May 13, 1985, in the twilight of the Cold War, residents of Philadelphia were ruthlessly bombed from the sky... The perpetrator was not the Soviet Union, or else the attack might have escalated into international conflict. It certainly would have made it into textbook timelines and become part of the nation’s consciousness. No, those responsible for this atrocity were members of the Philadelphia police department. The local cops sought to finish off their political enemies after years of animosity and tension. The proximate legal excuse for bombing their own city? The cops had gotten complaints about noise and the stench of compost. Twenty-six years have passed since the bombing of the MOVE house and if there was any doubt before, it is now beyond question that the local police have become the occupying troops that Malcolm X described. They are the standing army the Founding Fathers warned against. In the United States, they are the most dangerous gang operating and they do so under the color of law..... The chaotic violence of the modern police state is ubiquitous. Every day there are 100 SWAT raids in America. Remember in the old days when SWAT raids were reserved for stopping some terrorist intent on destroying half the city? Maybe that was just in the movies. There were 3,000 SWAT raids in 1981, the year the author was born, which was bad enough. There will be 40,000 this year. Some will object that that author is cherry picking. So let us limit ourselves to just the last couple months to illustrate the depth of the problem The police tended early on to focus their brutality against the other – immigrants, gangsters, ethnic minorities, transients and the counterculture. Today they still bias their violence against the fringes of society, the young and the powerless, but they are now so vast a presence that no one is safe, no matter how respectable, no matter his demographic. Abolish the Police by Anthony Gregory http://lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory213.html PS If you distrust socialism, you should distrust law-enforcement socialism as much as anything, for this is the original sin that allows all other state depredations to follow.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago
    Police Reform
    Web link Michael Dunn
    Correction Repost. To bypass the spam filter. The above should read: What might parenting look like using property rights and freedom from initiation of force (Trading and Personal Relationships) AS OPPOSED to policing others. But what if one needs to get out of waiting or convincing others to change their ways INCLUDING authoritarians? If you are a young person OR a person with feet or a wheel chair or crutches and need to get away, I introduce the above because they start one thinking out-side the box and they are models that can be frame worked and lived without parents AND the nanny spanking state. One is an adult that moment one can support oneself and leave home!! And it does not have to be that hard. And it does not matter if one thinks oneself too old...
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Hi, Suverans2. Thank you. I enjoyed the saying of it too. Thanks go to Thomas DiLorenzo for doing the heavy lifting and his and my teachers (Rand and Mises). When someone understands what one is saying and appreciates it--because they have gotten there too--it is a truly and indeed wonderful. Thumbs up to you, Suverans2. PS I started turning down my belts in Aikido for the last ten years but I will accept your kind support and this ten for the post.
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    rita 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Gee, for one shining moment, it looked like a politician might actually stand up. It looked like, for one moment, that somewhere in America, some people might actually put liberty and justice and individual freedom before personal convenience. Ah, well . . . If Americans had any backbone, they'd stop flying. The airlines would either get rid of the professional perverts or face bankruptcy.
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    Possum Living 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    I have a couple of comments about this. First, since Philly (but not the rest of PA) requires a license for open carry, the city denies the right to carry and replaces it with a paid-for privilege. That's the first problem, and is bad enough as it is. But to make matters even worse, Fiorino was actually abiding by Philly's unconstitutional law when the official thug approached him from behind and pointed a loaded gun at him. That is not OK. Nobody seems to be talking about that, but the cardinal rule of gun safety states that you NEVER point a gun at anything or person you are not ready and willing to kill. The chance of doing so accidentally is just too great. That is why it is a FELONY to point a gun at anyone who is not threatening your life, or that of an innocent person. This cop should go to prison. He threatened the life of a law-abiding citizen who was not only exercising a Constitutionally-protected right, but who had paid an illegally-required fee to do so. But instead, the DA is attempting to convict the citizen of a felony, where none exists. I have a few friends from the Philly area, and a few more who still live there. I had considered visiting the city. I have changed my mind. I have marked Philadelphia off my list of places to visit.
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Perhaps these "TENTH Amendment Center" folks should read the "supremacy clause", Article VI.2, of their "organic" U.S. Constitution, paying particular attention to the part that says, "...any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary NOTWITHSTANDING." [Emphasis added]
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    Correction, in order bypass spam filter. And, according to Diane Terry, the director of the fraud victims assistance department at TransUnion, one of the three major credit bureaus, "A merchant can pull your credit report with just your name and address, she said. To insure they pull up the right report, give your full name with middle initial, your current address as well as any other addresses you may have had in the past five years."
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    Suverans2 3 years 6 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    G'day LibertySoldier, Credit reports can be run without a SS# (your driver's license gives someone ALL the information they need). ~ LivertySoldier According to Consumer Reports: "The credit report access keys on the license are your name, address, and date of birth..." And, according to Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money Staff Writer, "A merchant can pull your credit report with just your name and address, she said. To insure they pull up the right report, give your full name with middle initial, your current address as well as any other addresses you may have had in the past five years."
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 6 weeks ago
    Police Reform
    Web link Michael Dunn
    What might parenting look like with respect to property rights, freedom from initiation of force.... Parenting using property rights and freedom from initiation of force (Trading and Personal Relationships) The Jeff Tucker Interview Part 2 - From Freedomain Radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k6O1ZI_ztU&feature=channel_video_title But what if one needs to get out of waiting or convincing others to change their ways? If you are a young person and need to get away, I introduce the following because they start one thinking out-side the box and they are models that can be frame worked and lived without parents. One is an adult that moment one can support oneself and leave home!! 1. Think of all those young individuals in England, US, around the world who with this one counter intuitive idea could stop banging their heads against a wall. Of course they are being set up by those who feed off one's ignorance... http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/young-people-get-ready-to-grab-your-an... 2. And or get a bus (they are dirt cheap), cut ALL the chords (Direct Actions)-- sever the mundane with its propaganda and its self ratcheting hopelessness and "Get A Life"--As In One's Own--(Direct Results) without the utopia, rights and treadmill and permission conflict traps.... http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Road-Harold-Hough/dp/1559500670/ref=cm_cr_... 3. Watch Steve Wynn's set-up, set-design and physical-framework (hotel/club) move to Macau (Direct Actions). Moving innovatively, spiritually and physically to spaces of freedom in an unfree world AND make innovation actually possible--(Direct Results). And that translates to waitresses making north of $100K in Macau working with Steve. http://www.lewrockwell.com/holland/holland19.1.html References: Book Review: How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World http://www.buildfreedom.com/bookrev.htm MIT is offering its course free online... http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm Mises.org offers it's works online free.... http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/daily-bell-interview141.html http://academy.mises.org/ http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north928.html