RANT: Why I don’t pledge!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 11:27 AM Thomas Briscoe wrote:

Begin forwarded message:
From: <Richard Prezioso>
Date: Apr 5, 2019 at 11:11 AM
To: <tennistitan>
Subject: Fwd: Yes Or No

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From: Walter Olsewski 
Date: April 4, 2019 at 2:17:27 PM EDT
To: “Robert J. Byrnes” 
Subject: Re: Yes Or No

I vote yes. 

On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 2:04 PM Robert J. Byrnes <byrnesrj@optonline.net> wrote:

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From: Ben J 
Date: April 3, 2019 at 8:56:25 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Subject: Fwd: Yes Or No

This vote only requires you to forward it to someone else for it to be counted.

As many of you are aware, the Knights of Columbus submitted to congress that the words “Under God” should be added to our pledge of allegiance.  Both Houses of Congress passed the law and it was signed by President Eisenhower in 1954.  The information below was based on a poll taken by NBC on what percentage should keep the words in our pledge versus the percent who want it removed.

If you read this and agree that “under God” should be left in the pledge, then just forward it to others and you have voted for it to be left in.  If you delete it and don’t forward it you are voting NO to “under God…”  Easy, huh?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

86% to keep God in the Pledge of Allegiance and 14% against.  That is a pretty commanding’ public response.

Why should our Nation cater to 14%?

If you agree, pass this on. If not, simply delete.

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MY RESPONSE:

Sorry, but “no”.

If one, as a citizen, pledges “allegiance”, then one assumes that there is some type of “social contract”.  In order for there to be a “contract”, Judge Judy says there has to be a meeting of the minds and considerations exchanged.  The State, in return for my allegiance, is supposed to protect me from aggression.  Yet, in its own courts, <<<Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) >>> held that the Government police do not owe a specific duty to provide police services to citizens based on the public duty doctrine.

Hence, I think the current Gooferment has violated the terms of any “social contract”.   It has also, with reckless disregard, exceeded its Consititutional limitations.  

Therefore, I refer to Lysander Spooner  — 

“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6 

 — that it’s time for a “revolution” to put the evil genie BACK in the bottle or Pandora’s box.

I do NOT consent.

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

All this being sad, I’m too old and weak to to fight the Leviathan State alone.  But that doesn’t mean I have to go along willing “when they load us on the trains to the camps.”

From my cold dead hands.
Crazy Old Ferd

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TO MY OLD HIGH SKRULE CHUM WHO SENT THIS TO ME, I INCLUDED:

P.S.: “And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?” Paul Scofield as Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” (1966)

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And, when it’s said, or the National Anthem is sung, I’ll stand respectfully to all the women and men who died, or spilled their blood, to protect the ideals of the nation.  They may have been misguided, deceived by politicians and bureaucrats, and betrayed by their fellow countrymen, but they deserve my respect for their sacrifice. I am morally responsible for these casualties happening. 

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Saints-Rams controversy: NFL allowed refs to steal Super Bowl berth

Monday, January 21, 2019

Same with the Saints. And blaming referees is almost always a loser’s lament. Except when a call this terrible comes in an elimination game. Then, it’s larceny. The NFL had been begging for something like this for years as the quality of its officiating eroded amid weekly yelps and protests. It was bound to happen sometime, to some team.

It happened to the Saints. They were robbed.

Source: Saints-Rams controversy: NFL allowed refs to steal Super Bowl berth

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Zebra ball at its best!

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RANT: EFFector

Friday, November 2, 2018

Corporate Speech Police Are Not the Answer to Online Hate

A coalition of civil rights and public interest groups recently issued policies they believe Internet intermediaries should adopt to try to address hate online. There’s a lot to like about these proposals; indeed, they reflect some of the principles EFF and others have supported for years—notably the opportunity for users to appeal content moderation decisions, and expanded transparency from corporate platforms, and we look forward to working together to push them forward. But there’s much to worry about too.

Source: EFFector

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Corporations are creations of the Gooferment.  Hence, shouldn’t they be held to account.

ALSO, if they are exercising “editorial control”, don’t they lose the “safe harbor” given to “network operators”?

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RANT: The Boomless Bombs, by L. Neil Smith

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Eight or nine suspicious packages are “delivered” to the addresses of various prominent Democrat opinion leaders and “strategists”. (I’ll bet that Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell are furious as hell that they didn’t get one, when Maxine Waters got three.) The round-heeled mass media, including the Murdoch-owned and-controlled Fox “News” Network immediately mischaracterize them as “bombs”. But they are not bombs. I repeat, they are not bombs. They have no ignition devices. They can’t go off. It’s like accusing a eunuch of rape.Think hard now: exactly who does that serve?Scum-sucking leftist politicos in lockstep, along with their bottom-feeding accomplices in the mealy-mouthed media begin to blame these “bombs” on Donald Trump, claiming that he has created “an atmosphere of violence” with his demands that Hillary Clinton, a known felon, be locked up for her criminal behavior, for destroying the legislative foundations of the socialist Utopia they had all looked forward to ruling for a century, and for pointing out that the news floozies and gentlemen-of-the evening in the “legacy” (meaning leftover) media are not friends of the American people, to whom they’ve been lying for at least fifty years, or of their liberties under the Constitution and American tradition.In fact, Trump has created an atmosphere of blunt truth.

Source: The Boomless Bombs, by L. Neil Smith

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You always have ask “cui bono”!

We have the “migrant caravan”, “the bombless bombs”, and the Pittsburgh shootings.  All in quick 1, 2, 3 order.

To distract us from a midterm election that can “neuter” DJT45’s ability to “drain the swamp”.

Argh!

How come when an R is in the White House everything is his fault?

Argh!

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RANT: The “social media” ARE utter frauds, regressive cheats, and petty censors

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Letter from L. Neil Smith
Dear Ken,

Twitter, it says here, has kicked the amazing actor and articulate political pundit James Woods off its vaunted platform for no other reason than that he writes truths that make the left all butt-squirmy. To me, this is the absolute last straw. These “social media” things originally presented themselves as futuristic channels of free and open communication. They are, instead, utter frauds, regressive cheats, and petty censors, stuck in the discredited and obsolete collectivist past, determined to drag everybody else back there with them.

They are also corporations, and, as such, fully as subject Bill of Rights limitations as any other tentacle of the government.

As a lifelong libertarian thinker and writer, I hate, loathe, and despise regulation of any kind. But I hate this elementary school neo-puritanism even worse. I hate some snotty asshole snatching my mail out of my mailbox. I want to hear what James Woods has to say, and I don’t buy a single syllable of the pseudo-tech bullshit they spew as an excuse for trying to control people’s lives.

I have fought censorship all my life. If Twitter fails to restore Woods’ account and never bothers him or anybody like him—Alex Jones, for example—ever again, I will begin to advocate publicly that it—and other enterprises like Facebook, Youtube, and Google itself be seized by Federal Marshals and turned over to the US Postal System. At least they pretended to mind their own damned business, and you could be locked up for messing with a mailbox.

Please pass it on.

L. Neil Smith, author of The Probability Broach 
and The Lando Calrissian Adventures, et al. 
lneil@netzero.com

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I agree!

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RANTING: “Leave no man behind”? WTH happened!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

2018-Sep-05

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/09/ron-unz/john-mccain-when-tokyo-rose-ran-for-president/

John McCain: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President
By Ron Unz — The Unz Review — September 4, 2018

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However, those new doubts about McCain were still in my mind a few months later when I stumbled upon Sidney Schanberg’s massively documented expose about McCain’s role in the POW/MIA cover up, a vastly greater scandal. This time I was presented with a mountain of hard evidence gathered by one of America’s greatest wartime journalists, a Pulitzer Prize winning former top editor at The New York Times. In the years since then, other leading journalists have praised Schanberg’s remarkable research, now giving his conclusions the combined backing of four New York Times Pulitzer Prizes, while two former Republican Congressmen who had served on the Intelligence Committee have also strongly corroborated his account

In 1993 the front page of the New York Times broke the story that a Politburo transcript found in the Kremlin archives fully confirmed the existence of the additional POWs, and when interviewed on the PBS Newshour former National Security Advisors Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted that the document was very likely correct and that hundreds of America’s Vietnam POWs had indeed been left behind. In my opinion, the reality of Schanberg’s POW story is now about as solidly established as anything can be that has not yet received an official blessing from the American mainstream media. And the total dishonesty of that media regarding both the POW story and McCain’s leading role in the later cover up soon made me very suspicious of all those other claims regarding John McCain’s supposedly heroic war record. Our American Pravda is simply not to be trusted on any “touchy” topics.

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At every post meeting of the American Legion across the nation, the POWs & MIAs are remembered.

It was unspoken that McCain had prevented their return.

He was a politician — nothing more, nothing less. 

We are taught to “never speak ill of the dead”! 

“Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.” — Bernard Meltzer
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/bernard_meltzer_157511

True, ✔.  Kind, ✖. Necessary, ✔. Helpful, ✔.

It would seem needed and necessary to reaffirm the “no man left behind” policy and declassify all the documents related to it.

I plan to beat my “modest drum” to get an accounting.

Argh!

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RANT: Wikipedia goes the way of Snopes

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/02/01/five-of-the-best-examples-of-left-wing-bias-on-wikipedia-in-2017/

Five of the Best Examples of Left-wing Bias on Wikipedia in 2017
by T.D. ADLER 1 Feb 2018

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales believes the Wikipedia model can help salvage journalistic integrity, but in the year since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, the online encyclopedia has instead proven unable to even restrain its own biased editing community.

A look back on five of the biggest cases of political bias that gripped the site in 2017 should discourage anyone from looking to Wikipedia as a source for reliable and neutral information on the political topics of the day.

1. Instructor at Berkeley sending students on anti-Trump editing spree

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​Sadly, I like the concept of Wikipedia. But like Snopes, the hard left tilt has destroyed it’s value for me.

I made some donations to Wikipedia in the past but no more. 

So sad, to see a great idea, aka like the internet version of Library of Alexandria, go astray.

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