Where is John Galt?

Where is John Galt? Follow along as we find out!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

MACHIAVELLI WOULD LAUGH…

I am reading Machiavelli’s “The Prince”, which might explain why I’m not writing as much as I have previously, since you can’t skim through this book. However, some of the things that he speaks about led me to question the tactics of the Left.

Plato, in “The Republic” explains how different types of rulers evolve in a society, how different societies change because of the various government types, and what each type does to its inhabitants. What Machiavelli looks at is more focused, and while he is looking at politics from a medieval perspective and in “The Prince” is restricting his observation to Monarchies (specifically, monarchies which came about through bloodshed – which would explain why “The Prince” is considered hard and unfeeling)

This is the article I was writing before I was distracted by the healthcare mess; it seems that we've caught the (P)Resident in yet another lie. I, of course, am amused by this latest fiasco, since all of those “obstructionist” Republicans predicted everything that is happening with health care. Millions of formally insured Americans are now without health insurance, working poor are having to choose to pay the “penalty” for failing to enroll in a healthcare plan, and the people Obama-Scare relies upon, the young and healthy are choosing the less expensive option of paying the “penalty” and worrying about healthcare when and if they ever need it. Frankly, I find it hard to believe that no one saw that coming, I almost feel like Captain Renault in ‘Casablanca… “ObamaCare doesn’t work, I'm shocked.”

Since the inception of this ridiculous pile of pulp, Conservatives have argued that it wouldn’t work, that the way it was written couldn’t work, and that millions of people would suffer because of it. For their pains, they were ridiculed, lambasted in the media, and pilloried in the court of public opinion. Well, looks like Reverend Wright’s “chickens are coming home to roost” after all. In a new Quinnipiac Poll the Republican Party erased a nine-point deficit, apparently overnight, by defying this law. You’d think that this might be the election winner for Conservatives in the next couple of elections. 

Unfortunately, the next couple of elections will still put the wrong people in control, as Bonzo Dog says, “No matter who you vote for the Government always gets in”
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Birthday 2013

November 10th is the birthday of the Marine Corp, and although I'm a Sailor, I do love and respect my Marines. So in what I may make a yearly tradition, I would like to repost a story of 'MY' Marine, and wish all of my Marines a very happy Birthday... Semper Fidelis

Today is the Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. I would like to wish all of the Marines a very happy birthday.

I also must confess I am not a Marine; I was and am a Sailor. My time in Service is over, but like my Brothers and Sisters in the Corp, I haven’t stopped being a Sailor. Ask any Marine, there are no former Marines, once a Marine, always a Marine.

As such, I would like to tell you a story about My Marines (Yes Mine, and I defy any one from saying different).

While stationed in San Diego, I was shocked one morning as I approached the Main Gate. Standing in the Sentry box, was a civilian. Where had my Marine gone… for months, I had slept soundly knowing that a young Devil Dog was watching over me. Protecting me from any harm and standing ready to defend me from our enemies.

Now here was a civilian, he was fit enough to be reasonably intimidating I suppose, but he wasn’t a Marine.

I have encountered Marines that most certainly do not appear, at a glance to be intimidating, and I have even found (one or two) that were really pussycats. However, they were still Marines, trained by the Department of the Navy, Marine Corp to be professional soldiers. And not in the namby-pamby Army Soldier way (I did mention I was Navy), no, Marines are trained to fight to the death. Heck I don’t even know if the Marines have a bugle call for retreat.

Now my Marine was gone… I felt betrayed. I felt as if the Navy, heck the entire US Government, had just left us vulnerable to attack from without, I felt let down for months.

Then I realized something, my Marine had not abandoned his post, the Marines hadn’t left us to lounge in the sun somewhere, no they simply re-positioned the guard shack and left the Civilian at the gate to re-assure us that someone was still watching the base.

I checked as I was stationed around the world, everywhere my ship went I looked, and I always found my Marine. They were standing their post in Lebanon in 1983 and in Mogadishu in 1992. They were protecting me in Dubai, and in Abu Dhabi.

It seems that my Marines didn’t leave, they just moved further out so I (and you) could sleep soundly here at home.

Semper Fidelis Marines, Happy Birthday may you enjoy another Two Centuries of Honor with Pride.

Friday, November 8, 2013

THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA; IS BUSINESS…

During Americas first century, laissez-faire was the only Government business model. With few exceptions, Government kept business at arms length and with the aid of a vigilant press; any mixing of the two was exposed quickly and ruthlessly, often leading to the end of a political career.

During this period, Americans created the highest standard of living ever known. American innovation produced more and better goods, provided greater safety and economy in the extraction of raw materials and production conditions. American innovators created the largest middle class, and brought about the greatest technological leap; from the horse and cart to the automobile, from the single artisan working from home to the beginning of the modern factory floor. All of this innovation though came at a price, as immigrants fleeing the manor farms of Europe filled the cities with cheap labor, Capitalisms evil twin Cronyism began to exert its foul influence. Corporate Managers and Boards of Directors replaced factory owners, who once employed family members to produce quality goods and services. Seldom did the Capitalist see the factory floor, now all decisions are made to increase profit, all business information provided by charts and graphs. Where once innovators were praised and provided a share of their genius, now workers were expected to keep their heads down and their mouths shut. Invention slowed and by the Twentieth Century seldom appeared outside of a corporate lab or think tank. For every Steve Jobs or Bill Gates that succeeded in the New America hundreds failed for lack of access to consumers.

Capitalists take the blame for all of this stagnation, even though Capitalists are the only job producers. Would Bill Gates or Steve Jobs become as wealthy as they did if all they had was an idea? Of course not, what they really had, what made them wealthy beyond the dreams of most normal people, was funding. Funding that built factories that paid wages, advertised their goods and made their products the icons they are today.
 
Nothing in America, or anywhere in the world for that matter appears out of thin air. No government has ever created a productive job; I would contend that all government jobs are actually reductive, destroying more than they create. Since most Government jobs are simply tasked with the creation of red tape, or obscure rules to reduce the competition of new vs. older established companies.

When Governments restrict their activities to enforcing contracts and ensuring fair play, industry can flourish. Old and stagnant companies fail and are replaced by new and vibrant companies, innovation becomes the watchword. Different corporate strategies create and destroy markets and products. Had Government intrusion and crony Capitalism been as prevalent during the Nineteenth Century, it is likely that rather than seeing the latest automobiles with the greatest safety features, we would be deciding between the Acme or the Reliable buggy whip.

What Government does by choosing the market winners is create uncertainty and chaos in what would, if left to its own devices, fluctuate but within predictable limits. Primarily syndicates or overly large banking establishments caused the market crashes of the Nineteenth Century and the recent Banking crash shows exactly how the Government rather than being an agent of stability causes the very chaos it is trying to control.

Nothing is ever perfect for everyone, and the poor of the Nineteenth Century cities are a testament to just how badly humans can treat one another, but relying on a fickle and capricious Government to provide a fair market place will only bring about equal poverty for everyone…everyone that is except the cronies.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

AMERICA, WHERE WE ARE…

Since the Spanish American War, United States, troops have been used to protect business ventures and open new markets, new sources of raw materials or new goods to sell.

The Doughboys of the First World War marched to France to defend Democracy, but what they were really sent to France to defend were American trading interests, why else would they be sent to Russia on the side of the White Army during the Russian Revolution. We weren’t at war with Russia, but troops landed and fought regardless.

After the First World War, President Wilson attempted to form the League of Nations; a group so antithetical to the American ideal that congress would not accept it nor would they ratify the Treaty signed by Wilson. It wasn’t until a generation later, after the Second World War that the American people were willing to saddle themselves with treaties tying them to the United Nations and the idea of a global world.

However, because of the World Peace Mission of the United Nations, the United States has been involved in a never-ending cycle of combat. Prior to the United Nations, after a war, the Belligerents would retire from the field and a period of peace would descend over the land allowing everyone to return to normal. Since the formation of the United Nations though, War has become the Norm; Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iran, Iraq, Grenada, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, etc., etc., etc…

Now though the American Soldier isn’t fighting for Truth, Justice and the American way, they aren’t even being sent to die for money, except for the money generated in producing ammunition and material to be destroyed in combat. That the American Soldiers are also consumed by the never-ending, never satiated War Machine, does not even cross the minds of the politician and businessman making their fortunes fleecing the American Taxpayers.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

AMERICA: WHERE WE WERE…

From 1787 to 1887, America was involved in one battle after another. After fighting for our freedom from Great Britain, our first century was a severe case of growing pains. Our westward expansion destroying and displacing the Native people, fighting the British a second time, and the Spanish and Mexicans both over territory. In our second century, it looked like the United States would finally find peace. Most of the Native tribes were pacified, more or less extinct or moved to reservations. We had reached the Pacific Ocean, secured our boundaries with our neighbors, and most of the world was either colony or Colonizers.

However, something happened in the Twentieth Century, the United States did something Thomas Jefferson warned us about; it was entangled in foreign wars and treaties. The United States could have become the greatest force for peace and stability; instead, we became the Policemen for the world.

The United States, for our first one hundred years, had a Navy and Marine Corp known and respected around the world. Our Army though, had never left the confines of the Americas. The United States, in the Nineteenth Century was a global power with regional ambitions. In our hemisphere, we wanted to be the dominant power, and by 1887, we were. The British were our allies and trading partners, The French were all but eliminated from the Americas and the Spanish were losing their colonies rapidly. The United States was poised to be the beacon of freedom, the blueprint in which every ex-colony could base their new country on.

Somehow, we missed the opportunity, the dawning Twentieth Century rather than becoming one of peace and prosperity was the most bloody and violent century our young Country had witnessed. Merchant agents, once satisfied with their profits, looked outward at the new countries of Central and South America, of Asia and Africa, and began to dream of ever-greater wealth. Wealth that could have flowed into their coffers through trade, were deemed easier picking with force. The only impediment to the riches waiting in the postcolonial world was the young American Government; it had never shown great success imposing its will outside of the Americas that would have to change.

The new Century introduced American Soldiers to new Countries and new reasons for war. The U.S. intervention in Cuba during their war for independence from Spain marked a first for America and her soldiers, now instead of defending their homes, Americans would fight to expand America’s market share.

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR

I thought that I would put something together that has been tickling my brain for a while…

These next few (I hope I can keep focus that long) posts I want to dedicate to what I view as the rise and fall of the United States. I envision them as a where we were to where we are perspective, looking at the first one hundred years of America (the rise) in contrast to the most recent one hundred years (the fall). When I started thinking about this I thought there would be two or three different areas that I would need to look at, the first (and closest to my heart) the American Military. After that perhaps (with luck that ADHD won’t derail me), I would like to look at Business; how it changed and changed the American mindset. Finally looking at American politics (thought I’m not sure I want to examine that fetid pile of excrement), and how we’ve shifted from a Republic to an Oligarchy (thinly disguised as a Democracy).

I hope that I won’t bore or alienate any of my readers, and as always I am, open to comment or correction.

Oh and By the Way… Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England's overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!”

Monday, November 4, 2013

IS IT REALLY A CONSPIRACY IF YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?

I want to believe that my “tinfoil hat” isn’t screwed on so tight that it is cutting the oxygen off from my brain, but some things really get me thinking, “How stupid are we supposed to be anyhow?”

I could suspend my disbelief to a point, but this video shows the same woman at three mass shootings. Either she is the most unlucky woman in the history of ever, she is an accomplice or handler for the Shooters, or (and most likely I think) she is a plant, in a drama designed to make us clamor for more protection from the very Government that staged the incident in the first place.

So in this video, the guy is concerned about the placement of the glass during the Boston Marathon bombing, I wasn’t there, all I have to go on is what has been released. Having said that, I would question a few more things, I noted in the video, namely; if a device filled with explosives and shrapnel is was powerful enough to amputate limbs, why are the streetlights undamaged? The lights shown are not particularly high above the blast area. Certainly, they would have been close enough to suffer damage from several pounds of explosive planted near their base. Further, he barely touches on what I consider far more important… Why is the glass outside the window? The device was on the street outside the shop, the blast would have sent the window into the building, not out of it.

All of this conspiracy stuff makes me wonder why we (as a collective) watch the news anymore. If even some of the conspiracies are true, can we trust the news media to provide honest reporting, or will all of the honest reporters simply be pilloried by their peers as crackpots?

All of this brings me to the LAX shooter, and some of the questions that came to mind in the opening minutes of that tragedy. Number one, how did an apparently unemployed young man find the money, let alone the connections to purchase the rifle used in this incident? An AR-15 (the weapon reported) costs over $1000.00, the ammo (again reported) .223 cal. is hard to find, and expensive, yet Mr. Ciancia had hundreds of rounds in his bag. Number two, how did he get as far into the airport as he did without someone calling the authorities?

I find it amazing that this angry young man armed with an “assault weapon” and hundreds of round of ammunition only killed one person in a rampage that allegedly went on for hours. This inactive - active shooter only managed one kill, and two wounded. Yet, he strolled through a busy airport terminal, which normally would boast dozens, if not hundreds of TSA agents, and couldn’t find a target. In addition, he brought along “materials expressing anti-government sentiment” so there would be no question of his motivation apparently. Somehow, this all seems to set, to easy… to much like a training exercise and less like a nut with a gun.

If I were to put on my “nutter” hat, and place myself in the alleged shooters position, planning a rampage against TSA targets specifically this is not the way I would plan it. First the choice of weapon is ridiculous, a carbine, or any long rifle is slow. A pistol is much more useful in a building; it is smaller lighter and can pack more power for its size than you would need in the confined spaces of an airport.  A rifle is used for medium to long-range shots, it has little use inside buildings except to play to the cameras and the Government meme of “big, bad guns”. Regarding his “Anti-Government Materials” why would you weigh yourself down with extraneous paper, it would only get in the way when reloading. Again, it only makes sense if you are playing to an audience. So maybe that was his entire motivation, maybe he wanted to be famous, maybe he wanted to discredit the anti-government types or give the government a reason to ban all long guns and arm the TSA (I see that coming down the pike soon – TSA Armed response). What I don’t see is a properly thought out plan, and since he was lucid enough during the commission of this act to ask at least one witness “TSA?” and walk away, he knew what he was doing.

In the end, he will be identified as another Statist nut, mad at the NWO, the Bilderburgers, the Freemasons or whom ever the state run media needs him to be to advance the narrative. We will gain more restriction on our liberties, the Government will enforce ever more-Draconian laws and push us one-step closer to Winston Smith’s 1984.

THE MALAISE…

I seem to be suffering from what Jimmy Carter called ‘Malaise’; I keep starting projects yet seem unable to complete them. While I’m sure there are a myriad of reasons why I can’t keep a topic in mind long enough to write about it, I appear helpless to correct it.

I suppose I could blame the overwhelming mountain of preposterous edicts, scandals, and lies flowing in an unending torrent from D.C. for my inability to keep any single piece of ridiculousness on track. I could fall back on my personal life and how complex that is (though I’m sure some out there could show me examples of far more onerous times). I could blame ADHD, but since I’ve had that problem since the beginning I don’t see how it could have gotten worse. No, I think I’ll fall back on my old standard and blame Al Gore, ever since he invented Global Warming things haven’t been the same. We used to have weather to talk about if you wanted to stay away from Religion and Politics at a cocktail party, not since old Al got involved, now weather is Politics and if you listen to some of the Global Warming alarmists, it is a Religion too.

So now, I have to figure out how to break out of this Carter-ist Malaise and actually finish a few hundred words of intelligent ranting worth posting for the world to see. I haven’t forgotten you, on the contrary, I keep writing but it all seems so pointless by the time I get to the middle that I can’t seem to put it together, to wrap up the conclusion in anything resembling coherence…

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