Sunday, January 29, 2006
Always a delight to hear from Mr. Dobell. Are you swept up in the Super Bowl mania, Steve?
I haven't read the article referred to below (but I have read Dave's response to that email). Though I, like Dave, am aghast at some of the things our country is doing, I'm not as prone to declare these the "end days." I think people have been doing (saying) that in every era -- and always with very good reason! -- but we just keep on going -- after the Great Depression, after Pearl Harbor, after 9/11. A "civil war,"two world wars," presidents assassinated, natural disasters, epidemics, dust bowl days, etc. People died, and people *will* die (perhaps by the thousands again, in one fell swoop). The government has always been corrupt, and always*will* be. "These are the end times." It's been said before. Maybe Dave will be right this time. But, I'm not too worried, really.
But I'm still aghast.
P.S. Oh, and we and the roosters appreciate ya, Steve.
Don't get me wrong, I'm only predicting the demise of the current regime, not the end of the world. I think the Book of Revelation is about the coming end of Roman rule and is misunderstood if it is interpreted as an "end of the world" dirge. I like Revelation because the issues being confronted in its pages also pertain to today. Imperial hubris and brutality hasn't changed much in 2000 years. I truly believe that this final book of the King James Bible is a happy joyous promise of redemption following the fall of human derived death and oppressive domestic domination.
Indeed Rome fell swiftly after Revelation appeared in print, for exactly the same reasons that the U.S. is now crumbling and why the even more brutal U.S.S.R. and Nazi Germany fell before it. All I'm trying to accomplish is to get each of us to recognize our own part in the tyranny. You can't be saved until you repent. Pardon me if it bugs ya'll but I feel the need to keep exclaiming NOT IN MY NAME! I want the rest of ya'll to come to this same perspective, if you can, because I feel in my heart of hearts that this is one sure way to destroy its grip on our collective souls.
As a kid I was told we "had no choice" but to incinerate millions of totally innocent civilians in WW2. I readily went along with the public school version of these "patriotic acts" and from that moment onward I was indoctrinated into the acceptance of state imposed death as a means to purposeful and virtuous ends. At age 45 I'm just now coming out from under this spell of the warlords or as Ike called them the "military-industrial complex", and like any new religious convert want to raise my voice up loudly, with a newly saved soul, and bark again to the rafters NOT IN MY NAME! Lawd a mighty that feels good.
I remember, as a kid, watching in public school, b&w movies of German civilians that lived near Nazi death camps, being marched through the liberated compounds by American and Russian soldiers, to be exposed to the horror and nasty filth of state sponsored death and tyranny. The lesson of the victors was to expose this scene of barbarity to the ordinary citizenry who had supported this slaughter of innocents and whose sons had fought to the death to defend. I wish the same thing could happen to ordinary Americans by sending them to see the ruins, death and destruction of Fallujah (the size of Cincinnati) or the many secret and not so secret torture prisons the CIA runs around the world. If John Q. Public could only smell and taste the fetid stench of Guantanamo Bay's gulag and see the torture and death dealing depravity going on there I think that the whole shoddy collection of fiddle sticks would collapse quickly into one big messy pile. That is at least my optimistic hope.
Every other government that has maintained power by such means has already fallen. The U.S. is the last of a dinosaur breed of the much heralded 20th-century ideal of a "super state". When it finally does disintegrate I look forward to visiting Steve in the northwestern Republic of Cascadia. You will live in the Puget Sound autonomous region known for its strong pungent smelling pot, fresh seafood and air of sophisticated caffeine calibrated high-tech optimism. You Audie will live in Frontrangia, a territory stretching from Pueblo to Cheyenne. This sprawling collection of mountains and prairie, vegetarians and rednecks will include the Peoples Republic of Boulder and the Principality of LoDo embedded in the very heart of your republic. Go Broncos!
Don't misunderstand me, I'm happy the U.S. military is being soundly defeated in the quicksands of an Iraqi quagmire. No one has ever successfully occupied, much less dominated, Afghanistan since it became an independent piece of Asian geography some 1000 years ago. Persia after hundreds of years under the thumb of the Ottoman Turks is now ready to reassert its entrepreneurial and oil derived muscle as an integral and vital civilization of west Asia and the Middle East.
Islam itself has bided its time for the last 1200 years but guess what kids, THEY'RE BAAACK!! China has bided its time for some 300 years but guess what kids, THEY'RE BAAACK!! It won't be much longer before we feel the full cultural and economic impact of these global demographic shifts. On our own continent we are increasingly Latinizing and this is something I welcome with open arms. VIVA ESPANOL! It's all so exciting to watch. White bread culture has been soooo boring dudes.
I'm full of hope. Read your history kids, it'll keep you young and full of hope and spiritual vigor!
Long Live Hamas and the Persian Empire! China and Wal-Mart rule! Long live the independent Republic of Vermont! HOY HOY HOY!
"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues!" - Revelation 18:4
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Fleance doesn't care for the snow and when he is forced indoors he insists that I spread out the Mexican blanket curtain on the floor next to the glass door and then aim the space heater so it warms him in just the right spot for his bath and naps.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
In tribute to Audie's request of more desert scenery I thought I'd do a little album of this territory, to my west, where it is still remote enough for the Feds to be the evil mad scientists that they are, with nary a taxpaying soul being any the wiser-----ceptin' hermits like me, that nobody'd listen to anyway. It is a treasured pocket of planet Earth, that I dearly love and cherish. There it goes again: KAAAA-BOOOOOM, it even woke my deep sleep cat.
Yucca space antennas
Above the bar in Rachel, NV
Near Area 51
Dead coyotes in an upside down '68 Impala
Final approach to Las Vegas
For those of you who have been following this blog for a long time now might remember my reflections on the occupation of Fallujah, Iraq by the U.S. government. I said at the time that the imposition on all of its citizens to carry both a fingerprinted I.D. card and have a retina scan on file with the occupiers, in order to get in or out of that city, was only a prelude to what this same government would ultimately impose on us here in 'Murica. I also said then that what the Feds were doing in Fallujah was an actual practice session for everyone else they ruled. I never thought that the day of actual implementation would arrive so soon here on our very shores.
The following article is from today's news cycle and is about how some elementary schools will now require retina scans to gain entry. What better place to start the totalitarian experience than in the proto-prisons of public education? The indoctrination of passive acceptance and supine deference to authority have always been a primary theme of government schools, starting with a solemn Pledge of Allegiance every morning. The key paragraph for me was:
Funding for the project, more than $369,000, was made possible by a school safety grant through the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. "The idea is to improve school safety for the children," said Phil Meara, superintendent of the Freehold Borough School District in NJ, on Monday. "We had a swipe-card system that operated the doors, but the technology was obsolete."
Aldous Huxley could not have written a more acerbic satirical paragraph, that could have been taken straight from Brave New World, that was more spine-chillingly scary in tone and content.
I'm tired of seeing all this coming, I want to be wrong!
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. ---Benjamin Franklin
Monday, January 23, 2006
I bought a bunch of 'em and will send one to any of ya'll out there that would like to be a proud owner. Prominently display it in your office or home, so your progressively liberal, anti-globalist friends can know for sure what a backward pig you really are. It will make clear what they've always suspected, that you are...eewwww...a capitalist who prefers efficient self-interested trade over the coercive and corruptive theft of government.
For some odd reason I favor Southwest Airlines, the Bit & Spur, Wal-Mart, In-and-Out Burgers, Lin's Markets, Apple Computer and Toyota over the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Post Office, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, the U.S. Congress or Army Corps of Engineers. Why ya think that is?
What is your favorite government agency? Does it rank as high as any of the voluntary choices you make in the marketplace every day? Are you happy that government overall attempts to extract about 50% of your total output? If not you'll need one of these trucks to hide some of you ill gotten loot in.
The truck even comes with a splendid push motor that gets going pretty fast if you give it a good strong shove. It is made in China and looks great in my office.
Near the small town of Lindon, Utah a large cockfighting event was occurring in a rural barn, when the local gendarme raided the event. We pick up the story from the Daily Herald of Provo:
Though a handful of suspects escaped, Pleasant Grove police arrested 19 adults participating in the rooster fights at 183 W. 40 South during the noon raid.
Several fights with roosters had already been completed and "many more" were to be held when officers ended the event early. It was organized with admission fees and gambling by an individual whose mother lives at the home next to the barn.
Though participants and organizers in cockfighting operations tend to be Hispanic, all of the suspects in Sunday's barn bust were white. He said several of the suspects were known drug dealers or substance abusers.
You'd think that the whole world had gone to hell in a hand basket and shockingly enough, GASP, children were there and saw the spectacle of a traditional blood sport enjoyed by rednecks and poor Mexicans.
I'll bet this is mostly about illegal gambling, but has been glazed over with a politically correct mock concern for "animal rights" and "cruelty", because the local government is not getting a cut of the action. Who gives a flying hoot about organized cockfighting? At least these people had a hobby.
Do I care about the suffering of a chicken? No, I don't have any empathy at all for the hapless cockfighting chicken. Would he be any happier as a broiler in my gas oven? He at least achieved some measure of fame and glory in his short tenure on this planet. Not something all of us will be able to say when it is our time to depart this veil.
It is legal in Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Mexico (the only U.S. state where it is allowed) and virtually the rest of the world.
Meanwhile there are fellow Utahns overseas murdering and maiming innocent civilians, as military occupiers, while being killed and savagely wounded themselves, for a set of fabricated lies told by their imperial warlords in Washington, DC. This, it seems, passes the moral smell test way better than cockfighting does. Why is that?
If the common rabble are getting riled up about the fate of a few chickens, while thousands are getting drenched in a needless bloodbath, the end days must surely be at hand.
Symbol of the U.S. 67th Fighter Squadron
Eventually I want to do what ya'll are doing, so by God I'm glad that you're providing an example I can take to heart. You are a hope and inspiration, and for that------thanks.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
The Denver game is worse than I imagined it would be so I decided to pass the time by putting together an album of Roscoe's adventures in Mexico. I sure hope the Carolina-Seattle game is better'n this dog.
I did pick the exact score of the game, though, 34 -17. I should head to Vegas immediately, right?
Beamis likes Mexico.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
That devil does get around. Anyway he is Exhibit A of what an obnoxious Bronco fan is really like. Sheesh!
I bought him the Elway card as a reward for not getting too weird when he went with me and my then girlfriend (ya'll remember Brenna?) to Mexico for a month of fishing and drinking tequila. After all was said and done she only ended up having one nightmare about him (an interesting future blog post maybe) and did refuse to let him sleep in the bed of her truck with us.
She did, on the other hand, enjoy breezing through the random check points set up by the Federales and the Mexican army who, like bored soldiers everywhere, delighted in a diversion of any sort and loved asking for Roscoe's papers and posing him and taking turns talking to each other with him. I remember one especially enthusiastic reception, in the middle of nowhere Baja California, where the soldier sat Roscoe on his automatic rifle and started hitting on Brenna using my dummy! He bellowed "Hey Babeee! What's up babeee!". The regiment was having so much fun that they almost didn't give him back. I think Brenna may have been slightly disappointed that they did.
The very fact that the U.S. government is so obsessed on Iran and yet would foolishly let a CIA bureaucrat decide to viciously attack Pakistani soil with an un-manned drone tells me that even at the very highest levels of government the same lack of accountability and raw unfocused inept stupidity exists in exactly the same proportions as I experienced as a U.S. Park Ranger. THE SAME IDIOTS ARE AT THE CONTROLS!
We, the not so innocent funders of this immoral activity, will pay the ultimate price for their hubris and lack of informed judgment on matters which are gravely important issues to the actual people living their lives under the bombs being dropped. I wouldn't blame those pissed of millions one damn bit if they decided to fire a few salvos back the Infidels way. After all the 'Muricans set the pattern of nuclear retribution back in 1945 against an already defeated, only needing to be blockaded enemy, we openly despised. Nuke 'em Harry! Cook those gooks!
I believe future historians will view this bloody and violent predator drone attack on Damadola, Pakistan as being the fuse which lit the bomb of total war, similar in scope to the assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 precipitating the First World War, which, by the way, never really ended.
Pakistan Tells U.S. Not to Repeat Attack
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I don't erase any of my old blog posts so I will have to live with these picks in my archive for time immemorial. Anyway here goes:
Pittsburgh will defeat Denver to the tune of 34 - 17.
Carolina will settle Seattle's hash 27 - 13.
Whaddew I know? Not much really. I'm just groping in the handicapper darkness.
Where is the Bagwhan when I really need his holy guidance and spiritual light?
I like Jake Delhomme. My kind of football player.
Russian Winter by Nikifor Krylov (1827)
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
I'm pretty certain that over-stuffed Goliaths always fall in much the same way. Good thing too.
Washington, Jan 17: The Government of President George W. Bush refused Tuesday to show regret in view of the consequences of the bombing of a Pakistani village by a US plane Friday that killed 18 innocent people.
"You know our previous comments on issues of this nature," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said evasively, as he replied to a question from a journalist on Washington's stand on the bombing.
The attack was allegedly aimed at Al Qaida's number two leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
However, the operation left 18 innocent civilians killed and Pakistan authorities say al-Zawahiri was not there.
According to reports, a CIA Predator plane entered Pakistani air space without permission Friday, shattering the village of Damadola with rockets.
Islamabad officials said the CIA mistakenly bombed the area, as Al Qaida's second-in-command was not in the village.
The action triggered a protest by thousands of marching Pakistanis, who burned US flags and demanded a US pullout from Afghanistan.
In the port city of Karachi, about 10,000 people took part in the protest which spread to other cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry summoned US Ambassador Ryan Crocker to formally report on the incident.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
National Parks remain as Police-States ruled by malicious, armed, mental midget thugs who could not understand these words even if you handed them a dictionary. They write and impose laws to criminalize all human actions, so the thugs can arrest people at whim, to feed the childish ego of Park Police bullies, and to create enforcement budget excuses. Rights have been turned into privileges, grantable and deniable at the whim of petty police thugs. They are still writing more laws. They cannot stop writing laws, and will continue to more extensively criminalize what they have already criminalized, and arrest more people, until they eat their own, on schedule. Inherently self-defeating power cannot recognize the process of human reasoning which can demarcate between harmful and harmless actions. Power demands to be worshiped because of raw power alone, void of a human thinking process. Pity them. Give them the hollow flattery and worship they crave, and dance to the tune of their paperwork idiot-drills, if you wish, to avoid arrest, if you do not learn the other processes, while laughing yourself to tears at petty power-damaged minds.
Monday, January 16, 2006
The US air strike carried out on January 13 on the isolated village of Damadola, near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, was as reckless as it was criminal. At least 18 civilians were killed, including five women and five children, further inflaming already high political and social tensions inside Pakistan.
Under international law, the strike was an act of war. The Pakistani government of President Pervez Musharraf has collaborated with the US takeover of Afghanistan and its broader international aggression, but it has never formally granted the US military the right to cross the border and carry out operations on Pakistani soil or airspace. It is unclear whether the Pakistani government and military had pre-knowledge of the attack. But in the face of public outrage it has been compelled to issue a protest to the US ambassador and deplore the bombing of Damadola as “highly condemnable”.
Not only was the attack a violation of Pakistani national sovereignty, the intended target—the senior Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri—was not even in the village. Haroon Rashid, the local member of the Pakistani National Assembly, told Afghan Islamic Press: “I know all the 18 people who were killed. There was neither al-Zawahiri nor any other Arab among them. Rather they were all poor people of the area.” A Pakistani military intelligence officer told Al Jazeerah: “Their [the US military] information was wrong, and our investigations conclude that they acted on false information.”
This is a very serious turn for the worst children, and from the BBC:
In response to this latest bloody attack U.S. Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice said tough tactics are necessary in the fight against al-Qaeda.
"We'll continue to work with the Pakistanis and we'll try to address their concerns," she said on Monday.
Describing the country as an ally in the "war on terror", she said al-Qaeda and its supporters "are not people who can be dealt with lightly".
She said she could not comment on any specific circumstances.
Stay tuned for further imperial deterioration.
Iran stepped up its defiance of international pressure over its nuclear programme yesterday by warning of soaring oil prices if it is subjected to economic sanctions. As diplomats from the US, Europe, Russia, and China prepared to meet today in London to discuss referring Tehran to the UN security council, Iran's economy minister, Davoud Danesh-Jafari, said the country's position as the world's fourth-largest oil producer meant such action would have grave consequences.
"Any possible sanctions from the west could possibly, by disturbing Iran's political and economic situation, raise oil prices beyond levels the west expects," he told Iranian state radio.
I love this stance by an ancient and populous civilization that can respond to the U.S. federal government's bullying tactics with real power. What does the U.S. gummit propose to attack them with, a Chinese credit card? The American Imperium is crumbling fast and it will fall all that much faster with a real live Iranian oil embargo, with maybe Hugo Chavez and Venezuela joining in for the extra special pleasure of watching the strangling economic torment brought on by the rash and reckless gangsters in DC. I say bring it on.
Why should I feel less safe because Iran has nukes? Should I feel any measure of comfort in knowing that Israel and the U.S. do? What about India and Russia? North Korea? France? It ain't none o' my business.
Has anyone noticed that the United States never attacks countries with nuclear weapons? After witnessing firsthand the death and destruction which it has rained down upon its neighbors, Iraq and Afghanistan, I am not surprised that the Persian Empire wants a nuclear bomb of their own, with which to protect its citizens from the willful spite of the Infidel. I hope they get their bombs and soon. The sooner the better! Nuclear weapons in Persian hands are a definite plus for world peace. Take it to the bank dudes.
I say Mexico could use one or two ICBMs as well. Maybe from a French flea market.
The judge, he holds a grudge,
He's gonna call on you.
But he's badly built
And he walks on stilts,
Watch out he don't fall on you.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Most Russians have come to terms with the fact that Stalin was a blood thirsty monster and so was Lenin, and boy no one can let the poor Germans ever forget the sordid truth about Adolf Hitler, lest they repeat his evil mistakes again!
Murderous dictator and usurper of the Constitution.
Immoral warlord, the killer of millions of innocent foreign civilians through indiscriminate aerial bombings of large urban centers in Europe and Asia and the illegal incarceration and theft of property from Japanese Americans, who were shipped to concentration camps.
A self-serving liar and pompous moralist who brought untold death and misery to the 20th century through his interventionist meddling, the effects of which we still reel from almost a century hence from his tainted reign.
First to aggressively invade and wantonly plunder a sovereign nation, setting the stage for the dictatorship of Lincoln and the current border problems of today resulting from the un-natural frontier that was created when the U.S. federal government stole one-third of Mexico at the point of swords, bayonets and cannon.
A backwoods pug ugly responsible for unleashing horrific violence and poison on innocent civilians and starting a war that needlessly took 57,000 American lives for absolutely nothing.
Corrupt and out of control grafter who presided over the deliberate genocide of the remaining native tribes of the American West and the first large scale relocation and concentration of said natives on government run "reservations". Hitler and Stalin took much inspiration from this efficient method of dealing with "undesirables".
Semi-illiterate born again dry alcoholic ex-cokehead warlord who is presiding over the demise and collapse of the American Imperium from within and without. He is directly responsible for the deaths of many thousands of innocent people and has devastated two sovereign countries with aggressive warfare and occupation. During his two terms of office alone, the feds have borrowed more money from foreign governments and banks than was borrowed by all other American administrations put together, from 1776 to 2000. More debt added to the national burden in his eight years than in the previous 224. That's some legacy.
Let's hope he is the last of a line but I really sort of doubt it, unless of course he ends up bleeding the Beast to death, which is a distinct possibilty. One can always have hope.
Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses. ----H.L. Mencken