Someone asked me awhile back why I haven’t been writing any more political articles. The simple truth is that I’m tired of arguing with people who choose to ignore the facts I present them, instead they rely upon their emotions to guide their thought process. You simply can’t win an argument when people refuse to accept facts. To put it bluntly, you can’t argue with fools. There, I’ve said it, those who refuse to see the facts for what they are, and utilize them to make informed decisions are fools. If you rely upon your emotions to guide your thought forming and decision making process, you are foolish and a borderline idiot, and it seems to me that there are more of this type people in this country than there are those who choose to use their brains for the purpose they were intended they be used, TO THINK.
I believe that most people have this gut feeling that something is wrong with our country but the problem is that there are so many differing opinions when it comes to which direction our country should that hardly anyone can come to an agreement with each other about the matter. Those who call themselves conservatives, or Republicans, believe that the Democrats are to blame for all our countries problems, while those who call themselves liberals, or Democrats, feel the same way about the Republicans. Hell, even within the parties themselves there are differences of opinions as to who has the best vision for the future of our country. Continue reading
Recently our government went into a shutdown when a portion of the Republican Party fought to block funding for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Many people I spoke to said that the government did have the authority to enact Obamacare and that affordable medical insurance is a right that all people have. My point in writing this article is not to argue the legality of Congress having enacted Obamacare, but rather to discuss health and the medical and pharmaceutical industry in general.
The human body is an amazing creation. First of all if you consider that upwards of half our body is comprised of water, it is simply amazing that it can perform all the functions that it does. But then we have different systems within our bodies, all designed to perform specific functions.
We all know, or at least have heard about, DNA, that genetic blueprint which identifies each of us individually. Well our body is comprised of millions, if not billions, of cells and each of them is identified by its own characteristics to perform certain functions within the body. Read MORE
I’m a pretty avid reader and every once in awhile I will read something that just jumps out and slaps me in the face. Most of the time it is when I’m reading the writings of men who have been dead for a very long time. However Monday morning I was making my way through the usual web-pages I visit and I ran across an article by Michael Gaddy on The Federal Observer. When I finished reading it I felt as if he had dug down and read my mind as his thoughts mirrored my thoughts to a T.
I won’t quote from Mr. Gaddy’s article as I think you should read it for yourself, but I will steal the quote from George Carlin that he prefaces his article with, “Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public.” Continue reading
You rarely hear people use the phrase topsy-turvy anymore, but it most certainly applies to these United States of America, and our government these days. Topsy-turvy is defined as being in or into a state of utter disorder or confusion, and that fits us to a T.
Roughly two and a quarter centuries ago the people of this country established a system of government and gave it certain specific powers to do certain things on behalf of the people. Unfortunately our government no longer limits itself to those specified powers and seeks to control almost every aspect of our lives. Continue reading
On June 7, 1776 Richard Henry Lee stood before the Continental Congress and presented a set of resolutions, the first of which began with the following words, “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States…” Almost a month later, this same Continental Congress would vote upon a declaration which stated, “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States…“
Lee’s initial resolution was the impetus for what we know as our Declaration of Independence. Notice that both Lee, and Jefferson, who wrote the majority of the Declaration of Independence, both declared that the colonies ought to be free and independent States. Each state was to be a sovereign entity, capable of establishing its own system of government which best suited the needs and desires of the inhabitants therein.
When delegates gathered together once again in 1787 to discuss amending the Articles of Confederation they did so on behalf of the state legislatures which selected them to represent the best interests of the individual States. Continue reading
So here we sit, with our government still in shutdown mode, while we bicker amongst ourselves in regards to who is at fault for our government’s inability to finance its operations. If you ask me the whole thing is a joke and it makes our country look bad to those watching across the globe.
It all boils down to this, the GOP controlled House refuses to fund the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, while the Senate and the President refuse to negotiate on any spending resolution which does not contain funding for said act. So, we are at a standstill and the media pundits are more than happy to give us their views as to who and what is to blame. But are the American people being given the whole story, and more importantly, do the people of this country really care?
If you know me at all you know I try to get all the facts before I jump to any conclusions, or take somebody else’s word for it. So, here is what I have learned, and although this may not settle the issue, it may help you to understand it better. Continue reading
Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible. Thomas Jefferson Spencer Roane in 1821
Before I begin I would like to ask each of you reading this a question. What is it about this country, America, that you love? This isn’t a trick question and I do not want a canned answer that it is better than anyplace else in the world, or that it is the birthplace of democracy. I want your honest opinion, what is it about America that you personally love?
If someone were to ask me that question right now I would have to answer, “If you’re talking about the America that exists today, not very much.” There it is, I’ve said it, now you can commence with the ‘if you don’t like it get the hell out’ comments. But it is the truth, the America that exists today bears absolutely no resemblance to the one I was born in to over fifty years ago, and the America of 1958 bore little resemblance to the one envisioned by our Founders in 1789. Continue reading
The other day my esteemed Governor, Edmund G. Brown, vetoed six gun control measures and signed another six into law. I am sick and tired of the people of this state, and this country for that matter, demanding that new, more restrictive, gun laws be enacted every time there is some kind of shooting. Of the laws signed by Governor Brown, one angers me more than any other, that being that the guns I keep in my home must be locked up. Sorry Governor Brown, you are the one who should be locked up, because you have violated my rights.
When the Second Amendment was written and ratified, did the colonists have to lock their guns away in safes unless they were being used at the time? Did the Americans who fought the War of 1812 have to go unlock their gun safes and get out their guns when they needed them; did the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War? I would wager that up until the last half century most gun owners in this country did not own a gun safe. Continue reading
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” – Albert Einstein
Sometimes I wonder if I am wasting my time writing these commentaries. I do hear back from people and mostly the comments are complimentary and approve of what I am saying, but is that just because I am preaching to a choir of like-minded individuals, or have I actually caused people to think and change their opinions? From what I can see I would be inclined to say it is the fact that like-minded individuals are reading them and are voicing their approval. I say this because I do a bit of straw poll researching myself amongst those whom I come into contact with on a daily basis and the results of these little polls are not very encouraging.
I still hear people talk about our ‘democracy’, about how either one party is better for the country than the other, and about how our government must do more to stabilize the economy, create jobs, and provide more services for those in need. Continue reading
Yeah, I know, the title is a little bit harsh. But in all honesty I am sick and tired of repeating the same old facts over and over and over again, while nobody seems to listen. It’s not that there hasn’t been an awakening of sorts in this country, but it is happening too slowly, and many people are just upset over side issues and not the big picture, that picture being that our Founders experiment in self-governance has failed. Continue reading
Very few people know that I have an affinity for vampire, zombie, and post-apocalyptic movies in general. For those who do it should come as no surprise that as soon as Season 3 of the Walking Dead came out on DVD that I would buy it. Well yesterday I had myself a Walking Dead marathon. My wife had gone over to a friend’s house to celebrate her friend’s birthday so I plunked myself down on the couch and watched all 14 episodes back to back.
If you are a Walking Dead fan, then you may see where the idea for this came from, but if you’re not, I think I will still manage to get my point across without all the gore of the TV show.
Probably sometime yesterday as I was around halfway in to Season 3 that the idea for this was planted, but it was pushed back because I was too involved in what was happening on the TV. But today, as I was dragging a razor across my stubble, a light went on in my head and the idea for this peeked up and throughout the day that idea grew until I had formulated what you are about to read. Continue reading
Some of my readers may be aware that I was the recipient of some bad news this past week. The doctors told us, my wife and I, that my wife has either stage 1 or stage 2 breast cancer. When the doctor pronounced the word cancer my heart sunk and it was like the air was sucked from my lungs.
I have been guilty of criticizing others for their lack of priorities because they focus too much on trivial things like sports and television, while not taking any time to learn what is really happening in their country. I was at the exact opposite end of the spectrum, I focused all my attention on learning about our system of government, how our current government ignores the Constitution, and how they are being controlled from behind the scenes by various elites who seek to turn us all into their personal serfs.
So I guess I can be accused of having my priorities a bit askew as well. I think I may finally understand that people simply will not focus on what is important until they come to realize that they may lose that which matters most to them.
I met my wife 25 years ago. I was in the Air Force, stationed in Korea and was sent on a TDY, (temporary duty), to the Philippines to attend a form of combat survival training for our unit. I was in a Combat Communications unit whose job was to deploy into hostile areas and set up communications for the other combat forces. We were taught all kinds of things like how to properly camouflage equipment and set up perimeter defenses.
On our off duty time we were free to go off base and visit the many local bars and clubs that were right outside the gates of Clark Air Base. Believe me, I was no saint at the time, I was a typical GI who thought of only two things, getting drunk and getting laid.
It was during one of my excursions off base that I first saw my wife. I was with two friends and I saw her across the room at a restaurant. I turned to my friend and told him that I was going to marry that girl. He told me I was nuts, I didn’t even know anything about her. But something in me told me that she was the one I had been waiting for. Continue reading
I have often wondered why I have not been able to get people to understand that our government is both corrupt and criminal. I frequently find myself doubting my abilities as a writer because I simply cannot get people to see that simple fact.
I have always felt that the principles outlined in Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the beliefs held by our nation’s Founders are as obvious as the nose on my face, so if I cannot get them to understand these things then the fault must lie with me. Then I ran across a quote by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov which caused me to reevaluate my position. What Asimov said was, “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” Continue reading
Mark Twain once said that you should never tell the truth to people who are unworthy of it. That brings forth a question that is worthy of discussion, what makes a person worthy, or unworthy, of the truth? To me the answer is simple, those who are unworthy of the truth are they who refuse to accept it because it would mean they have to accept the fact that they’ve been deceived. The other day someone shared something with me that has been nagging at me to write about, it was a graphic which simply said, “Why is it that honesty is considered a virtue but no one wants to hear the truth?“
What exactly is the truth? Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as: 1 a archaic : fidelity, constancy b : sincerity in action, character, and utterance 2 a (1) : the state of being the case : fact (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.
Did you notice that they define truth as being archaic? Archaic is often defined as being old fashioned, no longer in everyday use. Sad as that may be, that certainly applies to the truth these days, especially when it comes from the media and those whom we elect to represent us in government. But the problem is that most people accept what they are being told as the truth, and denigrate anyone who gives them the real truth because it conflicts with what they believe to be true. Continue reading
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been kind of silent these past couple weeks. Don’t mistake my silence for lack of caring about the things that are going one, it is just that I have been asking myself why waste my time talking about things when what I have to say won’t make a damn bit of difference. How many times must a person bang their head against a wall before they realize that they are not going to break through the wall, and all they will do is give themselves a headache?
All the facts that I write about are easily found on the internet, or in books, if only people cared enough to look for them. If they can’t be bothered to do that, am I to honestly think that by my putting them into an article is going to cause them to alter their beliefs or change the way they act? I seriously doubt it.
I read a pretty interesting article this morning about the zombie culture, about how people castrate their own thinking to fit into a group. I don’t like putting links into my articles but you can Google it by searching for “sipsey street irregulars zombie culture”. It all boils down to the old adage that people don’t like to rock the boat, they would rather remain silent when they see something they know to be wrong, than to stand up and be the only one to question it. Which leads me to question what these people stand for, where is their individuality? Continue reading
Carbon monoxide (CO) is toxic to life, it is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can kill you if encountered in higher concentrations. Long term exposure to CO is cumulative, that is it builds up in your system, eventually leading to death as well. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide poisoning accounts for 15,000 visits to the emergency room and 500 deaths annually.
Why all this data on carbon monoxide? Well there are other poisons that can kill just as ruthlessly and silently as CO, and not all of them attack the human organism. The mind can be poisoned as well by ideas, beliefs, and philosophies which cause it to lose the ability to rationalize, to think, and to form informed opinions. That is what is happening in America today, and that is why I believe I have had little success in informing people as to what is happening in this country…right in front of most people’s eyes.
I see my country dying from beliefs and ideals that are in direct opposition to those held by our nation’s Founders, and I am helpless to do anything about it. I know some people do not like Ayn Rand because of the fact that she was an atheist, but I would still like to quote from her book the Fountainhead because I know exactly how the character Steven Mallory felt when he said it. Continue reading
Before I begin, I know that some of you might be saying, “But didn’t you just say that your last article may be your last?” You’re right, I did say that, but some of you know me better than I, apparently, know myself. Writing is in my blood, and once an idea springs up in my head it rolls around and builds until I can no longer take it and I am forced to put those thoughts down on paper. So disregard any mention I may have made about giving up writing, or just take it as the frustrated ranting that it is.
In July of 1776 fifty-six men affixed their signatures to a document that was an open declaration of treason against their government. On this day, July 4, we celebrate what they did. But, are we truly celebrating Independence Day, or is it just another excuse for us to get a day off from work, barbecue some ribs or chicken, or even go buy something at one of the many sales doing on to ‘celebrate’ Independence Day? Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the options and alternatives we have for saving what’s left of the Republic our Founders created and I have to tell you, the outlook doesn’t look good. Sure, there are large numbers of people who understand, and see what is coming, but are we enough to effect any type of serious change in the direction this country is headed? I have tried and tried to write articles that I considered to be informative for a nation of people who I felt needed to hear the things that I was writing about. I now feel like I have been trying to change the course of a river with a soup spoon. Aside from a half dozen, or so, people, I rarely get a response from any of the things I write. Those responses are what fuel me, motivate me, drive me to continue, and they just aren’t coming any more. If I don’t hear from people that something I wrote educated them, or that it caused them to rethink some previously held opinion, then what the hell am I writing for? I damn sure don’t do it for my own entertainment; not any more than an actor climbs upon the stage and performs Shakespeare to an empty theater.
With that being said, I think the destiny of this country has already been written and foreseen by men far better than I. As he left the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin was asked what type government they delegates had created, to which he supposedly replied, “A Republic madam if you can keep it.” Continue reading
In recent news two scandals have caused a certain degree of embarrassment for the Obama administration and also caused some people to begin questioning some of the things our government is doing; specifically the fact that the IRS has targeted certain conservative groups who applied for tax exempt status, and the fact that the government is data mining all our phone calls and other electronic signals such as e mail and Facebook posts. These scandals, while disturbing, are nothing new, our government, to some extent, has been doing these kinds of things for a long time now.
Some of you may, while others may not, remember back in 2009 when it was leaked that the Missouri Information Analysis Center, or MIAC, had issued a report which was used by local police to keep an eye upon certain groups, or individuals; including those who had Ron Paul bumper stickers, or belonged to local militias. Supposedly these people were considered as potential threats because of their political views and it was therefore decided to keep a closer eye upon them. Continue reading
What becomes of the limitations of the constitution, if the will of the people, thus inofficially promulgated, forms, for the time being, the supreme law, and the supreme exposition of the law? - Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution (1822)
Currently, between the state Senate and Assembly, California has forty-seven pieces of pending legislation which will somehow affect California gun owners…FORTY SEVEN! For instance, AB 180 would establish an ammunition tax on top of the sales tax already applied; and then there is AB 760, another law which would impose a $.05 per round tax upon all ammo sales; AB 231 would require that gun owners obtain firearm liability insurance; AB 500 would extend the firearm purchase waiting period; and SB 108 would establish MANDATORY storage requirements for guns in the home. These are just a few of the laws currently making their way through the system in Sacramento, all of which are designed to further restrict our right to keep and bear arms.
On numerous occasions I have written my state representatives, as well as Governor Brown, asking them to oppose these measures. Not once have I gotten a response from them. It seems they are hell bent on doing whatever they deem is their idea of what is best for the public safety, and to hell with what the law says. Continue reading