Sunday, July 31, 2011
-- Charles Scaliger, The New American, July 26, 2011.
Well here's Boehner's "compromise"; what it does is:
- Lie once again about "cutting spending." It does no such thing. It increases spending - every year. Bogus and outright-fraudulent "baseline budgeting" means that if they intended to boost spending $300 billion but only increase it $200, that's a $100 billion "cut." If you ran your household like this you'd be broke in a week. For the US, it will take a bit longer.
- No tax increases. That's nice, but let's not forget that while the Democrats scream about the "Bush Tax Cuts" the FICA tax cut was theirs. Obama signed it. You cannot keep reducing income and increasing spending forever.
- The cuts, fraudulent though they are, aren't even real anyway - and not binding either. There's nothing before 2013, which means a downgrade is almost certain. Further, raising the debt ceiling now for the whole among but allegedly finding the "cuts" over 10 years is an outright fraud by a ratio of 10:1.
- A 2013 timeline for actual changes means nothing, since the next Congress is not bound by what this one does. Period.
- Sequesterization didn't work in 1997. It won't work in 2011 either.
- We failed to get to $4 trillion. That's what S&P said they needed, and they said they needed to see that within the next three years. Now we find out if S&P has any balls.
We also get to find out if the so-called "Tea Party" is worthy of the name. Yeah, I posted that my opinions change when facts do, and they appeared to.
Boehner needs to be ejected from Congress in the next election, and the remaining "mainstream" Republicans must go with him, along with any claiming to be "Tea Partiers" who vote for this abortion.
All of them.
In the meantime, kill this bill and by doing so balance the budget in three days.
NC Illegal Alien Crime Report: 67 pages of rape, murder and mayhem committed against NC citizens in July
North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement
NCFIRE Hotline: 1-888-885-0879
The emancipation issue promoted by the fanatical wing of Lincoln’s party caused the predicted rupture within ranks, and revealed the true extent of party concern for the welfare of the African. The Massachusetts governor mentioned below did not want the black man in his “strange land and climate,” but gladly accepted them to fight as mercenaries against the South and as substitutes for the white men of his State. It is recalled that Massachusetts was a slave trading and slave holding colony, and later State, and not the strange land and climate as the governor claimed.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Confirmed Prejudices and Opinions Up North:
“The threat of a black “invasion” (or “Africanization”) of the North was a dominant theme in anti-emancipationist rhetoric. Politicians and editors predicted that three hundred thousand freedmen would “invade” Ohio alone, competing with white labor, filling up the poor houses and jails, and generally degrading society. In a June 1862 referendum, by a majority of more than two to one, Illinois voters endorsed a clause in a proposed State constitution that would exclude blacks from moving into the State.
This issue cut across party lines. Senator Lyman Trumbull of Illinois, a former Democrat, now a Unionist, explained “there is a very great aversion in the West – I know it is so in my State – against having free Negroes come among us. Our people want nothing to do with the Negroes.”
One Unionist editor told [Secretary of the Treasury] Salmon P. Chase that the best strategy was to declare that blacks “don’t want to come north and we don’t want them unless their coming will promote the conclusion of the war…” Chase himself, while a fervent advocate of emancipation, shared the common assumption that blacks were inherently unsuited to the colder northern climate. “Let, therefore, the South be open to Negro emigration by emancipation along the Gulf,” he suggested, “and it is easy to see that the blacks of the North will slide southward, and leave no question to quarrel about as far as they are concerned.”
Chase was not the only radical in the Republican party who worried about the political consequences of the “Africanization” issue in the run-up to the fall 1862 elections. Even Governor John A. Andrew of Massachusetts, whose antislavery credentials had been amply demonstrated three years earlier when he had given tacit support of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, became embroiled in the issue.
In September 1862, Major General John A. Dix wrote to the governors of three New England States asking them to accept into their States a group of two thousand ex-slaves who had sought refuge with the Union army. Governor Andrew responded with a strongly argued letter, soon leaked to the public, in which he explained that Massachusetts was, for blacks, “a strange land and climate” in which the newcomers would “be incapable of self-help – a course certain to demoralize them and endanger others.’ Such an event would be a handle to all traitors and to all persons evilly disposed.”
With timing that was appalling for the [Lincoln] administration, the black migration issue became a crisis in Illinois at about the same time the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was issued. The army had been sending refugee slaves to the military headquarters at Cairo – the southernmost town in Illinois. Secretary of War Stanton issued an order allowing these freedmen to be dispersed throughout the State. This appeared to violate the State’s “Negro Exclusion” law and which was certainly anathema to mainstream public opinion. One Republican wrote to Governor Richard Yates that “the scattering of those black throngs should not be allowed if it can be avoided. The view…here is that if the country should become full of them they may never be removed and with the confirmed prejudices and opinions of our people against the mingling of blacks among us we shall always have trouble.”
(No Party Now, Politics in the Civil War North, Adam I.P. Smith, Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 54-56
Confirmed Prejudices and Opinions Up North
“After almost a lifetime of considering what historianship is, I am satisfied that what it is or should be is storytelling. Assuredly it can’t be a scientific experiment, nor a logical proposition, nor the illustration of a theory. Our existence is drama, that is, a story, taking place in the mind of God. Through history we have our only knowledge of the mysterious drama of our existence beyond what has been granted us as Revelation.
I like the delightful saying of the English historian Veronica Wedgewood: “History is not a science – it is an art, like all the other sciences.” Or more seriously, we can make the same point by calling on John Lukac’s perfect definition: “History is a kind of memory, organized and supported by evidence.” With emphasis on the evidence. In asserting that history is not certainty, I don’t deny that there are varying degrees of honesty and competence in the handling of evidence that allow us to judge the quality of a historian’s work.
If history is best understood as a story, at least two things follow. First, a story – like that of the Alamo – is somebody’s story – it is not everybody’s story as is claimed by those with an agenda, whether they be nationalist ideologues or multiculturalists. Everybody can learn from a story, but if it is to be real and valid, it is some people’s story. It follows that American in our time cannot have a real history because America today does not have a real people.
There was a time, peaking in the World War II era, when the inhabitants of this vast and diverse nation-state almost mingled into one people. That opportunity is now past. The inhabitants of the United States are corralled under the same territorial monopoly of force and exploitation; they share the same bread and circuses.
They are not a people, only the motley subjects of an empire. Aggregations of Oprah watchers, sports fans, and mall shoppers do not make a people. After Augustus the story of Rome ceases to be the story of a heroic and patriotic people. The Roman people pass from sight. The history of Rome becomes only an account of more or less evil emperors and a chaos of peoples without stories. Such is American in the era of Bush. The future history of the last national election can be written only as a meaningless contest in which the jocks barely beat out the nerds for possession of the imperial palace.
Most of the work of academic historians today can portray the American story in no other terms except as an abstract fantasy of oppressors and oppressed. No society has ever had more professional historians and devoted more resources to historical work of all kinds than modern America – or produced so many useless, irrelevant, and downright pernicious products. I know a historian who teaches that the great Virginians of the American Revolution were like the Taliban. Presumably because they carried weapons and were not feminists. This is to reduce human experience to a paltry and partial perspective, to remove from it everything that is worthwhile and ennobling, usable and true. But this is what academic historians mostly do these days.
A historian should be trying to say something true and useful about human beings, and doing so modestly and cautiously. No historian can discover indisputable truth, at least not about anything important. But that is what historians are claiming to do these days by reducing the drama of human experience to abstract, supposedly universal theory.”
(Defending Dixie, Searching for Fleas: American Historians and Their History, excerpt, Clyde N. Wilson, Foundation for American Education, 2006, pp. 44-45)
American Historians and Their History
The book is about Jackson’s beliefs as he sought to bring the word of God to the slaves of the antebellum era, furnishing the fuel for the fire of salvation. "Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man’s Friend" was written by Richard G. Williams, Jr. with a foreword by James I. Robertson, Jr.
Historians and history buffs alike have long struggled with the ambivalence of a man of Jackson’s moral fiber, who came from a slave holding family, owned slaves himself, and yet broke the prevailing laws of Virginia to conduct a weekly Colored Sabbath School, where slaves were taught to read and write while bringing them to a personal knowledge of the Christ.
Contradictory as that may seem to many, Williams’ book reconciles the contradiction. It begins with the uncertain years of Jackson’s orphan-like childhood and his devotion to “Miss Fanny,” who raised him from childhood into his teenage years and then on to his years at West Point and the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Each aspect of his life showed his relationships with and care for the slave families he was exposed to.
General Stonewall Jackson: "Black man's friend
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, member of the Norwegian Parliament, has publicly condemned multiculturalism, or, Muslim pandering. In a dramatically frank speak last May, he declared that Norwegian blonde girls are harassed into dying their hair dark, to avoid persecution. That says it all. He blames, not the Muslims, but the Norwegian Labor Party–the Communist, “liberal” party for their extremism in purposely allowing this cultural genocide of Norway, and denying any opportunity to resist it. In Orwellian terms, Tybring-Gjedde declared himself a “revolutionist.” He will resist the destruction of his own people and his own country.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, fighting
for Norway, for his people, his nation,
and this culture.
Here is an excerpt from a classic speech he delivered recently, (together with the transcript:
The only "untold" history I'm aware of is the fact that they, in conjunction with their Yankee counterparts, massacred our American Indians of all ages and sexes, using expertise perfected during the WBTS.
My Suggestion For Equal Time For The S&S
Once again, I recommend doing NOTHING:
→ Don’t work at a job – draw unemployment then switch to welfare when that runs out.
→ Refuse to pay any tax that you can avoid.
→ Stockpile what necessities (and guns/ammunition) you can afford then convert any remaining assets you have to precious metals (which you then hide as best you can).
→ Do anything you can to passively clog the workings of government – such as using your new-found free time to jam the halls of state and federal government facilities. Not carrying signs or shouting slogans – instead, simply getting in the way
Guns "should be illegal for all but properly constituted, trained and controlled agencies of governments."
The irresponsible argument of the American gun lobby – that it is not guns that kill, but the people who handle them – is the first point to contest: if Anders Behring Breivik had carried only a knife or a wooden club, he would have been severely restricted in the harm he could do. The same would have been true at Hungerford and Dunblane, at Columbine High School and *Kent State University; the agonies of Darfur and Helmand would be vastly less; in fact the world would be a different and happier place if guns were few and their possession a matter of strict official control.*Dingbat
Gunwalker: Open letter to Arizona AG Tom Horne: prosecute the ATF people responsible for Fast and Furious under state law
Arizona Attorney General
Re: ATF Fast and Furious
Dear Mr. Horne
As you are aware, ATF ran a program called “Fast and Furious” out of their Phoenix office whereby the let assault rifles “walk” into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels and various border bandits.
Two of those ATF “walked” guns, which were sold by a Phoenix area gun shop with the knowledge of ATF, were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
While various investigations are on-going at the federal level, there appear to be important state law issues involved in this situation.
I specifically call your attention to Arizona Revised Statutes Title 13 Section 1201 “Endangerment”
13-1201. Endangerment; classification
A. A person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury.
B. Endangerment involving a substantial risk of imminent death is a class 6 felony. In all other cases, it is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Evidence is mounting that field agents within the Phoenix office of ATF warned their superiors that the “walking” of guns could lead to the deaths of, among others, federal agents.
The warnings of these dedicated and honorable law enforcement officers were ignored by their superiors. The end result was Border Patrol agent Brian Terry died as a result of these “walked” guns.
Arguably senior officials in ATF are chargeable for endangerment under state law.
I would urge you and your staff to look into the record that has been developed so far by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the sworn testimony by various ATF employees with an eye on what, if any, state criminal laws were violated in the course of the “Fast and Furious” project.
No worries, mate...it's a Glock.
Went fishing yesterday. nice thing about living here is that you can hop on your mountain bike, pedal across town and be waist deep in primo fishing waters in about twenty minutes. Usually when I’m doing that sort of thing I take one of the Glocks and tuck it into a UM84 holster and attach it to my belt with a pistol lanyard. This way, if I slip on the slick river rocks and take a swim, I dont lose my gun. Which, actually, is exactly what happened.
As I was trying to wade back to the shore, the current (which was rather strong) pushed me off balance and I was up to my neck in the river. Not a big deal, I can swim and the water wasn't deep. But…everything from the neck down was soaked. That's the nice thing about the Glock…it gets completely submerged under water and all you have to do is shake the water out of it, tuck it back in the wet holster, and it’ll be fine. I’d say ‘Try that with your 1911 some time’ but most folks would blanch at the thought of dunking their 1911 under water and then leaving it in a wet holster for a few hours.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
John Pelopidus Leach
1906: Only Old Veteran Fife and Drum Corps in existence, from the Lawrence O’Bryan Branch (died at Antietam) Kettle drummers: (left) Alphonso Haynes and Deany Smith (last on right);
Bass drummer: Mr. Lewis; Fifer: Mr. Johnson; from Greensboro area
Reminiscences of Roanoke Minute Men
"Oft in the stilly night,
Ere Slumber's chains have bound me,
Fond Mem'ry brings the light
Of other days around me."
When I remember all
The friends so link'd together,
I've seen around me fall -
Like leaves in wintry weather -
I feel like one who treads alone,
Some banquet hall deserted,
Whose friends are fled,
Whose garlands dead,
And all but he departed.
The Combat deepens - On ye brave,
Who rush to glory or the grave!
Wave, Munich, all the banners wave!
And charge with all thy Chivalry!
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold.
Then shook the hills with Thunder riv'n;
Then rush'd the steed to battle driv'n;
And louder than the bolts of Heav'n
Far flash'd the red artillery.
The war is o'er, and Father Time has cleared the strife away,
And scattered golden sunbeams where once dark shadows lay,
Our heroes sleep; oh! let them rest, nor take their fame away,
For glory marks each sacred spot where sleep the Blue and Gray.
God it's wonderful—really diverting in a macabre sort of way, at least if you have a diseased sense of humor and enough Padre Kino red. Which I do. As I write the world's only delusional superflower, perennially in love with itself, navel-gazing as narcissistically as ever, ignorant, self-indulgent, gurbling like an insane relative in the attic and fondling electro-trinkets from Japan, is broke. Yes, we see a beautiful dive from the high board, two somersaults and a half-twist, into the Third World. And so richly deserved.
Congress, a collection of whores, con-men, and penny-ante sharpers from East Jesus, Nebraska, ponders the Great Question: Default now, and admit manfully to being the economic lepers everyone else already knows we are? Or raise the debt ceiling, keep spending like a spoiled Swarthmore sophomore with daddy's credit card, and collapse a bit later?
It's just lovely. The World’s Greatest Economy holding out the begging bowl to China. “Alms? Alms for the poor?” Maybe I don't have enough Padre Kino after all. Maybe there isn't enough.
On the lobotomy box, congressmen come and go, not talking of Michelangelo, like mayflies but without the brains, calling each other names. They seem to think that they are in an off-year election. I mean, it's only the future of the country. What, me worry? What if a huge cosmic flyswatter came down on Cap Hill and turned them into barely historical smears? How the hell do you start a cosmic flyswatter?
The Republicans want to protect the wars, the rich, and the military companies. The Democrats want to protect the entitlements. Well, ok, I guess killing Afghans matters more than feeding Granny in Spokane. Unless of course you are Granny. Who really cares? I mean, how many “defense” contracts does she have?
But actually the Dems have the best of the argument of national security. Entitlements are our friend. Welfare is the price we pay for not having the cities burn. Mailbox money is our protection, not gaudy aircraft carriers like the USS Thundertrinket, zooom-kerpow.
It's the Empire, stupid. You want spending cuts? Easy, if you don't want to rule the world for three more years before going down history's cloaca. Pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Japan, and NATO tomorrow. Pull out. Pull out. Coitus interruptus. Stop wasting precious engineering talent and non-existent money on pointless funsy weapons of no utility: the F35, the Airborne Laser.
Come to think of it, don't bother. It's too late. The only sensible answer is cheap Mexican red. The US really is poised to enter Central America. You know, continental drift. It can't be stopped. South Korea and Finland among others are far more advanced in their internets. Health care in America is first-priced and second-rate. The country is thirty-third in infant mortality. Schooling would be pathetic if we could raise it to that level, the universities largely farces. The Russians and Chinese have manned space programs; we don't. Industry flees Gringolandia or has fled. The great moiling gerbiltry out there hasn't figured it out. Wait.
I hear babbling about “the recovery.” Which recovery is that? There ain't none, boys and girls. There won't be one. We are not in a temporary recession or correction or what have you. We are going poor. The last dance just finished, and the band is leaving.
And it is self-inflicted. There is, I grant you, a pleasing monumentality about truly phenomenal stupidity. A certain brilliance is needed to be so witless. In this sense the American political system is a work of genius, relying on the principle of Sufficient Ditz-Rabbitry.
You don't need to fool all of the people all of the time. Enough of the people, enough of the time is entirely adequate. Lincoln knew this but, being a politician, didn't point it out. Here is the basis of what Americans believe to be a democracy. Curious: Mexicans know they have a corrupt government, but Americans don't. In the US, books are written about the scams and cons and rips practiced on the public. Few read them, though, and those who do already know what is in them. Enough of the people, enough of the time. If the talking heads on the blinking hamster-diverter don't talk about the swindles, the rubes never know.
The country is in fact ruled by the interlocking directorates of Wall Street, Washington, and the media, Triamese twins joined at the head and aimed at sucking money from the easily fleeced. We're not talking Senior Civics and the Federalist Papers. It's straight drain-the-dullards. And it works. Boy does it.
Can you name anything in America today that is not a disguised fraud? Credit cards are not a convenience, but a way of luring suckers into borrowing crippling amounts of money at usurious interest. The sub-prime circus was carefully designed to do just what it did. There's the student-loan racket, and Big Pharma: A tiny bottle of ophthalmic salt water from Bausch & Lomb, called Muro, costs $23 in Washington, and about $6 in Mexico. That's our government, fixing prices that weren't broken. Pure Third World.
I dunno. What's going to happen when what's left of the cream-flow dries up? Maybe it's the Padre Kino, but...in the last depression of '29, most of the country was rural or close. People, many of them, lived on farms, and didn't need much money.
Today most of the population is utterly dependent on remote mechanized farms winch are dependent on supplies of gasoline and chemicals and then on trucks to take the crop to cities that, if the foregoing chain broke down, could not possibly support themselves. The discovery that food doesn't really come from Safeway will astonish.
I guess I'm paranoid, and no real unrest and disruption could really occur. I guess. I mean, probably. I think. And that's a good thing, because with so many people dependent on entitlements, to the extent that they can't eat without them, and everything dependent on intricate systems that can't handle chaos—hooboy. Think: What happens to skyscrapers if there's no electricity for elevators?
I say invest in drug cartels. Some say gold, but you can't smoke gold. When times get bad people want booze, grass, crack, scag, crank, Oxys, and maybe shrooms for the more advanced. Investment is low, and governmental interference has proved minimal.
I hope I'm crazy. I'd better be.
" Eric Holder has been very good at dividing words."
MOREThese hearings cannot be good for the Obama administration, and testimony that appears to be less-than-candid is giving rise to a variety of conspiracy theories, the most plausible being that this gun trafficking operation allowed guns to deliberately walk in an effort to “pad the numbers” of recovered firearms at Mexican crime scenes that could be traced back to United States origin. As the theory goes, this would enable the Obama administration and anti-gunners on Capitol Hill to push for more gun control and a renewal of the ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost – more than 40,000 Twitter followers.
Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to “keep the pressure on” lawmakers in hopes of reaching a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline.
Obama’s campaign staff used the @BarackObama Twitter account to post the Twitter handles of tweeting GOP leaders – state by state, tweet by tweet.
“Tweet at your Republican legislators and urge them to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis,” Obama’s campaign staff wrote on his account before launching the day-long Twitter campaign.
The campaign appears to have served its purpose: Republican Twitter accounts were flooded with pleas for compromise.
Not everyone is a fan of the presidential spam. By Friday evening, the President had lost more than 40,000 Twitter followers - and counting.
- 6 Fullerton CA cops who beat & tasered homeless man to death return to duty as FBI begins investigation  http://ow.ly/1v7Z92
- New York NY cops may face charges after man’s death from pepperspray induced asthma attack ruled a homicide  http://ow.ly/1v84Jb
- Clark Co NV school district police dept subject of FBI investigation into alleged beating of cuffed juvenile  http://ow.ly/1v88Uy
- Las Vegas NV cop ruled to have violated policies when he beat & arrested man for videotaping him, may face discipline http://ow.ly/1v85ar
- RCMP cops ruled to have violated numerous rights in drug case dismissed against 5 men left out in underwear in snow  http://ow.ly/1v7ASY
- Niagara Regional ON cop loses 90hrs of vacation for using unnecessary force while falsely arresting bicyclist  http://ow.ly/1v7VCq
- Canton OH cop in controversial video threatening CCW holder now investigated for losing temper in another video  http://ow.ly/1v7VpN
- New Orleans LA cop resigns while under investigation for allegedly falsely arresting & planting drugs on parolee  http://ow.ly/1v7yhI
- Sturgis MI cop subject of suit by doctor who lost everything after falsely convicted of trading sex for drugs  http://ow.ly/1v7wEZ
- Atlanta GA police sued over another bar raid where police detained & ID’d patrons not suspected of any crime  http://ow.ly/1v7t5m
- Assumption Parish LA sheriff’s lieutenant sentenced to 5yrs for tampering w/evidence in hundreds of drug cases  http://ow.ly/1v7ag8
- Shelby Co TN sheriff’s detective arrested on sexual battery charge for allegedly coercing woman into exposing self and taking photos of her  http://ow.ly/1v79QE
- Irondequoit NY cop & brother accused of beating man on video in bar as owner claims city is threatening him over it  http://ow.ly/1v80gX
- Orange TX police ordered by arbitrator to rehire police captain fired for questionable shooting death of unarmed man  http://ow.ly/1v7YIp
- Youngstown OH police officer fired for allegedly helping his friend collect drug money  http://ow.ly/1v7YsC
- Elgin IL cop facing suspension for racist joke rats out other cop for racist joke in 90′s, also faces suspension  http://ow.ly/1v7UUr
- Durham Regional ON cop charged w/dangerous driving in on-duty crash that injured motorcyclist  http://ow.ly/1v79oc
- Santa Clara CA cop convicted of passing info to Hells Angels in order to settle debt with member  http://ow.ly/1v79ha
- Cleveland OH cop suspended w/o pay after arrested for unauth use of police database & personal use of police data  http://ow.ly/1v6ZLn
- 12 New York NY cops disciplined w/10 day suspensions in “red light overtime” scam, no charges  http://ow.ly/1v6Xcv
- Panama City Beach FL police sgt suspended 10 days for obstructing DUI arrest of fellow cop who drove him from bar  http://ow.ly/1v89e0
- Hornell NY cop convicted on DUI charge that cost him job, still faces 35 charges for incident after he resigned  http://ow.ly/1v6WRk
- Spectrum IEEE on MANETs (ad hoc peer wireless networks), the OLSR protocol, and Commotion. Simply, open source and resilient communications development to route around government shutdowns of the Internet (e.g. "the Internet Kill Switch" as sponsored by the autocrats Lieberman, Collins, and Carper): Before OLSR can be employed to bypass a throttled Internet, the technology needs to "move out of the geek-o-sphere and into the mainstream," Meinrath says. The key, he adds, is to make it really easy to install and use. The installation media that Meinrath envisions—thumb drives and the like—would be both clandestine and user friendly. A CD-ROM, for instance, could automatically install OLSR if it was put into a computer on booting up. And with a thumb drive or an SD card, installation would involve a mere click of the mouse. In addition to making it easy to set up a MANET, Commotion needs to make sure that the ad hoc networks are secure and anonymous so that citizens can use them without being afraid of persecution. To do this, Commotion will be adding a piece of software called Tor, which masks the sources and destinations of network traffic, and testing it in urban areas in the United States, such as Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. "Before we put people’s lives on the line, we want to test this out in a real-world setting," Meinrath says. Open Internet coming to a wireless router near you.
- FunkFeuer. A grassroots community MANET in Vienna and Graz (Austria).
- FabFi. One of my favorite projects. Used to enable ethernet over several miles (being used in Afghanistan among other places). Adds DIY hardware construction to the mix... FabFi is an open-source, FabLab-grown system using common building materials and off-the-shelf electronics to transmit wireless ethernet signals across distances of up to several miles. With Fabfi, communities can build their own wireless networks to gain high-speed internet connectivity---thus enabling them to access online educational, medical, and other resources.
FabFi test over 7 miles:
Friday, July 29, 2011
Jack Barnes: Someone dropped a bomb on the bond market Thursday – a $1 billion Armageddon trade betting the United States will lose its AAA credit rating.
In one moment, an invisible trader placed a single trade that moved the most liquid debt market in the world.
The massive trade wasn’t placed in bonds themselves; it was placed in the futures market.
The trade was for block trades of 5,370 10-year Treasury futures executed at 124-03 and 3,100 Treasury bond futures executed at 125-01.
The value of the trade was about $850 million dollars. In simple terms, if that was a direct bond buy, no one would be talking about it.
However, with the use of futures, you have to have margin capacity behind the trade. That means with a single push of a button someone was willing to commit more than $1 billion of real capital to this trade with expectations of a 10-to-1 return ratio.
You only do this if you see an edge.This means someone is confident that the United States is either going to default or is going to lose its AAA rating. That someone is willing to bet the proverbial farm that U.S. interest rates will be going up.
I believe what happened is a debt-ceiling deal was done in Washington and leaked to a major proprietary trader. Everyone knows the debt negotiations in Washington have been an extreme game of brinksmanship between political parties, but now someone knows how that game played out.
This had the hallmarks of one of the largest bond shops in the world knowing something the rest of the market didn’t.
The number of shops or even central banks that can take on this level of market risk is extremely small. Some that come to mind are hedge fund manager John Paulson, Bill Gross’s PIMCO, and the U.S. and Chinese central banks.
Paulson already scored big – about $6 billion big – on a similar trade years ago when he bet against subprime mortgages, the investments that helped bring down Lehman Bros. and many other investors.
Whoever was behind it wanted a trade on ASAP, and didn’t care about the ripples they would cause.
Remember folks, these are draconian cuts according to the Democrats, and yet they're also substantial spending reductions according to Republicans.
Just a couple of quick questions.
- Is there any year in which the spending in either discretionary or Social Security goes down? No. Therefore, in my view any such claim of "cuts" is an act of public corruption for which Boehner should be indicted and imprisoned.
- Is the alleged "spending reduction" backloaded? Yes. Social Security spending increases an average of 10% (compounded) in the first three years, thereby guaranteeing that two House elections and two Senatorial Class elections will have been held before any decrease in entitlement spending rate occurs. This too is a fraud upon the public, albeit entirely expected from the Goebbels Ministry of Truth, otherwise known as Boehner's office.
- Is the cumulative spending increase anything approaching reasonable? NO. Social Security spending over the 10 years will approximately double and the size of government as measured by discretionary and Social Security spending (combined) will increase by 53% over the ten years. Where's the cut, Boehner?
In short this is yet another Goebbels Media Lie Parade out of the Speaker's office, and not one mainstream media outlet, to the best of my knowledge, has pointed these facts out.
What's worse is that the Democrat's "ideas" for "cutting spending" and "closing the budget gap" actually add even more spending!
Oh yeah, one more thing: Medicare and Medicaid are not included. Yet they're growing faster than any other category. Gee, I wonder why they were excluded?
If you're wondering why I am absolutely certain that whatever comes out of this process will garner an immediate downgrade from S&P (and perhaps Moody's), this is the reason. They can do the math too, and it's clear, convincing, obvious and inescapable.
This entire plan, along with the Democrats "plan", are in fact bald, pernicious lies.
Nikki Haley is South Carolina's first female governor.
Speaking to a crowd at an NAACP national conference in Los Angeles on Monday, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous attempted to shame Haley into removing the flag by comparing African American slavery to oppression Haley's ancestors in India faced under British rule.
"Perhaps one of the most perplexing examples of the contradictions of this moment in history is that Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first governor of color, continues to fly the Confederate flag in front of her state's capitol ... my question to Governor Haley is one that Dr. King often asked himself: 'What would Gandhi do?'" Jealous said.The flag has been at the north end of the Statehouse in Columbia since 2000. It was moved there after legislation passed to remove it from atop the dome of the Statehouse, where it was placed in 1962 by an all-white South Carolina Legislature.
Haley, who was born in South Carolina, and her spokesman said the decision lies with the people of the Palmetto State.
"More than a decade ago, under the leadership of a Democratic governor, South Carolinians Republican and Democrat, black and white, came to a compromise position on the Confederate flag," said Haley's press secretary, Rob Godfrey.
Brady Campaign’s stated goal is to disarm American civilians, making them defenseless from criminals. When danger visits, it is never the disarmers who stand between us and the violence, but Bradies and their ilk are the first to complain about successful defense against evil. It’s almost as if their constituency is made up of violent criminals of government and freelance varieties. My friend Alany, a civil rights activist from Northern California, outlines what Brady Campaign has in common with other terrorists. Brady Campaign, in turn, have tried to physically intimidate her and other pro-RKBA people in California
A mind aware of nature’s laws, her sciences and all her flaws.
And in this time has fought the fight for justice and for what is right
Because his creed is Christian based and tolerates the other race.
But now the tide has slowly turned and Western man is surely spurned
By every other race on earth because our laws have given birth
To the meek inheriting this our land because we offered out of hand
A place where they could all feel safe despite the differences in race.
Now over the course of time we see the effects of becoming a minority
In our own land, our place of birth, our country that was best on earth.
Now all around a rainbow culture, no finer feelings, nothing ultra
Just “give me, give me, more and more and we’ll make babies by the score.”
Such thinking really grieves us all when these invaders just stand tall
And keep demanding all their rights and we stand by without a fight,
And instead of saying this is wrong the government just helps it along.
No wonder that the common man perceives a wild and devious plan.
This plan has been in place for years and carries on despite the tears
Of those who see behind the scheme, to make us toe the line.
The native Britain born and bred is being to the slaughter led
By those who need to close us down so their own lies will wear the crown.
The newcomers help to dilute the mix of native Britons and that’s the fix,
Because new laws will simply pass and the rainbow mass will never grasp
The full intent behind the deed to which any normal man would heed.
The future’s not looking very bright if we give in to Europe without a fight.
By swamping us with foreign drones they think they’ll make us into clones
Until all indigenous traits are gone and we’ll end up dancing to their song.
Miscegenation is their key and if we allow it we’ll never be free
To be the people we used to be, a strong healthy nation, the land of the free.
Be Christian, be healthy, be strong and be wise, don’t listen to Europe’s invidious lies.
Don’t surrender your birthright to Europe’s advances,
But fight for Britain to be Britain again.
Officers confronted Thomas, 37, a transient known to frequent downtown Fullerton, while investigating reports of a man burglarizing cars in the parking lot adjacent to a bus depot on July 5.
Police say Thomas became violent as two officers tried to search him, kicking off a fight in which six officers were needed to subdue him. Thomas suffered severe head and neck injuries, while two officers suffered moderate injuries.
Thomas' family has accused officers of using excessive force during what they described as a "brutal beating." Witnesses claimed Thomas was shot with a Taser and struck with a flashlight.Thomas was taken off life support several days after the incident. An autopsy was inconclusive, with Orange County Coroner's Office officials saying they need to carry out further tests to determine the cause of Thomas' death.
There are Parting Shift videos, and then there are PARTING SHIFT videos. This is one of the latter! Featuring the 1969 Camaro of Billy Miller Racing, this video shows multiple runs from multiple angles inside the car. It is basic and raw and the sound is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Miller runs a 5-speed full-boogie race transmission in this car and what seem to be some el-steepo gears. Judging by the fact that the Camaro sounds like Satan's chainsaw at the top end, there's certainly a little small block in here. We don't know any specifics on the car, other than we'd give up an apendage to own it.
We'll stop blabbing and tell you to hit play and crank the noise up to 11!!!
The article below was written in response to an attempt—which will be doubtless be successful—by the Mayor and City Council of Lexington, Virginia, to adopt a “banner and flag regulations ordinance.” This ordinance is said to respond to “a need” of that City to “regulate” the banners, flags and other such symbols displayed on City property during civic and historical celebrations. Despite its generic title, it is common knowledge that the ordinance is directed at the Confederate national flags displayed during memorial celebrations to Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson that take place every year in Lexington. A petition was allegedly received by the City government complaining of the offensive nature of these symbols. This legislative dictum is the result.
Efforts to reach a compromise by exchanging one of the national flags with a less recognizable symbol offered by the Sons of Confederate Veterans has been rejected out of hand by the Mayor and the Council—and why not? This ordinance will allow them to get rid of every such symbol despite the fact that a countering petition bearing far more signatures than the first has already been taken. Of course, the signatories of the second petition are by the very nature of their viewpoint, quite without influence upon the government of Lexington. They are (obviously), not part of the special interest assembly demanding the First Amendment rights of the majority be stricken from the Public Square. This blatant disregard for We the People—which has become standard fare from government and the bureaucracy—has resulted in a loss of our guaranteed constitutional rights and has in fact turned the public forum into
The Private Square
The late comedian George Carlin was heard to say that the power brokers in this country were a club—and We, the People, were not invited. Mr. Carlin was far more right than he knew. For not only are we not in “the club,” We the People have even been banned from what used to be called, “The Public Square.”
Drawing on images of ancient Athens, the Public Square was a place in which We the People were able to tell our stories, display our symbols and generally speak up and about various issues that concerned us. Oh, sometimes it is contentious as when speakers shout their messages in public demonstrations. And sometimes it is ennobling as those who came together with candles in the gathering gloom of September 11th, 2001 to mourn the deaths of people that most did not even know. And sometimes it is inspiring with parades and bands and fireworks! And sometimes it is peaceful as neighbor greets neighbor after worship services. But whether contentious or ennobling or inspiring or anything else, the Public Square has always been for the public—for We the People to express ourselves rightly and sometimes even wrongly, because it is our right to do so in accordance with the Will of God and the Constitution.
But no more. Now, there is a hedge about the Public Square, a fence of political correctness created by the offended sensibilities of various special interest groups, erected by the courts and politicians who are either in agreement with or terrified of those same groups and maintained by the force of government even against the very dictates of that document which is supposed to be the Law of the Land, the Constitution. As a result, We the People find ourselves outside looking in. We find ourselves legislated and regulated out of it entirely or, in the alternative, allowed to participate only insofar as our “rulers” permit. We can do this, but we cannot do that. We can post this symbol, but not that. We can express this sentiment, but not that. We can advocate this policy or viewpoint, but not that. And who decides what we can—and, more importantly, cannot do? Why those same special interest groups who created the fence in the first place. They are permitted to do and say as they please because it is now their square. It is now a Private Square and We the People are no longer welcome save as supplicants asking for a few moments exposure to what was once ours in its entirety.
How did this happen, one may well ask. How can what was our God given right now be so thoroughly and absolutely denied us at the stroke of a pen by some bureaucratic bean-counter or political hack? How did we fall so low that now We the People find ourselves on the outside looking in, stripped of every right but that of obedience to the Will of the Government and its Special Interest myrmidons? How is it that those government agencies once sworn “to protect and serve” now consider a failure to exhibit what is deemed a proper amount of respect when a citizen questions being censored from using the Public Square as representing an attack upon their persons often resulting in assault and arrest? Why is it that a common city council of little importance and less competence can vote to simply forbid the majority of We the People from exercising our rights of freedom of speech, expression and association in order to protect the tender sensibilities of people who are a minority of the voices being raised in the issue?
There is an old saying in my family, “Who died and left you king?!”—and truly, that is what we are seeing! Government, large and small, simply taking such power not because they should but because they can! Indeed, we are seeing in this country, the fruition of a very old and very sinister maxim: The good old rule, the simple plan, That he may take who hath the power, and he may keep who can. We have lost the Public Square because we have lost control over government and those who have aligned themselves with it to assure that this new Private Square is theirs and theirs alone while We the People are told what we can do and what we can say and where we can go if we do not agree.
Something must be wrong. My finances are in shambles; mainstream newspapers won't publish my pieces; and, no matter how much I try to convince Fox News that they need male eye candy as well, they just won't give me a show. Then I gaze into the mirror at my alabaster complexion and say, "What's wrong with this picture? I'll have to address this at the next White People's Meeting."
Of course, it isn't really true that all we Caucasians get together in a big conference hall somewhere and, rubbing our hands together with devilish glee, conspire as to how we're gonna get ourselves some'a that there white privilege. Yet you wouldn't know it listening to egghead academics, media mouths, and uncivil rights agitators.
Put "white privilege" into a search engine and no small number of results will be for ".edu" URLs, which means that our mental institutions of higher learning are busy teaching "critical race theory" and ideas such as "Whites are taught not to recognize white privilege" and that, as this University of Dayton site informs, white persons have a "special freedom or immunity from some [liabilities or burdens] to which non-white persons are subject[.]" There is also something called "The White Privilege Conference" and a website devoted to it (I actually had to log on to make sure it wasn't a spoof site, but truth is stranger -- and stupider -- than fiction). And American Thinker recently wrote about an event called "Erasing White Privilege," during which whites sat around in a room confessing their collective oppressor sins while "people of color" discharged rage, "yelling at them" and "preaching." Ain't Obama's post-racial America grand?
Of course, I don't imagine there are many plumbers, supermarket workers, or forklift operators at such meetings -- and not just because they actually have to work. It's also because they know something:
White privilege is a myth.Let's look at the facts.