April 20, 2015
And when the justice system has failed or become merely a procedural sham what then?
It's a common conceit among lawyers that our legal system is the justice system - which is not fully true: It's a justice system and a pretty good one at that but it's not the only justice system. So there's an assumption that if the legal system is manipulated and even blocked, then there's simply no recourse at all for those on the receiving end of this treatment and so they'll just accept it. Which is clearly what the above people and their allies seem to believe. Well out of the inertia of trust in the system this is true up to a point - but only up to a point.
But when that trust that justice will actually be delivered is finally broken, stoic acceptance of the jiggered results of a broken system can no longer be counted upon either. Instead you will see a reversion to the older, rougher justice delivery firmware that's embedded in our DNA and it will be ugly. But not necessarily unjust.
Given that people have had their lives destroyed for merely making a bad joke on social media, wearing the wrong shirt, answering a hypothetical question about catering incorrectly, and using the wrong ordering of words in a phrase, not to mention threatened with jail for the act of committing politics, I see no reason that Chisholm, Kluka, Lerner, and Machen who have done far worse should be able to walk the streets and go through life comfortably and carefree.
Don't blame me for this - I wasn't the one who deliberately subverted and broke the system of justice that we had."
April 11, 2015
My recently-passed friend Scott used the term "Shitteree" often, and I don't know whether I've heard it before... let alone with such frequency. He liked that word, and I'll use it in his honor.
The "barley wine" was suggested by H-Dogg when he heard the theoretical alcohol concentration of the finished beer will be over 10% ABV. Stiff stuff.
We are all going to die, but I hope we all live longer and suffer much less pain than my friend Scott. One bout with cancer fucks up the whole shitteree.
Scott, may the Creator welcome you. Cheers, Prosit, and I'm glad you suffer no longer. Thanks for everything you taught me, and thanks to our Creator for letting me meet you. I hope we'll meet again.
April 01, 2015
His wife called this evening to inform of his passing last night.
He is pain free, and has met our Creator.
Godspeed, Scott. Rest in peace.
March 27, 2015
The True Identity of the So-called Palestinians
Myths, Hypotheses and Facts
The True Identity of the So-called Palestinians
There are some modern myths
Origin and identity of the so-called Palestinians
Palestinians are the newest of all the peoples on the face of the Earth, and began to exist in a single day by a kind of supernatural phenomenon that is unique in the whole history of mankind.
March 26, 2015
February 16, 2015
February 05, 2015
January 20, 2015
January 15, 2015
Unease about modernity isn’t necessarily problematic in itself; after all, Christianity and Judaism are also pre-modern faiths, which have many critical things to say about contemporary ideals and mores.
Read the rest here:
December 02, 2014
I ask what's up... "you need to change our business arrangement" he says. I ask why... "I have cancer and it's terminal."
I won't speak to the discussion from that point since it's personal and painful and nuanced and too soon.
It's all over, he's been battling for a year, and it's in his brain as well. Dear God/ fuck.
Went to visit at his place last weekend and I'm not pulling punches at the door telling him he looks like shit. He does. Never ever said a word untrue to him and this is true.
Inside we break out three six packs that I brought... one cold and ready, one warm but ready, and one bottled that afternoon. I told him he needed to put a note on the "not ready" to save for Christmas.
He is still Scott, but he can't remember anything.
He's wasted to nothing and he is resigned.
I guess there's a lesson here... maybe it is better to die unexpectedly. I don't know. His Mary is a trouper near as I can tell. I'm sure she's had the very worst of it. They've lived in their house for 28 years, and were 25 when they bought it. He's been sick for a year. It hurts the hell out of me to see my friend like this, but I can't imagine the way it hurts her.
Pray for a miracle.
November 10, 2014
October 27, 2014
October 23, 2014
My prayers to Cpl Nathan Cirillo, his family, and those who loved him. What a rotten and horrid crime they have suffered.
And thanks to the man who put down the animal who murdered Cpl Cirillo:
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is being praised by politicians for 'selflessly keeping them safe' following today's terrifying shooting spree, with unconfirmed reports he was the one who took the suspect down.
October 14, 2014
October 13, 2014
So accept for argument’s sake that chartered federal agencies are executing political policy instead of, and often at odds with their chartered goals. Fine. It is worth it to discern the political goals, and specifically, the mid-range goals from the actions. Obama "…cannot bring himself to put limits on contacts between Americans and the citizens of the countries…” and this fragment stands on its own. What limit on contact are we allowed to maintain, other than being driven apart from allies?
If there is a principle which informs this administration’s well-evidenced goal of erasing America’s "limits to contact”, that is, our borders and our security (as well as health) protocols, it can hardly be beyond the pale to make educated guesses about the name of that principle.
If that principle, once named, can be shown to militate against the continued Constitutional functioning of the federal bureaucracy, isn’t there a case to be made? Why does nobody force the question: How are your actions Constitutional if this_____ is your apparent goal? If that is not your goal, then what is the purpose behind these ___, ___, and ___ actions? How are those actions within the mandate of these ___ agencies?
Why have we seen six years of Darrell Issa’s oversight theater and not one single result? I’m done waiting for someday. Their ammo makes great fireworks, but nothing is ever fired for effect. Some on the committee are very impressive, and constitute the core of whom I consider worth a darn in DC. But despite some great TV moments, there has been no effect other than a few cosmetic resignations. Lois Lerner was replaced by a sturdier character who is just as implacably opposed to oversight and the rule of law. Every once in a while some morsel is torn free. For this we needed six years of supposedly rigorous oversight?
There’s the possibility that oversight pressure played in Holder’s resignation. but that is a fact not in evidence, and I have a backpack full of such hopes and promises. At the end of the march, they always turn out to be rocks.
As long as we do not force the question, then the easily predictable collapses of existing orders and therefore "necessary” implementation of new programs and systems is allowed to masquerade as a merely unfortunate series of events, rather than a diabolical plan hatched by Communists. So sorry that ObamaCare thing didn’t work out, and now there are no insurance companies. Well, on to single payer then.
It is not as though these people have been quiet or even reluctant to publish their aims, their methods, and their phase lines. Why does our party generate no effective challenge to this treason by name? What good is such gentility when it buys us tyranny? Are we so enamored of good manners that we would rather die politely than live forcefully?
Shall this society continue? Shall it perish from the earth? To be, or not to be?
If we are not now at the point where these are the questions before us, when would that be?
October 09, 2014
December 03, 2013
Some of us assembled over the web and by phone... said the toast and cheer. Slammed a shot of Bob's favorite, and here we are.
November 12, 2013
Clark Library, Government Floor
Phone ( 408 )924-2770
Microfilm Call Number: J11.R5
Congressional Record, Vol. 109
88th Congress, 1st Session
Appendix Pages A1-A2842
Jan. 9-May 7, 1963
The book was found in the off campus stacks, was ordered and checked. The quote below was checked against the original and is correct. The few errors in the copy from the Congressional Record are shown in [ ] .
The quote starts on page 259.
California State University at San Jose, Clark Library stacks call number:
Book title page:
Skousen, W. Cleon. Naked Communist
Salt Lake City, Utah: Ensign Publishing Co.
C. 1961 , 9th edition July 1961.
Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963
Current Communist Goals
September 25, 2013
I had made it plain and clear that one cat in the house was already enough, and "why would we ever consider another cat when the one we have is not only annoying, but he'd likely shit all over if we brought another animal into the house?".
One must reserve the right to change one's mind once in a while.
The best decision is not always the first.
September 11, 2013
In my cassette player Chicago played Carnegie Hall with the late great Terry Kath. I believe I was into "Mother" or "Lowdown" when I got into what was then the nursing building for Dr. John Plude's Analytical Chem 302 lecture. Got to the door, last one in... running late like every other day. There are seven people already seated, and here's the dirtball slacker rolling in the door. The lecture had already started, figured maybe I'm down like five minutes.
I opened the door and took a step. Plude looked over, (oh shit maybe he's had it with me...) took a step my way where I'm just trying to slink in like every other day... "Have you seen any news this morning?".
"No, and I didn't mean to..." (come here late)
"There was a plane crash"
"Into the World Trade Center".
---I remembered seeing old accounts of the B-25 that crashed into the Empire State Building on a foggy morning... figured "Ouch... not good for the pilot.".
"It was a jet"
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