16th March 2009

Quick update on “Going John Galt”

Philadelphia will be having another “tea party”:
Philadelphia Tea Party II will be held on April 18th, 2009 from noon until 2 PM

When: April 18th, 2009 12pm – 2pm

Where: Philadelphia, PA – Independence Hall
Meet at Chestnut and 5th Street at noon;
Rally to be held on Chestnut between 5th and 6th Streets,
right across the street from Independence Hall.

Why: To fight wasteful spending so that future generations will not be burdened with immense debt and to fight the unprecedented and unconstitutional encroachment of government on our God-given freedoms.

Sponsor: Freedom Works
Link: http://www.freedomworks.org or

http://www.Iamwithrick.com

Host: Chris Clemency

Email: chris_clemency at yahoo dot com

SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED

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5th March 2009

John Galt where are you?

Both Merlyworm and I have done many posts here regarding the slippage of our world into the Randian (is that a word? If not it should be) world of Atlas Shrugged. So many that I’ve created a category for it now and will start moving posts into it! I’m calling what’s going on the “Atlas Effect“.

Over the last couple of years we’ve seen the world start shifting radically towards the bleak future describe by Rand. Lately people have been saying “Who is John Galt” in relation to the wealth redistrubition efforts of our Media sanctified and elected President Obama. With a stimulus bill designed to primarily spread government money around to those recipients that it deems most worthy i.e. government itself.  There have been mass protests calledTea Partys in multiple cities decrying the spending of our childrens inheritance. Oh what’s that you say? You haven’t heard about it on your local media? Of course not, you can not tell the emperor he has no clothes! Do a google search “Philadelphia Tea Party Inquirer and you’ll find nothing in Philadelphia’s largest newspaper about it. Ironically the 3rd link listed is one talking about how the owner of the cities 2 largest newspapers filed for bankruptcy! We’re told that the stimulus plan and the coming tax hikes on the rich are for the benefit of the middle class and for the poor. What’s that Vice President Biden, it’s our duty to be patriotic and pay more taxes?  When people start talking like that, when they use words like “fair for everyone” and “equalization of wealth” it’s a sign of the “Atlas Effect”.

We’ve seen people start to discuss whether or not it’s worth it to work so hard and make what they make. So imagine if you’re a small business owner. You’ve worked hard to build a clientele and it’s paying off for you now. You’re income is starting to rise above that 250k a year line. What do you do? Do you expand, hire some more people and build on your clientele or do you pull back and make less? Sure you could make more money but is it worth being classified as “rich” and falling into an excessive tax bracket? Of course it isn’t, you’d end up working even more just to bring home as much as you did below that line so you don’t hire those few more workers, you don’t expand you product line. You go Galt. Going Galt hurts the government by hurting it’s ability to rake in tax revenues. Unfortunately, it has the collateral damage effect of really hurting the economy. Another sign of the “Atlas Effect“.

We also need to remember that this is not just an American problem. We live in a global economy and an ever shrinking world. The “Atlas Effect” just doesn’t show up here in America. Rand wrote about things that would happen in other countries. An integral part of her book was how Venezuela’s nationalization of the copper mines and Mexico’s nationalization of an American built railroad effected situations here. Well guess what folks, Venezuela has nationalized energy production, steel plants, cement plants, telecommunication companies and just today nationalized a rice processing plant owned by American company Cargill. Cargill operates 13 plants in Venezuela (well I guess 12 now), when Chavez turns his eye towards the other plants don’t you think that might have an effect on Cargill here? Perhaps the loss of that plant causes them to rethink opening a new feed mill in Arizona while they recoup those losses? Once again, the “Atlas Effect” in action.

When you look at all that’s going on through a larger scope, looking at all the pieces as they are falling in place you have to be worried. Events unfold every day here in America and throughout the world that are practically cribbed right from Rands book and if you read it, you realize there was no happy ending in it. Have we started to slide down this slope too fast? Are we too far gone to avoid the ending? I don’t know. I like to think that the country that survived the Great Depression, that basically saved the world 3 times (WWI, WWII, and the cold war) will not be brought down so easily. It does make me all wonder though, if this much of her story is coming to pass then who and where is John Galt now?

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4th March 2009

Freedom of the Press?

I love my iPod. Nevermind that I dislike Steve Jobs more than Bill gates. I refuse to think about it.

Anyways, I load my iPod every morning from a couple of radio shows I never get a chance to listen to, and listen to them on the way to work, on break, and on the way home. One of these is a silly FM rock-jock morning show. They’re VERY funny, but they usually only put 1-2 short segments on their site. One of these was an interview with John Ziegler.

Who is John Ziegler? Well, the press really doesn’t want you to know, or even hear about him. See, he made a movie called, “Media Malpractice: How Obama got Elected and Palin was Targeted.” Interesting, eh? This is something most of us on the ‘right’ know about and see everyday: the fairness of the liberal press. This movie points out, using very hard to argue with facts and polls of voters, just how badly the press was backing Obama over everyone else. I would suggest you watch the clips on his site. Some of them are seriously depressing. Like the college student looking woman saying “Redistribute wealth? That sounds like a great idea!” Man. I’ll be ordering the movie as soon as I can. (Kids eat too much. heh)

Which leads me to the main point I wanted to make. The press has become more than what was expected of them by our founders. The Press (capital intended) has become the driving political force in this country. More and more people get their information from only the Press, thus the Press controls the flow of information..and more importantly, DISinformation.

The Press has become the true power in the country. THEY control everything. Even the economy! A recession such as we have now can be created and driven by the perception that there’s a recession. I firmly believe that this recession was created, purposfully, by the Press. Why? To get Obama elected. To oust the Republican party from power. All because the electorite really doesn’t try to find out facts. They accept as facts the things they are told. Like Palin is incredibly stupid. That Obama will save us all. That Dubya is a moron.

What can we do? Spread facts. Dont let the Press take over the country. Read for yourself the things going on in the world and around you. The Press is ruining this country.

-Merlyworm

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3rd March 2009

So, a pretty picture makes everything ok

Seems like the Obama administration has decided to create a logo for any projects funded by the massive porkulus steal from our kids Stimulus plan.

Obamba stamp of approval, all bow

See now this picture is going to be used on projects funded by the stimulus plan. That way, you and I as the taxpayers know where our money went and that it’s being put to good use. Isn’t it purty? See the leaf represents green technologies paid for by the carbon cap and trade taxes. The gears represent the factories closed down after Card Check forced the owners into bankruptcy and the stars represent the dreams of so many Americans that will never get fulfilled.

So as we walk to the unemployment lines because we can’t pay the carbon tax to drive our cars there we’ll be mollified just a bit. So as we stand in line waiting for our cheese, we won’t be quite as hungry. When our kids ask us where their inheritance is, where is the shining city on the hill we were supposed to leave them? When the words fail us to explain how we got suckered in and spent their money on rainbow shitting unicorns full of empty projects we can point to the sign. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case 9000 earmarks.

Of course there was another culture in recent memory that had to go through the same things we’re heading towards America. They had a sign too, there’s was a little different in appearance but the sentiment and results were the same as ours will be.

hammer and sickle

Wake up America and welcome to the new proletariat.

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2nd March 2009

Bill of No rights

Been a little busy today but didn’t want to have a day without any posts. I came across this recently and thought it’s something everyone should read. It’s called the Bill of No Rights and it’s written by a gentleman named Lewis Napper from Missouri.

We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt free liberty to ourselves and our great great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bedwetters.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:  That a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of Non Rights.

  • ARTICLE I — You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any form of wealth.

    More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

  • ARTICLE II — You do not have the right to never be offended.

    This country is based on freedom, and that means the freedom for everyone, not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots and probably always will be.

  • ARTICLE III — You do not have the right to be free from harm.

    If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful. Do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

  • ARTICLE IV — You do not have the right to free food and housing.

    Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generations of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

  • ARTICLE V — You do not have the right to free health care.

    That would be nice but, from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in government run health care.

  • ARTICLE VI — You do not have the right to physically harm other people.

    If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

  • ARTICLE VII — You do not have the right to the possessions of others.

    If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen TV or a life of leisure.

  • ARTICLE VIII — You don’t have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience.

    We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight, if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

  • ARTICLE IX — You don’t have the right to a job.

    All of us sure want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

  • ARTICLE X — You do not have the right to happiness.

    Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness — which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

Words to live by. Print it out and give it to the liberal victim in your life.

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