Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The New News



 







ON WISCONSIN!



There is an upside to the media phenomenon where they slant news to suit a constituency, creating "new truth" along the way.   Let's  then congratulate the National Champion Wisconsin Badgers for whipping  the Duke Blue Devils last night.  How sweet is was to see Mike Krzyzewski arrested after he punched a Wisconsin Coach in the head.

GOPers Sabotage?





HERE'S UR SABOTAGE


WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans who sent a letter to Iran’s leaders in an unprecedented attempt to undermine nuclear talks are siding with America’s enemies, President Obama and Senate Democrats charged Monday.

“It’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran,” Obama told reporters Monday. “It’s an unusual coalition.”

Senate Democrats went further. “Let’s be clear,” Minority Leader Harry Reid said. “Republicans are undermining our commander-in-chief while empowering the ayatollahs.” [Daily News]

"When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law." Frederic Bastiat
I'm like most of you by feeling that I've fallen through a wormhole into some parallel universe that I don't understand.  My instincts are derivative of thousands of years of man's need to act forcefully against threats to him and other cave dwellers.  When an tiger tries to eat me, I kill it or it kills me, so I want to strike out,  but some of the cave dwellers would rather die than let me. Below, in the scroll, are a culled list of quotes I turned to for some guidance. One really smacked me in the face.

"Thousands of trained killers are plotting to attack us, and this terrible knowledge requires us to act differently." Televised speech to the Nation, announcing the formation of the Department of Homeland Security” June 6, 2002 George W. Bush (b. 1946) 43rd President of the U.S.

Smacked in the face because I was guilty of buying into, and defending Bush's populism in violation of everything I had heretofore professed. The very name "Department of Homeland Security" was screaming in my head, and I ignored it.  The "terrible knowledge" is that the last thing we should have done is act differently, and we are paying dearly for it.


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"Remember, democracy never last long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide." John Adams.

"In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." Justice Louis Brandeis

"I predict future happiness for Americans if the can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

"There is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits." Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association—April 27, 1961 John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th President of the U.S.

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." Letter to James Warren—24 October 1780 (The Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4) Samuel Adams (172-1803) American Patriot

"If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher; as a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide." Speech Springfield, Illinois—January 27, 1837 (Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 1, ed. Roy P. Basler; 1953) Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the U.S.

"September 11th does not justify ignoring the Constitution by creating broad new federal police powers. The rule of law is worthless if we ignore it whenever crises occur." Domestic Surveillance and the Patriot Act— December 26, 2005 Ron Paul (b. 1935) U.S. Representative, Texas (R)

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." The Origins of Totalitarianism, chapter 3”1951 Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German Political Philosopher

 "I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state... a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one's mind and often misled it." The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, pp. 247-248 —1959 William L. Shirer (1904-1993) Journalist and Historian

"A newspaper has three things to do. One is to amuse, another is to entertain and the rest is to mislead." At London Conference of Foreign Ministers— February 10, 1946 (quoted in The Barnes Review, volume 5, no. 3, p. 29, May 1999) Ernest Bevin (1881-1951) British Foreign Minister

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Plato

 "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." Edmund Burke

"When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law." Frederic Bastiat

"We shall have world government whether or not we like it. The only question is whether world government will be achieved by conquest or consent." Feb. 17, 1950, James Paul Warburg, the former president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), speaking to the U.S. Senate.

"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promise of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The super-national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries." Former CFR president, David Rockefeller, at a 1991 Bilderberger meeting.

"Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." David Rockefeller: Memoirs, pp. 404-405—2002 David Rockefeller (b. 1915) Chairman Chase Bank and CFR

"Thousands of trained killers are plotting to attack us, and this terrible knowledge requires us to act differently." Televised speech to the Nation, announcing the formation of the Department of Homeland Security— June 6, 2002 George W. Bush (b. 1946) 43rd President of the U.S. [Source]