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Saturday, 27 July 2013

About the CPB, Republicans and Statism

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:46 PM (19:46)

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: About the CPB, Republicans and Statism
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 19:46:48 -0600
From: Mike Blessing
To: [85 individuals]

7/26/2013 6:29 AM:

FYI: In addition to foundation money, tax dollars are also given to the CPB which runs PBS stations around the nation. The taxpayer is not asked whether he wishes to contribute. That should be stopped and we have the right to demand it.

Starting in 1994, the Republicans have been promising to do exactly this – defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – during most if not all election seasons.

From 1994 to 2007, the Republicans held majorities in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Yet the CPB never lost a penny in funding.

Thus, either the Republicans are so incompetent that they are unable to organize enough votes to defund the CPB while they hold legislative majorities . . .

OR

There are enough Republicans for whom this particular issue is nothing more than PR copy for their re-election campaigns – “red meat for the conservatives,” soon to be forgotten after getting another term. Then when CPB’s budget comes up for renewal, they find “reasons” to vote in favor of it.

I disagree that “we have no voice.” We have plenty of voices. And we do have access to the media.

In these days of Blogspot, WordPress and YouTube, media access for the common citizen keeps getting easier and easier.

In my judgement the causes of the Republican point of view not being disseminated merits an essay.

What exactly is the “Republican point of view” ?

There seems to be a misconception out there in GOP circles that the Republican Party is about free markets, Constitutionally-limited government, individual rights and public sector fiscal restraint.

Given the track records of John McCain, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon, that can hardly be true. The federal government never shrunk much if any in terms on expense or intrusiveness under any of the administrations of the above presidents.

Even under “The Gipper” Ronald Reagan, the GOP’s patron saint of the 20th Century, the expense and intrusiveness of Washington DC expanded greatly. Reagan talked a decent game, but never really walked the walk.

Nor did President-wannabe Romney shrink government at the state level while he was Governor of Massachusetts.

While Senator-wannabe Heather Wilson was in the U.S. House as a “representative” for New Mexico’s 1st District, she enthusiastically supported the single biggest expansion of the welfare state in the “Oughts” of the 21st Century – Medicare Part D, signed into “law” by George W. Bush in 2003.

So why exactly should people who DO care about free markets, Constitutionally-limited government, individual rights and public sector fiscal restraint care in the slightest about the “Republican point of view” ?

He made his money through valuable capitalist methods: individual rights of privately owned property, voluntary trade, limited government and free markets. But in his basic premises he is wedded to the welfare state, which means the principle of unlimited government. In other words: statism.

I know the original comment was about Bill Gates, but this was and is also true of Mittens Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential offering.

_______________________________________________________________________
Mike Blessing / https://mikewb1971.wordpress.com / Phone – 505-249-1248

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?

“Government is the disease that masquerades as its own cure.”
– Robert LeFevre
_______________________________________________________________________

FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Reason: Consultant in Chief
  2. [LPNM] Carla Howell: Mitt Romney = Big Government

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.1
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Facebook / Google Plus / Tumblr / Twitter / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Reddit / Twitter / WordPress / Yahoo!

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Random Shots for Sunday, 21 July 2013

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 1:55 AM (01:55)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Agreed, Seth.

    What’s interesting is that a good portion of military people are libertarian-leaning conservatives, if not outright libertarians. Must be something about being on the pointy end of government’s spear. Meanwhile, the “social workers” who keep the welfare state going, the Posties, etc., seem to be “lefty” “progressives.”

    What pisses me off is how all of these “social workers,” Posties and such get Veterans Day off, regardless of whether or not they actually served, simply because it’s in the AFGE or AFSCME contract. If they aren’t actual vets (discharged in good standing) they should be showing up for “work” on 11 November.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    Ish, remember — you are what you eat.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    Put the words “next President” in quotes — she ain’t there yet. Three years is almost an eternity on the political scene. The Big O still has to get his minions in the Congress and the state level through 2014.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Chiller – Unexplained Mysteries
  2. H2 – Ancient Aliens
  3. ReasonRon Paul Would Like to See Glenn Jacobs (aka Wrestler “Kane”) Enter the GOP Senate Race in Tennessee
  4. TNT – Falling Skies
  5. Rockford Register Star [Illinois] – Republican legislator, a doctor, writes a remarkable letter about abortion and contraception

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Random Shots for Friday, 19 July 2013

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 12:38 AM (00:38)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Or just paint the #10 can with your choice of spiffy skiffy, fantasy or horror motifs.

    Seriously — blowing hard-printed-and-taxed FRNs on silver (that should’ve been made into coins) to cover shitpaper of all things is crazy. Next you’ll be shopping for turd polish.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    So basically, we don’t have to worry about the Trayvon Martin Administration destroying liberty wholesale and fucking the economy to hell and back starting in 2041? Works for me.

  3. Posted to Facebook here and here

    Some links for the group’s examination

    http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/grp/3943589867.html
    http://clovis.craigslist.org/grp/3840548632.html
    http://clovis.craigslist.org/grp/3907825608.html
    http://facebook.com/groups/ClovisCarry/

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. H2 – Ancient Aliens
  2. Skiffy Channel (“Syfy”) – Continuum, Primeval: New World

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Friday, 19 July 2013

Random Shots for Thursday, 18 July 2013

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 12:58 AM (00:58)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    “Either libertarians take over the Republican party”

    Ron Paul tried just that in 2008 and 2012. Considering the way the Priebus / Rove gang slammed the door in the faces of him and his supporters, then changed the GOP’s internal rules to give their faction even more of a lock on the RNC, I’m not hopeful about this.

    For me at least, it’s either grow the LP or go full-time prepper. Or maybe both.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Adult Swim – Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies
  2. Fox Business – Cavuto, Stossel, Lou Dobbs Tonight

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Book Review — SSN, by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg

Filed under: Media, Reading — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:59 PM (19:59)

SSN by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg

Berkley mass-market edition – Feburary, 2000, softcover, 351 pages

ISBN 0-495-17353-4

When Tom Clancy takes a direct hand in writing the books with his name on the cover, they’re usually pretty good. When the writing task is handed off to someone else, it’s a crapshoot as to whether you’ll end up with a good read. Luckily, SSN seems to be one of the former.

SSN was based upon a CD-ROM game of the same name[1]. Both the book and game are concerned with the U.S.S. Cheyenne[2], a Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine of the U.S. Navy, commanded by a Captain Bartholomew “Mack” Mackey, as the Cheyenne goes into combat against the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, which is the naval branch of the People’s Liberation Army[3].

The Cheyenne starts off by engaging a Han class submarine[4] near Hawaii, but most of the book takes place as the Cheyenne goes up against various subs and surface ships of the PLAN in and around the Spratly Islands, as China wants to establish oil-prospecting operations there.

For what it’s worth, the Spratlys are currently claimed by not only China, but also Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan. Most if not all of these nations are after the oil and natural gas deposits that are suspected to be under the Spratlys[5].

The “interview” (more properly called a “conversation” or “chat”) at the back of the book reveals that the game the book is based upon offers fifteen (15) different situations for the user to undertake, playing the role of “Mack,” and that while completing all of them successfully won’t qualify the user to actually command an attack sub in rela-life combat, they will get a taste of what it’s like. One of the participants, a Captain Doug Littlejohn, CBE (retired) from the British Royal Navy, says that the main liberty taken with the game (and thus the book) was that of time compression – tasks that take hours or days in real life are squeezed into seconds and minutes for the sake of the game, simply to avoid putting the user to sleep.

All in all, it was worth the 2 that I paid for it at the used bookstore.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Tom Clancy’s SSN (CD-ROM game)
  2. U.S.S. Cheyenne (SSN-773)
  3. People’s Liberation Army Navy
  4. Han class submarine
  5. Spratly Islands

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Facebook / Google Plus / Tumblr / Twitter / Xanga

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Random Shots for Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 12:54 AM (00:54)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    I’m sure Windows 8 works just fine on tablets and smartphones. But on laptops and desktops that don’t have a touchscreen . . . not so much. If you can’t get Windows 7 for your laptop or desktop, try a Linux distro instead.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Science Channel – Through the Wormhole, Wonders of Life

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Dear Starbucks

My recent email to the head honchoes at Starbucks, sent via a hoplophobe website:

Dear Starbucks,

Thank you for allowing private civilians to exercise the right to own and carry weapons for self-defense in your locations. Because of this, I will go to Starbucks whenever possible over your competition.

Your support for the Second Amendment IS appreciated.

Again, thank you.

Here’s the link, for those wanting to send their own:

http://action.momsdemandaction.org/page/speakout/dear-starbucks

H/T Jospeh L. Roberts

This is almost as good as when I sent Jeff Bingaman a check for 1 back in 1994 – he’s been sending me holiday-season cards ever since.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Facebook / Google Plus / Tumblr / Twitter / Xanga
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Random Shots for Monday, 15 July 2013

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 12:49 AM (00:49)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Doesn’t matter that the Zimmerman case had nothing to do with “Stand Your Ground.” The victim disarmers are still going to cite it as the reason behind repealing “Stand Your Ground” statutes.

    According to the victim disarmament crowd, it’s still your duty to retreat, even when Trayvon is sitting on your chest and pounding your head into the sidewalk. Just as rape victims should “lie back and enjoy it.”

    Reason : Sorry, the Zimmerman Case Still Has Nothing to Do With ‘Stand Your Ground’

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. VH1 Classic – Metal Mania, That Metal Show
  2. Toonami (Adult Swim) – Cowboy Bebop

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

My results for OKCupid’s Very Basic Math Test

Filed under: Fun, Quizzes / Surveys, Social Life — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:01 AM (03:01)

Your result for The VERY Basic Math Test . . .

Congratulations. You got a perfect score. You’re not an idiot. Do evolution a favor, and have a million kids. Alright? Thanks.

Your Analysis (Vertical line = Average)

You scored 15% on points, higher than 72% of your peers.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – OKCupid

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Random Shots for Saturday, 13 July 2013

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 12:45 AM (00:45)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Xanga is Greenwich Village

    For those who insist that they have the right to blog without having to pay anything:

    1. No one is stopping you from setting up your own web server on which to install your blog site, and from connecting that server to the internet.

    2. There are many no-charge blogging services out there – Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr, among others. Or just create a Yahoo! group and set the message archives so that people can read them without having to sign in.

    3. If you’re posting from home, chances are that you’re paying some internet service provider to get on the internet in the first place. If you’re posting from an “internet cafe,” chances are that they insist you buy a cup of their coffee before giving you the password to log on to their wi-fi system.

    With that in mind, it’s a good bet that the Xanga Team could cut costs on their end by moving the offices and servers off of Manhattan, which is some of the most expensive real estate on the planet.

    Copied to the Xangaville Facebook group

  2. Posted to Facebook

    Verdict in the Zimmerman case — Not Guilty.

    Are we looking at potential race riots in Albuquerque?

  3. Posted to Facebook

    http://mikewb1971.xanga.com/774309520/in-case-xanga-20-doesnt-pan-out—/

  4. Posted to Facebook

    I find that what constitutes “trollness” is often in the eye and mind of the reader.

    Someone who is a troll for one person is a trusted friend or astute commentator for another.

  5. Posted to Facebook

    I ponied up my ∅48. I figure that I’ll give it a year. If it goes belly-up or Xanga 2.0 sucks, I’ll stick to my already existing WordPress blog.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Fox Business – Stossel
  2. Skiffy Channel (“Syfy”) – Primeval: New World
  3. Military Channel – The Big Red One

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