an new about me, kinda rant thingy
So here goes. Things that have been stirring around in my puny skull that are wanting out. This is mostly opinion on my part, but there are some people in my past that are coming back around that kinda need to know that I am not the same person that they knew way back when we were all chumming around the Cincinnati music scene as I was breaking into the regional/national scene.
First off, I don’t proclaim myself a Republican (ofttimes referred to as Repugnicant or similar.) Democrat (IE Demon-craps) nor am I a small libertarian. ( See, after my breakup with A, I spent a lot of time re-learning history in ways that were never taught to me in school. One of my tutors was a black woman that I met at a protest of the Federal Reserve and how she went off on the group wanting their picture taken in front of a statue of Lincoln. Confused I was, but she set me straight. More on that later.) I was thinking of myself as a hardcore (BIG L) Libertarian up until my time spent on Pickdogs ranch while I was reading some of the books that he loaned me to pass the whiles between daylight/working hours. Hoo-boy, that was an education. In conjunction with my Heinlein upbringing (and if you have never read any Heinlein, you will be lost in a fog understanding this) Larkin Rose, Michael Z Williamson, and a few others, my eyes were opened up to other possibilities for a much better future. Other reads that I have had since then are either re-reads with a new light shown, or new to me reads that were written way back in the McCarthy era. Back when being a communist/socialist/pile-o-shitist was considered anathema. Some of these reads were also on the ‘These authors are nasty people, you don’t want to read them” list from Public
Indoctrination education days. Persons such as Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Ayn Rand, among others. I have even delved into Greek Philosophers, really only to have more information in counter argument than enlightenment. We don’t need no stinkin’ philosopher kings, dangit. I have even dug up old history books written right after the Civil war that are now in the public domain (one of the few things that I thank Google for, now if they would just stop spying on us.) Least to say, when I hear or read some of the things that are being passed around as common knowledge nowadays, I blanch at the level of propaganda and ignorance that has entrenched itself in this society.
So there is some of the background, I didn’t even touch on all the manual skills I studied and practiced in that time, nor how I was freelancing as a carpenter, or welder, mechanic, ranch hand, machinist, etc etc etc. Everything over the last 8 years (this all started while Sen Obama was running for
President pResident) has not been just written word, but hands on. This doesn’t even cover the preparations for whatever our future holds in the negative. (some of that is covered here in the blogosphere) No one can see the future, but we can make some educated guesses, and the more one has a foundation in history, the better those guesses can be.
Just a little prognostication here: whatever is coming, has been a long time building, and when it breaks on us, its going to be like a tsunami. Those left will be some of the strongest smartest people you can imagine, and they are not going to be all good. There will be evil as well. This spiritual fight is not even close to resolved, this is just one more battle in an epic war.
Ok, My stance on some things, and this is my opinion but opinion built on experience and study. Any arguments you have with my stance had best be delivered with FACTS, not just some “I wear my bleeding heart on my sleeve, so you had better respect my feelings” special snowflake type arguments. Nor will I accept “victim card” slams as an end argument. I will hurt feelings, but that is one step to understanding. Truth fuckin’ hurts, deal!
Racism: I am not racist. Anyone that has ever worked with me for any length of time can tell you, I don’t judge by color, but by character. That is one aspect that MLK jr nailed perfectly. There are several people that I work with right now that will tell you I treat them “like niggers”, and I do. Using the original meaning of the word which is a bastardization of the word ‘niggardly’ which means “being ignorant’, I treat them as such. Why? Because they have proven that they are worthless pieces of shit that deserve every bad thing that comes their way, and usually bring it on themselves by their own actions. Note, I didn’t mention color? For the record, they are white. (there is one non-white where I work, and he is hispanic, and does not fall under that formerly mentioned group. The dude is as sharp as a knife and plays the ‘dumb mexican’ as a game.)
Now just because I am not racist, does not mean I don’t recognize racism as a problem. I see it all the time. I see how the media spins news articles to hide it, I see how the country is in a turmoil over it, but no one wants to talk about it. I also know that it has come full circle and even if you aren’t interested in it, it is interested in you. For those that say its all bullshit, I challenge you to walk downtown Detroit in the middle of the night, unarmed. Or, better yet, walk around D.C. , our Federal Capitol, in the middle of the night unarmed. I have worked both of those areas while out on the Gospel plays and I know for fact, that the cast members(who were black) were nervous of those areas. Heck, with all the five star hotels in D.C., they chose instead to put us up in Virginia and not because of budget reasons.
And never think that racism is just a white black thing, fuck no it ain’t. La Raza for instance. Literally means “THE RACE”. And you want to see vicious fighting, a hispanic gang vs a black gang will make even the hardest of the hard re-think what cruel and unusual means.
I don’t have an answer to how to deal with it, in part, because I don’t think there is one. Far too many are content being the way they are, and have no desire to accept that their way is not the only way.
And that brings me to something else.
Islamophobia: First off, I despise the Muhammadan anything. I was in Kuwait, had a few stop overs in countries in that gulf and was able to see what that mess entails first hand. I dug around some while there, found four factions that I can name and I can garan-damned-tee you that there are more. Second. A phobia is classified as a IRRATIONAL fear; IE I have Acrophobia, scared of heights. Totally irrational in my fear as I can stand on top of a skyscraper, but can’t climb a 14′ ladder. My fear of Islam is not irrational, it is based on facts, study, and history. If you think that the be-headings as shown on youtube and what not were faked, guess again. They may have staged them for the camera, but the actual event happened, with a dead body and a severed head to prove it.
Nope, nothing irrational in my fear of what the Shiites, Sunni, Wahhabi, or even the Sufi, plan for us “infidels”.(please note, the media really only covers the first two, as they are the ones that have been making waves most of late. The Wahhabi are even more zealous than the first two, and the Sufi are an unknown at this point. The Sufi I met in Abu Dhabi was quite nice, and even friendly to an infidel such as myself, but his beliefs were still very much founded in the Qur’an, and that is at the heart of the problem. Another point to consider with him, he was much older, (guessing around 70 or 80) and the United Arab Emirates is still very secular and very socialist in how they treat their population. A similar situation resides in Saudi Arabia with the Wahhabi so there is little that can be determined about zealotry in those areas. Betcha a nickle if the Emir or House of Saud stopped paying dividends to the population, they would be hanging by their testicles before the sun broke the next day, and we would have the names of those groups very much on the winds within our Media.
The facts I have covered elsewhere, and it doesn’t take much to look them up yourself either. For those that want to argue “there are good muslims too, the ones that make a stink are the extremists”, I have only one thing for you think about. If the “good muslims” are so good, why do they allow the extremists to use their mosques as, quite literally, arsenals, and staging grounds, and recruitment centers? Answer me that, with a straight face, and we can continue the discussion. Chances are you won’t sway me away from my stance though. I have had since 91 to discover all I need to know, to know that Islam is not good for the world. (and really, that whole argument is a parallel to the “good cop, bad cop” argument. The answer remains the same for either point.)
Homosexuality: I am not gay. I have had gay friends (and one that I have suspicion of now, but if he is, he has not come out of the closet yet. Nor does it matter because he has proven a friend, and is not stupid in any way) I really don’t give an airborne coitus if you are or aren’t. My only problem with the whole snafu is how such a small percentage of the population can make the remainder bend knee and submit to what is such a non-issue. I don’t give two squirts if you want to marry your partner, be they of opposite or same sex. Just don’t make me, or any other person have to acknowledge it at the threat of force. If you want to get married, your business, find some new age church and do the deed, and live happily ever after for all I care. But when 2% of the population can get the Government to back up their desires with the threat of force, we has a problem. I call Bullshit!
Let me elaborate a touch here. Amy and I were never legally married, but we had a house together, and our children Bert and Coops (dogs), along with Hami and Skitz (cats). When the whole thing fell apart, it tore me up as bad as if we had been married, but because there was not that legal contract between us, we were able to make the split much more amicable than we would if we had to duke it out in court. This was a heterosexual relationship. We were even able to get each other on our insurance plans (though we never did) and I would bet that there were more than a few homosexual couples that were in similar situations and without the “discrimination’ that has been blown out of proportion by the media trying to sell “THE Agenda”. It doesn’t matter to me, and I would imagine many others feel the same, what you do behind closed doors with your consenting partner.
Lets try to get back to that and we can all agree to leave each other alone and keep the government out of the damned bedrooms for chrisakes. (and a personal note, this whole transexual, transgender crap is so much fuckin’ bullshit. Its just propaganda to help divide us even further. You were born one way or another, get over yourself and be a fuckin’ human being for God’s sake.)(addendum: You want to be special? Work for it, do something that people will talk about for decades. Look at people like Bell, Edison, Newton, etc; their legacy precedes them even now. And I would bet they didn’t feel special because just because they had a dick, nor were they envious because the guy next door got laid more often or whatever brings that particular disorder to the surface. Just don’t expect people like me to think you are special just because you want to identify yourself as ‘different’. Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck,,,,,,,).
And that brings me to the last of my stances (well, not really, but all I am willing to bring up at this time)
Government: Like Professor La Paz states in ‘The Moon is a harsh mistress’ “I am a rational anarchist. I am free no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate. If I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” (emphasis mine)For those not familiar with what freedom is, re-read that last line, frequently! Freedom is not free! You have to work for it, at it, and you may never really achieve it. This country had it for a very short time, up to the time that Alexander Hamilton started muffing things up. Jefferson was against the whole mess from the get-go but went along to try and ease the damage that was being done. (reference to the whole Continental Congress that wrote our Constitution as it was originally laid out.) this brings up a point about our current education system that I didn’t take notice of until recent years. I recall being taught about the Federalist papers, but finding the counter arguments in the Anti-federalist papers was not only impossible (pre-internet days) but highly discouraged. Even then, something twigged in my skull that something was not right. Fairly showing both sides of the argument displays trust in your position. To hide one side shows that there is a problem that is being hidden, and that other position is likely the stronger one. I never ever forgot that, even if it took another 22 years to come back around to it. Another name that was never mentioned is Alesander Spooner. Reading his works woke up that old point, and I did some re-education over a few months. (note: I am not wanting to load up this essay with oodles of hyperlinks. Google the names mentioned and you can do this education on your own. Remember, if you want to argue with me, you must bring FACTS to the table or I will dismiss you as one of those special snowflake types that need safe rooms loaded with puppies to calm down when you get frustrated.).
But I digress.
Government; I argue that we don’t really need government. There are some that would argue for limited government, but even there, the problem will progressively grow until what we have is what will be. I don’t need some dunderhead, over-educated ignoramus a thousand miles away (or even 15 miles away) to tell me how to live my life. I can go years between needing a cop, and usually, when they are around, it is not in my favor, and is usually expensive; added taxes that need collected to keep the government I don’t need, up and running. See the cycle. Government is all about control, and it isn’t your control but control OF you. Those fines and fees, are usually extracted for “Victim-less Crimes”. And they say the laws are to protect us. I call bullshit on that as well. My interests are better protected by myself than some biased yahoo with a badge or some ‘representative’ with a diploma mill degree. To many people don’t want to get their hands dirty though so they elect others to do that dirty work for them. And yet, those that are ‘hired’ or “elected” are never around when the protection is needed, and the person being abused, or assaulted is left with a vexing dilemma: break the law and protect themselves or suffer with the potential of death or dismemberment. Like the saying goes, when seconds count, a cop is only minutes away. And even there, our courts system has stated that the cops have no duty to protect the citizens. NO DUTY. So,“To Protect and Serve” means, What? Nothing unless it’s to “Protect the State, and Serve the warrants for arrest of the citizens” No thank you, don’t need it and really don’t want it. (granted, there are now ‘laws’ on the books called castle doctrine that make self defense ‘acceptable’. Seems to me like a hot air case of trying to ‘justify’ the natural order of things. You won’t see a lion backing off from a hyena ‘because it isn’t legal’. Just another case of Government giving itself a reason to exist.)
My problem with Government goes quite deep, and I have had wars in my head and spirit on how to deal with it in manner that settles both sides of the argument. I have even had a time where I was modeling a new constitution, one with limited government, but also with teeth to keep it limited. I gave up as my education grew. The reason I gave up is in a Heinlein quote.”there are only two types of people in the world; those that want to control others and those that just want to be left alone.” and that is it. I just want to be left alone, but there is that other side that only wants to have control of me and how I live. The power of the latter waxes and wanes through the decades, but it never ever really goes away. It is apparent in every form of government, every religion that has a heaven or hell, and even in the economic sphere, it rears its ugly head. How does one ‘get away’ from that?
The only solution I have found is the one I am working on. My (unknown to him) mentor has achieved it to a large extent, and I am working on it daily. All I can do is withdraw from society as a whole and maintain only that amount of society that agrees with my stance and is also able to work with me to maintain it. I have been called a Hermit (even by myself.) and I am OK with that (though its not quite the truth.) I will get to a point, (sooner is better, but I am patient) where my dealings are with like minded persons and everything else is self reliance. This is partly why my education over the last few years has been so eclectic. I am pulling the plug in the only way within my means, and I am very nearly there.
And I know that is the very thing that any government fears more than terrorists with bombs or lone shooters from book repositories. They fear the independent person that doesn’t “Need” them, because if there were more like myself, they would be completely irrelevant. That is why we are seeing such a rise in welfare, immigration, deficit spending (thanks for the new omnibus spending bill by the way. Gonna be a bitch when the producers stop producing tax revenues for y’all) They need people to be dependent on them or their very existence is null and void. The only justification I can see for any large (relatively speaking) government, is to protect the borders. to protect economic interests on the world stage, and to allow its citizens freedom to achieve whatever they desire, Our current government is a total failure on all points. I have stated that true freedom is to have the ability to be stupid and fuck your world royal, without bringing others down with you. The obvious corrollary to that is you also have the ability to be fabulously brilliant and achieve great things. If you are being taxed to death, for anything and everything, every time you turn around, you will never be able to rise above your position to reach your full potential. This is by design in our current world. TPTwannaB like the feudal caste system. The original intent of our government was a representative system, but the disconnect between our “leaders” and “los mundano” is very apparent to any with even half a brain. If you doubt me on that tax thing, take a month, save your receipts. Look at any charge that was added on for any reason other than a service fee of the company or interest payment. Those are taxes. Like when you buy a tire (like I just did) The state charges $1 for the purchase, $2.50 for disposal of the old one, and another 6.5% sales tax. The place selling the tire has to collect that tax at threat of force with no compensation so has to hire someone to keep it all accounted for, so raises the prices to cover the additional costs. (another tax in a sense) And all of that is just at the end process, I can’t even imagine all the fees and taxes associated with the construction of said product. We don’t have the VAT here, YET, but Europe does and it really hammers producers of any and all products. (and people bitch about companies sending production overseas. Hell, If I were being taxed into bankruptcy, I would move my operations to a friendlier country too. Hmmm, maybe I just need to move.)(for the record, that thought is not new to me, I just haven’t found it agreeable enough to finalize the effort.) At the end of the month, add up all those fees and payments and see how much you really pay in taxes. Between income taxes, FICA, Medicare, Local and State, you are likely paying well over 50% of your earnings out to people you will never ever meet, and whom are much better off than you. Again, we are talking about revenue generated to support a government that we do not need.
Like mentioned, I am pulling the plug. I refuse to help support a group of people that have zero intent of being any form of productive for the sole intent of keeping some other group of control freaks in power. Cut the cord and many of those on welfare, once they stop howling about the loss of Uncle Sugars freebies, will start to work for their meals again. Those that don’t are either going to starve to death or get killed pulling some stupid stunts. No loss in my opinion. Those that really need it, need to prove it, and it shouldn’t be a government that provides that support, but the local community to include the churches (those that pay tithes should understand that is the role of churches.) The Social Security issue is a bit touchier, and its because those that are retired, payed into a system that was promised to them, so they have ‘earned it’. It should be up to the government that made that promise, to fulfill that promise. But the whole scam should come to an end, immediately, with only those that earned it receiving until the day they no longer can. Stop stealing our money to pay for a promise you can’t fill, it ain’t right, and I know that I will never ever see it myself, so your promise to me is empty.
And with that, I leave you all to have a good night, (and get cracking on your own self education, even if it is to pick nits with me.)
post script: Murphy payed me a visit this week. New tires for the truck. Not much movement to report on the house.