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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Monday, April 15, 2013

False Flag Operation In Boston?

Does anyone else smell a rat with these Boston Marathon explosions?  Can anyone else think of any reason why this event, of all others in the last several months that were much more high profile and more heavily attended than this one, would suddenly be targeted?  Also, why has no one claimed responsibility?  In almost all real (i.e., non-government-staged) “terrist” attacks of the past, someone or some movement/organization would quickly claim responsibility, mostly as a means of drawing attention to their cause.

Do I have any proof of this being an “inside job?”  Of course not.  However, methinks that The Powers That Be™ are growing increasingly frustrated at all the resistance they’re facing to their latest civilian disarmament moves and are desperate to create a pretext to escalate the police state implementation plan up to the next level.   Apparently the “slow boiling of the frogs” isn’t happening fast enough.

Watch the MSM for new developments in which the ”facts on the ground” change dramatically from what has been originally reported.  Look out too for the “memory hole” in action, in which stories such as the one linked in the first paragraph mysteriously “disappear” from MSM news sites as new disinformation streams are created.  Above all, I anxiously await further commentary from the blogosphere, both by those in Boston who were  either at or near the scene or who might have some intimate first-hand knowledge of actual events or by those who are experienced analysts of past similar events.

As others have no doubt already noted elsewhere, lies, spin, and obstruction will soon be the order of the day by those in government.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Has Fred Reed Been the Victim of Malicious Government Medical Malpractice?

I realize that it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and for the few who still follow this blog, for this I apologize.  The last half of this year has not been kind to me.  In addition to added pressure from work due to increased commitments, my family situation has deteriorated seriously and has occupied a great deal of my time and attention.  Finally, so much of what concerns me and fellow liberty lovers has been better and more effectively chronicled and commented upon elsewhere that supplemental input from me would have been superfluous.  In other words, I haven’t really had anything to add to what is already being said across the blogosphere that would merit a full editorial.  However, I’ve just read Fred Reed’s latest contribution to his own website and I find myself greatly disturbed by his ongoing battle with the United States government over a medical malpractice suit.

Without rehashing the full story, Fred (who most of my readers will agree is one of the greatest libertarian folk journalists in modern America) has been battling degenerative eye disease for several years, something precipitated by injuries sustained decades ago during his years as a Marine in the Vietnam misadventure.  Although seemingly on the road to recovery, his condition was made worse two years ago by the incompetence of a government medical bureau-rat. 


Having read Fred’s legal statement, I find myself dumbstruck.  Having myself spent a misguided career as a seagoing mercenary for the Amerikan Empire, I am all too familiar with the abysmal standards that are military “health care.”  However, I have a hard time swallowing the idea that even a standards and accountability-free organization like the U.S. military would knowingly retain a “doctor” with the abysmal skills of Philip Stanley, the co-defendant in Fred’s malpractice suit.  This is not to suggest that Fred is lying or exaggerating his claim.  Far from it.  Rather, it seems that perhaps Dr. Stanley may have decided to –or, dare I suggest, may have been ordered to—“relax” his standards of care when attending to Fred’s case.

Now, you are probably saying or thinking at this point, “Liberranter, that’s a damned serious accusation you’re making here, not to mention one that borders on ‘nutty conspiracy theorist.’”

Yes, it is, and I mean every word of it.  But why?

Well, those of us who have been Fred’s loyal readers for years or even decades (going all the way back to when he was a correspondent for the Armed Forces Times) know that he has not been a “team player” where loyalty to the Established Order is concerned.  In fact, this is one major reason why he quit working the military beat over twenty years ago.  He simply couldn’t abide the idea of being a compliant scribe for the State and its imperial crimes, but that was what he was expected to be as a reporter covering the military.  If I recall correctly, the final straw for him was Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the first “war” in which “embedded journalism” was practiced.  Fred quickly saw this for what it was, an attempt to muzzle and control press coverage of the war, and he refused to stand for it.  Since that time he has mostly freelanced, but has still remained a thorn in the Establishment’s side.  No doubt the fact that he has been an expatriate in Mexico for the last seven or eight years, from where he has regularly (and justifiably) lambasted what used to be the United States of America has not been taken kindly by the drivers of the Established Order either.  For these reasons it would not surprise me in the least to learn that someone within the Reichssicherheitsdienst is determined to destroy him.  And what better way to do so in this day of the emerging multidimensional Polizeistaat than to use the convenience of government “medical care” as the weapon?  If nothing else, this will serve as a “dry run” for what might become routine in this rapidly disintegrating, increasingly dystopian tyranny in which we now find ourselves trapped.

I don’t know why Fred chose to allow an arm of the State that he so clearly distrusts to provide him with medical care (the late, great Joe Bageant did the same thing, for equally mysterious reasons, while suffering from an equally suspicious [in my opinion] onset of cancer).  Perhaps he felt that they owed him as much, given that his condition was directly connected to injuries received while a(n involuntary?) armed thrall of said State.  If that’s the case, I can see where he’s coming from, although I’m not sure I’d have taken the risk.  After all, the Veterans Administration has a long, well documented, and hideous history of providing substandard care to veterans, a practice so flagrant and so consistent in its application across generations of veterans that one cannot help but consider it to be deliberate policy. 

Regardless, I haven’t written to Fred to ask him for an explanation and don’t believe that it’s my right to do so or to question his motives.  I’m simply concerned, as a loyal reader, for his future health and safety and hope and pray that he recovers at least part of his vision. 

So, Fred, I hope, pray, and wish you the best of luck in your lawsuit against Leviathan.  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that it’s going to be an uphill battle, should you prevail at all.  Because the bastards behind this would love to see you silenced, I ask that, most of all, you keep your hopes, spirit, and courage up and know that your readers are supporting you every step of the way! 

Good luck and God speed!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

I Hate to Keep Harping on This Guy, But…


… why do many libertarians appear to think that the invitation extended to Rand Paul to speak at Neoconfest 2012 (a.k.a. the Republican National Convention) will translate into some sort of benefit for his father’s cause?   Why would any rational, thinking person believe that a guy who clearly has no guiding principles at all, a guy who has made it clear that he’s a rank opportunist like most of the rest of his political colleagues, a guy who betrayed his own father at one of the most crucial junctures of his father’s (and his) political life is someone who has anything to say that would benefit liberty's cause?  It simply staggers the mind that, after he endorsed the Establishment candidate for the office of Puppet-in-Chief, anyone would believe that anything spewing forth from Rand Paul’s mouth at this convocation of war worship and statism will have anything to do with liberty, other than perhaps to ridicule it.  Am I missing something here?

Maybe this is yet another case of libertarian wishful thinking.  This sad and deleterious condition does incalculable damage to the cause of liberty by causing its victims to focus on unrealistic and unattainable goals at the expense of productive endeavors that could otherwise bear much nutritious fruit.  The energy wasted on the Ron Paul presidential campaign, it saddens me to say, was the most prominent of such exercises in wishful thinking in recent history.  Common sense told all of us that the Establishment was not going to allow Ron to get anywhere near the levers of power – ever.  Knowing what we have always known (but probably only reluctantly admit to ourselves), was it really any surprise that the GOP “leadership” donned its gangster mantle and pulled out all stops to lock Ron and his followers out of almost every state caucus and primary?  Given that almost all of us recognize that the State is nothing but institutionalized violence and coercion, concerned above all else with maintaining its power, did we seriously think that it would allow as its head someone who would take away that power?  I hope and pray that most of us have better sense than that.

Whether or not Rand Paul, or anyone who genuinely represents liberty speaks at Neoconfest 2012 is completely irrelevant.  The entire process is as criminal, corrupt, and fraudulent as the political system of which it is a part.  Any message of liberty delivered at this event would be, at best, equivalent to dousing Superman in a kryptonite bath, or, at worst, to singing an aria in front of a crowd of deaf people.  Those (very few) within the Republican Party who are followers of Ron Paul already know the score and are giving the convention itself a very wide birth, focusing instead on the Ron Paul rallies and other events in Tampa coinciding with the convention at which they are more likely to reach the people who really matter: ordinary American citizens.

So, to those who think that Rand Paul is really going to deliver a ringing endorsement of his father’s cause to the insiders who’ve purchased his soul, I offer you, at an absolute giveaway of a price, my beachfront condo in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  No doubt it will offer you a view as stunning as the promises to defend freedom and the free market that will pollute the air inside the Tampa convention center are substantive.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Not A Chance


Lew Rockwell today on the LRC Blog cites a CNN online segment reporting that the Rethuglican party, in addition to Sick Rantorum and Jeb “Little Tard” Bush, has chosen Rand Paul to be a speaker at Neoconfest 2012, a.k.a. the Republican National Convention.  Lew also calls out the statement in the article that Rand Paul “will likely inherit his father's political machine that is comprised of an eclectic group of anti-government, young, libertarian minded activists."

The fuck he will.

First of all, Ron Paul does not have “a political machine.”  Granted, it is a given that CNN and the statist robots that it employs cannot conceive of a grass roots movement as such, especially one that is based on immutable principles rather than the lust for power for its own sake.  But even the stupidest among them clearly recognizes that the Ron Paul movement consists of ideas, not the man himself and that it has none of the hallmarks of what these creatures damned well recognize as a “machine.”

Second, any “news” organization that would describe the Ron Paul movement as “an eclectic group of anti-government, young, libertarian minded activists also cannot avoid concluding that a self-centered, shallow opportunist like Rand Paul, a man who would stab his own father in the back in a very public way, is the last person on earth that his father’s followers would see wearing Ron’s mantle. 

It speaks volumes about either CNN’s utter cluelessness, their contempt for the liberty movement, or both that they would even think of making such an idiotic statement.   I cannot imagine any conscientious follower of Ron Paul, no matter how out of their right state of mind, even considering Rand Paul as being fit to fill any other role than as poster boy for the faux “Beltway libertarian” movement, a prime example of all that is sick, corrupt, and rotten about Washington and the establishment that it represents.

Rand Paul is already a pariah among his father’s followers and will remain so unless he does a 180-degree turnabout and atones for his sins.  Quite frankly, however, I doubt he has the credibility to convince anyone that such a move is sincere.  Once one establishes one’s reputation as a career politician, an amoral opportunist, it becomes difficult shed that reputation.  Rand did so early and eagerly in his pandering to the Romneycon camp, evidence of which emerged while he was still campaigning for his Senate seat.  That he has hitched himself to the Establishment’s coattails effectively severs any connection to his father’s base.

No one knows who, if anyone, will “inherit” Ron Paul’s “mantle” after he retires from public life.  One hopes that his ideas will have caught hold of a sufficient number of people that a new figurehead isn’t needed.  Regardless, the compromised weasel Rand won’t be that figurehead under any circumstances.  For his own sake, let’s hope he’s smart enough to realize that.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Fireworks Are Banned Throughout Much of the Country, But That’s OK – After All, What Is There To Celebrate?


I’m in Louisville, Kentucky this week visiting relatives and have just returned from a weekend in southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee after a family reunion and extended road trip to visit my many relatives (on my mother’s side of the family) in the area.  It is H-O-T here, the kind of southern and eastern “hot” that is miserable because of the high humidity that comes with it.  While I lived with that for many years on the east coast, a half decade in Arizona has “deconditioned” me to that kind of weather, so it’s been pretty miserable.  Speaking of miserable, what is this about people actually wanting to celebrate Fourth of July today?  Am I missing something?

Looking at the events that have transpired over the last year in Amerika’s descent into complete tyranny, I really wonder just how far up their asses the sheeple majority’s heads are.  Highlighted by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and last week’s SCOTUS rubberstamping of Obamacare, 2012 has been a horrendous year for liberty.  The very public shredding of the ideals for which so many early Americans died in the Revolution has rendered any “celebration” an obscenity to the memory of those early patriots.  If anything, today should be, as Eric Peters suggests, a day of national mourning for our lost freedoms.  But, since the sheeple majority wouldn’t recognize freedom if it bit them squarely in their collective asses, that’s not likely to happen.  To brainless droids conditioned by twelve years of government indoctrination, food, firewater, and fireworks trump freedom.

Kentucky and Tennessee have banned private fireworks displays due to the dry weather conditions affecting the entire middle and southern parts of the country (and yet fireworks are still on sale in Tennessee: how’s that for bureaucratic stupidity in action?), so there probably won’t be many pyrotechnics displays here today.  It’s just as well, because unless the goal is to celebrate the slow death of the liberty upon which this nation was founded, fireworks serve no legitimate purpose.

I think I’ll take an extended nap this afternoon, one that lasts till tomorrow morning when the day becomes just another day.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So This Is What Passes For "Christianity" In Today's Amerika

A group of self-described "evangelical 'Christians'" taunts a group of Arab-American boys at a Detroit festival on Friday by waving a pig's head on a stick.  Nice.  Another bunch of brainless, state-worshiping, propaganda-imbibing assclowns whose bibles contain nothing but the Old Testament and the Book of Revelations (a.k.a. the Neocon Warmonger translation).  And people still ask me why I want nothing to do with these co-opted state-corporatist cults called "churches."  Satan is no doubt reveling in orgasmic delight that his work is being done by "the other team."

(Thanks to antiwar.com for the link.)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rand Paul Is Apparently Such a Coward…


 … that neither his campaign website nor his official government website makes any mention of his endorsement of Willard Romney for the Republican presidential candidacy.  Unless my search of both sites overlooked something, there is not a single bit of web space devoted to this announcement.  What gives?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I would expect that a Republican U.S. Senator from one of the reddest of the Red(neck) States would sure as hell be wasting no time trumpeting an endorsement like the one that Rand made last week.  Why wouldn’t a GOP  “team player” who believes in “party unity” be going all out to show himself to be the ultimate party dogmatist at every available opportunity?  Isn’t that why he did what he did?

What’s the matter, Rand?  Why the duck-and-cover?  It’s not as if your constituents in the Bluegrass State are going to argue with your choice.  Hell, isn’t that the reason you endorsed Willard in the first place – because that’s who your constituents want to see in the White House come next January?  That being the case, and given that you’ve made it clear that your sole purpose in life is to get elected and stay elected, just like every other Demopublican and Republicrat ever to proceed you (and probably most that will follow you), why wouldn’t you proudly proclaim Willard as “your man?”  

Or could it just be, Rand, that you really know that Willard, who has even fewer principles than you do and all the charisma of a dead microphone, stands about as much chance of winning in November as a keg of beer has of being drained at Mormon wedding?  Could it be that you already can’t look your father in the eye, that you know you’re not fit to lick the soles of his shoes, let alone succeed him as leader of a movement?  

Maybe you realize already that you –how do I put this delicately?—really fucked up, big time, and you just don’t know how to redeem yourself.

Maybe, to all three of the above rhetorical questions, but Rand will probably never admit to any of it. He’s had a taste of Establishment political cocaine and he’s now addicted to it.  As many of us have predicted, he is now headed at flank speed down the path to irrelevance, especially after his beloved Willard goes down in humiliating defeat in November, soon to become a distant memory like every other presidential election loser.

All I can say is, congratulations, Kentucky: you have the Senator you richly deserve.