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Moral Starvation

These poor people are starving. But it's not for lack of food. Moral starvation is worse when you aren't even aware you're hungry. The following is an article from "Somewhat Reasonable."

Millennials’ Dangerous Growing Addiction to Government
by Justin Haskins March 27, 2015

When a friend and recent college graduate informed me he was receiving food stamps, I was floored. He is a healthy, educated, intelligent individual, but, like many of the millennials I know, entitled. Completely and utterly entitled.

“Is something wrong?” I asked my friend. “Are you going through a tough time or something? I know you’re working and everything seems to be going well with your job.”

“It’s nothing like that,” he assured me. “My job is with AmeriCorps though, and they just don’t pay enough. That’s why I’m eligible for food stamps. I figure, they aren’t paying me what I should get paid so it seems fair I should be eligible for government assistance.”

Somewhere in Fairfax County, Virginia, George Washington is rolling over in his grave.


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Rand Paul Interview

Interesting questions and answers for the potential presidential candidate.


Girding the Grid

By Grant Davies

They are predicting a big snowstorm today (1-26-15). And what happened in the supermarkets in NYC and the eastern part of the US also was predictable. A run on the stores for basic items is a common occurrence when it looks like things we need might become unavailable.

Speaking of predictable and unavailable, think about what would happen in a blackout of any length of over a few days and ask yourself why no one is predicting what will happen and planning for it. It's nearly a sure thing to happen to the power grid the way our government and power companies are handling security and infrastructure design. The result will make this snowstorm and the resulting shortages look like flurries.

Without the juice, we are back in the 18th century. No lights, heat, or refrigeration. Limited water, no cell phone service, no police to call since you can't reach them when you need them. No credit cards because there are no readers operating. No internet because you can't reach it. You get the idea.

Nothing happens without the grid. Without it no one has any funds to buy what they need since all of their wealth is nothing but zeros and ones on computer drives in the "cloud."  A cloud that doesn't exist without the juice.

This incident is a wake up call for a complacent and arrogant country. The grid can go down for technical reasons as it becomes increasingly overloaded. It's happened before.  It can also be brought down intentionally by terrorists using malicious software. Even disgruntled employees in the industry can cause major havoc. It's frightfully vulnerable to an ever increasing list of groups and countries who wish our society ill.

People who don't think it's a big problem should read America the Vulnerable, by Joel Brenner. Then they will have an informed opinion. I'm sure there are other books as well. But you don't hear much about this.

It doesn't seem important in light of the other big potential problems we face, like global warming. So I understand why it's not on the radar screen for the citizenry. Priorities don't cha 'ya know.


Throw This Guy in Prison

By Grant Davies

The Institute for Justice is the real american civil liberties organisation. Going to bat for our rights and advocating common sense laws is what they do everyday. If this man was shown on the nightly news being carted off to prison, people would be outraged. Instead, they just yawn and let this stuff go.

It seems like such a small thing until you realize the ramifications.

PS  This is a blog. It's designed for comments from readers. Don't be timid about commenting below.


Bill of Rights Day

By Grant Davies

I thought it was appropriate to "celebrate" Bill Of Rights Day in light of the recent (and not so recent) violations of our rights by our own government.

One of the most egregious violations occurred this week when the House of Representatives passed a bill called Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015  that allows government to spy on you in violation of the Fourth Amendment. As it is described on Rep. Justin Amash's FB page; "Sec. 309 provides the first statutory authority for the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of U.S. persons’ private communications obtained without legal process such as a court order or a subpoena."

It should be noted that 99 members of that august body voted Nay on the bill. Many of them (55) were Democrats. For that vote they should be congratulated even if they regularly vote to violate your rights. 44 Republicans also voted against it. The rest sold your rights down the river.

Here is a short report on the event by Ben Swann. You probably won't see this reported very many other places. It is followed by a short article about the state of our Bill of Rights by Tim Lynch of the Cato Institute. So spend a few moments listening and reading the offerings so you can tell your friends what's happening to them while they concentrate on meaningless tripe in the rest of the media.

Today is Bill of Rights Day.


Today is Bill of Rights Day. So it’s an appropriate time to consider the state of our constitutional safeguards.

Let’s consider each amendment in turn.

The First Amendment says that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.” Government officials, however, have insisted that they can gag recipients of “national security letters” and censor broadcast ads in the name of campaign finance reform.

The Second Amendment says the people have the right “to keep and bear arms.” Government officials, however, make it difficult to keep a gun in the home and make it a crime for a citizen to carry a gun for self-protection.

The Third Amendment says soldiers may not be quartered in our homes without the consent of the owners. This safeguard is one of the few that is in fine shape – so we can pause here for a laugh.

The Fourth Amendment says the people have the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures. Government officials, however, insist that they can conduct commando-style raids on our homes and treat airline travelers like prison inmates by conducting virtual strip searches.

The Fifth Amendment says that private property shall not be taken “for public use without just compensation.” Government officials, however, insist that they can use eminent domain to take away our property and give it to other private parties who covet it.

The Sixth Amendment says that in criminal prosecutions, the person accused is guaranteed a right to trial by jury. Government officials, however, insist that they can punish people who want to have a trial—“throwing the book” at those who refuse to plead guilty—which explains why 95 percent of the criminal cases never go to trial.

The Seventh Amendment guarantees the right to a jury trial in civil cases where the controversy “shall exceed twenty dollars.” Government officials, however, insist that they can impose draconian fines on people without jury trials.

The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishments. Government officials, however, insist that a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense is not cruel.

The Ninth Amendment says that the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights should not be construed to deny or disparage others “retained by the people.” Government officials, however, insist that they will decide for themselves what rights, if any, will be retained by the people.

The Tenth Amendment says that the powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states, or to the people. Government officials, however, insist that they will decide for themselves what powers they possess, and have extended federal control over health care, crime, education, and other matters the Constitution reserves to the states and the people.

It’s a disturbing snapshot, to be sure, but not one the Framers of the Constitution would have found altogether surprising. They would sometimes refer to written constitutions as mere “parchment barriers,” or what we call “paper tigers.” They nevertheless concluded that having a written constitution was better than having nothing at all.

The key point is this: A free society does not just “happen.” It has to be deliberately created and deliberately maintained. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. To remind our fellow citizens of their responsibility in that regard, the Cato Institute has distributed more than five million copies of our pocket Constitution. At this time of year, it’ll make a great stocking stuffer.

Let’s enjoy the holidays but let’s also resolve to be more vigilant about defending our Constitution. To learn more about Cato’s work in defense of the Constitution, go here. To support the work of Cato, go here.

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