Hey everyone, I'm so ecstatic right now. I have this natural high that you can't get from any drug. I'm just so proud of myself and only my DP Family can fully appreciate why.
I've been doing a few projects around the house lately to alleviate some stress and boredom. In October, I decided I was finally gonna start a garden and become a little more self-sufficient. I started collecting 5 Gal. buckets from work and picking up potting soil every week. I planted and I hoped, and it grew and grew.
I wanted to share this little incident with you guys.
One day After tuning my motorcycle up I jumped out on the highway and cranked it up.
I did a little weaving and a little speeding and after about four miles I saw in my mirror a cop right on my butt.
Scared the crap out of me because I had reached 110 mph about a min before I saw him. So I immediately pulled over. He approached me and I expected the worst of course. He layed Into me hard. Yelling at me, "Are you some kind of freekin' idiot man? I saw you about five miles back go on the exit and then swerve back into traffic, that is so dangerous and stupid. It's not even so much the speeding but the swerving in and out. This is obviously not the place for that."
Me nodding, "I know, I know."
by Dr. Robert Owens
In America today just like in Lake Woebegone every child is above average and every child gets a trophy. We may score low in international grade comparisons but we rank number one in self-esteem. In other words American students may not be doing well but they think they are. Those of us old enough to remember how Dad could control the situation with a look and when you got in trouble in school your parents didn’t sue or contact the School Board you got in trouble at home too are also old enough to remember Watergate.
This scandal that the general public still does not understand brought down a president and led to the Watergate Congress which threw away the victory in Vietnam and solidified the Progressive control of Congress until 1994. Today we are confronted with contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law that makes the Watergate Scandal look like the tempest in a teapot that it actually was. How many people died as a result of the Watergate Scandal = 0. How many have died as a result of the Fast and Furious debacle = at least 200 and still counting including an American law enforcement officer. How did Richard Nixon disrespect, disregard or violate the Constitution in the Watergate Scandal = 0 (although his use of Executive privilege did spark a constitutional crisis). How many times has Barack Obama disrespected, disregarded or violated the Constitution during his time in office = at least twice as documented below by making recess appointments while Congress was still in session and refusing to enforce laws.
There is an old saying, “That’s good enough for government work.” This saying comes out of the big government make-work programs of the 1930s and has been used ever since as short hand for “Approximate is close enough,” which might as well be the new national motto. In societies that rob Peter to pay Paul the stage before all the Peters change their names to Paul is typified by government bean counters picking winners and losers. This process discourages producers and encourages non-producers assuring you get less of the former and more of the latter. As an educator I have a belief that if you don’t teach someone to do something right you are teaching them that doing it wrong is acceptable.
The latest episodes of "Two and a half men" are addressing an issue of two heterosexual men wishing to adopt a child, but must prove to a social worker that their marriage is truly a homosexual relationship. The current fight to make legal, by the state, the marriage between two homosexual men or two homosexual women has gotten a lot of attention. However, what about legal marriages between two heterosexual men or two heterosexual women? There are many heterosexual men or women that live together for many reasons. Why must a sexual relationship be required for marriage? Should two heterosexual men wishing to get married in order to adopt a little boy or girl be legal? I would like to read debate on this issue.
I feel so guilty.
The last few days I've listened to more Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Fox News, and even tonight watched Bill O'Reilly. I never do that.
It's not because I like Fox, or any of these clowns. I agree with very little of what they stand for (and what they stand for is very little). It's because of this Gruber thing. They're onto it, ripping into Gruber like junkyard dogs and I revel in the mayhem. I want to see Gruber taken down and humiliated. I want to see the administration and everyone associated with it who supported the Affordable Care Act eat crow. I feel like I did in the year 2000 when I was a neocon and watched Fox News endlessly. I feel sick. Blah.
As someone who used to work for the market research industry, I've come to have an appreciation of the importance of perception in shaping public opinion. When I say perception, I want you to think of a phrase called character assassination and think about what that implies. For instance remember That French guy http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/may/19/dominique-strau... Dominique Strauss Kahn who was head of the International Monetary fund, who was accused of raping a maid at his hotel. He was forced to step down from his position and ostracized.
The Powers That Shouldn't Be
The powers that shouldn't be,
Enslave you and me,
From the thug with the badge and gun,
To the president, the selected one.
Doctors and Big Pharma culling the herd,
With treatments deadly and absurd,
Yet foods that create and promote health,
Are banned from the shelf,
Monsanto and the state,
Are determined to depopulate.
The powers that shouldn't be,
Are monitoring you and me,
Eavesdropping on what we say,
Everywhere is the NSA.
Gun control is the plan today,
Tomorrow take them all away,
Monopoly of force is their goal,
In ways I never anticipated. Whoever would have thought the tiniest bit of encouragement could shove the local basket case over the edge and crack open her mind like a pinata full of treats (along with a few cockroaches)?
Someone said write it down and don't stop. Someone else said write it down even it doesn't seem worthwhile. So I did, and then all of a sudden I couldn't stop. and now I find myself roaming restlessly through the dim house, only faintly aware of the oversize robe swishing around me as I walk silently, swiftly, mind a cyclone of memories whirling around and around, flinging off snatches of of the past like strands of cotton candy being made.
Whoever controls the information people have access to, also controls the people. The media has the unique ability to manipulate public opinion. They can emphasize this story, or choose not to publish another story. They coordinate their stories to the point where station after station after station all across the country will report the exact same story verbatim.
If I were to watch the news and see a story that just didn't seem right, or that leaped out at me. I'd want to know more, so naturally I'd flip channels looking at other stations to see what they have to say about this particular story, and what do you know? ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, MSNBC and even the local stations all have the same story almost verbatim. Every mainstream outlet is saying the same thing, so it must be true. Since there really isnt a news alternative for the small screen. You'd have to go to the internet and look, and even then you'd seen the same story repeated on all the "acceptable" news outlets. Alternative news sources like The Intercept, Boiling frogs, Zero Hedge, Wikileaks, The UKGuardian, which reported extensively on the NSA scandal among many others are all viewed as suspect, an idea that has been promulgated by the media establishment.
In fact I would argue that the media establishment (CNN, ABC, CBS, BBC, NBC, MSNBC, FOX) have everything to gain by downplaying the importance of alternative news outlets and portraying them as conspiracy theory sites.
That is the final statement in Lana Del Ray's "Teenage Wasteland" song. What an immersive wall of sound it is.
The ark is not closing. I've been ruminating out loud about it. Sometimes it gets overwhelming.
The liar Medved had Jesse on his show (mainly to bash him) and Medved took calls from listeners.
After several sheeples called and criticized Jesse for his anti-war stance I got through and gave Jesse a little support.
After I stated that Jesse was correct about abolishing political parties and that people had better start to listen to this man, Medved rudely interrupted me and implied that I didn't even know the name of my representatives in Washington State.
But to his dismay I DID know and I named them and asked him to stop interrupting me while I was talking to Jesse.
I've always believed that our actions define us as human beings. That the things we do, are the sum of our character. That we all have a choice in who we choose to be. And I still believe that, but I also know now, because age has worn down my sharp edges, that choices are not equal. Yes you can choose to always be honest and good and decent. Most people would rather do the right thing, I know I would, and I try to always do the right thing but sometimes it's hard to be good and honest.
I grew up on the street as a teenager. I was always hungry, I was always in need of a place to sleep, and it was hard not to steal. I stole food from the grocery stores when I could get away with it. I panhandled on the streets when I could get away with it. I spent countless hours in the public libraries reading in the cool air conditioning. I never went to high school, and I couldn't get a job because they wanted ID which I didn't have since I was only 14. So I stole, and I haunted the bus terminals, the libraries, even the local USO who always fed me even though they knew I wasn't a vet.
I met so many decent people who tried to help me in so many ways, I cannot express even all these years later the gratitude I feel towards the people who gave me such good examples of what a human being is all about. I also met many more who wanted nothing better than to use me or hurt me, or control me.
I wish I could take back all the things I did that hurt other people. I wish I could live my life over again making the right choices this time. I wish I could make up for the pain I caused my poor father who made his own poor choices for which we suffered, but who loved me nonetheless.
I know we've all had a bit of cognitive dissonance about this. We don't want to think about it, and we continue on as if it won't happen.
I just want to say that you guys here have been an integral part of my life. Every person I speak to in the future will have the undeniable influence of the beautiful users of the Daily Paul. You have helped me find truth in an adverse world. What we've done here is nothing short of heroic.
This awesome discussion took place between Paul Rosenberg in conversation with Ernest Hancock on their 11-13-14 interview, right around the 45:00 mark.
Rosenberg, in response to Hancock says:
"Love is the only thing that really works long term. This is why the Christians were the only ones who triumphed from the collapse of the Roman Empire. Where are the stoics? Where are the cynics? They were good guys, with a lot of good things to say. But the Christians loved each other, and they helped each other. If they knew other Christians in another town were in trouble, they would gather stuff up and send it over to help them. They came through it and founded a new civilization.
Christian Europe is radically different from Rome. Massively different than Rome. Foundationally different than Rome. They founded it, and probably the real reason they succeeded was because they loved one another. And really, that's what it comes down to in the end.
It is a set of assumptions. Love matters greatly because it is an assumption that you make about yourself. You presume, by choosing to love one another, - or as you [Ernest Hancock] use it as a verb which is an excellent way of saying it - it presumes that you have something to give. It presumes that you have some goodness in you to share. Those are some really powerful assumptions to make about yourself.
On the other hand, if you go with the fear and the hatred and "I'm going to have to do this" - you're assuming that the world is dark and dangerous and I'm under attack, and you tend to shrink back, and you tend to build a covering over yourself. And you tend to not be expansive and forward moving. The real important part about love is the assumptions you make about yourself, and love is about the healthiest assumption you can choose to make about yourself, that I've ever heard.
Have a listen for yourself. Ernie Hancock and Paul Rosenberg are two living treasures of the Liberty Movement.
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