Latest Articles: Opinions/Editorials
Deadly U.S. Police Culture: Barney Fife Thinks He’s the Punisher
Post Date: 2019-09-01 12:47:01 by Deckard
Barney Fife, of the celebrated 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, was the lovable, bumbling deputy with a heart of gold. His clumsiness was endearing and provided a large portion of the comic value of the show. Even when his gun accidentally discharged, the audience would chuckle, and no one ever got hurt. Yet Sheriff Andy Taylor, clearly aware of Fifes inadequacies, allowed him only one bullet, and kept him on a tight leash. Taylor, for his part, knew the damage such an accident-prone bumbler could cause when allowed too much power, even one as pure-hearted as Fife. If only every police department employed an Andy Taylor, someone with keen judgment and an understanding of the ...
Donald Trump, Democratic Dictator
Post Date: 2019-08-28 10:16:06 by Deckard
Some people think that the United States is safe from dictatorship because the country is a democracy. Its only in totalitarian countries, they hold, that people are subject to dictatorship.Nothing could be further from the truth. Such people are confusing how a ruler gets elected with the powers that the ruler has after being elected. A democratically elected ruler can wield and exercise dictatorial powers. Case in point: President Donald Trump. He is the democratically elected president of the United States. He also wields and exercises dictatorial power over the American people.The system of government that the Framers established with the Constitution provided for three branches ...
Just A Few Points To Ponder
Post Date: 2019-08-20 11:46:07 by IbJensen
Democrats today are saying one one, even the president, is above the law. So my question is how come illegals are? How much better would life be if liars' pants really did catch on fire? Imagine breaking into another country and being angry that their detention centers aren't up to your standards? A Mexican cannot vote in Mexico without a valid ID. He must come to America to do that. Democrats kill a bill for tuition assistance for children of veterans killed in battle then approving one giving illegals free tuition. Mice die in mousetraps because they don't understand why the cheese is free. The same thing happens with socialism.
U.S. News posted this week (11-17 Aug 2019) in Review
Post Date: 2019-08-17 18:37:46 by nolu chan
U.S. News posted this week (11-17 Aug 2019) in Review nolu chan 17 august 2019 Headnote: In a non-news event, unposted and of no particular interest, Senator Grassley released documentary proof that nearly all of the 30,000+ deleted emails of Hillary Clinton were sent to CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com, an email account linked to Paul Combetta, Hillary's BleachBit expert. Combetta said he sent all of her emails to the Gmail account as part of trying to copy them to a new server. Because that's the way IT experts copy that sort of highly classified information. I am sure experts here can confirm that when they move email, they routinely park it all in some gmail account. Bye the ...
How America Lost Faith in Expertise
Post Date: 2019-08-11 07:57:07 by A Pole
In 2014, following the Russian invasion of Crimea, The Washington Post published the results of a poll that asked Americans about whether the United States should intervene militarily in Ukraine. Only one in six could identify Ukraine on a map; the median response was off by about 1,800 miles. But this lack of knowledge did not stop people from expressing pointed views. In fact, the respondents favored intervention in direct proportion to their ignorance. Put another way, the people who thought Ukraine was located in Latin America or Australia were the most enthusiastic about using military force there. The following year, Public Policy Polling asked a broad sample of Democratic and ...
On Trump’s Solutions to Mass Shootings
Post Date: 2019-08-07 08:31:19 by Deckard
Op-Ed by Scott Lazarowitz More mass shootings again. In El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. So once again Donald Trump and his fellow politicians are turning to more fascist proposals to solve the issue of these young people shooting up places and killing people. More gun regulations, background checks and Red Flag laws, none of which will help to prevent the violent episodes. The dysfunction going on now is mainly a result of government intrusions and government interventionism in the first place, so just how will more government intrusions and interventions solve any problems? They wont. Bureaucrats will only make things worse, as they are now. Why would we want to trust ...
America, Love It or Leave It!
Post Date: 2019-07-17 09:33:00 by Deckard
President Trumps rant against four members of Congress, all of whom are American citizens, in which he told them to return to their crime-infested countries, brings to mind the rant that conservatives have long used against anyone who disagrees with the policies or programs of the U.S. government: America, love it or leave it! Anyone who lived during the Vietnam War era will recall that this was a favorite refrain of conservatives against anyone who opposed the war. The opponents of the war were accused of hating America and were often told that since they obviously didnt love their country, they should move to North Vietnam or some other communist ...
When Should You Shoot A Cop? (Another shit article from Decktard)
Post Date: 2019-07-16 05:38:32 by Deckard
That question, even without an answer, makes most “law-abiding taxpayers” go into knee-jerk conniptions. The indoctrinated masses all race to see who can be first, and loudest, to proclaim that it is NEVER okay to forcibly resist “law enforcement.” In doing so, they also inadvertently demonstrate why so much of human history has been plagued by tyranny and oppression.
In an ideal world, cops would do nothing except protect people from thieves and attackers, in which case shooting a cop would never be justified. In the real world, however, far more injustice, violence, torture, theft, and outright murder has been committed IN THE NAME of “law enforcement,” than has been committed in ...
Freedom4um back online
Post Date: 2019-07-04 19:30:19 by sneakypete
Poster Comment:For those who are interested,Freedom4um is back on line.
Fourth of July should celebrate liberty, not politicians like Trump
Post Date: 2019-07-04 09:57:04 by Deckard
by James Bovard President Donald Trumps plan to give an Independence Day televised address from the Lincoln Memorial has outraged many pundits and plenty of normal Americans, too. There has rarely been a shortage of political buncombe on July Fourth but Trump could, as usual, break all records.For Trumps extravaganza, the Pentagon is bringing out of mothballs some World War II-era Sherman tanks. Though the gun turrets look impressive, Allied soldiers nicknamed Sherman tanks Ronsons because they were death traps that light first every time in clashes with better built German tanks. But that painful fact, like many others, will be swept under ...
Thoughts on His and Hers
Post Date: 2019-06-28 07:14:49 by Deckard
Theres a reason why you almost never hear Talking Heads talk about sex not the act; the bifurcation of normal mammals into male and female while they talk endlessly about gender.Which isnt biological and thus is fungible.A biological man can claim he feels hes female and shazam! by dint of those feelings and his assertions regarding them his biological sex (male) becomes gender female . . . because she insists. Well, one could just as logically assert Lobsterhood on the same basis and insist on appropriate accommodations, such as brine tanks in all public places as well as other things not as ...
Vets Who Use Medical Marijuana Shouldn't Have to Give Up Second Amendment Rights
Post Date: 2019-06-21 05:43:34 by Deckard
17 (© Vanesa Dellacqua - Dreamstime.com) Despite many states legalizing medical marijuana, the fact that it remains illegal under federal law has forced some U.S. military veterans into a difficult choice. Using the drug to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could cost them their their constitutional right to bear arms.The problem results from a question that gun buyers must answer when going through a federal background check: "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?" Underneath this question on the federal "Firearms Transaction Record" form, the Bureau of ...
Consenting To Be Paid for Sex Is Still Consenting!
Post Date: 2019-06-04 06:18:53 by Deckard
(Joanna Andreasson. Source image: drante/iStock) Most modern people agree that every individual has the right to set his or her own conditions of consent, even if few of us think about daily life in those terms. "You can borrow my car if you promise to have it back by 4 p.m." is an example of conditional consent at work. "I'll perform this labor for you in exchange for x amount of compensation" is another. "I will have sex with you if you agree to use a condom" is a third.In the realm of sex, consent has been elevated to the level of a sacred word. But in practice, most of us believe in a host of exceptions. We think that some people ...
The Drug War Is Totally Idiotic
Post Date: 2019-06-03 09:34:27 by Deckard
Pardon me for being blunt, but it would be difficult to find anything more idiotic than the war on drugs, an ongoing federal program that has been enacted and enforced by both Republicans and Democrats for decades. The program is sheer idiocy in that its supporters continue to keep it going despite the manifest failure, violence, ruination of lives, expense, racism, and destruction of liberty and privacy that this federal program has produced and continues to produce.But hope springs eternal in the minds of the drug wars supporters and enforcers. Each new drug bust over the decades, oftentimes accompanied with a large amount of hoopla from the mainstream press, provides these people ...
Abolish the FBI
Post Date: 2019-05-31 09:14:01 by Deckard
As a libertarian, let me make my position clear with respect to the FBI: It should be abolished, not reformed or reined in. Thats because in a free society there is no national police force. Criminal justice, along with all the power a criminal-justice system entails, is best left at the state and local level. National police forces are inherent to totalitarian regimes, such as those in Iran, North Korea, and China. Thus, its not a coincidence that the Framers did not provide for a FBI in the Constitution, just as it isnt a coincidence that our American ancestors did not have a FBI for more than a century after the Constitution called the federal government into existence. ...
The Fleeting Feeling of Freedom
Post Date: 2019-05-24 05:23:01 by Deckard
Every now and then, I do something risky and illegal, to remind myself what it was like when we were still relatively free. I roll one of my old bikes out of the garage and take it for a ride around the backroads near my place without a helmet on. This used to be legal, once upon a time on the sound premise that it was your head to break and so your business to risk it. Then it became the business of busybodies and control freaks aka, the government, which passes laws that assert the contrary. It is important to keep this in mind. That there is no such beast as the government. It is a term a manipulation only; a technique for getting ...
The Time Has Come for Patriotic Dissent: Stopping War With Iran Is Essential
Post Date: 2019-05-22 06:17:45 by Deckard
What if they called a war and no one came? Well, nows the time folks. The apparent march to war with Iran represents a pivotal moment in the historical arc the rise and fall of our republic come empire. This potential war is so unnecessary, so irrational, that it borders on the absurd. Still, since the U.S. now fields a professional, volunteer military, few citizens have skin in the game. As such, they could hardly care less. Unlike in past wars think Vietnam there is no longer a built in, established antiwar movement. This is unfortunate, and, dangerous for a democracy. See the US Government operates with near impunity in foreign affairs, ...
Should we Push our Values on the Middle East ? (US Gummint poised to re-cycle this bogus premise in potential war with Iran)
Post Date: 2019-05-17 12:39:59 by Liberator
Owen Benjamin is a conservative commentator who discusses/critiques the culture from a "Regular Guy"/Common Sense perspective. The discussion within government circles and sources is whether to "spread Democracy" and "our values" on Iran by military means. Benjamin discusses the motivation, morality and hypocrisy of the same US Government that since Iraq War II has been assuring Americans they and our military have indeed been "spreading democracy" (while corrupting and destroying America's own democracy and culture.)
Poster Comment:This is an especially good brief riff/convo that poses some good points. The USA is no longer "good." ...
Riding Dirty Daydreams
Post Date: 2019-05-17 10:09:04 by Deckard
Lately I have been giving serious thought to riding dirty without insurance. Just cancelling all of it. The savings would be considerable equivalent to eliminating my monthly electric bill as well as my monthly Internet bill and a portion of my monthly food bill. These things I need and so I buy them, without anyone jabbing me in the back with a bayonet. I am happy to pay for these things because I do need them. I am grateful to those who provide them. The insurance Im forced to buy for my vehicles? Not so happy about this. I need vehicle insurance like I need a mortgage payment on a condo in Hungary. I have never visited Hungary. I ...
Why Even Staunch Conservatives Should Support Marijuana Decriminalization
Post Date: 2019-05-16 11:30:58 by Deckard
By Matt Liles For a brief moment, marijuana decriminalization in Texas was a bipartisan possibility. The Texas House recently approved a bill that would have prohibited the arrest of individuals for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. But when it was passed on to the state Senate, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick immediately gathered a Republican majority in opposition and killed the bill. Like in Texas, swaths of conservatives around the country are holding out against the rising tide of decriminalization as more states are eliminating criminal penalties for possession. While this might be well-intentioned, its a mistakemarijuana decriminalization is firmly in line ...
Tlaib and Omar: Despicable daughters of evi
Post Date: 2019-04-30 10:35:40 by IbJensen
(Birds of a feather) Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., are rabidly anti-Semitic Muslim bigots and haters of America. Collectively, with their congressional Muslim counterparts, they unambiguously showcase every negative opinion held by civilized human beings who distrust their kind. They are uncouth, common, contumacious daughters of evil, who find America and Israel objectionable but somehow overlook the treatment of Islamic women and girls. Specific to same, lets ask how far the congresswomens duplicitous double standards extend. Both of these women openly defend Shariah law. I want them to tell us what its like to have a mother, grandmother ...
The 10 Most Destructive Americans of My 8 Decades
Post Date: 2019-04-25 07:47:36 by IbJensen
America has undergone enormous change during the nearly eight decades of my life. Today, America is a bitterly divided, poorly educated and morally fragile society with so-called mainstream politicians pushing cynical identity politics, socialism and open borders. The president of the United States is threatened with impeachment because the other side doesnt like him. The once reasonably unbiased American media has evolved into a hysterical left wing mob. How could the stable and reasonably cohesive America of the 1950s have reached this point in just one lifetime? Who are the main culprits? Heres my list of the 10 most destructive Americans of the last 80 years. 10) Mark ...
Why Bernie Sanders Can Defeat Donald Trump in 2020
Post Date: 2019-04-20 08:26:05 by Hondo68
With his veto this week of legislation intended to end United States military support for the war on Yemen, President Donald Trump may have ensured his defeat to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 presidential election. That is an argument political commentator Patrick J. Buchanan persuasively presents in a new editorial.With that veto, writes Buchanan, Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. Buchanan continues: If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the no-more-wars theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince ...
Financial Tyranny: America Has Become a Pay-to-Play Exercise in Fascism
Post Date: 2019-04-10 09:41:04 by Deckard
If you drive a car, Ill tax the street, If you try to sit, Ill tax your seat. If you get too cold Ill tax the heat, If you take a walk, Ill tax your feet. Dont ask me what I want it for If you dont want to pay some more Cause Im the taxman, yeah, Im the taxman
And youre working for no one but me. George Harrison (The Beatles) Taxman Were not living the American Dream. Were in the grip of a financial nightmare. We the people have become the new, permanent underclass in America. We get taxed on how much we earn, taxed on what we eat, taxed on what we buy, taxed on where we ...
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