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September 1, 2015

Why government will fail

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Obama’s press secretary is on record saying Congress is afraid of the NRA.  Silliness.  It’s we’re the government and we’re here to help trying to sway public opinion and walk on our freedoms.

It’s time we began recognizing and decrying this for what it is. It isn’t “control the masses”, though it could be. It isn’t “we have to take care of you, we’re the government”, though it could be. It’s an innate and basic failure to understand human nature.

We, as humans, are going to kill each other. If we don’t have guns we’ll use knives (don’t believe me, look at England). If knives are taken away, we’ll use sticks. If we don’t have sticks, rocks will do just fine. It isn’t the instrument used, it’s human nature.

The “we’re the government and we’re here to take care of you” crowd is trying to swim against the stream of human nature. It doesn’t matter how many times in whatever way they try it, it will fail and in the process it will reduce our freedoms and make our country weaker. Until we get to the root of that, we cannot change government.

One of the very best examples of human nature at work is welfare. Welfare was supposed to help. President Roosevelt (we’re the government and we’re here to help), with the aid of human nature, created a whole society of people dependent on the government. We as a nation are weaker as a result. Instead of poor houses and orphanages run by communities we have people living high on the public dime or stuck in a ditch from which they cannot climb. Welfare, the great disabler is at play thanks to the government and we as a nation are in debt as a result.

So, let’s not look to the government to make good decisions for us. They are blind to human nature and fail to take into account how human nature will play out when they enact something sweeping. If they should succeed in removing guns, they will make us as a society much weaker and less free, unable to defend ourselves from those who fail to respect the law. England and Australia may have a reduction in gun crime but they have an even greater rise in every other kind of crime. Human nature is, after all, human nature.

August 20, 2015

Daily Rant

by admin — Categories: Economics, Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Taxing the American Public, Wising upComments Off on Daily Rant

Apparently Bernie Sanders is advocating a free bachelor’s degree for all and someone on Laissez Faire Capitalism posted a mocking cartoon.  I took exception to Bernie Sanders’ socialistic thinking and posted this:

This is so interesting. It speaks to a complete failure to understand economics and the mechanics of supply and demand. The question regarding training for jobs is also apparently not being properly considered. Fascinating. I think this is actually willful stupidity, not lack of intelligence. If people want jobs they need to seek training that would make them suitable for jobs. Free education is worth exactly what the student pays for it . . . nothing. If they don’t work for it, struggle for it, PAY for it, they don’t value it. Proof of this is the number of unemployed with liberal arts degrees. Come on Barnie. Quit being deliberately stupid.

René Robichaud is apparently feeling abused and used and posted this.

I’ll tell you what really worths nothing. Poverty. Working your ass off for years saving enough money to go to university and trying to live in this economy. Taking loans coming out of university with no work experience, having a hard time securing a liveable wage, having to pay more than 50K+ in debts trying to survive on a salary paying debts for a good portion of your life with an interest rate going to a crooked system of banks based on world debt and indentured servitude to the upper class. Not everyone is in the same boat. Education should be equal for ALL CLASSES, it could be paid through a common tax for everyone to have the same opportunity to get an education based on what they want to do (poor and rich alike). The struggle of the people to meet ends is not viewed as an opportunity for economic development anymore, but as an act of self-preservation and slavery to a system of debt.

Okay, couldn’t pass that up . . . you know me, right?

Rene, you are SO wrong. If you make bad choices and end up in debt, that is YOUR problem. It should not be MY problem or anyone else who works hard and makes GOOD choices. The concept of indentured servitude to the upper class is a socialistic ideology that is warped at the core. It’s the “I am a victim” meme of the weak, stupid and lazy. If you have trouble living on the wage you make make the changes that FIX IT instead of blaming someone else for your inadequacies. You are NOT entitled to the product of the labor of others. Education CANNOT be equal for all classes because that is not how things work in real life. The product of a couple of low income and low intellect cannot achieve what the child of hard working intelligent people will. To dream they can is self-deceiving and not helpful. If you WANT something, stop whining and start working to make it happen. Be smarter, be stronger, work longer and harder and make it happen. Stop expecting others to make you something you desire but aren’t willing to work for.

March 27, 2013

Weather vane mentality

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Religion, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Weather vane mentality

Something I read this morning sparked a thought.  We know me.  That’s always dangerous and often amusing in a “can you believe it” way.  This morning’s fireworks sparkler can be attributed to an article by IowaHawk on Breitbart on same sex marriage.  First, it’s the kind of writing I love, expressing obvious common sense with humor and wit.  That’s always a plus.  I love connect-the-dots writing, even if it’s dots I had connected only peripherally or subconsciously.  You know what I mean.  Somebody will say something and you have that momentary recognition of the truth or validity of what was said.

So this morning, in IowaHawk’s article he said “If there’s anything that gives me pause about SSM, it’s the thuggish tactics of some of its most vocal proponents. It’s hard to take a “human rights activist” seriously while he’s beating someone over the head with a “NOH8″ placard for holding the same position Barack Obama held until 5 minutes ago.”  And just that quickly and easily he summarized what had been bothering me about the same sex marriage argument AND pointed out the weather vane mentality of any movement’s sycophantic followers.

Read the article.  Tell me what you think.  Did IowaHawk nail it?  I think so.

February 26, 2013

It’s all about what is disgusting

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Politics, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on It’s all about what is disgusting

I just watch the most fascinating talk about how our tolerance for disgust determines our politics.  It’s one of those illuminating discussion, one that I will watch a number of times.

This is the second really illuminating thing I’ve run into in the last two weeks.  I’m on a roll!

June 28, 2012

Dashed expectations

by Nori — Categories: Government, Politics, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Dashed expectations
ken n 1: range of what one can know or understand; “beyond my ken” [syn: cognizance] 2: the range of vision; “out of sight of land” [syn: sight]

For some reason beyond my current ken, I expected more from SCOTUS today on their ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare act.  To say I’m disappointed is vastly understating my current state of mind.

I, as a common and lowly citizen (the non-military equivalent of the impecunious subaltern), expected a greater level of intelligence and economic/free market savvy from SCOTUS.  I think, for those of us displeased with the ruling, while slow in accepting that the supreme court is imminently fallible, find this as additional impetus to do more to get our government pared back to within the confines of the constitution.

It seems the Tea Party and supporters of Ron Paul increasingly feel the same way, tired of status quo politics, fed up with broken campaign promises and dedicated to a mission to replace those politicians who are unable to see and hold the line on big government.  November’s coming and it’s going to be interesting.

June 16, 2012

Favorite news sources

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Energy, Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Social networking, Taxing the American Public, Wising upComments Off on Favorite news sources

In my RSS feed (I use Bloglines as I’m still boycotting Google) I have over 30 hard and soft news sources.  I can get away with having this many because most don’t produce a lot of data daily.  For example, one of my favorite singers, Diana Krall, adds concert dates every couple months.  I subscribe so I know when she’ll be coming to our area.  The rest of the time the feed is empty.  Others, like Breitbart News, Daily Caller and Reason TV and Magazine, put out dozens of news items a day but I don’t read them all.  Many news feeds are all reporting on the same thing.  Much of it I can mark as read and move on.  Many of the sites are aggregate news sources (pulling news from other sites) which makes them a feed inside a feed.  I keep them on the list so I can get the newest news and follow the progress as the story develops or changes.  I get more of the big picture and I prune away any feed that can’t consistently report accurately.  I don’t have time for someone’s speculation.  That’s not news, that’s bias.

Here are some of my longest read feeds:

  • Cato Daily Podcast (my most favored feed)
  • Wall Street Journal (podcast, twice daily tech news briefing)
  • Cato (not prolific but interesting and educational informed commentary)
  • Libertarian News (rss for their US news aggregate only – see websites for other available feeds)
  • Breitbart News (a real hit and miss as much of this is a repeat if other news sources.  They chop one short video interview into multiple sound bite “stories” which is pretty irritating and some of their reporters can’t spell or use a dictionary (anyways not a word, and sherriff has only one r).  Despite that, Breitbart still rates highly with me as a news source.  They are also a member of the New Media.)
  • Reason TV/Magazine (libertarian commentary, some of it very good, some of it imminently skip-worthy)
  • Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (not prolific but thought provoking)
  • Downsizing the Federal Government (reporting on unconstitutional action/legislation, waste, fraud.  The feed is not prolific but usually interesting)
  • Daily Caller (fairly comprehensive, includes in-house reporting)
  • The Washington Independent (Fed Gov’t news, mostly in-house reporting)
  • Spokesman (reporting on Washington State legislators and legislation)
  • Supreme Court of Washington (WA State SC)
  • Public Sector (highlighting Public Sector Union waste/fraud/mismanagement and general self-serving duplicity/stupidity)
  • Freedom Foundation (small government commentary/news)
  • Liberty Live
  • Ron Paul 2012 (the philosophy, the rallies, the videos, the supporters)
  • CNS News (about a dozen items a day, mostly a repeat of other sources.  I’ll eventually prune this feed as it’s mostly a skip/mark as read.)

I also have a couple websites I visit daily.  After the top two, the rest on the list are for a slow news day or if I need a different slant on something breaking.

  • Townhall Cartoons (good political cartoons from a conservative viewpoint – weekdays only)
  • Drudge Report (news aggregate. Drudge was the seed for the New Media with the breaking of the Lewinsky story.  Epic.)
  • Libertarian News (a dot org with comprehensive news – includes categories for Sci/Tech (good comprehensive coverage), national news (CNN, Fox, BBC, Reuters, AP and Al Jazeera) world news (same list of sources) and tabloid headlines (the total superficial including Yahoo and The Daily Mail from Britain)
  • Newsmax Breaking News (conservative news, usually fairly stodgy)
  • Olympia Watch (Washington State political)
  • National Journal

Add to that a couple inspirational sites like Daily Good and Gimundo, a couple DIY sites (Make and One Project Closer) and one health specific ( and I’ve got a pretty well rounded source for news every day.  I just have to stay aware that much of what I read is someone’s personal, and occasionally not very learned, opinion.  And I have the Daily Mail tabloid news when I need to check on fashion and the slow motion train wreck of celeb’s lives on slow news days.  How could I possibly get through life without knowing which celebs have saggy knees!  <rolls eyes>  For the real girly, I check out shoepr0n on Tumbler where the only topic is fashion footwear.  With all that, who needs TV news?

Once you start an RSS feed you’ll find you do a lot of feed pruning until you’ve developed a comfortable volume with an array of content.  As you use the feed, you’ll get a feel for what is slanted by the author or site’s inclination to disaster-monger and you will find yourself weeding out the worst until you have a fairly reliable source for ALL the news.  Your perception will change when you are no longer restricted to just what the main stream media feels you should know.

June 16, 2012

Where the news is

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Social networkingComments Off on Where the news is

Over the last six months the way I get my news has changed.  I used to be a devotee of Fox, but the cancellation of Judge Napolitano’s Freedom Watch was the end of a slow change.

Napolitano’s show was the one I would watch faithfully.  Fox’s cancellation signaled a shift by Fox toward a more main stream media ideology.  In hindsight, I think Napolitano’s advocating for Ron Paul and Gary Johnson and his highlighting of corruption in government and the failure of our legislators to stay within the parameters of the Constitution and Bill of Rights factored into the show’s fate.  Napolitano spoke the unvarnished truth, something not very palatable for those with a big government preference or belief in the GOP’s status quo.

I announce my disaffection with Fox like it was a drop dead moment and it wasn’t.  Shep Smith’s broadcasts where slowly turning more socialist and pro government and when he came back after his illness/diagnosis, his broadcasts were increasingly angry, bitter and more slanted.  The news is grim enough without the festering overtones of an angry broadcaster and my life is stressful enough without adding to the burden.  So I stopped watching Shep.  That left me with Cavuto and Napolitano and, if I could find something to fill the time, Brett Baier.  When Napolitano’s show was cancelled, there was an awkward pause between the other shows I watched.  It didn’t take long before I stopped watching Fox regularly.  It no longer had the draw for me without Napolitano’s show in the lineup.  That was the piece that caused me to watch the other two if I had time.  Without the Napolitano draw, the Cavuto/Baeir bookends didn’t have enough appeal on their own to draw me to the TV.  Before long I stopped watching Fox altogether.  As Fox was the best of a bad lot, I wasn’t filling the gap with any of the other networks as what they presented was even more biased/slanted/filtered.  I was temporarily news-less.

So, where am I getting my news?  The same place others with internet access do, via a tailored RSS feed, news aggregate websites and the New Media.  I have a folder on my tool bar for Daily News.

Now that I get my news from many sources instead of one, I’m finding the news I’m getting is more fully rounded.  I’m also getting much of it three days faster.  Wadly will tell me about a story he saw on Fox and I’ll tell him I read it or saw a video on it three days before.   That tells me there’s a three day delay before Fox shares the story with its audience.  It occurred to me the days long delay is just long enough to make any viewing audience action moot.  By then, the story’s pretty much cold.  With a three day delay, how much effect would anything you do or say have?  In most cases, not much.

When you add to that all the news the main stream media doesn’t cover, stories big and small . . . all the Ron Paul rallies, the delegate fights, the stuff going on with climate change, the failure of wind farming, the crashing of the Euro, all the big and small Tea Party activities and the growing libertarian movement in young and old . . . it didn’t take long for me to understand the media was censoring what it wanted its audience to know.  And with the development of New Media, that’s becoming more and more apparent.  If you’re getting your news from the main stream media, have you even heard of New Media?  Do you know what it is and how it came about?  That, in itself, is pretty telling.

So if you’re relying on television news for your updates, you need to be aware your news is arriving late and is being filtered through the lens of the network.  Rather than support my case by giving you examples, I challenge you to spend a week comparing internet news to main stream media news.

And the beauty of getting the news over the internet is the flexibility with which it can be accessed.  I’m no longer stuck in front of the TV at a certain hour of the day to make sure I get my news.  On the internet, it’s there 24/7 and in much more detail, with many more viewpoints and opinions.  I can absorb as much of it as I have time/inclination.

April 24, 2012

Going postal

by Nori — Categories: Government, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Going postal

The USPS is facing big problems.  They can’t afford to meet their pension obligations, a problem which is the result of poor management (nobody can do poor management quite like the government), union manipulation (the root of the pension problem in the first place) and a really poor business model.  So, what to do, what to do.

I have a few suggestions.

Charge a premium for home delivery.  The farther out you are, the more it costs and the cost is per mail delivery.  You have to pick how many times a week you want it delivered and on what day(s).  That would offset the cost of manpower and fuel to get the mail out to those of us who truly live in the sticks and reduce the man-hours of the people doing the delivery.  The postage charges would be for getting the mail from the sender’s local post office to the post office of the receiver, not for home or business pick up and delivery.

With this you have to have a way for people to get and send their mail at no additional charge, so offer a free drive through service for mail collection and dropoff.  Have it open from 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  This would be good for people who work.  Postal customers could collect their mail before or after work or at lunch.  This would also greatly reduce rural mail theft.

Then add volunteers to the postal service like they’ve done at the libraries which have gone private.  Volunteers and a pickup window will have the benefit of rebuilding some of our sense of community.  Seniors and stay-at-home parents can work shifts.  Turn this into a community effort.  The unions will scream loudly, but I like that noise . . . yeah, I get sadistic glee when the unions scream.

To cut down on junk mail, which is a total waste, charge much more for bulk mail.  MUCH more.  With the internet, there’s less and less need for this type of mail and most people would be happy to see it go away.

Or, we could just privatize the USPS.  That would solve all the problems in one decisive action.  The government does nothing well, so let the private sector take over the task of handling our mail.


April 20, 2012

Making connections

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Politics, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Making connections

This morning I received an emailed article about the Obamas that elicited the following response.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I wish it were a more intelligent rant, but it’s just a rant; not memorable, not pointed, just a generic rant about disrespectful communists.  That it comes from a black man isn’t even particularly notable.

It wasn’t that I didn’t agree with the content.  By my estimation, it was all true.  I couldn’t figure out why it bothered me until I talked with Wadly.  I then realized why it left me feeling the time spent reading it was a waste of time.

The article didn’t teach me anything new.  It was a restatement of things I already believed.  It made no new logical connections and it had zero quotable content. To me, if it doesn’t have something that gives me some sort of “aha” moment or elicit some emotion other than boredom, it’s a waste of time.

I’m not looking for affirmation. I don’t need somebody else to jack my self-esteem or make me feel part of a group. I want new  ideas, concepts and connections. I want to read the leaps of logic and the new perspectives, not retreaded old tires.

So my question for you is, why do you read what you read?  Do you do it for affirmation?  Or do you do it for education?

March 17, 2012


by Nori — Categories: Economics, Politics, Social networking, Taxing the American Public, Wising upComments Off on Parasites

Have you had days when you didn’t feel particularly nice?  I think we all do. Now that I’m older, I generally try to rein in the chaos-generating waves, where in the past I would have let my pencil fly.  So, here is the kinder, gentler take on Sandra Fluke and the argument she’s put forth.

Has the Sandra Fluke thing bothered you at all?  I have to say, it’s bothered me on a number of levels.  I’m wondering if her last name isn’t a signifier.  You do know what a fluke is, don’t you?  It’s a parasite which leeches your nutrients and weakens you.  It’s a bit ironic that Ms. Fluke is studying to be a lawyer, a totally different kind of parasite AND shares the name of a class of parasites.

So why do I have trouble with Ms. Fluke’s stand on the taxpayers paying for her birth control?

  • The entitlement mentality (“you owe it to me”).  This is just wrong, but it is what we get when we raise a generation of citizens with an absence of ethical self-actualization.  This is the “easy path” generation.  They are not an accurate reflection of the ideology that built this great nation.  The French, they are among us.
  • Since when did women’s “rights” include me paying your bill?  A woman has the right to equal opportunity, not the right to be turned into a dependent of the taxpayer.
  • It embraces the socialistic ideology of equality without effort.  While she is fully capable of finding an extra $9 a month to pay for her own birth control, she feels she should be entitled to someone else picking up the tab.  It does not speak well of her that she’s unable to budget her resources sufficiently to handle this herself.  Sadly, she’s of an age where she will probably never gain that degree of ethical self-actualization.  A parasite is born.

Maybe the movement chose the wrong person as front person.  To choose a lawyer in training who shares a name with a common parasite may have just been a wrong move.

Here’s a psychotherapist’s take on the whole affair. If you read nothing else about the Sandra Fluke affair, please make the time to read this.

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