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Government feeds on your fears

November 13, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 12, 2016)

Liberty is more powerful than fear (my chosen headline)

Government needs you to be afraid.

They depend on your fear of crime, including terrorism (and, apparently clowns) to make you believe you need them. This fear causes you to give away your liberty and dignity for the illusion of security they promise. The solutions they offer are designed to feed your fears by making you focus on nearly-nonexistent threats.

Above all this they want you to fear them and their abilities. If they can also make you feel guilty, even better.

They let it slip that they are reading your emails, texts, social media posts, and listening to your phone calls, because they want fear to cause you to censor yourself. If you censor your words, your thoughts may soon follow suit.

They want you to fear what will happen if you don’t ask permission for one of the thousands of activities they pretend to have authority to license. Once they stop issuing the licenses, you’ll forget your ability remains.

They make examples of some people they catch to demonstrate the cost of disobeying their directives, because they want you to fear arrest. This way you won’t try to do any of the perfectly ethical things they prohibit.

It’s quite a scam they’ve got running, yet the moment you stop being afraid, they lose their power over you. And that terrifies them.

They fear you and me more than we fear them. Consider all the ways government shows it’s afraid.

Notice how many government buildings now hide behind concrete barriers and “controlled access” entrances. Look at the road closures around government facilities.

Hear what a cop actually means when he insists on disarming you “for both our safety”. Here’s a hint: it’s never about your safety when an armed antagonist disarms you.

Stop for a moment and reflect on the level of cowardice behind “no guns” signs, metal detectors, and pat downs. They are terrified of their bosses– you and me– being armed, even though they have armed minions among them whom they exempt from the rules they impose on you.

They also fear you knowing what they are hiding from you, to the point they ponder killing, with drones, your champions who expose them. This isn’t the way it was meant to be.

You deserve greater liberty. Stop letting anyone convince you to be afraid. Be responsible for yourself and help others who can’t help themselves. Your life will improve noticeably once you’ve discarded the fear.


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Don’t help cops violate others

September 21, 2016

As I was driving down the road one recent day, I saw a truck which the local road pirates had stopped. I don’t know why, or anything about the situation, but I noticed a tow truck moving into position to hook up and take the other truck away.

My suspicion is that it wasn’t due to mechanical trouble- usually I see the trucks being worked on by a mechanic in that case. I suspect that for one reason or another, the cops were taking possession of the vehicle due to some “law” being broken.

Maybe that wasn’t the case this time- but it often is.

If I were a tow truck driver, I wouldn’t help cops.

Sure, if a cop called for me to come tow away a car after an accident or a breakdown, or an abandoned car, I would do that- in an attempt to protect the private property of an individual. I wouldn’t tow it to the cops’ “impound lot” though.

And if a cop called me to come tow a car that the cops were stealing, just no.

If a driver was discovered to not have a “license”, and the cops wouldn’t allow them back behind the wheel, I wouldn’t help the cops steal the car.

Or, if the driver hailed from a different tax farm, and didn’t have his mandatory government permission slips to be in this particular tax farm.

Or, if the cops found drugs or other types of contraband in the car, same thing. I would not help the road pirates steal.

My mission would be to help people and protect property, not to help cops victimize people.

I realize cops would quickly stop calling me for anything, and I could live with that. Nothing good can come from associating with the police.

And, even though I am not a tow truck operator, I can still choose to never help cops violate anyone. It is part of my pledge to my community.

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Liberty Lines- Sept. 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

(Published in the Farwell, TX/Texico, NM State Line Tribune)

Drug abuse is dumb. I understand why people want programs and strategies they believe would lower the risk of someone abusing drugs. However, very often the things they grasp at are counterproductive and actually increase the risk. They are feel-good, knee-jerk reactions based on ideology, not grounded in reality.

Study after study indicates that one of the biggest risk factors involved in drug abuse and addiction is a lack of quality social connections.

One of the primary justifications for the athletic programs in government schools is that it creates camaraderie between the kids; the very type of social connection which would decrease the likelihood of drug abuse becoming a problem. If this is the case, shouldn’t you be encouraging at-risk kids to get involved, rather than erecting barriers which will scare them away before they even give it a try? Programs which will end up causing greater isolation?

I understand when people pursue a chosen path in order to stay true to their ideology, but when that ideology is standing firm against science, reason, ethics, and morality they should reconsider their stance.

When a mistake has been made, publicly, it takes a big person to admit it and change course, rather than batten down the hatches and proceed onto the reef as stubborn people generally do. Correcting a mistake is the right thing to do. It takes bravery. It may cause embarrassment. But it needs to be done. Now.

The Farwell Independent Schools’ “random drug testing program” is just such a mistake, and needs to be abandoned before it creates more of what the school administration and community say they want to prevent. If the school goes through with it anyway, you will then know where they stand, and why.

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Prohibition is drug abuse

August 30, 2016

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Lying to Government

August 25, 2016

I was raised to always tell the truth, although I have often fallen short of that goal. I don’t even like lying to save someone’s feelings from being hurt. My second wife used to ridicule me for not lying “enough”.

So this may seem uncharacteristic.

I think it is often more moral and ethical to lie to government agents and bureaucrats than it is to be truthful with them. It may be dangerous to do the right thing, though.
If you had lived in Nazi Germany, would you have lied to protect hidden Jews? It was illegal and dangerous to do so. But it was the right thing to do.
Would you feel guilty if you got mugged and hid the fact that you have $20 in your shoe? Are you obligated to reveal it to the mugger so he can take it? Only a fool would say “yes”. 
In a consensual relationship, I can see the point of being totally open with the other party (although even that may not be best, and may damage any relationship).

No one is obligated to be truthful in a coercive “relationship” such as between you and The State or a freelance mugger. 

It’s a small matter of degree between protecting innocent people from freelance bullies, and lying to an IRS agent about your neighbor’s off-the-books home business. It may well be a matter of survival to your neighbor.

One of the most important times to lie to government is when you have a chance to be selected for a jury. This is one of your few opportunities to save someone from government in a concrete way.

Tyranny fighter Julian Heicklen reminds us:

Judge will tell jurors they must uphold the law as he gives it.
If you are a dishonorable person, you will agree.
If you are an honest person you will decline and be removed as a juror.
If you are an honorable person, you will agree and then ignore the oath.

It can not be wrong to lie to keep someone from being violated by someone else. Not ever.

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(Updated from a really old post)

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Parental responsibility and the internet

July 21, 2016

My eight year-old daughter loves the internet.

While I see how much it is helping her learn so many things, and increasing her reading ability enormously, I know there are dangers.

I have to watch and make sure she doesn’t give out personal information, or her location. And have explained why it isn’t something I want her to do.

I ask her to let me know if anyone gets “too interested” in her- although her interaction seems to be limited (so far) to posting comments on Youtube videos.

I pay attention to what she finds and wants to show me- and sometimes it is something I have to warn her about, or explain. I’m always there, and I don’t judge her for what she finds interesting or scary. That’s parenting.

The benefits of her being online outweigh- to me- the dangers. But I know it is my responsibility to watch out and protect her.

I see some parents who seem to resent that necessity, and fall back on “parental blocking” and such, but it’s a job I willingly take on. If it weren’t the internet, it would be something else. It’s always something.

I don’t want “laws” or anything else advocated, passed, or enforced to supposedly “protect” her.

Out there in the real world, there are no “parental blocks”. And, kids will always find a way around them anyway. Might as well step up and start helping the kids learn to navigate the world now.

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Restroom dramatists

May 23, 2016

This is how I see the “issue”.

Yes, your opinion may differ. That’s your business. Make a video laying out your position and link to it in the comments if you feel strongly about it.

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You will be violated. Your move.

May 15, 2016

People are going to do things to you they have no right to do. They will violate you. It’s just life.

A few of these bad guys won’t even bother trying to justify their acts, but most will.

Most of the justifiers will claim they possess a magical quality they’ll call “authority“, and will claim this quality can turn evil into good when they use it.

They are liars, of course.

But most people will buy it, because in their minds “authority” is permission to do bad things. Things they know they shouldn’t do, but will somehow believe are OK as long as you have “authority”. Yes, it is just that dumb.

All that stuff is beside the point. The point is, what are you going to do about it? What will you let the violators get away with?

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Cops are scum.

April 10, 2016

Cops are scum. That is the central truth about cops upon which all else hinges.

It is why they enforce counterfeit “laws”.
It’s why they live on stolen money while stealing money.
It’s why they shoot dogs, choke cats, stomp kittens, shoot children, strangle men, rape women, kick in doors looking for dried leaves, and generally act in opposition to society and civilization.
It’s why they are cowards.
It’s why they “just want to go home at the end of the shift” even if it means murdering non-aggressive people.
It’s why cops hate armed people who aren’t a member of their gang, The Blue Line Gang, especially those who didn’t get permission from their gang first, and why they enforce anti-gun “laws”.
It’s why they murder people, especially armed people, in the name of “officer safety“.
Most people in prison are there as a result of cops being scum.
It’s why cops can’t stand criticism, or people pointing out the truth about them.
It’s why they threaten violence against anyone who doesn’t worship them.
It’s why they say absurd lies like “Busting ours, protecting yours” while protecting no one but themselves and those who control their paychecks.
It’s why they accept military gear from the feds, for use against their neighbors.
It’s why they hate your privacy, but insist upon their own.
It’s why they believe their “authority” trumps your property rights.
It’s why they’ll help other bullies who insist on you getting permission to engage in trade.
It’s why bullies, and sometimes the bullied, want to become cops.

Nice cops” are only newsworthy because cops are scum.

It’s why human scum becomes cops. Like seeks like.

#CopsAreScum

Edited to add: Just a reminder, in case you need one, that since being a cop is a job– a set of behaviors– the way to stop being guilty of being a cop is to immediately quit the police force, and to resolve to never again initiate force or violate property. Not as part of a “job” nor as a freelance bad guy. That’s it. This isn’t to mean there will not be consequences for past bad behavior. A burglar, rapist, a murderer, or a cop may stop doing what it was that was wrong, but consequences could still occur. That’s just reality. But you can change what you do from this moment forward, and stop being part of the problem.

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The worthless, lazy uncle- Uncle Sam

March 6, 2016


How do you like supporting that worthless, lazy uncle- Uncle Sam?

He sits on your couch in his underwear and wife-beater shirt, eating your food and telling you what to buy.

He’s a pervert and a snoop. His laptop is always on- he’s busy hacking into everyone’s personal stuff and salivating at their private pictures and videos. He watches you. He also has his own cameras set up in the neighbors’ houses- in their bedrooms and bathrooms, even.

He is a child molester- but says it’s OK when he does it because he does it for their own good.

He has never had a job, but has always lived by stealing. He says that’s OK because he buys you gifts with your money.

He also runs a protection racket. He claims he keeps you safe from neighborhood bullies, but the main reason those bullies are a threat is because he goes around picking fights and trespassing. He’s a bigger bully than anyone he claims to protect you from. In fact, he’s the only real threat to your life, liberty, and happiness, no matter what he says.

Most of your other relatives say you should be grateful to have him around, because you couldn’t survive without him.

The truth is the exact opposite. You would be fine without him, but he’d wither and die without you. And you’d be better off than you’ve ever been before. At the very least you should kick him out of your house and make him find someone else to sponge off of and push around for a while.

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