Columbus or Canada?

While it's absolutely true that no Voluntaryist should wish to sanction a state-approved holiday to begin with -- at least, not merely because of that approval -- I have chosen as of last year to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving rather than Columbus Day.  This is not because I endorse Canada as an overall better tax farm, nor am I from Canada, but rather because I see greater evil in celebrating the life of a murderous slave trader who ridiculously purported to claim territory in the name of a regent.  Thanksgiving in Canada, according to my research, while established by the Canuck state, is solely to commemorate harvesting season.  Plus, it's kind of fun to go out to a restaurant on the 2nd Monday in October and get a turkey dinner with all the trimmings roughly 6 weeks before I eat a home-cooked version with my family. 
So, my point is to both raise awareness and have fun at the same time by ditching Conqueror Columbus for Toronto Turkey.  Thoughts?  Comments?  Suggestions?  Mashed potatoes?  :-) 

The Problem with 'Reform'

"Reform" has got to be one of the most nauseating terms in the American lexicon. Have you ever noticed how government programs that have failed miserably are always in need of "reform?" I know we messed it up a dozen times before, folks, but we just need a little bit more money, authority, and coercion this time and everything will be fixed.
Thankfully, Senator Diane Feinstein is on the job! Her new NSA Reform Bill would actually - wait for it - expand the NSA's powers and give them even more leeway to monitor and spy. Because, says Feinstein, terrorism is everywhere. Except that it's not.
Screw reform, tweaks, or whatever word they want to call their shuffling of the deck chairs. Politicians will never have the answer, and it's our job alone to clean up the mess they've made by circumventing their power and spreading the ideas behind a free society to all who will listen.

Are We Rome?


Yes, even the Reason libertines concur.   

Abolish the CIA!

While reading the late Chalmers Johnson's Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope, I ran across an incredibly telling sentence about the CIA and presidential power.
"...every president since Truman, once he discovered that he had a totally secret, financially unaccountable private army at his personal disposal, found its deployment irresistible. But covert operations usually become entangled in hopeless webs of secrecy and invariably led to more blowback."
The blowback then leads to mass fear and the further erection of the national-security-state.
Johnson, throughout the book and his "blowback trilogy," details how utterly dangerous the CIA is. Rather than reform it, he says it needs to be abolished. And this is coming from a former CIA man himself.
Abolishing the CIA and the secret, unaccountable power it gives the president would be a great first step in scaling back the White House and eventually burning that damn mansion of murder to the ground.

Anybody notice

how the National Parks can pay their minions to guard the gates and keep people out of the parks, but not to let them in and enjoy the parks?  Even when all they have to do is unlock the gate?  Of course, closing the parks and shutting down other "services" that the little guy uses is just for propaganda purposes.  This is like the mayor of a City stopping garbage pick-up when he wants a tax increase, it mobilizes the masses to cry for a solution.  Otherwise, nobody would notice the shut-down of government and more people would realize that the state does more harm than good.

Yes, the Affordable Care Act is "the law"... and?

Upheld and vetted and harumphed by all branched of government, just as the hundreds of thousands of other laws are.  And like most other laws, it is destructive of freedom and liberty and worthy of all the ridicule, disparagement, and disobedience anyone can muster.
The idea that something must be right simply because it is "the law" denounces the very soul of humanity, the soul wherein we know what is right and wrong, and act on that knowledge.  Law provides the magic words by which we can confuse our intellect to override our senses.  We know it is wrong to steal, but if there is a law, some magic words, some clever turn of phrase and logical fallacy, we will accept it, or even champion it.
That is the power of politics and politicians, to turn our reason against our selves.

D.C. Police Execute Unarmed Dental Hygienist for Traffic Mishap -- to Congressional Applause

Am I the only one who finds it barbaric that a uniformed donut-grazer (thanks, Becky Akers for the technical term) automatically shot to death a woman who was guilty of nothing more than reckless driving when nobody had been seriously injured as a result? The victim, Miriam Carey, was unarmed, completely surrounded by police, was never capable of harming the Sanctified One in the heavily barricaded White House, and apparently she was suffering from post-partum depression. Is an automatic death sentence without trial the new treatment protocol for this sad condition under ObamaCare? Now her one-year-old daughter has no mother. And will Obama now claim that the death was the result of the so-called government shutdown?

Saudi Cleric Says Women Who Drive Risk Damaging Their Ovaries

"A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom's male-only driving rules."
"In an interview published on Friday on the website, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan said women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put 'reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions'."
Yes, let's give reason a chance, but that would lead us in the opposite direction of bin Saad al-Lohaidan.

What "Non-essential" really means....

The gang leaders can't decide how to spend the loot, so they decide to "shut down" until they can work it out.  Because of thier self-imposed hardship, it should be easy to see and understand what their priorities are.
They shut down the operation of parks, museums, arts, issuing grants, welfare checks, WIC cards, social services...
But not the DEA, ATF, EPA, FBI, CIA, DHS, TSA, or other alphabet agencies.  So it seems anything to do with service is non-essential, and anything to do with enFORCEment must carry on at any cost. 
The agencies that deal in violence are essential.  The agencies that deal in service are not.
It seems these two rival gangs agree on quite a bit more than they let on. 

US Drones Bomb Silk Road

They are the kind of drones who inhabit plush offices at our expense, awaiting fat pensions while doing work for which in the coming free society there will be zero demand.
In a triumphant announcement yesterday the FBI boasted they had raided and closed down the popular on-line mood-enhancement retailer called Silk Road, by arresting the alleged owner Ross Ulbricht of San Francisco. This PBS News Hour report showed how Silk Road used TOR to enable customers to surf safely to their site, and Bitcoin to make confidential purchases. The fellow explaining that procedure was a little man with big hands and a silly hat, and as an example of caricature propaganda his performance would have earned Dr Goebbels a commendation from his Leader.
The transcript does not say, however, that either Bitcoin or TOR have in some way been closed down. Maybe so, maybe not. The bombers have, unfortunately, introduced an element of doubt. The market is springing to offer replacements.
The incident removes all shadow of doubt, if any remained, that government is implacably hostile to free enterprise, honest money, privacy and self-directed ingestion. It is utterly beyond hope of redemption or reform. There is zero alternative to its total eradication. The way to achieve that in short order is presented here. If you're not taking part, start now.

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