December 31, 2012

Bob Owens has more guts than I do


My poor wife must think I'm insane. Maybe I am. I've been on the internet since before we called it "internet". Back then it was just Usenet newsgroups and private BBS forums. Email was clunky, awkward, and not worth the effort. In those days the USPS was more reliable and cheaper.

Starting two or three years before 9/11, I began to notice a disturbing trend toward factionalism. The still small and eccentric Usenet world was clearly falling out into two camps. At the time, I had no real name for them. One group favored socialism, social justice, social responsibility, and "democracy", although they seemed to use a different definition for it than I did. The other group favored freedom, individualism, as little government as possible, and a society as close to anarchy as we could get without completely unraveling. I thought both groups were crazy, but in the days and weeks immediately before 9/11 true free-thinking individualism seemed to have vanished entirely in favor of one group or the other. There were far too many days when I found myself deep into a flame war with both groups. Days like that left me wondering how on earth I had managed to anger two such complete opposites.

The internet arrived at a very odd time socially. Ruby Ridge in 1992 was quickly followed by Waco in 1993, then OKC in 1995. Into the midst of this great social upheaval came the fastest, most complete, most effective communication network ever devised and it was available to anybody who could afford a connection. For five years (1996-2001) I watched in horror as people from all walks of life argued, fought, and worked themselves into a frenzy. I could feel a civil war bubbling up through the wires and felt powerless to do anything about it.

So I came up with a crazy plan. I concocted a science fiction alias named John Titor and began making posts warning of a civil war in 2005. Others took up the alias and made their own posts and before I realized what I'd done there were dozens, maybe hundreds of people from all over the globe who had taken up the theme and were claiming to be time travelers. John Titor had become a global phenomenon.

Then came 9/11, followed by Madrid and London and the world really was at war. Americans came together, Europeans fell apart, and I breathed a sigh of relief. No civil war and no sign of a civil war. I was not happy to see us fighting two wars at the same time, but I was very, very pleased that my John Titor predictions had failed.

Unfortunately, that was not the end of the story. As the "war on terror" began winding down and the internet became even better than it already was, those old divisions from the '90s began to reassert themselves. It is much harder now to pull off a "John Titor" kind of hoax, much easier to pull off something like "Anonymous" or "Wikileaks" (neither of which I'm associated with, by the way). Overall, this is a good thing. Unfortunately, it also means we in America are again choosing up sides and blasting out vitriol at anyone who disagrees with us. The one side simply wants the government to leave them alone and let them get on with their lives, the other side wants the government to keep the first group in line, tax them into non-existence, take away their firearms, and lock them up in prison for opposing the "enlightened" and "progressive" agenda of the "intellectuals".

For about a year now, but most especially since the November election, I have wanted to write a post. Instead of playing John Titor, I wanted to list up the events that absolutely will take place if we continue along the current trajectory. The only real evidence I have for this theory is understanding a bit about pre-WWII Germany and Japan, the creation of the Soviet Union, and memories of living through the last two decades of the Cold War. I see history repeating itself in the streets, discussion forums, and social networking sites of the internet. Some of these arguments are word for word identical to arguments in the opinion pages of national newspapers during those periods of history. The divisiveness, the anger, the demands for freedom versus the demands for "rational controls", with both sides claiming "common sense" as their strongest evidence.

I'm the guy who dreamed up John Titor. I'm supposed to be the crazy one! So why does the whole nation look insane to me?

Anyway, all of that aside, this is the real reason for today's post. Someone with more guts than I have is seeing the same trajectory with the same endgame. It's not some conspiracy backed by Freemasons, or the Illuminati, or "evil bankers". No. Just the opposite, in fact. The real problem is YOU, whoever you are, whatever you do, sitting there reading this crazy man's claim to have authored the single greatest internet hoax in history. You are the problem.

The good news is there is something you can do about it. It is a very hard thing, but until you change we will continue right down this path until it explodes in bloodshed and chaos only to end in complete, total tyranny. You can stop the civil war from ever arriving, but you have to decide to do it. Here is how:

1. Stop relying on the news media, do your own research
2. Stop using credit cards, car loans, and double mortgages
3. Save a little money, buy some silver and if you can afford it, some gold
4. Plant as much of your own fruit and vegetables as you can, focus on using heirloom varieties
5. Love your family, accept your crazy friends for who they are, and for heaven's sake, stop arguing
6. Learn the difference between right and wrong and realize why they exist
7. Accept that someday you will get old and die
8. Remember, there are evil people in the world who will hurt you if they can
9. Last, most important of all, stop blaming others for your problems and stop depending on someone else to solve your problems for you

I am not optimistic. I remain convinced that the past decade was an anomaly. Now that the "war on terror" is closing down, terrorism itself is about to raise up its ugly head and explode onto the world stage again. There will be another 9/11 style attack. It is not a matter of "if". It is strictly a question of "when". These people are dedicated, fanatic, and intelligent. Sooner or later they will succeed. Likewise, there will be another mass shooting. Crazy people are not going to suddenly become sane just because you treat them well. Sooner or later one of those crazy people will go out and kill dozens, maybe hundreds of people. There has never been a moment in human history when we did not have both terrorists and crazy people. They have been with us from the beginning. They will be with us right up until the day we go extinct. There is no golden past, no golden present, and there will not be a golden future. No, it isn't pretty, but it is real.

In closing, here is a link to Bob Owens' blog post: What you'll see in the rebellion.

This rebellion is coming. It has been trying to break out ever since Ronald Reagan won his re-election by a landslide. It will probably come very soon, possibly as soon as the winter of 2014-2015. It will be bloody. Millions of good, honest, ordinary men and women will die.

Unless you change. Changing your life by becoming more self-sufficient will not only make you happier, it will help delay the coming Second American Civil War. If enough of you change, it might even prevent it altogether.

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Update: January 5, 2013

Bob Owens has another important post today: Of Alarms, Militias, and Destiny
The NRA-ILA has a list of Congressional bills coming out on Jan. 22: First Wave of Anti-gun Bills

This is going to get bloody. People are going to be dying in their homes and on the streets. If you work in law enforcement you must decide now if you are willing to sacrifice your life in order to enforce these laws and you must write to your representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate to let them know. It might be the only way to prevent these bills from becoming law.

If you're not already a "Doomsday Prepper" now is the time to become one. You have just about three months to get ready, maybe six.

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I've been wondering the heck Eric Holder has been doing because he sure as heck hasn't been investigating Fast and Furious. I guess now I know.


In the spirit of fairness, I suppose I should include this little tidbit from October 2014:
Arkansas Times: CEO of Mountain Pure Water Convicted on Fraud Charges

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December 27, 2012

Humbug 2012


My annoyance meter began filling up a few days before Christmas when two things happened:
1. Someone sent me a link to a two-hour long conspiracy movie called "Thrive"
2. Piers Morgan blasted John Lott, Jr. on CNN with an anti-gun rant that did not contain a single real-world fact

Since then radicals right and left have appeared out of nowhere blasting their silliness all over the internet and the airwaves. I can't turn on any of the news channels without encountering some idiotic talking head spouting imaginary facts and figures to support whichever side of whatever equation they pretend to be qualified to argue about. What happened to news? You know, real news about people in trouble, people hit by terrible weather, earthquakes, tidal waves, street protests, and so on? For the past week or so the Wayne County Sheriff's Facebook account has been a better source of real news than all of the 24/7 news channels combined. I've seen more pure, unadulterated propaganda over the past week than all of the hours and hours of old movie reels I had to sit through in four years of history studies at Sophia University. Instead of "news channels" they ought be honest and label themselves, "official opinion guidance outlets".

Yeah, I know. I'm overreacting and ranting like a madman. It's been that kind of a week. I am fifty-one years old and I've had many Christmas holidays where I allied with Scrooge far more than Bob Cratchit. 2012 is just the most recent.


December 24, 2012

CCW Stopped the Oregon Mall Shooter


Remember this: 3 Dead in Oregon Mall Shooting

Have you ever wondered why he shot himself after killing two people? It turns out his gun jammed and at that point he was confronted by a man with a concealed carry permit.
The Right Perspective: Gun Owner Confronted Oregon Mall Shooter

The lesson to be learned here is simple: an armed citizen stopped a psychopath intent on killing as many people as possible and in doing so, saved countless lives.

Here are two highly relevant petitions at Whitehouse.gov:
Deport Piers Morgan
Implement the NRA School Shield Program

And, as long as I'm on the subject, it turns out that Great Britain the "success story" lauded constantly by Piers Morgan, the Brady Campaign, and everyone else who supports tyranny by disarming citizens is the most violent country in Europe, and one of the most violent in the world. That "gun ban" is not working out so well for them.
Daily Mail: Britain is Most Violent Country in Europe


December 21, 2012

NRA Proposes a Real Solution


The NRA held a news conference today, exactly one week after 27 people were slaughtered in Newtown, Connecticut by a lunatic with stolen guns. Their solution is not new, but the framework they are providing for it is new. They are offering to teach schools how to improve their physical security and how to organize a volunteer force of security personnel from the surrounding community. The NRA will pay for the consultation and will provide experts to guide the school through the process. Here is the website for their new program: NRA National School Shield

To my way of thinking, this is a genuine solution that if implemented, will improve the safety and security of our schools. There are risks, of course. After all, someone will be responsible for controlling the firearms stored on campus and for approving the volunteers who serve as security. I have no doubt that in 99% of the cases every school that implements this program will provide a safer environment for children to learn in. I can also guarantee that somewhere in the nation there will one or two schools where the system provides the tools for an insane person to kill those children.

Nonetheless, the answer being proposed by the NRA is far safer, far more comprehensive, and far more rational than increased gun control, bringing back the misnamed "Assault Weapons Ban", or attempting to write yet another a law designed to prevent insane people from getting their hands on firearms. Such laws are doomed to fail. If reduced personal freedom and increased government interference in daily life is the solution the federal government pursues than there will be many more massacres like the ones at Shady Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, and so on. The only way to minimize these tragedies is to pursue the NRA solution or something similar. It will not eliminate them entirely. I'm sorry, but there is no utopia this side of heaven and there is no realistic way to eliminate violent psychosis and the damage it inflicts on our society. The only realistic response to the very real problem of violent lunatics with guns is trained security personnel armed with the best firearms available. Those trained security personnel can be teachers, uniformed guards, uniformed police, or community volunteers. It does not matter where they come from. The key is careful selection and continuous training.

I wish every school in America would take advantage of the NRA School Shield program. Sadly, they won't. Very few of them will. Because they won't, there will be many more school massacres, more children shot down by insane men with illegal firearms, and more shrill calls for repealing or gutting the Second Amendment and transforming free, sovereign American citizens into serfs, peasants, and slaves.



December 17, 2012

In the midst of the blood dance, a new voice


The Blue Review: I am Adam Lanza's Mother

Don't skip over that link! Go back. Click on it. Read the entirely of the blog post you find there. As the anti-gun triads blaze out across the airwaves led in large part by a series of propaganda articles and op-eds at the daily more Marxist-oriented CNN, it is refreshing to find a new voice finally entering the debate. "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" tells the story of one woman's struggle and heartbreak in dealing with a son suffering from severe mental illness. This is the real issue. This is the real discussion we need to have in our newspapers, our television programs, and our online social networks. The real problem is neither guns nor violent media. What plagues America and leads directly to mass shootings in diverse places is a broken, failed mental health system.

Once upon a time in America anyone who was diagnosed with any form of emotional or intellectual diversion from the "norm" was quickly confined to an asylum. Many of these places (although not all of them) were absolute hell-holes where the "patients" were tortured, sexually abused, physically abused, harassed and humiliated all in the name of "research". We've come a long ways over the course of my lifetime. The worst of these institutions were shut down while I was still a child. The remaining ones were reformed from the inside out. Things are so much better now that anyone with the financial means to do so can check themselves into a modern "retreat" where they will receive a comfortable room and three meals a day along with both personal and group counselling sessions. If the "retreat" in question specializes in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction it might even proudly use the term "rehabilitation center" in its name. For those with access to good financial resources there is almost no limit to the degree of luxury they can enjoy while being treated for depression, addiction, or even a severe condition such as schizophrenia. The more money you have the better the treatment you can receive.

Unfortunately, the poor, the indigent, the homeless, and even the working middle class do not have the resources to access our modern mental health system. Granted, there are psychologists and licensed social workers available for weekly or biweekly counselling sessions at quite reasonable rates, for children and adults suffering from severe mental illness there are very few options inexpensive enough for a solid middle class family to fall back on. For the working poor and the unemployed there is nothing at all. Even worse, the stigma and social isolation that can result from seeking treatment for a troubled child or even yourself can rise to extreme levels of intolerance. Mental illness is one of the few conditions where seeking treatment can cause you to be fired, suspended, or placed on permanent unpaid leave. No one will fire you for seeing a doctor about the flu or after suffering a heart attack, but if your boss finds out you are seeing a licensed social worker every Friday night in order to talk about your paranoia you could easily show up for work one day only to find yourself locked out of the premises and told never to return.

If we are serious about desiring to prevent the next mass shooting there are two things we simply must do: insure every law-abiding American who is willing to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others has the freedom to do so and see to it that individuals suffering from mental illness have the freedom to seek treatment without suffering permanent social isolation from their friends, family, and co-workers. If we really want to see a law passed that will help prevent the next mass shooting, then instead of seeking to limit the freedoms of gun-owning Americans we need to demand passage of a law that will prevent employers from firing people who seek treatment for mental illness. If you really want to improve America's health insurance system, then instead of handing over the entire health system to government control we need to seek ways to encourage offering better insurance coverage for mental illness.

We need better tools for dealing with, treating, and healing mental illness. We don't need better tools for punishing law-abiding Americans just because they own firearms.


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Added later the same day:

We almost got this conversation started back in 2007 in the days following the Virginia Tech shooting. Even though Time Magazine published a pretty good analysis of Cho Seung-Hui's character and personality, the media-led cultural conversation quickly deteriorated into high capacity magazines and assault weapons. I hope we do not make the same mistake this time. I wrote about this issue on April 18, 2007 in the post "Culture and Crime".

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Update December 29, 2012

People have asked what I mean by "blood dance". Well, this CNN video is a perfect example. Sen. Lieberman is dancing in the blood of the Sandy Hook Elementary school children in an effort to control how I (and tens of millions like me) live, think, act, and feel. He is using their tragic deaths to advance an agenda that will neither slow nor stop the tide of violence. Instead, it will only restrict the rights and freedoms of responsible, law-abiding Americans. CNN for their part has carefully framed this video with the clear editorial intent to make Sen. Lieberman seem rational and Wayne LaPierre seem callus. By doing so, they have joined Sen. Lieberman in his blood dance.
CNN: NRA Rejects Any New Gun Laws

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December 14, 2012

Renewing the assault weapon ban will not help


I hate that it has become necessary to make this kind of post in the midst of the Christmas season. Nonetheless, as President Obama and his allies prepare to dance in the blood of children in order to propagandize their desire for total control over the American people by taking away their freedom to own firearms the truth must be brought into the cold light of day.

This story is a terrible tragedy:
Police respond to active shooter at Connecticut school

It also immediately calls to mind another terrible tragedy at another school:
Beslan school hostage crisis

Russia has long had extremely strict controls over civilian ownership of firearms. That did not stop a band of terrorists from taking over a school, lining it with explosives, and eventually killing over three hundred people, including over a hundred and fifty children. The tragedy in Connecticut is a terrible loss of innocent life. I cannot comprehend the depth of insanity an individual must sink to in order to walk into an elementary school in full battle dress and slaughter unarmed school teachers and their students. Granted, his ability to purchase semi-automatic weapons and the ammunition for those weapons helped him achieve his horrifying goal, there are tens of millions of similar weapons in the hands of law-abiding Americans who would never use those weapons against innocent people. It is unfair, and stupidly unrealistic, to assume that strict gun control laws such as those in Russia would have had any impact at all on the events that unfolded in Connecticut today.

In Israel, teachers who have licenses to carry concealed weapons are encouraged to carry those weapons at work. This is a far more realistic solution to limiting and preventing these kinds of mass shootings. The only real-world method that has been proven effective in thwarting the designs of murderers, terrorists, and other malcontents is greater proliferation of private citizens who are armed, trained, and prepared to use those firearms in defense of themselves, their families and other innocents. The first line of defense in any violent confrontation is always the intended victim. If that victim has the means and the wherewithal to rise to the occasion and destroy the predator threatening them then the incident will be over before it even begins.

Armed staff and teachers could have prevented the tragedy at Beslan. Armed staff and teachers could have prevented the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Armed citizens are the only genuinely effective means for preventing and discouraging insane people from taking the lives of innocent people.

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Not just Connecticut: Man in China attacks 22 students and teacher with a knife



December 13, 2012

Christmas without Christ is meaningless


I am 51 years old. I'm not going to go into all the ways modern Christmas incorporates pagan iconography and ritual. At this point in my life the one Christmas truth I have learned is that it does not matter how a person celebrates Christmas. The only truly important aspect of this season is recognizing it, rejoicing in it, and taking a moment to remember that we are called to love one another, especially those that mistreat us, abuse us, and seek to destroy us. We are called to love our enemies even more than we love our friends and families. After all, it is easy to love those who support you, who lift you up, who give you the strength to make it through the day. Even the most evil, self-centered narcissist has enough common sense to treat the people who support them with love and respect. Loving those who love you proves nothing and Christmas is the one holy day above all others where we are forced to face this hard truth head on and accept the fact that we have repeatedly failed to live up to the standards Christ set for us. This is a good thing, by the way. Failure is how we learn.

I don't hate the modern, militant atheist movement that is seeking to remove Christ from Christmas. I don't pity them, I don't feel sorry for them, and of course, I don't sympathize with them. They are only doing what they feel is right. However, I must point out that if you remove Christ from Christmas, what is left? Seriously, why have a midwinter holy day based on peace, love and joy without Christ? There has never been a midwinter pagan celebration based on peace, love and joy. Every historic pagan midwinter feast, sacrifice, bonfire, and orgy is based on fear. The key difference between the pagan holy days and the Christian celebration of Christmas is that Christmas is the one midwinter holy day based on something other than the fear that the sun will not return and the world will be forever locked in snow and ice. Christmas is a celebration of freedom from earthly fears and the promise of eternity in a paradise so amazing that we who live on this material plane cannot even imagine it. Christmas took all of those pagan traditions of fear, death, and anxiety and transformed them into a celebration of life both here and in heaven. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Christ child, the promised savior of both the children of Abraham and the world at large.

That is why it is so deeply and profoundly ironic that so much time, effort, and money is being spent to erase Christ from Christmas. It is richly ironic that after spending two thousand years incorporating pagan iconography into the celebration of Christ's birth the pagans themselves are now seeking to remove Christ entirely and revert back to the fearful, nightmarish imaginative world where midwinter is the death of everything. Alongside that death and inseparable from it rests the horrifying thought that this time the ice might not retreat, the snow might not melt, and the ice age that very nearly drove the human animal to extinction might return to claim our society, our loved ones, and our very lives. Without Christ's birth as the central theme, there is no joyous midwinter celebration. Without Christ there is only the fear of the death, once, eternal, all-encompassing, and permanent. Not just the death of the individual, but the very death of humanity itself.

So let them try. Let them sign petitions, launch legal suits, force Christ out of the schools, off the Fire Department lawn, and out of the department stores. Let the atheists and their pagan allies have their Christless Christmas. Let them remember once and for all just why it is we celebrate Christmas. The power of Christianity, the reason it swept through the pagan lands driving every superstition, every idol, and every magical system before it into extinction is not because of superior weapons, superior technology, or superior culture. Christianity defeated all of those ancient religions for one reason and one reason only: Christianity is the only religion based on hope for a better world both here and in eternity. Not Buddhism, not Islam, not any form of animism, not Wiccan ritual nor Druidic practice, only Christianity is based on the belief that God himself came to his creation as a baby child set asleep among the livestock in order to bring directly to us the one gift no other religion has ever dared to offer: eternal life in partnership with the creator.

So I am not the least bit worried about the "war on Christmas". Even if they succeed, the only thing they will find is a hollow victory, a meaningless consumer holiday, and a return to the fear of death that drove humanity out of the simplicity of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and into the sweat, toil, and downward spiral of agriculture, massive warfare, tyranny, and "higher civilization". If they remove Christ from Christmas it will take less than a single generation before they are begging for us to change it back. Without Christ, there is no Christmas. Without Christ there is only a tyrannical priest guiding the ignorant in a fearful ritual to reignite the sun and bring back the spring.




November 26, 2012

The Scorpion and the Frog


There is an old fable, often attributed to Aesop, that goes like this:

Once upon a time there was a scorpion that needed to cross a river. Naturally, a scorpion cannot swim so he endeavored to find someone to take him across the river. He found a frog resting on a lily pad, approached him and asked, "Sir Frog, would you be so kind as to carry me across this river so that I might explore the other side?"

Now the frog was no fool. He knew the scorpion was the most untrustworthy of God's creations, and among the most deadly. "If I try to carry you across the river you will sting me and I will die."

"Not true, Sir Frog. For if I do, then I too shall drown."

The frog considered the scorpion's words carefully and could discern no deceit. For indeed it was true that should the scorpion attack him anywhere during his swim across the river they would both die. Trusting that the scorpion's own sense of self-preservation would protect him, he dove into the water, swam over to the bank, and invited the scorpion to climb up onto his back.

True to his word, the scorpion held off until the very mid-point of the river. Then, the frog felt the sharp jab of the scorpion's tail and almost immediately an unrelenting paralysis began to creep through his body. He could not work his legs, could not keep his lungs inflated, and felt his heart begin to fail.

With his last breath the frog cried out, "What have you done? You have killed us both!"

As they sank beneath the river the scorpion just had time to say, "I could not help myself. It is my nature."

I recently flew from Tokyo back to Ohio. I had two layovers along the way, one in Los Angeles for five and half hours as well as one in Atlanta for four and a half hours. As I traveled, I listened carefully to the conversations around me, took note of the magazines people were buying, and watched the kind of books they were reading. Despite ample inventory of conservative books in the airport bookstores, I did not see a single person browsing through them or buying them. "Woman's Day" and "Sports Illustrated" were being widely read, naturally, as well as multiple magazines with headlines praising the recent re-election victory of Barack Obama and promising a golden, glorious future under his inspired leadership. The articles I glanced through as well as the conversations I overheard were overwhelmingly messianic in their tone and content. A blind faith in the divine wisdom of Barack Obama's leadership was everywhere to be found. It was quite unnerving and made me grateful for my Kindle's ability to completely disguise the conservative title I was reading.

You see, it is not just the unrealistic and self-destructive nature of Barack Obama's political philosophy that disturbs me. Even more frightening is the worshipful attitude of every single supporter I encounter, the messianic tone of American media when they speak of him, and the blind faith so many have in his ability to bring them into paradise. Personality cults, it seems, are no longer the lone preserve of dysfunctional minor nations like North Korea and Iran. The United States of America has fallen under a messianic dream so powerful it would make Nehemiah Scudder green with jealousy.

So this morning when a video of Jamie Foxx at the Soul Train Awards calling Barack Obama "our lord and savior" began circulating through conservative networks it did not surprise me in the least. Honestly speaking, I have been expecting this kind of adulation for quite some time. It has become obvious to me that this is the direction the media was moving in. The mysterious, shadowy past of Barack Hussein Obama, a.k.a. "Barry Soetoro", has now shifted from a political convenience into fertile ground for the writing of myths and legends describing his rise to greatness. The great fear that Christian, conservative American voters would elect a demagogue who would bring a theocracy can now be discarded as the paranoid propaganda it always was. Lo and behold, it is those who feared theocracy the most that have now delivered us into one.



November 08, 2012

We don't need a new Republican Party


Take a look at this map:

The Republican Party does not need to change anything. We won everywhere it counts. The Republican base is completely intact across all its many variations and schisms. We lost in the big cities. The Democrats took the big cities because there are too many city people who believe it is the government's job to take care of them. Conservatism has never been popular in large population centers because city life is a life of dependency. You depend on the corner market and local restaurants for your food. You depend on your employer or the government (and sometimes both) for money to buy that food. You depend on buses and trains to get around. You depend on the police to protect you. You depend on the fire department to rescue you. Everything about city life is a life of dependency and dependency is exactly what President Obama and his supporters have been promising.

Urban Americans have become passive and dependent. They have lost their will to succeed, their drive to stand on their own two feet, and their ability to think for themselves. That is why the Tea Party enjoys such huge popularity in the countryside and cannot get established beyond a few dozen people in the major cities. It's not about race, or immigration, or women's rights. It's about dependency vs. self-sufficiency. People living in America's cities cannot imagine taking care of themselves, defending themselves against criminal predators, or being vigilant about the safety of their apartment or condominium. They assume someone else will be responsible for all of the most basic aspects of life while they are free to experiment with alternative lifestyles in search of something that is non-existent in the real world: self-actualization.

Dependent people have very little genuine challenge in their life. They are obsessed with petty problems and minor hiccups in their interpersonal relationships. They tend to be narcissistic and self-absorbed. This is why "Survivor", "Jersey Shore", and other such idiocy is so popular with urban viewers. The hypersensitivity to personal insult and imagined slights is part and parcel of their daily life because they have no genuine challenges to face. This is also why they are drawn to the idea of big government. Big government promises to solve their petty problems so they themselves will be free to explore their "higher nature". Unfortunately, the entire concept of "higher nature" or "spiritual evolution" or "enlightenment" or whatever you want to call it is completely false. It does not exist and it cannot be achieved. The only way to experience it is to realize that you individually control your own destiny and the only way to achieve that realization is to face great challenges and overcome them.

You cannot face great challenges when you depend on the local grocery store for your food, the local McDonald's for your lunch, the local police for your self-defense, and the local fire department to enforce safety standards in your home. You cannot face great challenges if you spend your free time smoking marijuana, attending raves, getting drunk and seeking out casual sexual encounters. You cannot achieve "self-actualization" by spending your life in self-absorbed pursuit of personal pleasure. The only thing you can experience by living in this manner is dependency, depression, and failure. This I know from firsthand experience.

There is no solution to this problem. As Americans become more dissolute and more dependent on others for their basic needs they will fall into the same trap that has plagued royalty and aristocracy for the past five thousand years. Almost no one born into a life of dependency ever overcomes the limitations of that life. They are taught by their parents, their teachers, their leaders, and their favorite entertainment venues that the hollowness inside them is not a result of failing to take charge of their own life. Rather, that emptiness is the result of an unresolved "need" to achieve "self-actualization" and when asked to define "self-actualization" they are provided an equally vague concept such as "becoming a genuine human" or "taking the next step in your spiritual evolution". Empty promises to fill an emotional void created by the individual's own inability to take charge of their personal life and work toward their own destiny.

"Destiny" does imply some kind of grand achievement such as becoming a movie star or becoming president. Although those are worthwhile goals involving incredible challenge, the simple fact of the matter is very few people can achieve those goals no matter how hard they try. For the vast majority of us, it would be impossible to become someone famous. However, that does not mean we don't have the potential to achieve anything at all. We can master a trade and we can learn to serve others rather than depend on them. Instead of hanging out with gang members and smoking marijuana, we can get a minimum wage job, go to night school, and learn a more marketable skill such as accounting, business management, or gourmet cooking. It does not matter which trade we find ourselves in, and it matters even less if we enjoy that trade. Self-sufficiency comes from mastering the challenges we face regardless of whether or not we like those challenges.

A career at McDonald's is still a career. If you take advantage of the internal educational opportunities McDonald's provides, learn to take pride in making popular food in a fast, efficient manner, master the skills needed to run the register, keep the books, and turn a profit, then you have achieved a destiny just as important as any rock star, politician, or famous scholar. The important part is that you yourself have taken charge of your own destiny and learned to stand on your own two feet. Once you achieve a level of self-sufficiency, a vigilant awareness of your surroundings, and a personal record of small successes, then you will understand the difference between conservatism and dependency.

It's not a matter of the Republican Party changing its approach. The problem is the American people huddled in our stinking, decaying cities. Those people need to remember who they are and what they can achieve simply by breaking the chains of inherited dependency and reaching for their own destiny, regardless of where that destiny takes them. Until the people in America's urban centers stand on their own two feet and take charge of their own destinies, conservatism will continue to decline and Democratic slavery will continue to expand.

No outside force can free a slave. The slave must rise up, break their own chains, and free themselves. If an outside force frees a slave, that slave will simply exchange one set of chains for another. This is what has happened in America's inner cities. Poor whites, poor blacks, illegal immigrants from a variety of countries, and countless others have learned to live as serfs, dependent on the local political machine for their daily bread and their own self-defense. As a result, they have neither safety nor security. They have traded their freedom for food stamps and iPhones and they are dependent on the holders of their chains.



November 06, 2012

Congratulations America, you just committed suicide


I am watching the election returns state by state, county by county, and there is no way Mitt Romney can win in Ohio and Florida. The election is more or less over. There is a very slim chance I am wrong, but betting on wildcards is a sure way to lose.

The exit polls are very revealing. Democratic race-baiting, sexist insistence a woman is only a vagina and a baby machine, and outright lies have been fed through the mass media and convinced just over half of the American people that Barack Obama is still the messiah who will lead them to a utopian world where no one works and everyone lives in luxury. This is so delusional I cannot grasp how any sane adult could actually buy into such thinking. And yet, apparently 51-53% of the American people are firm believers in unicorns, fairy godmothers, and leprechaun gold at the end of every lane. Because that is what Barack Obama has been promising them ever since he appeared on scene in 2006.

Granted, at first, I was quite smitten with him as well. By the time the 2008 election rolled around my mind was filled with doubts and second guesses. By the end of his first year in office I could plainly see through the false glamour he held up to the world and into the dark heart of a man who believed he was God's own messiah sent down to earth to redeem the poor, free the oppressed, and destroy the rich. If he and his friends got rich in the process, well, that was only their just due for saving the rest of us from our sins.

Within twelve months the American economy will collapse. The gulf between rich and poor will become completely insurmountable and there will be no more middle class. Millions of small businesses across this country will be bankrupt and their assets confiscated. Most homeowners will lose their homes and poor people from our decaying inner cities will be moved into the abandoned homes. Faced with social turmoil and a complete inability to pay its own bills, the American government led by Barack Obama and Valerie Jarret will become oppressive and dictatorial, operating as if the Constitution did not exist all the while claiming they are working within its limits.

You have killed yourself America. You have chosen to follow a man dedicated to transforming you into an impoverished historic footnote by shipping your wealth off to central Africa, Southern Egypt, and other nations that have been unable and unwilling to modernize their education systems and abandon Nineteenth Century thinking. Instead of progress and modernization, within two years you find you have been effectively reduced to feudalism with Democratic overlords telling you to shut up and be content with the scraps they throw you.

I cannot and will not forgive you this stupidity. I love my homeland more than life itself. I will not quietly submit to tyranny and monarchy. I will not quietly sit by and watch Barack Obama and his supporters dismantle her.

Welcome to World War Three and Armageddon. You have now made them both inevitable.



November 05, 2012

One more day to the Presidential Election


And now we're in the home stretch. In 48 hours the world will know if Barack Obama can hold onto power as the President of the United States or if January will see him put out to pasture. Should he lose, the question arises whether he will go quietly and become an congenial ex-President like Bill Clinton, a silent ex-President like G.W. Bush, or a constant pain in the neck who spends his life walking a razor's edge of violating the Logan Act like Jimmy Carter. Funny, isn't it, how the greatest failures spend so much time after they leave power trying to prove they are still relevant while the men who stepped up the plate, made the hard decisions, and took the consequences good or bad on their own shoulders drift quietly into retirement?

If you are an American citizen over the age of eighteen then I hope you have registered to vote. If you have registered to vote, then I hope Tuesday will find you at the polls letting your voice be heard. The plight of the people on the East Coast, devastated by hurricane Sandy, breaks my heart. If I were there I would be doing everything in my power to help my neighbors make it to the polls, both those who agree with me and those who don't. Everyone who is registered to vote deserves to have their voice heard and I pray that those who have transportation are going out of their way to help their neighbors. Self-reliance and cooperation in the face of adversity is what has always marked the American as different from any other citizen of any other country in the world. Other countries might talk about cooperation, but we have always been the people who were so busy living it we didn't have time to talk about it.

For what it's worth, here's my prediction of how it will wind up:

(296 Romney, 242 Obama)


October 15, 2012

Education must be realistic


CBS Minnesota: H.S. Yearbook Won't Include Student's Baby, Suicide Victim

This kind of thing really sticks in my craw. This decision, taken after consulting psychologists, is so blatantly delusional it's infuriating. On Facebook, one person commented, "Well, it's all a matter of personal perspective and interpretation."

Bullshit! The idea that these young people need to be protected from trauma is complete and total poppycock!

Reality is what it is and it is not open to interpretation. One young man committed suicide and a young woman had a baby. This is what real life is all about. This is what adulthood and personal responsibility mean. Both events should be recognized as the important, traumatic, life-changing experiences they were. Every student in that high school was impacted by these two events. These two events have changed how every single student in that school will set their life priorities and make important decisions from now until they die. To pretend that these two events did not occur is nothing short of delusional. It is completely and totally insane and it far past time for us to recognize that far too many delusional people are trying to control what we remember, how we remember it, and how we think.

This decision by this high school is no different from Pres. Obama's administration spending two full weeks denying Ambassador Stevens had been killed in a terrorist attack. There is no difference at all between the two decision making processes. Rather than simply letting the real world facts of a teenage mother who loves her baby and a teenage boy driven to suicide by the stresses of adolescence stand on their own as part of the memory of life in the 2012 school year, the school administration struggled for some way to create a "teachable moment". When they failed, they censored the yearbook. Pres. Obama's administration did exactly the same thing! When they failed to provide proper security and lost an American Ambassador for the first time in over three decades (along with three more Americans) they spent two weeks trying to pretend the entire debacle was the fault of a random YouTube video that no one in Libya had even seen!

Both of these events are direct, immediate failures to look at reality with clear eyes and accept it for what it is. Failure to face reality is delusional. Trying to "spin" reality is delusional. This kind of thinking is exactly why our modern world is flying apart at the seams. Far too many people in positions of responsibility suffer from this insane inability to take responsibility for their failures and/or to face reality head on and accept it for what it is. This kind of thinking is infantile, childish, self-destructive, and even worse, devastatingly destructive of society as a whole. If we cannot face reality then we cannot find realistic solutions to the problems we face. If we cannot find realistic solutions then those problems will destroy us. There is no exception to this simple natural law. Any species that cannot see reality and cannot adapt to the terrifying challenges it presents will go extinct.

Utopian idealism, whether Atheist, Marxist, Humanist, Neo-Animist, Traditionalist, Christian, or Islamic, is the core problem our world is facing. If we do not abandon this delusional thinking then we will vanish as completely as the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Mayans, and every other civilization that has disappeared into the mists of time. The one difference is that our civilization is a genuinely global society. If we fail there will be no natural resources left for any survivors to exploit in order to build a new civilization! Our metals are almost depleted. Our energy sources are almost depleted. Our decorative metals and jewels are almost depleted. There is nothing left to rebuild from if we collapse into obscurity. Nothing but wood, grasses, and useless stones will be available to future generations if this generation does not start facing reality.

We need to get off this planet and find a new world to exploit. If we don't then we won't survive. Period. The only way to find a reliable way to cross the vast reaches of time and space required to find a new world is for us to think realistically, plan realistically, do realistic research, and develop realistic solutions. The only way for that to happen is for our education system to be built on the assumption that their primary goal is to create realistic thinkers who leave school with real-world skills that they can apply to developing real-world solutions.

This crazy idea that education is supposed to "perfect" humanity and that this "perfection" can only be reached by denying the darker aspects of human existence is foolish, delusional, and self-destructive. The idea that we can perfect ourselves is insane. The idea that we can perfect our society is insane. It is time to recognize that "progressive" thinking founded in "social justice" is nothing short of delusional and this delusional thinking is the core reason our society has fallen into massive drug abuse, violent youth movements, and a world filled with adults who will not take personal responsibility for their own lives. We can't perfect humanity and since humanity is all we have to work with we'd better figure out how to keep ourselves focused on the real world.

We are rapidly running out of time. If we do not start thinking realistically then in half a century or less we will learn firsthand that Thomas Malthus was an optimist.


October 04, 2012

First 2012 Presidential Debate in Denver



(New York Times video from YouTube)


I suppose I could list up all the online news articles with their analysis and reflections, but at this point everyone on both sides of the aisle is saying the same thing: Mitt Romney won the first debate hands down. Even over at MSNBC they are talking about what President Obama "should have said" rather than trying to pretend he somehow won. This was, in my never humble opinion, the finest Presidential debate of my lifetime. Both candidates gave it their best shot, but Mitt Romney's cold, hard realism crushed Barack Obama's undying idealism. Mitt clearly demonstrated why we need him in the Whitehouse instead of Barack Obama.

My favorite line from the night came early on in the debate when Mitt Romney was talking about energy and the economy and he said, "You don't just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers!"

That will probably do down in history as right up there with Ronald Reagan's response to concerns about his age and possible senility.

So, there it is. As long as the New York Times keeps it online, the entire debate can be replayed at the top of this page. This is shining moment in the history of Republican presidential campaigns, but sure as the sunrise within a few hours President Obama's staff will have some kind of well-funded, well-planned, well-presented response. Until I see it I'm going to milk this moment in history for all it's worth.

Today is a good day to be a Republican!



October 02, 2012

Can City of Heroes Survive?


I am afraid to hope, but I need this game the same way I need pencil and paper. The only creative outlet that has lasted longer for me than CoH has been this blog. I started this blog in 2003. I became fully active in CoH in 2005 following the release of City of Villains. Half of my online life is either here in this blog or fighting the good fight in Paragon City, The Rogue Isles, and Praetoria. This blog and this game together define my online life in ways Facebook or Twitter never will.

I have prayed for many miracles in my life. Some of them have come to pass. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be praying for a game to be allowed to continue taking my money, but now I am.


October 01, 2012

A chapter closing


A chapter closed on my life this past week and it seems I am waiting for the next chapter to open. The changes are small, minor things that most people would regard as petty, but they were important to me. For starters, I learned this past week that City of Heroes, a game I have played for seven years, will be going offline on November 30th. Some of my earlier posts related to City of Heroes are here:

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf
Master of Her Own Universe
Have Cape, Will Fly
City of Heroes Spring Fling

The demise of City of Heroes has hit me pretty hard. I've been spending more time playing this past week than I have in the past year, often putting aside important tasks until some distant future date that is still undetermined. Sometimes I get even more choked up visiting old maps and missions than I would if I visited my hometown in California. City of Heroes has been a consistent pleasure I could return to time and time again when the world around me went insane or simply became too complicated to understand. Call me crazy if you like, but I have never felt comfortable in this modern world. Not when I was child, definitely not as an adolescent, and even less so as an adult. Reality is what it is and it sucks.

But that is not the only ending point I've suddenly and unexpectedly reached. Several of my friends, two of them people I've known for decades, have become ever more reluctant to discuss anything more than the weather. They have fallen under the mystique of "reality television" even more deeply than I ever fell under the trap of online gaming. As they spend less and less time reading newspapers, reading the news online, or even watching the nightly news, they have become more and detached from reality. I've always been drawn to fictional and virtual worlds, so I sympathize completely, but they have fallen farther from reality than I ever did even in my absolute lowest moment. Even worse, because the programs that have captured their attention are labeled "reality television", they treat the characters and personalities as equally important as their immediate family and friends. In more than one instance, a friend I have known since high school has expressed deep sympathy for a reality television personality while attacking me for simply stating that I wouldn't know because I don't watch reality television!

It has gotten to the point with some of them that if I mention that I disagree on even the most casual topic they get as personally offended as if I had insulted them directly or verbally attacked a family member. Not just reality television either. Books, politics, religion, abstract philosophy, personal decision chains, in almost everything I am suddenly expected to either copy their perspective in the most minute detail or an apology is demanded and expected. I don't understand how so many people can grow so intolerant in less than a year. They are attacking me as if I have attacked them just because I mention that I disagree. And no, I'm not being insulting. I am not aggressively demanding they change their outlook. I am simply expressing disagreement and explaining why my view is different. Have we truly reached a point in this country where we expect everyone to be identical? How is that freedom?

If I were demanding they agree with me I could understand it, but I'm not. I am simply insisting on my freedom to be different. I stopped demanding people agree with me a very long time ago. Raising two sons while not working meant early on that I had to find ways to express my view on things and then let them make up their own minds because the fact that I did not work while almost all of their friend's fathers did work immediately invalidated any parental demand I might make. It was most frustrating, but I learned and they learned and now I am far less demanding of everyone while they have grown into generous, open-minded young men.

And so it is that this blog post reads more like a bad reality television show than the opinion pieces I normally post. As this chapter closes in my life, as the most important presidential election of the past century and a half is held and decided, as friends abandon me and my favorite game ends, there is no doubt in my mind that I will change as well. This kind of sudden life change is exactly why all those years ago I named this blog, "Brian's Meandering Mind". I had just closed an important chapter in my artistic and professional life and had yet to understand what was coming next. Being addicted to writing in the way that I am, I had to write something but I had no idea what I would be writing about, so I knew it would be a long, meandering journey into an unknown and unknowable future. Now, nine and a half years later, I stand yet again on the threshold of unknowable change.

"Meandering", indeed. Always and forever it seems. Always and forever.



September 24, 2012

If you really want to impress me, feed the poor


It never ceases to amaze me how often we forget the simplest, most basic lessons we learned as children. Most of the problems we have in modern America occur because those of us who claim to be the servants of Christ don't serve anyone but ourselves. It does not matter which political party you vote for, which church you attend, what day of the week you celebrate the Sabbath on, or how many feasts and holy days you celebrate throughout the year. Generosity and compassion are NOT defined by how you vote or what you believe, they are defined by how you live!

Luke 10:25-37
New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

The American atheists are right about one thing: too many Christians are judgmental, condescending, and selfish. We build huge megachurches, boast about attendance at our exclusive private schools, treat the homeless with disdain, and rely on our elected representatives to either clean them off the streets or provide shelters for them to live in. The American political system was designed around the assumption that most social ills would be the responsibility of the churches and the people who filled them. Christian charity was supposed to feed the poor, house the homeless, and help the unfortunate get back on their feet. About the only organizations that are still fulfilling this sacred duty are Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and the Red Cross. In contrast, Joel Osteen and people like him preach victory and prosperity but they don't build hospitals, fund free clinics, and support soup kitchens. Instead, the "tithe" people send them builds bigger studios, funds better production quality, and buys airtime in major cities to help them raise even more money to fund the luxurious lifestyle of the evangelist and his closest staff.

St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Shriners Children's Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project, Ronald McDonald House are all making a huge difference in countless lives and they are doing it without federal grants or any other government money. Yet operations like "Code Pink", "Media Matters", "Planned Parenthood" and "Open Society Institute", all of which claim to be building a better world, would not last six months without billions of dollars in monies from all levels of government!

It really makes me angry when people online start demanding I abide by the dictates of their particular brand of Christianity, fail to gaze in devotion on their favorite televangelist, or refuse to acknowledge any intelligence and logic in their arguments in favor of big government and massive official poverty assistance. None of this garbage (for indeed it is pure garbage!) changes reality in any favorable way.

Who impresses me with their Christian service?
Catholic Charities, that's who!

Who impresses me with their global inclusiveness?
Red Cross/Red Crescent, that's who!

Who impresses me with their walking in the light of scripture?
The Freemasons and their Shriner hospitals, that's who!

I'll buy a new Toby Keith album (even if I don't like it!) long before I will invest a single penny in any "gospel" performer or "Christian" rock band. Do you know why? Because a pretty fair portion of the money earned by Red Solo Cup (a truly awful song!) goes straight into the Wounded Warrior project.

So if you really want to convince me that you know the truth of the universe and are working for the forces of good, then show me by how you live, where you spend your money, and which charities you support. Being an Assistant-Assistant-Pastor-to-the-Evangelism-Committee-of-Gigantic-Megachurch-of-Health-Wealth-and-Happiness will make me laugh in your face the moment you start quoting Bible passages at me in order to convince me how righteous your view of reality is. If you want me to believe your version of the Gospel, start by spending every Friday night working at the local homeless shelter. Now, that would impress me.



September 20, 2012

The 2012 Obama campaign is getting a bit creepy


I don't know about anyone else, but these graphics creep me out completely. There are echoes here of National Socialism in 1938, and Stalin's World War II propaganda posters. Not to mention Revelation 13:16!


Is this a presidential campaign or a personality cult? Is Obama running for president or trying to establish a new religion? Are his supporters trying to build a better America or a New Jerusalem? Maybe I'm being paranoid, but these graphics reek of Robert Heinlein's Nehemiah Scudder.


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Update on September 23, 2012:

Someone created this and posted it on Facebook where it has begun circulating among conservatives. It reflects perfectly what I see happening with the Obama campaign.



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Update on January 22, 2013:

A collection of bizarre cover photos that came out just a few days before Barack Obama's second inaugural address.


September 19, 2012

The Scandalous Mitt Romney Fundraiser Video


The news wires are abuzz once again. It began with a secretly recorded video of a Romney fundraiser:

Mother Jones: Complete Romney Fundraiser Video Part One
Mother Jones: Complete Romney Fundraiser Video Part Two

During the course of that video he notes a key reality that every Republican candidate for the Presidency must face: 47% of Americans live in poverty, receive money directly from the government, and pay no income tax. Half of our country is dependent on the government for their daily bread and butter, their iPhone (which all of them miraculously seem to be able to afford), their iPod, their XBox (why do they all love the XBox?), and the rent for whatever hovel they live in until they get kicked out for spending their rent allowance on drugs and booze instead of rent. These are the so-called "working poor", many of whom don't work, some of whom live off of illegal drug sales, and the vast majority of whom believe the world owes them food, shelter, and entertainment. I know these people because I grew up one. I had one strike always against me, however, I was Caucasian. The underlying assumption behind every single government assistance program is that if you are white you don't need help!

I was denied Pell grants, I paid higher interest on my Student Loans, I was denied survivor's Social Security, I was denied everything I applied for until finally in an act of desperation I joined the Army just to insure I had food and shelter without going to prison. In the Army I learned the value of discipline. I learned self-reliance. I learned that if I was in trouble no one was coming to rescue me. I learned that the only way to survive was to get off my ass and take care of myself.

I got married while I was in the Army to a wonderful Japanese woman who a few years before had come to my high school as an exchange student. In short, I married my high school sweetheart. We moved to Japan after I finished my four-year enrollment. We lived in Tokyo where I worked full-time as an English Teacher, went to school full-time at Sophia University, and raised two sons. When one of my sons developed Perthes disease. Someone had to be home to take care of him, so I quit work and my wife went on to great success in the financial industry. We paid our own bills, including the bill for my son's treatment. Granted, Japan does have nationalized health insurance, but there are vast differences between this genuine national health insurance program and the massive wealth redistribution scheme passed under the deceptive name, "Affordable Health Care for America Act". There are way too many differences to go into here. The important point is, my wife and I both paid a substantial premium for Japanese national health insurance. That insurance only covered 70% of the cost of treatment for my son. We paid out of pocket about $25,000 altogether for two surgeries, a wheel chair, rehabilitation, and other direct expenses. If we had not been working there would have been no health insurance, even in Japan.

Now, let me be clear. It has been a long, difficult road to where we are now. My wife is still working in the financial industry which means ten to twelve hours a day five days a week, and often in the evening there are mandatory social events, conference calls from home, and endless piles of vitally important e-mail. She spends a couple of hours every Saturday and Sunday doing company e-mail or working on presentations. When we go on vacation, her work comes with her. If you want to be a highly paid executive you must work every single day of your life until you get there, and once you get there, you work even harder. The work does not end until you retire. If you are truly successful, it doesn't even end there because your company will be calling you up asking for advice and bringing you back into the office occasionally for consulting work. If you are not willing to do the work, then you have no moral or ethical right to be jealous of the income an executive receives. Period.

Some people will rightly point out that my wife is the one who works. Guess again. Remember when my son got sick I had to quit work? I spent fifteen years cleaning house, doing laundry, running errands, cooking meals, helping with homework (when I could, which wasn't often unfortunately), encouraging everyone in the family, and ignoring my own physical and emotional needs in order to insure my wife could concentrate on work and my kids could concentrate on school. Anyone who thinks a homemaker is an easy job either has never been one or has been a lousy one.

Do you know what it really means to be a "conservative"? It means doing what needs to be done every minute of every day irregardless of your own personal desires and needs. Happiness does not come from getting high, getting laid, dancing all night, gambling in casinos, or playing in a rock band every night in smokey bars. Happiness comes from doing what needs to be done and doing it well. Happiness comes from picking yourself up off the ground and getting back at it instead of laying there crying about how hard it all is and how cruelly the world has treated you. Conservatism is the philosophy and lifestyle of taking care of yourself and your little corner of world when everything around you is collapsing into chaos.

And that is the truth this "stealthy, revealing, scandalous" video has brought to light. Mitt Romney is absolutely correct. There are no victims in America! I'm sorry if that offends you, but that is simply the way it is. You are not poor because you're black, because you're a woman, because you lost a leg in a car accident, because your father raped you when you were twelve, or because you lost everything in a tornado. In this country you are only part of the 47% because you have not picked yourself up off the ground and done what needs to be done! So stop whining and start finding a solution. If you think the American way of life has made you a victim then please, move to Canada or France, or the Amazon jungle, or wherever it is you think America should be more like. If you want to vanish into the woods and live off the land there are millions of acres in Canada the government would love to have you come settle on. If you want to spend all day taking drugs and gathering wild foods there are massive empty jungles in South America and Southeast Asia filled with narcotic rich plants and trees that produce fruit all year round.

I spent twenty-five years, basically my entire adult life, in Japan. Japan is a paternalistic society with a strong socialist bend. People expect to work, and they work hard, but they also expect the government to keep prices low, to protect them from disease and crime, and to look over their shoulder every minute of every day to warn them if they are about to make a mistake. Life in Tokyo is a constant barrage of warning lights, announcements, warning signs, loudspeakers advertising everything under the sun, political jingoism, and the ever present eyes of Japanese police patrolling on bicycles, in police cars, and manning police boxes at every train station, most subway stations, and quite a few bus stops. Sometimes I wonder if there are more police officers in Tokyo than there are private citizens. Anyone who thinks America is an oppressive police state should spend a year in Tokyo. Seriously.

The point I am trying to make in all these comparisons is that I am thrilled Mitt Romney's speech at that fundraiser has been made public. I agree with him 100%. I have seen firsthand the kind of socialist utopia Barack Obama and his supporters are trying to build. I hated it so much that once my children no longer needed me I could live there no longer. Not even my love for my wife can overcome the constant stress of life in a paternalistic, big government, hierarchical, socialist utopia. It drove me crazy, quite literally. Four years ago, before I came to Ohio, I was so deeply depressed I was borderline suicidal. I got to the point where I could barely walk outside to run the daily errands. I felt trapped, controlled, excluded, isolated, and alone. Surrounded by 14 million people and still completely, irrevocably alone. That is the life that a socialist utopia provides. It only appeals to people who walk through the day in a cloud of complete, absolute oblivion and self-absorption. It requires a level of narcissism that goes way beyond my own substantial ego and arrogance.

There is nothing on earth more oppressive than a society dedicated to taking care of its people. This is because in order to take perfect care of you that society must control your thoughts, your opinions, and your perspective. If you long to be a mindless automaton in a vast social machine then Barack Obama is your candidate. He'll buy your iPod, your iPhone, your XBox, your food, a rusted out clunker for you to drive, and a cockroach filled apartment for you to live in. He'll give you an allowance to buy a dime bag of crack or pot once a month and blow your mind. If that is the life you desire than by all means, vote a straight Democratic ticket on November 6th.

But if you believe you have the right to make your own choices, to determine your own destiny, and to live your life free from government interference than vote a straight Republican ticket. Yes, there will still be corruption in government. Yes, there will still be obscenely rich people and frighteningly poor people. There will be homeless people living in the shadows of modern skyscrapers in every American city, but instead of 30% vacancy those buildings will be filled with people working. Stay off the drugs, put on some clean clothes, go to night school to learn how to use Microsoft Office, and you could be one of them. If you work hard, treat your colleagues and supervisors with respect, and spend your nights improving your knowledge and skills, then someday you'll be one of the executives on the top floor.

There has not been an election this clear since Ronald Reagan ran against Walter Mondale in 1984, the last election I voted in before going to Japan. Do you want a nation of mindless government dependents or a nation of hardworking office drones? Unfortunately, you can't have both. That is what we have now and it is destroying us. It takes three workers to support one government dependent regardless of whether that dependent in on welfare or is a retiree living off a monthly Social Security check. Either way, it takes three people to generate enough wealth to support that one dependent. That is why our nation is facing $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Too many people who could be working as office drones are living as mindless government dependents.

Flipping burgers at McDonalds might not be glamorous work, but it is work you can take pride in and if you do it well, you can work your way up to managing your own franchise. Making minimum wage as a bank teller is not the job you wanted your college degree to get for you, but if you do it well, great every customer with a smile, and study for an MBA online, then when you are my age you could be the CEO of a global banking giant with invitations to the annual Bilderberg Group meeting. In the America I want to see survive into the future the only person stopping you from joining the global elite is you. The only way for that to happen is to recreate an America where you either starve or you work hard and you succeed. It is not pretty, but at least it is real.

There is an old saying that no one quotes any more, "If you can't beat'em, join'em!" That little proverb is more true now than it has ever been before. So who will you join? The New Republican Party seeking self-sufficiency, freedom from government interference, and genuine liberty or the New Democratic Party seeking big government, massive social support structures, endless debt, and total control over the thoughts and actions of everyday people? You can't have both and unfortunately, there is no compromise. You can be a mindless government dependent or you can be an office drone. One path promises stagnancy, decay, and poverty for all, the other promises hard work, sleepless nights, and wealth unimaginable for the brightest and the luckiest. Myself, I plan to vote a straight Republican ticket. I might wind up starving and living under a bridge, but if I do, I will know it is my own failures that put me there and I can promise you this: I won't be demanding the government come rescue me!



September 18, 2012

Dear Democrats


Dear Democrats: I'm sorry, but your party leaders and elected officials are lying to you.

Daily Caller: Justice Department Regularly Enlists Media Matters to Counter Unfavorable News Stories

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Update on September 24, 2012:


September 17, 2012

It's not about "long-standing grievances"


I'm getting really sick and tired of hearing the same idiocy pouring out of the mouths of both professional commentators and analysts with fancy degrees in "international communications". When they go online, write op-eds, or show up on news programs spouting lines about "long-standing grievances in politics and economics" being the foundation of violent, radical protests by Muslims they are not just misinterpreting the reality of the dangers we face they are, in point of fact, dead wrong! This delusional thinking is the reason we have been fighting a world war against radical Islamic terrorists for virtually my entire life!

"Revival" is a condition that sweeps through every religion from time to time. Billy Graham, for example, was the driving force behind the 1960s revival in America that gave us the concept and phrase, "Born Again". Partly in response to Billy Graham and other revivalists holding open air tent meetings in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Malaysia, and Indonesia, laws were passed in Muslim countries prohibiting Christian evangelism, sometimes on penalty of death. Places like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt already had such laws so at first it seemed only natural that other Muslim countries would pass similar laws after sweeping Christian revivals threatened to transform their cultural foundations.

Then came the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics. This marked the first time communist and jihadi terror groups worked together to carry out an operation outside of Israel. German neo-nazi's also assisted. The 1972 Olympic massacre saw neo-nazis, communists, and jihadis all working together openly. This was the first time, but it was not the last time, for this unholy alliance of collectivists to execute violent acts against innocents. This same alliance came into play to support Timothy McVeigh, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and numerous other acts of terrorism. More often than not, if radical Islamists are doing the dying, radical communists or neo-nazis or both are providing funding, logistics, planning, and transportation. Not always, of course. Sometimes the background support is provided by Iran, North Korea, China, or some combination of the three. Pakistan's ISI is often working behind the scenes to support those attacks that take place in India or the United Kingdom.

This is a very real war with the entire globe as a battleground. Modern civilization has provided the tools for collectivism to once again raise its ugly head and attempt to control how the rest of us eat, drink, sleep, play, work, think, behave, and believe. The driving force behind radical Islam is a huge, sweeping Islamic revival that followed on the heels of the 1972 Munich Massacre. This fundamentalist revival is dedicated to reversing a Twelfth Century theology that transformed "jihad" from a violent external war into a spiritual internal war. This is the core difference between Christian or Buddhist fundamentalism and Islamic fundamentalism. In Christian and Buddhist fundamentalism the "law" is the driving force behind making the individual kinder, more compassionate, and more generous. In Islamic fundamentalism "Shari'a" is the driving force behind social conformity, reduction of women to mere chattel, glorification of violence as the key to masculinity, and the spiritual assertion that all other religions are required to submit to political rule by Muslim clerics.

The motivating factor behind the current crop of global protests is this Islamic fundamentalist revival that was sparked by the success of the 1972 Olympic Massacre. There is nothing "spontaneous" about the protests sweeping across the world this year in the same way that there was nothing "spontaneous" about the way the OWS movement swept over the globe last year. Collectivism is the core driving force behind both movements. It is not "organized" in the way a military invasion is organized, but it is united in the driving ambition to force the world into a strict hierarchy with no freedom of speech, unarmed citizens subject to oppressive government oversight, communal ownership of all property, and nationalization of all business. The neo-nazis seek this goal in order to "advance the evolution of humanity", the communists seek this goal in order to "advance the evolution of society", and the jihadis seek this goal in order to "unite the world in peace and righteousness". This is why they are working together. This is why a local protest can inspire global protests built on the same theme. It is not "planned", but that does not mean there is no planning behind it.

Collectivism holds its adherents to a single perspective. If communists take to the streets in New York to protest global banks and international industry, then communists around the world take up their placards in support. Likewise, if radical Muslims march on an embassy in protest to a "offense against the Prophet", then radical Muslims around the world also take up their placards and march. These protests then provide the cover for bombings and other violent attacks. These people are all united in their hatred of the freedom the rest of us take for granted. Power-hungry politicians, radical religious leaders, and even ambitious business leaders understand that these people exist and as a result they do everything in their power to both inspire them and twist the violence that results into a stronger power base for themselves.

There are two questions that everyone has failed to ask about the Cairo protest and the Benghazi embassy attack that launched the current round of global protests:
1. Who paid for video that inspired the attacks?
2. Who gave the authorization for it to be broadcast on Egyptian's national television channel?

True, that video alone is nothing. It is irrelevant. However, the person (or people) who paid for its production knew exactly how much trouble it would cause and that is why they funded it. Their plan was to use the video to inspire a protest that could then be used to advance their goal of limiting free speech and shutting down the open exchange of ideas. This was a calculated investment and if it had failed, they would have sponsored something else.

But of course, you'll want proof. Well, here's a funny thing. Absolutely nobody has noticed this interview by CNN's Nic Robertson which was broadcast the day before the Cairo protests: CNN Exclusive: Al Qaeda Leader's Brother Offers Peace Plan. I saw this video on the 10th. In the video, the prestaging for the next day's protest is visited and the Cairo protest is clearly announced along with its motivation, its intent, and the plan to invade the compound. The idiotic YouTube videos everyone is blaming for the protest were not mentioned even once! Events in Libya are hinted at by Mohammed al-Zawahiri, showing clear pre-knowledge that the Cairo protest was designed to cover and/or inspire protests in Libya and other "Arab Spring" countries, "and other actions".

When I saw the interview on the tenth I was horrified that CNN would be so overtly supportive of terrorist propaganda. When the Cairo protest overran the fences, tore down the American flag and raised the flag of Jihad I immediately thought of the interview I'd seen the day before. When the story broke about the attack in Benghazi it felt like someone had punched me in the gut. The interview was so blatant, and CNN so compliant. I felt personally betrayed by the producers of CNN. This is clearly an act of treason. Then, when absolutely no one in the media, not even Fox, referenced Nic Robertson's interview, hundreds of conspiracy theories began reeling through my mind. How could they be so blind? Unless of course, they were blind by intent. I have waited a full week for some responsible journalist to point to this interview but there has not been even a single reference to it!

This is a world war. This world war is four decades old. Make no mistake. Your future is being fought over. Simply by choosing who you believe you have already picked which side of this war you support.



hunting dragons


This is a poem I wrote back in August of 2010. What else can I say? Yesterday was that kind of Sunday.


hunting dragons

Sorry. I've been hunting dragons again
in that far-away land of dreams lost
with the wasted days of youth, buried
beneath endless stacks of aluminum
beer cans, soda cans, a metal mountain
shadowed behind the eternal fire of
our town's bankrupt tire recycler.

Do you remember it too?
Endless oak forests filled with fair folk floating on
butterfly wings, playing tiny flutes and drums.
Their heavenly music just out of sight, their
tinkling laughter at foolish mortals
like you and me.

Or was it another dream?
You know, the one with the ivory castle
shining in the midday sun, velvet
tapestries of unicorns flirting with maidens
while trolls watch from the shadows and
monkeys tap out melodies on harpsichords.
Their garden symphony led by harps and tambourines
held by squirrels, or maybe chipmunks.

We did have a garden, didn't we?
tended by gnomes, brownies
and other earthbound wee folk
with a taste for fresh milk, honey
and a love of clean wholesome dirt.

Sorry. I've been hunting dragons again.
Maybe next time you'll come with me?


September 14, 2012

Arab Spring becomes Autumn Rage


Normally I would link to half a dozen articles describing in lurid detail the events I'm responding to. Somehow, today that seems both redundant and wasteful. If you don't already know what is happening in the Middle East then either you are purposely ignoring it or you simply don't care. Providing links would not help because anyone seeking to avoid the very real turmoil burning through the Prophet's lands would not click on them anyway while anyone who has been following it already knows how bad it has become.

I could quote Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelations instead of linking to the daily news, but again I face the same dilemma. Those who are familiar with Biblical prophecy already know the key passages and how those passages apply to current events. Everyone else either denies the applicability of the Bible or simply doesn't care to hear about it, sometimes both. Thanks to the militant, evangelical atheism led by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens that appeared in the 1990's and lasted all through the first decade of the 21st century, most of the internet world is now cleanly divided into three camps: atheists, theists, and apatheists.

And so I arrive at a conundrum I never expected to face: negotiation and debate have become useless. The connected world has fallen out into clean camps with precise lines of demarcation between them. There is no genuine dialogue between the camps (or at least very little) and within the camps a strict adherence to doctrine prevails with free speech coldly suppressed either in the name of loyalty or under the guise of political correctness. Insults have replaced dialogue both internally and externally.

For two weeks now I have been fighting a brutal and debilitating tooth infection. At one point the fever and dehydration became so bad I thought my kidneys were failing. It has only been the last few days I've been able to eat solid food again, and even now I cannot eat much. I've lost nearly five kilos in two weeks simply from being too sick to eat. During this time I've watched the American political scene explode into some of the most virulent advertising ever produced while over the past seventy-two hours the Muslim world has exploded in violence over a pair of silly, childish, poorly produced YouTube videos.

I am fifty-one years old. When I was eighteen, I helped campaign to get Ronald Reagan elected. One of the last things I did before moving to Japan was help him get re-elected. Ronald Reagan rode into the Whitehouse on a wave of newfound American patriotism that came about as our nation finally faced up to the failure of Vietnam and began a national healing process that helped us remember who we are. Somehow, while I spent twenty-five years raising a family in Japan, that wave of patriotism died out again. One of the reasons I came back to America was to help rekindle that fire, the only fire hot enough to carry a free people into a dark, dangerous future.

While in Japan I met and befriended many people from many different countries, including a fair number of Muslims. I read the Qur'an a couple times as well as a commentary written by a Muslim cleric. The depth of patriotism and faith in people throughout the Middle East does not surprise me. However, the devotion to violence and Shari'a seen by the most radical extremes does surprise me. Unfortunately, when a peaceful culture is faced with violent extremism the most common historic response has been surrender. In the past, when the damage remained localized, this strategy limited the range of destruction and insured the survival of the peaceful families.

But now we live in a much different world. Our world is more divided and more radically adherent to diverse ideologies than it has been at any time since the Chinese streamed into the Korean War and forced United Nations troops south of the Han River. This is an extremely dangerous moment in human history. We stand at the threshold of a genuine global community. The real reason lines have become so tightly drawn and internal dissent has become so profoundly repressed in each of the diverse camps is that we are fighting an ideological war to determine the political and cultural future of our entire world. Will we build a Marxist worker's paradise, a capitalist global market based on free trade, or an Islamic utopia ruled over by Wahhabist Imams?

The choice is yours. Your purchases, your votes, your opinions expressed over coffee with your friends, these all come together into a grand whole that spreads throughout our entire world. You, whether you are a suburban Los Angeles housewife, a Cairo merchant, or a Berlin college student, are making choices and those choices are having a global impact. Our world is no longer defined by national boundaries, city streets, or provincial roads. Our world is defined by your individual choices multiplied on a global scale. No matter how badly you want to sit on the sidelines and let this chaos resolve itself, you change the nature of that chaos just by getting out of bed in the morning and choosing how to start your day. The kind of food you eat for breakfast, the kind of juice or caffeinated drink you wash it down with, represent a purchase you made. That purchase drives the movement of trillions of dollars around the world and those dollars feed the propaganda machines of each ideological group, those dollars arm terrorists both Marxist and Islamic, and those dollars feed the children of workers somewhere who prepared that food and drink, packaged it, and carried to the market where you bought it.

Your choices are shaping the chaos. Every choice you make provides resources to one group while denying them to another. Like it or not, you are on the frontline of this war to define the future. I am not going to tell you what choices to make. My role in all of this is to encourage you to think more carefully about each of those choices. Please take the time to make sure you understand the full ramifications of your morning juice or coffee. Our future will be defined by your choices.