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  • John Boehner Caught Conspiring With Nancy Pelosi

    09/25/2015 9:19:40 AM PDT · 24 of 24
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie
      "If the RINOs were smart (they get that way when fighting conservatives), they'd vote out [get] Boehner [to resign] and substitute him with a "consensus candidate" of their own, and we'd all have to wait years to "give him a chance" before we could do anything about it."
    They got your memo. You have bragging rights. (Though I doubt you want them.)
  • Scott Walker implodes, Carly Fiorina soars in new CNN poll

    09/20/2015 11:42:10 AM PDT · 38 of 87
    Avoiding_Sulla to VinL

    This headline is far too gleeful. And then I see published by MSNBC. Quell surprise!

    Our Soviet-Style Media can’t help revealing itself, can it?

  • Jeb Bush: We will lose our liberties if we control the border

    09/17/2015 9:11:31 AM PDT · 79 of 79
    Avoiding_Sulla to don-o

    I used Schiavo as keyword. That discussion went back to 2007/8 and I knew that Schiavo champions would want to know that he’d tried to get away with the outrageous claim that he was the most pro-life candidate.

    What was alarming to me was not one of the other candidates had the balls to say “too bad Terri Schiavo isn’t available to support your claim.” That surely would’ve gotten a reaction from the audience.

  • Jeb Bush: We will lose our liberties if we control the border

    09/16/2015 7:05:40 PM PDT · 75 of 79
    Avoiding_Sulla to don-o
    yep. I had cause to think of this tonight.

    At a bit past 9 PM EST, Jeb Bush puffed up his chest at the 2nd debate and declared

      "I am the most pro-life candidate on this stage."
    It killed me that not one of the other candidates had the testicular fortitude to rebut him with:
      "Thanks to your "best on stage" pro-life stance governor, Terry Schiavo is not available for comment."
  • I Emailed Jeb Bush About Guacamole, And He Actually Responded

    09/16/2015 7:02:21 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    Avoiding_Sulla to Arthur McGowan
    At a bit past 9 PM EST, Jeb Bush puffed up his chest at the 2nd debate and declared
      "I am the most pro-life candidate on this stage."
    It killed me that not one of the other candidates had the testicular fortitude to rebut him with:
      "Thanks to your "best on stage" pro-life stance governor, Terry Schiavo is not available for comment."
  • Hundreds of homes destroyed in 50,000-acre Valley Fire [CA]

    09/13/2015 9:32:20 AM PDT · 69 of 203
    Avoiding_Sulla to Norm Lenhart

    fascism for the postmodern era.

  • Bobby Jindal Unloads on Trump

    09/10/2015 3:08:14 PM PDT · 22 of 36
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie

    PS. The pun was a bonus in an otherwise sad absurdvation.

  • Bobby Jindal Unloads on Trump

    09/10/2015 3:02:27 PM PDT · 21 of 36
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie

    “Conservatives are being led by the nose with the message they want to hear, but not what they’re going to get, with the MSM picking our candidate again. “

    Painful isn’t it?

    If there was a way to poll FReepers to see how many understand what you’re saying I don’t think you’d take the poll for fear that it would verify your worst suspicions. What can be done when the heard is stampeding to the sound of their own hooves?

  • Birthright Citizenship -- A Fundamental Misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment

    08/18/2015 10:30:22 PM PDT · 144 of 230
    Avoiding_Sulla to semimojo; Carry_Okie

    In his first two segments tonight, Mark Levin could have been reading directly from C_O’s article.

    Yes, they both could be wrong and you right, but I wouldn’t take that bet.

    He even addressed your concerns about people who are in the country being subject to our laws but not subjects. It can be seen in the synopsis at the daily recap of today’s show.

    “The argument that an illegal alien can step into the United States, claim legal and political jurisdiction, and confer citizenship to their child is insane. People claiming to be Constitutional experts saying that the 14th Amendment allows birthright citizenship are dead wrong. The 14th Amendment didn’t even give citizenship to Native Americans, why would it give citizenship to illegal aliens?

    The Constitution is on our side in a second way: Article 1 Section 8, which grants plenary power to Congress to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.

    We’re tired of being told someone can come into our country illegally, claim citizenship, and we’re told there’s nothing we can do about it. We have policies that promote illegal aliens and illegal alien children more than the American citizen and American child – we’re committing national suicide.” (

  • Carly Fiorina Eviscerates Ghost of Trump, Wins Fox News JV Presidential Debate

    08/07/2015 8:56:51 PM PDT · 131 of 138
    Avoiding_Sulla to ifinnegan
    Here's another pic that you may wish to use over and over again. A screen cap of a fundraising email I received this afternoon from Carly.

    Tell us which of the following subsequent questions this raises is worse.
    • 1. Are there conservatives who will back someone whom the NYSlimes/WaPo cheers?
    • 2. Does she and her fundraisers believe that the conservative base is so stupid as to be impressed with positive headlines by these rags?
  • On Sunday, Donald Trump Showed Why His Campaign Is Doomed

    08/07/2015 2:26:27 PM PDT · 111 of 111
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie

    Thought of you when I saw this story.

    You may want to keep track of what happens next so as to bolster your position.

  • Obama: New citizens can skip pledge to take up arms and defend the U.S.

    07/22/2015 10:41:21 PM PDT · 37 of 45
    Avoiding_Sulla to All; AAABEST; AdamSelene235; AnnaZ; Askel5; backhoe; BlackElk; Brian Allen; calcowgirl; ...

    For unknown reasons this what seems to me to be unsettling story was removed from the sidebar where it had indeed, in a few short minutes, got responses very rapidly. Maybe one monitor sees it as just one more of many stories about bad policies and so no big deal. Nothing to see here, etc.

    But given that initial interest and also given the nature of the “unforeseen” threat that this new OFFICIAL weakening of the oath of citizenship poses to all American citizens due to stories such as the one below, I am sending out alerts to my list.

    Please forward this thread to your own if you agree.

  • Obama: New citizens can skip pledge to take up arms and defend the U.S.

    07/22/2015 3:12:39 PM PDT · 34 of 45
    Avoiding_Sulla to Admin Moderator

    Please alter the source to Washington Examiner. I accidentally attributed the article’s publication to the Wash Times. Thank you. Sorry for the bother.


  • Obama: New citizens can skip pledge to take up arms and defend the U.S.

    07/22/2015 1:33:23 PM PDT · 19 of 45
    Avoiding_Sulla to Buckeye McFrog

    Inconsistency is consistency.

  • Obama: New citizens can skip pledge to take up arms and defend the U.S.

    07/22/2015 1:25:43 PM PDT · 1 of 45
    Does it appear that the fifth columnists who've been welcomed into our Federal government are feeling inadequate and in need of reinforcements?
  • The Upshot: The Trump Campaign’s Turning Point

    07/19/2015 7:17:11 AM PDT · 76 of 97
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie

    That is brilliantly concise and — I think — accurate. And it doesn’t even need to be about Trump, merely about the Hispanics getting wise.

    I will try and remember it long enough to repeat it when an opportunity arises.

  • Dem judge orders psych counseling for D'Souza [Room 101]

    07/14/2015 11:07:50 PM PDT · 45 of 45
    Avoiding_Sulla to lowbridge

    Yes. And us too.

    He will remain relatively well off. And he may even sell more books and movies because so many look at him as a martyr. It would be better for us were that true. Then he might have become angry enough to put up a fight while he initially had standing. It was then that he had a chance to help all of us who are less well-off.

  • Dem judge orders psych counseling for D'Souza [Room 101]

    07/14/2015 10:10:00 PM PDT · 43 of 45
    Avoiding_Sulla to Pajamajan

    Do you realize that he plead guilty? How many of us, given his connections and resources, would have taken seen this political crime as an opportunity to demonstrate his love for the country? Actions speak far louder than words no matter how eloquent the word. He had a chance to be a real hero.

    Instead he copped a plea and threw himself at the mercy of the court.

    With his conviction he set a horrible precedent, a stare decisis for a new form of political crime that opens the door to much, much worse. Read the other comments here for an inkling of what those could be.

    And with each new woe the judge throws his way is another bad precedent set. Ugh!

  • Dem judge orders psych counseling for D'Souza [Room 101]

    07/14/2015 10:02:43 PM PDT · 42 of 45
    Avoiding_Sulla to lowbridge

    “Can he appeal this ruling?”

    You know he pleaded guilty (UGH!) don’t you?

  • Marc Thiessen: Scott Walker Is "Truly Impressive... Unapologetic Full-Spectrum Conservative"

    07/13/2015 6:26:47 PM PDT · 58 of 69
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie


    “What? Again? That trick....”

    Sorry. Seeing there’s a perpetual squirrel involved in this, it was impossible not make the connection.

  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    07/03/2015 10:51:16 AM PDT · 614 of 615
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie
    The decision provided a bonus which sustains our worries about Article VI in the constitution that you've written about at length. In short, SCOTUS just resolved officially that infamous ambiguity.

    To help fill in, let me highlight the stinker in the supremacy clause in Article VI. This is the ambiguity which you have demonstrated has been construed to favor the growth of centralized power at the expense of individual protections through exploitation of treaties.

      This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. [emphasis added]
    This clearly states that treaties overrule the constitution or laws of any state, and forces judges to treat them that way. The ambiguity that was never cleared up was: “does that include the federal constitution and its laws or only that of the states?”

    Since SCOTUS has just now construed that “State” can mean the federal government, it has officially ended the matter of that ambiguity.

    IIRC, you observed in your works that since 1940 that ambiguity was already construed that way. The point is that it was only treated that way and they dared not state it openly until last week. The Progressives were craven back then; now they are openly brazen.

    This new clarity ought aid us in battles against the trade agreement. However, with this new brazen authoritarianism we are facing, facts matter to our rulers as much as the Pope's admonitions mattered to Stalin.

  • Here We Go Again: Left Pounces on Gun Control in Wake of Charleston Tragedy

    06/19/2015 7:22:15 PM PDT · 38 of 52
    Avoiding_Sulla to Kaslin
    When next confronted by shameless gunbanners, confront them back with this:
      But let’s be clear, at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. -- the Pinocchio in Chief
    Does anybody believe this oligarchic puppet has no recollection of the Breivik murders in gun-banning Norway nor the Charlie Hebdo murders in gun-banning France where even the police victims were unarmed?

    If your answer is “No,” then you must realize that this shameless ghoul is a liar. You ought be proud that this is the man with whom you are in league.

  • Mark Levin to Reveal His Top 1-3 Choices for the Republican Presidential Nominee

    05/17/2015 1:32:20 PM PDT · 67 of 101
    Avoiding_Sulla to SunkenCiv

    your last link didn’t work.

  • Mark Levin to Reveal His Top 1-3 Choices for the Republican Presidential Nominee

    05/17/2015 12:46:56 PM PDT · 42 of 101
    Avoiding_Sulla to SunkenCiv

    FWIW, I suspect Levin will have Rubio in his picks. Why? Because he came on the show, and Levin repays favors. He sees it as loyalty even as he gets played.

    As to your comment: as I recognize that loads of listeners don’t take what Levin says with enough grains of salt (so they do care what he says), I do what I can to demonstrate how often he skirts various issues that would help his listeners think for themselves and read between the lines.

    That’s our job I guess: Point out what’s in the gaps in his commentary as they occur.

  • The GOP Follows Sen. Sessions - Backward

    05/12/2015 9:31:10 AM PDT · 6 of 20
    Avoiding_Sulla to central_va
    Leftist projection once again. When its not Forward in a Prog sense, they declare it backwards. Gillespie writes as if the Prog's "progressive" means of stealing liberty from American citizens has not always been incremental reestablishment of a regressive neo-aristocratic authoritarianism.

    Bottom line: whatever a Prog apparatchik declares backward is any resistance to his bosses' relentless repression.

  • The Left's New Insult: "Go Fund Yourself"

    05/07/2015 4:09:43 PM PDT · 14 of 29
    Avoiding_Sulla to dp0622

    Wanna bet a conservative gofundme runs into difficulties with Obama’s IRS?

  • Is having a loving family an unfair advantage? (true lunacy from the left)

    05/07/2015 3:40:30 PM PDT · 61 of 61
    Avoiding_Sulla to CSM; Mrs. Don-o

    Nothing new here. The secret of utopia is easily recognized when you ask a question based upon its definition.

    Q: If utopia is where everyone is equally happy, what provisions are there for practical jokers and misanthropes?

    A: Oh, we leave them in charge.

  • Is having a loving family an unfair advantage? (true lunacy from the left)

    05/06/2015 9:26:55 AM PDT · 50 of 61
    Avoiding_Sulla to stephenjohnbanker

    yep, because the MSM is a Soviet-Style Media (SSM) but is much worse because we don’t hear nearly enough of the common American saying there’s no truth in our alphabet networks and there’s no news in AP.

  • Protest Brutality in Bosom of Social Justice

    05/05/2015 9:30:04 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Avoiding_Sulla to kevslisababy
      "Smashing up the business of the guy who does upholstery and windows for cars" for a living -- just what cause does that advance?
    1)Anarchy, nihilism, spreading of misery.
    2.The Left's relentless pursuit of "social justice." Social justice is where the first word destroys the meaning of the second.

    This story and all efforts by the Left would be astonishingly paradoxical were the Left's true efforts did not so consistently in the service of what is evil.

    Instead after all the history of the Left in matters such as this, the most astonishing thing is why would anybody sound surprised that protests sponsored by the Left wing of society are consistently be marked by sinister outcomes.

    If the question "just what cause does that advance?" is not meant to be rhetorical then it reveals either a stupendous amount of blind ignorance or cowardice to call out evil by its name. And even if his words were rhetorical, he still avoided calling out the evil by its name.

  • Is having a loving family an unfair advantage? (true lunacy from the left)

    05/05/2015 8:54:39 PM PDT · 36 of 61
    Avoiding_Sulla to naturalman1975
    There's more.
      Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?

      Should parents snuggling up for one last story before lights out be even a little concerned about the advantage they might be conferring?

    That last identifies how the Left nurtures the sinister-wing of society. They seek to abolish happiness wherever they see it because social justice demands equality. If they weren't so evil it would be astonishing how the push from the Left is always in a downward direction.

    Their vision of utopia is the shared equality of misery rather than ever truly considering raising the standards of the lowest common denominator. That's not PC/MC and so verboten.

    I'd say this one example reveals the Left's evil war on happiness better than another million words ever could.

  • The Moral of Caesar [The Republic Was Dead Already]

    05/04/2015 4:50:56 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    Avoiding_Sulla to Sherman Logan

    ” and adding their defeated soldiers to his own.”

    You’re right. If you read the rest of the article, Kimball makes note of it.

    He uses Brutus as an example. He had fought with Pompey, was pardoned by Caesar and joined his forces. But that was also one of the things that led to Caesar’s downfall — the resentment that came with the pardons.

    Kimball goes on to note that subsequent to Caesar, later dictators were far more brutal with former adversaries.

  • The Moral of Caesar [The Republic Was Dead Already]

    05/04/2015 4:21:16 PM PDT · 7 of 22
    Avoiding_Sulla to 9thLife

    Not a good thing. Having been prescient of what we are witnessing leaves the seer feeling like Cassandra. Having been able to see what’s coming, but having been proven powerless to avert it, is no blessing.

  • The Moral of Caesar [The Republic Was Dead Already]

    05/04/2015 3:59:48 PM PDT · 1 of 22
    I found this account well worth the read.

    It left me wondering if the review was written by a moderate resigned to the fate he sees coming but dares not predict. If so, perhaps he's laying out the fate of moderates in the hopes that the extremists will have mercy on him because he helped becalm their adversaries, whichever side lost.

  • Question: Anybody Know Why No Grand Jury Needed In Maryland?

    05/03/2015 9:29:17 AM PDT · 65 of 65
    Avoiding_Sulla to Usagi_yo

    number 2 makes you right. Thanks.

  • Question: Anybody Know Why No Grand Jury Needed In Maryland?

    05/03/2015 9:26:55 AM PDT · 64 of 65
    Avoiding_Sulla to Usagi_yo

    Perhaps I misunderstood you. Show me how your usage fits below.

    anachronism (noun): something (such as a word, an object, or an event) that is mistakenly placed in a time where it does not belong in a story, movie, etc.

    : a person or a thing that seems to belong to the past and not to fit in the present

    Full Definition of ANACHRONISM
    1: an error in chronology; especially : a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other
    2: a person or a thing that is chronologically out of place; especially : one from a former age that is incongruous in the present
    3: the state or condition of being chronologically out of place

  • Question: Anybody Know Why No Grand Jury Needed In Maryland?

    05/03/2015 6:50:49 AM PDT · 62 of 65
    Avoiding_Sulla to Usagi_yo

    I think the word you wanted was artifact (of another day’s view of prosecutors) rather than anachronism. An anachronism would be something of today oddly assigned to an earlier time rather than something of an earlier time found today.

  • Sexy Conservatives Will Out-Breed Barren Liberals

    04/20/2015 8:56:04 AM PDT · 59 of 110
    Avoiding_Sulla to House Atreides

    you are simply repeating yourself. Shouting at the top of your lungs doesn’t make it less so.

    And given you evaded addressing the question put to you, you have a lot of gall projecting defeatism on others.

  • Sexy Conservatives Will Out-Breed Barren Liberals

    04/20/2015 8:35:51 AM PDT · 56 of 110
    Avoiding_Sulla to GOPBiker

    We seem to be in agreement. See comment number 40. The man I asked to come up with a better idea so far has had better things to do. Time will tell if he groks what you have.

    That will be when he finally stops insisting (even to those who have always voted) that all they simply need to do is do the exact same thing some more.

  • Sexy Conservatives Will Out-Breed Barren Liberals

    04/20/2015 6:37:41 AM PDT · 40 of 110
    Avoiding_Sulla to House Atreides
      ‘…Europe went Full Socialist and gave up. Carter’s malaise has been a reality in Europe for generations. What was four years in America was forty years in Europe. The American left’s great ambitions; bureaucratic rule, international impotence, national health care, endless education, environmental correctness and childbirth replaced by immigration were realized in Europe. And they killed Europe.

      Now they’re killing America.’ -- Daniel Greenfield, The Death of the Left

    There are so many lying pols with a full support network like our Soviet-style media, that the political process has become the equivalent of war, where the ruling class is at war with its intended subjects -- that's you.

    It's not about out-breeding the Left and the GOPe (but I repeat myself), it's about recognizing they have taken over the institutions that were built to protect citizens from becoming subjects. And they did that using all the tricks in Alinsky's playbook, the nastiest of which was insisting that YOU play by your rules (such as giving them the benefit of the doubt) while they lied their way into power.

    Lying and disinformation are very useful in war, and it's not clear that you have caught on yet.

    Why? Because your solution appears to be vote and pray the pol you voted for isn't one of THEM.

    What else you got?

  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

  • Young Jupiter wiped out solar system's early inner planets, study says

    04/13/2015 8:45:25 AM PDT · 20 of 20
    Avoiding_Sulla to SunkenCiv

    Ah. I see it now. ;)

    Did you notice that there’s no indication of any historical involvement. Perish the thought.

  • Mike Pence Promises To Fix Indiana Law So It Bars Discrimination (caves to gaystapo)

    03/31/2015 12:13:59 PM PDT · 71 of 133
    Avoiding_Sulla to stephenjohnbanker

    I went to bed thinking highly of Pence only to awaken to our latest “cave”man.

    P.S. No insult intended of neanderthals. We know they had spines.

  • McCain: Palin would ‘do great’ as presidential candidate

    02/03/2015 8:00:25 PM PST · 50 of 50
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie

    Shortly after I began watching this video , I remembered you had written this line “She’s devolving into a professional cheerleader.”

    You positively nailed it. And whatever the assets of this cause (convention of the states), I find her pixyish delivery with eye popping and eye shifting to be decidedly unserious under the circumstances — the terrible erosion by all three branches of the Federal government on the constitutional limits placed on them that the convention of the states is allegedly the cure for.

    I find it hard to call Mark Levin an ass, but he is definitely out to lunch for lauding this video. I fear it proves that he is no different that any other celebrity idol-worshiper. God help us.

  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 4:41:20 PM PST · 25 of 25
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie

    Strike civilized. [cringes]

    Make that “the rational, the right, way.”

  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 4:33:56 PM PST · 24 of 25
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie
    Gain the agreement before those offering it know what they've done or whom they have backed. Use that opening to teach more of the remaining content.

    Maybe I'm just over the hill, but I have no idea what this means.

    Look, I pray your technique succeeds. It is the civilized way. Thus, there's the rub. What I warned Don of at the bottom of 17 certainly pertains to you.

  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 3:09:51 PM PST · 22 of 25
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie
      We could, but that cuts to your other point about conservatives being individuals. Good thought btw.
    Egad man, how? I know you have been collecting facts and proving your theories, but have you been offering a course on counter-Prog tactics? I'm talking about countering such tactics that previously would charge you with falsehoods, shout nonsense just to drown you out, and suddenly change schedules and venues so you don't even get to attend or be published. Short of training snipers I mean.
  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 1:22:27 PM PST · 19 of 25
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie
    thanks a bunch.

    I was NOT deriding your tireless work, which is far in excess to my own. I was bemoaning knowing of a tactical training program where more people could do the kind of things needed to derail the Progs tactic in advancing their agenda. Being filled with facts and knowledge and eloquence clearly is not enough.

    And I surely hope you continue to make gains. The truth does matter.

    The thing is, those newly informed minor bureaucrats have to be able to keep their jobs. They WILL run into apparatchiks who will softly say things like "you're smart enough to know which side is the right one."

    And should they fail to respond "well" to such suggestions, they will hear something like "I thought you were smart" at their exit interview.

    The CAGW climate scam is more reliant on their Soviet-Style media (SSM) than on the actual number of climate scientist who are listed in the "consensus." But that doesn't mean that climate scientists can be assured they'll get their next research grant if they don't bow in the right direction when called on to do so. Same with Forestry Service and Interior bureaucrats. It's one thing for them to have their eyes opened by you, entirely another to buck the nefarious system that seeks to grows the department they work in (with them or without them).

    We live in much nastier times.

  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 1:02:57 PM PST · 18 of 25
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie

    I think I was exposed to it at about the same time. Do you remember the Concord Coalition meetings held around the country? The one I attended was staged at Occidental College. That ring a bell? :(

  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 1:00:15 PM PST · 17 of 25
    Avoiding_Sulla to Don W
    Thanks Don. I see that one of the key attributes to counter the strategies is to have a group committed to fighting the facilitators.

    My being an often irascible and stand-alone individual, even had I known of such countermeasures and practiced them, it might not have worked even with prearranged and practiced allies.

    Apparently something similar to my failures have been true for many others as well, because the Progs have advanced far too well despite this knowledge. So? How often has it worked? Seeing the power of the GOPe and the weakness of conservative pubbies, I'm surmising: not yet enough.

    The Collectivists work well because they are NOT individualists first. They want power, individuals mostly want to be left alone, tending only get involved when push comes to shove. I always wished I knew what path worked to get more of us to take a long view so as to necessitate involvement. I regret I gave into despair after many failures. I am to blame for those failures. They were mostly due to my inability to build such needed blocs before confrontations with the enemy.

    And now, I'm old and tired. I wish it were not so, but even when young I tended to write with a Jeremiad tone. My failings need not be those of the next generation, and I hope it learns from errors such as mine. I surely wish you better success.

    I sincerely hope you can convince younger people to do what I could not persevere at.

    One more thing though. This discussion of counter tactics was devised before the Left started to deploy more fascistic types. In this day of shameless lying, the "knock-out" game and jihadi-like masked thugs, all but feigned niceties have been pretty much disappeared. Any countering group need to have strong security even as it attempts to appear unconnected to each other, else they are apt to be targets as individuals going out the door (and maybe even on a meeting floor).

    We have arrived at trying times.

  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 9:53:56 AM PST · 13 of 25
    Avoiding_Sulla to Carry_Okie
    When was the last time your read your conclusion at that link? Have you ever considered backing off a bit on your condemnation of "we?" Because so few of us individuals have the power you imply to actually even slow the collective.

      This problem with electrical energy is but one of many markets infested with the NRDC, which is involved in everything from water to "air quality." Hopefully, the scope and depth of this story has convinced you that the problem is systemic. The NRDC is but one of many such hired guns for the foundations playing the great mercantilist game. So to start, just remember: We asked for this.

      We asked for this when we invested in government the power to regulate instead of holding our judges and representatives accountable. We asked for this when we demanded collective and coercive powers over private property. We created the demand when we did not realize that failure to pay our brethren for the environmental services we were demanding is what led them to race to the bottom. We did this to ourselves when we did not seek means to verify the truth, instead of allowing the media to herd us around like frightened lemmings. We did this to ourselves when we bought into the idea of compulsory government education. We did this to ourselves when we instituted an income tax that violated once almost-sacred standards of individual privacy. We did this to ourselves when we instituted regulatory power. We did this to ourselves when we instituted the legislative power to define tax-exemption in a system of laws supposedly delivering "equal protection." We did this to ourselves when we forced insurers to charge the same price for coverage without regard to customer behavior.

      In short, this problem started when we began hiring bureaucrats and police to force others to do our collective will, instead of forcing our representatives to abide by the principles to which we supposedly ascribe: limited government, unalienable rights, private property, and free enterprise, all operating under a system of simple laws adjudicated by courts with fully empowered and competent juries. It is only when we stop meddling with families and take the reins of our government while simultaneously respecting its limits that this mess will truly begin to change. It starts in the individual heart, hearing the limits we were given on Mount Sinai, and learning to see them in the faces of our brothers and sisters. It is only then that we can stop wasting the vast bulk of our work in trying to control each other. It starts in the heart, which hears from the mind. So if this message has meant anything to you, I ask that you teach it.

    It's been more than a dozen years since you wrote that C_O. You mentioned Hegelian and other influences in another comment today or yesterday. How much of that "we did this to ourselves" was in actually foisted upon us by something akin to the Dephi Technique? And who amongst us knows what countermeasures work against such subterfuge and can teach it? I don't know of anyone; do you?

    And maybe I ought to have written "could have taught it," because I'm pretty sure we are beyond the point of solving any of our problems pedagogically.