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Posts by pickrell

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  • A Black Libertarianís Thoughts on the Confederate Flag: No One "Won" the Civil War

    06/26/2015 6:23:55 AM PDT · 3 of 84
    pickrell to SeekAndFind

    I would have to say that this post is the most in-depth and reasoned examination of the causes and results of the civil war that I have read in years.
    It is for opinions like this that I pull up Freerepublic on a regular basis.
    Kudos to the author.

  • The word Taliban means...

    12/16/2014 10:35:03 AM PST · 1 of 17
  • Separation

    10/09/2014 3:13:50 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    pickrell to conservatism_IS_compassion
    "But that leaves me with a problem - what do I do from here?"

    A vast number of people in this country have the same problem. The rage is that what is so apparent, what yields so surely after a little honest thought, seems to be something not communicable to the other side.

    In my years, I have often wondered how the German people allowed the Nazis to rise? How did the North Koreans allow themselves to be sold into hopelessness? Why would any of the subject populations of brutalized countries accept their fate with seeming timidity?

    Nearer to home, figuratively, why does Hollywood always assume that numerous minions are always available to do the bidding of whatever bad guy the plot constructs? Wouldn't you think that they all understand what happens in the last act?

    I've come to understand that some tragedies cannot be prevented, and that is the saddest blow to befall me as I near retirement. There will be no magic moment where the dark side suddenly realizes and confesses the error of their ways. No happy ending will occur after the forces of good wipe them out afterward.

    And that is because ignorance feels better than understanding. That having someone tell you that someone else caused "all of that", whatever "that" may be, will always appeal more than facing consequences for your choices. For that is what life is- a collection of your choices, and those choices which were made for you by people who just knew what was good for you- often before you were even born. It is those choices which will strictly shape your opportunities.

    Yes, there will be blood on the concrete before this long vandalism spree slows. And that is because the cycle of creative destruction among free individuals will always occur. Sometimes the building outpaces the burning down. Sometimes not.

    It is only after they sell themselves into chains, that populations realize what the actual cost of "free" is. And by that time it will be a repeat of the soviets, dancing at their victory in 1917, and then never being allowed to dance again for 80 long years, long after the dancers were dead. But long enough for them all first to see 10 million or more of their fellow dancers killed by not just the champion of the people, Stalin, but mainly by those minions he gathered around himself to do his bidding.

    Do you want power and wealth- then learn to gather minions around you. But you have to want it really bad.

    Do what you can, but don't think that the bill will not be paid. The advantage will lie with those snakey enough to maneuver others into paying the bill. This is what they train for, and always will- this is what our system has been corrupted into.

    Just realize that you aren't the only one.

    We all have failed. We had no real chance to do otherwise, if we were to provide for our families, rather than enter the zealot ring.

  • Separation

    10/07/2014 3:37:36 PM PDT · 12 of 14
    pickrell to conservatism_IS_compassion

    Well thought out, well written.

  • Separation

    10/07/2014 8:46:03 AM PDT · 1 of 14
  • Watch & Learn From These Epic Gun Failures (VIDEO)

    04/13/2014 8:43:07 AM PDT · 4 of 27
    pickrell to TheProducer

    There would appear to be a different video attached rather than one of gun safety.

  • How they sabotaged us...

    10/31/2013 1:00:10 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    pickrell to lee martell
    "..There are millions of Low Info voters ready to believe this, make no mistake.."

    You're right. And that's why my despair is so deep.

  • How they sabotaged us...

    10/31/2013 10:32:57 AM PDT · 1 of 8
  • No Apologies for the Bomb: History easily justifies what was done in Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    08/08/2013 10:28:40 AM PDT · 118 of 140
    pickrell to SeekAndFind
    "..They attempted to place the Emperor under house arrest, using the 2nd Brigade Imperial Guard Infantry. They failed to persuade the Eastern District Army (Japan) and the high command of the Imperial Japanese Army to move forward with the action. Due to their failure to convince the remaining army to oust the Imperial House of Japan, they ultimately committed suicide in traditional Japanese form..."

    I believe it was the first book you referenced, "Downfall: The end of the Imperial Japanese Empire", that I remember. I read it so many years ago that I couldn't recall the title.

    One of the points I was making was that the coup started when a number of field-grade (Majors and Lieutenant Colonels) officers took it upon themselves to "protect" the emperor, not depose him, by surrounding the imperial residence and cutting him off from any further traitorous advice. This shot my eyebrows upwards, because I would have thought that an adventure reserved for the highest level of general officers.

    I don't believe that those officers, however, so steeped in Bushido, would have harmed the Emperor in any way, and wouldn't have dreamed of ousting the Imperial House. This transcended politics and was religion.

    Their target was to destroy the rescript, the first actual recording of the emperor's voice ever played over the radio, not the emperor himself. He could be contained merely by throwing a protective "cordon" around the residence, and thereby eliminating all communication except what flowed through them.

    It is amazing what depths people worldwide can fall to when they have convinced themselves that they are acting to "save the nation". And how no limits apply to them in their zeal and righteousness.

    I don't recall anything about a counterfeited order from the emperor, but I have lost much through the aging process, so it was probably so.

    The danger is in how determined, finatic groups, once they put the pieces in place, can seize control of a government, by controlling the flow of information.

  • No Apologies for the Bomb: History easily justifies what was done in Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    08/06/2013 11:12:13 AM PDT · 89 of 140
    pickrell to SeekAndFind
    What may not be widely known is that after the first bomb was dropped, and the Emperor's advisers were attempting to end the war, a coup was begun by a number of military field-grade officers.

    A number of people were killed, as these finatics attempted to find and destroy the Imperial rescript (a recording of the Emperor's capitulation for radio broadcast to the Japanese people). This recording was hidden for several days by a couple of very brave servants during the coup and eventually, after the coup began to fall apart, was spirited into the radio station, and transmitted.

    Only then could the plotters no longer maintain that they were acting on behalf of Hirohito, who they had claimed was being "betrayed by a cabal of cowards in the cabinet."

    The story of the coup itself makes fascinating reading, but I just can't remember the name of the book, after all these years. I'll bet it could be found on the internet, though.

  • Vanity: The right strategy

    10/24/2012 5:59:55 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    pickrell to Ronin
    "..He’s staying out of the way and letting the Democrats and their media flunkies flail about like demented chickens.."

    Good line.

  • Vanity: The right strategy

    10/24/2012 5:56:09 AM PDT · 11 of 13
    pickrell to boop
    "..He had to realize that he needs some leverage when he's the Commander in Chief. JMHO.."

    Exactly right.

  • Vanity: The right strategy

    10/23/2012 9:31:42 PM PDT · 1 of 13
  • The right strategy

    10/23/2012 9:31:33 PM PDT · 1 of 4
  • "Help! I've debated and I can't get up...!"

    10/19/2012 7:06:50 AM PDT · 1 of 3
  • Improving attendance..

    09/09/2012 8:14:47 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    pickrell to A.A. Cunningham
    "Where’s the link?

    I have no link... just a stack of newspapers. I suspect that you may be able to google the Columbus Dispatch and pull up electronic versions of the story.

    I haven't since I'm a dinosaur who likes paper.

  • Improving attendance..

    09/08/2012 3:47:16 PM PDT · 1 of 13
  • That liberty guy...

    06/26/2012 7:30:27 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    pickrell to kingcanuteus
    "..What were the 10 amendments by Henry that were not included?.."

    Some were folded into the ten which did pass. This may not have been such a good idea.

    For instance, the First Amendment combines a strong statement warning the government to keep it's nose out of the religion business, with a separate freedom included for persons and the press to speak without fear of being arrested. Yet a third part, adding that of being able to gather together in groups without arrest, was also thrown in.

    These 3 concepts were crunched together, with "excess wording" minimized, into the First Amendment.

    The problem is that due to the brevity of the final wording, all of these freedoms have come under revisionist attack by persons or interests who wish to "clarify" what was meant. A fuller more ironclad wording would have been possible if the freedoms had not been so compressed, for the sake of brevity, perhaps, or elegance, or even to save the trees from their paper fate...

    Only the courts now can protect the rights of the citizens, when they are not busy "reading new, previously unimagined rights" into the Constitution. Sadly, this protection is often from the Supreme Court itself. Warren vs Roberts.

    In fairness to Madison, and the rest, I can envision them saying in good faith, "How much more plainly need it be said?" since they originally didn't think it needed written down at all. "What part of inalienable don't you understand?"

  • That liberty guy...

    06/25/2012 8:29:33 PM PDT · 6 of 8
    pickrell to SES1066
    "...I am ALWAYS dumbfounded at our collective luck in having this group of practical idealists for the founders of our country..."

    It makes you wonder just how many other times in history a similar push for liberty occurred, in some unknown and so unremarked place. But the simple lack of a Patrick Henry, a Madison, or a Washington, or all three, at the critical time, doomed the effort to failure.

    But I guess that only in the one unlikely instance where it all came together at once, as you say, here in the U.S., would we be free and able to remark on it now...

    In the other instances the less fortunate wouldn't know what they missed, and so wouldn't miss it.

    Or is that to simplistic?

  • That liberty guy...

    06/25/2012 12:37:21 PM PDT · 1 of 8
  • Climate Change Catastrophe Averted, what next from the hysteriocracy?

    06/24/2012 2:51:09 PM PDT · 15 of 20
    pickrell to SamuraiScot
    "Climate change" isn't a theory, so much as a political prejudice and grant-seeking strategy...

    Exceptionally well put. A shame we can't get those words onto the news wires...

  • Climate Change Catastrophe Averted, what next from the hysteriocracy?

    06/24/2012 6:37:10 AM PDT · 1 of 20
    Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change...

    The implications were extraordinary...

    Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory. Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic....

    Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millennium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, Lovelock acknowledged, “the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.” Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he delivers more bombshells sure to anger the global green movement, which for years worshipped his Gaia theory and apocalyptic predictions that billions would die from man-made climate change by the end of this century.....

  • Survey says...

    06/09/2012 8:44:28 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    pickrell to Corwin of Amber; richmwill; WVNan

    Thank you, sirs!

  • Survey says...

    06/09/2012 8:41:58 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    pickrell to SES1066
    "Excellent thought but does have a degree of danger when confronting a public ‘Institution’..."

    Good point. And like an idiot, I made the decision long ago to post under my real name! Oh well, I await the slings and arrows...

    Thanks for the reply.

  • Survey says...

    06/09/2012 10:51:11 AM PDT · 1 of 7
  • Moving the market..

    06/07/2012 7:17:16 AM PDT · 1 of 3
    Seems reasonable.
  • We're all Wisconsiners today..

    06/06/2012 7:00:27 AM PDT · 1 of 11
  • The town criers..

    05/03/2012 11:02:12 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    pickrell to CentreRight
    I just noticed that the "Thank you for the excellent analysis.." which I thought was posted months ago.. apparently didn't get posted.

    My apologies.

    My thanks.

  • A time for apologies..

    04/18/2012 11:47:34 AM PDT · 1 of 5
  • The luxury..

    04/12/2012 11:43:04 AM PDT · 1 of 24
  • Who cried out?

    04/02/2012 8:27:55 PM PDT · 1 of 28
  • The danger of incompetence..

    03/10/2012 7:32:24 PM PST · 11 of 11
    pickrell to JerseyanExile
    "...The law of unintended consequences. History is replete with other examples..."

    You are a very clear-visioned man, sir.

  • The danger of incompetence..

    03/10/2012 7:19:27 PM PST · 10 of 11
    pickrell to kenavi
    "...I have never seen such a balanced, and believable account. Who are you?..."

    I'm nobody, really. I just write occasional essays for anyone who might be interested. I thank you for the compliment. If anyone finds it interesting, then the time was worth it to write it. It's why many of us post stuff every once in a while. :-)

  • The danger of incompetence..

    03/10/2012 1:29:35 PM PST · 1 of 11
    So much more to the story, but already over limit- lengthwise. Maybe commenters can fill in more.
  • The town criers..

    02/05/2012 9:51:55 AM PST · 7 of 10
    pickrell to jmacusa
    “Several atomic bombs’’? Two is now considered ‘’several’’?

    You are right aboout the word. I tend to think as I am writing and thinking ahead, of "several" also encompassing two, but the dictionary defines it as "more than two but not many." A better phrase to relieve umbrage may have been "a pair of bombs."

    I've made the error no more than a handfull of times... :-)

  • The town criers..

    02/04/2012 9:21:15 PM PST · 1 of 10
    There are several awesome books on the last days of Imperial Japan. Unfortunately there are few good ones on the phenomena of national suicides.
  • Two rules for Sister Sarah

    01/05/2012 7:00:55 PM PST · 13 of 13
    pickrell to fr_freak; 2ndDivisionVet; lainde; marron
    "..Just a little nitpick here: in "Two Mules for Sister Sarah", Shirley Maclaine played a whore pretending to be a nun so the gunslinger would protect her. That takes the analogy to a new level. While that analogy doesn't apply to Palin, it does apply to many of our politicians.."

    Actually, you are right. But it's been 30 plus years since I saw the movie, and my memory slid a bit. Still, the metaphor holds.

    Rather than answering the Democrats by creating an attack-puke like Carville, I like the idea instead of a strong woman bringing home "Rat Patrol" stinging attacks that rock the Democrats back on the defensive.

    As successfully as she has done that, a 2012 Republican President would be a fool not to talk her into accepting some highly media-visible position within his administration.

    For 8 years she could continually drive the liberals to appoplexy, so constantly enraged that they would be rendered nearly impotent. And all the while, if positioned wisely, she could act as a first responder to media drive-bys, with the help of a research staff of fast, clever assistants.

    Think then of 8 solid years of such seasoning, and imagine her as a candidate then. We would own this country for decades!!

    Let us use our assets, gentlemen, and play to their greatest strengths.

  • Two rules for Sister Sarah

    01/03/2012 10:27:24 PM PST · 1 of 13
  • Ohio guards its rights

    11/09/2011 8:11:18 AM PST · 1 of 13
  • Witches Common on Philippine Island

    10/31/2011 8:58:19 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    pickrell to pickrell

    Incidentally, the “skin condition which wouldn’t go away” was called koricong. We know it as scabies. The best way to treat it was, and is, with Quell lotion, and simultaneously boiling all of the clothes and bedding materials to kill the parasites and their nits.

  • Witches Common on Philippine Island

    10/31/2011 8:54:28 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    pickrell to nickcarraway
    When I was stationed at Clark Air Force Base, which was at Angeles City in the PI, we heard tales of the traditional medicine men, called albularios (spelling is phonetic, since I never saw it written.) I'd have to say, though, I never heard of witches as your article describes.

    When any culture is as poor as the filipinos were back in the 1970's, then any hope of solace, even from a charlatan, can have a placebo value.

    My girlfriend's family home up in the mountains on Luzon, had several small mounds behind the house. Back then, a smallpox vaccination was beyond the means of many. They were buried with love next to the home they knew so briefly.

    No albulario ever cured smallpox, though many survived riddled thereafter with pox scars. The key to the successful albulario was to claim credit for those who did survive.

    The biggest killer was pneumonia, and the clever albulario, which I actually saw, would massage the newspapers out, which had accumulated in the lungs of the unfortunate patient! You had to watch very sharp to note the trick (shirtsleeve into hand and then visibly- apparently out of the mouth!) To the desparate, the need to believe that a cure was happening would prevent too close an eye on the albulario. Then, the patient either lived or died- the albulario long since having been paid for his "work".

    Before we get judgemental, however, we need to personally experience and survive the crushing poverty. Only then can we understand the market value of a tiny thread of hope.

  • Army Guys

    10/04/2011 9:47:18 PM PDT · 1 of 11
    In olden days....
  • The Chicken Little Franchise

    05/20/2011 10:44:39 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    pickrell to RedStateRocker
    "...Well, to a lesser degree, folks who believe in the Rapture are a mite embarrassing for those of us who figure the point is to live the way we should rather than hankering for an End Of Days with longing and a perverse glee in the anticipation of the punishment of sinners. John can get away with ‘come soon Lord Jesus’, anyone else is being an immature pain in the butt and should spend their time, thought and treasure caring for the poor, the sick and those in prison rather than lustfully anticipating *anyone* being punished, speculating about the Antichrist and bickering over pre trib vs post trib..."

    That is one of the most thoughtful statements I have read in awhile. It is refreshing to know that folks who think like you exist. Sad, however, that I don't see that many in my daily life. Maybe that is more a statement about me, though! Thanks for the reply.

  • The Chicken Little Franchise

    05/20/2011 8:07:15 AM PDT · 1 of 7
  • Leading indicators..

    04/04/2011 8:03:12 AM PDT · 1 of 3
  • An Open Letter To Sarah Palin (Past And Present)

    02/15/2011 9:10:45 PM PST · 26 of 34
    pickrell to 2ndDivisionVet
    The open letter intends to illustrate that Sarah Palin has changed. It rambles so badly that it fails to examine with any clarity just what changes the author imagines.

    And yet, the worth of this article lies not in what changes may have occurred in Sarah, but rather why committed liberals never change.

    Sadly the author hasn't the capacity to look backwards as well as forwards, and adjust his views of the world based upon results and experiences.

    This is an author, who, when the last global warmist is finally ridiculed from the public square, will not use that as a chastening lesson to himself about being a dupe to leftist causes. He won't examine all that he was prepared to sacrifice of himself and others- simply because he was too suggestible and controllable.

    When the western economy collapses over the insanity of debt-driven 'prosperity', and we begin the long hard struggle to rebuild- this will be one of those who weep on the curbside that those who won't work are going to go hungry, now. And doesn't learn a damn thing from the catastrophy.

    So, sadly, there really is no redeeming value of knowing him, no existential angst about the loss of a fool, who functioned not as a thinking man, but merely as a biological tape recorder, repeating things he didn't understand, couldn't verify on his own, never conceived of doubting- thoroughly convinced that anyone who deviates from the party line...

    ... has "changed". What a waste of protein.

  • Hearth & Home

    01/25/2011 12:05:38 PM PST · 1 of 4
  • Risky Tax Scheme..

    01/14/2011 9:46:58 PM PST · 15 of 15
    pickrell to gloryblaze
    "..NOW is the time for a conservative in Congress to propose that when the 2% comes back, it does not go into the so-called “lock box”, but rather is invested in an individual account in the employee’s name that he can’t touch until he is eligible to draw Social Security.."

    "..Is that not exactly what Bush tried to do, and all heck broke loose? Which is the OP’s point..."

    Spot on, gloryblaze. The difference may be that this time we have hard evidence in our hands, and a vastly expanded organizational awareness, thanks to Freerepublic and the tea partiers, so that we could just possibly pressure the House to pass legislation exactly like Bush, So Cal Rocket and you have mentioned.

    Don't bemoan if it gets vetoed- MAKE him veto it! November 2012 is coming up, and we need that. If not now, when?

  • Risky Tax Scheme..

    01/14/2011 11:20:32 AM PST · 1 of 15
  • í09 parole of officerís killer gets hard look

    12/29/2010 10:59:56 AM PST · 33 of 35
    pickrell to mmercier
    "..It has been going on for a long time here; it is all we know.

    Cops hate this $hit, but all will be forgiven tomorrow. Then the never ending contract negotiations will continue with the pigs who kill their brothers and sisters..."

    What you say is true, of course, but then we all see Morgan Freeman play his part again as the reconstructed con in the "Shawshank Redemption", and we suddenly realize, again, that inside every killer is a warm and fuzzy angel just waiting to get out... and armed again.