Never Forget…

Last weekend, I was playing pool volleyball with a friend and his girlfriend’s family.  The score was 9 to 11 when the other team’s server called out “9-11, never forget…”   I completed the phrase in my mind “…that building 7 was not hit by a plane.”

Remember building seven?  Before the volleyball match, earlier that week, I was talking to a twenty year old intern at work who was complaining about how the patriot act was instituted and still remains today.  He was in public school’s fourth grade in September 2001.

I made some comment to him about how much most Citizens of the United States of America were upset about the “demolition of WTC buildings 1, 2 and 7.”  It’s at that point, for the first time in his life, he heard that a third building in the WTC complex was demolished on September 11, 2001.  That made me wonder how many others don’t know about building 7.

I explained to him  that the 9-11 commission report fails to mention the total collapse of 47-story steel-framed skyscraper Building 7 at 5:20 on the day of the attack.  He accused me of making that up so I encouraged his independent scholarship of the topic. Many, like him, are still learning; here’s your chance…

Speech Is Being Peanilized in the United States of America

Speech is protected by our Constitution no matter if it’s right, false or undesirable. However, our executive and judiciary are penalizing speech.

Great thinkers of our past have realized that free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection. Why is it that we, who officially value freedom of speech above life itself, seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather?

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
-Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
-George Washington

Please take a look at the following news story where a person was put in prison simply for his speech.

Pastor Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Teaching That Parents Should Spank Their Children

 

The Jones Plantation

What you have been taught about government and politics is no more accurate and reasonable than what Mr. Smith teaches his slaves in this story.

One cannot change reality by changing the words you use to describe reality. Look beneath the rhetoric, and glimpse the truth.

Blanket or Sheet?

While putting my tantrum-throwing 2 year old in bed for a nap, I used a common strategy employed by the American political system. In a calm voice I asked her, “Would you like a blanket or a sheet?” When she replied that she would like a blanket, her fight was over.

Thus it is with sleeping Americans today. Democrat or Republican? we are asked, though both sides are ballooning the government just the same. If anyone puts up a fight we are told to choose the lesser of two evils, never stopping to admit that this is still choosing to side with evil.

 

Heed Your Own Advice, Boomers!

We would sit down after school to relax and unwind in front of the Television.  Half-way into the plot you come in and say, “What are you watching now?  Get up and do something, blah blah blah.”  If you really think we weren’t doing anything for the 8 hours you got rid of us in government school, maybe you should have sent us elsewhere.  Then in church the pastor hounds us some more, “Try giving up TV for a week, blah blah.”  Why are half his “sermon” anecdotes relating to a show he watched while stuffing oreos?

 

But now the truth comes out.  You were the one watching trash while we slept.  You were the ones laughing at the immoral jokes and caring about what the adulterer did next.  Worse yet, you are the ones believing every word the lying, truth-hating “reporters” tell you about my country and about a liberty-loving man named Ron Paul.  This is why the boob-toob watching statistics line up with the voting ages.  HEED YOUR OWN ADVICE, BOOMERS!

This younger generation is fed up with all the wars and the government telling us what to put in our bodies.  We’re sick of you stealing from our paychecks because you were the ones stupid enough to trust the government with your money.  Maybe your vote fraud will work for now, but we have one thing that you don’t – TIME.  If we have to wait for you to eat yourselves to death we will.  While you’re sitting in front of the TV, we’re researching GMOs online.  While you’re absorbing all the drug commercials, we’re at the local market buying grass-fed beef.  Swallow all those pills the doctors said were necessary; we aren’t, and we are taking over next!  USA LIBRE!

 

The Deceitfulness of Riches

David and I were musing over a nice anniversary dinner when I remembered a seemingly small event that, in retrospect, may have transformed our lives for the better. After about a year of being married, we decided to get cable. We had not gotten it earlier on the advice of a marriage book. But as we stood waiting at the cable kiosk in the busy Plaza Las Americas mall, no one showed up. Perhaps he was at lunch or flirting with a girl or got distracted by a nearby shoe sale. Whatever the case, after ten or fifteen minutes we gave up and left.

Seven years of commercial, TV-free-life later, we realize it may have been Providence. Everywhere we look people are greedy for more things, and dissatisfied with their own looks, possessions, and lives. And how could they not be? They spend hours looking at gadgets they don’t have, people who are skinnier and more beautiful than them, who live in perfectly clean, gigantic houses, and laugh all day long. How can one not be depressed and envious after bombarding the mind with that?

Everyone knows the rich people aren’t happy. Countless times they blot themselves out of this world as a result. Yet the poor masses sit back and think, “What a waste. I would surely be happy with all those riches.” And therein lies the deceit. Don’t believe it. You will not be the first person in history to be made happy by riches.

Mark 4:18-19
And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mathew 19:24
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Protective Tariff Wall Coming Down on Brazilian Ethanol

The United States Congress ended a tariff on imported Brazilian ethanol and also ended the corn subsidy that cost taxpayers an estimated $45 Billion since 1980.

This is a victory for free-trade and a major loss for the corn lobby.  The fact is that this 30-year taxpayer subsidization of the corn industry had the effect of securing a higher price for farmers during that period than would have otherwise existed.  The adverse effect for the farmers now is that a much lower price than would otherwise have existed will be brought about; this must happen.  Inefficient producers will be driven out of the market by this fall in price.

Now let’s examine the removal of this protective tariff on imported ethanol from Brazil.  Brazil may be the world’s most efficient producer of ethanol; they use sugarcane instead of corn.  Since we couldn’t produce ethanol as cheaply as Brazil, we erected a “protective tariff wall” that would tax the import offsetting the difference in price.  Without this tariff, U.S. consumers would have chosen Brazilian ethanol over the more expensive domestic product.

In The Wealth of Nations, Published in 1776, Adam Smith rested his case for free trade on one fundamental proposition:

“In every country it always is and must be the interest of the great body of the people to buy whatever they want of those who sell it cheapest.” “The proposition is so very manifest,…that it seems ridiculous to take any pains to prove it; nor could it ever have been called in question, had not the interested sophistry of merchants and manufacturers confounded the common sense of mankind.”

It’s better for us to buy ethanol from Brazil than attempt to make it here.  Adam Smith continues:

“It is the maxim of every prudent master of a family, never to attempt to make at home what it will cost him more to make than to buy. The tailor does not attempt to make his own shoes, but buys them of the shoe maker. The shoemaker does not attempt to make his own clothes, but employs a tailor. The farmer attempts to make neither the one nor the other, but employs those different artificers. All of them find it for their interest to employ their whole industry in a way in which they have some advantage over their neighbors, and to purchase with a part of its produce, or what is the same thing, with the price of a part of it, whatever else they have occasion for. What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.”