The Happy Slave

This is my surrender to the Powers that Be, who wish we all were just happy little slaves, tooling along without a care in the world, doing what our better-educated masters tell us to do, not daring to step out of line. I'm so bad at surrender...

Location: Indianapolis, United States

I'm an old-fashioned Get-out-of-my-face-atarian. So long as the gubmint left me alone, I had no problems with it. Gubmint wants to run my life, so I'm doing something about it. (Not just blogging, either.)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

More stupid politician tricks!

Note that I've edited this post a bit—the edit is at the end, but I'm keeping the inflammatory start. It is what I originally wrote, after all.

There are times when I'm happy to sit back and let politicians be morons. There are times when I just don't get irked. It even amuses me. One of these times has occurred. The neofascist Council of Chicago has passed an ordinance requiring a minimum wage of $10.00 an hour plus $3.00/hour worth of fringies. This is the same lunatic, hardcore totalitarian council with a member that is trying to outlaw french fries, in case you forgot. Of course, as is to be expected, it is infested with Democrats.

But, as I said, this time, it doesn't annoy me. Yes, I think it's stupid, but it's not infuriating, its funny. I hope that Hizzona Junior signs the darn legislation, or even better, that he vetoes it and the veto is overriden. I want Chicago to impose a $10.00 per hour minimum wage on itself. I want Chicago to suffer the consequences, and I want the rest of the country to see what happens afterwards.

Me, I don't live in Chicago, I haven't even visited the town in years, although I do admit to some affection for the waterfront and the Cubs. So I hope this ordinance passes, I hope it is enforced, and I will be greatly amused at the results.

Added on my lunch break. I should say that, for all I know, I could be wrong, this might work out. If so, then that would also be a good thing. If Chicago flushes itself down the toilet, then this only proves me right. If Chicago actually pulls off a hat trick, then this is a significant enough change from the status quo to be worth further investigation. I still think they'll suffer for it. I only hope the court challenges fail. This law should be allowed to inflict its full effect on Chicago, for good or for ill. We all stand to learn a lot from it one way or another.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The priviliged press vs. the truth

It's not often that I say much about other blogs, but one has caught my eye enough to merit comment. The Indianapolis Star has a section called "Expresso", which is used by the newspaper's staff as a bully pulpit. For the most part, it isn't too bad, but recently, one Star writer decided to use it to dishonestly cheer for some pretty stupid laws. Indiana, in some attempt to give the illusion of "doing something" about homemade methamphetamine, decided to pass restrictions on cold tablets worthy of the most totalitarian of police states. Recently, a national report was released indicating an overall drop in methamphetamine use in the workplace. Now enter the dishonest Indy Star employee. First, she mentioned the report. Okay. Then she mentioned testimony by our "drug czar" that methamphetamine abuse is declining. Now is where Beth Murphy ceases being a reporter and, instead, becomes a well-paid liar. She all but flatly states that the decline in nationwide methamphetamine abuse is due to Indiana's draconian cold tablet law.

I looked at the report and read the testimony. Nowhere in the report is there a head-to-head comparison between Indiana and states that do not have a similar law nor laws. Likewise, our "dug czar" did not mention the state of Indiana in his testimony. Nevertheless, Ms. Murphy decided that she would misrepresent these two events as directly reporting conditions in Indiana. It is possible for methamphetamine abuse in Indiana to actually increase while it decreases nationwide. I doubt that it has. However, I also doubt that methamphetamine abuse has decreased in Indiana at rates significantly faster than seen in states without our stupid cold pill law. But truth and honesty appear mean nothing to Ms. Murphy—she just wants to foist her government–worshipping, enslve the people agenda, and she's happy to use her priviliged position at the Indianapolis Star to do so, no matter how much much the truth has to be stretched.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Idealists make bad leaders

Those of us who have not turned politics into a religion are not at all surprised at what is happening right now in the Middle East. But for totalitarian cultists, the only response to failure is to indulge in the mental disease of "harder–faster", as my old fencing master used to put it. What I mean by harder–faster is to respond to failure by merely repeating the exact same failed act, but just do it harder and faster. Then it must work, since there is no way that your dearly–held political dogmas could ever be wrong–headed and outright delusional. According to political cultists, the only way to get a failed policy to work is to just do it over and over. In other words, indulge in mental illness—do the same thing over and over and expect different results.

Today, the current crop of cultists in charge are proving that dogmatic politics and mental illness are pretty much the same thing. As George Will mentions, radical voices are calling for the USA to start yet another war. This time, the lunatics are gunning for Iran.

Yes, Iran has a nasty government, indeed it's exactly the sort of theocratic nightmare that we would have, ourselves, if certain self–appointed arbiters of public morality had their way. Yes, Iran does sponsor terrorism, probably worldwide. Yes, Iran's pet yap–dog, Hezbollah, is currently trying its best to ignite a general war in the Middle East. Nevertheless, none of that is grounds for insisting upon starting a third land war in some of the most rugged and hostile territory on the planet.

As Mr. Will aptly points out, "…the U.S. military has enough on its plate in the deteriorating wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which both border Iran. …containment, although of uncertain success, did work against Stalin and his successors, and might be preferable to a war against a nation much larger and more formidable than Iraq. …if Bashar Assad's regime does not fall after the Weekly Standard's hoped-for third war, with Iran, does the magazine [Weekly Standard] hope for a fourth?"

I'd say that the neo–Soviets who now call for war with Iran probably do hope for a fourth war, and a fifth, and a sixth—even more. War is an excellent way to distract ordinary Americans, who are pretty patriotic people, from realizing just how much of our Founder–recognized liberties are being stolen from us in the name of "security".

The only ways we could, even in theory, mount a credible assault upon Iran are to either institute a universal military draft, which would guarantee that whomever happened to be in the Oval Office would not be there after the next election, or that his hand–picked successor would never get elected, or to remove all our forces from every other garrison and theater. In other words, we would have to hand Afghanistan back to the Taliban and hand Iraq back to the Ba'ath Party. As things now stand, we are already so badly undermanned in Afghanistan that the Taliban is taking part of it back. Afghanistan wasn't even really a county, and we're losing it back to the Taliban.

Iraq was a compete administrative and military mess, and we are still stuck there without any real pacification. Imagine what Iran will be like, a country with fairly widespread support for an elected (if rigged election) government, a well–trained, and well–equipped army that does not spend most of its time in suppressing its own population, and complete access to all of its cash reserves and the world's oil markets, which it can use to buy all the weapons it wants. Where will we get the manpower?

There comes a time when we need to stand up and tell the idealists and academic politicians to shut their damned mouths an let people who have actually lived in the real world run things for a while.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The life police will arrest Mr. Brown soon.

Looks like food übergeek Alton Brown will now be blacklisted by the nasty little fascists who want to save us all from ourselves. In an astonishing rebellion from our current stupid trend of suing McDonald's for somehow forcing everybody to be fat, AB has spoken out.

In a stunning move, he has put his entire career on the line by actually stating that food does not jump down our throats and force us to eat it! It is now only a matter of time before totalitarian freaks leap up to denounce him for daring to say that we actually should take responsibility for our own eating habits instead of whining about how some foods or restaurants have "forced" us to be fat. If I can't fit into my pants, it's not because some clown held me down and force-fed me. It's because I decided to refuse to exercise a little wit and willpower.

Of course, it's a sin to call for good sense and personal restraint.