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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Are in Lockstep on Government Spying | Anthony Gregory   1 comment

The surveillance state has once again disappeared from the public debate, just the way it likes it.


Whatever else it might be, November’s election won’t be a referendum on surveillance and privAnthony Gregoryacy. Hillary Rodham Clinton voted as Senator for the Patriot Act in 2001 and 2006, and Donald Trump has approved its renewal, saying he tends to “err on the side of security.”

Trump has called Snowden a traitor worthy of execution.In the Democratic debates, Clinton harshly criticized NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, insisting, probably wrongly, that he “could have gotten all of the protections of being a whistleblower” and “raised all the issues” without breaking the law. Trump has called Snowden a traitor, promised to get Russian president Vladimir Putin to hand him over, and, in the past, even suggested him worthy of execution.

Source: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Are in Lockstep on Government Spying | Anthony Gregory

Progressivism’s Parade of Horrors | Bill Frezza   Leave a comment

From eugenics to climate change, there is grave danger in making law based on so-called settled science

Source: Progressivism’s Parade of Horrors | Bill Frezza

Posted August 4, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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Seek Ye First the Protection of Property Rights   1 comment

When Screwtape, depicted by C.S. Lewis as a mid-level administrator in hell’s Lowerarchy, gloated that “Prosperity knits a man to this world,” he might well have been thinking of tax-exempt religious corporations.

The “Utah Compromise” on religious liberty, which was enacted with the conspicuous support of the LDS Church, offers a splendid case study of the depths of cravenness to which a corporate church will descend in order to preserve its tax exemption. The headline selected by the LDS Church-owned Deseret News captures the import of that ignoble legislation: “LDS Church’s chief lawyer says not all religious freedoms should be defended the same.”

When “rights” become the subject of triage, they cease to be rights and mutate into conditional, revocable privileges. All legitimate rights are property rights, and all property rights are absolute. They can, and must, be exercised simultaneously by believers, agnostics, and atheists alike, and are reconciled through commerce and contract.

Source: Seek Ye First the Protection of Property Rights

Posted July 26, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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Learning What It’s Like To Be Serfs?   Leave a comment


July 21, 2016

In the ten days between July 7’s five dead cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge’s ambush of three on July 17, police nationwide slew almost four times as many of us. And only ten of those 31 fatalities were black. Not that it matters—but let’s repudiate the notion that black Americans alone die from serficide. This tragedy affects all of us, regardless of color.

Source: Learning What It’s Like To Be Serfs?

Posted July 25, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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The Truth About the Trans Movement   Leave a comment

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

This is because revolutions are driven by the desire for power, and once this power is tasted, the thirst for it can never be satiated. Were the Star Wars films to accord with the rules of history, having defeated the Empire, the rebellion would itself eventually become corrupt and despotic. All noble revolutionaries eventually become seduced by the dark side.

Movements that begin with dreams of liberation end up in bullying and the pursuit of vengeance. It is thus with grim inevitability that one observes how the struggle for sexual liberation on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has started to assume illiberal tendencies.

There was a need for gay liberation when homosexual acts were illegal and gays were beaten up on account of their sexuality. But ever since homosexuality became normalised – gay marriage cementing this transformation – and now homosexuality and gender fluidity is fashionable among the young, there is no rational need for a sexual liberation movement any more.

Yet still it continues, driven by its will to power. This momentum made itself evident some years ago with complaints about bakers refusing to make cakes for gay couples, and Christian owners of bed and breakfasts turning down custom from homosexuals. Such complaints seemed petty, which is why only a modicum of fuss was made about them at the time. It’s a shame the law should be invoked to punish small businesses run by people with antiquated prejudices. But in the end, so what?

(Unless you happen to think these people have a right to hold to a belief and refuse to participate in that which violates that belief. Lela)

This year, however, the LGBT movement has turned to the dark side in earnest. The corporate, governmental and celebrity bullying of North Carolina’s decision to forbid people with penises using public toilets designated for women might prove to be significant. And now, this week, news comes that businesses in New York City will face fines under a new law that makes it a violation of someone’s human rights not to use their preferred gender pronoun. Henceforth, employees, landlords and businesses who refuse to refer to transgender people with terms such as ‘ze’ and ‘hir’ will be in violation of the New York City human-rights law.

‘Where will it end?’, you may ask. To which the answer is, ‘it won’t’. Christian churches will be next in line, then gender differentiation in schools and hospitals.  (I think it will be the other way around, but churches will be targeted eventually. Lela) Those who fight in the name of liberation will always demand more, even when the revolutionary movement has surpassed the boundary of reality into fantasy – in this case, the state enshrining in law, with penalties for those who disobey it, someone’s belief that ‘he’ is a ‘she’ because he simply believes it so.

The impetus for change and the desire to seize power is inherent to revolutionary movements, whether they be communist, Nazi, Islamist, trans or animal rights. Once human beings become subordinate to abstract notions of equality and the future, people become expendable. ‘The future is the only transcendental value for men without God’, said Camus. Thus revolutionaries must forever meddle with the present, because tomorrow never comes.

Source: The Truth About the Trans Movement

Who Trained the Dallas Shooter?   4 comments

Last night, Brad and I visited with our friend PW, who is a retired soldier, who couldn’t get over that a soldier shot police in Dallas. I went home and couldn’t sleep. It might be because I am at a point in writing Objects in View where Shane has shown me (and eventually, you) exactly how far he’ll go when pushed, but I couldn’t sleep. Meanwhile, Brad wrote a blog post because he was pissed off and he can’t tell PW what was on his mind. I refused to run it as it was, but he allowed me to temper his message. This is written in first-person, but it is a multiple-author post. Lela


Who trained the Dallas shooter? Let me ask that question again: WHO trained the Dallas shooter?

WHO trained the Dallas shooter?

Let me be absolutely clear before I go forward. What he did was morally reprehensible — as morally reprehensible as the cop that shot the motorist multiple times in the chest because he obeyed the law and reported that he was lawfully armed. Neither of them was right. Now, back to the subject at hand.

WHO trained the Dallas shooter?

The government. Following my standard practice, I will not give this mass murderer the dignity of a name. This man was a combat veteran. The government trained this man to kill. Those of us who live in large military towns know (or should know) that you cannot teach violence as a solution to any problem and then expect that lesson won’t eventually re-appear on your own doorstep. I’m sure there are people who will insist the government just trained the wrong guy. That’s obvious since he went and killed people the government didn’t order him to kill.

That’s not my experience and I live in a town where 25% of the population is military or former military. Yes, we have violence that is not connected with the military here, but if there’s a guy waving a gun in a bar parking lot, it’s almost a given that he’s back from the Box within the last six months. You can investigate that in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner if you like. You’ll also notice, if you trace these stories from beginning to end, that the soldiers do not face any sort of civilian trial or punishment. They are diverted into the military “justice” system and usually just released back out into the population as a “punishment”. Yeah, the government is seeding the civilian population with unacknowledged time bombs.

Good show! I feel sooooo safe!

So this guy killed people the government did not order him to kill. Conspiracy theorists may argue about that, but let’s leave them aside for the moment. Why would this guy do what he did? One reason might be that when you justify the killing of other people based on the “they are other” philosophy, that’s the belief system people will take home and that will later reappear in your society. The military is told it’s okay to kill Afghanis because they are not “us” and they bring that home … they teach that to their kids … they present that in our society. It is also taught in the police academies around the nation. The “blue” tribe is given a special dispensation to use violence and the threat of violence to impose its will (euphemistically called “law and order”) on the rest of us. We the people are “the other”. Killing people is a powerful way to force other people to obey your commands.

I believe that the only justifiable reason for killing another human being is immediate self-defense. It’s taken me time to get there. I grew up around a lot of soldiers. Fairbanks has four military bases nearby, the men in my family served in World War 2 and Vietnam, and I do firmly believe sometimes war is unavoidable because the aggression of another country. However, killing people forces other people to do things they refused to do when you told them to do it by other means. That is what our wars in the Middle East are. There is no way a thinking person can justify the continued wars there as protecting the homeland, so the mindset that violence is an answer to force compliance comes home with the soldier. So why are we surprised when that lesson blows up in our collective faces?

The elites of our country and those who bow before them want to blame the firearm. It is so much easier to blame an inanimate object than to admit that the government is teaching violence as a means of control and that mentality has infested government agents from the military to the local police department to the private guard working for an elite security firm. Rather than address the real issue, let’s disarm the people so that the government’s jackboots may shoot them without any fear of retaliation.

Carl von Clausewitz famously explained that “war is diplomacy by other means”. While not condoning or excusing the violence in any way, let me point out that some of these mass murderers are likely demanding social change by other means. The guy in  Dallas seems to be saying “stop shooting civilians who aren’t directly threatening you, cops, because there are consequences your employers won’t give you.” I’ll let you decide what the guy in Orlando was trying to say or the couple in San Bernardino. We’ll leave aside the obvious crazy people.


I am not excusing this violence. Violence is wrong no matter who does it. Those cops were killed not because they were themselves abusing citizens, but because they were white cops. We can’t ignore the racism involved in this mass shooting, but we have to realize that it is not the central issue. In condemning the violence,  we shouldn’t fail to recognize that this violence is manifesting in our society because the government does it to “other people” overseas. That bird of prey has come home to roost.

Just to reiterate because people don’t want to hear what I think they need to hear. This mass murderer was taught his skills by the United States government. What happened in Dallas has been  happening in Afghanistan for 15 years now. We didn’t care for most of that time. I will admit, I don’t waste sleep over it myself. Last night, PW was so sad and angry over it, but why? He excused U.S. military members getting away with destroying a hospital in Afghanistan and killing a bunch of innocent people. If they’d been prosecuted, he and all his fellow “brothers” and many “patriots” would have screamed bloody murder that we were jailing “heroes” for doing their jobs”.

They were doing the same job the Dallas shooter was trained to do. Yes, they’ll say this guy doesn’t represent all former soldiers. You know they’ll say that. We don’t apply that same rule to “others” in “other” countries. If we kill a hundred innocent people to nail one “bad guy” in Yemen, well that’s unfortunately, but it doesn’t justify “them” retaliating. Of course not. When violence happens here, we act like we don’t know how this could possibly happen to us. Gosh, US sniper soldiers, you weren’t supposed to do that here! No, you’re only supposed to kill “the other” over “there”, where you’re supposed to.

Partially Deaf, Blind in 1 Eye, Paralyzed, and Easily Confused   Leave a comment


July 7, 2016

What crushing irony: over the weekend of July 4, as Americans celebrated their alleged freedom, the TSA graphically proved yet again our total enslavement.

The outrage in question actually dates to June 30, 2015; it’s only now hitting the headlines thanks to Hannah Cohen’s lawsuit. But last year, when she was 18, Hannah tried to fly with her mother to their home in Chattanooga from Memphis, TN. The duo were pros at this route, having traveled it “hundreds of times” over the last 17 years, “without incident ever,” to treat Hannah at St Jude’s Medical Center. This particular trip was special since it was the final one.

Hannah probably inspires everyone around her. Though she’s suffered “damage from radiation and removal of a brain tumor that substantially limits her ability to speak, walk, stand, see, hear, care for herself, learn work, think, concentrate, and interact with others,” she frequently braves commercial aviation, a gauntlet that daunts even the strongest and healthiest. Her mother, Shirley, “a professor of nursing at a university in Chattanooga,” summarizes Hannah’s condition as “partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and easily confused…

Source: Partially Deaf, Blind in 1 Eye, Paralyzed, and Easily Confused

No Fly, No Buy?   Leave a comment

‘No Fly, No Buy’ Means No Freedom

Source: No Fly, No Buy?

Posted June 24, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Gun control

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Forget the Rage   Leave a comment


June 21, 2016

Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: Do tighter gun control laws reduce the murder rate?

That is not an esoteric question, nor one for which no empirical evidence is available. Think about it. We have 50 states, each with its own gun control laws, and many of those laws have gotten either tighter or looser over the years. There must be tons of data that could indicate whether murder rates went up or down when either of these things happened

But have you ever heard any gun control advocate cite any such data? Tragically, gun control has become one of those fact-free issues that spawn outbursts of emotional rhetoric and mutual recriminations about the National Rifle Association or the Second Amendment.

Source: Forget the Rage

Posted June 23, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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The disappearing stimulus Republican American   Leave a comment

While traveling across the country with your kids this summer, be sure to buckle up and do your best to overlook all the potholes and crumbling bridges out there. Even if funding were available, things probably would remain in disrepair until your kids are grown, thanks to big government regulations and red tape.

Source: The disappearing stimulus Republican American

Posted June 10, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in economics

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