The Weekly Sedition

Friday, 7 October 2016

Vote NO on the UNMH Mill Levy

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:10 AM

Vote NO on this mill levy.

Tell UNM to get that 95 million from the legislators’ pensions, the film subsidies, the Local Economic Devlopment Authority, oil and gas subsidies, NMHIX, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, among other places.

The politicians love to load up the bond issues and mill levies with the popular stuff – buildings, infrastructure and “services” that “must” done by government, because “no one in the private sector can or will do them” – police, libraries, senior centers, community centers, sewers, storm drains, flood control, and so forth.

We all know that’s hogwash, to put it delicately.

Once the politicians load up the bonds and levies with the popular stuff, that frees them to use more from the general budget for their pet projects, their legalized vote-buying schemes (each City Councilor in Albuquerque is allocated ∅1-2 million annually for “needed improvements in their district), making sure that someone in the inside loop gets the contract for the next “necessary” project.

And when was the last time that taxes in Bernalillo County actually went down? Between the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, we’re paying some of the highest gross receipt taxes in the state – currently at 7.3125 percent.

Now they expect us to pay even more?!

Tell the politicians that for every new tax they want to impose upon us, at the very least, get rid of an equivalent tax, so that the overall burden doesn’t increase.

Or – and I know this will be taken as pure insanity by the Political Classholes – they could actually CUT taxes a bit. (AND cut some spending, too? Would that really be too much to ask?)


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.5
  2. Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
    2. Duke City Fix

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Friday, 19 February 2010

Aftermath of the Joseph Stack Suicide

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 2:13 AM

Current mood: cynical, frustrated, worried

While I first heard about Joseph Stack’s suicide run at tonight’s episode of Liberty on the Rocks, I didn’t get any details until after following a link provided by skiffy writer J. Neil Schulman, via Facebook.

Already the lamestream snoozemedia are attempting to pin this one on the Tea Party groups. Never mind that Stack made NO mention of the Tea Party movement, the We The People Foundation, or any other organization in his six-page suicide letter.

Alex Jones’ infowars.com reports that the FBI knew that Stack was planning this attack. First they dropped the ball on stopping “9-11,” now this. Aren’t they supposed to be watching the tax honesty movement as “potential terrorists” ? Great job you’re doing, guys — wasn’t the USA-PATRIOT Act of 2001 AKA the “Patriot Act”[1] railroaded through Congress, often without being read by the members voting on it, specifically to stop this sort of thing?

Expect Obama and Janet Napolitano[2] to manufacture from thin air, BS and hyperbole “discover” a link to the Tea Party movement, a Texas-based militia group, and anyone else that they think that the non-political public will accept being demonized. Why would you expect them not to try this? They’ve tried it before, what with Janet’s report that military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, along with Constitutionalists and Second Amendment activists, were “potential terrorists.” (See here for a summary, or here for the actual report.)

Conspiracy-fantasy advocates will say that the Stack manifesto was manufactured by the Obama Administration, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Bildebergers, the Trilateral Commission, the Committee of 300, or all of them put together, and it was done so to give the Obama Administration an excuse to re-authorize the “Patriot Act.” Regardless of the cicrumstances, the Obama Administration WILL cite Stack’s suicide run as a rationale for doing exactly that.

Not only will Obama, Holder, Napolitano push for re-authorization of the “Patriot Act” and try to link Stack’s suicide run to the militias, tax honesty groups, Tea Party groups, etc., etc., but they will use this as their excuse to push for expansion of the “Patriot Act.”

I find this aspect of the whole affair to be particularly vulgar, in that while rank-and-file Democrats were pissed at their members of the U.S. House and Senate for supporting the “Patriot Act,” my fellow libertarians foresaw that those Democrats were supporting it NOT to be “bipartisan,” as they often call upon the GOP members of Congress to do, but so that when a Democrat held the executive-branch reins of power, then Democrats could use the act to go after Republicans (and anyone else they didn’t like)

I suspect that the real reason most Democrats supported the USA-PATRIOT act of 2001 is that they saw their 2004 presidential candidate in the White House come 2005 and then they would have access to that power and get to use the Act to chase Republicans.

This is what’s happened with the IRS — Reagan and Bush I used it to go after Democrat-supporting groups, and Waco Willie used it to go after the NRA.


NOTES

  1. USA PATRIOT is short for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”
  2. Judge Andrew Napolitano (see also judgenap.com) actually has read and understands the Constitution.

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Monday, 18 August 2008

American Slavery Lives On

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 11:29 PM

Every 19 June, the American black population (some prefer to be referred to as “African-American”) celebrates “Juneteenth” as the day that their ancestors were finally freed from slavery in the post-“Civil War” American South.

Except that it’s something of a false celebration — slavery wasn’t wiped out on 19 June 1865, in America or anywhere else. It was turned from chattel slavery into other forms. The chains and whips had changed from the obvious to the discreet.

The physical whips and chains were replaced by those of the regulatory and legal kind. In the South, it was the Jim Crow laws. But alas, American slavery became race-neutral over time, and it started even before black chattel slavery was abolished.During the “Civil War” of 1861 to 1865, Abraham Lincoln (AKA the “American Lenin“), instituted a national draft in order to form the “Grand Army of the Republic.”

A side note about Lincoln — his apologists say that he was foursquare against slavery, but that seemed to be true only after the War of Northern Aggression wasn’t ending quickly enough for his tastes —

  • In the 1857 Lincoln-Douglas debates[1], “Honest Abe” said that blacks and whites would never be social and political equals, and that the black population should be “repatriated” to Africa[2].
  • All during the War, black slaves were kept busy maintaining and repairing the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
  • Lincoln had said that if keeping slavery around was needed to keep the Union together, then he would have found that an acceptable compromise.
  • Lincoln’s 1863 “Emancipation Proclamation” wasn’t anything but anti-Confederate agitprop, as it only “freed” the slaves in areas that were under Confederate control. The states of Kentucky, Missouri and Maryland were slave states, but as they didn’t secede in 1861 to join the Confederacy, Lincoln allowed them to remain slave states until the end of the war. It’s as if the oft-invoked WWII German Chancellor had declared America’s 1942 income tax null and void — mighty nice of him, but he had NO power, either de facto or de jure, to actually enforce that decree.

But wait — wasn’t the 13th Amendment[3] supposed to fix this? After all, after its passage, only convicted felons were (and are) supposed to be pressed into involuntary servitude —

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment or crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Nope.

In 1941 and 1948, the Congress instituted conscription as a way to provide personnel for military service in order to fight wars abroad.

It’s bad enough that Charlie Rangel, the Democrat from New York, wants to bring the draft back, but that’s compounded by the recurring call for some sort of mandatory “national service” program. In 1998, it was Colin Powell championing “national service.” Now it’s Barack Obama.

But wait — that wasn’t (and isn’t) slavery. That was “serving your country” and “answering the call of duty,” wasn’t (isn’t) it?

Funny how the supporters of “freedom” have no problem using military slavery as a means to defend that liberty. Still, it’s a piss-poor way to get the job done, a fact noted by many in the military during the Vietnam War.

Funny how the descendants of slaves want to reinstitute slavery, so long as it’s in a form that they approve of.

How about the income tax? After all, taxes “the price we pay for living in a civilized society,” right?

Nope.

In 1894 the Tariff Act included an income tax provision, which was struck down in 1895 in the Supreme Court case Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan Trust Co..

The present-day income tax sprang from the 16th Amendment[4] came to us in 1913, along with the Federal Reserve System, from the Wilson Administration. It requires you fork over one-quarter to one-half of what you earn, depending on how much you make. For every eight-hour shift you pull, two to four hours’ worth of your pay goes to Uncle Shithead.

How much relief from this sorry state of affairs are we going to get from Barack the Mad Obomber? None.

How much relief from this sorry state of affairs are we going to get from the Manchurian Senator, John McClown? None.


NOTES

  1. Lincoln was running against Stephen Douglas for U.S. Senate
  2. Never mind that most of the slaves of that time had been born on American territory. Perhaps the Siberian-American population would like to have me “repatriated” to Central Europe? Also, John Randolph and Henry Clay had already tried that with the American Colonization Society’s founding of Liberia. How well did that work out?

  3. There’s a theory that the currently-recognized Thirteenth isn’t the real one — see these links

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titles_of_Nobility_Amendment

    thirdamendment.com/missing.html

    amendment-13.org

  4. There is some question as to whether the Sixteenth was properly ratified — see this link — thelawthatneverwas.com

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