The Weekly Sedition

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Quote of the Day for Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Filed under: Quote of the Day, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:35 PM

No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.

James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

H/T Michael G. Spivey


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Friday, 24 August 2012

“The Devil” on Politics

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:48 AM

Anyone who’s been following politics abroad might have noticed that American politicians seem to view British policies as worth copying by the Congress – the Romneycare-Obamacare thing isn’t an isolated incident.

“Progressives” have been yammering away since Lyndon Johnson for victim disarmament (“common sense gun laws”) and nationalized / socialized “single payer” health care, while “conservatives” apparently see the British Empire as worthy of emulation.

For example, the recently-required graphic labels on cigarette packs have a precedent in British “law” in that their Health Secretary claimed the “authority” to micromanage cigarette packaging and advertising back in 2009.

The British political scene mirrors the American scene in another way in that there are a few libertarian bloggers who are sick of this bad-cop-worse-cop routine from ” ‘both sides’ of the aisle.” For example, “The Devil” sounded off on this very issue of tobacco regulations –

The power to “dictate the colour of cigarette packs, their shape, the trademarks displayed on them and any labelling” was handed to the Health Secretary solely back in 2009.

And you poor fucks think that we live in a democracy.

The consultation on this matter – just like the “consultation” on the display ban – is simply a democratic fig-leaf: the government simply wants to pretend that it is, in any way, answerable to the people.

Anyone who believes that our democracy is in any way “representative” is an idiot.

Successive governments have passed what your humble Devil called “mini-Enabling Acts” for years: the NuLabour government may have been the greatest transgressors, but that hasn’t stopped the Freedom Coalition making full use of those functions.

When you are a disgusting authoritarian bastard, why would you not?

No, “The Devil” isn’t Jesus’ nemesis from the Christian mythology – he’s just a pissed-off Brit of the libertarian mindset, who also enjoys a smoke on occasion. He updated the post I linked to above:

The intention was to highlight the fact that successive governments have quite deliberately attempted to neuter Parliament, and remove themselves from democratic oversight.

But, surely, we have the right to throw these bastards out – that’s the point of democracy, is it not?

Well, yes and no. As you might have noticed – if you have taken an interest in politics over the last few decades – the ratchet only seems to go one way, i.e. in the removal of our freedoms. And I don’t give two shits about the colour of the rosette worn by the scum who do so.

So, if Lansley has the power to impose plain packaging on tobacco, then he will do so. And the next government will not remove that power.

If you doubt what I say about the freedom ratchet, simply compare the Coalition’s liberties-championing rhetoric immediately after the election with their actual record in government.

So what about it, Americans? How can we say that we’re freer than the Brits when politicians on this side of the Atlantic behave in just the same sort of cretinous, dishonest chicanery?

Didn’t Obama promise in the 2008 election to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and to have the DEA back off from medical-marijuana clinics in states that passed those sort of referenda?

What sort of “limited-government,” “fiscally-restrained” Republican signs off on anything resembling Medicare Part D? Heather Wilson used it as the centerpiece of her 2002 re-election campaign to the U.S. House, and George Bush signed it into “law” with enthusiasm.


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Thursday, 12 November 2009

And Here I Thought We Americans Were “Bad” . . .

Filed under: Humor, Politics — Tags: , , — weeklysedition @ 9:54 PM
Current mood: ecstatic

From a comment posted at the Devil’s Kitchen —

But when it comes to broken promises, explicit promises, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are two cheeks if the same Vichy arse and I would gladly cut off his cock and winch Gordon Brown’s intestines from his treacherous stomach and cook them for him in front of his remaining eye before cutting him in four and beating the rest of the cabinet to death with bits of him, cunt.

And the American lamestream snoozemedia labels the Tea Party folks here in the States as “disgrunted,” “hate-filled,” and such.


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Thursday, 27 September 2007

The Irish Freedom Committee Presents “Hidden Agenda”

Filed under: Entertainment, Events, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 12:24 AM

The Guild Cinema and the Irish Freedom Committee present

Hidden Agenda is a 1990 film starring Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, and Brad Dourif. The film was directed by Ken Loach, produced by Eric Fellner, and written by Jim Allen

Hidden Agenda is a political thriller film directed by Ken Loach. The film is about the murder of an American civil rights activist in Northern Ireland by the police while driving in the company of an IRA sympathiser. It is inspired by the investigation into the RUC’s alleged “shoot to kill policy”, with Cox’s character representing John Stalker. E4A, an undercover unit of the Royal Ulster Constabulary claimed to be involved in the killings, is mentioned briefly in the film.

The motives behind the murder in the film are supposed to show the “inner workings” of politics and (in Loach’s belief) the way government acts to protect supposed freedom. We are shown the conformist face of people, the assumed futility of going  against the “high powers”, the manipulation of the media and some true ulterior motives that in Loach’s socialist beliefs drive the current world.

During one scene late in the movie, a renegade Special Air Service (SAS) agent possessing an audio tape that incriminates the British government is kidnapped by an SAS squad and bundled into a van on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin, a very busy river crossing in the center of the city. Loach filmed the scene with a hidden camera and without letting passers-by know that they were witnessing a movie shoot.

Dates / Location

10 November and 11 November 2007

Show times on both days: 12 PM — 2 PM

The Historic Guild Cinema — 505-255-1848 — 3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Irish Freedom Committee, 505-363-7974

Contact Chuck McLaughlin, 505-235-5906 for more information.

This screening is hosted by the Irish Freedom Committee. All proceeds will benefit the families of Irish Republican Prisoners of War currently held in English and Irish “Free State” prisons.

Seating is limited to 120 people. Admission is 7.00 FRN per person.

For more information from the Irish Freedom Committee, check out their newslist on Yahoo

More about Hidden AgendaWikipedia entry / Internet Movie Database entry


NOTES

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