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    02-23-2021, 02:45 AM
    the heralds; in order to appease him they decided to send Xerxes two of their citizens in atonement for the cruel death inflicted upon the ambassadors of his father. Two Spartans, one named Sperte and the other Bulis, volunteered to offer themselves as a sacrifice. So they departed, and on the way they came to the palace of the Persian named Hydarnes, lieutenant of the king in all the Asiatic cities situated on the sea coasts. He received them with great honor, feasted them, and then, speaking of one thing and another, he asked them why they refused so obdurately his king's friendship. "Consider well, O Spartans," said he, "and realize by my example that the king knows how to honor those who are worthy, and believe that if you were his men he would do the same for you; if you belonged to him and he had known you, there is not one among you who might not be the lord of some Greek city." "By such words, Hydarnes, you give us no good counsel," replied the Lacedaemonians, "because you have experienced merely the advantage of which you speak; you do not know the privilege we enjoy. You have the honor of the king's favor; but you know nothing about liberty, what relish it has and how sweet it is. For if you had any knowledge of it, you yourself would advise us to defend it, not with lance and shield, but with our very teeth and nails." Only Spartans could give such an answer, and surely both of them spoke as they had been trained. It was impossible for the Persian to regret liberty, not having known it, nor for the Lacedaemonians to find subjection acceptable after having enjoyed freedom. Cato the Utican, while still a child under the rod, could come and go in the house of Sylla the despot. Because of the place and family of his origin and because he and Sylla were close relatives, the door was never closed to him. He always had his teacher with him when he went there, as was the custom for children of noble birth. He noticed that in the house of Sylla, in 58 the dictator's presence or at his command, some men were imprisoned and others sentenced; one was banished, another was strangled; one demanded the goods of another citizen, another his head; in short, all went there, not as to the house of a city magistrate but as to the people's tyrant, and this was therefore not a court of justice, but rather a resort of tyranny. Whereupon the young lad said to his teacher, "Why don't you give me a dagger? I will hide it under my robe. I often go into Sylla's room before he is risen, and my arm is strong enough to rid the city of him." There is a speech truly characteristic of Cato; it was a true beginning of this hero so worthy of his end. And should one not mention his name or his country, but state merely the fact as it is, the episode itself would speak eloquently, and anyone would divine that he was a Roman born in Rome at the time when she was free.
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    02-23-2021, 02:45 AM
    If you have not read this, I strongly recommend you do so now. If I recall correctly, the little bugger wrote this when he was nineteen years old, or thereabouts. It is a work of strong intellect, if not outright genius. Not everything he asserts applies quite as he states in today's world, this almost entirely the case due to the vast advances in technology. Starving out the Tyrant may no longer be possible - note "may". To bring effective action against the Tyrant could precipitate retaliatory action such as detonation of a nuclear warhead in a major city, or the release of an engineered plague, these in the spirit of blitzkrieg or what today is termed "shock and awe". Lay a nuke down on Los Angeles and Americans would likely stop dead in their tracks and come to heel quickly, though that is not quite guaranteed. His writing style is very much like my own, only he is far better. Do yourself a favor and take in the fifty pages. I apologize in advance for the somewhat messy format, but this is how it pasted from the copied PDF. I do not recall where I got it or I would just post the link. Regards.
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    02-23-2021, 02:26 AM
    Smells like more political circus. What's the point? Oh right - stupid voters. Silly me.
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    02-22-2021, 07:40 PM
    Cooked this up earlier today, aimed at getting people to think about how screwed up are the very fundaments of the political framework of our lives. This applies gloabally and not just to Americans, though to us most shamefully of all. https://freedomisobvious.blogspot.com/2021/02/law-v-statute.html With regard to so-called “law”, I find it most curious to note that nowhere have I been able to find a definition of the term that did not possess the following three objectionable qualities: Arbitrariness, save in the otherwise lacking definitions of “natural” law.
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    02-21-2021, 02:44 PM
    That whole situation, the statement in question in particular underscores and illuminates in stark fashion the true power of words. Modern culture errs in manifold ways and the gross discounting of the raw salience of words is perhaps the greatest of them all. The legal world is especially guilty of this. We are willing to play the odds and most of the time we win. But in cases like this, snake eyes rolls and everyone loses. Embrace The Stupid, reap its rewards in time.
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    02-21-2021, 02:24 PM
    The left would be masturbating with wild abandon at the demise of the perp.
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    02-21-2021, 02:17 PM
    And this is why I no longer live in Washington. As for the dead woman, I see no tragedy beyond the false charges brought and the failure to bring the right ones where they belong. Darwin got his cut that day. Nothing to mourn there. Washington SO sucks now.
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    02-19-2021, 10:55 AM
    So the blind leading the retarded? I that what you're saying?
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    02-19-2021, 10:14 AM
    If that be so, then the actual role of the Fed (vis-á-vis the ostensible) becomes less clear. This is almost rhetorical - why would they kill the goose that was laying golden eggs? This all seems to suggest something sinister... oh no!, another conspiracy theorist! Quick everyone, run for the hills!!!
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    02-17-2021, 12:48 PM
    Time will tell. I would recommend you not judge too quickly. While my opinion of the mean American remains quite low, my own brand of stupidity rests in eternal hope.
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    02-17-2021, 12:44 PM
    What will the Fed have to say about it?
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    02-15-2021, 12:26 PM
    This, just for giggles. Note the absence of anyone from WV. https://dailystormer.su/a-list-of-republican-traitors/ Vince James of The Red Elephants might not know how to dress – but he sure knows how to make a list! He’s put together a running list of the Republicans who have betrayed our Real President and embraced the usurper and fake president Joe Biden. It’s a lot more than just Mitt Romney…! All these people have betrayed our president by publicly denouncing him and saying that the usurper won legitimately:
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    02-15-2021, 12:20 PM
    This leads me to wonder whether the mask will now be quietly removed with Congress now simply issuing orders to churn out more dollars without the charade of false legitimacy.
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    02-15-2021, 09:02 AM
    Whoa, not quite so fast. I cannot say Trump's innocent in that issue, but neither can I say he is guilty. I suspect the same goes for you. His decisions are only as good as the information he has at hand. It seems clear to me, if outward indications are to be trusted, that Trump is a patriot of the philosophically-limited variety. His intentions are on the money - his basic posture is that of liberty, but his understanding of authority is amiss. Like myself, he grew up in military schools, so I may have some insight into his world view that most people do not. He likely believes in liberty, but holds a hobbled definition of what that means. We were endlessly taught the virtues of freedom and so forth, but were likewise taught the virtues of "government" - differently from most people mind you, but still maintaining the basic subtext of authority. Given that, his actions come into clearer focus. They may still be misguided to one degree or another, but one cannot quite so easily attribute them to malice. My only kind recommendation here is to be careful before reaching conclusions.
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    02-15-2021, 07:39 AM
    From one standpoint this is pure MEH. The moment we withdraw, Taliban or whatever new crop of homosexual mujahedeen happens to be laying about at the time, will likely get to work in short order. This is a religious war. You don't end those usually, save that you either occupy the territories forever, or you genocide your enemy. The freaks are not abandoning their jihad just because some dick scratched his mark on a scroll. So in that sense, Trump accomplished nothing and should get no overly kind praise. What he should be credited with is having given us a structured and clear avenue of escape from a situation in which we should not have found ourselves in the first place. Bravo on that count.
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    02-15-2021, 07:32 AM
    Is the Herald worthy of credit? I ask forthrightly as I don't know. Where in the Constitution is this power loaned? I recall no such power, but even if I prove mistaken, I cannot imagine that it would exist save in time of war. Are we to take it that war has been declared on a virus? Even so, how does this lend the power to "blockade" a state? What does "blockade" even mean here? "Travel restrictions" in themselves do not constitute a "blockade". I must therefore conclude that unless there is more to the story, someone at the Herald is abusing words; perhaps for dramatic effect? We don't need another jackass with a keyboard and insufficient smarts, not to mention ethics, waving their hands like paddles in the attempt to stir up even more drama than that in which we are now awash. Is that a serious question?
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    02-13-2021, 11:32 PM
    The is pretty well my suspicion on the matter. Humans have the most obscene habit of attributing their lousy choices and the evils that follow therefrom to "God's will".
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    02-13-2021, 03:31 PM
    And I could easily say the same about someone whose habit of communication is to draw conclusions before ascertaining for certain the meaning of the spelling in question. I explained that spelling here years ago and would have gladly repeated it to you, had you bothered to ask. I've mocked nothing. Your view on the matter speaks to your inner world and not mine. Believe the moon is made of green cheese, if it makes your day better. But when the monsters come for you, don't blame God for being a no-show because He born into you all the sense needed to navigate your life with intelligence. He was so kind that he refrains from interfering with us. That is the gift of liberty, all examples of it's trample hanging on us and not Him. God was, and remains cool with us, which means sitting back and leaving us to our devices. Are there limits to that largesse? I have no idea. But I do know what I see and am inclined to take the hints thrown at me. YMMV, and if you prove correct, I will mea culpa all day, and twice on Sunday.
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    02-13-2021, 08:35 AM
    https://freedomisobvious.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-gift-from-donald-j-trump-to-america.html The Gift From Donald J. Trump To America Unless EVERYTHING we observe is political theater, and that cannot be quite ruled out, then imagine the degree to which President Donald J. Trump pissed in the Establishment's cornflakes. Imagine the disruption to Theire grand circle-jerk, that they would come out of the closet to show the entire world the degree of buffoonery to which we all now bear witness.
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    02-11-2021, 11:05 AM
    BTW, why are we even having this conversation? The prima facie absurdity of this "event" is all we need to know.
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    02-11-2021, 11:00 AM
    Fine, but my pole's not up for grabs... unless she's really hot, in which case I will make an exception.
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    02-09-2021, 11:00 AM
    osan created an article The Thirty Tyrants in Top News
    The Thirty Tyrants The deal that the American elite chose to make with China has a precedent in the history of Athens and Sparta BY LEE SMITH In Chapter 5 of The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli describes three options for how a conquering power might best treat those it has defeated in war. The first is to ruin them; the second is to rule directly; the third is to create “therein a state of the few which might keep it friendly to you.” The example Machiavelli gives of the last is the friendly government Sparta established in Athens upon defeating it after 27 years of war in 404 BCE. For the upper caste of an Athenian elite already contemptuous of democracy, the city’s defeat in the Peloponnesian War confirmed that Sparta’s system was preferable. It was a high-spirited military aristocracy ruling over a permanent servant class, the helots, who were periodically slaughtered to condition them to accept their subhuman status. Athenian democracy by contrast gave too much power to the low-born. The pro-Sparta oligarchy used their patrons’ victory to undo the rights of citizens, and settle scores with their domestic rivals, exiling and executing them and confiscating their wealth. The Athenian government disloyal to Athens’ laws and contemptuous of its traditions was known as the Thirty Tyrants, and understanding its role and function helps explain what is happening in America today.
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    02-07-2021, 09:42 PM
    While I take issue with a few details, the guest makes pretty good work of his thesis, all from one who claims to have been - still is??? - a lefty. I think he said he voted for Bammy and definitely said he voted for Clinton and took it hard when Trump lost. If all that is true, I have to credit him with being uncharacteristically endowed with integrity for one who leans left. They are, after all and in general, the most impossibly scurrilous lower forms of human life on the planet.
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    02-06-2021, 03:01 PM
    I just clicked off 63 on 2/1. If we're going to fight a real fight, I wish we'd get on with it as I'm getting close to my expiration date for suck work. I am no longer smart enough to be afraid. What have I to lose, besides my life? Not much. Nobody will give a shit when I'm gone and I prefer it that way. I've never been good with good-byes. So I'm precisely the thing Theye should fear. Doesn't matter how fast they kill me because I guaRONtee I will take at least one of them with me. I'll be damned if I let fifty years of combat arts training go to complete waste. :)
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    02-05-2021, 09:28 PM
    I don't know who is this Lee Smith, but he has certainly got something on the ball.
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    02-05-2021, 09:18 PM
    The time for that is over. Other remedies are needed at this point.
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    02-05-2021, 09:02 PM
    Precisely. And what does that spell? FASCISM. Actual, real deal, no farting around fascism. Sadly, the impact of the word is grossly discounted due to the primally ignorant ab/overuse by the lamers of the "left". Those stooges have managed to so destroy the salience of "fascism" that when we come face to face with actual examples, the most appropriate word no longer has the oomph to convey what we are actually experiencing. Material and substantial non-equivocation is the only solution that stands any chance of helping us at this juncture. This almost certainly means hot warfare and we have been so thoroughly conditioned against "violence" that I suspect we no longer have the stomach for that which is needed - the actual killing of the guilty parties and the sending into exile of their families. I am old and rotten as hell, meaning I'd have no problems "correcting" the likes of Pelosi and McConnell, reducing their kin to penury, and removing them from American territories. But one man cannot do what is needed. Armies of men with the sand to spill the blood that needs spilling in the face of a circumstance and a "system" that no longer works in a way even remotely resembling what was intended. Until the tyrants are killed, and I am unequivocal in this, we will continue the death spiral, which now takes us perilously close to the hard deck at a dizzying rate. I've written this here many times before, for it bears repetition: Theye are playing for keeps and they will have your ass in a sling before they are done. The time for diplomacy is long past. If you don't want to end up as an abject, then at the very least you better pray that someone starts arresting the guilty, trying them, convicting them, sentencing them, and executing them without mercy, save that they be put to death quietly, clinically, and with rapidity. Sounds harsh? You bet. That's the bed we made for ourselves and now it's time to lay in it. We've been dancing to the piper's music these last 120 years and more, and now he's come for his due. The party is over and we will pay, either in the blood we spill pursuant to freeing ourselves from the vampires, or in the misery we will have so richly earned as we slip below the surface for the last time. You may think this ie melodrama, but I assure you that what I say is precisely that which awaits us all, if we shirk the responsibility to ourselves, each other, and our posterity. Hell, we're 90% there already, but that last 10% is the real bitch in all this. Most Americans are just too damned naive and consequently stupid to know what it's like to live under real and bald-faced, 1984-style tyranny. The reason I know is that I spent a couple years worth of time behind the so-called "iron curtain". I saw first hand the privation and fear of people who, if they said the wrong thing or complained about the idiocies of the ever infallible "state", would be called to answer for their transgressions with punishments and "reeducation". Few in America believe it is possible to happen here. They are dangerously deluded.
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    02-05-2021, 10:53 AM
    This article is well worth the read. This is just the first few paragraphs. It's pretty ugly stuff, so be warned. The Thirty TyrantsThe deal that the American elite chose to make with China has a precedent in the history of Athens and SpartaBYLEE SMITH In Chapter 5 of The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli describes three options for how a conquering power might best treat those it has defeated in war. The first is to ruin them; the second is to rule directly; the third is to create “therein a state of the few which might keep it friendly to you.”
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    02-05-2021, 09:03 AM
    He wrote: Given the context of the exchange, the semantics of the statement is loosely-goosey at the very best and leans toward innuendo. Not saying it was intentional, but his wording could have been a little tighter in that respect. I would also call the veracity of that assertion into question. I'd almost bet money I don't have that it is untrue. I cut my teeth on Wall Street. The shit I witnessed there was simply amazing and in some cases staggering.
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