Tradition, after all.
And it is a standard.
Tradition, after all.
And it is a standard.
Working on some more large posts, so in the meantime, may as well enjoy the season a bit.
Federal officials have launched an investigation after a set of names were found carved into a national monument in Montana where explorer William Clark signed his moniker more than 200 years ago.
The new marking on Pompeys Pillar National Monument is about 3 feet from the signature of Clark, a member of the Corps of Discovery expedition that opened a land route to the West. It reads: “Cole + Shpresa 10/10/2013″ and includes a heart.
Bureau of Land Management personnel noticed the carving on the sandstone formation during a walkthrough Oct. 17. Someone had to climb over a railing to make it.
Officials told KRTV.com that Cole Randall and Shpresa Lieshiaj, both of Minnesota, were questioned by park officials after a silent alarm was triggered. Authorities have not identified either Randall or Lieshiaj as suspects.
Seriously, they carved their names IN STONE. Cole may not be the most uncommon name, but Cole + Shpresa? And authorities found it the same day a silent alarm was triggered… and they encountered two people named Cole and Shpresa there… and they still couldn’t connect the dots?
Or is the BLM cop who handles defacing of historical sites still on furlough?
On Thursday, officials confirmed that Cole Randall and Shpresa Lieshiaj were the couple that was stopped at the historic monument after a silent alarm was triggered.
Randall and Kieshiaj are a singing duo in Minnesota that perform as “Flora Cash.”
Their website states that they were on a tour of the “heartland” from July 20 through October 17.
Modern folk musicians suck. Their music sucks, and they suck. And their vandalism sucks in its own special ways beyond just run-of-the-mill sucking.
It looks like it was scribbled by some half-literate cretins who sing folk music… just another hint for the BLM cops.
For comparison, Clark scribed his signature in an era with no graphic designers:
Those folk-vomiting troglodytes aren’t out with Arlo Guthrie and riding the rails like 1930s hobos and experiencing some fictionalized America as it was, they’re not Bob Dylans or musical Jack Kerouacs or Hunter S. Thompsons, they’re not on the edge of rediscovering American music, they’re just filthy rubber tramp vandals who need to be flogged.
And just because folk musicians suck and folk music sucks and needs to be reminded it sucks, I’m going to post some Frederic Fucking Chopin:
For those who missed it, a couple days ago at the Missouri state fair, a rodeo clown participated in some antics that offended the left horribly. He dressed up in an Obama mask and made jokes that you can only make about every other president.
The fallout from a Missouri rodeo clown’s mockery of President Obama continued as the Missouri State Fair said it will force all clowns to undergo sensitivity training and the head of the state rodeo-clown organization resigned.
The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify its decision to ban for life the clown in question who wore an Obama mask. The rodeo announcer and a second clown wearing a microphone asked whether the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull.
Byron York at Washington Examiner (who’s been wrong in the past, but not this time) points out that this isn’t the first time a president’s been made fun of, and that there are two different reactions of outrageous outrage.
The controversy over the incident seemed to have two parts. One was outrage in some quarters over the obvious disrespect and ridicule directed at the president. The other was outrage over the suggestion of violence toward Obama — in the form of an encounter with the bull — that was the premise of the act.
Thing is, this was just making fun of the president. That’s all. The left doesn’t like being made fun of. Remember how they responded to this clown face with cries of racism?
Ultimately, it’s free speech. Doesn’t mean everyone has to like it.
As far as accusations of violence, there’ve been far worse offenders that have been given passes:
As far as the use of violent imagery and the president is concerned, the Bush years saw imagery much more serious than a bump from a bull. For example, the 2006 film “Death of a President” was a faux-documentary that told the story of a fictional Bush assassination, including a graphic depiction of the Bush character being shot in the chest. After its premiere at the Toronto film festival, where it won the International Critics Prize, “Death of a President” was handled by a major American distributor, Newmarket Films, and was reviewed, seriously and on its own terms, by the Washington Post, New York Times and other major press outlets. The film’s makers were not banned for life from the movie industry or anything else; the director has since made several films that have shown at festivals around the world and is now working on a documentary on David Bowie.
Zombietime has a great roundup here of actual death threats and violence, for those who’ve forgotten. Like this one, from an Obama campaign rally in 2008 in Denver, CO:
Or this in San Fran in 2004 after the election:
There’s a pretty big difference.
I’ll add also that rodeo clowns do a job that most folks don’t. When you spend your time fighting 2000 pound animals with horns to keep cowboys from getting crushed into the dirt, you don’t really care about what somebody on MSNBC or DailyKos is going to say about a joke that your audience enjoys. Well, except for those who’ve been trained to be so sensitive they don’t understand it’s just a joke.
If the left wanted to get really mad, they’d probably get mad at GWAR.
GWAR also does a badass version of Kansas’ Wayward Son.
The federal government is hiring what it calls a “Behavioral Insights Team” that will look for ways to subtly influence people’s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.
To make society more efficient – because you don’t know how to make your own decisions, they will manipulate you into their chosen path. They will adjust your choices, and create you into their image of the perfect efficient serf.
Milton Friedman famously said that we should be thankful for government inefficiency, because without it, we’d all be slaves.
Such policies — which encourage behavior subtly rather than outright require it — have come to be known as “nudges,” after an influential 2008 book titled “Nudge” by former Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and Chicago Booth School of Business professor Richard Thaler popularized the term.
The term “nudge” has already been associated with the new program, as one professor who received Shankar’s email forwarded it to others with the note: “Anyone interested in working for the White House in a ‘nudge’ squad? The UK has one and it’s been extraordinarily successful.”
Cass Sunstein is one of the most vile men on the planet, who desires to corrupt institutions made to serve the people into institutions that control the people. It’s for your own good, you stupid peasant.
Richard Thaler told FoxNews.com that the new program sounds good.
“I don’t know who those people are who would not want such a program, but they must either be misinformed or misguided,” he said.
“The goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government by using scientifically collected evidence to inform policy designs. What is the alternative? The only alternatives I know are hunches, tradition, and ideology (either left or right.)”
“Misguided” to this master of puppets is anyone who opposes him. “MIsinformed” means you haven’t been properly indoctrinated to accept him as your master, as someone who knows better than him.
The goal is to control people, to force them to make decisions they otherwise wouldn’t, to use a government instituted by the people as a tool to preserve freedom as a tool to coerce behavior. It is the antithesis of freedom, and it is the most insidious form of tyranny.
Thaler is a would-be master of men, and a liar of the first order.
The alternative is that individuals make decisions for themselves, because no luciferian social scientist knows better than any individual in their own life. He doesn’t know what’s best for you. You have your own individual life full of information that you’ve collected that makes a difference in your own life that should inform your own decisions. The “ideology” tack at the end is just to make him seem so “moderate” and “reasonable” by saying he dismisses both sides with his third way… of government leading you, you stupid, contemptible peon. He mocks any other ideas as hunches, too, as though people don’t make their own decisions.
His ridicule of tradition is easily shot down by a man much wiser – Thomas Sowell:
“For the anointed, traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past, relics of a less enlightened age, and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before.”
But they are your masters, and they will lead, and they will educate you into believing that following is your natural condition, your correct place in life, and ultimately that it’s for your own good that you’re a serf.
Count your blessings
Walk the line
Don’t move too fast
Or fall behind
There are rules you must obey
They get re-written by the day
Don’t do this – don’t say that
Your every move is logged and tracked
By the all oppressive eye
Spy satellites in friendly skies
The new american century
Has only just begun
No one exempt from the tragedy
Counterattack start pushing back
Fight the power
That chokes your speech
Fight the power
That makes you bleed
Fight the power
That propogates lies
To keep you weak
Keep you in line
Fight the power that reigns you in
Divides and conquers
Defines your sin
Fight the power
For one and all
Before the power swallows us whole
No one dares to say a word
Our panic drives all human herds
In the land where cash is king
Our silence bought and sold for free
The future’s banging on our door
When real I.D. will be the law
Love thy neighbor and turn him in
It’s call patriotism
The world is watching in disbelief
Chanting shame on you
How can you stand by so quietly
Letting them rape your liberties
You can’t be bothered or concerned
You see no reason for alarm
Prejudice, religion hate
Usher in new mandate
Absolute and resolved
One nation under one god
Lack of interest has its price
As we’re stripped of all our rights
I was sittin in The Thirsty Devil one sheet hung to the wind
when the bat wings doors creaked open and a stranger sauntered in
he moved his head from side to side and glared with a sunken eye
I heard the spin of a rusty spur as he shook off the dreary night
he lowered his hat, checked his gun and headed toward the bar
walked on up beside me I knew he’d traveled far
in a voice as thick as mud he looked to the ‘keep and said…
“one shot of whiskey for myself and one for my new friend“