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The Dark Ages Revisited

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

I flew over the southern tip of Greenland yesterday. I had opened the window shade of the Airbus 340-600 (the world\’s longest commercial airliner) to stare in awe at the black and white vastness of Denmark\’s nearly lifeless colony. (Denmark, rare among nations, still has a colony owing to the wisdom of selecting a place where almost no one lives and still fewer wish to live.) All the shades had been closed by the flight crew, for reasons you will have to determine, whereupon I was told, in no uncertain terms, to close it. Understanding that flight crews are, for all practical purposes, deputized to maintain order in the once-friendly skies, I stifled the urge to resist this seemingly thoughtless demand and allowed discretion to be my guide.

The flight crew may have seen enough of Greenland\’s frozen wastes but it is not something I get to do everyday! As I was seated on an exit row I still had a fish-eyed, coffee-saucer-sized glass opening through which I was able to observe and witness the openly available evidence that climate change (aka \”global warming\”) is a hoax and a scam as large and as bereft of accessible benefit as Greenland itself. For hours we flew over the more-than-frosty expanses extending from Iceland to Hudson Bay while most of the rest of the world naturally suffered from the sweltering approach of the coming summer.

Another member of the crew was queried about the practice of pulling the blinds and we were told that it was the result of a passenger poll in which it was was supposedly revealed that most people would rather sleep and preferred the darkness to the glare that exists above the clouds at 37,000 feet. I was only moderately appeased by this information. It was only 8:oo PM where we had all come from. Who goes to bed at that hour? Don\’t most people maintain a crack in the darkness every night as they sit in front of their TV\’s? Many marvel at the HD documentaries that reveal the earth in its shimmering splendor and here we were with a rare, bird\’s-eye view of Greenland\’s mountains, glaciers and frozen fjords and we were told that we were prohibited from looking out the window! Why?

I had spent the last three weeks in the most conservative part of Germany, if not all of Europe; the lush and picturesque rolling hills of the Alpine foothills of Bavaria where I was thoroughly immersed in the comings and goings of friends and family. It will take yet a while before my reflections of these full and eventful days properly and cohesively crystalize but one thing is abundantly clear; even the most traditional and seemingly well-informed of the Europeans have been fully propagandized.

One must know and understand that there is no freedom of the press outside of the United States. Governments thoroughly control the news. While this can also be said of our major news outlets there remains, here, a free flow of honest information mostly in the form of radio and internet communication. The overwhelming majority of Europeans have no interest in, or access to either of these sources of information. I felt like I had been sucked into a black hole. I found no Wi-Fi and only a few internet cafes, the majority of which were scarcely populated and unable to provide access to anything Mac-related. I might have had better luck in Munich but even the large cites were devoid of public access points to the information super highway. In the endless concourses of outdoor cafes I saw but a handful laptops opened upon the mostly occupied tables.

Discussion was largely limited to weather, soccer, food and drink and the inexhaustible debate over Germany\’s past sins and the price they continue to pay although only a very few of those responsible for the misdeeds remain. It is similar to the discussion of slavery in this country; no one here was ever a slave and no one here ever owned a slave. How long are the sins of the fathers to be visited upon the children? When is enough enough?

Nearly everyone with whom I conversed spoke in very positive terms about our new president. They were surprised at my observations. This was the clearest evidence of dominant influence of the modern European press. Joseph Goebbels had nothing on these people! Tell a lie, make it big and tell it over and over again and soon everyone will believe it. This was the Goebbels\’ philosophy. Today\’s practitioners have made it an art form.

People who cling to traditional values and religion are considered to be right wing extremists. Where have we heard this before? They are also considered to be a danger the state. Hmm? Everyone associates Hitler with the right even though his movement was an extreme leftist-socialist movement.

A recent revelation about the murder of leftist student demonstrator in Berlin in 1968, an incident that forever radicalized a large number of German youth and lead to the Green movement, has required anyone with a brain to re-think the genesis of the modern international leftist movement. It has been discovered that the German police officer who shot and killed this young demonstrator was not the \”right-wing\” extremist he was made out by the press to be but rather a Stasi (East German Secret Police) spy with orders to assassinate this particular young leftist. The moral of this story revolves around the foolishness of displaying loyalty to a master who is not only incapable of corresponding but who will not hesitate to take your very life if it best suits his purposes. So it is with all brands of tyranny and all forms of vacuous ideologies. Someone once quipped, in reference to Oakland, that there is \”no there there\”. The same can be said of socialism. It is a pit that can never be filled, even with numberless concourses of victims.

The churches that once dominated the skylines of every city and village are mostly empty. The church bells peal but bare no appeal for the vast majority of of the once-faithful. They now merely toll at the passing of time. Most of the citizens of Bavaria cling to the notion of being Catholic, as a tradition, but church attendance is minimal even on the most holy of occasions. But everyone is at the recycling centers on Saturday! Wind turbines now claim dominance above every horizon. Green is the new religion. It was reminiscent of the classic movie \”Invasion of the Body Snatchers\” in which the normal people were replaced by zombie-like aliens each resembling those marked for substitution.

The birth rate among the Europeans is between 1.1 and 1.8 children per family. This is unsustainable. There will be virtually no Europeans left in 50 years.

The influx of workers from Islamic nations has been steadily growing. The average Islamic family in Europe has 8.2 children. In the not-distant future Mullahs will be using the towers of vacant churches and cathedrals as minarets for the calling of the faithful to prayer.

The Europeans are committing suicide, slowly but surely. The soft hedonism of \”Gemuetlichkeit\” has eroded the senses and sensibilities of the overwhelming majority of those who appear to live less recklessly than their offspring who have little or no respect for the antiquities they occupy or the traditions of their respective races. Three times during the 20th Century, America saved the Europeans from each other but we are powerless to save them from themselves.

In appreciation for the quality of the food I told one person that if I had to live in a socialist nation that I might prefer one in which the daily bread was better. His surprised response was that he did not live in a socialist nation. Right! And the Greens are neither red nor brown!

It occurred to me, as we touched down in San Francisco, that the shades had indeed been drawn to maintain the darkness and to keep the passengers asleep.

Kid\’s Favorite Question

Friday, December 19th, 2008

As we behold the unfolding of history before our eyes while journeying through this space and time, and as I seek out historical reference points for moorings and bearings on this increasingly long, strange trip, a question has been raised regarding Thomas Jefferson\’s most prominent role in our American saga; is he best described as a statesman or as a prophet? Or was he simply exercising uncommon common sense? The following are a few notable quotes to ponder as we consider the answer.

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

After re-reading these overwhelmingly relevant observations, the question my children frequently asked from the back seat of the car comes wafting back to my recollection; \”Are we there yet?\”

Driving the Fiat

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Now the Wall Street Journal is telling us that it is time to stock up on food because the value of the dollars in our wallets will never keep pace with the spiraling price of basic edible commodities such as rice, wheat, corn, soybeans and, by extension, all those critters we consume who eat the aforementioned grains. Food riots have been reported in 35 nations. The reasons for this \”crisis\” (the UN\’s term for this state of affairs) are many but most can be placed at the feet of our very own government and those who control it; our friends at the Federal Reserve and their friendly central bankers around the globe. The whole notion of utilizing currencies that have no basis in value other than their daily relative values to other currencies is simply madness, but that is where we are today. Paper money is valueless unless it is guaranteed redeemable in specific amounts of specific commodities; historically gold and/or silver.

When America\’s central bank was created (along with the Income Tax) December 23, 1913 by the US Congress (never ratified by the states as required), its commission as described in the Act was, \”To provide for the establishment of Federal reserve banks, to furnish an elastic currency (aha!), to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper (whatever that means), to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States (like that\’s happened!), and for other purposes (sounds ominous!).\” The US government had long resisted the concept of a central bank but there were a handful of congressmen who were for sale on the eve of Christmas Eve, 1913.

John Kennedy attempted, by Executive Order 1110, June 4, 1963, to return the responsibilities of monetary policy to the US Treasury by reinstating the Silver Standard and pulling the plug on the Federal Reserve. Not long thereafter he was dead. Two of the five members of the Warren Commission were directors of the Federal Reserve. A third member was former CIA director, Dulles, whom Kennedy had fired. The forth was Gerald Ford, the only president never to be elected president. (The author of the \”magic bullet theory\”, Commission council, Arlen Specter, went on to make a career of slight-of-hand as a US Senator from PA.)

We now have our \”elastic currency\” (also known as \”fiat\” currency) and look where it is gotten us. Some very, very few have profited mightily from this manipulation (the kindest word I can think of to describe what these people have done). The vast majority will find that even the silver lining has been stolen.

Is all of this explainable as pure paranoia on the part of a hopeless conspiracy theorist? You can hope so, but the facts remain. In the meantime, don\’t forget to stock up on a few essentials. You should still be able to afford to purchase all that will fit in the back seat of your Fiat. I have plenty of crow to feast upon if my analysis if it is found wanting.

PS. The thoughtlessness of the modern environmental movement has also played a significant part in bringing us to this cruel moment in time. All actions have consequences. It would be wise to ponder as many of the potential outcomes proceeding from our decisions as possible before pursuing a particular course. The price and availability of fuel and food have been enormously impacted by this inattention to the realities that exist. There are natural laws to consider in the process of creating policy. Wishing is not one of them.

Chinese Spying

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The Chinese launched the greatest espionage campaign in the history of the world, back in the 90\’s, against the USA. This campaign continues to this day. It initially appeared that their primary interest was developing information on consumer goods but now were know what they have really been after; with the incredible proliferation of automobiles in their country (8000 new vehicles per month in Beijing alone) they have discovered the necessity of learning how to drive.

Bin Laden Found!!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

At last we know where he is; he is on Mars where he was photographed by a NASA mission on January 2.

Editors note: I thought we had the scoop but apparently others have come forth with this same story in advance of this posting. As there is obviously consensus, it must be true.

I\’m Back!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

I have returned and little has changed. I don\’t know what I was expecting; perhaps I wasn\’t expecting anything. That seems to be the key to preventing disappointment.

I did have a very pleasant time away from the day to day. The NW Pacific Coast\’s chain of volcanoes, from Lassen to Ranier, are living monuments to Earth\’s regenerativity; the tips of the iceberg in planetary processes that are so vast and gradual as to not be noticable at all except in times of seismic distress or primal displays of overwhelming power in which our relative significance in the greater scheme of things is properly prioritized. I would recommend the drive.

Hang a left off of Highway 97 and visit Leavenworth, Washington; a sincere and largely successful attempt to re-create the charm of a Bavarian Village. I have been to Bavarian villages that were not as quaint. Westward on Highway 2 was a beautiful drive with all one could want in the way of mountain scenery. We proceded to Edmonds for the short ferry ride across the sound to Kingston and Highway 104. Turning north on US 101, we began our survey of fish and chips in Port Angeles at the Landing; the point of departure and arrival for the Vancouver ferry. Both the cod and the halibut were excellent, the slaw was noteworthy and the chips were okay. We would eat there again.

Our next stop along the way was the Lodge at Lake Crecent. Perhaps it is a good thing that the beauty of this place is not widely heralded. We overnighted at Forks before heading to Hoh Rain Forest. I would recommend going there when it is raining but any time you can get there would be time well-invested. Ruby Beach is as magnificent as any confluence of soil and sea and sky as I have been privileged to see.

The drive south from Astoria along the Oregon Coast is refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating. The Tillamook Air Museum is a worthwhile side-light for anyone who loves airplanes and enormous wooden stuctures.

Giant Redwoods! One could say that seeing one, one has seen them all but I am happy to see forests of them. The atmosphere is peaceful and one cannot help but feel humbly reverent in this green and brown cathedral.

Now I am home. The wheat and the tares have continued to mature in their respective attributes. We must all do our best to be good examples to those around us, especially our children. We must live what we believe and not simply use our beliefs as talking points in an effort to win votes. When the Liberals come to understand that faith is an action principle they will be Conservatives.

The Plaintiff Imams

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

No one wants to be sued. The process of being drug through the process is tedious, expensive and unwholesome. Most Americans do all we can to avoid it. This is what the Jihadis are counting on. This attempt, by the Six Flying Imams, to sue their fellow passengers is a strategic step to suppress such vigilance in the future. The entire event was orchestrated to be exactly what it has become. Instead of using the plane, in this instance, as a weapon against us they are using our legal system to soften the resolve of those future passengers who may be there when the martyrs board. I would accept this episode as a sign that we need to invest even greater attentiveness in the direction of our fellow travelers as we move about the country.