• Once upon a time, your construct here was the basis for revolution:

    “He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.”

  • I read somewhere that petty larceny on a personal scale is a crime; grand larceny on a national or international scale is economics.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Edward Snowden is the Most Dangerous Man in America. Good.

    2014-07-21 14:12:12View | Delete

    Glad you enjoyed, please steal and use it.

    I am increasingly convinced of the depths of our corruption, and the measures we’ll need to take to restore justice.

    A simple read though the Declaration’s list of grievances against King George sounds dismayingly familiar.

  • New York is an interesting place. Steal millions of dollars from retirement plans, homeowners, municipalities, and leaven that with laundering money for the drug cartels, and the king’s men are paid a bonus.

    Sell a legal product in an unapproved manner, and get the death penalty.

    And the death penalty it is, because these officers will not face justice, hence murder was done under color of office, and with tacit approval of the king.

    Out of the bill of particulars in the Declaration of Independence:

    “For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:”

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Edward Snowden is the Most Dangerous Man in America. Good.

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    Snowden noted his and other whistleblowers’ attempts to “go through channels” with their concerns, but cautioned “The American Revolution was not fought for the right to channels.”

    “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”

    The Founders’ fight is our fight, and no less than democracy is in the balance.

  • In 2008, a majority of Americans, conservative and liberal, wanted to see perp-walks on Wall Street, and CEO jail-time in gen pop.

    Our young president chose to stand between Wall Street and the “pitchforks”. We would have never heard of Rick Santelli, and the Republican Party may well have gone the way of the Whigs, had our president merely acted like an old-school Democrat.

  • diogenes commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Louis L’Amour by dakine01.

    2014-07-12 17:43:38View | Delete

    I had the good fortune to begin my reading with Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. Some of L’Amour’s books were simple, other a bit more complicated. The Lonesome Gods was great. L’Amour’s good guys did The Right Thing, and were willing to take on the bad guys. Not a bad lesson for a kid to pick [...]

  • diogenes commented on the blog post The Shape of Wanks to Come

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    I cropped tobacco for 10-12 hours a day as an 8 year old for .90 an hour because my family needed the money. Got sick as a dog at the beginning of every tobacco season from the nicotine and 2-4 D (a component in Agent Orange).

    I walked out of the tobacco patch the day I turned 16 and landed a job at the grocery store. I thought I’d ascended bodily into heaven. A lot of poor kids of my era did the same thing. You damn sure didn’t see the townies out in the field.

    One thing I learned is there is no 1:1 correlation between hard work and wealth. Who you know and who you are willing to exploit demonstrates much more causality. All of which convinces me of the need for a strong safety net, and jobs that enable hard-working parents to support their families.

    On a side note, you can’t run for political office in rural southeastern NC unless you spent some time in the patch. It’s part of the stump speech.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Young and Hispanic Tend To Be Most Politically Disengaged

    2014-07-07 16:20:01View | Delete

    Back in the day, the Republican Party ran on “a chicken in every pot, and a car in every backyard, to boot.”

  • diogenes commented on the diary post State Socialization to Build Grit & Perseverance by deft.

    2014-07-04 21:14:24View | Delete

    “In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions fade from their minds, and unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of [...]

  • diogenes commented on the blog post Obama Uses War Powers To Send More Troops To Iraq

    2014-07-01 08:33:55View | Delete

    I’d settle for them to impeach Obama on war powers and 4th amendment grounds just to show Pelosi how it’s done.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post SCOTUS Ruling Another Blow To Unions

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    Unions owe a Duty of Fair Representation to the folks who are not members, and you better believe the free riders avail themselves of representation whenever they have a grievance.

    The unions need to grow a pair and tell the free riders they are on their own. No point in buying a cow…

  • diogenes commented on the diary post Why Is the American Red Cross Acting Like Big Business and Not a Charity? by BrandonJ.

    2014-06-28 16:28:23View | Delete

    My father, father-in-law and uncle, WWII and Korean vets, told the same stories and hated the ARC.

  • When we subsidize backstabbing, we need to expect being stabbed in the back. Until D voters confront the DLC establishment, nothing will change.

    We really need the liberal equivalent of the Tea Party, willing to primary the status quo.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post The NRA’s blood for the tree of liberty

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    My father and uncle, WWII and Korean War vets, taught me how to handle guns – not only the technical aspects, but temperament and judgment. I was taught to regulate myself. I view guns as tools, and own a variety of pistols, shotguns and rifles.

    That world is gone, and we have a subset of undisciplined and dangerous people with access to guns. I am a strong advocate of significant and verifiable training before one can own a weapon, reasonable magazine capacity limits, and a ban on oversized magazines. The military and police do not routinely use extended clips because of their tendency to jam. The only purpose of a 30 round clip for a handgun or a drum-fed clip for a rifle is to, in a non-tactical situation where the gun won’t get banged around, kill a lot of people in a hurry. An ambush.

    I’m down with personal ownership. I’m just as down with the well-regulated part.

  • Good to be seen, Jane.

    You are my go-to person every time I flip on the computer, and you are still the best writer and editor on the tubz.

  • Voting a guy like Joe out of office is like divorcing a passive-aggressive, control-freak spouse.

    You end the most proximate causes of damage, but you never really get them out of your life.

  • diogenes commented on the diary post GDP Numbers Confirm Wisconsin’s Lagging Growth by WI Budget Project.

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    This stuff is not hard to understand. In the 1800′s US, the North took advantage of the Industrial Revolution and built a diversified economy, creating conditions where the working class had the leverage to claim a share of production. That struggle took decades, culminating in the New Deal. Slavery in the South stifled innovation and [...]

  • The Roman Empire offered better civil rights. Tradition has it St. Paul was beheaded, rather than crucified, because he was a Roman citizen.

  • diogenes commented on the blog post The unfettered “Id”

    2014-06-12 05:19:13View | Delete

    Righteous rant. I used to use the term “limousine liberal”; I am warming to “drone liberal”.

    Of course, what passes for liberal these days is no such thing. Jefferson and FDR would consider a comparison to Obama or Hillary to be fighting words.

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