Mandeville, LA – Mike Church’s daily Pile of Prep, chock full of the latest [r]epublican goodness including the Ryan budget an unholy, not conservative alliance. Read along with my historical viewpoint to help make sense of it all plus other [r]epublican stories used to perform the Mike Church Show on Sirius/XM Patriot channel 125.“[T]here’s a reason why the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, restricts what states can do to you, but not corporations or private actors, and that is because the government has a whole set of very extreme powers that make it a different and more threatening kind of actor. It can put you in prison; it can actually take your life; it can take your property; it can tax you; it can monitor you for all sorts of purposes” – Glenn Greenwald in latest interview o the NSA’s abuses
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Oh far avis de lex! Federal Judge actually rules on a Federal Case and a Bill of Rights case, properly applied, to a Federal Agency over challenges to the NSA’s mass data collection scheme.
This 60 Minutes infomercial for the NSA is only missing Vince with a Slapchop or a toll free number to turn your data in for the low-price of $9.99 but if you act now, you can turn yourself AND a family member in for the same low-price!
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Washington Irving was a writer without equal, who felt compelled to biography his namesake. This “Student Edition” of his 5 volume bio of Washington is just thrilling to read.
Paoul Anderson’s tale of time travel is an insightful reminder that our ancestors were as smart if not smarter than we are and in complete control of their technology
There’s no better long form reading project than getting familiar with John Taylor of Caroline’s “Tyranny Unmasked” quite possibly the best tract ever written on the subject of what he called “protection” but what we call “corporatism”
What did the English think of the North’s ridiculous claims that the Confederate States 1. Could not secede 2.Were never sovereign & Independent and 3. Were justified in their defense of themselves? Read all about it, start on p. 650
H.L. Mencken is worth reading on many topics but especially on Gettsyburg, you will find his entire critique of Lincoln’s “Gospel” beginning on page 173
The biography of Albert Gallatin is worth knowing and this “American Statesman” book on him is a good start
John Taylor of Caroline was the most influential [r]epublican voice of his day and his work remains as necessary reading. This essay by the great Joseph Stromberg, first published in 1982, explains Taylor’s [r]epublicanism and libertarian thought, unlike any other American of his time
S.J. Quinn’s The History of Fredericksburg, VA is a most thrilling historical walk through 18th & 19th century American history &b includes episodes from 1776, 1798 and 1861
One of the most accomplished yet little know Founder AND Christian Gentlemen was John Randolph of Roanoke, I am researching him for reference and for a good volume on his life to republish, this one is rare and good
Member of the U.S. Constitution Center pens piece on the Constitution that comes right out of the mouths of the worst nationalists who claimed to be “Federalists”, lamenting that James Madison din’t get his wish for a Federal veto over state Acts in “matters of conscience”!?
Patrick J Buchanan: Is Vladimir Putin a PaleoCon? Buchanan says Vlad is more right about defending traditional values than the West AND he wonders, after Vlad quotes one of Russell Kirk’s acceptable communists, just WHO is writing Putin’s speeches?
Glenn Greenwald sounds positively [r]epublican and maybe even a bit KingDude’y (or maybe I have that backwards) when asked why it is not ok for the government to spy on you but it can be ok for google to do it
In search of reactionary radicals. Bill Kaufmann’s 2006 book offers us a way forward that ha soothing to do with repairing Mordor as it is irreparable. “Russell Kirk liked to quote Eric Voegelin’s remark that the “great line of demarcation in modern politics…is not a division between liberals on one side and totalitarians on the other.”
Kinks in Mordor’s armor: Senator Mark Udall exalts federal judge ruling against NSA and promotes bi-partisan reform plan that is also a bi-cameral effort. Are the spooks, spooked yet?
Brad Birzer reflects on the failure of the 60’s generation in everything it has touched: music, film, foreign policy, civil liberties and most of all the family. “Indeed, the so called counter-culture of the 1960s and 1970s was an utter sham, a desire for decadence unrestrained and power galore to remake the world in the image of the new tyrants.”
Incorporationistas celebrate! Federal judge rules that Utah’s Bigamy law violates the 1st Amendment because it infringes the bigamists’s religion. Now the Utah freedom of religion amendment may be at issuer here but not the 1st via the 14th
Still McCAin is still wrong on too many foreign policy debates after all these years, this time posing with Ukrainian terrorist Oleh Tyahnybok
FDA announces new Federal war against anti-bacterial soap makers, seizing the power to make sure we’re all protected from soap fraudsters. In the biggest blow to reasonFDA claims that these soaps must prove that they’re better than soap and water. OK, WHICH soap? Mixed with WHAT water? From Where? At what ratio of liquid to solid? Maybe the FDA should just forbid us to go outside until we can be escorted by a bureaucrat “guardian federale” Please also explain when Congress granted the agency to conceive of a product to harass then write it’s own regulations to harass it?
Patrick J. Buchanan wants to know why we as a “nation” [emphasis mine] refuse to let go of treaty responsibilities for countries no longer threatened by the USSR or the real Chairman Mao
BUT Paul D. Ryan, co-author of Ryan/Murray which may as well be Martin/Lewis (as in Deano) claims that “We still have a Pentagon beget that is not where it needs to be.” So Ryan is of that number that believes the U.S. spending 43% of the known universe’s military spending is inadequate to the task of “defense”
Mish: Meanwhile a “data artist” has compiled a visual image of what the Empire’s base footprint looks like from space. Again, folks, if the Krull were actually planning an invasion, their first mission would be to take out the United States and eliminate half the planet’s defenses. When will the public begin to demand they stop being taxed and indebted for what amounts to the biggest State sponsored display of hubris in the history of Earth?
DeceptiCONNED: Mitch McConnell tells MIC member company that if they don’t pony up the $$$ to defend guys like him in re-election & some non-interventionist kook [emphasis mine] defeats him then Mordor will lose interest in spending trillions on “robust national security”
SPYIN’ EYES: The NSA’s head spy honchos consider Edward Snowden a long-term risk, just as I explained to you last week. It is what Snowden HASN’T revealed that is keeping him alive. NSA is actually considering a grant of amnesty
Libs demand that the U.S. kick Russia out of the G-8, boycott the Olympics and do anything else needed to stop Moscow from picking on Ukraine because they are “free”…
….which is funny because Ukraine, to become “free” had to secede from the USSR in 1991 which I thought was “illegal, treasonous, seditious” and let’s not forget “racist”
Nomocracy in Politics: The virtues necessary for the Constitution to be effective are the “lower virtues”. “This constitutional morality is no set of theological convictions or habits; it does not explicitly demand any particular conception of the human good beyond recognition of the duty to uphold the Constitution. It is not some high virtue of the saint. But this lower virtue is essential for constitutional government to survive.”
More complaining about Obama shaking communist Raoul Castro’s hand at the funeral for communist Nelson Mandela, attended by tens of thousands of communists aka the ANC & it’s party members
LATIN PHRASE OF THE DAY: De mortuis nihil nisi bonum – Of the dead nothing unless good
FINALLY someone has asked the most pertinent question of the millennia, one sure to heal our divides and chart a new course for millions toward erudition: Were Jesus & Santa white guys!? Why, “yes” chimes in Megyn Kelly
Brion McClanahan: Thomas Paine and his “Crisis” breathed life into Washington’s near dead campaign for the “Glorious Cause” in December, 17776
Columnist: Sorry, Libertarians, inequality DOES matter. This guy should read Dr. Walter Block’s “The case For Discrimination” and begin a journey to understanding that inequality in the human world does not matter as long as we’re all equal before God. Our attempts to “fix” inequality attempt to elevate our “genius” to God’s level, an arrogant and sinful activity that produces the current “equality state” the same people rail against.
Mike Rowe, he of Dirty Jobs fame, warns yet again about asking young people to borrow money to get college degrees for jobs that will never exist
Video from my Gentleman’s Corner: All you need to open a bottle of wine when you forget the corkscrew, is a shoe.
Ryan Lizza gives u stye most complete picture of the history of the NSA, the C.I.A. I have read this year and asks the question: why won’t Obama tell the spy fare state to stand down?
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