July 15th, 2012


Will the real US government please stand up?

A Republican candidate for state senate in Iowa has thrown in the towel... in order to take up her position as US Senator in the real US government. Or maybe they're all playing games that are about one half-step short of sedition and treason.

"And Remember This! Where the de jure Republic of The United States of America exists the de facto UNITED STATES CORPORATION, having no standing, must go away!"

"By serving as your Senator in The Republic Congress, I am restrained to voting in line with Our Republic for The United States Constitution, which by the way does not contain the 14th Amendment or any thereafter"

Whew. Thank lack-of-god, she can't vote!

ETA: There have always been disgruntled Americans frustrated by 'what's wrong with the country'. Some of them give up and just stop voting. Some of them hole up in bunkers with guns. Some of them join movements more or less political, from the Tea Party to the Occupiers. All of these tactics strike me as more or less valid, and more or less nutty. This current effort to establish a new government (under the color of restoring an old one) does strike me as tantamount to sedition. I think they have crossed the line from nutty to dangerous.

People can and do convince themselves to sincerely believe bizarre things. When agents of one legitimate government bump into agents of the other legitimate government, I can foresee a one-sided, but no less tragic, 'civil war'.
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  • htpcl

Mission UNpossible: The hunt for the beach vendor

"Come plunder me' barrow, ye handsome folksies! Couple 'peaches are a dime, there's not much left! Eeeverything is fair and square, you come, cash, and carry! Eh?"
"A cob o' corn is gymnastics fo' tha teeth, lambada for the tongue, y'all!"
"Hot warm corn, buns with sesame, t'is like Madonna's breakfast, Lady Gaga's lunch, like Mike Tyson's dinner!"
"Whoever knows best, stops here, ya'll! Eh?"

Those are just a pinch of all the verbal gems that usually come out of the mouths of scrawny tanned colorite Gypsy vendors that we've grown so accustomed to seeing around our beaches in recent years. And this season, it would seem, the beach jobbers have become defter, smarter, and more skillful in this never ending hide and seek game that they've always played with the stalking food inspectors, hygiene authorities and the likes of them.

You know the game. First play this in a separate tab, ya know, just for atmosphere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LsLArvYut4

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The Captain's Prop

Whatever the Color, Follow the Money

For too long now, I have been remiss in a promise I made to alobar. For too long, I have been contemplating writing about L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the money parables others have found in it, but not writing it. So, fresh from a road trip to the Oregon Country Fair, today I sat down to actually write it . . . and found out that many, many other have already done so.

Still, having pored through the material available online, and having ordered holds on what books on the topic my library offers, I do think that I can contribute a worth-while synopsis and toss in a few observations I have not seen in the conclusions written to date. Collapse )