Posted: 07 Apr 2009 07:33 AM PDT
In October of 2007, I asked "What if there were no more rich to steal from?."
I asked a few questions at that time:
Take a good hard look at that graphic. I mean really look at who supports America.
Atlas Shrugged was first published in 1957 and according to news sources, in 2009 it is selling at triple the rate it sold at in the beginning of 2008.
The main hero, out of many in the book, is John Galt. The man that said "enough" and determined to stop the motor of the world. Take the men and women that produced, employed, and supported our country and see where that left those that would have continued to leech off them.
In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, explained the parallels between Atlas Shrugged and today's events.
A piece written recently over at Pajamas Media, reminded me of Atlas Shrugged, a book I have had on my bookshelf since my mother gave me my first copy when I was 18 years old.
The PJM piece is headlined with "A message to the rich" and that message is the almost the exact message that John Galt, in the book, gave to those people that carried the weight of the world on their shoulders when he told them to "shrug" it off.
So let me now send a personal message to The Rich in America…
Read the whole thing from a man that says he was one of those "leeches" that thought it was his right to take from those that produced by virtue of his inability TO produce for himself. A man that finally got his act together and realized he needed to stop being a leech.
He explains the pathology of what this country is suffering now.
I have written about Atlas Shrugged multiple times, quoting specific portions from the book in the Anniversary piece I wrote showing the multiple faces of the book.
Quotation from Atlas Shrugged:
If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - What would you tell him?
That is Whittle, from PJM is telling the rich to do now, to shrug, to abandon those that think it is their right to take, by force, the hard earned money and work of another, for the benefit of those that cannot or will not produce.
Posted: 07 Apr 2009 06:53 AM PDT
The Obama administration, via the Justice Department, filed papers Friday in San Francisco, defending the Bush wiretapping program in response to a lawsuit filed by AT&T customers, stating disclosure of information sought by the customers, "which concerns how the United States seeks to detect and prevent terrorist attacks, would cause exceptionally grave harm to national security."
Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a lawyer for the customers, said Monday the filing was disappointing in light of the Obama presidential campaign's "unceasing criticism of Bush-era secrecy and promise for more transparency."
Not only is Obama liking those powers, but according to Glenn Greenwald, a member of the far far left, the Obama administration is making "New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ."
Needless to say, Greenwald is quite upset (massive understatement).
It is hard to overstate how extremist is the "soverign immunity" argument which the Obama DOJ invented here in order to get rid of this lawsuit. I confirmed with both ACLU and EFF lawyers involved in numerous prior surveillance cases with the Bush administration that the Bush DOJ had never previously argued in any context that the Patriot Act bars all causes of action for any illegal surveillance in the absence of "willful disclosure." This is a brand new, extraordinarily broad claim of government immunity made for the first time ever by the Obama DOJ -- all in service of blocking EFF's lawsuit against Bush officials for illegal spying
The Obama Administration's full motion to dismiss can be read here (PDF).
The Raw Story highlights The Electronic Frontier Foundation's response to this, via their press release:
"President Obama promised the American people a new era of transparency, accountability, and respect for civil liberties," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston in the release. "But with the Obama Justice Department continuing the Bush administration's cover-up of the National Security Agency's dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans, and insisting that the much-publicized warrantless wiretapping program is still a 'secret' that cannot be reviewed by the courts, it feels like deja vu all over again."
Cindy Cohn, legal director of EFF has the quote of the day here when she states "In our case we have no reason to believe that the warrantless wiretapping has ended, so at some point we have to call it Obama's warrantless wiretapping."
Posted: 07 Apr 2009 06:11 AM PDT
[Update] Inhofe's response from Afghanistan, via YouTube from his site. Video below.
The Weekly Standard has a letter sent to Barack Obama from multiple Senators, Republican, Independent and Democrat, urging him to not to make cuts to our missile defense capabilities. They point out the timing of the planned announcement about said cuts being directly after North Korea launched a test showing they had the capability of launching a missile that could reach parts of the United States of America.
The planned announcement is also coming after 57 percent polled by Rasmussen favors a military response to North Korea's missile launch.
The letter was signed by Senators Joseph I. Lieberman, Jon Kyl, Mark Begich, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Sessions and James Inhofe.
Dear President Obama:
This is the height of irresponsibility. As stated in the letter, it is clear that one of the largest threats against us and our allies will be ballistic missiles and cutting the money going into developing a defense against them, at a time when they are needed the most, shows an incredible lack of understanding of these basic facts by Barack Obama and his administration.
The Hill picked up on this story and points out that retired Lt. Gen. Edward Baca, who served as chief of the National Guard Bureau under former President Clinton stated "I am convinced that that the Pentagon's decision to halt the build-out of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system [GMD] will leave us vulnerable to missile attacks from countries like North Korea in the near future."
He also goes on to point to North Korea's recent missile launch saying "North Korea's recent test of a three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile, coupled with its troubling nuclear program, demonstrates that it is determined to develop the capabilities needed to strike the U.S. with a nuclear ballistic missile."
The Hill highlights why Lieberman's concerns are "problematic" for the Obama administration:
Lieberman's opposition is problematic for the Obama administration because he is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, the panel charged with assessing threats to the nation. He is also chairman of the Airland Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services panel.
Posted: 06 Apr 2009 04:21 PM PDT
A hero needs our help:
That is from BlackFive, and they have all the details about how you can help this hero. As you read, marvel as I did about this man who had already more than served his country, and yet at 52 years old he volunteered to go to Afghanistan.
I haven't heard of one news story about Kevin since he was wounded. I am hoping that you will be able to let people know. Kevin volunteered to be deployed to Afghanistan. He didn't have to go. He could easily have stayed here in Massachusetts doing his National Guard duties instead of where he is now, lying in a hospital bed unconscious, with feeding and breathing tubes keeping him alive and bandages over most of his body....
I am more than a tad ticked off this story is not being covered by the msm BUT I know full well that the milblog community (and that includes all the readers of all the sites,) can and will step up and do what we can.
There are addresses at BlackFive here, so please go over there, read the story, and do what you can. Meantime, prayers are also welcome.
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