I Saw Dinesh D’Souza’s America So Now You Have To

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What if America didn’t exist?

That’s the premise of Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie America: Imagine the world without her. (Find a theatre near you.)

Last Wednesday, my wife took Samantha, Jordan, and me to see the movie to kick off Independence Day weekend. Even without the movie, this July 4th was special for me. My son, Jack, re-enlisted in the US Navy on board the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor.

Plus, the holiday gives me a welcomed break from a hectic month at work. And there’s parties to go to and the finest 4th of July weather St. Louis has had in a long time–since 1997, if memory serves.

But I’m going to ask you to take someone to see America: Imagine the world without her. You’ll probably learn something new and important no matter how much you read.

For example, does the name Madame C. J. Walker mean anything to you? It should. If not, D’Souza will fill you in by answering the question, “Why don’t we ever hear about America’s first self-made millionairess?” The answer will surprise you.

Something else I learned—well, confirmed: Hillary Clinton is ideologically closer to Barack Obama than she is to her husband Bill.

I know Dinesh D’Souza’s had some issues with hubris of late, but that’s all the more reason to see America. He confronts his problems and points out how the Obama administration uses its power to reward friends and crush enemies.

In the end, America is about the real battle for liberty. America is liberty’s last and greatest hope. If liberty dies here, there’s no place else to run to.

The more people see America by D’Souza, the better the odds that liberty will prevail.

2 Awesome Military Stories for Independence Day Weekend

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I love this video. And I’m going to ask you a small favor for my son Jack, so please read all.

WARNING: Strong Language

What’s So Great About It?

You have to love this American Army sergeant telling the Iraqi police how it is in strong language. Perhaps if the Iraqi police had listened, they wouldn’t be defending Baghdad against the Islamic State right now.

But they are.

I know some of you might object to this sergeant’s direct assault on these men’s manhood and character. Don’t be. Like Patton, this sergeant knows these men need to grow spines and to take responsibility for themselves, their comrades, and their country. Not because it’s cool, but because evil men will try to take their country–and their lives–from them.

This sergeant deserves a medal.

If You Don’t Get the Sergeant’s Speech, You Don’t Understand War

People who’ve never served might not understand that war is violent. The purpose of war is to break an enemy’s will to fight, to break down an enemy’s psyche so thoroughly that the enemy society cannot function without assistance from the victory.

Like the Democratic Party, the propose of war is to make a whole race of people completely dependent on others.

Unlike the Democratic Party, the US military tries to rehabilitate the vanquished society, restore its dignity, and help its people become independent, functioning, proud citizens of their reformed nation.

That means just war is morally superior to the Democrat Party, which Alexis de Tocqueville perfectly described 176 years ago:

Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. 

AT2(AW) Jack Hennessy on USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor

Independence Day isn’t a furniture sale. It’s a commemoration of a nation’s rejection of the arbitrary rule of other men. July 4th symbolizes a bold American spirit that, like the sergeant in this video, will risk everything to live as free people, free from the tyranny of unlimited state power.

And some risk more than others.

Now My Real Purpose of This Post

That’s why I spent nine years on active duty and nearly three years submerged on a submarine—to preserve and protect our republic and her people.

And that’s why I’m so proud to tell you my son Jack is re-enlisting today, July 4, on board the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Congratulations, Jack. And congratulations to the US Navy and to the United States.

Now for that small favor.

Would you mind leaving a short note to Jack in the comments of this blog post?

Chamber Royale

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 Lynd:  So as charming as you are, Mister Bond, I’ll be keeping my eye on the government’s money and off your  perfectly formed arse.

Bond: You noticed.

Lynd: Even accountants have imaginations.

— from Casino Royale, 2006

You have to ask “why?”

Why would national Republicans like Roy Blunt, Ann Wagner, Billy Long, and Jason Smith jump into a State Senate primary?

The race to replace Senator John Lamping in Missouri’s 24th State Senate district is attracting major attention from Missouri’s US Congress delegation. Roy Blunt, Ann Wagner, Billy Long, and Jason Smith are bringing their fundraising prowess to bear on behalf of Jay Ashcroft, son of John Ashcroft. On June 30 the Missouri Republican Congressional delegation held a fundraiser for Mr. Ashcroft at Vue 17 in Clayton.

I think I know why, and I think it involves a big name Republican who’s not listed on the invitation: Kit Bond.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce, currently under the direction of the Missouri Hospital Association, hired Bond to push Medicaid expansion in Missouri. So far, Bond has failed in his quest. But he’s not giving up, and neither are the aforementioned Republican powers.

Word on the street is that Missouri’s Republican establishment wants Medicaid expansion passed early in the 2015 session to avoid interfering with 2016 fundraising. Apparently, Ashcroft agreed to help push Obamacare in the Missouri Senate, so the Powers That Be want him to replace the principled Lamping. (Lamping—a Hennessy’s View favorite—chose not to run for re-election.)

This story shows why I’m so down on the GOP, especially in Missouri.

10 Missouri Candidates No One Told You About

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How many times have you thought, “I really don’t care for the Republican, but I’ll never vote for a Democrat?”

How does that thought make you feel? Weak or strong? Impotent or powerful? Eager or dispirited?

Do you know why you feel forced to choose between the lesser of two evils?

Because you want to.

In almost every race, you have more than two choices. In the 2014 US House elections in Missouri, ballots in all eight districts will have a Libertarian or independent candidate, or both.

I’m not saying to cast a knee-jerk vote for a third party candidate. I am saying not to cast a knee-jerk for a Republican or Democrat. Take a look at your choices. Tell your friends who don’t vote that they don’t have to settle for the lesser of two evils.

To help spread the word about your choices, here’s what I could find about some non-traditional party candidates who might be more appealing than the candidates chosen for you by the political elite. Or, as Politico put it

2nd District: Bill Slantz, Libertarian

I believe in a limited government. Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and accept responsibility for the choices they make. The Libertarian way approaches politics based on the principle of self-ownership — no group, government nor individual should be allowed to dictate or direct the life of any other group, government or individual.

As a proud Libertarian, I believe not only in a free market, but also in the free marketplace of ideas. We poorly represent the voice and will of the people when we restrict conversation only to those affiliated with a Republican or Democratic Party. We need fresh, independent voices if we are to rid our government offices of “politics as usual” in Missouri and beyond.

3rd District: Steven Hedrick, Libertarian

I could go to school for 50 years and never understand half of the things our government does and we have
no say in what they are doing to us. If this is a free country, shouldn’t we be making the decisions instead
of people that we elect thinking they are going to be honest when they just want to get elected? I think we
should have more freedoms that are not overran by our governments laws because after all, isn’t that what are forefathers wanted for us? This is not going to be a free country until we make a stand and get our
freedoms back that have been taken over by our government. It is your call, but I think we should make
a stand together so we can be free!

BTW, Blaine Luetkemeyer, the 3rd District incumbent, is the mother of all crony capitalists in Congress. This seat needs a new face in 2014.

3rd District: Harold Davis, Write-in

I REALLY WANT YOU to send me to the House of Representatives. THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT!  Because I know you’re frustrated with Gov’t. and I hear you say there’s nothing you can do. WELL NOW THERE IS!  AND YOU MUST ACT!  IF you don’t, it’s pretty simple and obvious, nothing much will change. Take action is just a catch phrase unless YOU put out effort. I have offered to disrupt my life for CIVIC DUTY, so must YOU, to REGISTER TO VOTE  AND VOTE, WRITE MY NAME ON THE BALLOT

4th District: Herschel Young, Libertarian

With all the talk about where I stand on some issues. I have decided to clear the Air! 
Yes I support Freedom of Religion!
Yes I Support Freedom of Speech! 
Yes I Support The Right to Bear Arms for All!
Yes I’m Pro-Life
Yes I’m for Less Government
Yes I’m for Lower Taxes
Yes I’m Against Government Handouts!
Yes I’m For Extradition of All Illegal Aliens / Undocumented People in America!
Yes I’m Against ObamaCare!
Yes I would Vote to Abolish US Dept of Education.
Yes I would us the Constitution as my Guide for Voting on any Issue. If not Supported by the Constitution I would not vote for it!!!

Feel Free to Ask any Question.

5th District: Roy Welborn, Libertarian

Over my job career I have done so many different things from fast food when I was younger, to construction, and finally for the past 30 years I have been in the Computer industry in various roles from Programmer, to Systems administrator. I have been dead broke, I have wondered at times where my next meal has come from, and I have been lower middle class blue collar/white collar all my life. So I know the plight of the middle class with struggling to pay for bills, gas, and food with what little money I brought in.

I have never held a public office not even in high school, and that is one reason why I think I would make a great person to choose for congress, I know when to call bullcrap, and I am very outspoken regarding what is wrong, right, and simply none of the governments business. If I am graced with being elected will not change.

6th District: Russ Monchil, Libertarian

Russ Monchil resides in Caldwell County with his wife Tracy and his 2 sons.  Russ has lived and worked in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District his entire life.  He and his family live on and run a certified organic farm.  He works full time in the hotel industry at the Kansas City Airport, has a producer license to sell Legal Insurance and also enjoys breeding Working Line German Shepherds.  He is a steward for Teamsters Local 41, and will begin a 2 year term on the local school board on April 9th. Russ is an active participant and committee member with the Libertarian party in his local township.

7th District: Kevin Craig, Libertarian

Liberty Under God is the philosophy that made America the most prosperous and most admired nation in history. America is now bankrupt and despised even by former admirers. Only one candidate for U.S. Congress would get the vote of America’s Founding Fathers.

PS Kevin’s website is a remarkable source of information.

7th District: Vincent Jennings, Independent

2014 Democrat Candidate for MO 157. Favors legal cannabis. Equality. Labor. Liberty. Medicaid expansion. Land based casinos..

8th District: Rick Vandeven, Libertarian

One of the first things that I will do when elected is introduce legislation to eliminate federal funding of state, county, and local police forces. Yes, this will save the taxpayer money (about $700 billion since 9/11), but I am much more concerned about saving our civil liberties. There are too many cops, too many jails, too many drones, too many armored vehicles, too many SWAT teams, too many machine guns, and TOO MANY DAMN LAWS!!!

8th District: Terry Hampton, Independent

IT’S TIME FOR INDEPENDENTS

A New Way of Thinking about How We Are Governed
You and I have to do something different if we expect different political results. It’s time for us to say to the Republican and Democratic parties, “We’re leaving.” These parties don’t support us. Why are we supporting them? 

A Gallup poll from January 12, 2012 says that Independents make up the largest political group in the country. Yet in the current House, membership is 54% Republican and 46% Democrat. Congress doesn’t look like or act like us because it is not like us. 

You deserve a new kind of voice, not another politician who knows his or her way around the political system, the system that has failed us and our country.

Don’t Vote for Power and Money
It’s nearly impossible for politicians who get tangled up in the party system to not lose their way. The lure of party power is strong. But the price they pay is giving up their souls to the party line. 

Representatives elected by political party power, or by special interest money, owe their allegiance to whoever paid their way. Our current representatives don’t answer to you and me. They answer to their parties and to money.

Aside: I with all the candidates profiled here would check out Terry Hampton’s excellent, professional website. One reason non-establishment candidates struggle is they don’t do the basics right. Terry does. A high-quality, professional looking website is not expensive or difficult today. If candidates want people to take them seriously, they need to follow Terry’s lead on website design and content strategy.

 Learn More About Your Choices

No one can use the “lesser of two evils” excuse for staying home in 2014. I know people think that voting for a third party is wasting a vote. So is not voting at all.

Note: I offered to profile three other candidates who did not respond to my request for information and whose websites lacked sufficient background to include in this post. And then I received Roy Welborn’s info, which I’ve added.

The Masque of the Red Death – American Style

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The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal—the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men.

—Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

We’re facing a different kind of death—economic death. Self-determination death. Self-ownership death. The world seems to be going up in flames. Ukraine vs. Russia. Syria’s brutal Assad vs. al Qaeda. China vs. Japan and Vietnam. The United States vs. Everyone.

 

But mostly, the political dichotomy here and around the world is the elites vs. the plebeians.

Martin Armstrong (via ZeroHedge.com):

The Guardian reported that some 50,000 people marched in London to protest against austerity. They cried: “Who is really responsible for the mess this country is in? Is it the Polish fruit pickers or the Nigerian nurses? Or is it the bankers who plunged it into economic disaster – or the tax avoiders? It is selective anger.”

In the United States, both the federal government and the states have lost control of our borders. I don’t mean this as hyperbole, as many have over the years. There are literally thousands of destitute children taking over the border states of the US, and no one can stop it. No one. These refugees bring with them disease, poverty, and ignorance. And the President has no clue what to do.

Meanwhile, the world’s economies are facades hiding an empty bank managed by champagne-bathing, corrupt bankers. Congress and the White House and the press and the Fed keep the mask in place.

Yet we all know, deep down, the mask is slipping. Gravity drags the mask down. The banksters sweat a bit more, lubricating the mask and assisting gravity.

And yet on Wall Street the band plays on. The worse the economic news, the higher the market goes. From ZeroHedge.com on Friday:

It was a busy week… Shittiest GDP print in 5 years, dismal consumption data, and European confidence and PMIs plunge (and Japanese macro data just collapsed)

  • JPY’s biggest gain in 14 weeks
  • 10Y Yield’s biggest drop in 6 weeks
  • USD Index worst week in 14 weeks
  • European stock’s worst week in 14 weeks

“Most Shorted” stocks continue to surge back to what looks like a great double top forming (7th week in a row)…

And the market responded with panic-buying to close Friday in the green.

Back to Poe:

But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys.

—Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

Did he call these people to warn them? To prepare? To train them in the medical arts?

Of course not. He told them buy stocks.

It was towards the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence.

—Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

Maybe Edgar Allen Poe saw 2014 coming. And maybe Martin Armstrong sees what lies ahead.

The solutions from politics will always be the same – grab more power. We are in a downward spiral of liberty and how far we go down this path to the future will be determined by the people and if they at least wise up and see this is not class warfare, it is the people against government. This is why I say career politicians are dangerous for they can be bought way too easily as Clinton was to open the flood gates for the bankers.

This is why I now write about the new political dichotomy and what we can about it. And why I’ve lost faith in the GOP’s ability or willingness to stop the red death.

In Virginia, people did wise up–enough to jettison Eric Cantor, who will now work with massive corporations and TBTF banksters and their PACs to destroy David Brat. The GOP Establishment doesn’t want just any Republican economics professor to win—they want their candidates to win. As Mitch McConnell told us, the Republican Party’s only purpose now is to crush the tea party.

A couple of nights ago, I was in my garage putting tools away. A wicked looking black spider ran across the floor right in front of me. We have a Black Widow problem, so I didn’t bother to get the details of this bug. I stepped on it. Then I felt my body shiver as if the temperature had dropped to -5. The spider popped and hundreds of tiny, miniature versions of the spider scurried out from under my topsider. I killed the one and unleashed hundreds. (Others have experienced this freaky phenomenon.)

Maybe the GOP will succeed in crushing the tea party. But we’re like that black spider. Crush one and hundreds run from your shoe.

Let’s hope it’s tea partiers. Here’s Martin Armstrong’s depressing close:

This is not going to end pretty. The question is when does society wake up? Just how high will this price be that we have to pay? They will blame the rich and the idiots will cheer – get them. What will happen when there is no more wealth to hunt? We end up with a communist state by default – no wealth, just career politicians who blame everyone but themselves.

I’m sure my elephant-hat-wearing Republican friends are unhappy with my recent turn toward independence. But saving the Republican Party isn’t my mission. I’m trying to save self-governance. I’m trying to save self-determination. I’m trying to avoid totalitarianism and fascism. I’m trying to destroy the Red Death before it destroys us. And the GOP isn’t helping just now.

And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

—Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

Tomorrow I plan to profile some candidates you haven’t heard of. You haven’t heard of them because they don’t represent an establishment party. When you vote, I want you to know your choices, not just the choices your establishment overlords want you to know.

Not All Lies Are Meant To Fool

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What line of work was Tony Soprano in? 

Waste management.

Did Tony Soprano expect people to believe he was in waste management?

No. Tony Soprano expected people realize he was a wise guy and treat him with due respect–or what you and I call fear.

Some lies are meant to make the liar seem more successful or more talented or better than he thinks he is. Trust me, I’ve done it.

Other lies are meant to get the liar out of trouble. Been there with Bill Clinton.

But the scariest liars are the ones like Tony Soprano. They don’t want to fool you. They’re not getting out of trouble. They’re saying, “I can tell you whatever the fuck I want and you can’t do shit about it because of who I am. Got that, Sparky?”

Or as Chili Palmer said in Get Shorty, “I’m the guy who’s telling you the way it is.”

When the Obama administration first announced that Lois Lerner’s hard drives ate all her email, I knew what kind of lie it was. It was a “waste management” kind of lie. It was a Tony Soprano lie.

A lot of people seemed shocked that IRS Commissar John Koskinen was so smug, arrogant, and combative at his first House hearing last week. I wasn’t. I knew the whole hard drive story wasn’t an attempt to deceive, but an attempt to belittle and intimidate. There’s nothing more demeaning than being told an obvious lie.

John Koskinen is a Capo in Barack Obama’s  . . . thing. He knows nobody can lay a finger on him. Nobody. Why? Because he as an army and he knows where everybody lives. He knows how many kids they’ve got and where their wives get their nails done and where their husbands play golf.

John Koskinen knows every credit card transaction, every ATM withdrawal, and every gas station Darrell Issa pulled into at 12:45 a.m.  Same goes for you, and you, and you.

I hate myself for the stupid lies I’ve told in my life. The lies intended to make me bigger made me smaller, and the ones intended to get me out of jam got me deeper into the jar. Over the years, I’ve gotten better about avoiding lies. Well, I try, anyway.

But I never used a lied as a form of intimidation. Maybe I would have if I actually had the power to destroy someone’s life. I don’t know. Happily, I’ve never had that kind of power.

But Barack Obama and John Koskinen have the power to ruin people–innocent people. They have the power to disappear people, audit people, ruin people.

And when one of Obama’s Capos says “sometimes a hard drive is just a hard drive,” they’re really saying “it’d be a shame if something bad happened to that little girl of yours.”

Stop trying to disprove the hard drive lie. No one bought it, and no one was supposed to.