Our rights do not originate with government, but they are to be "secured" by government.
Formerly: Libertarian Party of Citrus county

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I Told You So

If you've been reading this blog, you know that "I told you so."

Princeton study concludes: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Why the Divide in Politics will get Worse!

By Tom Rhodes, 5/14/2014

The reason America seems so divided is because it is. In big ways that polite society doesn’t talk about. That is because the country no longer has a set of shared goals. Specifically the left believes statism and control are more important than liberty, to the point that they would rather everybody universally poor than for there to be free individuals who the state doesn’t monitor and control. The idea that an average person outside of the ruling elite could become more successful and be outside of ruling elites control is not tolerable.

It’s not that they care if any individual is rich or poor, but that the ruling elite are in control. Consider California, where massive numbers of productive citizens are leaving in record numbers, the economy sucks and cannot support itself; 600,000 industrial jobs gone in the last 15 yrs; electricity 50% higher than national average; millionaires in 47 other states pay less income tax than a middle class worker earning $48K does in California; Public employee pentions are bankrupting the entire state; California has 25 billion barrels of oil sitting untapped in the Monterey and Bakersfield shale deposits, yet sends billions of dollars to Texas, Canada and elsewhere to buy natural gas and oil that it could have produced itself; Twitter, Telsa, Toyota, Adobe, eBay, Occidental petroleum, ARCO, Getty Oil, Union Oil, and Oracle, among other major California companies, have moved or announced they will move out of California to another US State. The laws and regulations of California are driving away people and business. Despite the humiliating economic statistics, California Democrats continue the same statist path.

The reason is clear jobs, companies, and individuals living in California are not the goals for those in charge. Prosperity is not important to the left. Power and control are their goals, in fact the worse the economy, the more people receiving government assistance; the greater the number of people receiving government assistance, the more control statists have over those people and more importantly more will vote for whoever promises more stuff from government, Democrats.

Consider guns. The facts are pretty clear, all of the dire predictions have proven to be false. More guns and more people allowed to carry guns rather than result in increased crime as proven to reduce overall violent crime to levels not seen in a century (you wouldn’t know that reading the statist MSM). The hatred over guns is not that you might use them for self-protection, or that they might be used in crime, but that the people might successfully stop the increase in state power. Bundy in Nevada proved exactly what the left fears; that an armed society can and will stand up to an oppressive over controlling government. The second amendment severely restricts the power of the ruling elite, it’s hard to control an armed population.

Consider Freedom of Speech and the entire Bill of Rights. The statist LA Times won’t even allow dissenting opinions on subjects used to control the people to be printed. The left loudly cheered the NFL chastising and forcing Miami Dolphins defensive back Don Jones, who dared tweet offense at the faggot kiss of the first openly gay NFL player, to pay a fine and be forced go to indoctrination camp to learn how to think correctly. Soon the statist gay mafia will declare it illegal to be a Christian and publicly read the bible. Look at how Tebow was treated compared to the new NFL fairy.

Rule of law – statists believe they aren’t subject to the same rules, and can ignore the representatives of the people. Obama changing Obamacare dozens of times without legal authority is proof enough. But claiming that he can execute US citizens without due process means that we know the government no longer plays by the rules so We the People don’t have to either. Article 1 Section 9 of the US Constitution clearly states “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.” Because the statists in Washington are not able to control everything and every body, they are openly violationg the constitution; Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is openly and purposefully proposing what he clearly knows to be unconstitutional ex post facto legislation, saying "I don't approach retroactivity in legislation lightly, but corporations must understand that they won't profit from abandoning the US..." Power is more important than the rule of law.

The reason we are seeing such division and strife in American politics is because we the statist left, does not share the American Dream, in fact they want to “fundamentally change” the country to rule by elite oligarchy. It will only get worse prepare for it.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Politically Correct Science

By Tom Rhodes, 5/5/2014

“ Politically Incorrect Science
Don’t pay any attention to that man behind the curtain.”

In 2008 Ben Stein produced and stared in the move “Expelled: No Intelligence allowed.” The film presents strong evidence that the mainstream science establishment suppresses academics who believe they see evidence of intelligent design in nature and who criticize evidence supporting Darwinian evolution. Now that science is producing politically incorrect results, we are now going to see the same science establishment suppress evidence of Darwinian evolution.

A Troublesome Inheritance, By Nicholas Wade, presents logic, genetic and other scientific arguments that destroy the orthodoxy of today’s science establishment. Science-loving equalitarians will have to choose between science and their faith. The heart of Wade’s book, stated quietly but with command of the technical literature, is a bombshell. It is now known with a high level of scientific confidence that both tenets of the orthodoxy are wrong. What Orthodoxy you ask?

The orthodoxy that all homo sapiens are so genetically identical and there are no viable classifications between people than can be attributed to race. In "The Apportionment of Human Diversity" (1972), geneticist Richard Lewontin, declares that the races are so close to genetically identical that "racial classification is now seen to be of virtually no genetic or taxonomic significance." In a similar 1984 essay, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, says that human evolution in everything but cosmetic differences stopped before humans left Africa, saying "human equality is a contingent fact of history."

Apply the scientific method to Lewontin’s premise, and it too is obviously flawed. If in fact there is no genetic or taxonomic significance to race, then genetic variations among humans would not naturally sort people into races and ethnicities. What A Troublesome Inheritance reports is exactly that, computer analysis of random sampling of bits of DNA that are known to vary among humans, and group similarities, corresponds to the self-identified race or ethnicity of the subjects. Not just the five major races: Asians, Caucasians, sub-Saharan Africans, Native Americans and aboriginal inhabitants of Australia. If the group all have European ancestry, the groupings will correspond to Italians, Germans, French and the various other European ethnicities. Lewontin premise is a object failure. Genetically humans can easily be classified genetically, by the racial and ethnic groups that humans have identified.

Apply the scientific method to Gould's assurance that significant evolution had stopped before humans left Africa and that premise fails spectacularly. The idea defies the theory of evolution. No scientifically thinking person would conclude that after man left Africa, the environment including lethally cold temperatures, produced no evolutionary adaptations. A 2009 appraisal of the available genome-wide scans estimated that 14% of the genome has been under the pressure of natural selection during the past 30,000 years, long after humans left Africa. The genes under selection include a wide variety of biological traits affecting everything from bone structure and diet to aspects of the brain and nervous system involving cognition and sensory perception. Studies further indicate Caucasians, Asians and sub-Saharan Africans have found that of the hundreds of genetic regions under selection, about 75% to 80% are under selection in only one race. The genes in these regions affect more than just cosmetic variations in appearance, some include changes in brain function. Wade writes, "What these genes do within the brain is largely unknown, But the findings establish the obvious truth that brain genes do not lie in some special category exempt from natural selection. They are as much under evolutionary pressure as any other category of gene."

Oops! – since we actually mapped out the Human Genome, in 2003, what is actually known by geneticists continues to deviate from this orthodoxy. The MSM and social scientists steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the politically incorrect results of new research. The non-PC conclusion is that the reigning intellectual orthodoxy on race is the "social construct." Scientifically the orthodoxy on race should die, however socially the orthodoxy will be perpetuated, regardless of science and truth.

Prove it to yourself, two people are entering two sporting events. All you know is their names, but you have to bet $1000 of your own money on each event. The events are weight lifting and a Marathon run. The athletes names are Sven and Abebe. Who do you put your money on for which event? Are you going to ignore genetics implied by their names? Or do you believe race is only a “social construct,” and the the observable fact that the world’s strongest men consistently come from the same geographic part of the world, and have the same genetic heritage is meaningless. Do you ignore the fact that the overwhelming majority of world class marathon runners don’t come from that same area and have distinctively different genetics? Do you honestly believe that the observable truth concerning strength and endurance don’t apply to other physiologic abilities like cognitive reasoning? Are you so brainwashed that the observable truth should be ignored, and the science discouraged if it doesn’t produce the results you believe “should” be true?

Those who cling to liberal race orthodoxy are the geocentrists of today. The dogma that says "deep inside we're all the same," "it's not genetics, it’s the culture," and "human equality is a contingent fact of history," are fiction. Those ideas obscure the scientific truth. Science and the truth will eventually make it impossible to scream “racist” when somebody merely notes that when you exclude black murders from us crime statistics, the USA’s murder rate is virtually identical to Northern Europe’s, and comparing the murder rate of blacks in America more closely resembles the murder rate of sub-Saharan Africa, and there may be a genetic rationale for this observation.

Science is not politically correct, nor is the truth. So what’s it going to be, are you going to believe in science Darwinian Evolution, in which case you must accept based on the scientific evidence that the races are not the same, or are you going to suppress science, and faithfully stick with social construct that liberal orthodoxy on race perpetuates?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

No Budget = No Recovery

By Tom Rhodes, 5/1/2014

The Wall Street Journal writes, “The U.S. economy slowed in the first quarter to one of the weakest paces of the five-year recovery. . . . “ I ask, “What Recovery?” The WSJ goes on, “Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, advanced at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.1% in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.”

The reason the GDP sucks is obvious; less than 1 in 5 households have even one fully employed person (look at unemployed and underemployed as measured by U6 in the official employment numbers). No workers = no production = no growth = stagnant GDP.

Over the time of the so called “recovery” real inflation has raised the actual cost of living by nearly 20%, while real wages are down. If the government wasn’t fudging the numbers, we’d see the great recession was followed by stagnation not recovery and we are headed into recession again. We have seen repeatedly a few months after the government announces the GDP they “correct” that number and for the past decade, is inevitably lower, what’s lower than 0.1% growth???

What we know about the Obama Administration and the Democrat controlled Senate is that they haven’t passed a budget in 5 years. That means there is no plan and it’s obvious. The reality is”

A government that can’t budget can’t govern!