Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
- George Eliot, English Novelist (1819-1880)
Sometimes, the most patriotic thing a citizen can do is stand up against injustice in their own nation. The very existence of America itself is owed to people who were willing to face the threat of death because the King’s taxes were too damn high.
Though it now seems lost on some, there is nothing more American than questioning the powers that be. Some of you may even be old enough to remember a time when speaking out against a president wouldn’t have you instantly branded a “racist”. That’s right, there was a time when lampooning the president was actually one of America’s favorite pastimes.
One of the most important books in American history, On Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau, discussed how the very act of not standing up against immoral laws makes a citizen an agent of injustice. The book was frequently cited by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. as a source of inspiration in their struggles.
The spirit of civil disobedience was alive and burning bright in Rosa Parks when, exhausted from a hard day’s work, she sat firmly planted, refusing to to heed the law and give up her seat and move to the back of the bus.
That spirit of civil disobedience lives today in the millions of Americans who choose not to buy into a government dictating that all the people of the land must purchase health insurance.
And while 99% of the evils of the world are perpetrated by the world’s governments (see 20th Century history if you doubt me on that) every now and then, we need to rise up and practice some civil disobedience against a corporation, too.
The fact that Dodger games are not being broadcast in 70% of the homes here in Southern California is absolutely unacceptable. When there’s no other alternative available, the time has come to use your Internet connection and steal that broadcast and you should feel absolutely no guilt about in doing so. These are, after all, the Dodgers that you and I helped build with hundreds and thousands of dollars out of our pockets for every year of our Dodger-loving lives.
The time has come for all good Dodger fans to rise up against Time Warner Cable and their inability to strike a deal with the broadcast providers for the other 70% of So. Cal.
Of course, Time Warner is going on the offensive, trying to spin the So. Cal. Dodger blackout as somehow being the fault of all the other providers (AT&T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS) by launching the #INeedMyDodgers hashtag and website. Thankfully, most people are way too smart to buy into the one provider saying it’s everyone else’s fault though, and it was reassuring to hear the Time Warner people getting heckled as they handed out their free “I Need My Dodgers” hand towels last time we went to the game.
So here we are, we’re now more than a quarter of the way into the season, yesterday, in a Sunday game that would have normally drawn huge ratings, most Dodger fans are only heartbroken over having missed Josh Beckett pitching an historic no hitter and . . . no one’s budging. The providers are completely locked in a Mexican standoff.
source: Devious Theater
So I say, go ahead, grab that streaming broadcast and know that you can grab it with impunity. There should be no sense of urgency on our parts to help TWC out of the mess they made with their $8.35 billion, 25-year investment. The less you care about getting the broadcast through legitimate means, the more pressure you put on TWC to make a deal.
So what’s the sticking point? TWC wants the other providers to make the Dodgers available to ALL subscribers, which would mean Dodger fans and non-Dodger fans alike would see their bills rise by about $5 a month. The other providers say no way. Hey, I want to see my Dodgers as much as anyone, but why should all the people who aren’t Dodger fans be forced to foot the bill?
Allow people to pay for what they want to watch! That’s right, have it your way, what could be more American than that? Most Dodger fans will be more than willing to pony up $10 a month and the non-Dodger fans won’t have to pay a dime. That’s the way it should be. Best of all, if TWC is forced to offer up the Dodgers a la carte, it will mark a landmark shift towards the day when we only have to pay for the channels we want to pay for.
(Hey MSNBC, it’s Air America calling . . . time to set a lunch date at the ash heap of history.)
P.S. I’ve heard you should try googling “streaming baseball” or “first row” which a lot of the streaming sites have in their names. A friend of mine also says strikeout.co is a good source, but whatever you do ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY DO NOT INSTALL ANY OF THE SOFTWARE THESE SITES TRY TO GET YOU TO INSTALL. Yes, it is a shady part of the Internet, but the less you stress about getting the broadcast by legitimate means, the more pressure you put on TWC to offer it a la carte.
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Let’s review a little history of government shutdowns, because none of this was mentioned anywhere across the Obama State Media:
- During the Ford presidency, a Democrat-controlled Congress started the history of government shutdowns with a 10 day shutdown from Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, 1976
- The Democrat-controlled Congress shutdown the government during the Carter presidency FIVE TIMES.
- Congress shutdown the government EIGHT TIMES under President Reagan, the first six under split houses, the last two with . . . you guessed it, a Democrat-controlled Congress.
- Democrats shut down the government once again during George H.W. Bush’s presidency.
- Then came the two previously most recent shutdowns in Clinton vs. Gingrich I and II.
For those of you not keeping count, that’s seventeen government shutdowns since 1976.
But then something interesting happened on the eighteenth government shutdown . . .
It happened during Obama’s presidency and suddenly, for the first time in 18 shutdowns, we were told OH MY GOD, IT’S RACISM!
Obama zombies like Robert Redford speaking on CNN, Chris Noth appearing on MSNBC, Joyce Jones of BET, Roger Simon of Politico, Zack Beauchamp of Think Progress and Salon’s Joan Walsh (just to name a few) these people can’t resist pulling the race card any more than the lab rat can resist a cocaine pill:
17 previous shutdowns in 37 years, but this time it’s RAAAAAACIST!
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10. The Nazi party stood for the party of “National Socialists”. How many pro-socialist Tea Partiers have you ran into in your life?
9. Liberal professors and historians have long tried to draw similarities between the uber-nationalism of the Nazis and the right-wing patriotism in America. While it’s true that there is a whole lot of flag-waving among the right in America, and flag-burning here is almost exclusively a left-wing thing, it’s ridiculous to try to cast the Nazi’s as being “right-wing” simply because of their rampant patriotism when you consider the fact that nothing says crazy nationalism like the lefties and their state-organized Communist shindigs:
8. Hitler forced nationalized health care upon his nation. So did Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress. Like a pod with its peas, they’re Lefties, all three.
7. Speaking of peas, do you have any doubt in your mind that the Vegan vote for Obama wasn’t somewhere in the 90%-range? Vegetarians are one of the most left-wing groups you’ll ever meet. (Hitler was a vegetarian too, you know.)
6. To quote Claude Sandroff: “Crony capitalism is the most putrid kind of partnership between industry and government and it was most famously and successfully championed by the regimes of fascist Italy and Nazi Germany long ago.” Just like those left-wing fascists before him, Obama has also used more taxpayer dollars than any president in history in trying to pick the winners and the losers. Unfortunately, Obama mainly has a knack for picking the losers.
5. If Obama had the dictatorial powers he dreams of, our American government would be in control of every aspect of our economy, just like the left-wing fascists of Germany and Italy were.
4. Many lefties in America believe that in the name of the common good, the best type of citizenry is an unarmed citizenry, just like their fascist gun grabbing brethren in Nazi Germany.
3. Having ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS-NPR-CNN-MSNBC running non-stop state propaganda still isn’t enough for Obama and many of his liberal supporters. On a daily basis you’ll hear their collective outrage that one questioning voice is still allowed to exist over at Fox News! The left-wing fascists of Italy and Germany were also hellbent on crushing all voices of opposition.
2. Just like the Nazis, every dictatorship that still exists today is left-wing and socialist. Just as surely as Woody Allen argued with a straight face that Obama should be granted dictatorial powers and Harry Belafonte argued Obama should “work like a third world dictator” and put all the Republicans in jail, most liberals, whether they admit it out loud or not, are little tyrants at heart who believe in a ruling class that knows what’s best for you better than you do for yourself. I’m convinced that most of the liberal professors teaching Plato’s Republic still believe in their heart of hearts that Plato’s Utopian dream could still actually exist in the real world, despite the fact that every single time, even on the occasions when dictatorships have tried to follow Plato’s example and place all the smartest and benevolent people in all the right positions, the all-powerful government has always ended in death and misery for everyone outside of the ruling elite.
1. Hitler loved dogs. Obama loves dogs too, although he says he found the meat a little tough.
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George Orwell once said, “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”
To laugh this off from your comfortable chair or imagine somehow that this is not a distinct possibility for any group of people anywhere is to admit total ignorance to the recorded history of humankind, where war and slavery have been the rule far more often than the exception.
If we can agree then that a freedom-crushing future is never a distant possibility for any society, then we must be vigilant, but what of what exactly should we be vigilant? Who is the potential wearer of that boot eternally stamping on the human face?
If you’re easily impressionable and a fan of the movies, you just might visualize some evil, multinational corporation filling those boots, after all, every fourth or fifth movie coming out of Hollywood has some greedy corporation playing the villain, but ask yourself this – did Apple, the richest corporation on the planet, ever put a gun to anyone’s head to force them to buy their iPhones? Did Starbucks ever threaten a jail cell for anyone who dared not stop in for a daily fix of their multinational corporate coffee?
Outside of the Hollywood world of make-believe, the true oppressors of people in the real world are those people’s very own governments, who, in just one abominable example, can go so far as to force each and every citizen to purchase a product or a service as we saw just recently with the Obamacare mandate. The reality in the real world is, governments seem to have, by their own inherent nature, a perpetual need to turn citizens into subjects of the state.
The filthy rich capitalist pigs in Hollywood with their bizarre and contradictory Communist sympathies may reflexively cast corporations as the bad guy in everything from courtroom dramas like Runaway Jury, to David versus Goliath stories like Promised Land, to sci fi offerings like Terminator and zombie horror flicks like Resident Evil, but far more real and diabolical than those fantasies and gross caricatures are the threats to humanity as portrayed in books like 1984, Brave New World and Atlas Shrugged.
If you have any doubt as to where the real threat is, ask yourself, was it greedy corporations or was it totalitarian governments which slaughtered over a quarter-billion people in the 20th century? There may be twenty times more movies about big, bad corporations than there are movies about the governments which perpetuate all the wars and slavery in the world, but the real threat to humanity is the farthest thing from most Hollywood scripts.
If we’re not perpetually vigilant in keeping the government in check, then there’s nothing that will stop a government from following its natural compulsion to write more laws and expand the tax code with every passing year, to perpetually feed an ever-increasing appetite for power, to constantly grow in size and scope at the expense of the freedoms of every citizen in every way imaginable.
So who are the Americans who can prevent America from sliding into an Orwellian totalitarian nightmare?
They’re people like Joshua Boston, who wrote to a member of the senatorial elite, a woman who has admitted to carrying a gun herself in the past, but who also admitted, if it were up to her, she would force Mr. and Mrs. America to turn ’em all in. Here’s what Mr. Boston wrote:
Senator Dianne Feinstein,
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.
I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America. I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.
We, the people, deserve better than you.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
source: Fox News Insider
Imagine that, a citizen who sees his government about to embark in an egregious overstepping of its Constitutional bounds, and he comes out and says it in no uncertain terms – I will not comply with your attempt at logging every law-abiding gun owner in a national database. I will not comply because I know exactly what happens next after the government has a list like that. I will not comply and I will tell you that right up front.
Remember when liberals used to be cool like that? Remember when liberals used to believe in civil disobedience and questioning authority? Far from being the mindless, MSNBC-brainwashed partisan zombies that most liberals have become today, there was a time when liberals would burn their draft cards right in front of rolling cameras, never giving a partisan thought to the fact that it was a Democrat president who was plunging us into the quagmire of Vietnam.
Nowadays, for the liberals who screamed bloody murder just a few years ago at the Bush administration over prisoners of war being held without trial in Guantanomo, these very same liberals don’t even make so much as a peep over Obama acting as judge, jury and executioner in assassinating American citizens from the skies with predator drones. That whole PATRIOT Act which had the Bush hatin’ libs apoplectic with rage? For most libs, it’s suddenly not even an issue worth mentioning anymore, even as the government’s powers of surveillance are being grossly expanded under Obama.
Outside of a few principled and outspoken critics like Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich who remain true to their beliefs no matter which party holds the White House, the partisan capitulation of most liberals under Obama is so ridiculous it’s nearly impossible to remember there was a time when the liberal instinct to fight the power and stick it to the man overrode any allegiance they might have held to a political party.
Now when liberals try to tap into their rebellious predilictions, what we end up seeing is something as worthless and pathetic as the Occupy movement, blaming all that is bad in America on the greed of the “one-percenters”, totally oblivious to the fact that it’s those very same Capitalists who made America the richest nation in human history. Despite the best efforts of their cheerleaders in the media, for the average American watching at home, there was nothing that could hide the true nature of the Occupiers as an ignorant, unwashed and disorganized horde of drug addicts, vandals, rapists and murderers with no coherent message whatsoever.
These are the rioters of society, people who imagine they are making a difference by smashing windows, defecating on police cars and burning down their own neighborhoods. The only real threat they pose is to their fellow neighbors in the forms of disease, property damage, relocated businesses and lost jobs. For all their delusions of grandeur and the collective pride they took in posting arrest counts of over 7,700 in just over a year, these rioters pose no threat to the ruling elite and at most, represent nothing more than punchlines to jokes about “useful idiots”.
Those are the rioters.
Then there are the revolutionaries. These are the people who hold a heartfelt belief and understanding that the colonists most improbable bid for independence and the crafting of our Constitution represent the birthpoints of the greatest hope for freedom in all human history. In two years of Tea Party rallies, millions showed up to demand a return to the principles of The Constitution and a limited form of government, and through it all, there was not a single documented arrest made. No arrests at all, but it would be folly for our current leaders to mistake these well-behaved idealists for idle dreamers and not people capable of action when left no other choice. These are people who believe, with every fiber of their being, statements such as these:
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. – Thomas Jefferson
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. – George Washington
To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them. – George Mason
Occasionally the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. – Thomas Jefferson
I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country. – Nathan Hale’s final words before being hanged as a revolutionary.
Read again the words of Mr. Boston, a man whose family name comes most appropriately from the city where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Heed the words of Alex Jones, as he rightfully calls the British foreigner working to undermine our Constitution a “redcoat” and warns Piers Morgan that “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms.”
While the ruling elite has been quite successful in draining us of our liberties in a slow, steady drip, our self-imagined overlords would be wise to avoid a real confrontation over the Second Amendment, lest they find out firsthand the stark difference between rioters and revolutionaries.
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Okay, his proper title is Representative Ryan, but I’ll call him “private” as he’s been enlisted in the battle to reclaim America. Plus, “Picking Private Ryan” had a better ring to it. (And that reminds me how even after all these years, I’m still pissed at Hollywood for giving the Oscar to Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan, but that’s for a different rant.)
Obama’s loyal henchmen and women in the Mainstream Media wasted no time blasting away at Romney’s pick of Representative Ryan – CNN’s Candy Crowley, who in her awesome impartiality, described the pick the day it was announced as a “ticket death wish.” If you were a real journalist, you could accurately describe picking a convicted child molester as a “ticket death wish.” Calling a Romney-Ryan ticket that by any objective prognosis will get between 47 and 53 percent of the vote as a “ticket death wish” exposes you as the partisan hack you are. And this partisan shrill actually got a gig as the moderator to one of the three presidential debates!
CNN’s Gloria Borger painted Paul Ryan as someone who “hasn’t always been popular among Republicans” and yet in the very same breath also got in another dig in describing him as “a polarizing figure.” So let me get this straight – he’s upset some of his own party by being flexible enough to vote across party lines, yet he’s been intractable enough to alienate the other side. Got it.
George Stephanopoulos on GMA intoduced him as as a “Former Prom King That Once Drove the Weinermobile.” That’s what ABC and their national morning news program considers an introduction worthy of the Republican nominee for vice president. If only I could find the clip where GMA introduced Obama as a former member of the Choom Gang who only lasted two weeks in the real world working for Baskin Robins, I’d silence my complaints.
It’s plain to anyone but the blindest of partisans that the members of the Obama State Media turned in their careers as journalists to work as political operatives. I wonder, are they as aware of this fact as the rest of us are?
Regarding what Ryan brings to the ticket, it’s true that Ryan made many votes that could be described as the antithesis of the Tea Party philosophy (the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, TARP, the auto bailout) but his embrace of some of the Bush-era big-government conservatism hasn’t made him a Tea Party target, far from it, he may have energized the Tea Party base more than any remaining viable candidate could have. Perhaps it’s the way he is a policy wonk who knows the budget numbers better than most anyone in D.C. and can articulate better than anyone just how crippling these runaway deficits will be on future generations.
But more than anything, the Ryan pick will shift focus of much of the debate to Medicare and what to do to keep it afloat. Ryan has offered a plan. Obama has only offered attacks against the Ryan plan.
There is not a member of Congress who isn’t full aware that Medicare is just a few years away from reaching the “iceberg dead ahead” stage. Every two years that Congress fails to act and passes the problem off to the next Congress, the iceberg looms larger and the impending doom more difficult to steer clear of.
Every year that the vast majority of elected politicians play it safe by putting their own re-election prospects above the needs of the country in refusing to propose or endorse any tough solutions, they prove themselves to be cowards, more concerned with their political careers than the future health of the nation. This is a perfect description of the man who cast “present” votes over “aye” or “nay” nearly 130 times in seven years in the Illinois State Senate and went on to be come the perpetual campaigner for president.
Paul Ryan will be demonized by Democrats as the candidate who wants to throw granny off the cliff by daring to address a problem that only gets worse the longer it remains unaddressed but with Romney knowing full well the furious medi-scare campaign the Democrats are going to be waging, it brings a new level of seriousness and focus on the issues to the campaign. The third rail of fixing the insolvency of senior entitlements will finally be addressed.
Barack Obama offers no plan, is unwilling to make any tough choices in addressing the senior entitlement plans heading for disaster.
Paul Ryan has offered a solution that strikes a balance between those who have already paid in and are collecting now and those who are still contributing and will never collect anything if some tough choices aren’t made.
What a stark difference now in the choice between the two tickets.