Quote of the Day

"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." ~ Jim Rohn

Make Mine Freedom

Friday, December 31, 2010

Warning!

Thanks to the folks at http://restorerepublic.ning.com/ for the Warning Label.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England


The absolute rights of man considered as a free agent, endowed with discernment to know good from evil, and with power of choosing those measures which appear to him to be most desirable, are usually summed up in one general appellation, and denominated the natural liberty of mankind.

This natural liberty consists properly in a power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, unless by the law of nature: being a right inherent in us by birth, and one of the gifts of God to man at his creation, when he endued him with the faculty of free-will.

But every man, when he enters into society, gives up a part of his natural liberty, as the price of so valuable a purchase; and, in consideration of receiving the advantages of mutual commerce, obliges himself to conform to those laws, which the community has thought proper to establish. And this species of legal obedience and conformity is infinitely more desirable, than that wild and savage liberty which is sacrificed to obtain it.

Thomas Jefferson, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801


About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration.

I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Welfare: It's Proper Place.

Noah Webster defined welfare this way:
WELFARE, n. [well and fare, a good faring; G.]

1. Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons.
2. Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, or the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; applied to states. ("Welfare.")

It is apparent from Webster's definition that he and his contemporaries as being a condition of humanity. The first entry defines a condition of life for individuals. The second entry applies welfare to the larger populace: society and government.

Interestingly, at no point does this definition suggest caring for the poor and the needy. Yet, it is reasonable to conclude that "the enjoyment of peace and prosperity...applied to states" would infer caring for the needy. I submit that it is government's responsibility to care for the needy if and only when we as civilized people do not or cannot care for our needy first.

If you, as an individual or business, provide for the needy either directly or through charitable giving, you are tending to the welfare of the needy. This is a good thing and is to be commended.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quotes from the Founders: Patrick Henry

From his Speech at the Second Virginia Convention at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia (23 March 1775)

It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Quotes from the Founders: Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor

November 1766

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Quotes from the Founders: John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

1836

From "A Eulogy On The Life and Character of James Madison"

And what, my friends and fellow citizens, what is that duty of our own? Is it not to preserve, to cherish, to improve the inheritance which they have left us—won by their toils —watered by their tears—saddened but fertilized by their blood?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Quotes from the Founders: Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quotes from the Founders: Noah Webster

"It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion"

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Proper Role of Government

One of the best explanations of the role and function of Government was given by Ezra Taft Benson. He titled his essay or talk (I'm not sure which it is), "The Proper Role of Government." I am not sure of the date this was written or in what forum it was given. I will provide more background as I learn it.

However, I heartily recommend reading it all the way through!!!!!!!!

It is available here on my blog and here as a pdf.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland

Thankfully, Tim Burton brought the darkness to the 1989 production of Batman that led the way for Christopher Nolan to give the Dark Knight the respect he deserves in Batman Begins. Unfortunately, with Batman Returns and each subsequent installment, the Batman franchise slid back into campiness.

However, Tim Burton has a gift for all things bizarre (i.e., Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, etc,....), and this gift paid off with Alice in Wonderland.

I haven't read the books, but I think Lewis Carroll would be pleased.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Blu-ray Vs. Standard DVD


Exactly how much detail do you really want?


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Poor National Memory Has a High Price

People don't remember the meanings of WWII, The Civil War, and least of all, the Revolutionary war. They occurred too far in the past.

The framers, the founders, and the citizens of the newborn nation had just fought their way out from under the control of a King that taxed them to oblivion. They were not separatists. They only wanted fair and equal treatment under the law. Having just won independence, though, they wanted to preserve the rights they sought and fought to acquire for everyone.

Today, the noisiest factions of our society are clamoring for a king. We have forgotten our origins. Unless those of us who do remember our origins and understand what it cost, step forward to reclaim this great nation, I fear we will be enslaved by our own government before clarity and reality sink in again. By that time, we will have a civil war on our hands--the likes this country has never known.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Rant: MTV

♩♪♫♩ I want my M - T - V. ♩♪♫♩ - The classic line that introduces Dire Straits' 80's rocker, "Money for Nothing," says it all. Or does it?

MTV Then

Born in the 80s, MTV presented programming that more closely related to its name, Music Television. MTV played nearly non-stop music videos. They played Charlie Daniels along side Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, and Def Leppard. Genres only existed in the form of programming. They had played classic videos from the 70's as well as "headbangers ball," a late night program for metal lovers.

MTV Now

Now, however, MTV seems to have abandoned music in favor of monotonously moronic mischief making. Of course, this is not to say MTV has no music at all but that the majority of the programming is not about music anymore.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Movie Review: Clash of the Titans

The Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington was a very well done movie. The length seemed short but that could be a result of nonstop action, a reasonable plot, and decent acting. Let's not forget what seems to be the purpose of such a remake: We can do it better! And, with a nod to the original starring Harry Hamlin, they did.

I heartily recommend it. ★★★★☆

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rant: A&E

My first television station rant is directed at none other than A&E. Why? Because A&E stands for "Arts" and "Entertainment" both of which bring to mind certain characteristics. Arts ☛ "The Arts" conjures up literal images by the masters (Michelangelo, Vermeer, et al.). It also brings to mind Plays and traditional literature (i.e., Shakespeare.) By today's standards, these might be Orchestral concerts as well as movies and select television shows.

The term, "Entertainment," speaks for itself and is highly subjective. I mean, there's a reason why a plethora of categories exists. Think about British Humor. British Humor has a cult-like fan base in the United States because many US citizens don't get the unique humor as it is offered by the Brits.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Rant: TV Station Content and Name Disparity

I may be the only one who has noticed the disparity that seems to be occurring with certain Television station names and their content. I am going to analyze one station every now and then.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Perfect Clarity



A Word and a warning!

A Call For Unity

Every once in a while a story crops up that bares with it a call to action. Sometimes that call is literally part of the story; sometimes it's just a feeling one receives from the information contained in the article or report. Take for example this article from the Politico. It relates the political reaction to the President's decision to close our embassy in Yemen.

While I am certain that what follows will end in someone believing I am taking their side of a potential issue, I am not. I am taking a side and a stand, but I am not writing this "article" as an advocate for one political party or another. Quite frankly both of the major US parties rather disgust me right now. I am sick and tired of having to choose “the better of a field of evils.”

Optimism V. Pessimism

How do you describe the picture to the right?

A glass that is:
  • Half Full
  • Half Empty
At first blush, an answer, one way or the other, is almost always given. What was your answer?

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Content Warning explanation

When you first came to my page, you were asked to confirm that you wanted to continue to view my blog. Do not worry! No pornographic material will be available here. However, there will be candid, frank, and straightforward posts. This means they will be unapologetically politically incorrect.

Lady Justice, featured above, has been a symbol of the United States Judicial system for many, many years. She hold in her left hand a scale and in her right a sword. Her eyes are blindfolded. These three elements have meaning. The blindfold secures impartiality from circumstance, acquaintance, and emotion. The scales suggest reason and balance are deciding factors. Finally, her right hand is prepared to deliver swift justice pending the verdict of the scales.

Political Correctness has eroded the blindfold from the eyes of justice causing her to falter in her resolve and making what was once impartial now partial. Consequently, political correctness will not be found here!

Ground Rules for Comments

Okay. So I'm opinionated. So are you. We don't have to agree or even be on the same side of an issue to have a mature discussion about politics. Here are the ground rules for political comments on my blog:

  1. Be Polite (No name calling simply because you disagree with me. Besides, name calling only shows the limit of your own intelligence and tends to bolster me and my position.)
  2. Be Factual. By this I mean, support your opinions with verifiable facts. (I'd like you to be honest as well, but some people have lost that capacity.)

You do not have to agree with me, and I want to have an open, honest discussion/debate.
Thanks for your cooperation.

O. H.