The Prince Files – Conclusion

Before you lose your ever-lovin’ cotton-pickin’ minds I will tell you right now that this publication has very little to do with Prince. It has more to do with the epiphany that I had as a result of bringing that stunning series of publications to this forum. The readership found them to be so stunning in fact, that most people were simply unable to comment.

What I learned is that there are a lot of really, really crazy people out there. Of course they don’t think so and they didn’t just get there overnight. Nonetheless, the people we saw in those videos are far more common than we might want to believe.

The most stunning thing to see was that within maybe 8 hours of Prince’s death, a host of far flung conspiracy theories were already out there and more were developing. Within 24 hours of his death, highly detailed videos were published that featured lots and lots of research were published to YouTube. A massive effort was put forth to inform others of the most sinister of conspiracies and others laid out what it means for the future. What is it that drives such an effort?

The Death of Prince is just one single, isolated event. There is a conspiracy theory for just about every historical event that there is. There are several conspiracy theorists for each conspiracy theory.

Who are these people? What do they, those who aren’t Alex Jones, do to support themselves? They walk among us, assuming that they actually leave the basement/bomb shelter.

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A happy thought for the day

This week I was asked if voting for the lesser of two Evils is sinful. That is a complex question to answer because it is worth considering if failure to do so may be sinful. By my reckoning, if you knowingly and willingly give support to Evil, you become a participant in that Evil. Then there is the case of the Christians in Syria who are fighting and dying to defend the government of Bashir al Assad. I don’t believe they are being sinful in doing so.

Here’s a little something to cheer up those who think that they are stuck in the position of having to choose the lesser of two evils in November…

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Freaky Friday Follies

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Freaky Friday Photo Caption Contest

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Dr. Strangetan

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I Don’t Think I’ll Buy A Copy

Will Jenner use the flag or the medal to cover its man parts?

“Caitlyn Jenner set to pose nude in Sports Illustrated”

Caitlyn Jenner Is 66 years old

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Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated noted Jenner’s selection for the award didn’t come without criticism, however. Bob Costas of NBC Sports called the choice “a crass exploitation play, a tabloid play” on the Dan Patrick Show before wishing her “all the happiness and peace of mind in the world.”

SI’s reported decision to feature Jenner on the cover with nothing but a flag and her medal is probably going to generate similar backlash. But clearly, she’s decided that isn’t going to prevent her from continuing to use her influence to promote the rights of transgender people.”

More at CNN

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What If Hillary Clinton Is Not Indicted?

And you don’t vote against her?

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I know. You don’t want to waste your vote by casting it for the lesser of two evils. We’re all hoping we don’t have to make this choice. We’re hoping she will drop out of the race because she’s behind bars. But what if she ain’t?

Every day it seems like her arrest is even more likely. Today there is this:

“Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, ‘it was easy'”

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The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.

“For me, it was easy … easy for me, for everybody,” Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker “Guccifer,” told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.”

From Fox News

The FBI, the DOJ, and others are looking into Clinton’s wrongdoing. They say they have enough to convict her. But what if Obama tells them to lay off? They will have enough dirt on her to control her Presidency.

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Millennials are more pro-life than their parents

Why? Science.

Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” moderated the panel on the relevance of conservative principles to the millennial generation.

Perino noted that a survey by the Associated Press found a 12-percent decline nationwide in abortions since 2010, including in blue states such as New York, Washington, and Oregon.

Americans aged 18 to 29, part of the millennial generation, also have become more pro-life than their parents, according to a Gallup poll cited by Perino. In 2010, it found, 24 percent of millennials agreed abortion should remain legal in all cases, compared with 36 percent of those aged 18 to 29 in 1991.

The science behind 4D ultrasound technology like this means that it requires a massive dose of delusion to deny the humanity of this innocent, unborn child.

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Bernie Sanders accompanies girl to prom

Well, it wasn’t the real Bernie Sanders. It was a cardboard cutout of Bernie Sanders which, by any measure, would be an improvement over a date with the real Bernie Sanders.


I remember when I was in school girls were all loopy about David Cassidy and, I dunno, Leif Garret. Does Bernie Sanders now rate a cover story on Tiger Beat?

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DOJ Declares War on North Carolina

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The DOJ says that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents NC from prohibiting grown men in the girl’s restroom.

Officials from the US Justice Department notified North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that his state’s so-called bathroom law violates the US Civil Rights Act, according to The Charlotte Observer.

The law in question prevents local governments in North Carolina from passing nondiscrimination ordinances, and bans transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

It quickly swept through the state Legislature in a one-day special session in March and was signed by McCrory hours later, sparking a national backlash from business leaders and LGBT activists.

According to The Observer, the Justice Department’s letter says that the state’s law violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employers from discriminating, and Title IX, which outlaws discrimination in education based on sex.

State officials have until Monday to confirm “that the State will not comply with or implement” the law.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 says nothing about transgendered people or men and women swapping toilets. I checked. Furthermore, I would be willing to bet my life savings that nobody in Congress in 1964 when it was passed, or Lyndon Johnson when he signed it into law, had even the slightest notion that it could or would be used to blur the lines between men and women, put men in the ladies’ room or cause little girls to share facilities with grown men.

If laws can mean anything the executive branch say they mean, then there really is no law; just executive decrees.

Regardless as to how you feel about this particular issue, you should hope that the North Carolina attorney general and governor tell the DOJ to pound sand.

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Following the European Political Model

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Restrictions on international trade, increases in the minimum wage, expansion of government entitlements, a withdrawal from foreign military commitments… These are all traditional positions of the Democratic Party. They are also positions supported by the titular head of the Republican Party, Donald Trump. This raises a question: What happens to the Democratic Party when the Republican Party largely agrees with its policies?

Sure, there are still differences in areas like immigration and climate change, but it has been decades since America has seen this much alignment between two parties in the two party system.

In American politics, the parties support each other in opposition. A huge part of the identity of each party is being “anti-the other party”. They support each other, in that way, like an a-frame structure. If the base of an a-frame gets too narrow, however, the structure falls over.

So what happens to the Democrats if the Republicans adopt large portions of the party’s platform?

It seems to me the Democrats will move further left to differentiate themselves from Republicans. The effect, of course, is that the entire American political ecosystem will have moved left.

Frankly, I think this has been the basis of European politics for many years. Ostensibly conservative parties move left in order to take advantage of opportunities associated with promising bread and circuses to the people and, to differentiate themselves, the liberal parties move even further left. The result is that, in Europe, “conservative” parties are now further to the left than the American Democrats.

The merge left, as it occurred in Europe, will likely occur in the United States.

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Trump open to raising the minimum wage

Reversing a previous vow to not do so.

In a reversal, Donald Trump expressed openness to raising the federal minimum wage during an interview on Wednesday.

“I’m looking at that, I’m very different from most Republicans,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee told CNN Wednesday about the prospect of increasing wages.

“You have to have something you can live on. But what I ‘m really looking to do is get people great jobs so they make much more money than that, much more money than the $15.”

The federal minimum wage is $7.25, but labor groups have been pushing for it to be raised to $15.

Of course so would Clinton so it is baked into our future, it seems.

It actually makes sense. If you believe that governmental restrictions on trade benefit the economy there is no reason to believe that governmental restrictions as to what people can accept as pay won’t also benefit the economy.

Clinton or Trump… Either way we are going to impose governmental restrictions to create prosperity.

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Why is it so hard to swat a fly?

They are operating at a different perception level. The world passes slower from their perspective.

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Time out! Time out everyone!

Overtime limits have been hit.

The German military, once the most feared fighting force in Europe, is being forced to lay down its weapons by restrictive new overtime limits.

German soldiers taking part in a four-week Nato exercise in Norway earlier this year had to leave after just 12 days because they had gone over their overtime limits, it has emerged.

Troops have complained to a parliamentary watchdog that they are being forced to spend entire days doing nothing under the new rules.

“It can’t be that we can’t fulfil our Nato obligations because of overtime,” Hans-Peter Bertels, the German parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

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The Information Age, Cultural Stagnation, & the Arc of American Failure

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I am 38 years old. I grew up in the 80’s and came of age in the 90’s. To be sure, the 1980’s were a grand time to be an American kid. There was no social upheaval, no imminent existential threat to our nation (foreign or domestic), though my brothers and I grew up killing Russians because that’s what good American kids do.

People, by and large, still hated Communism. Kids were taught to respect authority. They were allowed to play outside without fear of being molested, kidnapped, or murdered.

Then, one day we began hearing stories of people who used force to defend themselves being sued by their attackers – and losing. The murmur of corporal punishment being abusive began to creep, slowly, inexorably into the American consciousness. As many households had two incomes, the kids were largely unsupervised. Most of us did just fine. We broke rules. We tried to grow up too soon. We survived. Unfortunately, most of these children grew into young parents in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The free range childhoods we experienced seem to have led to an over-abundance of caution when raising the children of people in my age group (give or take 5 years), thus creating the helicopter parent.

We all know examples of these people. They make their kids wear helmets on a bicycle and pick them up any time they fall down. These are the parents who take their kids to the doctor when little Johnny or Suzie scrapes their knee. These are parents who the Good Idea Fairy smacked upside the head and convinced to give every kid a trophy. When I was in middle school, I was selected to spend a day with 8-10 other kids who were of exceptional intellect. We spent the day with some savant who was trying to teach us how to tap into different areas of our mind to maximize what we could accomplish. By the time I reached high school, we had motivational speakers telling everyone in school that they were “…someone special…”. Exceptional, each and every one of us.

In just a few years, we’d gone from singling out the exceptional to telling everyone they were so. Yep, you’re unique and special… Just like everyone else.

At the same time these parents were coming-of-age the internet was coming online. The information age was upon us and man was it glorious! Having never ventured outside of the small town in which you were raised, you could now have a sex-chat with some chick in Australia [or more likely some guy in Des Moines]. We went from having to go to the library and trudge through dusty encyclopedias to find information to having the sum of human understanding quite literally at our fingertips, in the span of 5 years. It was a great time to be alive.

Do you remember all of the phone numbers you used to have memorized? Addresses, important dates? How many numbers do you retain now? Bear with me here, I’m making a point. How utterly unremarkable and unimportant were you when the internet was first introduced to the public? Do you miss it?

Life became easier. No longer did you have to commit things to memory. You can just google it or find it in your phone. You didn’t have to put in work to find information. The collective knowledge of mankind has increased beyond comprehension, but mysteriously people seem dumber. Why do you think that might be?

Is it possible that with the advent of the information age, we have created a generation of children-cum-adults who merely phone it in because they’ve not been required to put in the effort? That we’ve created a culture of the “special” with none more remarkable than the next? That this has led an entire nation to over-estimate it’s own individual worth?

A society where everyone can be famous for 15 minutes for nothing more than a funny comment or picture? Everyone is now the star of their own reality tv series. They headline their own news agency, and display their lives however they see fit. Each a star in his own sight, you can truly be anything you want to be in today’s social media culture.

Is it then, any wonder that these same self-absorbed, self-ingratiating, self-aggrandizing people would vote for individuals who personify the very traits they exhibit each and every day in their own life? Is it really a surprise that the majority of a nation of intellectually lazy, cynical, self-important imbeciles would select intellectually lazy, cynical, self-important imbeciles to represent them? Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton… these people represent the worst attributes of American culture, but amazingly they have achieved cult-like status among their followers and caused American to lose it’s f-king mind.

Enjoy the decline (and hopefully the largest cultural backlash the world has ever seen).

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“An unbelievable academic answer!”

Awesome.

WILLIE GEIST: What about what you told Chris Matthews a few weeks ago, which is that women who get abortions should be punished? Do you still believe that to be true?

TRUMP: No, he was asking me a theoretical, or just a question in theory, and I talked about it only from that standpoint. Of course not. And that was done, he said, you know, I guess it was theoretically, but he was asking a rhetorical question, and I gave an answer. And by the way, people thought from an academic standpoint, and, asked rhetorically, people said that answer was an unbelievable academic answer! But of course not, and I said that afterwards.

What was the “unbelievable academic answer”?

MATTHEWS: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle?

TRUMP: The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.

MATTHEWS: For the woman?

TRUMP: Yes, there has to be some form.

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The end of classical liberalism in the GOP

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Trump’s nomination signals the death of American conservatism or classical liberalism as one of the two main forces in American public policy. He ran away with the nomination despite being exposed as a nonconservative who is hostile to private property rights, free trade and orthodox constitutionalism.

Trump discovered something important. He discovered that much of the Republican voter base does not share the policy preferences of those as professed on this site. He proved that it is possible to win the GOP nomination without being saddled with unpopular policy preferences like free markets and free minds.

He proved that much of the Republican base wants much of the same things that the Democrat base wants: Big government programs, governmental restrictions on trade, protection from entitlement cuts, isolationist limits on America’s commitment to military alliances and greater recognition of social changes such as those regarding homosexual and transgender people.

Future GOP candidates will understand this. They will follow this model. Those who believe in the classical liberal principles we have long espoused here no longer have a seat at the table. We have been shown the door.

This is why we have such a difficult time with each other. On this forum, Joe and I talk past each other because we want different things from government. Joe wants control of the borders, law and order and America to be first in all things. I want individual liberty and freedom of association with anyone in the world under my terms. Those are largely incompatible visions. Joe’s side has won.

Trump will still lose in November. He has found a way to tap into the non-conservatives in the Republican Party but his nastiness toward women, his crypto-racism and his generally crude and boorish demeanor will very likely cost him the election.

The next Republican candidate to adopt and refine his big government approach but will not make the tactical mistakes he has.

The bottom line is that the Republican Party has evolved. It became the party of small government in 1980 under Ronald Reagan. The classical liberal roots of Reagan’s presidency have been in decline since. Under Trump, whether he wins or loses, it is dead.

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Sometimes It Doesn’t Take A Lot To Protect Yourself

“Female suicide bomber is shot dead with a POISONED ARROW by amateur militia in Cameroon – just moments before she was set to detonate”

A local self-defence group in Cameroon killed a female suicide bomber using a poisoned arrow

A local self-defence group in Cameroon killed a female suicide bomber using a poisoned arrow

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A local self-defence group in Cameroon killed a female suicide bomber using a poisoned arrow just moments before she was set to blow herself up.

The 40-year-old woman, who had explosives strapped to her body, had crossed over from neighboring Nigeria along with a 14-year-old girl.

Local residents shot the poisoned arrow at the woman after she failed to stop as demanded. The girl also died when she detonated her own explosives.”

More at the UK Daily Mail

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Is The GOP Dead?

The New York Daily News says it is.

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I don’t know yet. The leaders of the party have been doing everything, it seems, to kill it off. The perfidy has been going on for quite some time. I don’t have to describe how they hated the Tea Party. Or maybe I do. Remember this?

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And this:

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The people massed by the tens of thousands in peaceful, loving, marches and they cleaned up after themselves. They wanted to state their support for smaller government, less taxation, and their support for the US Constitution.

They were laughed at, derided, and accused of everything from racism to sedition by the media and by the GOP leaders. The Tea Party was a genuine movement that was destroyed and, in turn, destroyed the RNC.

This may be the end of the Republican National Committee but if it is, what will replace it?

The next few months will tell us if the RNC is actually dead. Besides the Presidential race, though, we have every House member and one third of Senators up for election. Will the RNC continue with its mistakes by supporting big government, high spending candidates or will they learn from the Trump/Cruz phenomenon?

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Top of the morning to you!

Since I have decided not to spend the next six months squandering my brain cells in endless arguments about the lesser of two evils, I need to figure out what to talk about here. I am open to suggestions.

In the mean time, ponder the SMOD alternative.


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The morning after

Good morning everyone. This place was a little sad last night when I went to bed and this morning I have decided to do something, ANYTHING to turn those frowns upside-down. I am going to have to take you back in time. It couldn’t wait until Throwback Thursday.

I had planned on holding off on this trip back in time until the Republican Convention. This journey takes us back to two different stops in the year 2009. The first stop is in October of 2009 and there you find a link that takes us back to January of the same year. Both of these places in time offer interesting insight to the point I’m trying to make.

At your first stop, October 21st 2009 you will find some frustrations expressed that have affected the outcome of the 2016 Republican Primary. When you take the hyperlink to your next stop you will land on January 19th 2009. You will again see some frustration directed at the Republican Party by a life-long Republican. Those things are old news. We have all expressed the same frustration from time to time.

I would like to draw your attention to the hyperbolic silliness expressed, specifically in the January publication. In it I laid out all the things that were likely to happen as a result of electing a Communist Revolutionary to the Presidency. Some of them came to pass and some of them didn’t but at that time looking forward to the days we are living, I expected a MUCH higher body count by now. The bottom line is, I thought that things would be a whole lot worse today than they actually are. That’s not saying that things are great. That’s not saying that I don’t think the Pockeelypse could be just around the corner. It’s just not here yet.

It is easy to see the future in a negative light when all we do is read and comment on the news. Speaking for myself, putting my fears in writing too often affected my mental well being in a negative way. Making such an emotional investment in such writing caused me to fall victim to it even harder. I started really believing my own BS and that accelerated my woe to the point where I started making some desperately unwise decisions in my life because I thought I had to.

The point of this publication is to say that no matter how bad we think things are going to get, specifically as a result of politics, things might not turn out to be as bad as we imagined.

Now then, flashback to October 21st 2009…

Another open letter to the Republican Party

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So be it…

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So it will be Trump, Clinton or Sanders. Well, the American people have spoken and they deserve to get what they have asked for… good and fucking hard. 🙂

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Alternative Energy Sources ‘Necessarily Cause Electric Rates To Skyrocket’

“Denmark Slashes Wind Power Subsidies to Curb Runaway Power Costs”

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How long will it be before people start to react in countries where heavy industries are closing at an alarming rate and power supplies are under increasing threat?”

Places like, say, the United States of America.

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Back In The Saddle

I love this guy.

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Primitive Technology

This guy is a modern day Tarzan. The nice thing about his videos is that he doesn’t have music playing, no talking, just demonstrates by doing. Not a sliver of modern day technology is being used, except for the camera to record. This guy will probably be the last man alive on earth after the apocalypse. This is quite impressive.

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