Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Libertarian Alternative - Bureaucrash on making capitalism cool

I enjoyed watching Heather Talley of and host Mark Selzer talk about making capitalism cool.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Catastrophic events notwithstanding, it looks like Arizona will have to cope with Republican Senator Jon Kyl for six more years. I still can't believe the majority of voters swallowed his "Time magazine says I am one of the 10 best Senators". That probably is true, unfortunately for the average citizen the 10 best US Senators are drunk on power and indifferent to the suffering of others. Add that to the existing Republican predeliction to assume that there is no real rush to get out of Iraq and it will likely at least a year before President Bush will feel like declaring victory so that GI Joe and GI Jane can be stationed where they can protect americans and not the corporate welfare queens, Halliburton and a dozen other companies.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Deadpan satire is such a sharp knife.
It has been a very long time since I read The Lord of The Rings but I remember being captivated by the story Mr. Tolkien told. Reading articles about it are a continuing source of intellectual enjoyment. William Lopascio's recounting of his thoughts on TLOTR is a inspiring story.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Being a libertarian and not being desirous of regulating more jobs out of existence in the US I oppose (Arizona) proposition 202. In case you think that people earning minimum wage are looking forward to increased government regulation of private enterprise, take a look at comment #1 on this post.

Friday, September 29, 2006

"It's All About Who You Sleep With ... a Cautionary Note from Michael Moore" I watched Fahrenheit 9/11 that I downloaded from the internet (via the Macintosh version of BearShare). I found it to be an eye opening education on how much the Bush administration is in bed with the oil interests (and not the average American). Michael Moore in his post tells Democratic candidates that if they can't or won't dump their pro-war positions that they are in for a rude awakening come election day. I agree. I don't think many Democrats have the wisdom to accept his advice which I why I am voting for the Libertarian Party candidates for (Arizona) Governor, Secretary of State, US Senate and US Congress, district 5.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I haven't seen "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" but people don't hear nearly enough about Iraq War profiteering. I look forward to seeing this movie. People hear about the mercenary firm Blackwater USA and corrupt contracting company Halliburton KBR perhaps once a month and then they fade into the background hum.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

I am not United States Senator Jon Kyl.

I would think that would be pretty evident if you look at the picture on the sidebar at the right.

Like some tatoos, people make mistakes they later regret. Choosing the URL of this blog is a decision that I will have to learn to live with.

Why I would willingly choose to incorporate Jon Kyl's name in a URL?

I didn't start this blog because Arizona has a US Senator who is indifferent to the human life (both American and Iraqi) being snuffed out on a daily basis. I thought that some human being might search on Jon Kyl and stumble upon this little bit of flotsam in the great ocean of the internet. has called me out on this and only now do I realize what a horrible atrocity I have committed.

This is, of course, but the smallest fraction of the offense that Jon Kyl has committed in his continuing efforts to keep Americans in harms way by supporting the Iraq government or the resulting deaths of Iraqis shot or blown to smithereens by good ole American bombs or burned to death by our patriotic white phosphorus rounds (I am sure they only harmed the guilty).

I am also not Jim Pederson who also supports the continuing idiocy that is the US occupation of Iraq.

I am not Richard Mack either. Mr. Mack "will do everything to bring our troops home NOW!" which is a darn sight better position than any other candidate for US Senate 2006 (AZ).

Just so we are clear on this.. I am not Jon Kyl and I don't wish to be Jon Kyl.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

When possible I try to make a diffence by putting my money where my beliefs are. I'd like to see hemp (also known as marijuana or cannabis) have a higher profile in the US and the world. Hemp has the capacity to reduce fossil fuel use. I often take the time when shopping at my local health food store or health food supermarket to buy hemp seed/hemp nut based "granola bars". You might be pleasantly amazed to see the variety of brands and flavors they are available in. While I will likely always favor products of the Dr. Bronner company (Alpsnack), there are a cornucopia of other products available.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

If ever you want to differentiate between political candidates you should examine whether they fall into one of two groups. First there are those candidates who cannot leave people well enough alone and then there are those candidates who wish to leave people alone so long as their behavior is peaceful.

Notwithstanding that two strip clubs have been present in Scottsdale for I would estimate 8 years now, those people who just cannot leave people alone to find their own perdition feel the need to regulate the strip clubs out of existence.

Congressional candidates J.D. Hayworth and Harry Mitchell both favor regulating strip clubs out of existence.

If you live in Arizona congressional district 5, please vote for Warren Severin so that those who live or travel to the City of Scottsdale can continue to attend strip clubs if they so choose or not attend strip clubs if they don't choose.

Not to mention how much free publicity Proposition 401 gives to Skin Cabaret and Babe's Cabaret will get as a result of the governments counterproductive efforts to ban strip clubs in Scottsdale.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

If you haven't read about the pitiful excuse Arizona and Maricopa county have for election officials in the Phoenix New Times you have missed out. has an article written by Dave Hodges that touches on recent events and makes a logical case that voters should not trust the Arizona election department to operate on a "trust us" basis.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Last night I went to the meeting of the North Tempe Neighborhood Association in order to learn enough about the candidates for state representative for legislative district 17. I decided to vote for Ed Ableser after hearing him mention Vancouver, Canada as an example of how better to treat people with drug use problems rather than the current US policy of prohibition and incarceration (don't get me wrong, Vancouver is still Fascist lite, but until people have learned to mind their own p's and q's it beats more of the same). I then chose to vote for Rhett Wilson for a reason I have been unable to document on the web basically having to do with his performance as resident and City Council member of Kearny, Arizona as well has his stated dislike of government accounting gimmicks (although what candidate is going to come out in favor of them eh?). I came oh so close to giving the second slot to David Shapira because while although every single Democrat there was a Socialist ala "Goverment isn't the problem, it's the solution!" I figure that Mr. Shapira's keen sense of humor might presage an intellect worthy of Jon Stewart. Lastly my mother and I were able to listen to Angie Crouse give her pitch on why voters should choose her come election day. She gave a fine presentation but suffers from the same ailment the 3 other Democrats do which is they have yet to meet a government program or law they don't like. I can readily see each of the Democratic candidates getting elected and coming back in an interview 2 years later claiming that the reason education is not all peaches and cream is that the law of outrage don't permit the government to impound all private monies and hand it straight across to government school teachers (they do this now on a smaller basis, they just 'allow' us to keep some of our money). I can easily imagine any one of the four candidates claiming that the reason public (government) education fails to educate is (insert existing tired, old excuse) class sizes aren't small enough, we don't pay government teachers enough, we just need one more blue ribbon panel, we need to 'support' the teachers (more) or the standards are too tough (ditch AIMS)] (boo-freakin-hoo).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I went to the Arizona Breakfast Club Saturday morning and had a great time. Kimber Lanning from Arizona Chain Reaction told us of her experiences pointing out unfair subsidies to special interest businesses in Tempe and Phoenix. Fred and Jan from Valley Business Owners and Concerned Citizens also had plenty to report about the Mesa city government and how it has attempted to waste tax money on favored projects that should be the responsibility of private enterprise. David Nolan (Libertarian) travelled to Phoenix from Tucson and told us about the interest his campaign in AZ CD-8 has created.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Kowabunga! Penn Radio discussed the AZ Voter Reward Act on their July 17th, 2006 episode. Subscribe to their podcast and listen to their commentary on the initiative.
Yesterday I drove out to Goodyear and saw a very simple sign "Proposition 204 is hogwash!" and "" on it - nothing else. Apparently someone got an initiative on the upcoming ballot (full list of 2006 initiatives in Arizona) that will make one more law and give government busybodies one more justification to beat up the meat producers in Arizona. I say if the supporters can't name names and businesses and can't accomplish their goals by non-violent means such as picketing and boycotting then they shouldn't try to use government laws to accomplish their ends. The ends do not justify the means.

Lastly, I may disagree with their reasoning and conclusions but I certainly give props to for taking the time to review the propositions.

Friday, July 28, 2006

PROP 200: AZ VOTER REWARD ACT and its admirers. An inclusive review by Blog for Arizona of Arizona 2006 propositions comments on Proposition 200. It makes me feel 1% better because if the people that endorse it are clueless enough to revel in the "psychological judo" of wasting MY TAX MONEY on inducing ignoramuses to vote then perhaps there is hope of it going down in flames. Some busybodies think that people are just rats in a cage to be toyed with "carrots and sticks" until people behave the way thay think is beneficial.

[From the movie Serenity] Young River: People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.
When an article on comes close to matching actual ballot propositions and (PDF version) then it is time to beat down (figuratively) on the fools that propose ideas like that. People shouldn't be paid (via a lottery incentive) to vote. The US has been going downhill since the poll tax was eliminated. There are other blog posts on this initiative. The Arizona legislature even has their analysis on all the 2006 initiatives.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

A committment to truth and justice are two concepts that The Charlotte Observer fails to achive in their article about a cell phone employee that was shot and killed by a government police officer. The Observer feels that the goal should be to "assure public confidence" when the higher goal should be to search out and present the truth not to mention minimizing the number of innocent people who are gunned down by police. It is abominable that police murders are completely shielded from responsibility for their actions by the concept that "He was just following policy". (Which sounds pretty close to I was just following orders). Even if he had followed policy, that is poor recompence for the worker and his family. If this police officer was following policy, it is time to get a better policy.
If I am to believe their web site Arizona's Senator Jon Kyl is undeclared on "network neutrality" (aka more government regulation). I am going to hope the Mr. Kyl will oppose more government although hoping that a US Senator will work for less government is like hoping that a wolf is going to turn down sheep for dinner.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The JPFO has a great book on the topic of gun control (disarmament). Dial 911 and die.
Preventing unneeded stabbings not recommended by government police. This is just one example of why people need to be reminded that government is not your friend. They note "he could have been hurt", which is (sarcasm coming) just horrible considering how many more employees could have been stabbed and died because one person with a gun took the initiative to face down a fanatic with a knife. That preventing harm to the innocent is not recommended is one in a torrent of examples of why the world needs less police, not more, more self-defence, not more defencelessness.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I listed to Loretta Nall's Out-jesus mp3 ad and continue to be impressed with her steely determination combined with a pleasant tone. She is a write-in candidate for Governor of Alabama and I hope she wins.