To quote H.L. Mencken over and over and over and over and ...

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 20:04

 

“Conscience -- the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”

“Self-respect--the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.”

“We must respect the other fellow's religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”

“Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.”

“The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda - a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make 'good' citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.”

“The older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field from adultery to zoology.”

“No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.”

“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”

“The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.”

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”

“The average man does not want to be free, he simply wants to be safe.”

“It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”

“The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians.”

“The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable.”

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

“The objection to Puritans is not that they try to make us think as they do, but that they try to make us do as they think.”

“The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.”

“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”

“Government today is growing too strong to be safe. There are no longer any citizens in the world there are only subjects. They work day in and day out for their masters they are bound to die for their masters at call. Out of this working and dying they tend to get less and less.”

“Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood.”

“Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.”

“Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- teach.”

“Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.”

“For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”

“Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.”

“You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”

 

To quote Michael Grunwald, Senior National Correspondent for Time Magazine

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 18:24

 

This is old news about now, but we think it needs to stay out there as long as possible, as it speaks volumes of the quality of individual holding important positions within the mainstream media.

 

 

 

 

 

"Takes out" of course being a euphemism for murders.

 

The State of Wisconsin just murdered this fawn ..... it's the law.

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 08/02/2013 - 09:54

 

Meet Giggles. she never got much older than she was when this picture was taken. 

The State of Wisconsin in it's wisdom, just raided with heavily armed Sheriffs and DNR officers the animal shelter where she had been taken in order to euthanize this healthy orphaned fawn, because in Wisconsin it is illegal to possess "wildlife".

 

 

Meet Jennifer Niemeyer spokesperson for the Wisconsin DNR.

 

 

Ms. Niemeyer explains the necessity tor an armed raid on an animal shelter,  

"IF A SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS GOING IN TO DO A SEARCH WARRANT ON A DRUG BUST, THEY DON'T CALL THEM AND ASK THEM TO VOLUNTARILY SURRENDER THEIR MARIJUANA OR WHATEVER DRUG THAT THEY HAVE.

Regarding having euthanized the orphaned fawn, Ms Niemeyer offers the following, 

THE LAW REQUIRES THE DNR AGENTS TO EUTHANIZE ANIMALS LIKE GIGGLES BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL FOR DISEASE ... AND DANGER TO HUMANS.

It is our strongly held opinion that it is only in Government that individuals this callous, thoughtless and devoid of reason could ever hope to attain a position of authority.

Click on either photo for the complete news report with video.

Shame on the entirety of the State of Wisconsin, it's DNR and Ms. Niemeyer.

When confronted with another example of the wholesale and blatant stupidity foisted on the citizens of this and pretty much every nation of the world by their smug but stupid supposed "public servants" we always think of Banksy.

 

 

And

 

 

And of course, Forest.

 

 

And then the morons wonder why all over the country, people are arming themselves.

 

Manu Chao

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 15:57

 

Upon the demise of Mano Negra in 1995, Manu Chao formed Radio Bemba Sound System, expanded on his already impressive catalogue of songs and proceeded to establish himself as an international superstar.  

On vocals and rhythm guitar, band leader, songwriter and all round musical genius, this is Manu Chao. Radio Bemba Sound System is Adjid Fahem on lead guitar, Gambeat on weird noises and bass, David Bourgnion on the drums, Gerrard on percussion, Julio on keyboards and other triggers, more vocals are provided by Bidji a.k.a. Lyricson, Roy Paci and Gianni play trumpet and trombone respectively on one of the catchier horn fills you are ever gonna hear, and finally that's B-Roy on the accordian.

Of the many bands that I have not yet seen, this one here is right there at the very top of my bucket list.

Manu Chao and Radio Bemba Sound System.

Machine Gun.

 

 

All around me is a War, War, War.

Something, something, something else,

Machine Gun, Whoa-oh, Machine Gun.

 

To quote Joseph Stalin over and over and ...

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 11:12

 

Wherein, Mr. Stalin perfectly makes the case for gun control.

 

“In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.”

“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”

“Those who cast their vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”

“The only real power comes out of a long rifle.”

Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”

“When there's a person, there's a problem. When there's no person, there's no problem.

Or

“Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.”

 “The Pope! How many divisions has he got?”

“Quantity has a quality all its own.”

 

Elastica

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 07/27/2013 - 15:02

 

In 1992 former Suede rhythm guitarist and vocalist Justine Frischman having recently been kicked out of the band for dating the lead singer of the enemy, Daman Albarn of Blur, reunited with former short term Suede drummer Justin Welch to form a band of their own.  In short order they found Donna Matthews and Annie Holland to play lead guitar and bass respectively.  

Having tried out the name Onk, among others, they finally settled on Elastica.

From their 1995 album Elastica, this is probably our favorite single from the Brit Pop period of popular music on the strength of Justin Welch's smoking hot fills, Donna Matthews' simple but very tasty lead guitar work and of course Justine Frischman's seriously provacative vocals.

This is Elastica.

Car Song.

 

 

I hardly know you.

But I think I'm going to.

 

Order 227

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 07/27/2013 - 08:47

 

Seventy years ago today, Joseph Stalin issued the now famed Order 227, better known among Soviets/Russians as "No Step Backwards!" in which he commanded that any non commisioned soldiers retreating without orders be shot as traitors or sent to penal units mostly permanantly attached to the front lines, and that officers allowing troops to retreat were to be tried for treason.

There are differences of opinion as to the effect of the order from some who say it was widely ignored by commanders who thought provisions having to do with establishing the buffer units ordered to shoot down retreating soldiers were impractical and a waste of manpower, to others who argue that it was greatly responsible for the destruction of the armies of the Third Reich on the Eastern Front.

Krivosheev counts 427,910 enlisted men having been assigned to penal units, although his numbers are in dispute.

I lack the energy for this issue to wade through the arguments but if you want to, start here.

Anyway, the following is the English translation of Jospeh Stalin's famed and terrible order.

 

The Order of the National Commissar for the Defense of the Soviet Union.

July 28 1942, Moscow.

The enemy throws new forces to the front without regard to heavy losses and penetrates deep into the Soviet Union, seizing new regions, destroying our cities and villages, and violating, plundering and killing the Soviet population. Combat goes on in region Voronej, near Don, in the south, and at the gates of the Northern Caucasus. The German invaders penetrate toward Stalingrad, to Volga and want at any cost to trap Kuban and the Northern Caucasus, with their oil and grain. The enemy already has captured Vorochilovgrad, Starobelsk, Rossosh, Kupyansk, Valuyki, Novochercassk, Rostov on Don, half Voronej. Part of the troops of the Southern front, following the panic-mongers, have left Rostov and Novochercassk without severe resistance and without orders from Moscow, covering their banners with shame.

The population of our country, who love and respect the Red Army, start to be discouraged in her, and lose faith in the Red Army, and many curse the Red Army for leaving our people under the yoke of the German oppressors, and itself running east.

Some stupid people at the front calm themselves with talk that we can retreat further to the east, as we have a lot of territory, a lot of ground, a lot of population and that there will always be much bread for us.

They want to justify the infamous behavior at the front. But such talk is falsehood, helpful only to our enemies.

Each commander, Red Army soldier and political commissar should understand that our means are not limitless. The territory of the Soviet state is not a desert, but people - workers, peasants, intelligentsia, our fathers, mothers, wives, brothers, children. The territory of the USSR which the enemy has captured and aims to capture is bread and other products for the army, metal and fuel for industry, factories, plants supplying the army with arms and ammunition, railroads. After the loss of Ukraine, Belarus, Baltic republics, Donetzk, and other areas we have much less territory, much less people, bread, metal, plants and factories. We have lost more than 70 million people, more than 800 million pounds of bread annually and more than 10 million tons of metal annually. Now we do not have predominance over the Germans in human reserves, in reserves of bread. To retreat further - means to waste ourselves and to waste at the same time our Motherland.

Therefore it is necessary to eliminate talk that we have the capability endlessly to retreat, that we have a lot of territory, that our country is great and rich, that there is a large population, and that bread always will be abundant. Such talk is false and parasitic, it weakens us and benefits the enemy, if we do not stop retreating we will be without bread, without fuel, without metal, without raw material, without factories and plants, without railroads.

This leads to the conclusion, it is time to finish retreating.

Not one step back! Such should now be our main slogan.

It is necessary to defend each position, each meter of our territory, up to the last drop of blood, to cling for each plot of Soviet land and to defend it as long as possible.

Our Motherland is experiencing hard days. We must stop, and then to throw back and smash the enemy regardless of cost. The Germans are not so strong, as it seems to the panic-mongers. They strain their last forces. To withstand their impact now, means to ensure our victory in some months.

Can we withstand the impact, and then throw back the enemy to the west? Yes we can, because our factories and plants in the rear are fine and our army receives ever more and more airplanes, tanks, artillery and mortars.

What do we lack?

There is no order and discipline in companies, battalions, regiments, in tank units and air squadrons. This is our main deficiency. We should establish in our army the most stringent order and solid discipline, if we want to salvage the situation, and to keep our Motherland.

It is impossible to tolerate commanders and commissars permitting units to leave their positions. It is impossible to tolerate commanders and commissars who admit that some panic-mongers determined the situation on the field of combat and carried away in departure other soldiers and opened the front to the enemy.

The panic-mongers and cowards should be exterminated in place.

Henceforth the solid law of discipline for each commander, Red Army soldier, and commissar should be the requirement - not a single step back without order from higher command. Company, battalion, regiment and division - commanders and appropriate commissars, who retreat without orders from higher commanders, are betrayers of the Motherland.

These are the orders of our Motherland.

To execute this order - means to defend our lands, to save the Motherland, to exterminate and to conquer the hated enemy.

After the winter retreat under pressure of the Red Army, when in German troops discipline became loose, the Germans for recovery of discipline imposed severe measures which resulted in quite good outcomes. They formed 100 penal companies from soldiers who were guilty of breaches of discipline because of cowardice or bewilderment, put them at dangerous sections of the front and commanded them to redeem their sins by blood. They have also formed approximately ten penal battalions from commanders guilty of breaches of discipline through cowardice or bewilderment, deprived them of their decorations, transferred them to even more dangerous sections of the front and commanded them to redeem their sins. Finally, they have formed special squads and put them behind unstable divisions and ordered them to shoot panic-mongers in case of unauthorized retreats or attempted surrender. As we know, these measures were effective, and now German troops fight better than they fought in the winter. And here is the situation, that the German troops have good discipline, though they do not have the high purpose of protection of the Motherland, and have only one extortionate purpose - to subdue another's country, and our troops have the higher purpose of protecting the abused Motherland,and do not have such discipline and so suffer defeat. Is it necessary for us to learn from our enemies, as our grandparents studied their enemies in the past and achieved victory?

I think it is necessary.

The Supreme General Headquarters of the Red Army commands:

1. Military councils of the fronts and first of all front commanders should:

a) Unconditionally eliminate retreat moods in the troops and with a firm hand bar propaganda that we can and should retreat further east, and that such retreat will cause no harm;

b) Unconditionally remove from their posts and send to the High Command for court martial those army commanders who have allowed unauthorized troop withdrawals from occupied positions, without the order of the Front command.

c) Form within each Front from one up to three (depending on the situation) penal battalions (800 persons) where commanders and high commanders and appropriate commissars of all service arms who have been guilty of a breach of discipline due to cowardice or bewilderment will be sent, and put them on more difficult sectors of the front to give them an opportunity to redeem by blood their crimes against the Motherland.

2. Military councils of armies and first of all army commanders should;

a) Unconditionally remove from their offices corps and army commanders and commissars who have accepted troop withdrawals from occupied positions without the order of the army command, and route them to the military councils of the fronts for court martial;

b) Form within the limits of each army 3 to 5 well-armed defensive squads (up to 200 persons in each), and put them directly behind unstable divisions and require them in case of panic and scattered withdrawals of elements of the divisions to shoot in place panic-mongers and cowards and thus help the honest soldiers of the division execute their duty to the Motherland;

c) Form within the limits of each army up to ten (depending on the situation) penal companies (from 150 to 200 persons in each) where ordinary soldiers and low ranking commanders who have been guilty of a breach of dicipline due to cowardice or bewilderment will be routed, and put them at difficult sectors of the army to give them an opportunity to redeem by blood their crimes against the Motherland.

3. Commanders and commissars of corps and divisions should;

a) Unconditionally remove from their posts commanders and commissars of regiments and battalions who have accepted unwarranted withdrawal of their troops without the order of the corps or division commander, take from them their orders and medals and route them to military councils of fronts for court martial;

b) Render all help and support to the defensive squads of the army in their business of strengthening order and discipline in the units.

This order is to be read in all companies, cavalry squadrons, batteries, squadrons, commands and headquarters.

 

The national commissar for defense: J. Stalin.

 

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