Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Score One for The Mediocracy

After being summarily and historically spanked by Donald Trump and his supporters in 2016, The Mediocracy has proven its resiliency and its absolute will to dominate every one of us.
It has dominated the 2017 Alabama Senate seat election by promoting credulous, staged and spurious accusations of "sexual misconduct" against Republican candidate Roy Moore the issue in the race so effectively that he was kept from winning, thereby paving the way for a virtual political extra to be the puppet-installee of the Democrat Party there.
Just for perspective, let us recall that, back in 1992, The Mediocracy buried numerous, credible and persistent accusations of sexual misconduct and even rape against then-governor Bill Clinton so that he could be elected president of the United States.
In a way, the contestants in the Alabama Senate race were figureheads - certainly the Democrat is. Demonstrating the intellect of an unripened grape, his most noteworthy position was his opinion that human life begins at birth and his intention to govern accordingly.
Roy Moore, on the other hand, has made a career of taking principled, sometimes unpopular (read: pro-life, pro-Constitution) positions, and until last night has enjoyed the support of the people of Alabama for decades, rising from a DA to Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, to a highly favored candidate for Senate.  But opposition within his own party, especially a belated and half-hearted endorsement by President Trump, hamstrung Moore's campaign, rendering him something of a political orphan. In a mediocracy, to be so marginalized is to be wounded and left for dead. 
The Mediocracy deserves much the credit for Moore's loss. Its organs and outlets and mouthpieces and video screens were overflowing with non-stop echoes of "sexual misconduct", "#metoo" and other all-purpose innuendo floating on an ocean of boiling hypocrisy which it would not acknowledge. The Mediocracy obfuscated the one thing voters should care about: fitness for office, instead waging an epic offense of lies, half-truths, and even doctored images - nothing new under the sun, alas. This is how The Mediocracy wins, when it wins.
The Mediocracy has manipulated people effectively enough, bludgeoned them, really, with its childish and incessant spectacles and lies, that the people of Alabama -- perhaps we should be cautious here and say, "the ballots in Alabama," because one can't be too sure who actually cast those ballots or how correctly they were counted -- have chosen as a Senator just who the Mediocracy endorsed.
Now that Moore's been defeated, The Mediocracy will retire the whole tired, disgusting "sexual harassment" meme, right?
Wrong.  They've just perfected a weapon.  Guess who they're gunning for, now?
File under "Know Your Enemy."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Robert Mueller and the Conspiracy Theorists

At least one "conspiracy theorist" had his attention captured by Robert Mueller as far back as 2013.  What's fascinating is that the author of the blog cited at the link uses the term "Cryptocracy" to name what we now call the "Deep State."

File under, "Smoke:Fire?"

Friday, December 08, 2017

FBI "Had Interviewed" New Mexico School Shooter

How many notorious mass shooters over the last 3 years or so hasn't the FBI "interviewed" prior to their killing sprees?
Are they recruiting?

Edit 12/12/17: (Here's a case we didn't include because we just learned of it today,  nearly a week after first publishing this post).

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Again, we ask, Is Christmas (really) Too Commercial?

And again, we hope to unambiguously imply, "No."  Is it a sin to shower the ones I love with goodies? Is it a sin to think of others, for a change?   Please.

State of the Deep State

It's marvelous,  isn't it, to witness, to experience, the overturning of the social order that began in earnest right about the time that Edward Snowden leaked a bunch of documents that he stole from his employer and fled the country? While neither attributing nor denying causality, it does seem like the Closets of Power were thrown open with that event and that the Skeletons of Abuse have been parading around ever since.
When the Snowden story broke, we opined thus: whatever happens from this time forward, the undeniable, inevitable and irreversible reality of the Surveillance State will have been announced and understood. "Cleared" was the term we used, as in a check being "cleared": transaction recorded and settled.  Perhaps we should thank those in power for finally being frank with us, albeit in spite of themselves.
Today we offer a similar take on the thing that was announced to us, some time during the 2016 US presidential campaign, as "The Deep State."  We are not concerned with defining it at this point.  We only wish to offer the opinion that, having allowing itself to be named, it is declaring its sense of invincibility.  By this act of sheer projection of power, the Deep State seems to be confident that it can get away with anything, and therefore no longer seeks to deny its own existence, cloaked by "conspiracy theories."  
It seems to be declaring, as one of its radical front groups was famous for, that it's here, it's queer, and it's not going anywhere.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Trouble in Crypto Paradise

Who says that cryptocurrencies are immune to arbitrary manipulation by powerful entities?  Not us.
Recently the biggest Bitcoin exchange blasted an email notifying interested parties of an impending "fork" in the Bitcoin chain, and of its intention to "not support it."
The reason Coinbase gave for this refusal to support the fork was "questions about its future value", and of course this is wrapped in the warm blanket of the company's altruistic "concern for customer funds."
We're skeptical of the motivation, because by now even preteens are savvy enough to know that any currency, and especially vapor-currencies like Bitcoin, would not, could, not exist without "support" -- that is, widespread adoption.  And that is something that is born of "support."
Perhaps, from a technological standpoint, not supporting the fork is wise.  Perhaps not.  We don't pretend to have an authoritative technological opinion.  But after a lifetime of reading press releases, the stated rationale for the decision seems like bunk, on the face of it.
Perhaps Coinbase's policy of preemptively denying support to any cryptocurrency is a proactive effort to suffocate it. If that is the case, we would have to conclude that there is still nothing new under the sun.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Three Dots

Sunday, June 04, 2017

A Quick and Timely Study in Architectural Symbols and Their Meanings

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Best of Times, Worst of Times?

Half right, at least, as one might surmise by overhearing, as I did, two young ladies discussing, in tones that might be suitable for first dates or stuffed animals, what it's like to have the symptoms of various sexually transmitted diseases and to sleep with married men.

Honk if you think you've heard it all.

Friday, April 14, 2017

mechanical romance

imagine... ephemisms
it's easy if you try
where words like "choice" don't mean "murder"
a world that's free of lies...

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Truth Marked Down

Here's a quick rundown of how the media grabs control of an issue and spins it around to its advantage:
  1. Deny the issue.  When that fails...
  2. Acknowledge the issue and blame your enemies.
  3. Repeat step 2 as long as it takes for polling to show that enough people believe it.
It seems fitting that a discussion of "Fake News" should be published on April Fool's Day.  But I digress.  By way of example, remember when the term "Fake News" started showing up?  It was sometime during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and it was coined to describe how the Establishment media were just plain lying, fabricating stories, and lapping up staged episodes designed to promote Hillary Clinton and to slander Donald Trump.

Remember? There were outright lies about the candidates, outright lies about events surrounding the candidates, and outright lies about the outright lies about the candidates.  The so-called "Alternative Media" -- everyone who is not on the payroll of CNN, A/NBC, CBS, ESPN, et al -- in its homespun way called this practice what it was: Fake News.

Despite being caught spreading numerous such lies, The Media Perps continued to deny it all until it eventuated that their Champion would not be ruling after all, thus forcing them into crisis mode.  As an example of how poorly desperation plays, the NYT began splashing bus stops with ads like this: 

"Truth" For Sale, Cheap

This pitiful display plus an entire month's NYT ad budget worth of similarly smarmy schlock was followed by a number of "news stories" by the Times designed to convince readers that everyone else was spreading "fake news", but goodness no, not the NYT! or those who dutifully echoed NYT content. 

Once again, a principle your mother taught you applies here as it does to nearly every analysis involving the antics of the Left: when the NYT points its metaphorical finger at someone, it has three metaphorical fingers pointing back at itself.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Memo to Wikileaks on Obamacare

Someone please tell +WikiLeaks to spill the Obamacare documents so that the American people can learn how many of its "enrollees" are fictitious.   It might also be enlightening to then cross-check it against the voter roles.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Trump: Obama bad (or sick) Guy!

It begins, as reported by The Sun (UK).

In any contest between Donald Trump and B. Hussein Obama, Donald Trump wins decisively, and B. Hussein Obama is publicly humiliated, perhaps prosecuted under the law, and in general squashed like the menacing insect we all know he is.

This is going to be rich.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Is The US Dept. of State Running a Charity?

Yesterday's Conspiracy Theories... Part 1

...are today's headlines.

Russia's jets provocatively buzzing US destroyers.  The media provocatively buzzing the Trump administration.

Theory #1: This is entirely Russia's doing.  You can perhaps figure out what its motives might be.

Theory #1 implies that the Western media is Russia's handmaiden.  It's obviously somebody's, and that somebody obviously despises the United States, so is it such a stretch to conclude that it belongs to the very Sworn Enemies of the USA and the Masters of Disinformation, the communists?  Hint: No.

We've said for years that the jihad is the tool of communism, too, as is 1/3 or more of congress, it has become painfully clear. And the Church. And the Education Establishment, and their acolytes. Read Horowitz.  Read Malachi Martin.  It's a thing.  

Anything that destabilizes the West serves the stated goals of communists, goals that have never been repealed.

Dare to imagine it.  You read it here first.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Democracy Demolished by the NYT

NYT had this bit of BS today:
As the forces of reaction outpace movements predicated on the ideal of progress, and as traditional norms of political competition are tossed aside, it’s clear that the internet and social media have succeeded in doing what many feared and some hoped they would. They have disrupted and destroyed institutional constraints on what can be said, when and where it can be said and who can say it.
Even though in one sense President Trump’s victory in 2016 fulfilled conventional expectations — because it prevented a third straight Democratic term in the White House — it also revealed that the ...
blah, blah, blah.

This has nothing to do with Donald Trump. In fact, it has more to do with Bill Clinton, during whose presidency the World Wide Web first became a commercial reality.  But that's just a detail.

Marshall McLuhan predicted that an information-ocracy would demolish democracy, national sovereignty, effective borders, back in 1961 or something.  Google it.  Search this site -- we've had lots to say about it.

And quit believing the Mediocracy.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Is Christmas Too "Commercial"?

Is Christmas too "commercial?" The parking lots were full today. Today, and in prior days, busy people took time out from their busy schedules, and, using money they usually work pretty hard for (or will in the future), they thought of people besides themselves.

They studied things and shopped and dealt with crowds and fatigue and spent more than they know they should have, seeking just the right gifts; frivolous with time and money.

And frivolous with Good Will, if there can be such a thing. But I think there can be no such thing as frivolity with Good Will toward Men, which is, after all, the Christmas Spirit.

So, if the retail trade gets carried away, and even if it misses the beauty completely, The Invisible Hand is at work; people motivated by thoughts of Good Will toward others are spending dear wages, granting gainful, maybe even rewarding employment, providing for the needs and comforts of life, and the means for a better future, experiencing joy, some even a riot of joy, in the simple act of giving. The giver will not lose his reward.

And so spreading Good Will becomes the Project this industrious people sets itself to in this season, and they carry it off with excellence and gusto, as usual.
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests." Luke 2:14
And yes, His favor has rested on us, has it not? May it always be so. And may we always set ourselves to the spreading of Good Will.

Perhaps the real driver of our prosperity isn't our wits as much as it is our embracing of the Spirit of Good Will to Men.

* reposted from 2002.

Friday, July 22, 2016


Sunday, July 10, 2016


Sunday, June 12, 2016

What Does Progress Look Like?

It depends on whom you ask.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How THEY See America

Saturday, April 30, 2016

No, NYC Doesn't Belong to Leftists

Not entirely, at least.
Hillary for Prison 2016!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Mediocracy

The article under headlines trumpeting the publication of confidential files stolen from a law firm that specializes in offshore corporations began with this:
Offshore corporations have one main purpose - to create anonymity.
Well, if that doesn't piss off the 99%, what will?  After all, if they can't have anonymity -- not that any of them ever wanted anything except to send selfies and video clips of themselves doing all manner of nothing all over the globe all day long -- if they can't have anonymity, what makes the clients of this law firm so special as to think they're entitled to it?

Anonymity: the only unforgivable sin under the reign of The Mediocracy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What You Weren't Taught about Capitalism, Socialism or Private Enterprise

The soundest and most concise analysis of the subject you'll ever read, courtesy of Yves Dupont.
Democracy is the political expression of Liberalism, whilst Capitalism is its economic expression...
In the political area, Liberalism gave birth to Democracy... This, I discussed in my little book "The Popes and Democracy". In the economic field, we had Capitalism. Capitalism is based on profit alone, not on the needs of man. True, no company or corporation can be expected to work at a loss and, for that reason, the profit motive is quite legitimate, nay, it is the necessary incentive which Socialism destroys wherever it rises to power, thus bringing about complete economic chaos. But, whilst being an indispensable condition, the profit motive must not override other considerations and, although quite justified to increase the production of consumers' goods, it cannot condone speculation on non-existing money created solely by book entries. And this, I am afraid is the essence of Capitalism, as distinct from Private enterprise. To be sure, when you destroy Private Enterprise you destroy also private Capitalism but, contrary to the simplistic solution of the Socialists, it is possible to control Capitalism without destroying Private Enterprise. This will be achieved when the Banks are denied the right to issue non-existing money.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Best of Times/Worst of Times

Go ahead and argue that this 14-weeks-since-conception baby-in-his-mummy's-tummy isn't actually clapping to music. But try to deny that he's a living human being and you might as well have yourself committed. 
Juxtapose that bit of undeniable reality with this: The Kansas Supreme Court has today struck down Senate Bill 95, the "Kansas unborn child protection from dismemberment abortion act". The ban on the dismemberment ban was immediately hailed as a "victory for women's reproductive rights." 
That baby, happily clapping his way through the first week of his second trimester, is now eligible to be dismembered in his mother's womb by a medical professional and have his corpse delivered in pieces which could then hit the baby-parts market and help said professional improve his state in life, perhaps even buy a Lamborghini.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

He's Losing It

This is the face of a madman in the making.  Being a partner to a baby-body-parts-brokerage business will do that to you.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood and Barack Obama

When the truth about Planned Parenthood has finally been accepted, as it inevitably will be; when it is understood that this diabolical organization financed its contributions to Barack Obama's presidential campaigns by not only performing abortions but by trafficking in the organs of the aborted babies, Barack Obama will be seen for what he truly is: the evil twin of Adolph Hitler.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What a Fool Believes

President Obama insists that:
This deal is our best means of assuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. And from the start, that has been my number one priority - our number one priority.
Is there any reason to doubt him?

Is there any reason not to?

Here's how Jackie Mason recently put it:
"First Obama said we can inspect them any time, any place, whenever we please. Now it turns out ‘whenever we please’ except when they don’t allow it.  If they don’t want it it’s up to them..."
He concludes:
"Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system. You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them… So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish.  We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish," 
Does recent history instruct us on whether we can trust President Obama when he assures us "Iran will not have a bomb?"  The New York Times reports today "ISIS Transforming Into Functioning State That Uses Terror as Tool"

But President Obama dismissed ISIS as a "jayvee squad", recall?  You can find it here and here, among other places.  Does a "jayvee squad" become a "functioning state" in a year and a half?  Or, to use Obama's analogy, does a "jayvee squad" become Kobe Bryant in 18 months?

How about when he promised  "...if you like your plan, you can keep your plan?" (there are 37 citations here, and the declaration is still made in black-and-white on the website).  And yet, according to Politifact,
The health care plan was largely designed so that some health care plans would go away. If not this year, then at some point down the road. 
And let's not forget that the "architect of Obamacare" has brazenly stated repeatedly that he was counting on "the stupidity of the American people" to enable his deceptions in the way the law was presented to go unnoticed.

If there's one thing we all know we can count on -- if history has taught us anything at all -- it's this: Obama delivers the opposite of what he promises. He's a professional liar.  And he's counting on "the stupidity of the American people" to get away with it.

Iran will have their nuclear weapons, sooner rather than later. You can take that to the bank,

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Worth a Thousand Words


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

End Game

Have we posted this before? It's worth posting again:  Israel is being put in a position where it will be forced to defend itself or perhaps preemptively address the threat by Iran to "wipe Israel off the map."
The Obama administration has effectively withdrawn America's tacit protection of Israel, which has been the single most effective peace-keeping influence in the Middle East.  The promise of US protection of Israel has caused the bullies to stand down.  But now that has been removed, and not only that, Obama has put its arm around the Iranian regime with its mission to destroy Israel and even handed it the keys to the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.  There can be no doubt about Iran's ultimate intentions in this matter -- it has stated them repeatedly: "we will wipe Israel off the map."
So it is entirely predictable that, barring some completely unforeseen reversal of policy, Israel will be forced to respond to that threat accordingly.  And with the US turning its back on her, she will stand alone.  Russia has already expressed its satisfaction with Obama's "deal" with Iran -- Putin is clearly no friend of Israel and that leaves her all alone.  
Is it possible that the Iranian regime may someday pose a credible, catastrophic threat to Israel?  It already does: sworn to destroy her, it now has nuclear weapons within its reach and the enthusiastic support of the superpowers. The Iranian regime also knows that Obama's Window of Permissiveness will very likely close on January 20, 2017, a reality that can only heighten the potential danger of the situation.
How much more talk of "wiping off the map" should Israel countenance before taking preemptive self-defensive action now that Iran is a nuclear power?  Iran needn't actually launch an attack -- merely posturing convincingly that it might would put Israel in the terrible position of having to assume Iran intends to carry out its threats.
Should Israel act with appropriate and decisive self defense to a credible threat, how can a world such as the one we currently live in -- in which barbarism is on daily global parade courtesy of the bloodthirsty, sworn enemies of Israel, in which Antisemitism is publicly proclaimed in Western nations, in which the American president openly and publicly disrespects Israel's prime minister, in which both nuclear superpowers turn their backs on this tiny nation -- be expected to react?
Which scenario is more likely in that event -- that the superpowers suddenly see the light of Israel's actual predicament, reversing themselves to declare support for her?  Or that they chastise Israel as the offender of the delusional "peace" that's been negotiated, that they blame the victim, and seek to punish her, first with UN resolutions, then with sanctions?  How can such a fiasco not escalate? Will they perhaps point their guns at Jerusalem?
Maybe we should pray for its peace.

Monday, July 13, 2015

El Chapo (D Mex)

The notoriously escaped-convict billionaire Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" has famously tweeted his disdain for Donald Trump.
Given how many other tweets-of-disdain have been aimed at the Donald since he began talking about the problem of illegal aliens in the US, we can safely conclude that El Chapo will be voting with the Democrats or, perhaps, GOP Republicans in the next election.

Perhaps he might even be considered for a cabinet position or, given his eloquence, the role of Press Secretary.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Of Popes and Markets and Media

Following is a copy of our letter to the NY Times in response to their piece In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism.
George Soros is not the first billionaire to call for "fettering" the marketplace that delivered to him his billions, nor is Francis is the first Pope to have his utterances on "social justice" cast by the media as Leftist orthodoxy.
You are hopefully keenly aware that you have completely failed to grasp -- and therefore to accurately convey -- the teaching of the Church on economics and the role of the free market in bringing about justice. To wit:
A truly competitive market is an effective instrument for attaining important objectives of justice: moderating the excessive profits of individual businesses, responding to consumers' demands, bringing about a more efficient use and conservation of resources, rewarding entrepreneurship and innovation, making information available so that it is really possible to compare and purchase products in an atmosphere of healthy competition. -- COMPENDIUM OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
How or why can an otherwise seemingly intellegent and presumably responsible professional fail obtain and convey the perspective that any such reader could obtain in under 60 seconds if willing to?
If you haven't come to understand - and to convey -- the lesson repeatedly taught by history, that those on the Left are the most pragmatic, "unfettered" and "irresponsible" participants in the marketplace, you will not fail to if willing to.

Friday, May 01, 2015

It's Not About "Racism"

Is it?  Isn't it's about overtaking local police forces with that  "National Police Force" mentioned by B. Hussein Obama during his 2008 campaign:
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." 
Now why do they want one of those so badly?


Looks like a cool product. Imagine saying "remind me to send package when I get here" and the machine decoding speech, noting location, creating a reminder and then reminding -- harnessing technology for practical human..."benefit" is too big a word -- let's say "convenience".

Remember how cool browsing the web was when it first became commonplace? I even remember my first email account. Attaching and sending files - so convenient!

But then we slowly realized that the web's memory is perfect. That you can never, ever really dispose of an email address or for that matter, an email. It dawned on us that every move we've ever made online is recorded. Then came the social networking movement, and the Web's memory got more personal and intimate by orders of magnitude.

We learned (as we had suspected all along) that our "information" is being packaged and traded for profit for many reasons. The most visible of these is to persuade us with our own words and actions: "you looked at this once before, you know you like it, click here to buy it now!" But often it used to shame us: "You said this. You're a homophobe; you're fired." With "new media" our every online move is submitted to the worldwide court of public opinion to render judgment. Information that had been harnessed first for persuasion was soon thereafter used for coercion.

So far, all this is being fueled by information that is largely external -- words and pictures. What sorts of possibilities are there for persuasion and coercion enabled by the collection of your every heartbeat; your body temperature at the moment of that heartbeat; your weight, your sleeping habits (and schedule and location)? Add to these every "biometric" that you can imagine.

What will dawn on us after we've been having our collective "iWatch experiences" for a few years? We have seen our personal information harnessed by others who purchase it in order to persuade us to take a certain action. We've seen it used to coerce others into taking a certain action.  What happens when it starts being used to force people to do things?

The possibilities for good are amazing. The possibilities for abuse should put the fear of God in you.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GDP Fail, redux

The plane is nosediving, but 
the cockpit door is locked.

0.2% GDP growth, again? But wait: if you can't believe their unemployment numbers, can you believe their GDP numbers?

Poor Madame Chair looks like she's standing in front of an approaching freight train.  Is it inflation or deflation she sees bearing down on her?

What to think? No rate hikes until Obama says so.  He's not going piss off his Park Avenue buds, not yet. He doesn't want a stock market crash, either, because then the white people might riot. Ha ha, just kidding.

[update: yeah, we posted this before the announcement.]

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

File Under "Tin Foil Hat" part 2

As long as we're posting such observations, we thought we'd let you know that 11 military copters are scheduled to cruise above the Hudson River from the GW Bridge to the Statue of Liberty and back again in the next week or two.  Just because.

Friday, April 17, 2015

File Under "Tin Foil Hat"

For the first time ever, last week, I heard "Ladies and gentlemen, this is a test of the emergency broadcast system" coming from the PA system in a NYC subway station.  Twice, in fact.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Yahoo!: Do NOT View This Blog

The most influential blog ever has achieved yet another milestone:  it has apparently been banned by some thought police.  The page in that screenshot below is what you'll see when you click the link below it.

The link.

We are honored to have joined the Company of the Banned.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Nothing New Under the Sun, Part....?

The movie "Network" is proof of this. If you want to understand the world you now live in, that is.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Beware of Peace

Have you heard the chatter about "peace" lately?  I have.  Hillary Clinton is out and about touting a formula for "21st century peace" that is basically a highly intellectual sounding suicide note.  Lots of appeasement and psychology.  

At Mass the other day some itinerant priest from Down Under was on about how we should work for world peace in order to overcome the "military power that runs the word" [paraphrase].  It's a meme, you see.  Some priest from a far away shore and Hillary Clinton  both espousing the same new-aged hooey.  Get ready, because "peace" as they see it is about to be shoved down our collective throats.

The sponsors of this delusion -- "peace at any cost" -- aren't asking you to think about it. They aren't asking you to agree with it. They aren't asking you to engage in a debate in the marketplace of ideas; they aren't seeking to persuade you. They don't care what you think or believe.  What they are doing is what they always do: subverting your reason with images and slogans.  In this way they will desensitize you and bulldoze your natural resistance to an illogical campaign. They don't need your agreement. They only need your attention, and they have that.  

They will fill your field of attention with slogans and images about peace and about how anyone who dares disagree with their idea of peace is the enemy.  They will polarize and divide because this has proven to be the most effective means of concentrating power, and in the age of instant, global messaging, it's more effective than it has ever been.

And when that happens, when their little "peace" message becomes the daily drumbeat in world filled with shocking daily headlines of violence, disaster, turmoil, idealistic mobs will begin to demand "peace at any cost" the same way they demanded dead police officers and messianic presidents. They will demand a Man of Peace to fix the world up the way Barack Hussein Obama promised to.

And when that happens, someone will answer the call.  Someone very unique.  And hell will have come to earth.

So buckle up, sports fans. This is a little early-warning.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Chihuahua Casts Its Vote

We're posting this because we notice it's increasingly hard to find on the WWW, and we want to keep it available.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Falling Rubles and Cheap Oil

It is far more likely that Russia has engineered the decline of its ruble in order position itself as the low-cost producer and thereby destabilize the global economy and especially force the high-cost producers (in America) out of business.

It is absurd to think that a country that is among the richest in natural resources would be brought to the point of "economic freefall" by whatever insignificant measures the Obama administration has taken in the name of "economic sanctions" (albeit not without a small measure of fanfare).

Russia is among the most dominant players in oil markets and at times the single most dominant player.  It can exert tremendous influence over the market.

It is also not unusual for countries to devalue their currencies for their own gain, and should it surprise anyone that Russia would do so aggressively, vindictively, almost as an act of war, without regard for the welfare of its common citizens?

We thought readers might appreciate a perspective that didn't originate in a disinformation brainstorming session.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised!

If you must watch...but don't try to leave a comment on any "news" website, because all the comment sections have been disabled.  If you burn down a business, you get coverage.  If you wish to express your disagreement with people who burn down businesses, tough luck.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lying to The Races

Is Barack Hussein Obama fomenting a race war in the United States for political gain, or is it simply because he hates white people?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Can't be long, now.

Today the paper had big, big headlines that read:

Son Beheads Mother In Street

If you read the story you learned that, after beheading his mother in the street, the son then kicked her head about twenty feet away.  Finally he jumped in front of a train and something approaching justice was done.

Later I read that the CEO of one of the, if not the, most highly valued and visible corporate enterprises on the planet decided to brag about how proud he is to be a homosexual. Not that it's supposed to matter or anything.  Almost instantly the cheers rolled in by headline and sexual perversion had reached the highest rung on the ladder of cool.  

And of course the President broke some more laws today and vowed to break even more. And then there were surely myriad other unthinkable, unspeakable acts paraded before the eyes of the world since the evening editions went out yesterday afternoon.

At this rate, I'd be very surprised if the human race made it to the next election.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A "Religion of Peace", but.... we consider the question, "where are the Moderate Muslims?  Why don't they speak up?"  We reprise our discussion about why Islam is powerless to stop, much less reverse, its descent into barbarism.

To begin with, here is a collection of our previous comments on the subject.
We argued:
What authority is there in Islam to restrain that awful tendency toward wanton religious fervor, to prevent it, for example, from spawning a sect that is an evil cult of death, laughing as it slaughters babies, women, innocents, anything and everything including civilization itself? 
In civilized western countries, the culture restrains. But the culture is unquestionably Judeo-Christian in its traditions, mores, and laws. Thus it must be acknowledged that Islam is moderated by Judeo-Christianity, its two older siblings.
We conclude:
Mohammed did not turn the other cheek, love his enemy, or let himself be crucified for his love of his enemy's eternal soul. Islam sets no example of such love of enemy, only violence to "infidels".   
Arguing that "no God condones terrorism" is meaningless to a fundamentalist Muslim because that dogma does not find expression in the example of his chief prophet.  Therefore a fundamentalist Muslim has no moral authority mandating the restraint of its violent extremists. 
Islam CANNOT stop its own perverted violence. There is only One who can.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If Osama Bin Laden could pick the President of the United States...

...he'd pick Barack Hussein Obama.

Osama bin Laden vowed to "destroy the economy" of the US and then to follow up with Sun Tzu's "war of a thousand cuts" strategy designed to "confuse" and "bankrupt" the US.

Beyond the immediate, direct financial impact of the 9/11 attacks, the financial wake of 9/11 is obvious to all. We've discussed the systematic nature of the "Great Financial Crisis" of 2008 (please search this blog for "Financial Terrorism" if the link remains broken).  That is, that the "crash" of 2008 wasn't a crash so much as a series of discreet, nearly identical failures by major financial institutions in an environment of historically high oil prices with a series of small market crises as a catalyst.  We argued that, where "crashes" are chaotic and disorderly, the "Crisis" of 2008 unfolded in a systematic fashion that appeared to be a series of methodically executed steps.

As for the second part of bin Laden's plans, we present to you as Exhibits A through n the Obama Administration and its myriad crises, failures and blunders which have each and all been disastrous for the United States and the civilized world but have curiously created an environment that nurtures and empowers the advancement of the current fad of hardcore barbarism that they tell us is called "the Caliphate".  

Do you still think it's all a coincidence?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

On National Sovereignty

"National Sovereignty" as we've enjoyed it is impossible now.
Unfortunately, modern information technology and media, which have already annihilated individual liberty and dignity, and their derivatives, privacy and good judgment, have made national borders a mere formality. Likewise all traditional hierarchical structures. Authority once again derives from sheer power, not merit, tradition or elected representation.
This combination and its proven ability to control masses at a time when nothing else will portends (indeed, spawns) global government devoid of any values beneficial to mankind that is as inevitable as it will be disastrous. It is happening right before our eyes.
See McLuhan.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

We're All Enemies of the State Now

Now, let's see: who owns the medical profession?
Now, let's see: does the government issue debt to fund its operations?
Now, let's see: does the government pay interest on that debt?
Now, let's see: is it advantageous to government to pay less in interest?
Now, let's see, what's cheaper (or, if you prefer, "more efficient") -- treating or euthanizing?
Now, let's see: is it advantageous to the government to pay for treatment or to euthanize?
Now, let's see: when a government has an interest in euthanizing its own citizens, does that make it their friend or their enemy?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Rogue President

George W. Bush was careful to build a strong, multi-national coalition before initiating any bombing missions. He waited patiently for a Congressional hearing, too.

But Barack Hussein Obama "acts alone" on this ISIS mission and virtually all other matters. He does what he wants, when he wants. When the polls tell him.

And the news media doesn't even notice.

Does that make him king?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Digital Pentecost and the Virtual Village

As obnoxious as people behave when playing with their “devices”, this isn't, to me, the most troubling result of "technology", even if it is the one most talked about -- providing, as it does, an opportunity for people to criticize others.

No, the most troubling feature is, I think, foretold in Marshall McLuhan's 1964 book "Understanding Media”, which I recommend as the essential guide for understanding the information age.  Long before handheld calculators and digital clocks, McLuhan foresaw the big picture of a society shaped by technology. It was he, incidentally, who coined the term "Global Village" which yielded so much popular mileage to Hillary Clinton, who lived in the White House when the Internet as we know it was unleashed.  It is we who coined the term "Virtual Village" which should be self-explanatory.

McLuhan wasn't necessarily enthusiastic about this "Global Village”, but he was matter-of-fact.  He saw that the rise of global, post-literate mass media to ubiquity would be the end of "individualism" (and therefore the decline of the West) and would force a retribalization of the entire, connected planet.

Sounds quaint to some, especially to those of you who still own your tie-dyes. But if you think of a "tribe" as a community, the dominant organizer of this community is whoever owns and/or controls the media. And I gather that readers understand that it won't be the Pope who does that.  But if not the Pope, then whom? Whom, indeed.

McLuhan speculated about a "new Pentecost", one when a technologically enabled "global consciousness" (later another favorite term of certain types) or "spirit," which arises from the connectedness of everyone, manifests itself.  As a "flash mob", for example.

Speaking of the Pope and individualism, I have read and heard much disdain about "American individualism" by Catholics who present themselves, by delving into the subject, as expert.  But I would remind them that God Almighty calls each of us by name. Each is an individual to him.  Individualism is essential to Liberty, and a truly healthy community is made up of individuals – voluntary ones, not inevitable ones.

Few things militate against the Individual with the relentless focus of global information technology.  Everywhere it has been employed, it has demolished hierarchies of authority, eradicated "subsidiarity" by consolidating control of anything that depends on information into fewer and larger hands. Is there anything in the material economy that doesn't depend on information?
Access denied.
As McLuhan points out, instant, global communication renders sovereign national borders as quaint formalities, leading ultimately and inevitably to some form of virtual de facto superstate. Such an entity has the means to control people's access to, perceptions of, and uses of information, rendering them effective wards of its power, relieved of anything that can truly be called "individuality." You won't conform?  Then you won't get the goodies, because your credentials will be revoked.  So will be the Digital Pentecost, where a person ultimately is a source of tax revenue - a "number", if you will, to a superstate.

This is the real problem with technology.  Selfies are only a distraction, proof that people's eyes are really off the ball.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Doubling down on (the mystery of) lawlessness

This appears to be the agenda for the lame-duck Obama administration.  It is self-evident.  Though the only right thing to do with such an actor in the White House is to remove him, the Congress has curiously dismissed any talk of impeachment and the word has disappeared, for now at least, from the headlines.

This may be Congress' last chance to reign in the Rogue President. In its negligence to exercise the provisions in the law for protecting the Republic from a lawless president, has the Congress not become lawless itself?

Everybody -- at least everyone who does not hold the title of "Senator" or "Representative" -- knows that unchecked rebellion only grows until some it culminates in disproportionate disasters.  There is no reason for anyone to expect the scene being played before the world in US history to end well for anyone.

Congress must act now to stop the Obama administration or risk greater, unforeseen consequences than the mere political disaster the last 5 years have been. 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs...

Death and the Mother, Kathe Kollwitz, 1934

Abortion is not normal. This is what a mother is supposed to do when death seeks her child.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

EMP: The New "Global Warming"?

"Some would say it’s low probability, but..." that didn't prevent politicians from waxing hyperbolic on imminent doom at an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): Threat to Critical Infrastructure hearing.
That the "Global Warming" panic is a non-starter is undeniable even to hardcore believers, what with having been re-branded three times now and still drawing yawns. It's lost its cache as a cattle-prod to the masses. An EMP threat, however, has the ideal qualities for a new meme of mass-delusion: it's high-tech, mysterious, has (perhaps) a modicum of credibility, and threatens something near and dear to everyone: their Internet access. Psychologist warn that people become depressed when they can't connect to the Internet. Polls now show that people will take great personal risks to recover a stolen cellphone. On the other hand, just how upset will anyone really get if winter isn't quite as bitterly cold as it used to be?

What the prospect of a warming globe lacked in urgency, the "threat" of an EMP "attack" makes up for in spades.  The scenarios described at the EMP hearing are so fearsome even the Founding Fathers might have been tempted to reconsider the Liberty/Security ratio. That is, if they weren't so preoccupied with a much greater threat: that of elected representatives conning and coercing the populace into handing over its liberty and property for things like enabling "the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement practical steps to protect the electric grid."
Check out the rhetoric:

...catastrophic civilian casualties ...unless Congress acts ...every single facet of modern human life ...crippled, women, and children ...with access to food, water, or transportation ...catastrophic ...weeks or months at most ...devastation beyond imagination ...almost entirely vulnerable ...catastrophic ...existential threats ...kill 9 of 10 Americans... starvation ...disease ...societal collapse ...America’s adversaries may already have the ability to launch an EMP attack ...wipe out 90 percent of America’s population ...must remain vigilant mitigate the effects of an EMP attack ...devastation ...unthinkable ...cataclysmic ...very dangerous and unthinkable...

We cannot say with certainty that the scenario being described is likely or even possible. But we can say with certainty that "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."
Especially when they're pulling out all the rhetorical stops.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Achievements of Modern American Democrats, Part 1

Recently released FBI documents show that Al Sharpton became an informant and was used to sting the mob. But in this interview, the Reverend Sharpton says it was not so "in my mind."

This is progress! Fifteen years ago Bill Clinton winked at the American people and invited them to believe that the word "is" might mean anything one wants it to mean.

Building on that achievement, Al Sharpton publicly shucks, jives, and negates objective reality. Only he doesn't merely invite us to believe it; he invokes the alleged contents of his mind as a matter of fact.

It's the idea of "standing on the shoulders of giants" turned upside-down; a monumental achievement that would have every sane, honest person from Plato to George Washington spinning in his grave.  And it was accomplished by Modern American Democrats!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Antidote to "Hope and Change"

George Gilder:  "Wealth is essentially knowledge" .
"George Gilder, author of 'Knowledge and Power,' sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss his theories of knowledge and capitalism. Specifically, that wealth equals knowledge and that capitalism is not an 'incentive system.'"
From (you can search for it if the link above is broken).

Monday, November 11, 2013

Venezuela's government seizes electronic goods shops

America's government seizes doctors and  hospitals.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Big Internet Error

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Barack "Napoleon" Obama... a little man wearing some very big shoes.  He's spent the last 5 years throwing banana peels on the sidewalks all around his house.

We predict that soon, very soon, he will slip on one, fall, and never get up again.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Coming Soon: No More Internet Anonymity

You probably didn't see the media blitz on this because there was none. Instead, the "unveiling" described below was released to what appears to be a government security PR organ masquerading as an independent news source.

Government plan for consolidated online ID unveiled

Published 20 April 2011 
Last Friday President Obama unveiled a plan to establish federal standards to create consolidated secure online passwords; the ultimate goal of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is to create a more secure environment for online transactions where users only have to register once and can use a common password for multiple sites; NSTIC lays out the industry standards and technology policies around the new authentication methods but leaves the development and deployment of the technology entirely in the hands of the private sector to avoid the establishment of a government-led national ID; privacy advocates worry that it could create an environment where authentication is increasingly required (link)
The buzz we've all been hearing about various one-or-no-password "solutions" seems to have arisen since this initiative was "unveiled" by Obama to reduce all Internet activity to "secure, single-sign-on" access.  Have you noticed now that you can sign into diverse website comment boards with any number of "social network" credentials -- almost always courtesy of a Facebook utility?  Many tentacles, one slimy octopus.

I'm probably not the only person who is annoyed with having to manage passwords.  And who doesn't want "greater cyber-security", in a world where any Internet user is rightly concerned about identity theft?  But the side-effect of the cure is a greater poison, because it means everything you do will be traceable ONLY to you. Of course, successful gamers of the system will much more easily do just what they please with your identity, since all instances of your Internet access will be accomplished by a single key.  Gone will be the natural, spreading-of-the-risk security that comes with numerous and diverse log-on credentials for various web-based tasks. Gone will be your ability to manage your own Internet identity(ies) and credentials.  Are there political, constitutional, freedom-of-expression ramifications to this? Just use your imagination.

Nobody would dare argue that the proposed initiatives are foolproof. Because they're not, the legitimate pursuit of online security can eventually only result in the requirement that a human being be uniquely and infallibly identifiable to a machine. Exactly what form that solution might take is a matter of conjecture, but it will, in its ultimate end, reduce the individual to an appendage of the Network.

It doesn't take much imagination to envision how unlovely life will be when that happens.

[update: watch the idea develop:]

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dear Vlad:

America and its Exceptionalism is the reason that the USSR no longer exists.

Where would you be without us? Nevertheless, we understand why such an Exceptional America would wrankle aspiring totalitarians.

Speaking of aspiring totalitarians, why is it that you were parrotting one of Obama's campains schpiels in your letter to the New York Times?

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Enough (obama) is enough.

For the past 5 years, the thought-shapers in the media have transformed the national dialogue into a monologue and finally a lecture about Barack Obama. The American people, of whom he is supposed to be a civil servant (yes, servant)  have been reduced to being extras in the Big Story of Barack Obama.

Issues faced by America and Americans have been recast in terms of how they affect Barack Obama, imbued with hyperdrama until each has been made a crisis - his crisis - with the Burning Question declared to be, "how will it affect Barack Obama?".  The latest such adventure is in Syria where well-equipped mass murderers are using chemical weapons on innocent civilians.  We've seen the horrific images in the media in stories that ask, "how will this affect Barack Obama?"  Here he navigates the US like an overconfident, incompetent ship captain through circumstances that could destroy it and everything around it, but what matters is, "did he draw the 'red line' or didn't he?"  "Did he wow them at the G20 or not?"  When the mullahs threaten, they threaten his daughters. It's a sinister twist in the plot...of the Big Story of Barack Obama

It would be unheard of if all the passengers on the Queen Elizabeth spent their entire journey talking about the ship's pilot, listening to him lecture and even admonish them, suspending their entire lives to watch his.  But that is life on the SS Obama.

Stand down, Barack Obama. The American people want to get on with their lives.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Gold, Global M2 and Central Bank Reserves

The recent plunge in the price of gold has understandably caused quite a stir. We offer some observations about it in light of the role gold plays in central bank reserves. We then put the recent moves in historical perspective with a bit of technical analysis, and finally we present gold as financial catastrophe/inflation insurance.

Gold and Global M2
We know that, globally, M2 has increased over time. Central bank reserves have kept pace, as shown below.
Has the gold component of those reserves kept pace? Below is a chart that depicts the ratio of gold reserves to total reserves. It has held relatively steady over the period shown, suggesting a certain discipline on the part of central banks to maintain a steady hand in the reserves department (the pink curve).
Gold and Central Bank Reserves
But look again. Gold has risen significantly since 1999 - from $276 to $1598 per ounce. If we hold the value of gold steady from the beginning of the period we see that the absolute ratio of gold to total reserves declines very rapidly over the ten years shown (the blue curve). In other words, as M2 has grown, all reserves including gold have grown in dollar terms. However, the physical ratio of gold to all reserves has certainly not grown in proportion; in fact it declined by 6.54% while its market value increased by 416%.

The practice of measuring the gold reserves ratio in current dollars has some interesting effects, one being that the ratio is a function of the price of gold. As we have just seen, if increases in M2 (and presumably reserves) by market action drive up the price of gold the ratio increases by definition - thereby masking inflation, perhaps enabling it. However, this effect by itself apparently isn't enough to maintain the ratio, for "the first quarter of 2013 marked the seventh consecutive quarter of net gold purchases by central banks," according to the latest Gold Demands Report by the World Gold Council.

The graph below illustrates: the market value of gold reserves (and thus, the gold reserves ratio) increases even as physical reserves decrease (the blue curve). Then, in the period beginning in 2008, as the nominal ratio bounces off 9% (see second graph), physical gold reserves begin increasing even as the market price of gold does.
Another effect of a dollar-weighted gold reserves ratio is more appropriate to current conditions: as gold prices fall the ratio falls proportionately. At the end of the last data period depicted, assuming no subsequent M2 or total reserves growth, the gold reserves ratio would have declined from 12% to 9% based strictly upon a decline in the price of gold from $1598 to $1200. Thus falling gold prices would force central banks to acquire gold in order to maintain the ratio, should that be their mandate. A look at the pink curve on the second graph above shows that, over the period considered, the gold reserves ratio has in fact been roughly in a 9-12% range.

In absolute terms the gold reserves ratio has been decreasing steadily and amounts to continuous debasement of the currency. As depicted, even if M2 growth were halted the ratio in 1999 dollar terms would still be sitting at a low, suggesting the possibility of realignment. Under current policy and economic conditions - that of aggressive stimulus and little economic growth -- either because of central bank purchases or by currency inflation, the price of gold must increase on average, but for this caveat:
Gold is, however, particularly subject to short-term price fluctuations. Nation-states and their central banks hold about half of the globe's aboveground stores of gold, with which they can and do engineer extreme short-term price declines. And, as more than 95 percent of the gold mined in the past still exists, with most of it in bullion bar form, the globe's stores of gold are perhaps a hundred times larger than annual world production of gold - and nearly a hundred times more potentially influential, on the supply side, to short term price movements.[1]
This would make the business of timing one's gold purchases a very tricky one indeed. While the numbers and ratios in the above citation are as of 1979, there is no reason to conclude that the principal point is less valid today. In fact, as we noted above and elsewhere, central banks were net buyers of gold throughout the Q1 2013, while the commodities and related markets recorded historic price declines. 

Notes on the Recent Price Action in Gold
Adding one last dimension to this discussion, the recent price action of gold is put in perspective by showing common and actual price retracement amounts in the table below for both the spot market and GLD shares.
The top two rows show peak and current prices. Below that are estimated "breakout" points for the given year, the breakout-to-peak range, and the prices corresponding to the common 50% and 67% retracement amounts. In the final row is the actual retracement as of this writing. (sources: World Gold Council, SPDR Gold Shares; retracements: calculated).

Along with a historical price perspective, we have seen data suggesting that, in an environment of increasing M2, central banks acquire gold regardless of whether it is rising or falling in price. We have seen evidence in our data sample (1999 - 2011) of the "gold reserves ratio" remaining in a range between roughly 9% and 12%, and estimated that, had current market prices prevailed at the time, all other variables being equal, the ratio would be at the lower end of the range as of the last period of the data. We have cited anecdotal evidence that central bankers may "engineer" declines in the price of gold in financial markets, making speculation on the long side potentially treacherous. 

Gold as Insurance
If you're of a mind to purchase gold, you're probably in very good company. However, while gold purchases may be seen as a capital expenditure by the central banker, they are better viewed as insurance by the rest of us. Regular incremental, fixed-amount purchases thus become the payment of a "premium" and declining prices a windfall, because more "coverage" is gained and the cost basis is dollar-cost-averaged. Market timing ceases to be the overriding concern and good financial discipline is made less treacherous. It's good enough for central bankers, it ought to be good enough for the rest of us.

[1] Jerome F. Smith, Understanding Runaway Inflation, 1979 Edition, pp 48.

Friday, July 05, 2013

It Can't Happen Here.

Can it?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Face Fit for a Ouija Board -- 2016

Saturday, June 15, 2013

"Obama to step up military support of Syrian rebels"

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

More Notes on the Right to be Left Alone

The idea that there exists a "right to privacy" that permits the taking of an innocent life is the apex of sophistry -- the absolute nadir of philosophy.  The right to be left alone is inherent in the dignity of the individual. So inherent, it was understood to be so in the times of the Founders and perhaps for that reason there was seen no need to enumerate it. However, in a day which is properly said to have embraced a "Culture of Death" -- that is, a culture which is anti-life -- such inherent dignity can no longer be assumed to be understood, nor to be present in the interpretation of its laws, any more than can be expected the same understanding of the "Creator" from which flow inalienable rights as understood by the Founders.

Jerome F. Smith, in Understanding Runaway Inflation, 1979 Edition, observed:
Any listing of human rights becomes less complete and more prone to error in proportion to how specific it is...The prime right is one's right to life, one's own life and no one else's.  All other rights, and the delineation of what belongs to whom, derive from this beginning.Thus, that which is pro-life is a right and is moral and that which is anti-life is a usurpation and immoral.  All human rights -- and which actions are right (moral) and which are wrong -- can be logically derived from the prime right, the right to life.
The way in which the three traditionally listed rights are logically bound together was well expressed by Justice Sutherland as follows:
The individual has three rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference (from government): the right to life, the right to his liberty, the right to his property.  The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right.  To give a man his life, but to deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes life worth living.  To give him his liberty, but to take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is still to leave him a slave.
In 1890 Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren wrote an article for the Harvard Law Review urging the creating of a legal right of privacy.  New technological methods of snooping have made privacy an even more cherished value. Brandeis was on the Supreme Court in 1928 when it decided that police wire-tapping was not a "search" subject to constitutional restrictions, and in a great dissent he reiterated a passage from his 1890 article:
"The makers of the Constitution...sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions, and their sensations.  They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be left alone -- the most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by all civilized men."
(Justice Louis D. Brandeis, in Olmstead vs. U.S., 1928)
The Supreme Court since then has adopted Brandeis dissent as the law on wire-tapping and, in general, declared privacy a value respected by the Constitution.
--Jerome F. Smith, Understanding Runaway Inflation, 1979.