Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Tyranny-Liberty Cycle of Government

Liberty-Tyranny Cycle of Government

Liberty-Tyranny Cycle of Government

Cycles like this one have been recognized for centuries.  Such “cycles” aren’t necessarily true, but they can all be useful in terms or recognizing predominant social attitudes or inclinations at a particular time.

Some people believe this particular cycle normally takes about 200 years to complete. If so, the USA may have exceeded expectations in that this nation is already 237 years old without having yet reached the second “Revolution” and second episode of “Liberty”

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“Who Are You?”

Australian Great Seals

Australian Great Seals

Here’s an extraordinary story.   Scott Bartel, an Australian, recently imported a 1959 Corvette from the US to Perth, Australia.  The Customs Department of Australia seized the Corvette and held it as a “security” until the Mr. Bartel agreed to pay an importation fee/fine.

Bartel refused.  He began to investigate.

He discovered that “Customs” was a private corporation rather than a department of the de jure government.  He discovered that the government of Australia was not the de jure government created by the Australian constitution.  Instead, he learned that the current government of Australia is a private corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at Washington DC.

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Lions ‘n tigers ‘n macroeconomic consequences—Oh my!

English: The original Ruby slippers used in Th...

We’ll need more than Ruby Red Slippers to get out of our current economic mess. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Washington Times reports in “White House ups rhetoric on dangers of sequester,” that:


“The Obama administration amped up its offensive Sunday with Republicans over the $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts scheduled to kick in Friday, releasing fresh warnings of a ‘real impact on people’s lives’ . . . .”

The federal government is projected to spend about $3.54 trillion in 2013.  The “sequester” laws scheduled to kick in this coming Friday will reduce that spending by $85 billion or about 2.4% of the entire budget.   Apparently, if government spending is cut by 2.4%, the sky will fall.

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“My People Perish for Lack of Knowledge”


Tetragrammaton (Photo credit: ideacreamanuelaPps)

On of this blog’s readers (“Morningstar”–but not Don Bailey) posted a comment on another article that read,

“Some scriptures I believe I understand. Some I know I do not understand.. One scripture says, My people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge. Then, another scripture says, Woe to those who deprive my people of their rights.This last scripture is enough for me to believe that rights come from YHWH. BUT, it seems to me these rights are going to be denied by the oppressors regardless of whether God’s people have “knowledge” or not..I think Christ & other apostles etc.,had knowledge. Also, he,Christ said if they have persecuted me, they will persecute you. So, I am at a loss to understand what the scripture that says my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge means. Except I know what destroyed & being destroyed means.”

“Morningstar” knows God’s people are destroyed for “lack of knowledge” but, so far, he can’t figure out what that “knowledge” is.  Is the needed knowledge the Pythagorean Theory?  How ’bout how many ounces are in a metric tonne?  What’s the Las Vegas “line” on the next Super Bowl?  Exactly, what “knowledge” is needed not to “perish”?

It is a puzzlement.  I don’t know the answer for sure.  But I’ve also wondered about that essential “knowledge” for at least a decade.  And, then, about five years ago, an “answer” (or at least a possible answer) came to me.

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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Bible, Values


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Adam Smith: The Origin and Use of Money

Profile of Adam Smith

Profile of Adam Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adam Smith (1723 – 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economics who’s best known for writing An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (A.D. 1776). This book (usually abbreviated as “The Wealth of Nations”) is considered the first modern work of economics. Smith is cited as the father of modern economics and is still among the most influential thinkers in the field of economics today.

Chapter IV of Book I of The Wealth of Nations is entitled “Of the Origin and Use of Money”.  In that chapter, Smith explains that,


“[I]t is but a very small part of a man’s wants which the produce of his own labour can supply. He supplies the far greater part of them by exchanging that surplus part of the produce of his own labour, which is over and above his own consumption, for such parts of the produce of other men’s labour as he has occasion for.  Every man thus lives by exchanging, or becomes in some measure a merchant, and the society itself grows to be what is properly a commercial society.”

However, there’s a problem with this system of barter. Suppose one man has more of a certain commodity than he can use, and another man has less.  The former would be glad to dispose of his excess; the later would be glad to buy it.  But if the latter has nothing to trade that the former needs, no exchange can be made between them.

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Common Sense on Gun Control

Brilliant.  I don’t know that the speaker missed a single point.  I’m not sure there’s anything else to say in support of the 2nd Amendment.  You can say it all in less than 8 minutes.

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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, Video


A Doctor’s View of Gunshot Wounds

This video is atypical for this blog.  It doesn’t involve politics, law or economics. But, if you’re interested in learning about the differences in wounds caused by handguns, rifles and shotguns, here’s some solid info.

Some of the info is a little bloody and not for the squeamish.  But, by and large, this video offers clinical evidence that virtually all handguns are almost toys as compared to rifles and shotguns.

According to the doctor in this video, only about one handgun shooting in seven actually causes death.  Six out of seven handgun victims survive.  Even so, handguns are responsible for about 76% of the murders that committed in this country.  Fortunately, only about 24% of gunshot fatalities are caused by rifles and shotguns.  However, the percentage of fatalities that result from each rifle or shotgun attack are much, much higher than the percentage of fatalities caused by handguns.

Rifles and shotguns are used to commit murder only rarely, but they are so much more powerful than handguns, that they are far more lethal.  Handguns are nowhere near as deadly–or even effective–as most people suppose.  Lots of people shot with handguns can continue to fight and shoot for several minutes after they’ve been shot.

Therefore, if you’re interested in purchasing a firearm–depending on your objective–this video will give you a clinical basis for choosing between handguns, rifles and shotguns and between calibers of bullets.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, Video


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