- Category: Politics
PROSECUTOR TO HOMESCHOOLERS: NO COMPROMISE—YOU’RE GOING TO JAIL!
Juergen and Rosemary Dudek of Archfeldt, Germany, were sentenced to 90 days in prison in July 2008 because they homeschool their children. Their sentence was overturned by an appeals court because of a legal error, and a new trial was ordered. Their new trial began November 16. German news reports indicate the judge appears disposed to seek a compromise. But prosecutor Herwig Mueller has vowed to appeal any sentence that does not include jail time for these parents, who have been in the spotlight for years because of their insistence on homeschooling. This was the same prosecutor who appealed the lower court sentence of only a fine, saying to the family, “You don’t have to worry about the fine because I will send you to jail.”
The new trial was continued to next week after more than seven hours of testimony. This included an outburst by Mr. Mueller when Mr. Dudek asked the local school officials if they knew the current laws that criminalize homeschoolers were based on laws from 1938. Mr. Mueller loudly protested: “All those Nazi laws have been suspended, and this one is democratic, and you’ve got to accept it, and that’s it.” Mr. Dudek disagrees. “The ‘schuhlpflicht’—the laws that require school attendance—are on the books in the German states,” he explained, “and have been traced back to the ‘Reichsculpflicht Gesetz’ [federal compulsory attendance laws] which was passed in 1938. Except for the removal of references to the Nazi party, these laws are identical or substantially the same as the laws passed by Hitler’s government, criminalizing parents who keep their children home for school.”
Remember, Hitler believed in “get ’em while they’re young.”
- Category: Politics
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Delusional Tax Feeders Populate the Berea Municipal Court
An article appeared in the July 16 News Sun regarding the fact that Berea Municipal Court had installed a lock box for payments of waiverable citations. In that article, Ray Wohl, Clerk of Courts at the Berea Municipal Court was quoted as saying “This was done to improve customer service,” and “It's not about time and money for us. It's about the convenience of the people who use our court.”
Ray Wohl suffers from what I call, the "government delusion". The government delusion is probably the oldest, most pervasive and stubborn of all delusions. It is the belief in non-existent "states" and "nations" and that "government" is both legitimate and necessary. People who suffer from this delusion also believe that government has “customers” and provides its “services” just like any other business.
In the geographic area of the North American continent commonly referred to as the "United States," it’s claimed only "government" can provide the service of protecting "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." This is nonsense if only for the reason "government" has no duty to protect anyone or their property, as the case of Bowers v. DeVito clearly points out:
"The constitution is a charter of negative liberties; it tells the state to let the people alone; it does not require the federal government or the states to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order." Bowers v. Devito, 686 F.2d 616.
But the best reason is: no service or product should be provided at the barrel of a gun. It’s that simple. There are no exceptions unless one believes people have no rights. If one believes people have no rights then "government" is not "necessary" to "protect" what doesn’t exist. If you believe people have rights, then you don’t "protect" them without their freely given consent. Also, protection is not submission to the violent unaccountable control of tax feeding men who wear badges or the right colored uniforms, nor is violent domination a legitimate method of doing business. Would you hire or become the customer of people who don’t even acknowledge you have property, to protect your property? I wouldn't:
"The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called "ownership" is only by virtue of Government, i.e., law, amounting to mere user; and that use must be in accordance with law and subordinate to the necessities of the State." Senate Resolution #62, April 1933.
Again, Mr. Wohl believes that he is merely doing business, that the Berea Municipal Court, when it comes to “waiverable citations” has “customers” and is providing them with a “service”. I guess the real questions are: Who are the actual customers of the Berea Municipal Court? Does receiving a citation qualify one for their wonderful customer service?
Does Mr. Wohl even recognize that he is a member of "government?" What exactly is “government?” Have you ever seen a “government?” While there are varying degrees, as George Washington was so keen to point out, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force...”
There you have it, the first president of this country explaining that “government” is, at the very least, one man violently controlling the life and property of another man. In some places this violent control is “decreed” to be for the latter’s “own good” and “protection” and hailed as the “best system in the world.” You may recognize that violent control over a man’s life and property is what we like to call slavery. Slavery is a form of “government,” and in most cases, if not all, synonymous with “government.” “Govern” means “control”, not “protect”. Have you ever noticed the word “protect” is mysteriously not included in any definitions of govern?
“govern. To direct and control; to regulate; to influence; to restrain; to manage. State v Ream, 16 Neb 681, 683.” Ballentine’s Law Dictionary, page 530.
In “democracies” and so-called “democratic republics,” slaves are given the false choice of choosing new masters. The old plantations can be seen as “political subdivisions” such as “cities,” only smaller: “nations” have “presidents,” “states” have “governors,” “counties” have “commissioners,” “cities” have “mayors” and “councilmen” and “clerks”, plantations have masters.
“Government” is just a group of men and women providing the service of protecting “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” at the barrel of a gun. We have no choice in accepting and paying for their wonderful services. Their services are so valuable that we’re compelled to accept and pay for them. And yet they define people such as myself as radical extremists?
To keep this short, I’ll use statements from politicians themselves i.e., their sacred “law” that’s worshipped, revered and most important, feared. Compare the following:
- “tax. A forced burden, charge, exaction, imposition or contribution assessed in accordance with some reasonable rule of apportionment by authority of a sovereign state upon the persons or property within its jurisdiction to provide for public revenue for the support of the government, the administration of the law, or the payment of public expenses. 51 AmJ1st Tax § 3.” Ballentine’s Law Dictionary, page 1255.
- “The organized use of threats, coercion, intimidation, and violence to compel the payment for actual or alleged services of arbitrary or excessive charges under the guise of membership dues, protection fees, royalties, or service rates. United States v McGlone (DC Pa) 19 F Supp 285, 286.” Ballentine’s Law Dictionary, page 1051.
The first is a kinder, gentler way of describing the second. Both are accurate descriptions of how men and women pretending to be “government” operate. I like the second one because it’s actually the definition of “racketeer.”
The government delusion is that “government,” a racket, is legitimate and necessary. That’s absurd. Maybe if you believe a service should be provided at the barrel of a gun then yes, you’d think “government” is legitimate and necessary. And if you're delusional you probably think that “government” is a “business” providing “service” to “customers”.
The government delusion is exposed with nothing more than no service or product should to be provided at the barrel of a gun. If the alleged “services” which the men and women “doing business” as a pretended “state”, “nation”, “county” or “city” are so valuable, then people would voluntarily accept and pay for them.
Some people attack this by asking, “But who will build the roads?” and “Who will keep us safe from harm?”, yada yada, ad infinitum. The answer is simple: Anything done under the guise of consent can be done by consent.
Most people in this country go to great lengths to be productive, and not be a drain on society. Yet hilariously, they are always imposed upon by tax feeders in “government,” who themselves are nothing BUT a drain on society.
If the men and women pretending to be “government” actually want to be viewed like any other business providing a “service” to “customers”, they only have to do one thing differently (and here’s the “radical extremist” part): provide their services on a voluntary basis like everybody else.
I challenge Mr. Wohl to go over my history of appearances before any judge, magistrate, clerk, or officer of the Berea Municipal Court and show me when I was ever a “customer” of the court, seeking it’s alleged “services” and not merely the subject of violent property expropriation, the result of which any real resistance to their claim on my part would have been violent force to put me in a cage, to be tasered, beaten, kicked, shot and possibly even killed.
- Written by Kurt Tischer
- Category: Philosophy
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names." -- Chinese Proverb
It is regularly said that the soldiers of the 20th and now the 21st century fought (or are fighting) to make us free. This is a wonderful sentiment and SHOULD evoke gratitude, if in FACT there was a shred of truth to it.
The END of the "free" era of human progress started in 1914 when WWI erupted across Europe and it has pretty much continued to this day.
If soldiers fought to make us free, we should be FAR MORE free after 100+ years of near universal war. The most empirical test would be whether we are MORE free today than we were in say 1912 or 1913. Let's TEST that theory RIGHT NOW.
In those days, there was NO INCOME TAX. There was no CORPORATE TAX. The federal, national and local governments around the world survived on 6-7% of GDP, raised primarily through excise tariffs and customs duties. There were no papers that anyone had to carry. There were no licenses that anyone had to have. There were NO PASSPORTS. I'll say that again. There were NO PASSPORTS. You could travel from one country to another -- FREELY. One could come to America, sail under the raised arms of the Statue of Liberty and as long as you weren't coughing up a lung, you walked into the country free and clear.
Surely, if the millions of men, women and children in the 20th century were slaughtered like pigs for our freedom we should be even MORE free now than we were before WWI. When there was no Federal Reserve System to destroy the value of our currency, very little goverment meddling in the economy, no Department of Homeland Security. Sorry, but it's just not true. Not in the slightest. It's not even close to true. Frankly, it's the exact OPPOSITE of truth.
And there's this myth that is floating around, that people actually believe, that the way to honor the MURDERS of so many millions of people is to say that humanity acheived some tangible, positive "good" from that. I do not believe in an afterlife, but if I did, there would be a CHORUS of eviscerated ghosts screaming at us and admonishing us that their deaths actually helped to enslave us. To honor their deaths is to actually NAME the TRUTH of what happened to them AND to us as a result of these wars. We can't make their deaths "good". But we can at least try to rescue some virtue from it and we shouldn't be doing it by PRETENDING that they died to make us free because we are LESS FREE -- FAR LESS FREE now than we were before these slaughters began.
Even with all of its problems (slavery, no rights for women, children treated like dogs), the amazing growth of wealth in the 19th century and the industrial revolution was staggering. And almost to a dollar, WWI WIPED OUT all of that progress. All of the accumulated wealth of the 19th century was torched and destroyed by the first world war, where a guy from one country killed a political leader from another country and then, to capture this "terrorist", a war began. DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR?
This is how LITTLE progress we've made. And why have we made so little progress? Because for the most part, we don't understand the true nature of violence. We still believe that it's possible to strangle a soul into virtue.
A very brief tour of the 20th century helps us to understand. So, you have this war that began out of practically NOTHING -- a single assassin. So for the sake of one man dying, TEN MILLION died in the trenches and another TEN MILLION died from the flu epidemic that the soldiers spread when they returned from the front to a weakened population. Three years after the war began, the Allies were exhausted and they were going to call an end to it and not screw up Europe. They were going to rewrite the original boundaries and they were all gonna go home. And if they had actually done that, if that had actually been allowed to happen, the 20th century would have been ENTIRELY different than it was.
But Nooooo ... what happened was that sick bastard, Woodrow Wilson (a Democrat), got the U.S. into the war, 100 thousand troops slaughtered, 300 thousand EVADED the draft (back then they still had some REAL sense of "honor") and the entry of the U.S. into WWI prolonged the war by at least a year, causing millions more deaths, and gave the Allies such an upper hand that they could impose the BRUTAL Treaty of Versailles on Germany and the blockade that continued until long after the war ended in 1918. A blockade where no food and no medicine was allowed into Germany, causing the deaths of many more German civilians. Mothers watched their children die of starvation and simple illnesses. And tens of thousands of innocent American civilians died as a result of those sanctions. This leaves a scar and a desire for vengeance,
So the Treaty of Versailles that imposed unbelievable reparations payments on Germany, screwed up its economy, rewrote the borders of Europe in a completely insane way, carving off parts of Germany and Czechslovakia and handing them off to Poland and France, cutting people off from their country in the same way that if Texas and California were given to Mexico, you'd yearn to rejoin the United States.
This set the stage for WWII. The German government ended up printing insane amounts of currency to pay off the reparations, or face another blockade and possible invasion. This caused hyperinflation which spread around the world, destroyed the middle class in Germany and paved the way for a thug like Hitler to come in. And Germany so so desperate to stop fighting this two front war with Russia on one side and the Allies on the other that they sent Lenin in, ARMED AND FUNDED to overthrow the Czarist regime, which is why you had the foundation of the Communist regime in Russia in 1917 that tyrannized huge sections of the world for the next 70 years.
If America had not come into WWI, there never would have been a WWII, or a Cold War, or the tyranny of Lenin and Stalin, and Kruschev, and Brezhnev. Hitler would have been a famous artist and vegetarian dietician and not a famous megalomaniac. There wouldn't have been a situation where all of Eastern Europe was swallowed into the caverous maw of the Soviet Union with its disgusting and violent Communism.
These people did not die to set us free. They did not die fighting any enemy other than the one the previous deaths had created. Violence is a genie that attacks everyone. We all want a gun that we can take out and point at someone else, but as was said in "Lord of the Flies", "a spear is a stick sharpened at both ends." You cannot unleash violence upon others without it coming back to you. Think about THAT when you consider WHY four airliners were used as projectiles in September 11, 2001 and all the other repercussions that have come from U.S. Imperialism.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names. Soldiers are paid killers. And I say that with all sympathy to men and women who are SUCKERED into a life of evil through propaganda and the labeling of "heroic" to a man in costume who kills for money. I say this with all sympathy to the destructive effects of propaganda, which keeps alive the most bigoted aspects of religion, patriotism, the military, a militarized police, and wars. The lies of collective virtue, and the lie that "honor" is accepting ordered killings for money and prestige and pensions. In the 18th century people didn't say that a medieval doctor was a "bad" doctor because he didn't prescribe antibiotics (because they didn't exist). We create the possibility of moral choice by communicating the truth about ethics to people. That, to me, is where REAL heroism and real respect for the dead are found. Real respect for the dead lies with exhuming the corpses and listening for what they would say if they could speak now. And they would say, "If any ask us why we died, tell them because our fathers lied. Tell them because we were told that charging up a hill and slaughtering our fellow man was heroic and noble and honorable." But these hundreds of millions of ghosts who circle the earth in agony and remorse will not be released from our collective unconscious until we lay the truth of their murders on the table and look at the horror that is the lie; that murder for money or prestige can be virtuous.
How do we support the troops? By taking away the ethical support for the evils that they do. These men and women are propagandized into an "undead" ethical status. Lied to about what is noble, virtuous, courageous, honorable, decent and good to the point where they are rolling hand grenades into children's rooms under the illusion that doing so is going to make the world a better place.
We have to stare this in the face if we want to remember why they died. They did NOT die to set us free. They did not die to make the world a better place. They died because the world is ruled by sociopaths. They died because collective murder is the moral fantasy of mankind; that guns and violence and bullets can create a better world. The only thing that can create a better world is the truth, virtue and the honor of standing up to the genocidal lies of mankind and actually calling them what they are -- LIES.
People seem to think that if we pour more bodies and more blood into the hole of the mass graves of the 20th century we can build some kind of Cathedral to a better place, but it NEVER happens. You can pour as many bodies and blood into it as you like and it will NEVER be full. It will do nothing but sink and recede further into the depths of human depravity. We can't build peace upon blood.
We need to look back and see the army of the dead and see that every time there was a war, the government grew and GREW, and NEVER went back to its original shape, and that we are still so addicted to this LIE that they died for our freedom and that we honor the dead by ADDING to their number. We need to see that these bodies bury US. This addiction to this ocean of blood drowns us, drowns our children, drowns our future and drowns the world.
When we pour more people into this endless pit of LIES, we follow.
We should be APOLOGIZING to these people for sacrificing their lives for absolutely no benefit to anyone but the sociopaths who rule us and who orchestrate wars for profit.
- Category: Music
It's Black Friday 2009 as I post this and what else might you expect, but yet another sales pitch.
- First up is NORTH COAST NOEL, an eclectic mix of holiday and Christmas music including folk, rock, reggae, metal, and more.
Various Cleveland area artists, as well as artists from New York and Pennsylvania joined together to donate their time to the production of "NORTH COAST NOEL", a compilation CD of traditional and popular holiday and Christmas music. The CD, which encompasses a variety of styles and genres, was produced in 2001 order to raise money for The Salvation Army World Trade Center Disaster Relief Fund.
This CD contains great renditions of Little Drummer Boy performed by Alexis Antes and Robin Stone, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree performed by Myrtle, the cult classic Enter Snowman by Selloutica (the story of Frosty the Snowman done to the tune of Metallica's Enter Sandman), Blue Christmas by Eroc and Walkin' Cane, and much more. I still think this one of the finest projects I have ever had the pleasure of doing.
This year, the hard copy CD is being offered at my Rigel Records website for the ridiculously low price of only $2.50 w/free shipping until the end of the year!
- Next is Temple 8 - Enter the Temple. If you like progressive rock and progressive metal similar to the likes of Rush, Dream Theater, Tool, and A Perfect Circle, then you'll probably dig Temple 8. Only $5.00 w/free shipping from now until the end of the year.
- Finally, I have XOR - Victrola, a small collection of original tunes inspired by a variety of diverse classic rock icons. Only $2.50 w/free shipping from now until the end of the year.
Check them all out at RigelRecords.com
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