Saturday, December 11, 2010

Too long between posting, sorry about that.

I was looking at the international news, and noticed a strange thing happening over in Switzerland.
In most countries, the governments are always trying to disarm the populace; the sheep are easier to govern when they feel helpless. In Switzerland, however, we have the opposite thing happening; the government is trying to keep the population armed, and are urging the people not to disarm themselves. It would seem there is a group pushing for strict gun control, and locking up all the guns, which would completely negate the reserves and militia. WTF?


Winter is in full swing, and has afforded a few opportunities for photos. I hope to get more later, as I'm now able to get out more.
These were taken out at my mom's place last week.   

Click pictures to enlarge.

Picture 1: Looking east toward the Oquirrh Mountains from the back yard.
Pictures 2 and 3 are a couple of trees.  These were taken in the afternoon, which goes to show how cold the air is out there.


There was a wreath ceremony at Arlington for the fallen. Our fallen soldiers don't get the recognition they deserve. For one of the best posts I've seen in a long time, drop over to Brigid's blog and read it. If you don't find that to be a moving article, your heart is in the wrong place. 


December 15 is Bill of Rights Day, for those who didn't know. It wouldn't hurt to get out a copy (or pull one up off the Web) and look it over. It is one of the most amazing and ignored documents in the history of human rights.
Most paperwork associated with the formation of governments deals with the powers of the government, and what rights are "given" to the subjects, through the magnanimity of the rulers. The Bill of Rights is unique; it does not grant rights to the people (who are citizens, NOT subjects), but enumerates them as things that the government has no power to negate; only the people themselves have that right. The rest of the Constitution lists the powers of the government, but they are to take second place to the rights of the people themselves.
Sadly, over the last few decades the lines have been blurred by those in power; they talk of the "rights" of the government, and try to squeeze the boundaries of the rights of the citizens. It is time that people start looking at the what has been happening and taking stock of what has happened. When the government starts re-defining your rights, then you are no longer a citizen, you are a subject.

"It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the 'right' to education, the 'right' to health care, the 'right' to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle."
- P.J. O'Rourke


There must be a few people who have some favorites in this bunch.

"Bat Out of Hell" by Meat Loaf
"Crackerbox Palace" by George Harrison
"Bring Me Some Water" by Melissa Etheridge
"Question" by The Moody Blues
"That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly
"Beg, Borrow, and Steal" by Rare Breed
"Songs to Aging Children Come" by Joni Mitchell
"Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March" by The Boxtops
"Over You" by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
"As If" by Sara Evans

An under-appreciated group in the lat sixties, The Boxtops were good at rock, blues, and odd stuff. This one was banned in some areas when it came out, because of the subject matter. I though it was a hoot, myself.

Another group of the sixties, this one was fairly popular due to the lead singer.

One of the better female country singers (and easy to look at). This one is for Terri, who is a Sara Evans fan.


meleah rebeccah said...

"Songs to Aging Children Come" by Joni Mitchell

my favorite on today's list.

Honestly, I've started to wish for some snow over here. Sadly we've only been getting rain. I think one huge full-blown-snowstorm will get me in the Christmas spirit.

James Higham said...

The Bill of Rights is of no consequence to the PTB. We're moving into a new era where this will be ignored.

BobG said...

Meleah: that's one my favorites also; I first heard it in the sixties and have liked it since.

James: I'm afraid you're right.

Comrade Misfit said...

Bob, don't worry about the light posting. Life gets in the way of blogging (or it should).

James, if you think that we are "moving into" times when the Bill of Rights will be ignored, I respectfully submit that you've not been paying paying much attention to what has transpired since both the War on Drugs and the War on Terror were declared.

terri said...

This may be the first time I haven't found a favorite in your playlist!

The pictures of the trees are amazing. As annoying as the cold and snow can be, it sure does create some beautiful scenery.

Bob G. said...

Fantastic pictures.
ANd more great songs.

Sara Evans could sing my grocery kist and make me fall in love all over again...LOL.

Here's hoping you have a great week leading up to the Christmas holiday.

Stay safe out there.

meleah rebeccah said...

psssssssst Happy New Year, Bob!