Cast a spell over us …
I’ve not posted for a few days due to the exigencies of life, and so three things which have been sitting on my mind for the past few days.
ONE: From Don Surber’s blog: the other day
“The teachers want the tax so the money can go to rebate the property taxes of retirees so that when they hit New Jersey taxpayers up for increases in local property taxes, the old people will vote for it.
The tax in question would raise the cap on state income taxes for 16,000 millionaires from the existing 8.97% to 10.75%.
From Reuters: “The tax would raise $637 million that the state would use to fund rebate checks of up to $1,295 for some 600,000 senior citizens who would otherwise face steep increases in their property taxes during fiscal 2011.”
Got that? Confiscate $637 million from 16,000 to give to 600,000 others.”
And this is one of the great definitions of socialism. Take from one group of citizens, the unloved ones, and give to others, the loved ones. And who gets to decide who shall give and who shall receive? Of who is loved or unloved? Government. Overseers. Mansion dwellers. Aristocrats. Democrats, and even more than a few Republicans, (hence the reason they must go to, out of the lawmaking realm.)
And if some receivers should come up with another clever way such as this to finance their gift then it becomes a mere matter of finding the right number of “legislators” to direct the gift giving — though they are not legislating, or making law, at least not in any hallowed sense of liberty and justice for all. They are merely issuing directives for some to give and others to get, masqueraded as a law. It’s impossible, of course, to ever stop such a parade of taking and giving without an adherence to principles and a reduction to brute emotion of a caveman sort. And it inevitably leads to every person who makes say, (and let’s use the obamametric of $250,000) more than $250,000 to give unto those who make less, so that eventually we all “earn” the same $250,000. Except that those who make more than the stated amount through effort will soon cease to earn the “more” to be taken, for it is pointless to work for nothing. It is against every known and imagined human reality, except for socialism’s plan. Then once that happens the perfect earnings (and again per obamametrics, when you’ve made enough) can no longer be maintained, so next year the $250,000+ which is unloved must become $200,000. Then too, those who earned through effort more than this, but up to $250,000, will cease their $50,000 in effort. For it is pointless. Thus pushing down further the total for all. Until we all wind up like Bulgaria not so long ago, or Venezuela today.
This is what dooms socialism. This idea that some will work according to their ability so that others can get according to their needs. And the needs are always more than ability, which is another human characteristic from nature, except, certainly, in the plan of socialism. Or force be used to obtain the doing, so that the no-do can receive their needs.
But further, in our own Constitutional jurisprudence, the 13th amendment does prohibit slavery and indentured servitude. And our founding documents does purport to say “all are created equal.” Yet the “law” proposed in New Jersey (and oh so many other states, too) wipes that aside, and says that those who do shall give their earnings to those who don’t. And where did I hear that before? Oh yeah, in the days of slavery, over which a great war was fought, when field workers produced and fobs in mansions did reap the benefit. This is what, supposedly, the entire African-American experience is all about – not laboring for nothing and certainly not laboring for someone elses benefit. Yet this is what our first “African” heritage president is proposing. Oddly, it’s even the reason for so many European-Americans to have abandoned the landed aristocracy of Europe, where serfdom and peasanthood was just not that far removed from slavery on these shores. So that we could all, of any color, live in prosperity for all, adhering to the great moral good of “no indentured work, no slavery.”
Of course, it’s not just the president who is befuddled by this elemental truth, but such a wide swath of America that it’s frightening. Though it shall not last, for we shall return to principles or we shall become all poor. That is the only metric that is based in reality.
TWO: From the [President’s] Executive Order, defining the duties of the Council:
Sec. 3. Purposes and Duties. The Council shall:
(a) provide coordination and leadership at the Federal level, and among all executive departments and agencies, with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices, the public health system, and integrative health care in the United States; to make a better man … maybe even a six million dollar one …
(b) develop, after obtaining input from relevant stakeholders, which is We the People supplicating …
(c) provide recommendations to the President and the Congress giving me more power …
(d) consider and propose evidence-based models, sure whatever …
(e) establish processes for continual public input, yah, through political lobbying and corruption …
(f) submit the reports required by section 6 of this order; so no one will read them …
(g) carry out such other activities as are determined appropriate by the President …
And it’s this (g) that is the scary open ended royalist, socialist, fascist, dictatorial, maniac in charge concept that’s tacked on to so many laws and excutive orders – charming – sort of like Louis XIV the guy in charge shall give himself the power to determine what’s appropriate.
It’s this mindset of executive privilege, of orders, and directives, and nationwide enforcement of solutions the executive determines …
But since we’ll get this commission – I want each and every member to submit their perfect body mass index, and their exercise regime, and their caloric intake, and their perfect healt scores of any sort, so that we know, clearly, that they practice what they preach. Unlike the emaciated smoking president who eats nothing but foods flown in from far afield.
THREE: WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital always draws its share of protesters, picketing for causes ranging from health care reform to immigration policy. But spelling bee protesters? They’re out here, too.
Four peaceful protesters, some dressed in full-length black and yellow bee costumes, (gotta’ love the AP, four protestors and “some” are in costume, let’s count the – one, two … oops too high a number? Geez) represented the American Literacy Council and the London-based Spelling Society (big orgs, two from each is all they can get?) and stood outside the Grand Hyatt on Thursday, where the Scripps National Spelling Bee is being held. Their message was short: Simplify the way we spell words.
Roberta Mahoney, 81, a former Fairfax County, Va. elementary school principal, said the current language obstructs 40 percent of the population from learning how to read, write and spell. (Utterly absurd, our spelling system is not only historic, but builds up the memory cells, which skill makes for the most incredibly rich society every devised by man! Obviously this teacher did not teach well.)
“Our alphabet has 425-plus ways of putting words together in illogical ways,” Mahoney said. (She forgot to mention that every letter but “m” can be silent too!)
The protesting cohort (four is a cohort? I would imagine 10 at least, no?) distributed pins to willing passers-by with their logo, “Enuf is enuf. Enough is too much.” (WHAT! Abrograting their own rules right away? Shouldn’t “is” be “iz”? Pershaw! And too? TOO! Why not to, tu, two? Which to use? Hmm.)
According to literature distributed by the group, it makes more sense for “fruit” to be spelled as “froot,” (yah, like the “oo” in “good” or “book” or “food”? Do tell!) ‘’slow” should be “slo,” and “heifer” —
Yes, the spelling simplifiers are at it again. And since Alfred the Great in the early 900s did try, and failed, and so on through the millennia since then. Monks and abbotts, speaking Latin, Norse, French, Angle, and Saxon did try, and threw their hands up. And then Henry II in the late 1100s did decry the effort as wasted money off his waistbelt. And too Chaucer, and Shakespeare (who spelled his own name differently in even the very same document.) And then too, oh, on and on, the great minds of those times did throw their hands up in disgust against the reality of it all. And so too Francis Bacon, James I of Bible writing fame, and Samuel Johnson of the first dictionary, and Webster of the 1st American dictionary, and Ben Franklin. And others far too many to mention and unknown and obscure, all did put their minds to the problem. All, I’m sure, greater minds than Ms. Mahoney (and did she drop her silent “e” or will she chuck the “ey” for “ie”?) And all said, geez, it just can’t be done. And oh so many proposals for a “Language Authority” of some sort or another to legislate the right (write, wright, rite?) way of spelling, like the French have! Mon dieu! All shot down as utterly absurd.
English, for reasons well known mostly, and subject to great debate otherwise, is just spell-verklempt. And there’s no way out of it.
Ah, such threesomes as pair, pare, pear, and their, they’re and there and dozens, nay, (neigh?) hundreds more on the moor. And liddle (oh, no, little) did they (so would Mahoney’s “ey” be like the “ey” in they?) wring or ring with that. No one tries. They go for the easy ones – enuf, tuf, or is it tuff? Hmm. Yah.
And what of tear and tear, read and read – which is witch? PERmit or perMIT? Verb or noun? Hmm? No, the bumble bee’d don’t even try. And wont is their want, but they won’t try the hard one-won or is it uon?– for it’s its, rite-right, mite-might, knot-not, flew-flu-flue, blew-blue, and what then to do due to dew? How to get around this is never proposed. The bimbos or is it bimboes like potato-potatoes? They give up, live (laive?) and live, yah. And … oh, it’s poppycock I tell you.
Yes, English, the odd language out – 36 languages in Europe, and all 35 have the same five “pure vowels,” but not an “i” in “bird” among them, nor an “e” in herd” or an “ea” in heard! What a “u” in a hurdle! Yet, all 35 have bizarre affectations for knowing the gender of each and every thing, and we sexless English speakers are like, how can a table be masculine in Germany and feminine in France when the table might sit astride the border? And not to mention their craven adherence to strange charts for verb conjugations, hablo, hablas, hable hablan, hablamos, hablais, though all so rationally spelled, who can tell who’s (whose) talking? And we poor English get “work-works” and nothing more. And put and cut? What’s the past tense Ms. Mahoney? Or should we go get ourselves some (sum) past tense marker there? Though to, the “u” in both are different no – which to use for the new legislated good spelling?
Not to mention, oh Ms. Dear Mahoney, that English is the one language being learned by all, and 40% of the world has no-know problem with it. None. Maybe it’s the way you taught, ma’am? But bee that as it may in May, or is it meigh rhymes with neigh? Who can tell? Oh yah, learn, teach, or be gone.
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