An obsession in psychiatric terms is defined as a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness. And Jon Stewart’s persistent fixation and topic perseveration with Fox News is nothing short of a full-blown obsession. He’s become Delphic, oracular and mantic as he warns the masses of the duplicity that this dreaded channel and news outlet spews. It’s beyond boring and tedious. He believes his own press. He truly thinks he’s the most trusted man in news. His rally to restore sanity or whatever he took very, very seriously. The voice of reason. The mouthpiece of a new and sentient people. Oh, puh-leeze, Jon. Give it a rest. He’s sounding more like Olbermann, who completely went off the rails and is now in TV Siberia boring the living Shi’ite out of his unsuspecting viewer with weekly force-feedings of Thurber.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, which held that violent video games were subject to full First Amendment protection. SCOTUS rejected the notion that kids were to be protected from the horrors of violent video games. What balderdash. When I was a kid in Catholic School the stories I heard of the martyrs, not to mention Limbo, freaked me out. And no story could top the unbelievable and inconceivable horrors of St. Lawrence. Scalia, a devote Catholic, was spot on in his legal reasoning. After all, if you want to talk about horror stories go no further than the Catholic Book of the Saints.
Our friends at Wikipedia provide this summary of St. Larry.
Tradition holds that Laurence was burned or “grilled” to death, hence his association with the gridiron. Tradition also holds that Lawrence joked about their cooking him enough to eat while he was burning on the gridiron, hence his patronage of cooks and chefs, stating something along the lines of, “turn me over … I’m done on this side”. One of the early sources for the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence was the description by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens in his Peristephanon, Hymn II. However, one longstanding scholarly theory holds that the story of the gridiron arose from a scribe’s mistranscription of passus est (“he suffered,” that is, was martyred) as assus est (“he was roasted”).
Interestingly enough, he became the patron saint of chefs, butchers, comedians and librarians. Go figure.
Now that intragender marriage is permitted in New York, just wait to see the concomitant number of divorces, broken families and the like rise precipitously. And while I certainly rejoice in New York’s moment of rationality, I implore the church-minded and Bible purists to go after what really ticks the Old Man off — shellfish.
His words are clear. Take that, Red Lobster!
King James Version (KJV)
9These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
10And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
12Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
I had the unparalleled pleasure of appearing on Alex Jones’s radio show yesterday. My appearance with Alex is available
and on the YouTube features infra. I had previously introduced Alex when he gave the keynote speech at Talkers Magazine’s New Media Seminar in New York.
After my introduction and Alex’s (to put it mildly) stirring address, he invited me on his show and this is the product. This podcast piece is not meant as a paean to or hagiology of Alex; it’s a recitation of the facts on how our spoken word medium has changed dramatically. But only a fool would fail to catch the significance of this quodlibetarian’s media delivery system model and his message. And I, sir/madam, am no fool.
There’s one issue that never ceases to boggle my mind: Why are drugs illegal? Why do people think that criminal prohibition can stop this? It’s simply one of the most insane things that we continue to do. Through years of habituation and the systematic desensitization to increasing encroachment of civil liberties, the sheeple have just given up all will to resist. But I never shall.
Drug laws will never work. And politicians know that.
Here’s a tutorial on everything you need to know on and about the Pledge of Allegiance. Wow your friends. Amaze your colleagues.
Recognize this? It’s the Bellamy Salute. The Pledge’s author, Christian socialist preacher, Francis Bellamy came up with it. Look familiar? It sure does. FDR thought so and tossed it in 1942. We’ve a fetish with and for the Pledge. And we go absolutely nuts over any discussion of the “under God” portion added in 1954 in a not-so-subtle message to those Russkie atheist heathen bastards that we’re different. Read the 2002 Newdow case and how the Ninth Circuit brilliantly parsed the 1954 Flag Act. Pub.L. 83-396, Chap. 297, 68 Stat. 249, H.J.Res. 243, enacted June 14, 1954.
Oh, come on! It’s just a Pledge, no big deal right? Not that anyone cares, but only someone comatose can’t or won’t recognize that what we’re saying is that this is a God-fearing, theocratic society. And if you’re not a part of the team, you’re un-American. Mr. Justice Kennedy begs to differ.
[B]y statute, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag describes the United States as ‘one nation under God.’ To be sure, no one is obligated to recite this phrase, . . . but it borders on sophistry to suggest that the reasonable atheist would not feel less than a full member of the political community every time his fellow Americans recited, as part of their expression of patriotism and love for country, a phrase he believed to be false. — Allegheny, 492 U.S. at 672 (Kennedy, J, dissenting).
The legislative history of the 1954 Flag Act makes it pretty clear what the folks had in mind when they added “under Goad” to the Pledge. And this above all shows how un-Constitutional the “under God” insertion is a blatant violation of the Establishment Clause of the mighty First.
At this moment of our history the principles underlying our American Government and the American way of life are under attack by a system whose philosophy is at direct odds with our own. Our American Government is founded on the concept of the individuality and the dignity of the human being. Underlying this concept is the belief that the human person is important because he was created by God and endowed by Him with certain inalienable rights which no civil authority may usurp. The inclusion of God in our pledge therefore would further acknowledge the dependence of our people and our Government upon the moral directions of the Creator. At the same time it would serve to deny the atheistic and materialistic concepts of communism with its attendant subservience of the individual. — H.R. Rep. No. 83-1693, at 1-2 (1954), reprinted in 1954 U.S.C.C.A.N. 2339, 2340.
Still think this is a Christian-based country? Lest we forget, there’s the Treaty of Tripoli (Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary).
Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
Do you know what thissupra is? It’s the backdoor to Big Bro intrusion the likes of which you probably can’t imagine.
The strangest people work and shop at Whole Foods. Except me, mind you.
Torture may be appropriate in rape cases.
The sententious Jon Stewart and the Mike Lupica Effect.
There is a spate of stories of teachers having sex with their underage students. Forget Weiner, do these folks not read or watch TV? How did they miss that it’s open season on trolling for students to shtup.
I know that the term “retarded” is and should be eschewed. But, if I may, it should remain intact and valid in describing the hyper-salivating drool ghoul Chris Matthews, the most profoundly stupid man to ever grace a TV screen and waste electrons with his mind-paralyzing bunkum. And I’m being kind.
Why is Casey Anthony not guilty? Not “innocent,” mind you, but not guilty.
War Powers and Obama’s incredible obfuscation and deliberate manipulation of a feckless, defanged, atesticular, zombified sockpuppet mainstream media.
Weiner’s pulled out. He’s gone flaccid. He’s impotent as a pol. Fine, sayonara, Weinie and the bad puns. Let the paronomasiacs go elsewhere. Though, I must say the resignation presser was quite comical what with Stern’s lackeys exsibilating and inquiring of the length of Weinie’s pole. Anyhoo.
New York could become the sixth state to allow gay marriage if one more brave Republican senator lends support in a possible vote Friday. The state-by-state battle over gay marriage has become a most contentious issue presaging more to follow in the presidential and congressional elections. Five states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage and four states have civil unions. At long last, decency and equal protection may be in the offing for LGBT New Yorkers.
Marriage in the civil sense is a matter of state licensure that provides protections and obligations to two consenting adults. It has nothing to do with God, Zeus or the Bible. It’s not about morality, Sodom and/or Gomorrah or convention. It may not be traditional as inter-racial marriage wasn’t traditional until 1967 when Loving struck down anti-miscegenation laws. Listen.
Great men don’t stop at red lights. I love that line. And it conveys the image and reinforces the notion that to achieve greatness rule-following shouldn’t be tops on one’s priority list. This past Saturday, I had the inimitable honor of welcoming the Talkers Magazine New Media Seminar participants here in New York, an annual confab and high summit of the country’s leading talk radio performers and players. The keynote speaker was Alex Jones of Infowars, whose verve and vivacity rocked the morning conclave, and that’s putting it mildly. The stentorian Jones was at his best and scared the bejesus out of some participants by merely reciting what was happening yet not covered in MSM news, news most folks dependent on the corporate presstitutes had nary a clue of and about. Alex Jones has restructured media delivery systems and utilizes every conceivable medium available today: podcasting, YouTube channels, terrestrial and satellite radio, documentaries, books, name it. If nanotechnology allows a broadcast delivery vehicle Jones will be front and center in it. It was an pleasure and honor meeting this broadcasting titan and pioneer. Herein, my thoughts on the future, the medium and the nonpareil Mr. Jones. (His video presentation is linked here.)
Talkers publisher Michael Harrison noted, “Alex Jones gave the industry a sample of his passion for what he sees as the truth and a brief glimpse of his powerful and fiery delivery. It was a riveting presentation with a message that could be taken on a number of levels. I think in his case as a NMS (New Media Seminar) presenter, the medium itself was the message – and that is, it isn’t just the position of the host that gathers loyalty and attention, but the delivery, credibility and charisma that the personality brings to the microphone. It could work in just about any genre beyond politics. It was about the power of truth as an attraction unto itself – whatever that truth might be.”
Ask anyone what they think about Bilderberg and they’ll invariably respond with a querical look and a “What the hell are you talking about?” Is it a pastry, a blimp or yet another newly identified part of the female anatomy? For years folks denied the mere existence of Bilderberg but now they’ve relented and even have their own website. Remember Pilger’s law: “If it’s been officially denied, then it’s probably true.” They’re meeting from June 9-12 at the Suvretta House hotel in St. Moritz. And unlike Davos or world economic fora or G8 conclaves and summits, Bilderberg is top secret and has all the trappings of a group of folks whose presence they want to hide. And why’s that do you suppose?
For years the mainstream media have refused to so much as utter a peep about the Bilderbergers which did nothing but fuel additional scrutiny and suspicion. It’s the hoary axiom “If you’ve got nothing to hide then why all the fuss?” I’ve heard the almost Pavlovian obeisance in the form of suggesting it’s yet another conspiracy theory, which has become shorthand for “I don’t know what I’m talking about.” Others have expressed sincere concern as to whether the Logan Act has been violated. It reads in part as follows infra.
§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).
All this secrecy reminds me of a certain “conference” that was held on November 14, 1957, at the home of mobster Joseph “Joe the Barber” Barbara in Apalachin, New York. It was heralded as a supreme Mafia conclave that was attended by approximately 100 Mafiosi from the United States, Canada, and Italy. As you may recall when the cops came a-calling they alleged Mafia honchos booked it into the woods.
In my evening commentary on PIX 11 News I am of but a handful of MSM types who even broach the subject of Bilderberg. And that’s literally all I do, viz. just asking questions as to who they are. No other international summit receives the security and secrecy that these folks do. Imagine if every year the NFL owners or Hollywood studio execs met in secret with almost military-strength security at hotels around the world. ESPN and People Magazine would be all over the story. Harvey Levin and TMZ would have reporters camped out 24/7. But these scaredy cat and worthless folks in the MSM, under strict orders to obfuscate and distract, never utter a peep even in passing. Nada. Niente. Yet they possess the elephantine juevos to look into the camera and bleat the constipated drone of how they bring us the world. Give me a break, Ted Baxter.