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An analysis of the left and right perspectives of the DHS funding bill now stalled in the Senate.Read More
It is disturbing enough to me that the flyer is essentially a sales pitch to get parents to go and sign up for Obamacare. The thought of my daughter being used as a mule to deliver the toxic pill of Obama-Statism is distasteful enough to me. But take a good look at that logo on that flyer.Read More
Bill Collier, Editor in Chief of The Tioga Freedomist, talks about the Duck Dynasty Controversy surrounding the Duck Commander, Phil Robertson. He reveals the standards of The Tioga Freedomist compared to A and E in their commitment (or lack therof) to the standards of Free Speech. He also talks about how the controversy is a threat on the freedom of all, no matter which position you take on homosexualuty.Read More
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL REACHED- we are awaiting details and making calls to our own sources on the details of a deal with Iran that will see sanctions eased in exchange for promises of a limitation of some kind on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.
This deal occurs as the Israeli government has declared that it is not bound by any such deal and will use force if they believe the Iranians are close to producing a nuclear weapon.
Before being elected in 2008 President did promise that he would sit down with Iran on an unconditional basis and he has followed through with that promise.
There are many technical details. Our first impressions from overseas sources in the Middle East, outside of Israel, are that many regional powers are concerned about this deal undercutting their own efforts to isolate Iran, whom they see as an immediate threat. We should be looking to the reaction of Arab powers in the region to get a better sense of the impact this deal will have.
A security expert I met with while overseas described the “angst” of regional powers over America’s policies with regards Iran which, the expert said to me on deep background, “made them feel like you lot like Iran better than them.”
The timing of this was meant, we are told, to “take Israel by surprise” to prevent a rapid reaction and create an impression that regional opposition to the deal is muted.
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s deal seems predicated on his belief that Iran will in fact DO as it says it will do and that we already know exactly where Iran’s enriched uranium is stored, how much, and etc. This is not actually know as, for instance, the US believes Iran has 19,00 centrifuges when many experts believe they have over 30,000 working.
The deal involves-
Iran agrees to freeze production of its 20% enriched uranium and dilutes or removes it’s existing stockpile.
Iran’s existing stockpile would be under some sort of monitoring regimen
The Arak heavy water facility would not be “fueled” during talks
None it its enrichment would exceed 3.5%
Iran gets over $4.5 billion in foreign exchange to upgrade their airline fleet, trade in petrochemicals, and receive frozen funds, among other things. A total of $10 billion in sanctions relief will be given by the world powers.
Matt Kroenig, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council was quoted by Al Jazeera saying, ”So many people are focused on the deal, and whether we’re going to get it or not, but very few people are thinking about what comes next. You want to have some kind of deal in mind. You want to know what checkmate looks like before you move the first piece.”
MY TAKE ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
The sanction would be marginally lifted, I do not know if the demands for a lift on petroleum exports is on the table. That would be significant and surprising.
What other concessions will be given are not known, but regional sources are hopeful for something that really has teeth, but they fear that the world will ease sanctions in exchange for Iran pretending to reduce their nuclear program. I am sure the Israelis are apoplectic.
There is a ticklish point in the negotiations about formally recognizing Iran’s right to enrich uranium, but what we seem to have is a deal where the world powers can SAY they did not give any formal recognition and Iran can say that they did, and the wording will be vague enough so that most anyone reading it would not be sure themselves what was actually said.Read More
Buck Sexton of The Blaze presented an essay that we think merits printing- the essay is from 1899 by a man named Elbert Hubbard. The essay is called “A Message to Garcia”. This essay illustrates the kind of people we need to deliver our message of freedom and liberty to the people and the kind of people we do not need. Here it is:
A MESSAGE TO GARCIA
Being a Preachment
Done into a Printed Book
by the Roycrofters at
Their Shop, Which is in East
Aurora, Erie County, N.Y.
Copyright 1914 by Elbert Hubbard
If you work for a man, in Heaven’s name work for him. If he pays wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, and stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man, I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of his time, but all of his time. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must vilify, condemn, and eternally disparage, why, resign your position, and when you are outside, damn to your heart’s content. But, I pray you, so long as you are a part of an institution, do not condemn it. Not that you will injure the institution–not that–but when you disparage the concern of which you are a part, you disparage yourself. And don’t forget–”I forgot” won’t do in business.
This literary trifle, “A Message to Garcia,” was written one evening after supper, in a single hour. It was on the Twenty-second of February, Eighteen Hundred Ninety-nine, Washington’s Birthday, and we were just going to press with the March “Philistine.” The thing leaped hot from my heart, written after a trying day, when I had been endeavoring to train some rather delinquent villagers to abjure the comatose state and get radio-active.
The immediate suggestion, though, came from a little argument over the teacups, when my boy Bert suggested that Rowan was the real hero of the Cuban War. Rowan had gone alone and done the thing–carried the message to Garcia.
It came to me like a flash! Yes, the boy is right, the hero is the man who does his work–who carries the message to Garcia. I got up from the table, and wrote “A Message to Garcia.” I thought so little of it that we ran it in the Magazine without a heading. The edition went out, and soon orders began to come for extra copies of the March “Philistine,” a dozen, fifty, a hundred; and when the American News Company ordered a thousand, I asked one of my helpers which article it was that had stirred up the cosmic dust.
“It’s the stuff about Garcia,” he said.
The next day a telegram came from George H. Daniels, of the New York Central Railroad, thus: “Give price on one hundred thousand Rowan article in pamphlet form–Empire State Express advertisement on back–also how soon can ship.”
I replied giving price, and stated we could supply the pamphlets in two years. Our facilities were small and a hundred thousand booklets looked like an awful undertaking.
The result was that I gave Mr. Daniels permission to reprint the article in his own way. He issued it in booklet form in editions of half a million. Two or three of these half-million lots were sent out by Mr. Daniels, and in addition the article was reprinted in over two hundred magazines and newspapers. It has been translated into all written languages.
At the time Mr. Daniels was distributing the “Message to Garcia,” Prince Hilakoff, Director of Russian Railways, was in this country. He was the guest of the New York Central, and made a tour of the country under the personal direction of Mr. Daniels. The Prince saw the little book and was interested in it, more because Mr. Daniels was putting it out in such big numbers, probably, than otherwise.
In any event, when he got home he had the matter translated into Russian, and a copy of the booklet given to every railroad employee in Russia.
Other countries then took it up, and from Russia it passed into Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, Hindustan and China. During the war between Russia and Japan, every Russian soldier who went to the front was given a copy of the “Message to Garcia.”
The Japanese, finding the booklets in possession of the Russian prisoners, concluded that it must be a good thing, and accordingly translated it into Japanese.
And on an order of the Mikado, a copy was given to every man in the employ of the Japanese Government, soldier or civilian. Over forty million copies of “A Message to Garcia” have been printed.
This is said to be a larger circulation than any other literary venture has ever attained during the lifetime of the author, in all history–thanks to a series of lucky accidents!–E.H.
A MESSAGE TO GARCIA
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.–_Proverbs xxv:_ 13
In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at perihelion.
When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba–no one knew where. No mail or telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly. What to do!
Some one said to the President, “There is a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”
Rowan was sent for and was given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia–are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing–”Carry a message to Garcia.” General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias.
No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man–the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.
Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook or threat he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an Angel of Light for an assistant. You, reader, put this matter to a test: You are sitting now in your office–six clerks are within call. Summon any one and make this request: “Please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio.”
Will the clerk quietly say, “Yes, sir,” and go do the task?
On your life he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye andask one or more of the following questions:
Who was he?
Where is the encyclopedia?
Was I hired for that?
Don’t you mean Bismarck?
What’s the matter with Charlie doing it?
Is he dead?
Is there any hurry?
Shall I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself?
What do you want to know for?
I wasn’t hired for that anyway!
And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the questions, and explained how to find the information, and why you want it, the clerk will go off and get one of the other clerks to help him try to find Garcia–and then come back and tell you there is no such man. Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average I will not.
Now, if you are wise, you will not bother to explain to your “assistant” that Correggio is indexed under the C’s, not in the K’s, but you will smile very sweetly and say, “Never mind,” and go look it up yourself.
And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift–these are the things that put pure Socialism so far into the future. If men will not act for themselves, what will they do when the benefit of their effort is for all? A first mate with knotted club seems necessary; and the dread of getting “the bounce” Saturday night holds many a worker to his place.
Advertise for a stenographer, and nine out of ten who apply can neither spell nor punctuate–and do not think it necessary to.
Can such a one write a letter to Garcia?
“You see that bookkeeper,” said a foreman to me in a large factory.
“Yes; what about him?”
“Well, he’s a fine accountant, but if I’d send him up-town on an errand, he might accomplish the errand all right, and on the other hand, might stop at four saloons on the way, and when he got to Main Street would forget what he had been sent for.”
Can such a man be entrusted to carry a message to Garcia?
We have recently been hearing much maudlin sympathy expressed for the “downtrodden denizens of the sweat-shop” and the “homeless wanderer searching for honest employment,” and with it all often go many hard words for the men in power.
Nothing is said about the employer who grows old before his time in a vain attempt to get frowsy ne’er-do-wells to do intelligent work; and his long, patient striving with “help” that does nothing but loaf when his back is turned. In every store and factory there is a constant weeding-out process going on. The employer is continually sending away “help” that have shown their incapacity to further the interests of the business, and others are being taken on.
No matter how good times are, this sorting continues: only if times are hard and work is scarce, the sorting is done finer–but out and forever out the incompetent and unworthy go. It is the survival of the fittest. Self-interest prompts every employer to keep the best–those who can carry a message to Garcia.
I know one man of really brilliant parts who has not the ability to manage a business of his own, and yet who is absolutely worthless to any one else, because he carries with him constantly the insane suspicion that his employer is oppressing, or intending to oppress, him. He can not give orders; and he will not receive them. Should a message be given him to take to Garcia, his answer would probably be, “Take it yourself!”
Tonight this man walks the streets looking for work, the wind whistling through his threadbare coat. No one who knows him dare employ him, for he is a regular firebrand of discontent. He is impervious to reason, and the only thing that can impress him is the toe of a thick-soled Number Nine boot.
Of course I know that one so morally deformed is no less to be pitied than a physical cripple; but in our pitying let us drop a tear, too, for the men who are striving to carry on a great enterprise, whose working hours are not limited by the whistle, and whose hair is fast turning white through the struggle to hold in line dowdy indifference, slipshod imbecility, and the heartless ingratitude which, but for their enterprise, would be both hungry and homeless.
Have I put the matter too strongly? Possibly I have; but when all the world has gone a-slumming I wish to speak a word of sympathy for the man who succeeds–the man who, against great odds, has directed the efforts of others, and having succeeded, finds there’s nothing in it: nothing but bare board and clothes. I have carried a dinner-pail and worked for day’s wages, and I have also been an employer of labor, and I know there is something to be said on both sides. There is no excellence, per se, in poverty; rags are no recommendation; and all employers are not rapacious and high-handed, any more than all poor men are virtuous.
My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he is at home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets “laid off,” nor has to go on a strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long, anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks shall be granted. His kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town and village–in every office, shop, store and factory.
The world cries out for such: he is needed, and needed badly–the man who can carry A MESSAGE TO GARCIA.Read More
According to reports, an off-duty TSA agent, or someone affiliated with the TSA, attacked TSA agents at a security check point at terminal 3 in LAX, the Los Angeles Airport.
CBS reports that a Federal official is denying that the attacker was in any way connected to the TSA.
There are reports that the attacker may have been killed.
The attacker reportedly yelled angrily as he shot at TSA agents who fled, ahead of the crowds of passengers, and, regretably one “TSO” (Transportation Security Officer) was reportedly killed and a “handful” were injured. We have no confirmed this yet.
Other injuries among passengers were not reported from the gunshots but, rather, from the stampede.
Stay tuned for updates.Read More
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