Saturday, September 17, 2011

War is a racket - Smedley Butler, George Washington, and Ron Paul agree

Just watch. Then stand and repeat after me, "I am a slave to the banking interests and clever government propagandists. I will live, sweat blood, and die in their service. To me, patriotism is making the world safe for democracy, and I am willing to stomp over any sovereign country to achieve this end. We will prevail! God is on our side! Government is our god! All hail ye, big business, Wall Street, and bankers!"

I'm gonna suggest this as the new pledge of allegiance.

Sorry, I know, no laughing matter.

Let me recall to your memory someone else who warned America against foreign entanglements, the first president, George Washington. In fact, Mr. Washington waxed eloquent on the subject in his farewell address in 1796
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.

Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government. the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?

It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

There you have it: three military men; one a founding father, one a decorated soldier, and one a doctor turned congressman turned presidential candidate.

To hell with war.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Mummy's Wisdom

My mother has a way with words that rivals Yogi Berra's. These “Mummy-isms” have afforded the whole family considerable amusement for years now, and I would love to compile all of them with their stories so we don't forget 'em. However, at the moment I only have time for her most recent gem.

We were talking about something pertaining to fire and brimstone, death and destruction, or politics (which is decidedly grimmer and more frightening). Mom took the view that all things must be endured here, and that we must look to Afterwards for comfort and hope. Her cheerful and optimistic comment: “Well, we'll all die someday, if we live long enough.” She didn't care to elaborate on what would happen to us if we did not hold out long enough.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Introducing... Tex!

Hi everyone, I'm Tex, Jeana's associate contributor. I will be posting on several subjects such as r/c planes (if you don't know what that means, I will gladly tell you); guitar, which is the instrument I play; fantasy; and of course, politics. So, let's welcome me to blogging! (clap clap clap)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

New to the House

I should like to welcome Tex to the online version of Mooredoor. I'm not sure what he'll be posting, but no doubt it'll probably be about airplanes, fantasy, or maybe politics. I would just like to say that it was my intention all along to invite him, and NOT my fault that it took so long. :P

Welcome aboard brother.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Story of Flies

I have noticed with grief that I've not been able to post very often. But recently I remembered that I shouldn't lack for posts if I "borrow" from my old writings. Mostly book "reports" (any one surprised?) I'll just change them a little as I fancy or not. Enjoy

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Critique of the Unleashed Human Nature

by Jeana Moore
A HUGE FLY with evil, bloody eyes looms over a pathetic fat boy in a school uniform, and a pair of twisted, broken glasses lay in lonesome relief below. Across the bottom, printed in boyish script are the dire words Lord of the Flies. William Golding painted a vivid picture of human nature and the development of sin. Starting with a picture of a little boy standing on his head with delight, who later cried his heart out over “ the end of innocence, and the darkness of man's heart...” (202) How can a story that starts out so bravely but has so much sadness in it, have a happy ending?

RALPH was the fair boy, Piggy was the fat boy, Simon was the small boy, Jack was the ugly boy, and Rodger was the dark boy. As chief, Ralph developed a thoughtfulness and responsibleness that he didn't have upon arriving at the island. Also, he was the most focused on getting rescued besides Piggy and Simon. Piggy held an astonishing store of common sense. He knew the correct form of action to take and when to do it, as well as a sense of what was right—he fought Jack (a bigger, stronger boy) for the conch—a symbol of the right to speak and of democracy. Fat, nearsighted, and asthmatic Piggy often had to deal with ostracism from the others, who rarely valued or understood his wisdom.. Although Simon never had to put up with the sort of ribbing that Piggy did, he was also teased and was considered not quite right up top—he was “batty”. As far as boys go, Simon was incredibly intelligent. He comprehended the truth of evil, sin, and fear. He was the only one with credible reasoning skills—by using logic, he figured out that the “beastie” didn't exist, but merely danced through the boys' heads. His death at the hands of the boys who he was bringing hope to, is a bitter picture indeed. At first, Ralph and Jack had mutual understanding and friendship. They were just two healthy, active boys in a real, coral island adventure with no adults to interfere. Then Jack's blood lust and Ralph's anger when Jack let the fire go out stepped between them. Tension built, and Jack began to hate Ralph. He broke up the “game” by creating a rival tribe on another part of the island. Rodger, who had kept to himself, unleashed all his evil tendencies as Jack relied on him for torture techniques. Together, these two plunged deep into mad savagery, complete with idol worship and calculated cruelty.

DEEP, resounding blasts from the beautiful conch summonsed the first meeting and every meeting afterwards. The conch symbolized law, order, and the civilized world. As long as the rules established by the assembly (or Ralph) were respected and obeyed, the boys lived in relative comfort and security from themselves—their human nature. Those rules weren't perfect, but they were obeyed “Because the rules are the only thing we've got!” (91) Time progressed and the boys worked on projects to meet their needs: shelters, meat, and a 'round-the-clock-fire to signal passing ships. Then things began falling apart. The “little'uns” never worked unless the work seemed like play. The bigger boys did help some but ran off for a swim as the labor became unpleasant. Ralph and Simon built the third shelter alone, and Jack hunted accompanied only by his obsession to kill. When Jack, ignoring the rule to keep the fire going, demanded that the on-duty-fire-tenders join the hunt, a ship passed by and there was no smoke. They were forgetting the need for rescue. Soon a “beast” floated down from the night sky, landed by the signal fire, and ran wild in their imaginations. Fear colored their dreams and even their waking moments. This problem (the beast) needed to be solved and Jack thought he was the one to do it.

BUT THE CHIEF said no. “Boys carrying sticks” could do nothing against the menace on the mountain. Having already broken the rules and defied Ralph, Jack saw no value in the one and no reason to listen to the other. So he left to set up his own tribe. Hunters and boys who wanted adventure followed him, but high adventure and fun is not what they got. Instead they were ruled by a tyrant with a torturer-in-chief, terrorized by the thought of a “beast”, lacked the comfort from Ralph and Piggy, and had no hope of being rescued. All this turned the boys into savages. Simon, then Piggy, were killed and washed out to sea. Ralph was next, but Jack's plans were interrupted, and Ralph's dearest wish is realized.

GOLDING keeps us on our toes to the very end. Event after horrendous event rocket us to the end of the story. The pig killed... the ship lost... the 'beast' encountered... Jack decamped... the sacrifice offered... the savage dance... Simon murdered... the glasses stolen... Piggy's fall... the island set on fire... Ralph's flight..., all of these in rapid succession and ever quickening to a wild frenzy of utter loss and despair. Then, with horror still ringing on the air, the peaked cap and row of gilt buttons that meant salvation and rescue appeared and the story ends as happily as the end of innocents will allow. The brilliance of Golding makes this an exciting adventure story, but his point is that human nature is inherently evil. The littlest boys very quickly succumbed to human nature almost entirely, they could still play together but when they took it into their heads to torment another they did it without shame and enjoyed it throughly. Older boys also enjoyed tormenting, but their consciences were still keen enough for them to be ashamed when nearly caught. However, as time wore away their memories of civilized life, their compunction to restrain their natures became less and less, until they murdered. Golding made his point and hammered it home.

IN A NUTSHELL Golding's purpose for writing this somewhat disturbing book was to refute the common belief that children are born 'good' and society corrupts them. This very detrimental opinion originated in Darwinism and political propagandists loved the opportunity to regulate. (Of course, with the usual Liberal consistency, they believe that “it takes a village to raise a child”) A Christian's perspective on the situation holds that having fallen in Adam, all humans are born sinners and liars and only through Christ does man become good, or rather are they accounted righteous.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


All you football fans (PB) be jealous. The National Felon's League is coming to town, and I am staying as far away as possible. This is the second time I've lived in (well, approximately) a city whose stadium held the Super Bowl. The first was in Houston's bright, new, beautiful, taxpayer-built stadium. That game is primarily remembered, of course, for the Janet Jackson scandal. But I'm willing to hope that nothing disastrous occurs in this game, even if it is a huge nuisance. There, ain't I the noble one.

My Favorite move... (what a jerk)

Just in case you're wondering, yeah, I don't like Football.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Global Warming the Cold Way

I'm going to sue Algore for the price of my heating bill. Anyone wanna join? Just call 1-800-DONT LET GLOBAL WARMING FREEZE YOUR ASSETS (no pun intended). Or visit our online store at and check out the “Save the Reptiles, Stop Global Warming” bumper stickers.

I mean, for Pete sake, this is Florida. You know, the Sunshine State? Beaches? Sunsets? Flip-flops? I was shivering last night. Shivering! Even with my afghan! That is just wrong, especially in the midst of a global warming crisis.

Edit: There's frost on the ground this morning.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Granted, we have just put a Marxist in the highest position in the land (a land that was once run on a free market basis).
Granted, the nation that 'didn't care who you were but what you could do' just elected a bigot (yes, blacks hating whites actually scores as racism, just as much as whites hating blacks. Surprise, surprise).
Granted, that epitome of anti-Americanism, Rev. Wright, had the pastoring and guiding of the now Mr. President (who is, by the way, the President of the United States of America).
Granted, the fully named Barrack Hussein Obama has the sound of some jihad thug out to kill 'infidels'.
Granted, all the ironic, sad, scary 'changes' that Obama will bring to our nation...
.... what now? What does the Book of books have to say about leaders, evil or not?

The Bible makes two things clear:
What the role of government is, and
That we are to respect the positions of authority

The authority punishes evildoers and rewards the innocent. That's their job. “Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain...[he is] an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:3-4) How difficult can that be? Walk in uprightness and escape the king's scourge, do evil and be cut down.

What should government be doing? Watching out for bad guys to lock them up and protecting the defenseless. So that they can do their job “Render therefore to all their doe: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Rm. 13:7) However, the Book says nothing about what happens when government steps outside of its role.

No matter what a lying, scoffing, wicked wretch he happens to be, the ruler is the authority. Not THE authority, you understand. That would be Christ. We are to “...submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors” (1Pt. 2:13-14), because “...there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Rm. 13:1) Remember that the Lord allowed this man to be elected and trust Him as the Sovereign over all lords.

God created government and establishes rulers (Rm.13:1). Both are good, if only because He created them. In Man's sinful state, they will be corrupted, and they will be evil, but they're there for a reason. They have a purpose. Pray for our leaders.

Hail to the Chief

Msnbc- No one denies that in a nation of self-respecting people (aka America) the best is hardly good enough. I certainly have no desire to see this country shamed with a shabby welcome for the new President, eligible or not. But don't you think, Mr. Bush, that declaring a state of emergency for an inauguration is just a tad obvious? Because if you're taking a stab at subtly borrowing more money from China for a grandiose party for the Magic Negro, you failed. Miserably.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy MLK Day

I have a dream of the day when the Fed has to buckle down and work today like the rest of us.
I have a dream that one day the library will stay open on this day (and till midnight every night :D)
My dream is still alive today!

Sorry for the sarcasm. I just took a fruitless trip to the library, so I'm in a pretty foul mood right now. I actually have quite a bit of respect for King, not just because he was a whopper of a speaker but also he said some pretty Politically Incorrect things about “religion” (like: God exists) and he had no use for the “separation of Church and state” bilge. I hate think he was silly enough to desire a holiday in honor of himself. Interesting how historians remember him only as the passive civil rights activist.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Nazis Spotlight-hoggers

So I've just been reading up on Vox Day posts over at his blog and what do I see but this article about the Nazis Campbells. Somehow it rang a bell. Then I remembered another article where I'd seen the same Nazis mentioned! Think these people are begging for attention or what? :D
Edit: Check out the history of the swastika. Pretty interesting, considering that it was once a good luck symbol for pagan cultures.

A Lesson from Narnia

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Thursday the new U.S. administration must change Washington's approach to the Islamic Republic, which is embroiled in a row with the United States over its nuclear program."
Well, Obama and and his Obaminations have been chanting “Change” for the passed two years, so this really shouldn't be a problem. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was good enough to clarify what sort of change he's looking for:

"Any administration in America that takes office should at least make two changes in its behavior, the first change is in the field of America's interference ... The circle of interference should be limited to within American borders."
What an interesting idea! Just stop messing around in other countries' business. Start treating sovereign nations as sovereign nations. And , while we're at it, start thinking about America as a country with borders. Hummmm...intriguing.

“The second change is the approach of the American government toward Iran," he said. "If there are real and fundamental changes I think it would be welcomed by nations. But, if the previous behavior continues with a change of tactic and in a new package, the trend of the world's affairs will stay on the past trend," Ahmadinejad added."
What!? They don't trust us! They think that our previous interference stands as a rule for future interference! So much for the days of integrity and reliability.

I only recently watched Prince Caspian but Trumpkin's quip seems appropriate for the situation. The vicious and evil Miraz had just punctuated his intention to wipe Narnia clean of Narnians by slapping the Dwarf across his face. Trumpkin looks up and comments, “And you wonder why we don't like you.” I should think that that one statement sums up what the rest of the world thinks of US. We screw around in their lives, corrupt their leaders, undermine their sovereignty, and force our ideas on them. No wonder they hate us.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Political Food Fight

The ultimate technique for getting what you want is to make the person you want to pinch it from believe that he owes it to you. Politicians are adepts at this, not only can they convince their victims that the welfare recipient NEEDS taxpayer money, they warp facts and ignore the Constitution to lay a guilt-trip at the unfortunate taxpayer's feet if they resist.

Tex finds trying to steal Dad's food at dinner very diverting. His argument: “I'm growing and I need more food than Dad does. Therefore, Dad ought to give me his food and be glad to.” So he (the little roach) begins to creep his hand toward Dad's plate. By using various methods of distraction, Tex will succeed in all but actually touching Dad's food. Dad suddenly becomes aware of the perilous threat overhanging his dinner and slaps his arm down and traps Tex's fingers. They begin to tussle, having numerous near disasters. Dad gets Tex wedged in a corner, holding him at bay with a particularly painful grip on his thumbs, and starts attacking the instigator's plate. Tex, faced with losing his food through his own fault, admonishes Dad, “Hey! Hey! Hey! Be nice!”At this point, Dad usually cracks up and Tex succeeds in snatching a chip or two. Winded, both sit down to finish the meal in (relative) peace.
So as a politician Tex is pretty much a failure (sorry bro). However, all the ingredients are there. To his mind Dad is not entitled to the enjoyment of all of his own food, not because Dad has done anything wrong, but merely because Tex NEEDS it more. When Dad disputes this supposition, he is the guilty one and Tex is the noble one. Why? Because Dad is 'mean and stingy'. Who ever heard of wanting to keep your own property for yourself? It's just not fair.

The only way to make the situation more accurate would be for Mom to play politician and swipe Dad's food and give it to Tex. As it is, Tex has to be the politician and the welfare recipient, but he is quite content to hold both positions.

Disclaimer: Tex is NOT starving and always has plenty to eat. This dinner time contest traces its origins back to the days when Dad would tease our dog by slowly reaching for her food. When Brownie died ten years ago, Dad transferred these unwelcome attentions to Tex who defended his food manfully. Then suddenly Tex was taller than Dad and decided to try stealing HIS food. And the fun was on! I admit that I'm not completely guiltless of food snitching and that I was once known for audaciously eating from off their plates while the gentlemen were squabbling. However, since the time they knocked over a glass of ice-cold-tea and drenched me, I have become a firm believer in the old rule 'Don't play with your food'.