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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Is Anyone Else Getting Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russia and Trump?

It's time to acknowledge the insidious evil of a century of Western socialists deliberately ignoring or even brazenly defending the communist atrocities of the 20th century.

And that's just one. The U.S. has either openly or covertly interfered in many other democratic elections overseas.

As many as she could have gotten away with.

A giant douche or a crap sandwich. Every four to eight years. Without fail. And the winner always breaks their promises.

The delusional revelry of Democratic commentators declaring Hillary's victory the day after the first debate made my head spin. Were they watching it with their eyes?

These people go into their jobs every day, not because it's something they are deeply passionate about, but to keep the lights on and keep you happy, healthy, clean, comfortable, and safe.

Keep mocking them and calling them racists, and see what monstrosity they vote for next because they're sick of your shit.

I have a kind of perverse respect for the people who supported Trump just to piss all over the entire edifice. But I am afraid, my friends, that you'll find the joke was on you.

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100 Great Anti-War Quotes

The following is a list of 100 Anti-War quotes.

Many of them come from America's venerated Founding Fathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams.

Many also, come from conservative voices like Pat Buchanan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Ayn Rand, and even George W. Bush (before he became president and went back on his campaign promises to keep America out of open-ended wars and nation-building).

So if your family, friends, or co-workers question your patriotism for opposing war, refer them to this list so they can see how the American Founding Fathers felt about war.

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1. "As far as I am concerned, war itself is immoral." -U.S. WWII General Omar Bradley

2. "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." -James Madison

3. "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison

4. "No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. " -James Madison

5. "Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other." -James Madison

6. "The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war." -James Madison

7. "It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad." -James Madison

8. "Having seen the people of all other nations bowed down to the earth under the wars and prodigalities of their rulers, I have cherished their opposites, peace, economy, and riddance of public debt, believing that these were the high road to public as well as private prosperity and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson

9. "The most successful war seldom pays for its losses." -Thomas Jefferson

10. "The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force." -Thomas Jefferson

11. "Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other." -Thomas Jefferson

12. "I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind." -Thomas Jefferson

13. "Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it." -Thomas Jefferson

14. "If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest." -Thomas Jefferson

15. "Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government." -Thomas Jefferson

16. "War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses." -Thomas Jefferson

17. "A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit." -Thomas Jefferson

18. "Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." -Thomas Jefferson

19. " as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer." -Thomas Jefferson

20. "I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be." -Thomas Jefferson

21. "Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty." -George Washington

22. "The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure." -George Washington

23. "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." -George Washington

24. "It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world." -George Washington

25. "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force... Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." -George Washington

26. "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." -George Washington

27. "My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth." -George Washington

28. "Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later." -Benjamin Franklin

29. "A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang." -Benjamin Franklin

30. "I hope....that mankind will at length, as they call themselves responsible creatures, have the reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats..." -Benjamin Franklin

31. "When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?" -Benjamin Franklin

32. "All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones." -Benjamin Franklin

33. "There never was a good war or a bad peace." -Benjamin Franklin

34. "Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

35. "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." -John Adams

36. "Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak..." -John Adams

37. "A people free to choose will always choose peace." -Ronald Reagan

38. "The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor." -Ronald Reagan

39. "History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap." -Ronald Reagan

40. "Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." -Ronald Reagan

41. " mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology." -Ronald Reagan

42. "People do not make wars; governments do." -Ronald Reagan

43. "We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." -Ronald Reagan

44. "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

45. "How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?" -Dwight D. Eisenhower

46. "We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

47. "We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

48. "Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

49. "You can't have this kind of war. There just aren't enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

50. "War settles nothing." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

51. "There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

52. "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

53. "Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

54. "When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

55. "This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

56. "I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

57. "Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing." -Ayn Rand

58. "Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives." -Ayn Rand

59. "No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country." -Alexis de Tocqueville

60. "All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it." -Alexis de Tocqueville

61. "If we don’t stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, we’re going to have a serious problem coming down the road." -George W. Bush, before becoming president and doing exactly what he promised not to.

62. "Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." -George W. Bush (I wish he had governed according to the principles in this quotation.)

63. "War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." -George Orwell

64. "Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac." -George Orwell

65. "The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor." -George Orwell

66. "Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable." -George Orwell

67. "War is a way of shattering to pieces...materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent." -George Orwell

68. "All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." -George Orwell

69. "The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." -George Orwell

70. "What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood." -Aldous Huxley

71. "A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny." -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

72. "The next war ... may well bury Western civilization forever." -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

73. "In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful."
-Leo Tolstoy

74. "A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen." -G.K. Chesterton

75. "War is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it." -Martin Luther

76. "How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business." -Albert Einstein

77. "It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." -Albert Einstein

78. "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." -The Mahatma Gandhi

79. "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" -The Mahatma Gandhi

80. "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary." -The Mahatma Gandhi

81. "Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood." -The Mahatma Gandhi

82. "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." -The Mahatma Gandhi

83. "If we don't stop behaving like the British Empire, we will end up like the British Empire." -Pat Buchanan

84. "All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons." -The Dalai Lama

85. "The best defense is no offense." -Dr. Ivan Eland

86. "It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

87. "The chain reaction of evil--wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

88. "We have guided missiles and misguided men." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

89. "The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

90. "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

91. "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

92. "'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded." -F.A. Hayek

93. "The essence of so-called war prosperity; it enriches some by what it takes from others. It is not rising wealth but a shifting of wealth and income." -Ludwig von Mises

94. "Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business." -Ludwig von Mises

95. "The attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace." -Ludwig von Mises

96. "History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents…. A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets." -Ludwig von Mises

97. "War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings." -Ludwig von Mises

98. " harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror." -Ludwig von Mises

99. "Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things." -Ludwig von Mises

100. "Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly." -Ludwig von Mises

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ObamaCare and Health Insurance: The Worst Scam Ever [NSFW]

Insurance Salesman: "Your employee benefits have just kicked in at your new workplace. Congratulations!

Now you can buy ObamaCare-compliant, group-rate negotiated health insurance through your employer."

Millennial Worker: "Uh, thanks! Okay, so what's it going to cost me to insure myself, my wife, and one child?"

Insurance Salesman: "For a family of three, $600 a month."

Worker: "Phew. Seems a little steep. That's $7,200 a year. That would be my second biggest expense after my house payment.

That cuts us down from making $40,500 a year to $33,300 after paying for insurance. I mean that's ridiculous. We've both got student loans too. How do we even save?"

Insurance Salesman: "Not so fast- there's a $7,400 annual deductible too."

Worker [raises his eyebrows]: "What's that mean?"

Insurance Salesman [narrows his eyes]: "Well you have to pay for $7,400 of your own medical costs out of pocket in any given year before the insurance policy starts kicking in."

Worker [shaking his head]: "Wow. So I'm paying $600 a month, every month, all year, in order to have to spend another $7,400 more of my own money that year, before I get anything back?"

Insurance Salesman [smiling]: "Well I wouldn't say anything. You do get some perks. You're lucky you're getting it through your employer. Most of the ACA plans have $12,000 deductibles."

Worker [spits out his coffee]: "So you're pretty much telling me I have to spend $7,400 to get anything back for my $600 a month? What if I only spend a grand or two on health costs that year? You're just taking my money? Sounds like a scam to me."

Insurance Salesman [with a big cheesy grin]: "Well it is insurance, after all. You won't always use it, but it's there in case you do need it, and then you'll be happy you have it."

Worker [fuming]: "Yeah, but if I do need it, you're going to make me pay $7,400 more dollars for you to cover my medical bills after I've already paid $7,200 that year. And the year before that, maybe without getting anything back. And the year before that. You're trying to talk me into a scam."

Insurance Salesman [loses the grin]: "Hold on there- we're not going to [makes air quotes w/ his fingers] cover your bills after you've paid your deductible. We're going to get you a discount on the prices and then cover a percentage of your medical bills."

Worker [suddenly and angrily pushes his chair back from the table and looks around]: "Okay. This is a fucking joke. Am I on a fucking prank show or something? Is Johnny Knoxville about to jump out of no where and kick me in the balls? We're done."

Insurance Salesman [sternly]: "Sit down, sir."

Worker [throws up a middle finger]: "Fuck you."

Insurance Salesman [with a sudden, terrifying change in his demeanor, the salesman shakes off his jovial, cheesy persona and stands up with a darkened countenance, puts his hands on the worker's shoulders, and pushes him back down into his chair forcefully as he growls]: "I said sit DOWN!"

Worker [eyes widen in shock, his voice comes out a whisper, quiet, afraid, and unsure]: "What the hell?"

Insurance Salesman [menacingly]: "We tried this the nice way, but that time is past now. You listen here, you little shit. You don't have a choice. You understand me? It's the law.

You have to pay for this insurance policy, or you can pay up in tax penalties. You can pick which way you want to do it, but we're going to get our piece of you either way."

Worker [still in shock, but getting angry again]: "You're a fucking psycho."

Insurance Salesman [breaks into a toothy, malevolent smile]: "Yeah, but I got the law on my side."

Worker: "This isn't law! This is like a fucking mafia shakedown. What happens if I refuse to pay any of it?"

Insurance Salesman: "We'll garnish it from your wages and put you in prison for willful tax evasion. You don't get to say 'No.'"

Worker [leaps out of his chair over the table in a blind rage and grabs the insurance salesman's throat, and just starts squeezing it with both hands with all his might, crushing the salesman's voice box and cutting off his supply of air- his arms flail frantically and try to push the worker off, but to no avail as his vision darkens and his consciousness fades to black]: "Fuck you and fuck this country! I hate this shit! I thought this was fucking America, not Soviet god damn Russia!" [he spits on the salesman's limp body, and stands there stoically as security bursts through the doors and hits him with a taser, dropping him to the ground with a horrendous crackling sound]

Pretty much what it boils down to.

I did not make up the figures and facts about how health insurance works in this. I can't even believe millennials haven't started rioting yet.

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#WorkoutWednesday - My Short Pectoral Workout How to Video

I am talking like I'm an expert here, but I'm really not.

I'm a beginner, so if any seasoned lifters have any good suggestions about my form or anything that can help me improve my lifting, I want to hear it! Thanks!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Can I Please Get a "Korean Lives Matter!" on Some Facebook and Twitter Feeds Right About Now?

Because apparently most Democrats right now seem more upset that Trump tweeted a silly video of himself hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball than they are about him actually threatening to commit genocide against North Koreans, and murder millions of innocent people there in a nuclear holocaust.

"we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." -Donald Trump Speech to the U.N., Sept 2017

These people have kids.

Because apparently the whole nation will watch and rage when a crazy white supremacist crashes a car into a crowd of counter protesters and kills a woman, but most people have nothing to say about the President of the United States repeatedly threatening to crash a military into an entire country and kill millions.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen ... " -Donald Trump tweet, Aug 2017

An elderly North Korean woman and her grandchild
wander among the debris of their home after being
bombed by the U.S. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

Because apparently, the fact that a country of innocent people (just trying to live their lives like you) are being oppressed by their own government means that it's okay for every last one of them, including school children, bright young men and women, sweet dads, mothers nursing their babies, and nice grandparents, to be burned alive by our government in the oven of U.S. bomb blasts.

North Koreans walk in downtown
Pyongyang on April 18, 2017.
Wong Maye-E/AP

Because apparently no one knows about what the U.S. government did to Korea in the 1950s. No one knows why the Korean War even happened. No one knows that the North sent its army south to stop the brutal U.S.-backed South Korean dictator from mass executing tens of thousands of South Korean Democrats with the help of the U.S. military.

U.S. Supported Korean Dictator, Syngman Rhee
shaking hands with U.S. Rear Admiral Ralph A. Ofstie (1952)

Because no one seems to know that the U.S.-backed South Korean dictator was so intolerable that the South Koreans eventually overthrew him themselves, and that he was flown out of the country to save his life by a CIA jet plane, and died at a ripe old age in Hawaii after murdering all those people.

This U.S. Army photograph, once classified "top secret,''
is one of a series depicting the summary execution of 1,800
South Korean political prisoners by the South Korean
military at Taejon, South Korea, over three days in July 1950.
(AP Photo/National Archives, Major Abbott/U.S. Army)

Or that the U.S. response when the North Korean army came down to save tens of thousands of lives from a mass slaughter, was to carpet bomb entire North Korean cities back into the stone age, dropping more bombs on North Korean civilians than it dropped on the entire Pacific Theater against Japan in WWII, murdering millions of innocent people.

"The Forgotten War"
America forgot all about what the U.S. did in North Korea.
But how could the North Koreans forget?

And no one seems to know that the U.S. has never apologized for this or acknowledged that it was a crime against humanity, even though it was one of the worst war crimes of the 20th century. Or that the U.S. government has continued to endlessly harass, threaten, and provoke the devastated country of North Korea with its military bases right on their border ever since, conducting practice invasions of North Korea every year.

And you think Rosa Parks had a hard time in the 50s.

I am not making any of this up. 3 million civilians murdered.

Here is the full history of everything the U.S. government has done to the people of North Korea including citations of government archival sources regarding all the war crimes the U.S. committed in Korea, and its official policy of constantly stoking tensions with North Korea in the decades since. If you want to know the truth.

And in the meantime can I get a share on one of your social media channels and a freaking #KoreanLivesMatter on this?

Visitors wait to enter the Museum of Natural History
in Pyongyang on Sept. 28, 2016.
Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images

Because speaking as someone whose DNA is spelled the same way as all those millions of souls nestled between China and South Korea, I just don't get the feeling that a lot of people think of them as human beings at all these days. You all think that Rosa Parks had a hard time with the U.S. government in the 1950s, just imagine if the U.S. government had killed 3 million black Americans in the 50s like it did Koreans. All of you who thought it was annoying when people said "All lives matter," because there's a serious disparity in how black lives are valued... how serious does the disparity look for Korean lives to you now?

Liberal social justice warriors on college campuses are so privileged and safe that their big civil rights struggle is against microaggressions, which is basically someone being rude to a minority, but why am I the only one with the conscience to speak up against the most powerful person in the world threatening to unleash fire and fury like the world has never seen on a country that has actually, already, literally seen fire and fury like the world has never seen? From the same government threatening it now?

Who has the sense of perspective and moral righteousness to stand up against the sea of Korean blood that the U.S. government has spilled and threatens to spill again?

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