Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Coburn’s $10-Trillion

May 31st, 2011

Here’s Senator Tom Coburn’s take on the budget reforms that our congress will need to implement if we’re to survive as a prosperous nation.

It’s really sad that politics has thus far made it unlikely that a real solution to the government’s out of control spending will be found. So Senator Coburn’s calm, sensible approach is encouraging.

Obama Regime Propaganda Department Enlarged

May 24th, 2011

Should the President of the U.S. to be spending public funds to campaign for his own re-election? Should the White House support a propaganda department? Well, it does, and today it expanded its staffing. According to and article in the Huffington Post (via FishBowlNY reporting a memo from the WH “This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response”. Heretofore, according to the article, this type of work has been done by the DNC, presumably not at public expense like the current appointment.

How far does it go? Is the next step an effort to censor and silence critical voices through the forceful tools of the U.S. government? See the article immediately before this one.

Tyrants have propaganda departments. Tyrants suppress criticism. Little steps like this show the current president’s disdain for democracy, the American people, and legality. Little steps like this chip away at the liberties we should all cherish and defend. The White House Office of Propaganda is an abomination that should not be tolerated in our democracy. Contact your congressional representative and complain. Somebody in authority might have the courage to put a stop to this misuse of public office by President Obama.

Secret Service’s Chilling Lack of Common Sense

May 18th, 2011

The Secret Service grills a 13 year old kid for an innocuous comment on his Facebook page. He warned that President Obama should be aware of threats in retaliation for Bin Laden’s death. See for yourself whether this is a case of over-reaction by our government. Do we really want to be censored this way? Should we be afraid to even mention the Prez and boom-booms in the same post? Who’s watching, and how? Will I find a Secret Service agent on my doorstep due to careless interpretation of my words? I find this chilling, but it won’t stop me from expressing my own frank opinions.

Low-life Culture in the White House

May 11th, 2011

This is what passes for “culture” in the Obama White House. These are the lyrics of Common, a rapper invited by Michelle Obama to the White House for “poetry night”. Does cop-killing and advocating the killing of a President represent civilized culture to you? It doesn’t to me.

(from the Daily Caller: )

A Letter to the Law
Dem boy wanna talk… [indistinguishable]
Whatcha gon do if ya got one gun?
I sing a song for the hero unsung
with faces on the mural of the revolution
No looking back cos’ in back is what’s done
Tell the preacher, God got more than one son
Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton
I walk like a warrior,
from them I won’t run
On the streets, they try to beat us like a drum
In Cincinnati, another brother hung
A guinea won’t see the sun
with his family stung
They want us to hold justice
but you handed me none
The same they did to Kobe and Michael Jackson
make them the main attraction
Turn around and attack them
Black gem in the rough
You’re rugged enough
Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch
Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun
I got the black strap to make the cops run
They watching me, I’m watching them
Them dick boys got a lock of cock in them
My people on the block got a lot of pok* in them
and when we roll together
we be rocking them to sleep
No time for that, because there’s things to be done
Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come
from project building
Seeing a fiend being hung
With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?
Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button
Killing over oil and grease
no weapons of destruction
How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one
The government’s a g-unit and they might buck young black people
Black people In the urban area one
I hold up a peace sign, but I carry a gun.
Peace, ya’ll.”

Ominous Forebodings

May 10th, 2011

Ireland’s government has announced a novel way of paying for government spending by taxing the assets of private pension funds. This appears to be a direct levy on wealth retained by pension funds.

Similar ideas have popped up from time to time here in the U.S. There are trillions of dollars in private pension funds, IRA’s, Kehoes, 401-K’s, etc. Some have suggested that it would make sense for the government to seize these assets in exchange for bonds issued by the Social Security Administration. The argument is that these bonds would guarantee a fixed return thus removing risk from pension investments. It would also have the “benefit” of providing “social justice” by equalizing returns for all retirees. (see this scenario.)

Well, folks, that’s where the money is. So why shouldn’t the government skim off some or all of it to pay its debts and to support important public investments such as economic stimulus packages, financial industry bail-outs, auto-industry union rescues, high speed rail boondoggles, alternative fuel subsidies and other public benefits?

Don’t say it can’t happen here. It very well might, and sooner than you could ever expect.

Hard Work On the Farm

May 6th, 2011

In case you’ve never seen up close what Mexican workers do on U.S. farms (it was new to me), please take a few minutes to see this video. The narration is in Spanish, but I’ll explain it below.

The task involves three people. The first worker cuts the lettuce. The second worker trims the lettuce head so it will fit properly in the box. The third worker cleans off the cut end of the lettuce head, which has accumulated some white sap after cutting. Then the fourth worker assembles boxes, packs each box with a fixed quantity of lettuce heads and then seals the box.

I was most impressed by how fast these guys work. It has to be a really back-breaking task! Can you imagine doing this kind of labor for two to three months at a stretch?

Bin Laden Death Photo “Sensitivities”

May 3rd, 2011

To those in and out of government who worry about Muslim sensitivities if shown the photos of Bin Laden’s dead body I offer this. Those Muslims didn’t seem very sensitive to the videos of Daniel Pearl and others having their heads sawed off by fellow Muslims with rusty knives. So who should care about Muslim sensitivities? Not us.

Bin Laden and The American Way

May 2nd, 2011

It’s telling to me that, reportedly, one of the residents of Bin Laden’s lair hid behind a woman as a shield.

Osama is dead. Hooray for that! It’s about time. And it is gratifying to know that this was an all-American military operation.

So what’s next? In my opinion it’s time to leave Karzai and the Taliban to fight it out. No more American blood and treasure should be expended. We originally went into Afghanistan to get Bid Laden. He’s been gotten, so our task is accomplished. Now we need to go home.

As for that stinking pile of crap, Pakistan, we should wash our hands of them too.

Is the anti-Islamic terrorist war over? Not likely. To the Islamists it is a holy religious war. But this doesn’t mean we should resist them on their own terms. We fight by massive retaliation, no more of this limited war, asymmetric struggle nonsense. The next time someone attacks us they get obliterated. That’s the American way!