Monthly Archives: June 2007

History Lesson…

Just for the edification of the masses, here are the 25 planks of the National Socialist German Workers Party.  I’m not gonna throw out my comments, just note that there are some disturbing similarities with the politics running around these days.

The 25 point Programme of the NSDAP

The Programme of the German Workers’ Party is designed to be of limited duration. The leaders have no intention, once the aims announced in it have been achieved, of establishing fresh ones, merely in order to increase, artificially, the discontent of the masses and so ensure the continued existence of the Party.

1. We demand the union of all Germany in a Greater Germany on the basis of the right of national self-determination.

2. We demand equality of rights for the German people in its dealings with other nations, and the revocation of the peace treaties of Versailles and Saint-Germain.

3. We demand land and territory (colonies) to feed our people and to settle our surplus population.

4. Only members of the nation may be citizens of the State. Only those of German blood, whatever be their creed, may be members of the nation. Accordingly, no Jew may be a member of the nation.

5. Non-citizens may live in Germany only as guests and must be subject to laws for aliens.

6. The right to vote on the State’s government and legislation shall be enjoyed by the citizens of the State alone. We demand therefore that all official appointments, of whatever kind, whether in the Reich, in the states or in the smaller localities, shall be held by none but citizens.

We oppose the corrupting parliamentary custom of filling posts merely in accordance with party considerations, and without reference to character or abilities.

7. We demand that the State shall make it its primary duty to provide a livelihood for its citizens. If it should prove impossible to feed the entire population, foreign nationals (non-citizens) must be deported from the Reich.

8. All non-German immigration must be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans who entered Germany after 2 August 1914 shall be required to leave the Reich forthwith.

9. All citizens shall have equal rights and duties.

10. It must be the first duty of every citizen to perform physical or mental work. The activities of the individual must not clash with the general interest, but must proceed within the framework of the community and be for the general good.

We demand therefore:

11. The abolition of incomes unearned by work.

The breaking of the slavery of interest

12. In view of the enormous sacrifices of life and property demanded of a nation by any war, personal enrichment from war must be regarded as a crime against the nation. We demand therefore the ruthless confiscation of all war profits.
13. We demand the nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations (trusts).

14. We demand profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises.

15. We demand the extensive development of insurance for old age.

16. We demand the creation and maintenance of a healthy middle class, the immediate communalizing of big department stores, and their lease at a cheap rate to small traders, and that the utmost consideration shall be shown to all small traders in the placing of State and municiple orders.

17. We demand a land reform suitable to our national requirements, the passing of a law for the expropriation of land for communal purposes without compensation; the abolition of ground rent, and the prohibition of all speculation in land. *

18. We demand the ruthless prosecution of those whose activities are injurious to the common interest. Common criminals, usurers, profiteers, etc., must be punished with death, whatever their creed or race.

19. We demand that Roman Law, which serves a materialistic world order, be replaced by a German common law.

20. The State must consider a thorough reconstruction of our national system of education (with the aim of opening up to every able and hard-working German the possibility of higher education and of thus obtaining advancement). The curricula of all educational establishments must be brought into line with the requirements of practical life. The aim of the school must be to give the pupil, beginning with the first sign of intelligence, a grasp of the nation of the State (through the study of civic affairs). We demand the education of gifted children of poor parents, whatever their class or occupation, at the expense of the State.

21. The State must ensure that the nation’s health standards are raised by protecting mothers and infants, by prohibiting child labor, by promoting physical strength through legislation providing for compulsory gymnastics and sports, and by the extensive support of clubs engaged in the physical training of youth.

22. We demand the abolition of the mercenary army and the foundation of a people’s army.

23. We demand legal warfare on deliberate political mendacity and its dissemination in the press. To facilitate the creation of a German national press we demand:

(a) that all editors of, and contributors to newspapers appearing in the German language must be members of the nation;
(b) that no non-German newspapers may appear without the express permission of the State. They must not be printed in the German language;
(c) that non-Germans shall be prohibited by law from participating financially in or influencing German newspapers, and that the penalty for contravening such a law shall be the suppression of any such newspaper, and the immediate deportation of the non-Germans involved.
The publishing of papers which are not conducive to the national welfare must be forbidden. We demand the legal prosecution of all those tendencies in art and literature which corrupt our national life, and the suppression of cultural events which violate this demand.

24. We demand freedom for all religious denominations in the State, provided they do not threaten its existence not offend the moral feelings of the German race.

The Party, as such, stands for positive Christianity, but does not commit itself to any particular denomination. It combats the Jewish-materialistic spirit within and without us, and is convinced that our nation can achieve permanent health only from within on the basis of the principle: The common interest before self-interest.

25. To put the whole of this programme into effect, we demand the creation of a strong central state power for the Reich; the unconditional authority of the political central Parliament over the entire Reich and its organizations; and the formation of Corporations based on estate and occupation for the purpose of carrying out the general legislation passed by the Reich in the various German states.

The leaders of the Party promise to work ruthlessly — if need be to sacrifice their very lives — to translate this programme into action.

I’m not sure rolling my eyes is enough…

Senator Barack Obama has opened mouth and inserted foot…

“At every opportunity, they’ve told evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design,” according to an advance copy of his speech.

You know, if you don’t believe the Bible is true and the inspired Word of God, that’s fine. It’s your personal decision. But quit trying to pawn it off as Christianity.  Call yourself a Gnostic, A Freethinker, a Pantheist, a Universalist, or whatever other name you think is good for your religion, but Christianity is something that is predefined, and YOU DON’T GET TO CHANGE IT BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE IT.

Another thing that is inherently nonsense:  the concept of Social Justice.  The Bible, and especially the New Testament, very expressly speaks out against the idea of “Social Justice”.  What part of give to the poor is so hard to understand?  That’s a command to an individual for the use of their own resources.  There is no command in the Bible to take from the wealthy by force of arms and give to the poor.  It in fact, says precisely the opposite:  not to be covetous or envious of the rich.  If the rich are followers of Christ, then they’re commanded to give.  If they’re not, this life is the best that they get.  That’s what it says.  You don’t have to like it, but you don’t get to change it.

From the Comments: Immigration

From the comments on the post on immigration:

Spending billions on an inevitably permeable fence between the US and Mexico will do nothing to keep out those who want to come. To provide a pair of examples, there are countless illegal immigrants in the US who come from countries that don’t even have land borders with our country, yet they still managed to arrive somehow. Between Europe and the lands of most of its immigrants there are entire oceans, seas and deserts, yet the immigrants still find a way to get there and stay. These examples alone demonstrate how useless a costly fence would be, not to mention any collateral damage nobody has thought of or predicted yet (environmental harm, even further destruction of our country’s image abroad, etc.)

Like the EU has done with its poorer neighbors across land borders, the US should help Mexico improve its economy and political situation (those billions wasted on the fence could be used for example) and make Mexico a nicer place to stay, live and work for its own people (and more pleasant and safe for us to go visit and retire to). It’s really not that hard a task since Mexico is only somewhat ‘poor’ to begin with (it is one of the wealthiest ‘poor’ nations in the world, with an extremely sophisticated economy and billions in revenue from tourism, oil, agriculture, industry and services). If we gave a few billion per year to Mexico but required some results (better infrastructure, less corruption, significant economic and legal reform, a better business environment, etc. etc.), Mexico would slowly start to shine, and we would have a much friendlier neighbor that would be both grateful and indebted to us, since we would be giving them assistance through a positive message instead of forcing them to take from us in the form of illegal work. Once Mexico’s economy is going well, it will become the magnet for Latin American immigration instead of the US (due to its proximity and the language).

The fence-lovers’ viewpoint is pretty simplistic and based on the old-fashioned “us-or-them” thinking that only one of us can win. We can both win on this one, and I think claiming otherwise is just a cheap way for certain Republican politicians without a real, productive agenda to attract emotional votes from disgruntled, uncreative or downright racist members of their electorate who really couldn’t care less about Mexicans, even though they are our neighbors and have always been hugely important to us historically and economically. The US is too full of negative energy right now anyway. We need to stop being a country that puts up walls and helps other countries put up walls, and go back to being a country that helps people take them down or climb over them when they are unfair.

While I think this viewpoint is legitimate, I disagree.

  • Nobody is saying that a fence is going to stop ALL illegal immigration to the US.  What the hope is that it will get it under control.  The current estimate of 12-20 million people – just from Mexico – is beyond out of hand.
  • The United States has tried to help Mexico, NAFTA was billed as the great and wonderful fix for Mexico.  Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out like that.

There is no question that I would VASTLY prefer to be able to help the Mexicans pull themselves up in the world than building a fence and trying to register or deport 20 million people.  But in order for this kind of thing to happen, you have to have cooperation from Mexico.

The only thing standing between the Mexicans and being filthy stinking rich and living in a first world country is:  Mexicans.  Socialism and government corruption is the only thing holding them back.  This current system of illegals coming to the US and sending money back to Mexico isn’t helping them in the long run, it’s merely enabling the deficient policies of the Mexican government.

The Bottom Line:  If the Mexicans can’t or won’t change their own government to allow for greater prosperity, there’s absolutely nothing that the United States can do to help them.  And at the same time, we can’t let them wreck our economy because their government can’t get its act together.  This is the same reason that invading Iraq to bring “Democracy” to the Iraqi People is idiocy.  The only logical reason to invade Iraq was to take out a bloodthirsty madman who had unaccounted for chemical and biological weapons, was actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and had known ties with various terrorist organizations.  You can’t invade and set up a democracy.

In fact, this whole notion of democracy is insanity.  The United States is not a democracy.  It’s a Democratic Republic (or at least it’s supposed to be).

Fedora Core 7 Radeon X1300 series…

Here is my contribution to the open source community….

I have an ATI Radeon X1300 series graphics card in my computer – replacing the built in card. I installed Fedora Core 7 (I had to use the text installer because the X Server wouldn’t start on the ATI Card)

It appears that Fedora was confused by the built in Intel card being disabled on the motherboard. Once I had Fedora installed, X wouldn’t start at all, and so I had to come up with a way to get the GUI back up and going (trying to research solutions in a text browser isn’t much fun… I cheated and used my laptop)

Here is my solution, I hope it helps some poor soul with the same problem I had…

From the terminal window navigate to the X folder

cd /etc/X11

once there, use a text based text editor to edit the configuration file

vi xorg.conf

Under: Section “Device”

change your driver to “vesa” (the default on mine was i810, referencing my Intel card on the motherboard)

exit Vi (:x enter)

If you have a card on your motherboard disabled, you may also need to point X at that card. To do this, you add the line

BusID “PCI:2:0:0”

In the “Device” section, where the 2:0:0 happens to be the PCI slot that MY graphics card is in (AGP slots count as PCI slots, if you were wondering). You can find this out using the lspci command, which will list all the PCI devices on your computer like the ls command lists files in a directory.

Back at the terminal prompt give the command

startx

And X should come to life.

Congratulations, you have your bare bones functional GUI back, and from here, you can surf the web for better answers (such as how to make the changes in the xconfig file to support multiple monitors at their proper resolutions, which isn’t that hard if you don’t mind actually having to think), or, if you’re not an open source purist, you can download the proprietary ATI drivers.

Immigration Thoughts….

From the comments…

matt Says:
June 14th, 2007 at 11:58 am

Bytheway, where’s your take on Immigration Reform?

I knew it was going to be a fiasco when Bush first uttered the words Ted Kennedy in his trip to Mexico.

We don’t need a one thousand page law written by the most liberal senator in the land to reform immigration, we need to start enforcing the laws we already have, and when we’ve got those laws enforced, we can talk about some reforms.

Our “official” immigration policy is one that nobody really wants.  It really needs to be scrapped and totally rewritten.  At the same time, we don’t need 20 Million illegal Mexican laborers coming into this country and creating an underclass.  To say that they’re doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do is to completely misunderstand basic economics.  They’re doing jobs that people aren’t willing to pay Americans to do.  American wage rates are higher than illegals because of various sundry things:

  • The Minimum Wage
  • OSHA
  • Workers Comp
  • Medicare
  • Social Security
  • Income Taxes (both the employers half of the taxes, and the burden of  record keeping and recording them)

I very deeply suspect that when you get down to it, Mexicans do not work for any cheaper than Americans work, but by virtue of their illegal status, they get to keep more of their take home pay (and by virtue of their illegal status, employers avoid the legal entanglements and subsequent costs of hiring an American).  I would also like to note here – before anybody says it, that some Mexicans are working here social security numbers that are not theirs, and thus are paying taxes and social security they’ll never see or get credit for.  We have a word for that – IDENTITY THEFT.  It’s a major problem these days.  I wonder if it might be being exacerbated by the staggering number of illegal immigrants that we have in this country…

So, here’s my plan to handle the illegal immigration problem.

1.  Secure the Border

There is no argument that you can make that will convince me that a jihadi with a nuclear bomb couldn’t just waltz across our border right now.  We fight in Afghanistan and Iraq for the presumed reason that we won’t have to fight here – yet we leave the door wide open for them.   A great offense is worthless without any kind of defense.

For over 20 years, the United States has had a “War on Drugs“.  And all this time, money, and effort, and drug dealers still bring crack by the truckload across our borders.   Not only will securing the border solve problems with Illegal Aliens and creating a social underclass, it should be an important line of defense against would be terrorists, AND, if we actually enforce the border, the number of illegal drugs available in the US should drop like a stone.  Think of all the medical savings we’ll get from that.  Nevermind lower insurance rates because fewer drugs means fewer addicts to rob you to get money for their next fix.

2.  Get Tough With Mexico

We’ve all heard the stories about how the Mexican government gives out guides and survival kits for coming to America.  Why wouldn’t they?  Mexico is raking in billions of American dollars by virtue of sending their unemployed to America.  It must be made clear to the Mexican government that they WILL respect US laws or we will in turn militarize the border.  Period.  End of Discussion.

3.  Barriers.

Quite frankly, I don’t WANT to build a fence.   It’s costly, and I’d rather maintain good terms with our neighbors.  But the Mexican government is giving us absolutely no choice in the matter.  The borders must be enforced, and a fence seems to be the only way we’re going to be able to secure our border.  I would prefer the option to be able leave the country should certain liberal democratic candidates for the Presidency win and return to their ATF terrorizing ways.  Mexico doesn’t want a border fence.  You’d think that we’d be able to work something out with them where they actually police their own citizens (I know – what a concept…).

What really ticks me off is Congress authorizing a border fence, and then declining to fund it.  The days of them being able to fool the citizenry with those kinds of gimmicks died a long time ago.

And now – what to do with the illegals already here…

I don’t think that anybody wants to engage in mass deportations, so we’ve got to come to some sort of accommodation.

Under my plan, immigrants already here will be required to register with the government and give an account of their activities since being here, and pay their back taxes.  Since poor records have been kept, and I don’t want to create a bureaucracy, the taxes will be based on what the average salary of an illegal alien would be, and the average state and local taxes that they would otherwise owe.  Failure to pay means deportion.

Once we know where they are, they can either apply for residency or for work permits.  Work permits will expire in 2 years and they’ll have to go home after that.  If they apply for residency, they will have to show that they have committed no crimes on US soil other than the obvious illegal entry.  And should they show that, then they will be granted residency.  Due to their illegal entry, they will never be citizens, never be allowed to vote, never  allowed own weapons, be REQUIRED to learn English, and will have to live under the threat of having their residency status revoked if they violate State or Federal Law (i.e.  you drive without a license, or no insurance, or flaunt our drunk driving laws, you’re gone).

It’ll be a harsh deal for them, but their children will be allowed to be citizens, and if they just wanted a better life, this will give it to them, while satisfying the demands of justice that they not be allowed to flaunt our laws.

Related:

Matt’s thoughts on immigration

The End is Nigh

I was reading this post from Left Off Colfax and it got me to thinking…

Not only are we not at war, the administration and the congress have never treated this conflict as a war.  Nor has the war on drugs been taken seriously except  as slight of hand to solidify government power and take away peoples rights.

If the war on terror or the war on drugs were to be taken seriously, then the border with Mexico would be secure.  There is no way that you are going to convince me that a suitcase nuke carrying jihadi couldn’t get across our southern border when crack comes across by the truckload.

Of course, I feel a great swell of pity for anybody who was surprised by the state of the current immigration bill.  Anybody who couldn’t see that coming needs glasses.  

But, I shall take this as an opportunity to reiterate some things.

George W. Bush broke Ronald Regan’s 11th commandment when he accused a good number of conservatives of trying to scare the American people, and further stating that they didn’t want to do what’s right for America.  For the whole of George Bush’s presidency, I have given him the benefit of the doubt even when I didn’t agree with him.  He seems to not feel the same way regarding myself and those like me.  That is fine.  I’ve been pretty much disgusted by mister “can’t remember how to veto” for a long while now.  George Bush has betrayed all conservatives.  It’s time to stop worrying about him and focus on how badly this idiotic move is going to hurt the country.

As I have said post the 06 beating the Republicans took, they lost because they upset their base.  Not because they supported the continuing conflict against violent extremists.  It is now official.  No conservative anywhere has any reason to step up and defend the Republican party.  It’s a lost cause.  The leadership clearly, and obviously, believes NOTHING of what it professed to believe.  It’s time for conservatives to move on, and work for change.  When Fred Thompson is the most popular candidate, without even running, it’s time to move on.

The Republican party is doomed, and it has nothing to do with Iraq.  It has to do with the parties leaders thinking that they are somehow better and more enlightened than the people who elected them.  And for that, they deserve what they get.

The real problem is, is that Colfax is right, and the Democratic leadership is just as rotten.  I hold out very little hope for the choices that will be presented in 2008.  The best choice is probably:  None of the Above.