Friday, August 9, 2019

McAfee Offers Latest Advice For Coming Civil War: "Arm Yourselves To The Fu*king Teeth"

The always rogue and occasionally imprisoned John McAfee has been dispensing free advice to all who will listen; from his "Mixology 101" series on bartending, to his Central America travel guide, to offering advice for young men, (which includes "stay out of jail as much as possible") - the 73-year-old gun-toting cybersecurity pioneer who parties harder than most 23-year-olds has some advice for surviving the upcoming civil war.

"Arm yourself to the fucking teeth"
Pointing to a political map of the United States ("This is the layout, assuming we're having war"), McAfee suggests that blue states "arm yourselves to the fucking teeth" with 'vastly superior Israeli weaponry.'

To the blue states of Colorado and New Mexico; "I'm sorry, you're surrounded. See if Mexico won't annex you."
To the central-north states, "you're too damn cold, noone wants you," and the Northeast should "just tell them you're part of Canada and they won't know the fucking difference."
To Florida, McAfee suggests "change the state language to Spanish, and when the invaders look for "el baƱo" (the bathroom) - can't find one, they'll go home."
Hateful words on both sides of the gun issue. Is civil war coming? If so, here's my advice to both sides:

How should red states prepare? 
To the 'conservatives, the gun owners,' - "you should anticipate that the West Coast is going to arm itself to the fucking teeth with the latest Israeli weapons. I suggest you preempt this by selling them your daisy bb-rifles and tell them they're AR-15's, they won't know the fucking difference."
"Colorado and New Mexico; worthless land - ignore it. See if you can sell it to Mexico," advises McAfee.
"The central north - too damn cold, you don't want that. And the Northeast, it's part of Canada - ignore it."
Finally, "Florida - if you cannot sell it to Cuba, then blow the bridges and stock Piranha in all the swamps, that will keep them busy till the war is over."
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Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you were able to enjoy the week. I guess the weekend is suppose to be nice weather too. Here are your questions.

1) When you mail a bill with a check in it did it ever get lost in the mail?

2) Did it ever make it to the place?

3) Did you have to go to the bank and stop the check?

4) Did you have to pay to stop the check and how much was it?

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Drug Paraphernalia Laws: the Overlooked Side of the War on Drugs


One of the oft-forgotten caveats of the so-called “War on Drugs” is that drug paraphernalia laws can be used to convict someone who wasn’t found selling or even in possession of drugs. Owning or selling bongs, for instance, can be sufficient to bring charges against someone, although paraphernalia charges typically accompany other, more serious ones. While simple possession of drug paraphernalia is not a federal crime, unlike selling it, some states have chosen to forbid such items.

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Bring on the weekend.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The problem with US nationalism

As Alan Mendenhall notes, it simply doesn't exist, because it has never existed:
What is this national conservatism all about?
The succinct answer is the marriage of nationalism to conservatism. The conference organizers defined nationalism as “a commitment to a world of independent nations.” They presented national conservatism as “an intellectually serious alternative to the excesses of purist libertarianism, and in stark opposition to theories grounded in race.” Their stated aim was “to solidify and energize national conservatives, offering them a much-needed institutional base, substantial ideas in the areas of public policy, political theory, and economics, and an extensive support network across the country.”

Sounds interesting. However, neither national conservatism nor nationalism — whatever the distinctions between them — can take hold in the United States.

The Difference Between a Country and a Nation

Why? Because the United States is not, and has never been, a nation. The founding generation referred to the United States as a plural noun (i.e., “these United States”) because several sovereigns fell under that designation. St. George Tucker called the United States a “federal compact” consisting of “several sovereign and independent states.” If his view seems unrecognizable today, it is because nationalism within the United States is dying or dead—and the United States killed it.

The United States of America in the singular is a country, not a nation. It contains nations within it, but does not itself constitute a nation. Nations involve solidarity among people who share a common culture, language, customs, mores, ethnicity, and history. A country, by contrast, involves political arrangements and governmental territories and boundaries.

From its inception, the United States has been characterized by faction and sectionalism, cultural clashes, and competing narratives — between Indian tribes in what is now Florida and California, Wyoming and Maine, Georgia and Michigan; between the British and French and Spanish and Dutch; between Protestants and Catholics and English Dissenters and nonconformists and splintering denominations; between the Calvinism of Cotton Mather and the Enlightenment rationalism that influenced Franklin and Jefferson. The United States has experienced, as well, numerous separatist movements, including, most notably, the secession of the states that made up the Confederate States of America.

The United States is not a nation.
The United States is not a nation, it is an empire. But the formerly dominant American nation that it contains is, despite its self-disbelief, nevertheless still a nation. And its national self-interest is naturally opposed to the self-styled "nationalist conservatives" who are neither nationalists nor conservatives, but rather, neoclown imperialists in nationalist clothing.
Mendenhall observes: "The national conservatism they envision for the United States can lead only to the suppression of actual nationalism." And that, of course, is precisely the point.


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