Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m tempted to blog about the horrors in Mumbai, but I think, other than sending my heartfelt prayers to the victims and their families, I’ll concentrate on what this day means in America:

We live in a land of unprecedented wealth and freedom, and I am blessed to share in it.  I am deeply thankly for all that comes my way, even when my candidate doesn’t win the Presidential election.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

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  • Mike Devx

    A comment on perhaps the earliest Thanksgiving, by Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony, 1623.

    In his own words, below. I offer this as Thanksgiving that to this point we know well the lessons of vicious socialism – from each according to his ability, to each according to his need – and in hope that we are wise enough to step off this destructive and unholy path that we are treading down again today.

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    PART ONE: Plymouth Under Socialism, Before Thanksgiving

    The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; and that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For the young men, that were most able and fit for labor and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labors and victuals, clothes etc., with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it. Upon the point all being to have alike, and all to do alike, they thought themselves in the like condition, and one as good as another; and so, if it did not cut off those relations that God hath set amongst men, yet it did at least much diminish and take off the mutual respects that should be preserved amongst them. And would have been worse if they had been men of another condition. Let none object this is men’s corruption, and nothing to the course itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them.

    PART TWO: The Plymouth Colony Abandons The Evil Of Socialism
    All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advice of the chiefest amongst them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves; in all other thing to go on in the general way as before. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

    PART THREE: Postscript
    With proper incentives in place, the Pilgrims produced and enjoyed a bountiful harvest in the fall of 1623 and set aside “a day of thanksgiving” to thank God for their good fortune. “Any generall wante or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day,” Bradford writes in an entry from 1647, the last year covered by his history.

  • Mike Devx

    A note from Mumbai:
    Officials in India, Europe and the United States said likely culprits included Islamist networks based in Pakistan that have received support in the past from Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.

    Analysts said this week’s attacks surpassed previous plots carried out by domestic groups in terms of complexity, the number of people involved and their success in achieving their primary goal: namely, to spread fear.

    Spread fear? Not in this home. What spreads here in my home is a rebirth of a grim resolve to see all these terrorists and those who support them dead. Dead. Dead. Dead. And Joyfully So. More than one hundred victims murdered, most shot, more than three hundred injured, by these vicious jihadist monsters – many of whom, apparently, originated from… England.

    Medea Benjamin and Michael Moore may mouth their whining little words about how the terrorists are just like our American freedom fighters, just under a different name. Let me be the first to slap those two across the face, should I get the chance.

  • Charles Martel

    Mike:

    I love Norman Schwarzkopf’s answer when he was asked about forgiving Islamo terrorists for their acts: “I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting.”

    On another note, crack Indian commandos, the Black Cats, as soon as they were called upon to come in and replace the inexperienced Mumbai police, were quickly able to begin dispatching Islamo militants to their Whorehouse in the Sky.

  • Ymarsakar

    The interesting thing about social engineering is that most of it has been done by evil wet work agents or gullible idealists.

    Social engineering, done right, can both preserve the traditions of a native culture as well as bring them into a more advanced civilization in terms of society changing technology.

    Most societies work through societal upheavals created by technological progress on their own when they invent the tech. Other societies are introduced to such new technologies by others and they are unable to handle it because their society had not gotten to the point where they could naturally produce their own technology, and thus their society didn’t have the inbuilt tolerances.

    Societal engineering can dull the societal upheavals, such as the introduction of birth controls, by adopting your own society’s methods of dealing with such things and helping the natives adopt their own version of the solution.

    This works for such things as gun powder, electricity, water power, and many other things. The thing is, the higher or parent civilization has to have solved such problems in the past before it can offer any possibility of a solution.

    Leftists and socialists and Democrats believe they can help solve the problems of those poorer or darker than them, but they have never solved such problems to begin with.

  • Ymarsakar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxNOqhvNG0k&feature=related

    Check this funny clip out. Courtesy of Sly from Villainous Company.

  • Charles Martel

    Ymarsakar:

    Thanks for the link. Cracked me up!

  • Mike

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. I had a small problem with Firefox and did a complete re-install.Everything went south and I lost all my favorites and sites and log-in passwords. Not a lot of fun but am getting it done. A nice rest of the weekend to all.

  • Ymarsakar

    The new versions of Firefox seems to be unstable. Cass at VC also has had similar problems.

    I use an older and more stable version of Mozilla, which is Firefox plus email and various other things.

    The rule of thumb in software upgrades is to upgrade virus checkers 100%, Service Packs for OS 80%, and everything else only if you really need it. If not, stay with the previous older version. The older and more stable the better. Only if certain programs require X version, like IE explorer 6 rather than 5, should an upgrade be taken. Or if you really want the multi tab features of some new browser like IE.

    I’ve found that this saves a lot of headaches in terms of software updates. Even the security updates for certain Operating Systems may unintentionally create bugs in your installation if you have it to install automatically.

  • Mike

    Now you tell me Ymarskar. Actually I was on a roll yesterday and got back a good portion of the favorites and even passwords for FF.This morning I’m still a little foggy but I think I can handle getting the rest back. Maybe not all as some of the things I didn’t use a lot and as my memory clears and gets into GO mode maybe even more will pop into my head.

    Interesting about the upgrades for the OS’s. Could be as FF just upgraded to 3.04 not long ago. I thought it might be some config that was changed and that might be the culprit. I also run IE 7 and the Apple browser Safari. Luckily a lot of things are in Safari at any rate so I should be able to get this done. I don’t use IE 7 at all and then only to apply the upgrades to the OS.

    One good thing a lot of sites and blogs are usually located in links such as this blog.

  • Ymarsakar

    Mozilla saves my bookmarks in an html file in my profiles page. So long as I copy the right files, I can get my passwords, email, and bookmarks back. I don’t know how Firefox does it.

    These email companies really make backing up internal files harder than it should be. They don’t need a “file setting transfer”, they just need to actually label the files in an understandable language and then I’ll save and move it myself.

    But nooo, people have to be led by the hand or something cause they aren’t expected to do things for themselves. This is as true in our technologically advanced society as it is for our inability to hunt, kill, skin, and trap our own food now a days.

    We are neither masters of the high tech arts nor are we the masters of the low tech arts. That is an understandably great void of a vulnerability that can be exploited by con artists, charlatans, and goons.

  • Ymarsakar

    You can tell the difference these days between the curious people that want to learn new stuff and do it themselves, solve problems themselves, and other people who want others to do it for them.

    And oftentimes, sadly, these people also buy into the “Progressive” line. There are many in the Republican party, for example, that cannot stand self-sufficient and curious people. Sarah Palin’s saboteurs in the campaign, for example, both Democrat and GOP.

    Human beings are a resource and like all resources, need management. Some are good managers, some are bad managers, some don’t like to be managed, some need managing, while others will go out and slaughter everybody if not purged from the system.

    The human society is an excellent example of the macroscopic scale version of the various interactions we see everyday in life, whether it be physics, computers, logic, or any number of other closed systems operating with their own consistent internal rules.

    It is the belief of the Left and their Democrat allies that they, the sole elite amongst humanity, are exempt from the internal rules, which determine human dynamics from the one to the many, that becomes their greatest crime.

  • Ymarsakar

    The interesting dichotomy and paradox at work here is that civilization, highly evolved civilizations in terms of technology, cannot function without compromise and trading. This means that no one is ever self-sufficient or an island. Everybody is connected to everybody, but even still, there is the choice of being responsible for yourself or allowing other people or organizations (like software updaters) to care for you or your property in a safe and efficient manner.

    Some people like putting the power in other people’s hands because it is too bothersome to use freedom to maximize efficiency. Others either prefer to do it themselves or they simply abhor allowing others to potentially damage their goals by transferring authority and power to some third party.

    Firefox is only one example, although the immediate one at hand. It is not that they are the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, as the Left often likes to call their political opponents. You do not need to be part of a conspiracy to create negative consequences for others. This applies to all human beings, and the Left’s need for conspiracy theories and to knock down the conspiracy theories of us while reinforcing their own conspiracy theories, is pretty crackpot in nature. Even with the best of intentions or even with the best track record around, bad things can happen whether you intended it or not. The same is true of Firefox and its developers.

    The only choice you have and the duty you have to yourself is to decide how you will handle this reality. Do you trust in the One (Obama or Firefox) to get things right and if they don’t, you go complaining to them and wait on them to fix things for you? This is unlikely for Firefox because they are far away, without the needed resources, and you know they just don’t have the resources or manpower to fix your problems personally. The government, however, is seen in a light different these days. Of course, the other choice is to do it yourself. This becomes a delicate balancing measure.

    If a person has to do everything himself, then he won’t have time to do anything, not even eat or sleep. The modern day dish washer and clothes dryer were “convenience” appliances for women at home because this “convenience” literally saved women many many years of their total lifespan from drugery. That’s a “convenience”, but in reality, it is a lifesaver. It allows people to do what they want to do in life, fulfilling their own goals, rather than having to do it themselves by themselves for themselves. However, the ultimate end result of selfishness and ultimate time saving convenience is laziness and decadence. Two very bad things all in all. The benefits, however, are clear. If I am very good at one thing and I trade you my products for something you are very good at doing, I have just saved both of us time and effort. You could create 500 pieces of chairs while I can create 500 pieces of glass cups. This is far better than me using the same time to make 100 pieces of chairs and you using the time you would have spent on 500 pieces of chairs to create 100 pieces of glass cups. We have just saved ourselves 4/5ths of the time we would have spent on this production. This, literally, has extended our total usable lifespan by 80%. This is what “creation of wealth” means. For time is the only resource that we cannot simply fabricate out of thin air from raw materials. Time, instead, is the basis for all other processes, products, and services.

    The Left wants to go gaga over making everybody serve everybody, which in the end, simply means “serving the Overlord” at the top.

    You can’t have everybody serving everybody, for then everyone would have used up all their time for everyone else and nothing would be gained. The point of trade and service to another is to create an exchange from which you gain more time and goods than you yourself would have to put time into producing. “Serving the Government via patriotism” by paying higher taxes is beneficial to someone how? It benefits the politicians and the special interests that get to make slaves out of workers and provide nothing in exchange, yes, but it does not benefit the people being taxed. How does a couple of billion in taxes going to Al Gore’s Green Investment portfolio bank account, Fannie May, Franks, and Obama’s wife going to benefit me? I am spending my time producing so they can get rich and powerful so that they can make me pay more, yes?

    Slavery does not work for human societies because human societies based upon the optimal efficiency in the exchange of goods will invade, obliterate, or assimilate such inefficiently run slave societies. If slavery was so efficient, the South would have had a better armaments capability than the North. But the South didn’t. Many many resources were spent on disarming slaves and what not. Inefficiency told and defeat is the result. War, thus, becomes the guide upon which societies and civilizations are judged for their meritocracy and ethics.

    Slave societies do work, for a time, if a central authority mandates that slavery is used in all the territories under a certain aegis. Thus the South could not tolerate the North being free, the Islamics cannot tolerate us treating women as equals, and the Democrats being intolerable towards the military, other competitors, and people like us.

    Big government is the solution, even if temporary, for upholding the noble traditions of slave economies. Such a government can maintain hellish conditions, ala North Korea, for some time before falling. The suffering of the worker and the producer and the trader is the oil upon which the machinery of the cog factory runs.

    Such knowledge does not lend me to be very sympathetic to the Democrats, the Left, or Obama. It’s why America needs re-education camps, hate speech laws, and so forth. People like me cannot exist in such a society without either obliterating that society or that society obliterating and consuming us. In America, the Civil War showed that liberty won, if only temporarily, until people like Helen, Obama, Jesse Jackson et all start it up once more.

    Then again, liberty was never perpetual or guaranteed. If time cannot be created by humanity, only exchanged as a byproduct of efficiency, then certainly liberty is the end result of much trading in blood and guts. That is the fate of humanity, and both our pride and sorrow.