An Ancient Perk

For all the  brutality and struggles of life in antiquity with all its uncertainties, plagues, famines, pestilences, disease, disasters, invasions, and brutal day-to-day living…

I have to believe that one often had the immediate and unmitigated joy of killing the bad guy with one’s bare hands—

Infrequently freed from having to wait for some pathologically disinterested police officer to show up; some crooked judge to place some insultingly meager value on whatever it was of yours that was raped, stolen, kidnapped or burned alive; or endure some impoverishing labyrinth of legalities, lawyers and court circuses.

The World You Deserve

With the social pandemic of inept administrators, bungling bureaucrats, disloyal politicians, race-baiters, communication companies like Verizon and AT&T, lazy socialists, comedians posing as philosophers, violent radicals, unconscionable hackers, unlawful bankers, unethical investors, generational welfare slaves, morally bankrupt artists and musicians, Hollywood hedonists, pedophiles, false priests, child-stealers, lawyers and the litigious opportunists they create, communist sympathizers, anarchists, drug dealers, for-profit judges, our for-sale legal system, the demented rich, the demented poor, predator capitalists, warmongers, players, cold promise-breaking men, vain gold-digging women, misinformed atheists, traitorous officers and every other species of low-grade apostate…

Many of you are the worthy heirs of the global meltdown.

You have the world you deserve.

And When the Sky Was Opened

I am not alone is overlauding the original Twilight Zone from 1959 as possibly the best television series—ever.

The original Twilight Zone represents an anomaly in television, and really has no equal in television, or film for that matter.

Often imitated, never duplicated, the original Twilight Zone is story telling at its best.

That said, it is no easy task to nominate one of those old black and white episodes as “the best.”  Virtually impossible given the staggering list of original brilliance on display in this series.

But…

There is one episode that really sticks out with me, possibly because it was one of the first I ever saw.

The episode is called And When The Sky Was Opened and follows the bizarre events following the return of an experimental space craft from space after it had disappeared from radar for 24 hours.

Rod Taylor delivers a great performance, as does James Hutton (father of actor Timothy Hutton) as they encounter the existential horror of show.

This episode is true horror.

Opening Narration

Narrator: Her name: X-20. Her type: an experimental interceptor. Recent history: a crash landing in the Mojave Desert after a thirty-one hour flight nine hundred miles into space. Incidental data: the ship, with the men who flew her, disappeared from the radar screen for twenty-four hours. But the shrouds that cover mysteries are not always made out of a tarpaulin, as this man will soon find out on the other side of a hospital door.


Col. Clegg Forbes:
Oh, I know he’s not an illusion. I know. He’s been yanked out of here. He’s been taken away. He told me maybe… he told me maybe… maybe somebody or something made a mistake. Let us get through when we shouldn’t have gotten through. They’ve got to come back to get us. Somebody up there. Aw, Bill… this is weird, just plain weird. Like I just don’t belong. Just like I… I don’t belong. Aw no. Aw no!!! I don’t want this to happen! Bill, I don’t want it to happen! I don’t want it to happen! I don’t want it to happen!

Closing Narration
Narrator:
Once upon a time, there was a man named Harrington, a man named Forbes, a man named Gart. They used to exist, but don’t any longer. Someone or something took them somewhere. At least they are no longer a part of the memory of man. And as to the X-20 supposed to be housed here in this hangar, this, too, does not exist. And if any of you have any questions concerning an aircraft and three men who flew her, speak softly of them, and only in the Twilight Zone.

Your Bill of Rights

For those of you who still care, these are the first 10 Amendments found in your Bill of Rights:

First AmendmentEstablishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause; freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly; right to petition

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Second AmendmentMilitia (United States), Sovereign state, Right to keep and bear arms.

A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. [5]

Third Amendment – Protection from quartering of troops.

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Fifth Amendmentdue process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, eminent domain.

No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and rights of the accused; Confrontation Clause, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Seventh AmendmentCivil trial by jury.

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Eighth Amendment – Prohibition of excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Tenth Amendment – Powers of States and people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Know your rights or, as this administration and the one before it proved, you will  lose them.

A Temporary Change of Tone


For those few of you who follow this blog, I must apologize for the recent politicization of it.

This blog was originally started to inform my few friends and family of lighter opinions, upcoming projects and other cheerful considerations.

However, under the new and historical administration of our once-promising president, there has fallen a long line of staggering and unpardonable offenses that have, by their deceitful and dangerous nature, revealed our president to be a radical, republic-wrecking zealot.

I can no longer pretend this president, as a former and briefly officed senator, simply doesn’t know what he is doing. It is clear it is not naivete, but a fantastic breach of faith in our democracy that drives this man’s perilous, hyper-partisan decisions.

As a citizen, I must continue to hope for President Obama’s ascent to sanity.  I continue to pray for his safety as well as his family’s.

That being said, it is sadly clear this president must be opposed with every safe and legal mechanism available to the voting public.  Every forum, election, commentary, address and vote must be rallied to thwart our untrained President’s dangerous and persistent deconstruction of this nation’s most sacred principles and free market.

President Obama’s complicity with the impudent Transportation Safety Administration and their collective defiance of those privileges extended to all citizens of the United States by the 4th Amendment regarding unlawful searches, reveals in him a cold bureaucrat frightfully more comfortable with foreign and freedomless autocracies than our dynamic democracy.