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WEEKLY MIND FOOD 12/05/12 Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Weekly Mind Food aims to show you what TTPers without a regular column, but with deep expertise in key fields, are paying attention to. We call ourselves TTP's Team B. Note the "Weekly Mind Food" category in the left side-bar now, which will have all our issues. They're Free Access, as are all the linked articles, so feel free to read them at your leisure - and to mail the article's URL to your friends!

Thanks to edd7, hardcharger, karen, RestorationGirl, and of course prosenberg for their contributions this week. Our themes this week involve deep questions about how we conduct both politics and our lives, answers some questions about ammo buys and FEMA, reminds us to look at the opportunities from new developments; and, as always, includes the usual set of insights covering developments at home and abroad.

To simplify your scans, I've divided the links into sections: Economos (global economy), Techne Logos (tech), Polis (domestic politics), Stratiootika (geopolitics & military), 1 Good News This Week item to brighten your week and/or make you better. We also have 2 NEW sections: Your weekly Copybook Heading, and Ekpolitismos (civilization & culture). Enjoy!

Weekly Copybook Heading - Write out 10 times :-)

"When you finally find "maximum security", you'll find yourself in a prison."
-- "JohnConner" at PJTV

By way of explanation, I had to include this video, with a nod to Jack Kelly for reciting the original to us at the 2012 DC Rendezvous. The Copybook Heading will be a regular feature:


Polis

From prosenberg. How to explain government to an alien. Or is it the other way 'round?



  • Facing Up to the Enormity of Our Problem (American Thinker, Nov 30/12). From edd7. "I certainly believe there is a path to civilizational renewal -- there always is -- but not one likely to fit a neat pattern or short term game plan.... The alternative to this fight, however, is to sit passively by as the world enters a new dark age."


  • Party Like Its 1999 (Word Around the Net, Nov 27/12). "The math doesn't add up, history proves its a lie, and I think deep down most people know it but they just don't care. They sense its all a lie but they'd rather eat, drink and be merry one more day because its too hard, too scary, and would require them to give up the last shreds of what keeps them from noticing the emptiness in their lives."


  • Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Buy Ammunition (NRA, Aug 17/12). jkatzman: I'm not quite as sanguine as they are, since the total buy went to 1.4 billion rounds. But here's their perspective on DHS' initial purchase...


  • Did FEMA Create a Youth Army? (Factcheck.org, Nov 30/12). jkatzman: The dishonesty of modern "fact checkers" is becoming legendary. But, this one backs up its assertions with clear links to original sources. And the answer seems to be "no".


  • The Pentagon's Revolving Door with Defense Contractors... Some Shocking Statistics (Mike Krieg, Dec 2/12). prosenberg: Just what we don't need. [JK: Long-standing issue]


  • Obama: a GOP president should have rules limiting the kill list (Glen Greenwald, Nov 26/12). jkatzman: Glenn's a leftist for sure, but he's one of the few who genuinely cares about the Constitution and individual rights. Obama's exemption for himself, and leftists' willingness to go along, are the targets of his article. Meanwhile, ask yourself honestly if you've ever resembled his characterization.


Oration

By RestorationGirl, in response to "Remembering Freedom":

I too am relatively new to the forum here. I am also barely old enough to remember the Nixon white house. And, I have been dumbfounded by the lack of concern the population as a whole has about November 6 and everything going on.

However, the re-election of Obama did NOT surprise me in the least. Two reasons.... One, I live in Michigan. We Michiganders voted in Ms. Granholm a second term even though she trashed our state. AND, two, I have my fingers on the pulse of the population under 40. They don't see things the same way.

There is no room here to expound in detail, but there is a big cause for hope in our younger generation.

As I read your post, I am struck how far the so-called conservative Republican presidents have moved us toward fascism & communism MUCH more than the recent democrat presidents. Nixon and Bush and Bush were HORRIBLY devastating to our freedoms. I do agree, however, that Mr. Obama is a horse of a different color (no pun intended) and infinitely more evil than [either], and that Romney would have fared us better. BUT, we would have let our guard down IF he was elected as we seem to always do apparently.

As a whole, the younger generation are more of the libertarian bent. They are socially "liberal" and fiscally "conservative". They do not understand why we are policing & paying off every country in the world. They do not understand why we old people cry "wolf" every time something doesn't go our way or when we don't understand something correctly (i.e. Y2K). They are accustomed to just going around us through their communication & internet capability.

They are reachable, but we need to stop being so alarmist & demanding our own way & thinking they are all dumb or "takers". They are not all takers and they certainly are not dumb. They are collaborators & major givers on different levels than we think about.

I am training myself to not assume that I know what's really going on but instead.... listen. Listen & collaborate. Get down to the local & grass roots levels & involve the people around you at the neighborhood association, city council, & school board levels. Freedom will ring again IF we go back to our roots & engage our young people in the solving of problems from freedom's view.

Now, more than ever, engage yourself and question with whom we are really aligned. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have it all right. The young people see it. We need to back up and look at ourselves to see it. We need to look at ourselves through the prism of the Constitution, or we are destined to continue down the same path.

Ekpolitismos (Civilization, Culture)

This new section will also be a regular feature. It's open to art, music, etc., as well as linked thought pieces. We'll start from State St. Macy's in Chicago, which leads in nicely to the Mars Hill Sermon.


  • Part 11: Jesus Is a Better Mordecai. Esther 9:20-10:3 (Mars Hill Church, Nov 25/12). RE: RestorationGirl's oration, above. Here's a very interesting sermon from an evangelical preacher reaching the young hipster/tatooed set around Seattle. Just understand that it has 3 parts, all running at the same time, all the time. (1) The part about coping in the now; (2) The part about how we do religion; and (3) The part about how we do politics. Highly recommended


  • Elder: The Monolithic Black Vote - and My Republican Dad (GOPUSA, Nov 19/12).


  • Confessions of a Black Mr. Mom (Washington Monthly, March 2002). jkatzman: Interesting piece, with a few curveballs that will make you think.


  • Back to Qumran (The Orthosphere, Nov 20/12). jkatzman: With very hard times coming, this proposal has to be seen in a different light. If you pressed me to think of a good illustration, I'd say the Mormons. Or Judaism's Chabad hasidim, mentioned in a late comment for their combination of tight community and active outreach to non-Orthodox Jews.


Economos

Hilarious themed execution, and very informative. A two-fer win, and perfect example of how to produce good advocacy media.


Techne Logos

Stratiootika

Over The Hump: Good News This Week

Jack suggested that last week's HFR hero of the week was Glenn "Piss Obama" Beck. I'm going to suggest that Deputy Stan Lenic might have been a more worthy recipient. This is a man who understands and lives the words "I am on officer of the law." Spread his example.



For The Constitution!

Joe Katzman


 

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