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  • Jon Isaac
    An entertaning read, Phil. You are right on the money. A precursor to a free state is a free populace. Most people (including until recently myself) have only
    Message 1 of 49 , Oct 20, 2004
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      An entertaning read, Phil. You are right on the money. A precursor to
      a free state is a free populace. Most people (including until recently
      myself) have only a fuzzy concept of freedom.


      On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 17:40:04 -0000, Philip Denisch
      <pdenisch@...> wrote:
      > Stun the Oxen
      > Most freedom-minded people like to read. Many freedom-minded people
      > like to read a lot. Some read far too much, ripping through "Human
      > Action" faster than a red can say "A specter is haunting Europe-". I
      > think we need to share this penchant for reading with as many others
      > as possible, preferably those aforementioned reds. It may take some
      > time, and we may need to define terms like epistemology, praxeology,
      > and ratiocination, but it could be well worth the while. The kind of
      > mind that wants to learn, will much prefer to learn the truth. Seek
      > these minds out - many can be found in the colleges and universities
      > of America (but let's not forget the high schools, though).
      > Find them before the other side does - and you know they are looking
      > for them. Like birds of prey circling in the sky, eyeing the young
      > and waiting for their chance to swoop down. Just imagine, a young
      > college coed, fresh-faced and full of hope. Merrily walking along on
      > her way to class. But, oh no, here comes a vindictive statist (bitter
      > from a life of trying to believe what he knows won't work) streaming
      > toward our innocent friend. The speed of the attacker increases until
      > he is nothing but a (red) blur hurtling toward the pristine mind of
      > this junior. Look out, look out! We call to her, our hearts shivering
      > in fear for her logical mind. The javelin-like bird racing toward
      > her, with a beak like a hypodermic needle eager to inject
      > incongruities and terminological inexactitudes into the gray matter
      > between her ears. Oh, the horror, how can we look upon such sad
      > events, and realize that this is taking place all over in the
      > colleges and high schools of our fine land.
      > We steal one last look toward our pure miss, and see her casually
      > glance toward the oncoming fiend. Doesn't she see him? Doesn't she
      > know what mental turpitude awaits his ravenous attack? Wait, what's
      > this? Our heroine is reaching into her backpack; she's pulling
      > something out. It's a book of some sort. I can barely read it, it
      > says M-a-n-E-c-o-n-o-m-y-a-n-d-S-t-a-t-e! Whoa! It seems our helpless
      > little lass is not so helpless after all. All eyes are now glued to
      > the scene. We can see the raptor's eyes widen with realization as he
      > slowly recognizes the words on the cover (it usually takes these
      > types a little longer than the rest of us to put things together).
      > His path too steep, his offensive overcautious from years of success,
      > he is unable to alter his course to avoid contact. We can see him
      > swallow hard as he realizes he is now the target. A sickening,
      > crunchy, crackling sound is heard, but with rather pleasant overtones
      > of comeuppance. The broken, crippled ox-bird, quite in shock of the
      > impotence of his attack, lies crumpled at the feet of our heroine as
      > she barely looks at the scraggly heap of feathers and nonchalantly
      > carries on with her walk. Hope is the sparkle in a young person's
      > eyes.
      > [Phil's ego says: Ox, ox-like bird - go with me on this one. Ok, I
      > could have used a charging ox, with mucronate horns eager for the
      > goring and that sort of thing, but ah, the vacillating mind of a
      > cheap, hack "writer".]
      > To help share your (liberty-mined) books:
      > http://www.bookcrossing.com (Let's make sure there's more of ours and
      > less of theirs)
      > As mentioned in http://www.rationalreview.com/mlseymour/093003.shtml
      > To help the FSP to help you help others, buy your books through the
      > FSP site at Amazon or LFB:
      > http://freestateproject.org/getinvolved/books.php
      > It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, it will probably make you
      > sick - banned books:
      > http://www.ala.org/bbooks or
      > http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/banned-books.html
      > (The fact that any book would be banned is repugnant. 's matta, we
      > can't make up our own minds?)
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      do not feel secure,
      for a poet remembers." - Milosz
    • Philip Denisch (CBIZ MTDonahoe)
      Don t Think About it Go ahead, take another sip of eggnog, don t think about the millions around the world forced to gulp down socialism as if it were some
      Message 49 of 49 , Dec 23, 2004
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        Don't Think About it

        Go ahead, take another sip of eggnog, don't think about the millions around
        the world forced to gulp down socialism as if it were some sort of magic
        tonic. Please, tear into that wonderful turkey, don't think about the taxes
        and fees ripped from the wallets of the regular, honest, decent folk. That's
        right, the star goes a little to the left, don't think about those wandering
        around with wool over their eyes, placed there by teachers and professors
        with misplaced trust. Sure, that Santa tie looks real smart around your
        neck, don't think about the multitudes strangled by onerous regulations.
        Make sure you're not late for the party, don't think about the millions of
        our dollars wasted by political party hacks and rent seeking rats. Gosh,
        your front yard is wonderfully displayed with exterior illumination, don't
        think about how 216 December 23rds have come and gone since the land for the
        National Seat was ceded (and we all know another name for "seat" don't we).
        For those so inclined, enjoy your martial platitudes (do rattling sabers
        sound like silver bells?), don't think about the 60 December 23rds ago when
        Private Slovik lost hope. Make very merry this season, reading "A Visit From
        St. Nicholas" to your kids, don't think about all those politicians not
        reading the Constitution at all. Keep all that joy and happiness in your
        heart and in your life - certainly don't even *think* about letting a
        foul-mooded, scribbler-wannabe, Grinchafied moron dampen your holiday

        [Phil's ego, the eternal apologizer, says sorry for the "only-semi-serious,
        partially depressing, hopefully secular holiday message. And like Tiny Tim
        said, "God bless us, every effen one of us".]

        Some Dickens info for you:

        A sequence of unfavorable incidents:

        The district, with a capital "strict":

        Action? What, you need an action for the week? How about we all act like
        we're civilized. Too much to ask, perhaps?

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