Thursday, December 29, 2011

'Nothing Outside the State' by Robert Higgs

Shared in full with Permission by Author; Robert Higgs:



[This is fine, Mr. Holzkopf. Please proceed to share and link the article as you describe.
Best wishes,
Robert Higgs
Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:15p.m.]


For your Consideration... A most intelligent and common sense look at what is really going on.


Nothing Outside the State

A popular slogan of the Italian Fascists under Mussolini was, “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” (everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state). I recall this expression frequently as I observe the state’s far-reaching penetration of my own society.
What of any consequence remains beyond the state’s reach in the United States today? Not wages, working conditions, or labor-management relations; not health care; not money, banking, or financial services; not personal privacy; not transportation or communication; not education or scientific research; not farming or food supply; not nutrition or food quality; not marriage or divorce; not child care; not provision for retirement; not recreation; not insurance of any kind; not smoking or drinking; not gambling; not political campaign funding or publicity; not real estate development, house construction, or housing finance; not international travel, trade, or finance; not a thousand other areas and aspects of social life.
One might affirm that the state still keeps its hands off religion, but it actually does not. It certifies certain religious organizations as legitimate and condemns others, as many young men discovered to their sorrow when they attempted to claim the status of conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. It assigns members of certain religions, but not members of others, as chaplains in its armed services.
Besides, isn’t statism itself a religion for most Americans? Do they not honor the state above all else, above even the commandments of a conventional religion they may embrace? If their religion tells them “thou shalt not murder,” but the state orders them to murder, then they murder. If the state tells them to rob, to destroy property, and to imprison innocent people, then, notwithstanding any religious strictures, they rob, destroy property, and imprison innocent people, as millions of victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and millions of victims of the so-called Drug War in this country will attest. Moreover, in every form of adversity, Americans look to the state for their personal salvation, just as before the twentieth century their ancestors looked to Divine Providence.
When the state produces unworkable or unsatisfactory conditions in any area of life, and therefore elicits complaints and protests, as it has for example in every area related to health care, it responds to these complaints and protests by making “reforms” that heap new laws, regulations, and government bureaus atop the existing mountain of counterproductive interventions. Thus, each new “reform” makes the government more monstrous and destructive than it was before. Citizen, be careful what you wish for; the government just might give it to you good and hard.
The areas of life that remain outside the government’s participation, taxation, subsidization, regulation, surveillance, and other intrusion or control have become so few and so trivial that they scarcely merit mention. We verge ever closer upon the condition in which everything that is not prohibited is required. Yet, the average American will declare loudly that he is a free man and that his country is the freest in the world. Thus, in a country where more and more is for the state, where virtually nothing is outside the State, and where, aside from pointless complaints, nothing against the State is permitted, Americans have become ideal fascist citizens. Like the average German during the years that Hitler ruled Germany, most Americans today, inhabiting one of the most pervasively controlled countries in the history of the world, think they are free.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Hanukkah

 Happy Hanukkah to all my friends that celebrate!
May it be Merry and Joyous and all those things.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Twilight: The Golden Years?


With all the critiques out there, I noticed they tend to be very Black & White. Ranging from those articles author's dying love for the series or some particular character, or to the other extreme of Hate-Bile-Hate and more hate.

In light of some very gooey and some very viperous articles, I felt as is my right as a 'Blogger to put my 3 Cents in.

**Spoiler Alert**
-You have been warned-



Stephanie Meyer may not be as eloquent as J.K. Rowling or as definitive in prose as Stephen King, however she carries us through her story and brings the intangible to bear, while holding our wrapt attention as we are given insight into a new World. One that sinks it's teeth heavily into what a Family really is and what love does to many of us, and how our decisions effect us.

She reminds us that we are fragile beings prone to mistakes while seeking dreams much larger than ourselves. She shines a light upon the face of an alternative tomorrow that whispers of longing and desire for its tentative embrace, while the power-hungry and greed-motivated seek nothing else but to control our everything, when we only seek our own singular peace.

Stephanie's brilliance is not so much in her words as it is in her ability to capture our attention to those important details that somehow although foreign, ringing out an element of truth to each and everyone of us. Keeping us hanging on to the barrage of emotional baggage that intertwines us and yet all the while subtly weaving out a much bigger lesson to be learned from it all.

Save for the incessant whining and extreme emotional schisms which heavily inundated Bella and Edward especially in the first two books, (Edward being the most emotional Vampire I have ever encountered), and to some lesser degree Jacob's emotional roundabout. The emotional pallet balances more toward the last two books while the first two are a bumpy emotional roller-coaster that reeled even my sensible might. This is still an excellent series for fans of the Vampiric genre, although you have to leave room for stretching from traditional Vampiric fables.

The Films don't follow as closely as one would hope like as we see in the Harry Potter Films. However in some instances this was good. Somethings cannot be transcribed from text to video very well, even in this day and age of grand visual effects and 3D tech.

For the Books; Eclipse was one of my favorites, with Breaking Dawn being my absolute favorite of the whole Saga so far. The same seems to follow suit with the Films also.

*I think Breaking Dawn Pt 1 could have shown a bit more of the numb-fiery suffering Bella was engaged in during her transformation moment. Yet I wasn't dissatisfied either, showing her memories back to childhood, kind of how common culture expresses at times the phrase, "My life flashing before my eyes", seemed appropriate somehow in place, but most especially on how they leave us hanging with us staring into her Blood-Red eyes.*

Of course now that the 4 books and the 4.1 films are complete, we as fans or grumpy onlookers are left in kind of a conundrum. The fans see new characters and possible plot lines opened up and immediately severed... while the grumpy haters are praying very hard (even those that don't believe in the afterlife), that it will exist no more... lol

Yet I seek to wonder; Breaking Dawn was the most fascinating and exhilarating read I have had in some while save for maybe Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier or the final Harry Potter Book. It also leaves so much to be desired although if Stephanie Meyer wrote no more it wouldn't be a horrible thing.

What get's my curiosity going is now at the end of Breaking Dawn we have most obviously the Jacob and Renesmee imprinting, which could be it's own story unto itself. With Jacob and his separate pack from Sams. A seemingly stronger bond and Treaty between the Quileute and the Olympic Clan (Cullens).

Renesmee's unique gifts and how she will end up interacting with the world and Jacob for that matter.

We have Bellas amazing Gifts and we have to wonder? How strong is Bella really? With her unique ability to control her cravings and do things that no other Vampire is known to have done ever in the Twilight Universe.

We have the growing years between Bella, Edward and Renesmee... Will they let Jacob shadow her 24/7 or will they come to some agreement so Bella and Edward can spend more time with her as she initially ages?

We have so many new characters introduced, from wandering clans to the scheming Romanians and the Amazonians, etc. How about the old friends of Carlisle and this introduction of other Mortal-Immortal Hybrids... Seriously? And then leave without saying more? Only if there will be another few books.

I'd definitely like to see further interactions between Bella and her Father, how about what she finally decides to do about her Mother?

Finally I will ask, how about the Volturi? They may have left without battle, but we are left to chew on that they are not the type to give up on an obsession and could there be assassination attempts later on in the future?

And what about the Volturi's new obsession with the creator of the other Hybrids? You know they will pursue that with extreme prejudice.

So there is a lot being left unsaid at the end of the 4th book in the Twilight Saga, and many of us would definitely enjoy at the very least reading about the next 150 years or so.

In light of all this, I do hope that Stephanie Meyer finishes her 'Edward perspective' Midnight Sun. I have read the 1st chapter from her site, and even in it's rough form.. it is a bit exciting to see things from the other perspective. I have to say though I will not fault her if she ends up dropping the project. I understand how you pour your Soul into something and then before it is done, it gets peeked at.. then it just seems to lose it's flavor.

I was also enthused by Stephanie's teaser story that followed the 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner', the cute young New-born Vampire out of Seattle. I don't know if it was necessary but I was attached to her character the moment I read about her and saw the actor in film. it was nice to get a breath of insight into Bree's life before and after leading up to the end of Eclipse.

In the end, I gather we will wait in pained silence to see if Stephanie Meyer decides to continue gracing us with her shimmering words or if we will have to be content just wondering and sucking up what decent Fan Fiction might be around.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Sources:
1. http://www.jkrowling.com/
2. http://www.stephenking.com/index.html
3. http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
4. http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilightseries.html
5. http://twilightmovies.org/
6. http://www.julietmarillier.com/books/wolfskin.html
7. http://www.julietmarillier.com/
8. http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows
9. http://twilightsaga.wikia.com/wiki/Twilight_Saga_Wiki
10. http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_chapter1.pdf
11. http://www.breetanner.com/
12. http://twilighted.net/

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

December 7th, 1941


I make sure I remember to honor all the Men and Women who died serving this country on December 7th, 1941. Thank you all for your sacrifice. I don't take it for granted.

Yet we can't forget that we weren't unprepared, just deceived.

"Roosevelt sacrificed over 2400 American Seamen’s lives, thanks to his power as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. By over-looking the obvious facts of an attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt was able to control both the political and economic systems of the United States. Most of American society before the Pearl Harbor bombing believed in the idea of isolationism."
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/denson8.html

"Roosevelt deliberately provoked the attack and that he and his key military and administrative advisers clearly knew, well in advance, that the Japanese were going to attack both Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. Roosevelt wanted to get into the European War but he had been unsuccessful in provoking Germany; therefore, he considered the sacrifice of Pearl Harbor and the Philippines as the best way to get into the European War through the back door of Japan."
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/pearl_harbor.htm


R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This is truly scary!

Citizens of the United States of America:

61 senators betrayed you today. They authorized, as an amendment to the Defense Authorization act 2012, the indefinite suspension of habeus corpus. We are now officially a police state. Their names are as follows: 

Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Moran (R-KS)
Nelson (D-NE)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)



So far the Udall Amendment has failed... but hopefully President Barack Obama will stand up for at least this and Veto the Bill when it crosses his desk.

Thank you Blue Republican & Ron Paul Flix for Making us aware.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanks-Giving? 2011

There is a lot I could say on the topic of today's Holiday. However I will keep it short and simple, because I can.

Although the Pilgrims, (Puritans and others), who came over on the Mayflower, Mayflower II and some other successive boats in the mid to late 1600's, prior to the blood-shed they did trade with the North-Eastern Native American tribes, while there was no real sit down for what we now call 'Thanksgiving'.

The Native Americans tribes... some of them at least initially did teach some of those settlers what was good to plant and eat, that would harvest before winter came and would store well through those cold months, for this we can be thankful.

The fact that successive generations of certain American families might possibly not be here if it was not for the generosity of some Native Americans, those New England winters can be brutal. For this we can be thankful.

Even though the Holiday known as 'Thanskgiving' was founded on and based on deception and slight of hand, it is a good reminder to all of us to celebrate Family and Friends, giving and sharing amongst our fellow Human Beings no matter Color, Race, or Creed. As well as to celebrate our good fortune of being born into a Country where we still have the right of choice and voice. For this we are thankful.

To the Native Americans who were cheated, lied to, forcibly removed from their homes, killed, hunted and given disease and practically wiped off the earth that gives us so much love, and allows us to be were we are today. We should count our blessings and pray that we will be ever vigilante that such evil will never happen again on our watch.

Happy Thanksgiving.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Osaka Grill

The first week of November 2011, I ventured into the Osaka Grill Buffet. A Chinese, Japanese, American, multi-Cultural Buffet and Hibachi Grill Restaurant.

I'm usually wary of Asian Buffets, because most tend to have lax policies on the food and the Sushi and Sashimi tend also to be suspect.

Yet in my Lunchtime vigor...I was impressed.

It has a modest store front, that is so small you might miss it if you are not paying attention since it shares the same building, door front and Awning as the Goodwill store that it is nestled right next to.

When you enter, in the front entrance you have an almost out of place stone fountain but it is nice to look at. Through the inner doors you come face to face with a Samurai outfit in a Case, however that seems to be the extent of Japanese decorum found since the majority of it is Chinese in origin.

Once inside like the majority of Buffets, you pay first, but for a lunch special of $6.99 and a dinner of $9.99 per person, it isn't bad at all for the pocket book; however they do cut into your dollar for the drink, which is around $2 and some change.

First impressions are deceptive as to the size of this place. Taking up 1/4 of the Goodwill Building it is quite large and roomy , with open and private seating areas. My first impression was one of "Wow", since it had such a small nondescript front entrance.

The owner Curt Wong, seems to be a very hard working Man, Usually found over at the Hibachi Grill, and it is always good to see the curator of your food enjoying their work!

Like most good Asian Buffets, the food is not top par as you'd find at a good Asian Restaurant, but it was spectacular compared to the slew of Asian buffets in the area.

Presentation is well done and the food areas where very well kept and clean.

My first food trip was to the Sushi bar, and although most of their Sushi and Sashimi was [California Roll], (Rice on the outside), they were all made fresh and kept at the proper temperature.

The Sushi Chef was nice and willing to tell you what was out in the display, though they get negative points for not labeling each sushi section. (Not a hard thing to have pre-made labels that you can switch in and out each day for the types of Sushi you are making) Just because your Chef can speak English... does not mean I or anyone else can understand them when they are speaking through very heavy accents.

Although many reviews had this place with very bad to mediocre food, I was really impressed with the Sushi and Sashimi, as well as the broad selection and taste of those selections of food!

Japanese and Chinese Hot foods, soups, even some American style presence such as Pizza, and some other items that I failed to try.

Their desert bar was well stocked and consisted not only of cakes, gelatin type items and other sweet delicacy's, the also had a good selection of fruits to comb over, which appealed to me over the sugary wasteland.

If you are a Vegetarian or Vegan, they have a large selection of foods that will appeal to your tastes as well. However I do not know exactly how some of those are cooked or if they ever come in contact with any meats.

My server, (who looked Chinese-American; though I could be wrong), was named Lily and not only was she a very good hostess for our table, she was on top of things and was quite beautiful to boot!

All in all it was a wonderful experience and if you are looking for an all you can eat Asian experience this is something to definitely check out.

I returned this 4th week of November and had just as good an experience, although the server I had was not as on the ball although the Staff was still very nice and friendly.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Sources:
1) http://www.osakagrillsupremebuffet.com/
2) http://bolingbrook.patch.com/articles/osaka-grill-and-supreme-buffet-celebrates-grand-opening
3) http://bolingbrook.patch.com/articles/the-friday-food-critic-osaka-grill-supreme-buffet
4) http://bolingbrook.patch.com/listings/osaka-grill-supreme-buffet

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Free-Market Capitalism is a Good thing (Problem is we are in a Monopoly)

The difference between free-market capitalism and monopoly capitalism and how that relates to the contest between individualism and collectivism, explained by Edward Griffin.

Since too many people hate on free-market capitalism, thinking it is something else, because they have been under-educated on what these things really are.



R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.


Sources:
1) http://www.realityzone.com/currentperiod.html
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVdI4Kx8TdY

Amanda Knox: Free But Still Imprisoned

She's Home in Seattle, Washington.
She has Family, Friends, and no Prison Cell.
However, She spends most of her time at home, and has someone with her at all times on her occasional outings.
Hollywood and the Media are treating her like a Celebrity, so Privacy is in the lacking.
Paparazzi everywhere... I think some are hiding in my wood paneling, too.
Bidding Wars for her First American Interview, Film rights, and even a book deal are being pressed on her, though her family could use the money since they are over a Million dollars in debt, who could blame them if they take any of it?
At least her family has hired on a Crisis PR Agent to help handle the Press.

To top it all off, the Kercher family continues to pursue Amanda Knox, even though her case was overturned due to faulty and misleading evidence, shifty and unreliable witness testimony. The Real Culprit is known, the evidence is there, yet they continue their Witch-Hunt on an innocent person who also grieved for their daughter.

Sometimes in this World, when you are free you are still imprisoned.

One can only hope that the Kercher's will go after the real criminal, and that the Knox's will offer to help the Kercher's... In a perfect World...

Good Luck Amanda.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.


Source: 
1) http://watchingamerica.com/News/126765/amanda-knox-million-dollar-baby/

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Revolution Will Not be Televised...

...It will be Tweeted, Facebooked, and Live Streamed.

It seems even in the face of unwilling, overbearing,  and Rights trampling Politicians, Leaders, Royalty, and those Rich who fall into the 1 percentile.

The Occupy and 99% Movements, although not reaching critical mass yet, are infact growing and continuing their presence all around the World.

I watched the mainstream news, even outlets that claim support of personal freedoms and watched as they knocked and classified this movement as a bunch of out-of-work, classless, illiterate and less than intelligent idiots who don't really know what they want except to cause dystopia and bring the system down.

Those of us in support realize that the Mainstream media only interviews those people that make their opinion seem strongest. Many of these interviewees are staged, while some are really idiots; in anycase there will always be those persons who infiltrate a cause and undermine its value and purpose whether by subterfuge or by curious idiocy, or even just plain malfeasance.

The reasons for this cause may be not all encompassing, but the underlying truths are self-evident.
In Simple terms:

1. That the common people are fed-up with the way our Governments and Leaders are running the show.
2. Fed-up with the internal corruption, wishy-washy Leaders, and politicians that are bought off for Corporate and interests of only the 1%.
3. Fed-up with a monetary system that isn't backed by anything except the 'word' of Bankers who willingly steal from those who have next to nothing.
4. Fed-up with Business as usual, high inflation, dropping monetary value, see #3.
5. Fed-up with Home and Property Repossessions due to Banking and Mortgage inadequacies, or refusals to follow proper and legal procedures that would allow the common people the chance to rectify their situations.
6. Fed-up with the increasingly horrible Jobs market here in the United States of America as well as around the World, due to Governments fiscal policies, labor policies, and any and all policies that effect the worker/Business relationship. (The News may twist/distort/lie about the percentages, but 'We' know, because we are the ones not getting jobs, when we are told there are so many jobs available.)
7. Fed-up with the fact that Businesses have openings but are not hiring because they cannot afford to pay the wages of the employees they already have due to the current laws in place that make it considerably more expensive for a Business to hire workers whether due to insurance, or benefits, or other items that are generally necessary to the compensation and wherewithall of the employee.
8. Fed-up with the ever increasing taxes that keep being placed on the books of local municipalities, States, Territories ,and even Country's as a whole. While inflation makes the living wage unlivable, and it is hard enough to keep food on the table let alone pay all the bills necessary, and forget about getting sick, in an accident, or pregnant; you will lose your job.

The Truths are that, the Majority of the People representing this movement are Intelligent, hardworking individuals, who have been down-trodden by many different types of systems, and are upset and tired of the day to day rape of ourselves, our families and the World we live in.

Many of us are Unemployed and or Under-employed, some of us are Employed. Many of us have College and University Educations, some of us don't, but the one thing we all want is:

We want change and are trying to do so peacefully.

The Occupy Movement is huge and growing, take time to figure out what is really going on, and remember the Mainstream Media will only show you want they want you to know.

Places to get together:

Occupy Together Meet-up: http://www.meetup.com/occupytogether/
Occupy World: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211669103288533563690.0004adf71f990a6c82a4e&msa=0&ll=6.815359,-116.740722&spn=142.352378,321.328125
Occupy Wall Street: http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-on-google-maps.html
Occupy Bristol: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=160841040676138&set=a.156121291148113.36772.156092691150973&type=1&ref=nf
Erika Morningstar: https://www.facebook.com/Erika.Morningstar
We Are 99%: http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/
Change.org: http://www.change.org/

Edit: 04/15/2011 16:56pm CST

PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY: If you are arrested at an Occupy Event, call the National Lawyers Guild: New York City: (212) 679-6018 / Los Angeles: (323) 696-2299 / Washington, DC: (202) 957 2445 / Chicago: (773) 309-1198/ San Francisco: (415) 285-1011 / New Orleans: (504) 875-0019 / Baltimore: (410) 205-2850 / Minnesota: (612) 656-9108 / Michigan: (313) 963-0843 / Portland: (503) 902-5340 / Boston: (617) 227-7335 / Pennsylvania & Delaware: (267) 702-4654 /Idaho: (208) 991-4324


Be very sure to write the applicable phone number in PERMANENT marker somewhere concealed on your body, protected from the elements. Do NOT assume you will be able to retrieve the number from a phone or a notebook. It is very likely you will be stripped of all your belongings.
Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/jagoffpublishing



R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Columbus Day: The Tragedy

Anyone with an education will know who Christopher Columbus is, that he sailed in the 1490's to find a short cut to India, but ended up in the Caribbean instead.

That He met with the local Natives and called them Indians, and went back to Spain and had subsequent return trips.

Yet what most don't know is that he committed Genocide in the name of the Spanish Crown and Catholicism. Burning at the stake those who would not convert, Taking baby's and throwing them against rocks, cutting up the natives and sending the dogs on them.

He managed to take a population in the millions and bring it down to the 100,000's and eventually killed them all off.

Although I am of the opinion after seeing videos and other documentation decrying Columbus Day as a Holiday, and although I do support removing it, I do not believe that it is the most important issue belying the Natives.

However after being a bit harsh on this issue to some friends I figured I'd do them the honor of making this issue more accessible to the Public, even if it is a small contribution.

This link has a great article detailing the sanitizing of Columbus Day and his Atrocities.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Occupy Los Angeles: Thank you Mayor Villaraigosa

Thank you Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City officials of Los Angeles for at least Publicly supporting the 1st Amendment and a Peoples Right to peaceably speak out and protest.

May more Public officials brave this movement in support and help out those of us who are braving the Elements to make a Clear and Valid point.

Thank you also to all those of you who have offered your services in a true Free Trade atmosphere, during this time of peaceable occupation.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Occupy Wall Street: Vote on Grievances

Take From: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2257303426938&set=p.2257303426938&type=1&theater

{Thank you Erika Morningstar for posting this information.}


Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street - this statement was voted on and approved by the general assembly of protesters at Liberty Square: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

Posted on Facebook 10/09/2011 by Erika Morningstar

Happy Birthday John Lennon!

Happy Birthday John Lennon!

It is sad you are not with us, like so many others, who worked and strived to bring us out of our mass delusional hypocrisy.

You who took on a system that hated anyone who wished for change, and a change for the betterment of the masses.

You who tuned his music to 528Hz to help facilitate healing among the People.

You who along with others defined music and a cultural revolution for Generations to come.

You who sacrificed your self for the good of the rest of us.

You are most honored by me... the Ignorant and Naïve masses, for your efforts, like so many others before you.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Friday, October 07, 2011

When I was little...


When I was little...

I Played the Indian against the Cowboy, I didn't want to be President I wanted to be an Astronaut, Math gave me Migraines, (Literally), but I could tell you why the Country was in the state it was in because of my love for History.

I hated Country music but I loved the Blues, and even though I didn't fully understand why we hated the Communists so much, I still looked past the stereotyping and hate mongering and thought that the Russian People were really no different than you and I, it was just the Governments at fault somehow.

I was so shy I'd shake and tremble just at the thought of going on stage or dancing in front of people, but I loved to talk and I'd dance my heart out by myself.

Now that I'm all grown up, I love the Natives, and Pity the Cowboys, I still want to be an Astronaut and to hell with being a leader indebted to criminals.

Math still hurts my head though I found an appreciation for it in College, and I still promote that History is our sounding board.

I don't really hate Country music anymore but Blues is still my Favorite because it spawned so many great sub-genres of music, including but not limited to Rock 'n Roll, Chicago House Music, Contemporary Rock, and even in some distant effect; Eletronic music itself.

And although I despise anyone who thinks or promotes the idea that Equality is making everyone but 1% of the population poor, homeless and without property rights a way of life while that 1% gets Fat Rich of everyone else... I still think the Russian People are Amazing, then as now, kind of like a distant Cousin that we really should get to know better, instead of just following the old family standard of hating on them.

I still get nervous talking to a group of people especially on stage; but I can do it now, and although my family thinks otherwise, I have danced my heart out in  front of thousands of people many times.

I have always been a little different, but difference is good, difference causes change, change creates new ideas and new things, and new ideas and new things can build the foundation to a better future.

If we were all the same, we wouldn't have an identity, we wouldn't have the ability to identify with or learn to be different like someone else since we'd all be the same.

We wouldn't have a voice because without rights there is no right to speak, and there is nothing worse than a society that cannot speak for itself, whether they are right or wrong.

Nothing progressive ever happens in a society that does not dare to dream, and dream different.

Although I am saddened and abhorred by the state of the Union today, I still believe that the United States of America is the Greatest place on Earth.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Amanda Knox; Il Successo!

I debated on how I would write about this story, since it has been 4 years in the making and I am sure most Americans, (save those ardently following it), have forgotten.

In fact I must admit, this had been at the back of my mind recently, due to my own personal life's stressers and battles.

It just so happened after watching early morning ABC-Chicago's news that it came rushing back to me... and I recalled all the injustice of the matter of the Amanda Knox trial, and the 4 years of frustratingly inept forensics and postulating of evidence.

I'm not big on religious practices, and do not like to necessarily bring them up here in my writing, however I prayed in my own way, for a positive outcome for Amanda Knox and Rafaele Sollecito.

As the United Kingdom's Guardian Publication itterated today; "...that the explanation of what happened in Perugia's Via della Pergola on that winter's night in 2007 was actually perfectly simple. A man known to be a petty criminal, Rudy Guede, a drifter from Ivory Coast, broke in, either before or after Kercher returned from a quiet meal with her friends. He took advantage of the situation to try to rape her – a not uncommon occurrence, criminologists say – and, when she put up a vigorous struggle, he slashed her throat."

The evidence was clear and incontrovertible, yet the defense took on a completely different route that was not only illogical, but was not evidenced to the fact.

It makes me glad that I live in the United States of America, with a Justice system, (although corrupt in its own manner), still much better than anywhere else in the World.

I do however appreciate Amanda's Legal team who stuck with Amanda and her family and kept pushing for the truth to come out. As well I also appreciate and the Jury and Judges of the Appeals Court in Italy that took on the case again so that this injustice could be rectified.

I can't even imagine what Amanda Knox and her family and friends even Rafaele Sollecito and his Family and Friends, too, and what they are going through at this moment. However I suspect that it is full of tears of happiness and joy, and maybe even a disbelief that they are finally free.

I of course still hope for swift Justice for Meredith Kercher and her Family, that the real criminal is brought to Justice and sentenced for such a heinous crime.

I do hope in this aftermath that the World Press and Citizens of every Country that followed this case, give all Family's involved the proper time and respect to settle back together and contemplate their existence in the manner they so choose, (as Amanda's Sister Diana requests).

Congratulazioni per il vostro successo, Amanda Knox e Rafaele Sollecito!


P.S.
For all those naysayers out there, this for me never had anything to do with how Amanda and or Rafaele looked, or their Family's pleas. This had everything to do with the evidence, what was actually found and how it wasn't followed to it's natural conclusions. The fumbling, purgery, and total misappropriation of the evidence at hand has always been quite clear, especially to anyone who understands Collection of Evidence, DNA , witness testimony, as well as other inter-related items, that process individuals in courts of law.
This also shows an monumental failure of the Italian Police force involved as well as the original Jury who took obviously manipulated evidence and used it against the defendants.
Incidents like these happen even here in the U.S.A where there is a desire to wrap a case up quickly; whether to quash Press inquiry, or personal prejudices, or any other form of desire. These do happen from time to time. Yet the facts remain that evidence was ignored, and individuals were convicted on faulty if not misleading evidence, and that the real killer has had a 4 year pass all this time. I have been wrongly accused myself, and I understand how it feels to have no one understand such abuses. Even though the truth is so clearly wrought.
Granted I have never been jailed because of wrongful accusation, but the emotional distraught is similarly founded.
I am glad that Justice has been served, finally, and hope that the real killer is brought to Justice soon!


I have here some of the text of Amanda's Final Plea, and here is the full video.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.


Sources:
1) http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=8377062&syndicate=syndicate&section
2) http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=8377063&syndicate=syndicate&section
3) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/04/amanda-knox-meredithkercher
4) http://www.beforeyoutakethatpill.com/index.php/2011/05/
5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kZ3h0CiLFo
6) http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2011/1003/Amanda-Knox-makes-final-plea-before-Italian-appeal-decision-video
7) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZh76S3hYrk

Saturday, October 01, 2011

International 9/11 Hearings to Begin

http://wakeup-world.com/2011/08/24/international-hearings-on-911-begins-september-2011-in-toronto/

This is something many of us in the U.S. as well as abroad have been waiting for for way too long now!

The Questions are obvious, the Reasons are obvious, The resulting Deaths are obvious; what isn't so obvious is why U.S. Government reports conflict with each other, or why they provide fudged scientific data, or that the reports completely ignore raw data, or that whole pieces of evidence for their version where either never found or where destroyed immediately by Government personal and Government Contractors without due process by Public scrutiny.

Whether or not there was Government involvement in the September 11th attacks, there was definitely a cover-up afterwards; because only guilty parties would destroy evidence before it had a chance to be scrutinized by everyone else, (considered by Law to be Destruction of Evidence and Obstruction of Justice), as well as using witness testimony that turned out to be falsified or coerced; which by the way is Perjury for those not up to speed.

All these things We the People would be jailed and fined for, but those with deep pockets seem to escape Justice's long arm.

Hopefully this is just not some stunt, but an actual honest investigation by the international community for the benefit of the Citizens of the World, and all those who are unjustly considered "Collateral Damage" by our Leaders.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.


Toxins in your Name-Brand Clothing

It comes as no real surprise that somewhere, someone, decided things that further depricate our health and well being.


An although I am not a huge fan of Greenpeace and the way they do business; I have to applaud them for keeping watch for our safety in this matter.

http://wakeup-world.com/2011/08/25/hormone-altering-chemicals-found-in-brand-name-clothing/


Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be tainted with the chemicals, known as nonylphenol ethoxylates... nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), commonly used as detergents in industries including the production of natural and synthetic textiles, were detected in two-thirds of the samples the group tested. “NPEs break down to form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting properties,” Li told journalists in Beijing.


“It mimics female hormones, alters sexual development and affects reproductive systems.”
Quoted from: http://wakeup-world.com/

Just goes to show that, you really can't trust anyone for anything in this World today.
It really is sad and sick that Companies who need our consumerism, constantly put us at risk.


Prooving yet again whether on Wall-Street, in a Government Office, to the Food we eat and Liquids we drink, and even some of the Clothes we wear, Profit is the only real concern.


Here is the run down on those companies affected:
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/publications/toxics/Water%202011/dirty-laundry-report-2.pdf


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

C.E.R.N. admits Global Warming is Sun's fault

http://wakeup-world.com/2011/09/02/c-e-r-n-scientific-study-concludes-global-warming-is-caused-by-the-sun/

"The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth."


"63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth."
Quotes Courtesy of: wakeup-world.com


It feels good to be right, it feels even better to be Exactly right, and it feels just stupendous to know that the Global Warming Sham that of Humans are Responsible, is just that... a Sham.


Of course, don't get me wrong folks, I am first and foremost a believer in a clean Earth and Environment for You, Me, and Future Generations.


And I fully support most programs that help endeavor to remove toxins from our Air, Water, and Ground, but it was just hard to swallow Human Caused Global Warming, since We are still way below the Medieval Warm period, and when I saw Al Gore and other Global Warming poster children, had only shown the part of the chart related to the cooling and warming trends of the earth over some hundreds of years, to prove their point, (as well that it happened to be fudged a little, too).


Here is a Chart detailing the Global Warming and cooling trends over 4500 years; from 2500 B.C. (BCE), to 2040 A.D. (CE).



http://emergent-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Temperature-range-chart.jpg
Courtesy: http://emergent-culture.com/


Here is what people are usually always shown: (The Infamous Hockey Stick)
Courtesy of: Wikimedia.org

Good articles detailing both of these images and and the faulty data used to chart the ('Hockey Stick') chart can be found here:
And here:


Thank you C.E.R.N. for your admission, most of the World thanks you I'm sure. The rest will just have to find another scheme to make money off of and I'm sure "they" will.


P.S.
I will overlook the time-machine Arms race... El Psy Congroo.
:D




R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.


Edit:
NASA Alos helps prove this in so many words.
http://wakeup-world.com/2011/07/29/new-nasa-data-blow-gaping-hole-in-global-warming-alarmism/

Sunday, September 25, 2011

End September 2011: Protests on Wall Street


For those not in the know,

Occupy Wall St [https://occupywallst.org/] who is in affiliation with We Are The 99%[http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/], have been protesting in a proposed Non-violent fashion, to try and replicate the effects of sudden mass-occupation of Goverment places, like in Egypt, Lybia, Iceland and other such places that have caused change without violence.

My friend LiLi Roquelin [https://www.facebook.com/liliroquelinhttps://twitter.com/#!/liliroquelinhttp://www.liliroquelin.com/] made note of this, this morning, (Sept. 26th, 2011), as she re-entered the U.S. from her France Visit.

According to the New York Daily News via [http://www.wallst.net/?p=281021] Violence has been sprouting up, and this is not something that would be unusual, from Angry Americans, to Paid-off Law-Enforcement inciting Riot, and Angry Politicians who care not to see the Masses entrenched upon their front lawn, as it were.

Since this is not a 'Big News Item' in the Mainstream Press, I thought I'd bring it to everyones attention, whether or not the cause is just.

There is also Suspicion of the Raelian UFO Cult having a bit of fun too since there have been rumors of Topless Protesters and apparently the Raelians take just about any chance to go topless [rael.org & gotopless dot org {of course i don't link the 2nd one because there is visually controversial material}.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11th, 2011


"Let us reflect upon the waters, those lost to us this day; so that we may remember, and honor those who made us smile in their own special way."


In memory of September 11th, 2001 on this 10th Anniversary.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

10 Years Later! The Criminals are still free to roam.


10 years... Oddly enough reminds me of the Rock group [10 Years].

Nevertheless, it has been ten years since September 11th, 2001, the morning I literally fell off the top bunk of a bunk-bed, because of someone exclaiming the events in a loud and upset voice.

"...OH My GOD!!!...An Airliner just hit the Twin-Towers!..."

It's not something anyone would really want to wake up to, especially if it effects their life, times and Countrymen.

The problem with events of tragic outcome, is that most of these types are generally self-inflicted wounds created to gain a reaction from the people and an acceptance of policies that would on any normal day have been scoffed at and knocked down due to their rights stripping outcomes.

I've seen the evidence for both sides of the argument, and sadly the one I want to believe has more plot-holes and bad acting than a bad Hollywood comedy film; and of course that one is the mainstay held up by the mainstream Press and the Heads of our Government.

What I really wanted to write here, is about the sadness that is still felt 10 years later, about the family's and friends and country's that have been hurt by this grievous act.

I want to talk about all the good that has come from this, and all the bad that still remains.

I want to express my anger, rage, tears, and my disgust, and I want to direct them at an Enemy, because it would be easy to just react.

Even  10 years later...

However...

What I will write about here, is that I want to remember all those lives that were lost that day; That whether or not it was all Alqaida's doing or a conspiracy that is much higher than them. (WWII-Pearl Harbor)

That I want to say a prayer or two, for those lives lost and those who put their lives on the line trying to save lives that day and since then.

That I want to pay my respects to my Countrymen and Women who serve in our Military, because whether or not we are reacting because of a Lie or a Truth... We are still a United culture of individuals of whom desire first and foremost to protect our Family's, Homes, and Land from invaders.

That no matter how history brands these times, that we will at least be given the courtesy that we stood up to  defend ourselves, even if the enemy was just a patsy and the criminals were from our own soil.

That no matter the intended outcome of the sacred day of September 11th, 2001, It is a day that will live in infamy, and will forever hold a place in the hearts of every Man, Women , and Child who lived through that time.

That at least for one day, 24 hours; we should pay our respects and hold our tongues... not because we should be afraid to offend, but because we should respect the dead on the anniversary of their deaths.

After the smoke clears and the day is over, then we should go back to our pulpits, and battle turrets and weed out the true masterminds, and make them pay for the disgrace that they brought to our Country and Lives.

Until that moment arrives, we should bow our heads in Silence and or in Prayer, so that we will not be fooled again by any enemy, that we will not be prey to the deviants of our time, that light will be shed upon the darkness that craves to engulf us, and for those that lost their lives to honor them for their sacrifice, even unwanted as it is.

Bless the lost and continuing lives of September 11th, 2001, May September 11th 2011 be a day of Peace, Remembrance, and Love.

May the United States of America and all others be postulate for a better more peaceful future, than the path that we are currently on.

For this day of September 11th, 2011

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Liars, Faithless, and the Disrespected

Sadness seems to be the cake and platter of the moment.

Our Country is still at war, though few know or understand that the U.S. has been in a perpetual state of war since Korea.

Or that the U.S. has been under continuous Marshall Law since the time of Abraham Lincoln, when he declared it for the Civil War, but never made it void and clear. And since then the Federal Government, (in related and unrelated incidents), has been running rampant ever since, using war powers and other Rights infringing methods.

Our "Two Party" system, splay each other in the press, but talk and walk the same language, and the majority of them, always choose what will get them richer, no matter the state of the Country and its Citizens.

In every day and in every age, there is someone lying to us, not being honest with us, and completely disrespecting us.

Yet it is not just War, Greed, Money, and Politicians... It happens right here on the home front, right in our living rooms, right in our beds.

It's bad enough to hear and see it from those who fill us with empty promises, it is worse when it comes from those friends we suppose that we can trust.

But the saddest thing is, the most ludicrous thing, the most devious and inappropriate thing is, when it comes from your own Family.

It's a funny, (maybe ironic, even...), thing when, no matter how many times you tell the 'Truth', when you faithfully admit right and wrong doings.

Someone still has an agenda, and they are so sick of their little world, with so much disgust of their own unhappiness; that they strive on a daily basis to hurt, defile, defame character and destroy others that they feel threaten them.

Constantly spreading their own lies and viscous rumors to suit their own needs, for whatever fantasy that thrills and moves their disjointed EGO. Not even caring what harm and problems it will cause their Targets and or even the other people who are inter-connected between them all.

It's a sickness, and today is even classified as a disease of the mind, if you read the [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)], yet even so, it is happening, and is still occurring, and honest and rational people  are being duped.

It's bad enough to be lied to, have promises left empty, and to be walked on by the Representatives and Senators of this Great Country.

It is quite another thing, to have it occur right in your own face, under your own roof; by someone who doesn't necessarily have to like you, but should have the common sense and decency to protect the Family Unit from harm; because if one is hurt the whole Family hurts... and all the denial in the World and quite possibly even the Universe... will not change that fact.

Whether it is our Country, or our Family; We should be endeavoring to protect each other against harm, and those insidious persons placing us in harms way.

It is said, 'If you keep telling a LIE, eventually people will start believing in it; however the problem herein in lies that the ones telling the lies, especially those that insist that someone else is lying, are they themselves at risk of putting their own foot in their mouth.

I do not know if there is a Universal Karma, if Soul's really do turn Black with excessive wrong-doing, or if a God is jotting down notes; but it seems to me, that it is in everyone's best interest to stop trying to destroy and hate on others; especially those in your own Family, otherwise bad things might happen.

For me, I am honest with my Family and friends; but as is usually the case, the Liars, the self-haters, cannot stand to know the Truth, so they do everything in their EGO driven power to unsettle and unbalance the situation, especially when it comes to discrediting Family members who are honest.

Like a page out of modern day politics in the U.S., If you don't like somebody, if you disagree with what they're saying, if what they are saying breaks up your little Safe-Fantasy World, or will expose your indecency and dubious character. Then the  reaction is text-book, and tends to have Passive-Aggressive overtones, You must Discredit, Discredit, Defame, Discredit!

They want you in a corner, they want you feeling down and out, they want you depressed and running scared, because that makes them feel POWERFUL, it makes them think they are in control.

Just remember that Bad and Evil people, always think they are saving you, helping you, ...'doing it for your own good', by restricting you, putting you in your place, and locking you away, (if they find themselves lucky).

In the end though, (you could retaliate, bring all their sins to bare, and feel really good doing it, I know I would), however it is even more satisfying to leave little or no reaction, smile with a glint in your eye, and leave them guessing, wondering about what your thinking and what your next move is, it will unsettle them and disjoint their already disjointed World.

There is great satisfaction in this, and will help pass the hours as you try and figure out who you can really trust and who took the gambit and ran all the way out into Left-Field.

Times like these can be really lonely and upsetting, but like all things in this World, they will pass, and Time will wear them all away. While you are moving on to the next big thing, they are barely an Historical footnote.

Move forward and do not stagnate, because Movement is Creation, and Stagnation is Death.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

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