Much of what I see around me in the world today reminds me somehow of Tudor’s Tru-Action electric football game, in virtually every way.



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Nationalism has been the guiding principle of the united states for almost 250 years. As a paradigm, it has been lacking at its best, and destructive to individual liberty at its all too common worst.

It appears as if nullification may replace it as a mantra, perhaps even in my lifetime. From all perspectives and viewpoints, the federal Leviathan is being challenged and often defeated.

Any reduction of control from a larger entity to a smaller is to be acclaimed and supported. Only through this path can we achieve liberty in our time.

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Well . . . bye! [Well . . . hi!]

Drafted 04/14/2016:

I hope you enjoyed my blog.  It was not at all the experience I expected — which, I hasten to add, has nothing to do with WordPress, which has served me admirably.  Perhaps it was hubris, perhaps it was my imagination.  Whatever it was, I have been running on empty for some time, and I have not been getting refueled.  For this, gentle reader, I only blame myself.  At any rate, I have decided to reduce my social profile to that of the humble but industrious ant, and will move forward doing things which I love for my personal pleasure alone.  Color me selfish.  Color me magenta.  Color me gone.

Vaya con Dios, slayers …

Updated 01/03/2017:

Okay, I changed my mind (also I quit paying for a premium site). I am going to try a scaled-down version of a blog, consisting mostly of:

  • short pieces, some of which will duplicate my Farcebook posts (to my FB fans, sorry for the re-runs)
  • links I deem worthy (with or without my comments)
  • and maybe the occasional haiku.

I hope this effort will be more successful. If not, I can recycle last April’s post.

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Government Must Be Destroyed

Just a quick note to all my fan (sic) to let you know that I will be wearing your asses out with my tagline from now until it actually happens, or until I get tired of beating my head against your walls, whichever comes first.

I make no apologies whatever to Cato the Elder, as I’m pretty sure his atoms are thoroughly scattered and incorporated elsewhere anyway.

I see no other way.

[Hateful comments cheerfully accepted and responded to politely.]

Furthermore, I consider that government must be destroyed.

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Big Bang’s Final Episode

Note to Chuck Lorre:

I can’t help but notice that The Big Bang Theory has jumped a few Selachimorphae recently. So, anticipating the imminent demise (from whatever cause) of the series, I have written a scenario for the “punch line” scene in the final episode … which follows.


After whatever hijinks seem appropriate for the final episode, we return after commercials for the punch line. The scene opens on Leonard and Penny’s bed. Two figures are in the bed but are covered so they’re indistinguishable. The female on the right stirs, and as she sits up we realize it’s Jenna Elfman. She pokes the male figure on the left, and says, “Greg! Greg! I just had the strangest dream. It was a group of weird techies working together at a university; two of them lived together in an apartment building with a blonde woman who was a beautiful but unschooled mid-western would-be actress. It was funny but really bizarre … yet somehow kind of familiar.”

The male figure pulls the covers down from his head, facing state right, and is revealed to be Bob Newhart. He says, stuttering slightly, “Um, trust me Dharma. I know exactly what you mean.”

Dharma says, “Anyway, the blonde made me wonder if I should grow my hair longer. What do you think?”

Newhart says, reflexively, “No honey, I love you just the way you are. Don’t ever change a thing.”

Newhart rolls to his left to see Kaley Cuoco lying in bed with him. Newhart’s eyes get big, and he says, stuttering heavily, “Not a thing. I mean it!”

(The vanity card will, of course, be your responsibility. Although I’d be glad to do one with a strong liberty theme.)


John Taylor

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Another Sad Day in Amerika

lavoyIt’s another sad day in Amerika.  Of course, some of us will be sadder than others at the news that the Malheur confrontation was forcibly broken by government troops, with resulting loss of life and injury among the protesters.

I’m sad because lives were lost.  The government seems unable to end any disagreement without casualties among the opposition.  Of course, we do not have all the details — and possibly never will — but it is certain that there were casualties.

I’m sad because the protesters, whether or not intentionally, created an atmosphere of confrontation that encouraged the use of force on the part of government troops (not that they seem to need much encouragement these days).

I’m sad because the protester killed was the father of 11 and grandfather of 19. I’m sad because either he felt it necessary to lay down his life to make his point, or he was targeted because of or in spite of his situation.

I’m sad because the media, the government, and to some degree the protesters themselves dissembled and distorted the details of the situation, presumably to achieve an ulterior motive.  The issue at hand was immediately obscured and deflected by all concerned.

I’m sad because there are indications that citizens in the area allowed themselves to be swayed by government and media propaganda, such that they believe there were dangers that probably never existed.

I’m sad that the state of law enforcement is such that every “situation” becomes a crisis that justifies the use of equipment and technology so thoughtfully provided by the “1033 Program”, said provision and use neither necessarily justified nor beneficial.

I’m sad that every politician, elected official, government bureaucrat, and member of the “patriot movement” for miles around seems to have seized on the event to further an irrelevant agenda.

I’m sad that the concept of “government land” is allowed to exist, without constitutional authority or consent of the involved states.

Last of all, I’m sad for the family of the slain and wounded.  These casualties, whether for a valid cause, or whether a result of government necessity, are one more indicator of the deteriorating condition of our society.  Sadly, we seem to be either unable or unwilling to do anything about it, short of writing more sad stories like this one.

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Obscene [Political] Positions

I really didn’t want to do a piece on Campain (sic) 2016.  But this sprang up in my mind today, and what the heck, everybody else is, so why not I?  Submitted for your amusement, a wallet-sized snapshot of the key platform elements for (most of) the pResidential candidates.  I tried my best to be brief on each, but some folks just rate a more thorough scouring.  To the candidates whom I left out … try to statist harder.  Maybe you’ll make it next time.

Jeb:  “I am not my brother.  Think of me as more like McCain … or Romney.  As far as my specific positions, look, stuff happens.  Things happen all the time.  Things.  Is that better?”

Ben: “Maybe.  Possibly.  I am thinking seriously about things.  I have not yet fully fleshed out my policies.  This isn’t any evolution of my views, just that I’ve learned how to express myself.”

Chris: “I fixed New Jersey’s economy so well that the state’s credit rating was only downgraded nine times during my reign.  And we’re still ahead of Illinois!  Mary Jane is a gateway drug and, if elected, I will rid the states of it root and stem.  I don’t need anything that gives me the munchies.”

Ted: “I’m bullish on killing.  Well, not babies.  But all other criminals, terrorists, and bad guys.  I strongly defend golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.”

Rand: “I’m a Republican.  I’m a conservative.  I’m a Tea Partyer.  I’m a libertarian.  You name it, I can be it.  Except my Dad.  I can not be my Dad.  I oppose government control … except where it suits my purposes.  I think we can have most things both ways.”

Marco: “I am more conservative than anybody, but I support immigration reform, especially for my parents.  I dispute climate change science, but I have no problem with the Pope’s support for it.”

Donald: “It is wrong that a rich person can have more influence than people without money.  That’s why I’m financing my own campaign.  I beat other nations economically all the time, and as pResident I’ll do the same.  I oppose immigration reform unless I’m ‘H2B-ing’ them.  I don’t believe all gun owners should be punished for the acts of a few individuals, but I think we should ban all Muslims.  I support traditional marriage to hot young chicks.  I want people to be guessing … I don’t want people to figure it out. I don’t want people to know what my plan is. I have plans. I have plans! But I don’t want to do it.”

Hillary: “I’m a proven commodity.  I’ve been First Lady twice and have guided my husband through many tight (and some loose) situations.  I have been a Senator and almost served two terms before destiny called me.  I have been Secretary of State and had a thinly disguised TV series made about that.  By the way, there are two other TV dramas based on me as well, so there’s that as well.  I’ve declared war on the billionaire class … at least until we’re no longer poorer than that.  I have bigger balls than any Republican war-monger … and I’ve killed more people than they have.  I’m more conservative than any Republican, and more progressive than any Democrat.”

Bernie: “I am not a socialist.  I do not want to replace capitalism.  I just want the government to regulate every aspect of it.  I want to rebuild America’s job base by rebuilding muh roads.  Oh yeah … and free stuff for everyone.”

Martin: “If you like the political climate in Baltimore and in Maryland, you’ll love what I’m going to give the United States.”

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