We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That was a great piece of parody by Driscoll and Lileks. First, they pretend to have the tiniest inkling of what the hippie movement was all about, then they proceed to mock it! Marvelous stuff, and just the kind of comedy to start the day off right.
Okay, you brought up Jack Webb.
Jack Webb did some fine acting and some pretty wooden acting in his day. Mark VII, his production company, gave us Dragnet, Adam-12 and Emergency! Right back to the 1950's, Webb made a practice of using actors, not people of race or color. His scripts and his direction recognized ethnic differences and even ethnic problems but he never made his characters "black", "Chicanos" or "whites". Dr. Morton on Emergency! was a good example of how Webb and Mark VII recognized ethnicity but never pandered to it. Ron Pinkard, the actor who played Dr. Morton, also played cops on Dragnet and Adam-12 a few times, and he was a Naval Reserve officer -- don't know his specialty.
Webb's work had a sexist thread, I acknowledge, but even his roles for women tended to be ahead of the curve instead of behind it.
Realistically yes, today's money, like drivers licenses, belongs to the US government and they but loan us usage.
Remember Roosevelt confiscated gold and silver in April 1933; Executive order: By virtue of the
authority vested in me by Section 5(B) of
The Act of Oct. 6,
1917, as amended by section 2 of
the Act of March 9, 1933, in which
Congress declared that
a serious emergency exists, I as
President, do declare that the national
emergency still exists;
That the continued private hoarding
of gold and silver by subjects of the United
States poses a
grave threat to the peace, equal
justice, and well-being of the United
States; and that appropriate
measures must be taken immediately
to protect the interests of our people.
"Therefore, pursuant to the above
authority, I herby proclaim that such gold
and silver holdings
are prohibited, and that all such
coin, bullion or other possessions of gold
and silver be tendered within fourteen days
to agents of the Government of the United
States for compensation at the
official price, in the legal tender of
the Government. All safe deposit boxes in
banks or financial
institutions have been sealed,
pending action in the due course of the
law. All sales or purchases
or movements of such gold and
silver within the borders of the United
States and its territories,
and all foreign exchange
transactions or movements of such metals
across the border are herby prohibited.
"Your possession of these
proscribed metals and/or your maintenance
of a safe-deposit box to
store them is known to the
Government from bank and insurance
records. Therefore, be advised
that your vault box must remain
sealed, and may only be opened in the
presence of an agent of
The Internal Revenue Service.
"By lawful Order given this day,
the President of the United States."
Oh my God, that Greenpeace video you call "Al Gore's Baleful Brood" is terrifying and has me completely depressed. That young thug is straight out of Hitler Youth and that the mere fact that Greenpeace produced such a dark threat shows their desperation and deep hostility.