12/31/2007

Dr. Bil Earns Coveted 2007 Blogger Lager Award

Dr. Bil - Breaks Out New Year's Bubbly



















For most of us, New Years is a time to celebrate a new beginning, but not for loco blogger Dr. Bil.
This Dr. of Liberty lives by the slogan, "out with the old, in with the older".
For the past 3 years him and his pals at ontheborderline.nut have been nursing the same bottle of blogger lager, so why would we expect '08 to be any different.
As anticipated Dr. Bil will make whoopee with his favorite libation, A Rare1776 Vintage Public Education Whine. (it was a very good year according to Dr. Bil and he buys it by the barrel). He even brought out his old tired phrase "and demonstrated it in spades", just for the occasion.
He also dusted off his favorite topic, teacher salaries, the bane of society inflicted on us taxpayers by the nobility of the looting class.
Just for fun we did a little salary research.
Wow, I never knew teachers were rolling in dough like that! I don't know about you, but these bulging wallets sure made me think about getting a teacher job and investing a couple more years to get another Master's Degree.
For a little more fun, let's make a comparison. Teacher Salary vs. Blowhard Oxyconton Addict Radio Host Salary.
Ready!







































































Clearly, the invisible hand of the market is telling us, society needs more blowhard oxycontin addicted radio talk show hosts than looting class teachers.

12/30/2007

Public Education & Immigration

The end of the Nineteenth Century saw explosive growth in America’s public schools. Public school expenditures rose from $69 million in 1870 to $147 million in 1890. Public school enrollment increased from 7.6 million in 1870 to 12.7 million in the same decades. The United States was providing more schooling to more children than any other nation on earth, thanks in large part to the nineteenth-century movement for school reform. Yet not all children could attend public schools together. Many Native Americans were sent to special government schools, where they were forced to abandon tribal languages, customs, and dress. African Americans also faced exclusion, and many created their own schools.



By 1900 the United States was becoming increasingly urban. Cities were crowded with immigrants arriving from every part of the globe. Between 1890 and 1930, over 22 million came to the United States, including almost three million children. For them, school was the place where the American dream was nurtured, and the future itself took shape… So powerful was the lure of education that on the day after a steamship arrived, as many as 125 children would apply to one New York school. Thousands of students attended school part time for lack of space. Some classrooms were as crowded as tenements. Yet for many other children, school was nothing more than a mysterious building passed on the way to work. In 1900, only 50 percent of America’s children were in school, and they received an average of only five years of schooling. The remaining children could often be found at work.

Learn more about the history of US public education at the PBS site School.

12/29/2007

Middle Border Country


"Many signs mark the middle border country, a frontier nation not a hundred years old, with no connected primitive past, no deep historic shadow, no feudal fumbling of dark gestation. A swift action has taken place, recorded from the first day in diaries, newspapers, pamphlets, in a mass impulse for expression scarcely equaled, except perhaps in the Soviet Union. Expression grew like corn. Newspapers sprang up like whiskey stills. Democratic man wished not to die, but to be perpetuated, to speak in meeting, to write to the papers.

It was a new society, unique, set down green in the wilderness, adapting rapidly to climate, animals, minerals, mutually safeguarding new institutions, sharing prohibitions and extensions of freedom, rearing a new culture from the blend of diverse strands of one idea: that the dignity of man is inalienable, and that by his own effort on this earth he can subjugate nature for the good of all."

Meridel Le Sueur
from The North Star


About the picture: Robert M. La Follette, Sr., campaigning in Cumberland, Wisconsin in 1897. La Follette led the reform faction in Wisconsin's Republican party and in 1900, he was elected governor. Under his leadership, Wisconsin became an outstanding example of progressive government.

See more historic Wisconsin photos.

12/27/2007

Color Consultants For Hire

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OTBL Adopts Revolutionary Look


















By now you’ve probably noticed our new look for the
new year. But never fear, ontheborderline will continue
it’s tradition of posting character assassinating junk
as it has since it’s inception.
Inspired by the auto erotic nocturnal imaginings of one
of our Dr.s of Liberty, our new design (borrowed from
the 1776 clipart emporium) will surely inspire the same
American revolutionary fruitcake zeal as or former
boring template. The founders of ontheborderline.nut
would like to take this opportunity to wish all our
social misfit readers, a new year filled with Anti-statist
rhetoric and anarchistic desire.

ontheborderline admin.

12/26/2007

Satan's Little Sister Of Mercy


"Poverty is not a mortgage on the labor of others - misfortune is not a mortgage on achievement - failure is not a mortgage on success - suffering is not a claim check, and its relief is not the goal of existence - man is not a sacrifical animal on anyone's altar nor for anyone's cause - life is not one huge hospital."

Ayn Rand
Apollo 11
Spetember 1969

Pope Benedict XVI: More Socialist Rhetoric?



"The time came for Mary to deliver and she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manager, because there was no room for them in the inn. Those words touch our hearts every time we hear them.

"In some ways, mankind is awaiting God, waiting for Him to draw near. But when the moment comes, there is no room for him. Man is so preoccupied with himself, he has such an urgent need for all the space and all the time for his own things, that nothing remains for others -- for his neighbor, for the poor, for God. And the richer men become, the more they fill up all the space by themselves."

Pope Benedict XVI
Christmas Day 2007

12/24/2007

from "North Star" by Meridel Le Sueur



Walking on giant paths, and being small and frightened, the north countryman created giant myths, sang to cover fear and nostalgia for old lands and bends of rivers he would never see again.


The mechanics, lumberjacks, the lakemen, rivermen, woodcutters, plowmen, the hunkies, hanyocks, whistle-punks; the writers of constitutions, the singers in the evening along unknown rivers; the stone masons, the quarrymen, the high slingers of words, the printers and speakers in the courthouses, the lawmakers, the carpenters, joiners, journeymen -- all kept on building. Every seven years they picked up the loans, mortgages, the grasshopper-ridden fields, the lost acres, the flat bank accounts, and went on, started over, turned a new leaf, worked harder, looked over new horizons.

The heritage they give us is the belief we have in them. It is the story of their survival, the sum of adjustments, the struggle, the folk accumulation called sense and the faith we have in the collective experience. It was real and fast, and we enclose it. Many unknown people lived and were destroyed by it. What looks to us grotesque or sentimental is the humor of the embryo, the bizarreness of the unformed, and the understanding of it is a prerequisite to our survival. It was real, and created our day. Perhaps it encloses us.

It is the deep from which we emerge.

Like a lion the people leave marks of their passing, reveal that moment of strength when the radicle plunged into the soil, in the fierce struggle on a strong day, and a nation held."

12/23/2007

Maturity



"Maturity is the stage of life when you don't see eye to eye but can walk arm in arm."

Charles McDonald
The Christian Word


12/21/2007

Yo! Bil...It's The "LOVE" of Money...

1 Timothy 6:10




New American Standard Bible
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people who have set their hearts on getting rich have wandered away from the Christian faith and have caused themselves a lot of grief.

King James Bible
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

American Standard Version
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Bible in Basic English
For the love of money is a root of all evil: and some whose hearts were fixed on it have been turned away from the faith, and been wounded with unnumbered sorrows.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.

Darby Bible Translation
For the love of money is the root of every evil; which some having aspired after, have wandered from the faith, and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

English Revised Version
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Tyndale New Testament
For covetousness is the root of all evil, which while some lusted after, they erred from the faith, and tangled themselves with many sorrows.

Weymouth New Testament
For from love of money all sorts of evils arise; and some have so hankered after money as to be led astray from the faith and be pierced through with countless sorrows.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some have coveted, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

World English Bible
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Young's Literal Translation
for a root of all the evils is the love of money, which certain longing for did go astray from the faith, and themselves did pierce through with many sorrows;

12/20/2007

Who You Calling "Mentally Ill?"

Congress Passes Bill to Stop Mentally Ill From Getting Guns

Prompted by the Virginia Tech University shootings, Congress yesterday approved legislation that would help states more quickly and accurately identify potential firearms buyers with mental health problems that disqualify them from gun ownership under federal law.

The deaths of 32 people in a shooting rampage by a mentally ill student on the Virginia Tech campus spurred Congress to address long-standing gaps in state records reporting that allowed the killer to purchase two guns.

The resulting bill -- based on legislation that had languished for years -- drew overwhelming bipartisan support, and the backing of both the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Rifle Association. Its Democratic sponsors worked for months to bring it to a vote, after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) placed a hold on it.
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Ron Paul In Black & White

Ron Paul: white supremacist's $500 donation to spread 'message of freedom'


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) An aide to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says the congressman won't be giving back a $500 campaign donation he received from a white supremacist.

The money comes from Don Black of West Palm Beach, Florida. He runs a Web site with the motto "White Pride World Wide." Black says he knows that Paul isn't a white nationalist. He says he likes Paul's stance on ending the war in Iraq and securing U.S.borders, and his opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants.

A Paul spokesman says the candidate will "take the money and try to spread the message of freedom." He says if someone with "small ideologies" thinks a donation will influence Paul, then he's "wasted his money." He says that Black now has $500 less to "do whatever it is that he does."

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12/19/2007

What's Under The Hood?


"Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the ‘criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal."

— Printed In Ron Paul’s Newsletter

"Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action."

— Printed In Ron Paul’s Newsletter

12/18/2007

International Immigrants Day: 12/18/07

“My fellow Americans, this is an amazing moment for me. To think that a once scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become Governor of California and stand in Madison Square Garden to speak on behalf of the President of the United States that is an immigrant's dream. It is the American dream.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger



Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame...




"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus
(1849-1887)




“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

12/16/2007

Freedom

"Men are free when they are living in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away.... The most unfree souls go West, and shout of freedom. Men are freest when they unconscious of freedom."

D. H. Lawrence


12/15/2007

The Genocide In Darfur

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain; and when he was set, his disciples came unto him, and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: ..."



"'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.'"

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Enemies


"There is something positive to be gained by acknowledging one's enemies. Like all God's creatures, enemies have a purpose in the world. They offer criticism of one's conduct (albeit unsought) that is not always provided by friends. They also encourage self-esteem. How would we know the magnitude of our own worth without someone so worthless attacking it?"

Roger Rosenblatt

12/14/2007

Good vs. Evil


"A good man out of the good treausre of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."

Luke 6:45

12/12/2007

Judge Not



"Judge not and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven..."

Luke 6:37

12/11/2007

12/10/2007

Holiday Gift Ideas For The Soon To Be Homeless























Your job got outsourced.
The Bank's foreclosing on the house.
But the rugrats still want Christmas Toys?
Nort Shaw Holiday Gifts Inc. has the perfect solution.
Lead Based paint makes the perfect gift for the little ones that
won't live long enough to die from cancer. So before you move into the carboard box, put the kids to work decorating it in style.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Looming Depression

The ultimate chopping block by the North Shore Nut Factory!!!


Does taking the green out of your end-of-the-year profits to pacify those statistics you call "employees" make you see red during the holiday season? Do the words "cold is cheap" dance in your head, as you shell out for another holiday lunch for those employees who are lucky their jobs have yet to be outsourced to India? Are you hoping the money you invested in a real estate venture called "Pottersville" will finally pay off in 2008?

Maybe this is the year to give your statistics a chopping block...since your ongoing negotiation with a Chinese sweatshop look like their jobs will be eliminated in 2008. A chopping block from the North Shore Nut Factory is one of the most scurvy-ass gifts that you can give to your employees. What other piece of cheesy chipboard will those whiny ungratefuls still remember you by years later when they spent their retirement as Wal-Mart greeters or derelicts sleeping in front of the Union Gospel Mission?

With our unique firebombing process, using my own gas produced from my endless compost of blog bullshit and Dr. Bill's dictionary for those suffering from terminal nocturnal admissions, we can anonymously reproduce your logo and leave a permanent imprint that will be a reminder into perpetuity of your stupidity in buying your gifts from me. Fruitcake will never be the same...

Please call us today at MY-DUCT-TAPE or (800)666-1776 to receive a free market sample.

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Ditchweed, MN

With our tremendous volume discount, you can never order too many of our chopping blocks. If you do have extras, you can find a resell market for them next April.


12/09/2007

Q: Who Sounds Like A San Fransisco Liberal?

"We talk about medical marijuana and, as a physician, it's controversial in conventional medicine. I happen to believe that it is probably very, very helpful, and I bet you there are a few testimonials for that. But even in the legislative sense - in the political sense - the federal government doesn't have this authority. I mean, if a state especially comes in and says you can use it, like some of these states have, then for the federal government to come in and say that we are going to override the state law, even if it's just a modest legalization, and override this law, that's an offense just on the issue of states' rights. But how can people do this? How can an individual talk to you like that, and still say, 'Well, I'm a compassionate conservative - I want you to suffer'? That's what they're saying. You know, it's outrageous."

Republican Ron Paul
Durham, New Hampshire Town Hall meeting
Nov. 9, 2007

Q: What's Worse Than Egg On Your Face?

12/08/2007

Inside The On The Borderline Blog

CIA Releases Tape Under Pressure

"Don't be afraid to see what you see."

Ronald Reagan

After immense pressure from the Hudson Sanitation Department and Mayor Jack, the CIA has released a secret video it compiled while investigating the OTBL bloggers. The tape takes you into the dark, mysterious world inhabited by the lackeys of Mr. Peanut and Dr. Bill The Boring.

The story of the tape was exposed by Dugout Doug, the highly acclaimed investigative journalist for the Borderline Star-Observer, who said he say the tape and, at first thought it was useless crap. Then he noticed lots pieces of peanuts embedded in the crap and made the tie to the OTBL blog.

The rest is -- as they -- statist extortion perpetrated by communists bent on enslaving the rich to make them clean the bedpans of the socialists government workers who sleep till noon take an hour for lunch and take the rest of the day off so they can polish their spouse's Cadillac benefits plan. Did I mention the word "criminal?"



If Elected, Mitt Romney To Have Tattoos Remove

"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone..."

"...Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin."

Mitt Romney
Explaining how the Mormon Church is not the USFL of Christian churches

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While preparing for his speech, Romney took time to show off his tattoos of the Mormon prophets.

12/07/2007

The Ol' Commander Guy

"The question is, who ought to make that decision? The Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clear -- I'm a Commander Guy."

President Bush
Washington, D.C.,
May 2, 2007

Village (of North Hudson) People Speak Out

12/06/2007

What's The Price Of Snake Oil?



"In four short years he has turned our country from a prosperous nation at peace into a desperately indebted nation at war. But so what? He is the President of the United States, and you're not. Love it or leave it."

Hunter S. Thompson
on George W. Bush

12/05/2007

Nitwitastan Secedes From Union - Unveils New Logo



















Nitwitastan
, ( a newly formed anarchistic individistate, that recently declared it's independence from the United States of America) has a new logo.
The Omnipotent Most High and Mighty Emperor and Infallible Leader of Nitwitastan, Dr. Dan "Flash" Billiamson unveiled the new logo today at his press conference on the shores of the Namakogan River. No mainstream media were in attendance, however ontheborderline.nut crack reporter N. Onimous and Dr. (of Liberty) Mark Bubonic (Co-Author of the vanity press worst seller "The Price of Spin") were in virtual attendance via the internet to report on this historic event to the borderline faithful.

Wanted: Farmer to Front for the Nation's Elite
























The Institute for the Preservation of Dynastic Wealth is seeking an active or former family farmer to serve as our new spokesperson.

The search coincides with the hearings on the Estate Tax being held by the Senate Finance Committee on November 14th. We expect Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will be using this well-worn but never-proven talking point, so we thought we'd help by finally making the search public.

The need for an actual farmer reached a new urgency last May when presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani was forced to cancel a press conference with an Iowa farm family. At the last minute his campaign aides realized that with a mere 80 acres, the family was not actually rich enough to be affected by the tax.

Qualified candidates must be an heir of a family farm that had to be sold to pay the Estate Tax.

Find out more..

Read the Press Release.

It's A "Free Market" Not A "Fair Market"

A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday hauled credit card companies onto the mat for their practice of using credit scores to increase the interest rates cardholders must pay.


"If a customer's risk profile increases, we may increase their annual percentage rate. This is largely due to the nature of a credit card compared to other loan products -- every credit card transaction can be regarded as a new loan, and we are financially responsible for every loan that is not repaid."

Roger Hochschild, president and chief operating officer, Discover Financial Services.

"Credit card companies go too far when they hike the interest rates of consumers who are faithfully paying their credit card bills, just to squeeze more finance charges from them. Some credit card companies are foisting interest rates as high as 25 percent or 30 percent on responsible consumers, claiming they have become greater credit risks even when those same consumers haven't missed paying a bill in years."

Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Investigations Subcommittee.

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12/04/2007

Can They Drug Test This Guy?

The New Road to Serfdom: The Shock Doctrine

"In the early ’80s, as Margaret Thatcher attempted to hack away at England’s substantial public sector, she found a frustrating degree of public resistance. The closer she got to the bone, the more the patient wriggled and withdrew. Thatcher doggedly persisted, yet her pace wasn’t fast enough for right-wing Austrian economist Friedrich von Hayek, her idol and ideological mentor. You see, in 1981, Hayek had traveled to Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s Chile, where, under the barbed restraints of dictatorship and with the guidance of University of Chicago-trained economists, Pinochet had gouged out nearly every vestige of the public sector, privatizing everything from utilities to the Chilean state pension program. Hayek returned gushing, and wrote Thatcher, urging her to follow Chile’s aggressive model more faithfully.

In her reply, Thatcher explained tersely that “in Britain, with our democratic institutions and the need for a higher degree of consent, some of the measures adopted in Chile are quite unacceptable. Our reform must be in line with our traditions and our Constitution. At times, the process may seem painfully slow.”

The Hayek/Thatcher exchange is one of many revealing historical nuggets unearthed in The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein’s ambitious history of neoliberalism. Hayek isn’t the star of The Shock Doctrine—that dubious honor goes to his protegĂ© and fellow Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman. But Klein’s totemic, capacious and brilliant alternate history of the last three decades of global political economy can best be understood as a latter-day response to Hayek’s classic right-wing manifesto, The Road to Serfdom."

Read more of Christopher Hayes review on Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism at In These Times.



Watch Klein's short movie The Shock Doctrine.

The Road to "Free Market"

Chile, 1973
50,000 tortured
80,000 imprisoned
Public spending cut by 50%
Incomes for the rich up 83%
45% of population in poverty


Invasions – Iraq, 2003
The most privatized war in modern history
US decrees 200 state companies will be privatized
Hundreds of thousands killed
4 million displaced


"We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear -- fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer."

Hunter S. Thompson

Summing Up The GOP Candidates



"The two of them (John McCain and Mike Huckabee) seem often to be operating on a different - and higher - plane than the quarrelsome Giuliani and Romney, whose mutual contempt is as palpable as it is persuasive...Fred Thompson appears perpetually grumpy - a presence hard to imagine inhabiting the Oval Office. The three House members - Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter - are exercising their lungs but running for exercise, happy to be part of the proceedings but with no hope of being nominated."

David Broder

Read more @ St. Paul Pioneer Press.