Big Brother has raised the chocolate ration to twenty gram a week

2013 January 7
by justrand

The two most quoted books on Conservative and Libertarian blogs are ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and ‘1984’.  And for good reason: we are living through both.

Our media (not yet formally the ‘Ministry of Truth’) can pronounce virtually anything…and then through repitition (or lack thereof) and emphasis (or lack thereof) CREATE ‘Truth!”  Consider that Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State SHOULD have been held accountable…or at least ASKED about…the murder and rape of our Ambassador to Libya that coincided with the destruction of the Benghazi Consulate and murder of 3 other Americans.  Yet despite the myriad lies, half-truths and distortions that she and the Obama regime put forth, we have THIS from three days ago:  “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sets a record in Gallup’s annual most-admired survey“.  And in the upcoming weeks and months the media will be in full swing not only shielding Lord Obama from any harm from bad news…but actually re-writing the news to sustain and even bolster his image as The Won!

Consider this scene from ‘1984’…and how closely it mirrors what is happening now.  Early in ‘1984’ Winston, loyal minion of the Ministry of Truth, reads the announcement that in the coming week the chocolate ration will be reduced from thirty grams to twenty.  He realizes that just a couple months back the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a ‘categorical pledge’ were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. His job is to “fix” the “news” to reconcile these two things. He decides that all he need do is substitute for the original promise a warning that it would “probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.”  But then he realizes someone has re-written HIS story to turn a reduction in ration into an INCREASE!  This realization comes as he sits in a saloon having a discussion with Syme and Parsons, when all the patrons have their attention diverted:

…a trumpet call floated from the telescreen just above their heads. However, it was not the proclamation of a military victory this time, but merely an announcement from the Ministry of Plenty.

‘Comrades!’ cried an eager youthful voice. ‘Attention, comrades! We have glorious news for you. We have won the battle for production! Returns now completed of the output of all classes of consumption goods show that the standard of living has risen by no less than 20 per cent over the past year. All over Oceania this morning there were irrepressible spontaneous demonstrations when workers marched out of factories and offices and paraded through the streets with banners voicing their gratitude to Big Brother for the new, happy life which his wise leadership has bestowed upon us. Here are some of the completed figures. Foodstuffs-‘

The phrase ‘our new, happy life’ recurred several times. It had been a favourite of late with the Ministry of Plenty. … For the moment he had shut his ears to the remoter noises and was listening to the stuff that streamed out of the telescreen. It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grammes a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grammes a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it. Parsons swallowed it easily, with the stupidity of an animal. The eyeless creature at the other table swallowed it fanatically, passionately, with a furious desire to track down, denounce, and vaporize anyone who should suggest that last week the ration had been thirty grammes. Syme, too-in some more complex way, involving doublethink, Syme swallowed it. Was he, then, alone in the possession of a memory?

The fabulous statistics continued to pour out of the telescreen. As compared with last year there was more food, more clothes, more houses, more furniture, more cooking-pots, more fuel, more ships, more helicopters, more books, more babies — more of everything except disease, crime, and insanity. Year by year and minute by minute, everybody and everything was whizzing rapidly upwards.

 

45 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 January 7 7:46 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    49m americans are on food stamps. It would not be beyond belief that Congress might pass a law that turns your SS card (now mandated with 6mths of birth) into a EBT as well. “Think of the efficiency!” will be the cry from the staffers in Congress. The law could require that regardless of whether you pay for the items yourself or not you must swipe your SS card at the register. Then further down the road, you have exactly what is indicated here.

    All the tools are in place to implement it.

  2. 2013 January 7 8:20 am
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    mulletover permalink

    The sheep are clueless.

    Follow the yellow brick road….to the ovens.

  3. 2013 January 7 8:52 am
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    justrand permalink

    drdog…every time any in government says anything remotely like “Think of the efficiency!” it is time to run!

    fits right into mullet’s comment…our government would straighten out that curling “yellow brick road”, to make the trip to the ovens much quicker!

  4. 2013 January 7 9:23 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Here is the mentality we are dealing with (from the Orange County Register comments to Mark Steyn’s column on the financial cliff deal):

    David James · Top Commenter · University of California, Irvine

    George Eazell, Try to keep up George. The deficit has gone down as the economy has improved 🙂

    $1,300 Billion in 2011
    $1,089 Billion in 2012
    and projected to be
    $901 Billion in 2013

    This moron actually believes that because the projected 2012 deficit is lower than the 2011 deficit, the nation’s deficit has gone down (while it has actually risen by more than $1 trillion dollars).

  5. 2013 January 7 10:10 am
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    JustMary permalink

    I am truly amazed by the short memory and attention span of folks nowadays. I am just waiting for them to completely calm down over the end of the payroll tax holiday, which I assume could happen any day- even though they are raving mad right now.

  6. 2013 January 7 10:12 am
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    Or maybe he just simply meant the yearly budget deficit, that’s how I would have read it. Either way though it’s not like that’s much progress particularly when you look at spending levels.
    I’m sure I said during the later days of the bush admin that the yearly deficits had come down from a high of ~450b to ~160b was a good thing (relatively), never meaning to imply that the accumulated deficit had ever gone down. Man… remember those days of ~200billion deficits that at least could be in theory easily solved with the eventual end of 2 highly active wars zones an a few policy changes that were still with-in the realm of the politically possible.

    The base spending level has increased ~1 trillion since fy 2007.

  7. 2013 January 7 10:27 am
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    Mr Evilwrench permalink

    I read “deficit” as the shortfall in the annual budget, and “debt” as the accumulated deficits.

  8. 2013 January 7 11:07 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    7, and you would be right!

  9. 2013 January 7 12:23 pm
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    9 – 8 day backlog in CO for background checks that normally clear in 15min, so much for “instant”. :roll:

  10. 2013 January 7 12:26 pm
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    btw I’ve been wondering… How long till Cruz sells out?
    He’s been acting and saying way to many sane things since sworn in for it to last.

  11. 2013 January 7 12:30 pm
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    Oh boy…who didn’t see this coming.
    http://www.infowars.com/alex-jones-detained-by-tsa/

  12. 2013 January 7 12:49 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    11,

    Once he gets a taste of the cocktail circuit I presume….

  13. 2013 January 7 12:51 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    I love Jones cause much of what he says makes me take pause and think about it. But there are times he can be an ass.

  14. 2013 January 7 1:05 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Well WHBro extended nomination of Hagel for DoD. I swear I think this guy stays up nights thinking of ways to stick it to everyone, just cause he can.

  15. 2013 January 7 1:16 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    “btw I’ve been wondering… How long till Cruz sells out?”

    I hope you are wrong about Cruz, KH but history says you are probably correct.

    Trent Lott in July of 2010:

    The money quote from a Washington Post piece on the Tea Party and Washington’s GOP establishment:

    Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

    But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

    H/T Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Unfortunately, many of the Representatives who were elected with the aid of the Tea Party in 2010 were co-opted by the GOP establishment.

  16. 2013 January 7 1:21 pm
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    14 – Oh for sure he can be an ass, but that’s true of lots of folks that like you said make you stop and think for a bit.
    15 – But of course!

  17. 2013 January 7 1:24 pm
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    bc3b – So am I… but like you I’m fully expecting history to repeat itself.

    Lott’s needs to be on “the list”.

  18. 2013 January 7 1:32 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Lott is one of the most corrupt, self-serving members of Congress in the nation’s history. Yes, I know that is saying alot. As a lobbyist, he is responsible for working to get the “corporate welfare” rider to the fiscal cliff bill that benefits GE and others.

  19. 2013 January 7 2:01 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    Good post at Ace of Spades on Hagel qualifications to be SecDef.

    Essentially says there are two prime responsibilities and Hagel is unqualified to perform either one.

    The first is the vast organization of 2.25 million people and 800,000 civilian employees, and a budget of $664 billion. To manage this requires a very strong leader with serious management experience. Hagel once managed a deputy admin spot at the VA back in 1981, not much since.

    The second is strategic. His record is one of projecting weakness to our enemies and undermining our allies. He is nowhere near the class of previous SecDef like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gates, and even Panetta.

    They conclude he is an unserious candidate, and serves only as a poke in the eye of conservatives, and a distraction to the bad obama economy.

  20. 2013 January 7 2:11 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    They conclude he is an unserious candidate, and serves only as a poke in the eye of conservatives, and a distraction to the bad obama economy. — Mullet

    Yep. And one has to wonder if Hagel is the feint that makes the Senate go all gooey over someone twice as bad….

  21. 2013 January 7 2:14 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    Had not thought of that. Could be.

  22. 2013 January 7 2:28 pm
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    21- Wouldn’t surprise me.

  23. 2013 January 7 2:46 pm
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    http://singularityhub.com/2013/01/07/german-military-laser-destroys-targets-over-1km-away/

    But how is it at popping popcorn?
    btw does anyone know why that is really news, we’ve done way cooler stuff with the now retired airborn laser program not to mention the army’s had this capability for years now, granted I don’t think the beams traveled more then a mile and it’s been used for exploding ordinance so I guess the whole pointing it at the sky and as a drone killer is the new part?

  24. 2013 January 7 2:52 pm
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    “And one has to wonder if Hagel is the feint that makes the Senate go all gooey over someone twice as bad….”

    Typical leftist ploy~~~offer up the armpit to be the scapegoat, then throw in the asshole as the real nominee.

  25. 2013 January 7 3:13 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    But how is it at popping popcorn? — KH

    Loved that movie. Its the only thing that Val Kilmer was good in.

  26. 2013 January 7 3:22 pm
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    Most definitely among my favorite 80’s flicks, I kind thought he was good in The Saint as well. /shrug

  27. 2013 January 7 3:36 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Its all about favors — http://washingtonexaminer.com/tim-carney-baucus-rewards-ex-staffers-with-tax-breaks-for-their-clients/article/2517635?custom_click=rss#.UOrnmG80V8F — And Obama signed on to them as port of the fiscal cliff deal.

    When he said spread the wealth around, he meant our wealth get spread around to big interests.

  28. 2013 January 7 3:55 pm
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Folks, the media is trying to take your minds off the traitor John Kerry as Sec of State.

  29. 2013 January 7 5:54 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Surprise: NY Congressman Introduces Bill to Eliminate Presidential Term Limits:

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/06/new-york-congressman-introduces-bill-to-abolish-presidential-term-limits/

  30. 2013 January 7 5:55 pm
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    By the way I am picking Bama by 21.

  31. 2013 January 7 6:25 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Major irony alert — http://michellemalkin.com/2013/01/07/fracking-films/ — Damon writes and stars in a film about hydraulic fracking which is financed by interests in Abu Dhabi. Heh. Oh and it bombed in its first week release.

  32. 2013 January 7 6:34 pm
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    gnqanq permalink

    America’s future?

    http://www.bob-owens.com/2013/01/what-youll-see-in-the-rebellion-a-nation-of-sarajevos/

    Retribution against those who would be responsible for such a conflict by attempting to undermine the Constitution is assured. They will face extra-judicial justice walking across the street with their families, or in a formal war crimes trial. Either way, their attempt at tyranny ends in death or prison… hardly what these would-be elites imagined for themselves as they planned to loot the remains of a once-powerful economic engine.

    I have two words of advice for those that imagine they can subjugate the arsenal of freedom with the stoke of an autopen.

    Tread carefully.

  33. 2013 January 7 7:10 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    GN,

    Here is an old post from 2009, from police — http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/government/war/news.php?q=1248210235 — they were scared to death then, they must be having self inflicted enemas now with how fast and deep any weapon of choice are flying off the shelves. Something like a ruby ridge today that happens to also be caught on the news or tape or youtube could set this whole country off.

  34. 2013 January 7 7:43 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    There is an a$$ whupping going on in Miami.

    Roll Tide.

  35. 2013 January 7 8:49 pm
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    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – I have met Scott Wagner (author of that piece). He is a good guy and one of us. He has told me that he will walk (as well as many others) away first before anything goes bad.

    You should read the comments in that piece I linked. The comments says a lot. Have read similar comments on other gun forums.

    As the comments expressed, this is not the right wing BUT every day people who are buying and making the comments that things are not right. That they are expecting another revolution/civil war.

    I have to believe people like us here are ready to go (rather not) BUT when the every day Joe/Jane makes these comments – it is getting nasty. And the left has no clue who and what they are pissing off. They know their time is limited and they need to push for their Utopia. I believe a collapse will prevent their plans coming to fruition.

  36. 2013 January 7 8:55 pm
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    justrand permalink

    mullet…Bama was amazing tonight (and/or Notre Dame sucked)

    p.s. to gnqanq…regular folks are indeed getting fed up, and am attempt by the government to disarm those regular folks would blow up big time. I don’t think even Barry Obama is THAT stooopid. But we’ll see.

  37. 2013 January 7 9:07 pm
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    34 – haha I saw the trailer on tv the other day and thought what the frack? Who would greenlight that project??? Then again I wonder that about plenty of movies.

  38. 2013 January 7 9:15 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Notre Dame is always overrated. Stanford was probably the best team on their schedule. They barely beat Purdue and took three overtimes to beat Pitt.

    About 56% of FBS (formerly known as Div. 1-A) teams get bowl invites (70 of 124 teams).

  39. 2013 January 7 10:15 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    ND got creamed. The current team match up process is not doing much better than the old way these last couple of years.

  40. 2013 January 7 10:39 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police State as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive State the unlimited master of society…. This describes mainstream politics in America today. And not just in America. It’s true in Europe, too. It is so much part of the mainstream that it is hardly noticed any more. – Lew Rockwell

  41. 2013 January 8 5:59 am
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    justrand permalink

    great quote, WEC!

  42. 2013 January 8 6:16 am
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    This asshole looked at my beer belly last night and sarcastically said, “Is that Corona or Bud?”

    I said, “There’s a tap underneath; taste it and find out.”

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