Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: August 2009


August 10, 2009 ·

Even CNN / Fortune can see the writing on the wall.  It's all in the bill; this stuff's not made up.  Appropriately titled 5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform.

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Rats Looking for Rats

August 04, 2009 ·

From my sister-in-law, some very good stuff. Time to speak up, y'all!

- Jason

I don't know if you've heard about it, but the White House has put up an email box ( for people to report any email or websites or conversations they see  that are unflattering to the Obamacare health care initiative. They are concerned that it's promoting "inaccuracies" ::snort::

I just sent this to that snitch box, signed with my real name. See you at the camps, as I'm sure this has put me on a list somewhere. It should look real good in my file next to my secret clearance LOL.

Come and get me, you bastards, lets get it over with. It's on.


So, now you want us ordinary TAX-PAYING citizens to start turning on each other and “snitching” to Big Mommy Government about our “casual conversations” regarding your ill-conceived Universal Health Care initiative. 

Well, you can kiss my cranky white Irish ass. My casual conversations are NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.


If your plan was so good, it would sell itself and you wouldn’t have to be using the full court press (now with extra jackboots) to get it passed.

The opposition you are seeing in the town hall meetings is not an organized Republican (or any other) effort. It is simply a subset of the quickly growing numbers of ordinary TAX PAYING American citizens who are sick and tired of you picking their pockets, nationalizing their industries, and controlling their lives.

And they feel that since you morons in the bloated and bureaucratic federal government can’t even run a hurricane response with any particle of competence, why should they put their lives (via their healthcare) in your hands?

And I, for one, agree with them 100 percent. It doesn’t even matter what is in the bill. What matters is that we can’t afford it, you and your staff are incompetent, Congress is even more corrupt than it is incompetent, and we don’ t trust any of you as far as we could throw you.

So you can take your Marxism, your snooping, your control fetish, and your out of control spending and stick them where the sun don’t shine, sweetheart.

Enjoy being a one-term president.


Liz McMullen <-— I’m not afraid to sign my name. This is STILL AMERICA and I STILL HAVE RIGHTS.


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Lobbying: the new profit line

August 04, 2009 ·

Boaz writing back in 1983 on the expected growth of lobbying, which has exploded under Obama's administration:

"If more money can be made by investing in Washington than by drilling another oil well, money will be spent there.

"Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek explained the process 40 years ago in his prophetic book The Road to Serfdom: 'As the coercive power of the state will alone decide who is to have what, the only power worth having will be a share in the exercise of this directing power.'"

Just as in Rand's Atlas Shrugged, the 'successful' companies are going to be the ones lobbying Washington for dispensation, not necessarily the ones finding ways to succeed on their own (cf. Ford Motors vs GM / Chrysler over the next 2-6 months).

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Coming clearer

August 03, 2009 ·

A fascinating comment to a 3-page post over at PJTV today:

"If you watch the available video on Yuri Bezmenov, you will understand that the rise of someone like Obama was anticipated by the KGB. Obama’s mother had completely succumbed to the process Bezmenov describes as "demoralization." One aspect of this condition is the inability to discriminate right from wrong, friend from foe. According to Bezmenov the condition is irreversible"

It's that last bit, the recognition that there is something irreversable about this condition of "demoralization".  That would seem to go a long way to explaining why it's (almost) impossible to have a libertarian / progressivist conversation anymore.  Without the ability to even entertain reason, irrevocably locked into a view which has become indiscriminate to right and wrong, what basis is left on which to hold a reasoned discussion?

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