I love my country, but to be honest I lost a lot of regard for the pledge when I discovered it was penned by a die-hard socialist flag salesman. And for the longest time I didn’t pay attention to its use of the word indivisible. Yet as a Southerner who fervently believes that Lincoln was a tyrant who did irreparable damage to the Constitution, I now recognize that “indivisible” flies right in the face of the state’s right of secession. And lastly, I read Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism not long ago, and I became enlightened to the long history of governments using patriotism to harness and redirect the devotion of the citizens in ways that would benefit the corrupt political class.
I have reached the point where I detest my government while still loving my nation. Far too many Americans can’t seem to distinguish between the two, and in my opinion the pledge helps to further that confusion. I sincerely wish that Americans would learn and be able to recite the Bill of Rights - instead of some flag salesman’s promo bit.
Ashton Kutcher thinks the world would go mad if electricity failed.
The actor - who is married to Demi Moore - wouldn't be surprised if the world goes into meltdown during his lifetime because people rely too much on things that are convenient.
He explained: "It won't take very much, I'm telling you. It will not take much for people to hit the panic button. The amount of convenience that people rely on based on electricity alone.
You start taking out electricity and satellites, and people are going to lose their noodle. People don't have maps anymore. People use their iPhones or GPS systems, so if there's no electricity, nobody has maps."
Kutcher, 32, believes he has already had a glimpse of what could happen after being caught in a power cut late last year.
He recalled to the February 2011 issue of Men's Fitness magazine: "It was 20 below zero. I got my guns out. We made a fire. We went to the grocery store, and the doors were open because they're all electronic. People were rolling in and out, clearing out the shelves."
Earlier this year, Kutcher and wife Demi Moore embarked on a 10-day Master Cleanse diet and the screen hunk claims they choose to exist on nothing but water, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and lemon juice for 10 days once a year in order to prepare for a potential disaster situation.
Ashton said: "If the s**t hits the fan, I like knowing I could live off water and syrup for a couple of weeks."
Water and Syrup eh? Sounds like a great plan. Good luck with that! At least he has a gun. It might come in handy when he finds himself in the throes of a syrup-induced depression over the loss of his GPS.
By Thomas Sowell
The Constitution of the United States begins with the words "We the people."
But neither the Constitution nor "we the people" will mean anything if politicians and judges can continue to do end runs around both.
Bills passed too fast for anyone to read them are blatant examples of these end runs. But last week, another of these end runs appeared in a different institution when the medical "end of life consultations" rejected by Congress were quietly enacted through bureaucratic fiat by administrators of Medicare.
Although Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Jay Rockefeller had led an effort by a group of fellow Democrats in Congress to pass Section 1233 of pending Medicare legislation, which would have paid doctors to include "end of life" counseling in their patients' physical checkups, the Congress as a whole voted to delete that provision.
Republican Congressman John Boehner, soon to become speaker of the House, objected to this section in 2009, saying: "This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia."
Whatever the merits or demerits of the proposed provision in Medicare legislation, the Constitution of the U.S. makes the elected representatives of "we the people" the ones authorized to make such decisions.
When proposals explicitly rejected by a vote in Congress are resurrected and stealthily made the law of the land by bureaucratic fiat, there has been an end run around both the people and the Constitution.
Congressman Blumenauer's office praised the Medicare bureaucracy's action but warned: "While we are very happy with the result, we won't be shouting it from the rooftops because we are not out of the woods yet."
In other words, don't let the masses know about it.
Read the full article here
Here are some of his questions:
* If diversity training benefits everyone, why do those classes mostly consist of white heterosexual males?
* How come Hollywood can always find a good side in thugs, but never in businesspeople? What was the last movie that pictured a self-reliant, industrious man as a role model?
* If there are no absolutes and family is an antiquated tool of bourgeois oppression, why is having gay marriage an absolute must?
* If Hollywood types are so opposed to capitalism, why is there a warning against unauthorized distribution of their movies?
* How come those who hate humanity for its faults are called “humanists” but those who love humanity for its virtues are called “hate-mongers”?
* Can you name one person who paid the IRS more than he owed because he trusted the government to put his money to good use?
This is but a sampling of the questions he asked. I can almost visualize the moon-bats' heads beginning to spin. Be sure to read the whole article.
H/T to the folks over at Crusader Rabbit.
Note that the average score is 49%.
It's no wonder America is slipping so bad. We've become too stupid to pour piss out of a boot!
Btw...my score was 91%
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.
He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.
Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff's deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.
At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot's gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.
A follow-up letter from the sheriff's department said the CCW permit would be reevaluated following the outcome of the federal investigation.
The YouTube videos, posted Nov. 28, show what the pilot calls the irony of flight crews being forced to go through TSA screening while ground crew who service the aircraft are able to access secure areas simply by swiping a card.
"As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce. It's only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here," the pilot narrates.
Video shot in the cockpit shows a medieval-looking rescue ax available on the flight deck after the pilots have gone through the metal detectors. "I would say a two-foot crash ax looks a lot more formidable than a box cutter," the pilot remarked.
A letter from the TSA dated Dec. 6 informed the pilot that "an administrative review into your deputation status as a Federal Flight Deck Officer has been initiated."
According to the letter, the review was directly related to the discovery by TSA staff of the YouTube videos. "The content and subject of these videos may have violated regulations concerning disclosure of sensitive security information," the letter said.
The pilot's attorney, Don Werno of Santa Ana, said he believed the federal government sent six people to the house to send a message.
"And the message was you've angered us by telling the truth and by showing America that there are major security problems despite the fact that we've spent billions of dollars allegedly to improve airline safety," Werno said.
The pilot said he is not in trouble with his airline, but a supervisor asked him to remove public access to the YouTube videos.
He does, however, face potential civil penalties from the TSA. He said he would likely go public when it becomes clear what the government plans to do with him.
Here's another article where the pilot is interviewed and explains why he did it.
I tell you with all honesty my friends, Nanny-provided "public safety" (and "officer safety" when it comes to our LEO masters) has totally destroyed ANY concept of personal liberty or individual rights in the country.
There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.
The letter read:
I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension payment. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope.. Can you please help me?
The postal worker was touched.. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.
Christmas came and went.
A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift.
By the way, there was $4 missing.
I think it might have been those bastards at the post office.
For a couple of years, when I was in the service, I lived in Kingston Jamaica – a place where the “poor” are truly poor. We have precious few real poor people in America.
Neal Boortz posted some statistics that describe “the plight” of being poor in America:
• Forty-six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three bedroom house with one and a half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
• Seventy-six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
• Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two thirds have more than two rooms per person.
• The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)
• Nearly three quarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.
• Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
• Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
• Seventy-three percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.
Once a year here in Jacksonville Florida our local newspaper runs a school-by-school report that shows the percentages of kids on the free or reduced lunch (read Taxpayer Provided) program. When I first saw this I immediately knew something was grossly wrong. There were schools that showed nearly 100% of the kids receiving free/reduced lunches!
Now let me clarify something. I have NO problem helping the truly needy. But we have expanded the needy class here beyond all reasonable imagination! Let me put it this way: If my personal finances were in dire straits, there is ONE household need I would see to it that was taken care of regardless of all other considerations: feeding my children! That expenditure would come before house payment, car payment, light bill, or even food for me!
But the entitlements crowd wants the government to take from the productive class, and give to the poor, allowing them to keep their money free for wants!
Here’s a perfect example. This lady in Macon GA wanted her heating bills paid for by the taxpayers, and she’s all upset because for whatever reason, she was turned down. But look in the background at the size of her big screen TV. Note also the video game component. What is THAT an X Box or something? Aren’t those things about $300 dollars, with game cartridges running an average of $50 apiece?
Heck I don’t have a TV that big, and I don’t even own an X Box!
In my opinion, she should be selling off such trinkets before she expects help from those of us who actually work and produce something for society!
As the story goes, he was returning to his apartment around 1 am after having dallied with some friends over drinks. He pulled into the gated complex in a fairly upscale area and parked his car. After he got out and locked his car (and simultaneously locking his pistol in the car’s console) he was grabbed in a headlock from behind by someone operating in “Ninja-mode”. The other attacker came from out of nowhere and attempted to pull Joe’s feet out from under him. He said he felt like the guy was actually trying to remove his shoes as well.
There’s no telling what would have happened if they had been successful getting my son on the ground.
However, the two thugs had no idea that for his size, Joe has uncommon strength and ability. Joe also has a long history of fisticuffs to his credit and has no qualms about settling issues the old fashioned way. Imagine their surprise when Joe easily broke the headlock and began slugging it out with both would-be thieves!
While I am very relieved that Joe was able to overpower and chase off two strong-armed attackers, I also can point to several aspects of the tale that gives me real cause for concern.
First of all, it is just by the grace of God that his foes were apparently unarmed. Otherwise finding their easy mark to be NOT so easy, they might have decided to “bust a cap” in Joe just out of pure frustration! These two clowns had only theft in mind and no wish to watch someone die. But, instead of a headlock, Joe’s first warning he was under attack could just as easily have been a knife in the rib cage.
I have hammered home the idea to my kids that one should never go about unaware of their surroundings. Unless you’re home on the couch with all the doors locked, there is no excuse for leaving one’s guard down to the extent that Joe did. However, I bet these two thugs have gotten the point through to my son far better than anything I could ever say or do. I sincerely hope this is one lesson Joe will never have to re-learn.
Closely related to the question of general awareness is the concept that a .22 in your pocket is better than a cruise-missile locked up where you can’t reach it. Again – I think that lesson was amply brought home to Joe, and he’s fortunate to have survived it.
Finally, and perhaps the most worrisome aspect of all, is that the two thugs now know approximately where Joe lives, and specifically what kind of car he drives. If upon further reflection they decide that the many shots to the head and face they received at the hands of their “victim” warrant some kind of payback – they are well positioned to deliver such payback in a way, and at a time, of their own choosing. My daughter-in-law and my 10 month-old granddaughter pull into that same parking lot every day, and I am deeply concerned that these two yahoos are out there - somewhere - waiting to try it again!
A soft landing for America 40 years from now? Don’t bet on it. The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.
Despite the aura of omnipotence most empires project, a look at their history should remind us that they are fragile organisms. So delicate is their ecology of power that, when things start to go truly bad, empires regularly unravel with unholy speed: just a year for Portugal, two years for the Soviet Union, eight years for France, 11 years for the Ottomans, 17 years for Great Britain, and, in all likelihood, 22 years for the United States, counting from the crucial year 2003.
Read the rest here:
Four Scenarios for the End of the American Century by 2025
- are hated and despised by all your “customers”
- must publicly fondle the genitals of an endless stream of fat, smelly, surly, sweaty, strangers – with a straight face
- are accumulating a massive lifetime dose of radiation to the only body you have
- must routinely pry screaming children from their parents arms in order to frisk them like you would a prison inmate
What does this say about the psyche of someone who wants a job like this?
I have no choice but to fly on two occasions each year. I am NOT standing in that microwave powered “body-print” machine (given my predisposition to skin cancer), and I am NOT sure how I’m going to react when someone I’ve never met grabs a hold of my short arm!
Now go read the short but VERY enlightening post over at Confederate Yankee she entitles: Good News! TSA Scanners Damage DNA, Increase Cancer Risk to Everyone, But Will Kill Small Children and TSA Agents First
Remember that what you don’t know CAN hurt you.
Remember that sheep only have two speeds: graze and stampede.
Curtis at Refreshing the Tree of Liberty brings us another more contemporary example of the sheep in action. As you watch these short videos, keep in mind they are just after bargains. But energy interruptions of any sort will bring food shortages, and formerly docile Sunday-school teachers might cut your throat in order to feed their hungry kids.
Watch and learn.
As you read it, note the similarities with what's happening here in America.
The folks who demand that government solve all our problems have a very persuasive approach. It works - for a while. Until one day you wake up under total tyranny.
After America, There Is No Place To Go
By Kitty Werthmann
Jesus, my hope of salvation; both personally and for those whom I love. He is risen!
My family. Most of them are pretty darn cool. Seriously though... words cannot express how much I love them all.
My friends. I am fortunate to have a small cadre of friends that are of such quality that I would have no hesitation to entrust to them my life or the lives of my family.
My job. I work for the best people imaginable, in the best company imaginable.
My nation. I love my country immensely and I am deeply pained at its decline and impending destruction by traitorous politicians aided by collectivist ideologues and a lazy materialistic and apathetic populace. To my countrymen I say: “You’re going to miss this thing called Liberty – once it’s gone!”
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!
When [are] you all going to realize these pat downs are our (the American people's) punishment for the 'shelackin' (Obama's word) we gave Obama on Nov 2nd? This is Obama's revenge. When did the 'enhanced' security measures kick in? Nov 1st, a day before the election that everyone knew would be a bad day for Obama. Also notice in today’s news Velma Hart, the woman who stood up and told BO that she was tired of defending him has been laid off from her gov't job. I don't think this is all a coincidence. This is a very angry man-child we have for a president. The next 2 years will be a bumpy ride.
To accept this as a possibility one must simply buy into two basic truths:
First – our government is capable of any dirty trick imaginable! Haven’t they already proven that time and time again?
Second – Obama is personally a very hateful and vindictive man. He has proven this repeatedly as well. You merely have to read either of "his" two books to discover the vitriol this man has in his heart.
The collectivist leadership personified by the likes of Obama, Napolitano, Reid, Pelosi et al, are all absolutely committed to the idea that THEY know what’s best for America. And the American people’s wishes on any issue are utterly ignored; think Obamacare here – the nation said NO resoundingly, but via backroom deals, arm-twisting and no doubt other dirty tricks, that legislation was forced upon us. Now add a generous dose of Obama’s petulance and vindictiveness, and I think the idea of payback for the election’s results is not outside the realm of possibility at all.
TSA Keeping List of Misbehaving Passengers
May 26, 2010 2:35 pm by Carl Unger
USA Today reports that in addition to terrorist watchlists and no-fly lists, the government is tracking airport threats of another kind: Frustrated (but otherwise harmless) passengers. Or, more specifically, frustrated travelers who let their emotions get the better of them.
"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it is keeping records of people who make its screeners feel threatened as part of an effort to prevent workplace violence," writes Thomas Frank, meaning "airline passengers who get frustrated and kick a wall, throw a suitcase or make a pithy comment to a screener could find themselves [on the] little-known Homeland Security database."
Now, the list is small, meaning two things: Incidents like this are rare, and incidents bad enough to warrant placement on the list are even more so. The list presently consists of roughly 240 incidents, some 30 of which involve attacks against TSA officials. So, what gets you on the list? Anything from verbal threats to physical bullying, pulling a weapon, or intentionally scaring TSA employees by punching or kicking things.
Still, the potential privacy violations have people concerned. According to USA Today, "A TSA document published in February says database information can be given to government agencies and to airports, airlines and rail and bus systems in cases involving their workers or job applicants." American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Michael German told USA Today, "there's a potential for the misuse of information or the mischaracterization of harmless events as potential threats."
I have to say I agree. A traveler acting like a jerk in an airport is probably not a credible threat to air safety, and should be handled by local police or airport security. Maintaining a watchlist seems like a waste of the TSA's energy and resources, and, given the isolated nature of these incidents, probably isn't that useful in the long run.
That said, my feeling is that if you do something bad enough to land on this list, you probably deserve whatever you get. Airport security is one of the most frustrating aspects of traveling, but that's no excuse for lashing out at TSA officials who, for better or worse, are simply doing their job. [Excuse me Mr Government Propagandist, but weren't the guards at Auschwitz just doing their jobs as well? And didn't the ruling at Nuremburg completely destroy that as a form of acceptible excuse?] They don't make the policies they enforce, they simply scan your bags and look for suspicious materials. Could some of them be friendlier? Could some of them use a little more common sense? Sure. But so could many travelers. [And couldn't they conclude that theirs is a Liberty-destroying occupation that ushers in Tyranny. Go get a job somewhere else for Pete's sake!]
By John Galt
November 16, 2010
The story of John Tyner has proven to be another black eye for bureaucrats nationwide and a reinforcement of the warnings after September 11th that hiring burger flippers to handle security positions would end in a disaster. The disaster in this case though is not a terrorist attack or threat thereof, but another abrogation of that damned piece of paper behind the glass which used to be the basis for the rule of law inside the United States. Tonight on my radio show I discussed a solution, a brilliant one I might add, as proposed by my charming wife during a conversation we had earlier.
The presumption behind a pat down and grope your groin search is that you, the passenger, are guilty of hiding something. The same philosophy or idea can be applied to the full body scanner which pilots are objecting to now due to the invasion of privacy. Thus the premise that you are guilty before being declared innocent and allowed to proceed is the methodology used by the TSA which is a direct violation of the concept of Due Process.
Thus if you are flying a simple solution. These cards can be typed up or written up on an index card or feel free to print this screen and hand it to your grope happy TSA agent when you fly:
If you are going to be treated like a criminal, politely ask the officer two questions:
1. Are you a law enforcement officer?
2. If so, are you willing to abide and uphold the Constitution as per the oath you have sworn to uphold?
Presuming both questions are answered “yes” then per the Supreme Court ruling of Miranda v. Arizona you wish for your rights to be read to you as per the card above, in the event that a violation to your Constitutional right of due process is incurred by the actions of the TSA officer.
No guarantees you’ll get on your flight, but in my non-legal non-binding opinion, this might hold water in a court of law since there has been no warrant issued nor reasonable causation for such a search to take place. In other words demand to be Mirandized every time you are pulled out of the line for the body scanner or gropefest inspection. If that doesn’t work, just remember the Stasi had other methods to force its citizens to cooperate also.
In the mean time, I’ll continue my course of action by persuading others not to fly and hoping that once two or three major carriers go bankrupt, again, that perhaps they just might figure this out and the EL AL security solution might finally be adopted to put an end to this insanity.
GR4US: What we Americans endure at airports these days is surely causing the corpses of men like Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry to spin like tops in their graves.
Even a moment's worth of dispassionate and objective review should reveal that what masquerades as "security" is nothing more than security theater! And if you doubt me, be sure to follow that link AND then review some of the sheeple's comments found anywhere there's an internet debate about current TSA practices. Time and again you will read some variation of: It makes me feel safer.
Well hell! I feel safer carrying my .40 wherever I go too. But they're not going to let me fly with it. But maybe therein lies the real solution to this Liberty-stealing mess.
Now here’re the fleas, that aid the tick, in killing the hound named Republic
You should be acutely aware that these fleas are funded by a man who believes America is the biggest obstacle to the one world government he desperately strives for.
My service as a Marine can easily be pointed to as a defining aspect of my character. Simply put: I have been Corps-ized. The pride I have in being a Marine is so pervasive in me that it positively oozes from every pore of my skin. I number the date I graduated from Parris Island as being among the most memorable days of my life; easily ranking with the birthdates of my children or the date I was married to my wife of nearly thirty years. It is not uncommon for me, when dealing with strangers, for them to say something like “you were in the service, weren’t you?”. And while I may criticize the Corps to others who wore its uniform; I will not tolerate criticism from those who did not.
Yesterday was Veterans Day. If you are a Veteran of the US armed forces, it is my sincere hope that someone walked up to you and said Thank You for your service.
That did not happen to me yesterday. I reached the end of a very long workday (12 hours in fact), and I came into contact with many people who know me and are well aware that I am a Marine. Yet the only mention that was made to me about the specialness of the Day, or about my service to my country, came from a cousin on Facebook. Again…this isn’t about me in the least. It is an observation made of how many people who consider themselves patriotic, yet can’t remember to thank the veterans that are all around them.
As a side note let me point out that it’s NOT a job, or an adventure – it’s service. Service to the nation with very little expectation of much in return. A serviceman writes a blank check to his country, payable for an amount that is up to and including his life. Doesn’t that deserve a “Thank You” at the very least?
May God bless our servicemen and women, and God bless the Republic.
1978 - 1985
Remember that the solution to 1984 is 1775
God bless these United States.
* Real Liberty – not flag waving 4th of July crap!
The object is to reduce and eventually eliminate alternatives – to subsume everything within the Big Government monopoly. Statists prefer national one-size-fits all – and ultimately planet-wide one-size-fits-all. Borders create the nearest thing to a free market in government – as the elite well understand when they seek to avoid the burdens they impose on you. John Kerry, a Big Tax senator from a Big Tax state, preferred to register his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid half-a-million bucks in cockamamie Massachusetts “boat sales and use” tax. Howard Metzenbaum, the pro-Death Tax senator from Ohio, adjusted his legal residency just before he died from Ohio to Florida, because the former had an estate tax and the latter didn’t. This is federalism at work: States compete, and, when they get as rapacious as Massachusetts, even their own pro-tax princelings start looking for the workarounds.
Bazillionaire senators will always have workarounds – for their land, for their yachts, for their health care. You won’t.
Meanwhile, they’re relaxed about cities and states going broke - because it’s a great pretext for propelling government ever upward. When California goes bankrupt, the Golden State’s woes will be nationalized and shared with the nation at large. As with everything from mortgages to credit cards, so it goes for states: the feckless must have their pathologies rewarded and the prudent get stuck with the tab. Passing Sacramento’s buck to Washington accelerates the centralizing pull in American politics and eventually eliminates any advantage to voting with your feet. It will be as if California and New York have burst their bodices like two corpulent gin-soaked trollops and rolled over the fruited plain to rub bellies at the Mississippi. If you’re underneath, it’s not going to be fun.
I hope you will go ahead and read it all here.
Just imagine if a Republican president made a comment to the effect the democrats could "...come for the ride. But they gotta sit at the back of the bus."
I did a Google search for the phrase "Obama back of the bus" and I could only find it mentioned on The Beaufort Observer.
Like I said... just imagine Bush or ANY republican making such a remark!
Why should I fret over the militarization of the police?
Why do I care that Liberty is being systematically eradicated?
Why is it a problem for us to abandon rule by law?
Why should I be concerned at the debasement of the US Dollar
Because one day I will have to look my granddaughter in the face and explain to her what I did (or didn't do) to prevent the destruction of the Republic by enemies foreign and domestic!
But here's why I think we're just fooling ourselves:
1. Obama minion, David Axlerod has already hinted strongly that his boss is prepared to do an end-run around an uncooperative Congress by use of his army of unelected Czars.
2. In that same interview with the LA Times, Axlerod also hints at extensive (and almost never challenged) use of Executive Orders to further the collectivist agenda.
3. The “Justice Dept” has made clear its intent to NOT reign in voter intimidation when it’s done by the left. Going to the polls could be a new experience for many people this November!
4. The strategy of relentless vote recounts in close elections has paid off handsomely. Why abandon what has clearly yielded results: Think Al Franken
5. And even if a few ostensibly conservative candidates are elected, watch how fast the putrid climate of Washington works its black magic on them. Fresh apples tossed into a barrel of already rotten fruit only results in more rotten fruit.
6. The relentless spin and smear campaign of the big media outlets will be brought to focus on any remaining holdouts against the corrupting influences of Washington. Look at the villification of Palin, or Gingrich, or anybody that dares to break out of lockstep with the collectivists.
Liberty in America has only one chance: Armed Americans demonstrating a willingness to resist the advent of tyranny. And my faith in Elmer Fudd has never been that strong!
Perfect example: Mr. Hall points out that Rachael Carson’s grave ought to be topped with a pile of African skulls. Her book Silent Spring led to the worldwide banning on DDT; all based on junk science, all wrong, and with the result that malaria and other mosquito-born diseases are responsible for scores of millions of deaths in the Third-World, all due to one liberal author’s wrongheaded view of pesticides!
Have any liberal friends that you respect for their sincerity? Just keep in mind that being sincerely wrong, is still merely wrong!
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - CS Lewis
Democrats in the Senate on Thursday held a recess hearing covering a taxpayer bailout of union pensions and a plan to seize private 401(k) plans to more "fairly" distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from hand-picked witnesses advocating the infamous "Guaranteed Retirement Account" (GRA) authored by Theresa Guilarducci.
The looters in Washington need more money. And they see that 3 Trillon in retirement accounts as ripe for the picking! You didn't think they were gonna simply raise your taxes did you?
Here's Dr Guilarducci's plan for your 401k. Note how taxes are called "contributions" and tax cuts are called "spending". Typical liberal-speak by people who think that everything belongs to government, and they're being nice to let you have the fruit of your own labors.
But there are indications that Obongo will simply do an end-run AROUND an uncooperative Congress and continue his America-destroying agenda with the issuance of Executive Orders.
Give this a read and ponder the implications for the future of your children: RULE BY EXECUTIVE ORDER IN 2011?
“We told them that we wanted the have the pediatrician come check out the baby so that we could get discharged and go home… Well the director of security comes in with the head nurse and say “No we are going to take the baby to the nursery to have the pediatrician check her out so you guys can go home” They lied to us! They got us to allow them to take our daughter under false pretenses, as a matter of fact, we didn’t even have a choice. I tried to stop them and tell them to bring the doctor in the room and they refused to, and they just wheeled our daughter out… I see three different individuals wearing suits and I saw detective badges…. I am like… Who are they!? And she says DCYF which is Division of Child Youth and Family Services. Next thing you know three uniform patrolmen and I think 3 or 4 detectives… … and proceeded to tell me that they are taking my daughter. My fiance didn’t even get any time to bond with the baby. They came in and stole our child! In the affidavit… … it says that they know I have affiliations… … a militia known as the Oath Keepers. And first of all, I don’t know if you know anything about Oath Keepers, but they are a far, far cry from a militia. As a matter of fact the Oath Keepers frown upon any kind of uprising, I guess you can say, which is what a militia could be… …Tried to refuse to allow me to give my daughter a hug and a kiss… got to spend a few minutes with my daughter and then we were told to leave…”
The affidavit said “… the Division became aware and confirmed that Mr. Irish associated with a militia known as the “Oath Keepers”…” It was in forms from the DHHS and DCYF and signed by “Child Protective Service Worker” Dana Bicford on October 7th at 11:57AM.
Read about here.
UPDATE: The actual affidavit has been posted at Prison Planet.
The Executive branch has stretched the “interstate commerce clause” of the US Constitution all the way out to the orbit of Uranus with a mandate that Americans must buy health coverage. And an Imperial Federal Gooberment judge has ruled that this is perfectly acceptable!
My question is simply this: Is there ANYTHING under the sun that can’t be rationalized under the interstate commerce clause? Of course as we are seeing with our very own eyes, the answer is a definite “No”. EVERYTHING is fair game to be regulated, taxed, mandated, overseen, counted, and controlled by Imperial Washington!
I watched a little boy saunter slowly towards his school bus this morning. He was the only child boarding that bus, and traffic on the four-lane thoroughfare was brought to a standstill as the youngster took his sweet-assed time getting aboard.
My own trips to school came to mind as I sat there trapped by the capriciousness of this little kid. For the first six years I attended school I lived about a tenth of a mile inside the school bus boundary, meaning no public transportation for me. And my parents being dirt-poor products of the depression era saw absolutely nothing wrong with a child walking a mile and a half to school each day. So come rain or shine, heat or cold, I walked to and from school every day for grades one through sixth.
Later, in response to the Brown vs. Board of education ruling, the education authorities found it expedient to bus me across town to a school where I was numbered among the other 5% of Caucasian high school students – for the purpose I presume of making black students feel assured of getting the same lousy education that the white kids got.
Boarding the bus back in the late 70’s was no lollygagging affair of the sort I witnessed this morning. Our bus driver would toot her horn is she discerned that anyone’s feet was stuck in low gear. And if the horn did not bring the desired result you would perhaps get one verbal warning before being left behind at the bus stop.
Today, if the bus driver blew the horn at a slowmoving bus rider, he/she would almost certainly be scolded by authorities. And if a kid were left behind for such behavior, then the bus driver would probably be unemployed. While I realize that child-directed sex crimes of recent times make it more important to safeguard kids more stringently, I know that coddling and babying today’s kids is the universal norm.
What a slack and self-entitled society we’ve become; a far cry from the rugged self-supporting individualistic breed that characterized America’s past.
In WWII we won because we got it. We understood who the enemy was and we knew that the end had to be unconditional and absolute. We did not stumble around worrying about offending the Nazis. We did not measure every word so as not to upset our foe. We built planes and tanks and battleships and went to war to win‚... to rid the world of malevolence. We are at war‚ yet too many stubbornly and foolishly don't put the pieces together and refuse to identify the evil doers. We are circumspect and disgracefully politically correct.
The mystifying litany of our foolishness continues. Should there be a shul in Hebron on the site where Baruch Goldstein gunned down twenty-seven Arabs at noonday prayers? Should there be a museum praising the U.S. Calvary on the site of Wounded Knee? Should there be a German cultural center in Auschwitz? Should a church be built in the Syrian town of Ma'arra where Crusaders slaughtered over 100,000 Muslims? Should there be a thirteen story mosque and Islamic Center only a few steps from Ground Zero.?
Israel is the laboratory - the test market. Every death, every explosion, every grisly encounter is not a random, bloody orgy. It is a calculated, strategic probe into the heart, guts and soul of the West.
Read it all here.
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I have been spending time in the woods recently in a vain attempt to slay some bambi for the purposes of consumption. It’s probably correct to say that I suck as a hunter. But at least it’s not for a lack of trying! My excuse is that I don’t have what I’ll call “the luck” for hunting.
Hunting deer and squirrel is an absolute passion of mine that forces all other pursuits onto the back burner this time of year. But unlike my late brother, and some friends I have, I have to work very hard to be successful. Nonetheless hunting for me is like an itch I can never fully scratch. So I just keep plugging away at it and enjoy whatever nature throws my way – like this little incident:
I got into my stand early Saturday morning long before sunrise. My plan was to get into position and let the woods have plenty of time to settle down. No matter how quietly you ease in, by comparison to the natural sounds of wildlife, a human entering the woods makes quite a bit of sound and disruption. Once I get into my stand and climb to around twenty or thirty feet, I can get extremely still and quiet and take in all that’s going on.
Mine is the most comfortable treestand in the world, and it allows me to safely cat-nap without any fear of falling. So Saturday I was just getting settled in to snooze while waiting on the dawn when I heard a group of coyotes start barking and howling. It came from the area of woods where I had been set up just the previous morning. The first group was then answered by another group of “yotes” a few hundred yards farther off, and finally a third distinct group could be heard way off in the distance.
It was quite a sound to hear – let me tell you; particularly when the thought occurs that I had walked into these swamps bordering the Satilla River all by myself with only a crossbow as a weapon. And here I was, several hundred yards back in the swamp, in the deep pre-dawn darkness, being serenaded by what sounded like forty or fifty coyotes. For about fifteen minutes they set up the most outlandish caterwauling, yapping, and wailing that you could possibly imagine. Some of the sounds they made even sounded like human screams and screeches, and it was enough to raise the hair on the back of my neck. I took much comfort in the knowledge that I was more than twenty-five feet off the ground, and thus well out of their reach.
The following morning, I took comfort in the .40 pistol hanging on my hip when I entered those same dark woods all by my lonesome. Technically it’s illegal to carry a firearm during bow-season. But that’s one of those rules that I will forevermore ignore.
The newspaper said the White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype.
Federal law enforcement and national security officials say new the regulations are needed because terrorists and criminals are increasingly giving up their phones to communicate online.
"We're talking about lawfully authorized intercepts," said FBI lawyer Valerie E. Caproni. "We're not talking about expanding authority. We're talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security."
Read the rest here.
GR4U - If you read this, the tone would infer that they are NOT already spying on us all. Read a book entitled One Nation Under Surveillance by Boston T Party, and prepare to be stunned at the magnitude of data mining our friendly Imperial Government is already doing!
Unimagineable Horror for Father of Fallen Marine
What follows is a guest post from Mike Warner, uncle to a fallen Marine whose body was disinterred to verify that it was buried in the right place.
Imagine Doing This
AOCS, USN Ret.
On September 15, 2010 at around 0800 in the morning, a family makes their way into Arlington National Cemetery for the Disinterment of a Marine Private killed by an IED in Al Anbar Province Iraq on 22 November 2006 killing him and two others.
As they stood at the grave site, a forklift arrives to raise a coffin from the vault that had interred it for nearly four years. Arlington knew at this point that the vault and coffin had been opened. When the family became aware of this action, an unsettling air of distrust settled upon the gathering. The father yells “you lied” as family members hold and calm him. The father already marred and angry by the uncooperative atmosphere and insensitivity of Arlington’s leadership; his grief now changes to anger. Another promise broken! Arlington, to seemingly cover their asses had breached the coffin the night before to ensure the Marine Private and the dog tags were in the assigned plot.
With a rotting corpse and the putrid stench of death permeating the air, a worker removes a dog tag from the coffin lid, wipes off the dirt, and hands it to the father. The forklift begins to raise the coffin; putrid water begins streaming out and those in attendance gasp as the fear of body parts falling from the unstable casket grips them.
Once removed, the coffin is lowered onto the bed of a truck and driven to a maintenance building where the verification process is to be held. In attendance inside were the father, a fellow Marine and friend of the Private who was to verify the remains, a Colonel, a Catholic Priest (arriving later), a Funeral Director, and some cemetery workers.
The father was already grieving and reeling from yet another confrontation with Arlington personnel the day before. He demanded and Arlington agreed the vault inside the grave would not be opened until he arrived the morning of the 15th. The father apprehensive about the day’s events was anxious if they would find his son inside. He fumed from yet another breach of trust. The father rejects the dog tags offered to him as verification by Arlington. The dog tags may have been sufficient had the integrity of the coffin not been breached. However, since it had been prior to the family’s arrival; the father then requested visual verification. The staff at Arlington appeared unprepared for what was to come next, thus tipping the father’s hand.
His adrenalin already maxed and because of Arlington’s ineptness, the father instinctively jumps onto the truck in his dress clothes despite the rancid odor. The father begins digging through the water soaked; stench filled rotting dismembered remains of his son, in search of the severed arm with a tattoo on it. Meanwhile the Funeral Director is standing to the side, gagging. The father looks at the Funeral Director and tells him, “Get over here and do your job!”
Arlington’s assistance during this time consisted of providing him with latex gloves. The father removes his rancid dress gloves used in digging through the soupy carnage and discards them in the trash. He also removes his jacket, hat and sunglasses, and continues to search for the missing arm. This arm with the tattoo would positively confirm that the unrecognizable severely decomposed corpse was his son’s. The father still searching as he inhales the pungent stench of rotting flesh discovers for the first time since his son’s death, that only a torso, arm, and leg were there.
Finally, after frantically searching the carnage, the arm is found under the torso with the tattoo mostly intact. The father in a gesture of love carefully and gently wipes away the dirt. He verifies his son. The veil of doubt is lifted. His son now placed in a new casket, the family looks on as the Private is reinterred, and now all are at peace.
This is not fiction! Arlington’s negligence is at fault and they had pushed a father past the point of no return, and further due to their action added to their list of failures. Some have stated that the father is demented, paranoid, irrational, delusional, or created this, or him and his family just pretend this reality doesn’t exist, or hey, forget about it because it does not change the fact the guy is dead. Even if the hater’s assumptions are right (which they are not) it does not change the fact that Arlington FAILED. Arlington created too much doubt and an air of distrust to believe them. Some families want to know and deserve to know, without a lingering doubt.
Grieving families need protected as they are vulnerable, and Arlington failed to lead and protect this family by not having procedures in place to prevent families from such extremes, which in this case, resulted in a situation such as what you just read. Arlington’s systemic failures have lead to the desecration of a national symbol’s dignity and honor.
Why are these families engaging in conflict with Arlington? Well let’s see, maybe because there is no plan, and without a plan there is chaos? I have heard mentioned by officials and others there is no precedent for this. Then why didn’t they put their collective heads and talents together and think through the process before they disinterred the first? Why you ponder? Maybe because it is government, and usually its leadership does not address an issue until something goes wrong and then relies on a “knee jerk reaction” and of course, not to mention, they count on the Americans’ short attention span, and fast news cycles. We can do better.
***This needs done now, not in months***
• Arlington owes these families Honor, Dignity, Respect, Sensitivity, and Compassion. Core values Arlington should adopt.
• There must be an immediate cessation of exhumations at Arlington, until a clearly defined protocol is in place which protects the families and further preserves the honor and dignity of our fallen, and the future of Arlington’s legacy as well.
• An immediate investigation into the factors which resulted in the catastrophic failure of 15 September 2010. This was completely avoidable on many levels.
• Replace Leadership with individuals capable of understanding the dynamics of the current crisis and provide appropriate training. The Army may have the right person, but at the wrong time.
• Standards that are step by step – from the time contact with Arlington is made until reinterment is completed. This shall include family planning meetings (as necessary) with Arlington on what to expect. Even a check sheet of available options. No fighting required!
• Families hire forensic experts to act as surrogates on their behalf (as necessary). At Arlington’s expense. No family is to engage in forensic actions under any circumstance. Someone needs to tell them NO! This is part of Arlington’s leadership role, and they failed. This is unsanitary, infectious, and may spread disease, not to mention the psychological impact.
• Families’ right to choose DNA analysis (as necessary) at Arlington’s expense, until these problems are corrected.
• Utilize Casualty Assistance Offices to interface with families until reinterment.
• That any and all action taken by the US Army or Arlington National Cemetery is open to the scrutiny of the media if requested by the family (to include photography/video as necessary). This would seem to be a mechanism to provide “peace of mind” to the families affected to keep Arlington’s results honest and transparent. Until all discrepancies with Arlington are resolved.
• At Arlington’s expense, provide a licensed, bonded and insured independent entity representing each family. It shall be unaffiliated with the US Army and Arlington National Cemetery. This entity shall be present from the moment the earth is breached. It shall validate non-tampering, ensure continuity of the remains, and to remove all doubt that US Army and Arlington personnel maligned the circumstance or results.
Read about the Arlington Scandal and get educated. We as civilized people should defend the integrity of our fallen warriors’ final interment. Our voices will help assure this does not happen to another grieving family verifying the final resting place of a loved one in a process gone awry.
Excuse me????? And watch how fast the first tax-feeder threatens to get another tax-feeder with a gun!
Now Frank is on some form of SSI and gets a check every month. The cost of the home where he lives, and the cost of his medicines, slightly exceed the amount of his government check. But as the Jamaicans would say: Wha fe do! He's my blood.
When Brother died I became Frank’s Representative Payee, responsible for the custodianship of his gubmint check. Boy was I in for a real education in the workings of the imperial federal gubmint!
The first thing I discovered was that the old bank account with my brother’s name on it would NOT be merely transferred over to me. That account had to be CLOSED and the bank was directed to send those funds BACK to Social Security! So the first thing that I had to deal with was moving Frank from his home in Baldwin County GA to an assisted living facility here in NE Florida on my own nickel with no clear indications from Nanny that they would even give Frank his funds back! I won’t reveal the precise amount of funds stolen by Leviathan, but it was solidly in the five digit range.
Recovering those funds took two letters to my congressman (who did NOTHING), two letters to my Senator (who did nothing) and no less than five letters to SSA and dozens and dozens of ugly phone calls. One of those calls included being harangued by some woman at SSA with an almost indecipherable accent who told me that the funds weren’t Frank’s anyway… and maybe he would get them back and maybe he wouldn’t!
You cannot imagine the evil thoughts that ruled my mind when that tax-sucking leech told me that my retarded nephew might just be out all that money!
Long story made somewhat short: It took 115 days to recover the funds that the feds stole from Frank’s accounts.
Now the current outrage is that apparently a Representative Payee must annually report to Nanny how the funds were spent on behalf of their charge. All year long I have been getting forwarded letters from SSA in Milledgeville GA addressed to my dead brother, demanding that he make an accounting for 2009’s funds. And I have sent at least two letters back to that same SSA office telling them that Frank’s father lies at the bottom of a six-foot deep hole. Now note: James’s death was duly and timely reported to SSA by the funeral home at the time of his demise. This should be routine and brain-dead simple, for both cavemen AND gubmint employees!
Yesterday I get a letter saying that Frank’s check will be discontinued within ten days if they do not receive an accounting of Frank’s funds for the 2009 year. My brother was a very secretive soul and I couldn’t make such an accounting of his son’s monies if my life depended on it!
Naturally I get on the phone and call the Bozos at SSA to try and resolve this.
First I encounter the problem that the phone extension they list on the letter doesn’t work. So after half a dozen tries I finally get a human being (sic) on the line and begin to lay out the problem.
Oh but FIRST we must establish my identity.
“What’s Franks’ social security number?”
“What’s your social security number?”
“What’s his DOB?” then “What’s your DOB?”
“What’s your mother’s maiden name?”
“What’s his mother’s maiden name?”
“What’s your address?” and “What’s HIS address?”
“What’s your place of birth?”
“What’s his place of birth?”
Ma’am!! Surely we’ve established by now that I am who I say I am!!!!
“I’m just doing my job sir” she replied sharply.
When the only question remaining unanswered was the name of my first childhood pet – we got down to the problem at hand.
After explaining the situation, and being put on hold for ten minutes, the SSA drone returned to the line and said she had fixed the problem and I would receive no more letters demanding an accounting for 2009. But she did admonish me to be prepared to make an accounting for 2010.
How can she claim to have "fixed the problem"? Washington still exists doesn't it!
Is anyone willing to wager that I won’t get another demand letter for 2009’s accounting of funds? Frankly I’ll be surprised if Frank’s check comes in next month. That was just TOO easy.
According to the FBI, the number of violent crimes of all types declined in 2009 by 5.3 percent and property crimes declined 4.6 percent. In fact, the rate of violent crime declined 6.1 percent below 2008 figures.
According to data from the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS), 2009 was the best year on record for gun sales. According to the NICS figures, 14 million guns were sold in 2009, the biggest year since the system began recording data in 1998.
Read more here.
– Gen. David Petraeus
From Burn the Koran for Freedom Blog
General, I ask you this: what in hell is your “mission” if We The People jeopardize it by exercising our First Amendment rights in our own homeland? Is your “mission” to defend our rights against foreign enemies, or to defend foreign enemies against our rights?
You made your choice, and you justified by claiming that you and those under your command have been taken hostage by our 7th Century terrorist enemy, and that the ransom demand you deliver to us is that we submit to your captor’s restrictions on our natural and constitutional rights – or they’ll kill you.
I remind you and your captors that we do not negotiate with terrorists.
And I remind you that you are the most revered general in the present day, commanding in the most powerful military in all of history, during the most justifiable war in the last seventy years. So please either remember your priorities and slaughter your captors, or resign in disgrace so that we may replace you with a warrior. And if you resign, you should do so right along with President Obama, Gen. Caldwell, Pentagon Spokesman Lapan, Sec. of State Clinton, Atty. Gen. Holder, NATO Sec. Rasmussen and all others in all branches of government and in all alliances who echoed your request, whether they did so mindlessly or with surrender aforethought.
To have our own military leaders beg us to refrain from exercising our Constitutional rights on our own soil is completely un-American. And to have you make that request of us in the name of cowardice is a shocking and unthinkable perversion I still don’t have the words for...
Read the rest here, and then send this thing to everyone you know who is confused about what's going on!
Also read this related article which makes some very telling points that I'll bet few have even considered.
The genitalia-washing program is part of a larger $12-million UCLA study examining how to better encourage Africans to undergo voluntary HIV testing and counseling – however, only the penis-washing study received money from the 2009 economic stimulus law. The washing portion of the study is set to end in 2011.
Read the rest here is you care to.
If that's the meaning of the phrase "stimulus" to whole new level eh?
Let the federal government regulate the production, distribution,
transportation, sale, and use of all drugs which are now illegal.
Show me an industry or institution that has gone (or is going) down the tubes, and I'll show you federal "help" that preceded the death spiral.
I saw three coons - racoons that is - walking along underneath my treestand. One of them got a whiff of me and came over to the base of the tree to sniff around. I leaned over and spit on him.
When all is said and done, the worst day I ever had hunting was better than the best day I ever spent at work!
U.S. military says Afghan bibles have been destroyed
Tue May 5, 2009 4:15pm IST
(Reuters) - Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated and destroyed to ensure that troops did not breach regulations which forbid proselytising, a military spokeswoman said.
The U.S. military has denied its soldiers tried to convert Afghans to Christianity, after Qatar-based Al Jazeera television showed soldiers at a bible class on a base with a stack of bibles translated into the local Pashto and Dari languages.
U.S. Central Command's General Order Number 1 forbids troops on active duty -- including all those based in Iraq and Afghanistan -- from trying to convert people to another religion.
"I can now confirm that the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera's clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed," spokeswoman Major Jennifer Willis said at Bagram air base, north of Kabul.
Military officials have said the bibles were sent through private mail to an evangelical Christian soldier by his church back home. The soldier brought them to the bible study class where they were filmed.
Trying to convert Muslims to another faith is a crime in Afghanistan. An Afghan man who converted to Christianity was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2006 but was allowed to leave the country after an international uproar.
"It certainly is, from the United States military's perspective, not our position to ever push any specific kind of religion, period," chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen told a Pentagon briefing on Monday.
I’ve devoted all of five minutes thought to this business of some little church in Gainesville burning Korans. Let me share with you now my profound conclusions.
I wish this was being done by ANY ONE other than an ostensibly Christian group. Burning Korans doesn’t perturb me in the least. I wouldn’t be bothered to hear that Roosevelt had ordered the burning of all copies of Mein Kampf either! If I ever had any sensitivities where Islam was concerned (and trust me – I didn’t!) they were completely burned and crushed on 091101. However it does bother me when Christians enter the world of politics so plainly wearing the mantle of Christians. What an individual Christian does is not what I’m referring to here. I am referring to the actions of a pastor or a church in the arena of current politics. That simply was not included in Christ’s commission as stated to the Apostles.
The role of the church is to concern itself with the welfare of men’s souls – period. No other, feed the poor, clothe the naked form of social justice is included in the Great Commission. Spreading the gospel is what that pastor and his flock should be devoting themselves to. And if they feel a special burden in their hearts for muslims, then by all means they should seek them out and bear witness to them of the redeeming power of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. Just leave the book burning and the provocation of Islam to those of us more concerned with such temporal matters.
As for the Koran and Islam in general, this entire brouhaha should teach us two important lessons.
One: Islam is feared and SHOULD be feared, because of it’s propensity for the slaughter of innocents. When’s the last time you saw Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, or Hindus riot and murder over slights levied against their respective deities? Only the worshippers of the grand child molester Mohammed and his devil-God Allah are still mired in the middle ages on women’s rights, crime and punishment, and international diplomacy. And I owe them no respect because they render no respect to the faiths of others.
Their entire belief system revolves around control and submission, lies and destruction, conquest and slaughter. The closer a practicing muslim gets to the fundamentals of his “faith”, the more likely he is to kill you – and your family.
The other important lesson to be learned from this incident is that the US Government is completely cowed and intimidated by the Islamic world. Fear of the reaction has spawned weak knees and weak bladders in the White House and the Pentagon. Petraeus’s public comment had the effect of removing all doubt on the muslim street that all the years of conflict and violence has brought the reward of seeing America quiver and quake in its boots. The general’s opening of his mouth did far more damage than some obscure Southern preacher could have ever done – regardless of how many Korans he burned!
By the way... this is not a freedom of religion issue where Islam is concerned. I don't see Islam as a religion. It is much more accurate to describe it as a political system masquerading as a religion.
Final thoughts: if it wasn’t hunting season’s opening weekend, I might take a ride down there and witness first hand the book burn. I have no doubt there will be trouble, and I have no doubt who will cause it.