Whoopie it's the 4th of July (Yawn)

Now is the time for all good little Americans to rally round the flag and sing the praises of non-existent Liberty.

On previous occasions I have expounded my views on the 4th, the flag, and on the pledge here and here. (One should keep it firmly in mind that I make a sharp distinction between the US Government, and America. In my view they are NOT the same thing! Like the bumper sticker says, I love my country, but I hate my government.)

I just want to add that the annual celebration of the remembrance of the Colony's Declaration to King George, when considered in the deepening shadows of an overarching Leviathan government, has moved beyond being just hypocritical. It is more likened to the obscenity achieved by smearing with make-up the face of a most gruesome moldering corpse, and holding it close in a passionate embrace.

Our Forefathers must surely be disappointed with what passes for "Liberty" and "Freedom" these days.

Oh, and ... final thought:

The Last Word on The Pledge

Pledging Allegiance to the Omnipotent Lincolnian State

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

The US Supreme Court's recent decision to review the constitutionality of the "under God" wording in the Pledge of Allegiance provides an occasion to educate Americans about the ideological purpose of the Pledge. A good place to start would be John Baer's book, The Pledge of Allegiance: A Centennial History, 1892-1992 (Free State Press, 1992). In it one would learn that the author of the Pledge was one Francis Bellamy, a defrocked Baptist minister from Boston who identified himself as a Christian Socialist and who preached in his pulpit that "Jesus was a socialist."

Bellamy was the cousin of Edward Bellamy, author of the extremely popular 1888 socialist fantasy, Looking Backward. In this novel the main character, Julian West, falls asleep in 1887 and awakens in the year 2000 when the socialist "utopia" has been achieved: All industry is state owned, Soviet style; everyone is an employee of the state who is conscripted at age 21 and retires at age 45; and all workers earn the same income.

Francis Bellamy said that one purpose of the Pledge of Allegiance was to help accomplish his lifelong goal of making his cousin's socialist fantasy a reality in America. He further stated that the "true reason for allegiance to the Flag" was to indoctrinate American school children in the false history of the American founding that was espoused first by Daniel Webster and, later, by Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln falsely claimed that the states were never sovereign and that the union created the states, not the other way around. (But as Joe Sobran has remarked, the notion that the union is older than the states makes as much sense as the idea that a marriage can be older than either spouse. It is impossible for a union of two things to be older than either of the things it is a union of).

Read the rest HERE


If the Titanic Sank Today

Here's how the President, the media and Wall Street would spin it:

Al Gore: That iceberg wouldn't have even been there if the polar caps weren't melting.

The Congressman: Quick, let's pass a new law that says ships shall not sink.

President Obama: The Titanic isn't sinking. It's merely engaged in "aquatic action."

Former President Bush: Icebergs are weapons of mass destruction planted in the ocean by terrorists. We must avenge the iceberg terrorists!

The Federal Reserve: We have decided to dump more water onto the ship in the hope of making it float.

Be sure to read them all here


Quote of the Day

"The single most prevalent form of child abuse in this country is the act of sending a child to a government school. We worry incessantly about the separation of church and state. We would do well to devote half as much attention to the separation of government and education. "

Neal Boortz
Dec 26, 2003

Calif. seizes 1,200 firearms possessed illegally

If you want to read this article without my running commentary - go here. (But if you don't want to hear what I have to say about the matter, why come here in the first place?)

Calif. seizes 1,200 firearms possessed illegally


Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California law enforcement agents have seized 1,200 firearms from people who cannot legally own them because of mental illness or restraining orders.
However, Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday that more than 34,000 handguns and nearly 1,600 assault weapons are still believed to be held statewide by people who should not have them. [ Seized? As in kick the door down with a SWAT team seized? The other thing to note is restraining orders can strip you of your 2A rights. Amazing huh? ]

Most people bought the weapons legally but were later prohibited from owning guns.
But 12 people were arrested on suspicion of illegally owning assault weapons or grenades during a six-week sweep by the state Department of Justice in April and May.

Harris said 90 percent of the people who had guns seized were barred from owning weapons because of mental illness and 10 percent because of restraining orders or convictions usually related to domestic violence. [ Mental illness by whose definition? If I pitch a hissy fit because I'm having a bad day on the job, and my boss suggests I seek some counseling on handling stress; does that make me a "looney tunes" and cost me my gun rights? ]

"They were known to be a danger to themselves or society," Harris said. "We obviously have put a dent in that, but there is a lot more work to do." [ If they're truly a danger to themselves, why aren't they in a rubber room already? ]

She used a news conference at the California Highway Patrol's Sacramento headquarters to promote SB819, a bill that would expand the use of a $25 registration fee collected by gun dealers to pay for the department's Armed and Prohibited Persons System. [ This reminds me of making condemned men dig their own grave. The fishing license I begrudgingly pay for also funds the wildlife officer who comes out and hassles me when I'm peacefully fishing somewhere! ]

The system was created 10 years ago to cross-reference five databases to find people who legally bought guns and registered assault weapons but are now barred from owning the weapons.
It has found nearly 18,000 people who shouldn't have weapons. [ That's five databases that are probably like every other government database: chock full of errors! But that's what they'll use to strip you of rights the Declaration of Independence says are "inalienable" ]

However, Harris said local law enforcement and state agents don't have the time or personnel to track down their addresses and conduct the high-security operations needed to safely seize the guns from people who are presumed to be dangerous. Many of them own more than one weapon. [Oh but it won't be long before they WILL find some revenue source that will provide them with the ability to conduct those wonderful little "high-security operations" that these power mad son's of bitches crave! ]

The last time California conducted a similar sweep was in 2007, when a third as many weapons were seized. [ Read that to mean they are doing three times as many seizures as they were in 2007 ]

The bill being carried by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would let Harris seek to use nearly $1 million from a $5.5 million surplus in the registration fee account to train local police and hire five more state agents to aid the 20 already assigned to the firearms program. [Ahhh there's that additional enforcement revenue we were talking about! ]

"Resources are needed to do this type of work," Leno said against a backdrop of seized weapons.
[ It's God's work and we need to be about it - FOR THE CHILDREN! ]

"How many lives are going to be saved?"

[ How many lives are going to be LOST when they start kicking down the doors of folks like me who ARE paying attention, and have NO INTENTION of being disarmed? ]

His bill cleared the Senate and is awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday


GR4U - First of all, you'd never catch me living in the socialist paradise of California. But this nonsense is coming to the rest of the country soon enough. I pray to God Almighty that when it's my turn, I give a good accounting of myself.


My pledge of allegiance

I have written my own pledge of allegience that I think is better and more accurate than the one written by a socialist flag salesman.

I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the united States of America, and to the Republic for which it was created to serve: a voluntary confederation of sovereign nation states, united in their common belief in the inalienable God-given rights of the individual, and the necessary restraint of human government.

And I reckon it would be appropriate to have a new rag to go with my new pledge:


Whose freedoms are our armed forces defending? Not mine!

I found this at "who's your nanny", a blog I frequent. Brutus makes a compelling point - namely that we routinely give honor to our servicemen and women for "protecting our freedoms", but in case you hadn't noticed lately our freedoms have become as rare as whores in Sunday School!

I have to admit, as a former Marine, making ANY criticism for our military comes hard for me. But if you a) keep it firmly in mind that the US government is NOT America, and b) that we have all been fed a steady diet of Kool Aide for many years, then it's slightly easier to call a spade a spade.

Please read:

Dear Soldiers, I'll Honor Your Sacrifices When You Actually Defend Our Freedom


Four dirty secrets about clean energy

Sorry for the slow blogging of late. The things I CAN say have already been said. And the things I WANT to say will bring the enemy to my door (at 3 a.m. - dressed in black)

Here's a must read that I felt compelled to share:

Four Dirty Secrets about Clean Energy

Hat Tip to Eternity Road