Relevant quotes for these times….

“It is something sitting down the street in the Reich Chancellery, lonesomely bent over a great desk, drawing lines on maps, dreaming big dreams of world conquest.

It is crowded around in a circle in Warsaw, racking its brains in an attempt to outguess Hitler.

It is gathered in a church in England, asking God for guidance at this fatal hour.

It is walking in the fields of France, where anxious eyes are trained on the secret hills across the Rhine.

It is in a thousand history books, in a million dispatches of ambassadors to their governments, in hundreds of capitals over the world, in the opinions of men talking excitedly on street corners, in the hearts of mothers and in the wild hopes of their sons.

It lies in the whims of the bosses, the whims of the dictators, the caprices of their women. War is the biggest thing in the world.

It is the massing of all that is the worst of mankind; it is the hatreds of people, their secret resentments, their greed, their firm convictions all rolled together and exploded to destroy the cities and the fields and the human beings who get in its unholy path.

That is war.”

And….

“You want to know how a minority can keep itself in power against the wishes of the majority? 

This is one method: Make every citizen feel in his heart that at one time or another he said or did something against the government and let him think that the government knows about his indiscretion but is merely biding its time until he makes a bigger slip.

Who speaks more patriotically to strangers than the man who fears immediate arrest by the Gestapo?

Who will say “Heil Hitler” more loudly?”

Excerpts from Berlin Embassy

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A Sad Day for the Republic

Today, we see thousands of naive puppets descend upon our Nation’s capital……mindlessly regurgitating spoon-fed talking points, and basking in the unquestioning spotlight of the national infotainment-media complex.

They descend upon the Mall, passing by the National Archives, where our Founding documents are preserved; documents that were painstakingly drafted, argued over and ratified….protecting the natural rights of the American Citizen. The irony will be lost upon these masses.

They descend upon the Mall, perfidiously lying about the civil and Constitutional right of firearm ownership and self defense….while protected by legions of armed agents of the State and the pervasive surveillance apparatus.

They descend upon the Mall….incredulously asking….nay, begging the State to further infringe, if not remove, a Constitutional right.

How can the Republic stand, if the masses yearn to be not free?

Sage advice….which will be ignored

Lieutenant General (US Army Retired) Hal Moore, who commanded a battalion at the Battle of the Ia Drang, the first major battle between the U.S. Army and North Vietnamese regulars in 1965, and was immortalized in the film We Were Soldiers and book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young told West Point Cadets in 2005:

“The war in Iraq, I said, is not worth the life of even one American soldier. As for Secretary Rumsfeld, I told them, I never thought I would live long enough to see someone chosen to preside over the Pentagon who made Vietnam-era Defense Secretary Robert McNamara look good by comparison. The cadets sat in stunned silence; their professors were astonished. Some of these cadets would be leading young soldiers in combat in a matter of a few months. They deserved a straight answer.

The expensive lessons learned in Vietnam have been forgotten and a new generation of young American soldiers and Marines are paying the price today, following the orders of civilian political leaders as they are sworn to do. The soldiers and those who lead them will never fail to do their duty. They never have in our history. This is their burden. But there is another duty, another burden, that rests squarely on the shoulders of the American people. They should, by their vote, always choose a commander in chief who is wise, well read in history, thoughtful, and slow-exceedingly slow-to draw the sword and send young men and women out to fight and die for their country. We should not choose for so powerful an office someone who merely looks good on a television screen, speaks and thinks in sixty-second sound bites, and is adept at raising money for a campaign.

If we can’t get that part right then there will never be an end to the insanity that is war and the unending suffering that follows in war’s wake-and we must get it right if we are to survive and prosper as free Americans in this land a million Americans gave their lives to protect and defend.”

He was not invited back…….

I can’t remember where I saw and copied this from, so h/t to somebody. Apologies.

Required reading for insight into the “Coward County” shooting…..But let’s blame the NRA instead…..

Please look at the linked affidavits and reports as well. H/t Bayou Renaissance Man

And it wasn’t just Trayvon Martin, there were hundreds of similar actions taken by conflicted School Resource Officers – totaling thousands of crimes over the course of just the first few years of these programs (2010 through 2013).

CTH contacted the Miami-Dade School District, every single school board member, and the Broward County School District – to warn them of what was taking place.

We provided thousands of pages of sworn affidavits and transcribed testimony from law enforcement. We spent several thousand dollars locating, transcribing and assembling the documents and evidence; and hundreds more hours compiling all the information.  –SEE HERE– We sent all of it to both school districts and both school superintendents.

Their response: “go away”.

The school board’s in Miami-Dade and Broward County had created a disastrous scheme and it didn’t take long to see where this was going.   The scheme was supported by President Obama’s federal education policy, and executive orders –SEE HERE– and people like Jesse Jackson –SEE HERE– In August of 2012 President Obama issuing an “executive order”  establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence. Effectively placing “quotas” on school discipline based on race:

via School Shooting Was Outcome of Broward County School Board Policy – Now Local and National Politicians Weaponize Kids for Ideological Intents…

Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time, III

One of the proposals currently being considered, by the Right and the Left….is the notion of “Universal Background Checks” [UBC]. One of the misconceptions used in this argument, is that there is some sort of loophole in the law, often referred to by the ignorant, as a “gun show loophole”. There is nothing of the sort. People attending gun shows wishing to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer, undergoes the same NICS process as they would a gun show. Those wishing to conduct a purchase from another private citizen selling at the show, does so without NICS, just as they would were they to conduct a transaction with their neighbor.

In no other transaction, do we attempt to require government regulation of the transfer of a lawful item. But back to UBCs….

When we propose legislation, we require an enforcement mechanism. In other words, if you fail to abide in accordance with the law, there is a consequence. With UBCs however, there is no enforcement mechanism, because the State has no means to be apprised if a Citizen has violated the law.

For example, if UBC is statute law, and I sell my firearm to my neighbor without taking him/her to an FFL dealer…..how does the State know? If my neighbor proceeds to use said purchased firearm in the commission of a crime, and is apprehended……unless he/she confesses to the lawful transaction…..how does the State know that the law was violated.

The obvious answer is, that without a mandatory registration of ALL firearms, there is no enforcement mechanism for UBCs.

If you think there is righteous pushback on UBC…..wait until the gun control cabal tries to proffer registration…..

A Military Parade??

Reports are surfacing of POTUS directing the DoD to plan for a military parade later this year, allegedly inspired perhaps by Bastille Day celebrations.

When our Veterans Administration is underfunded and so many other economic issues to be paid for, what is the value added to yet again, adulate the military? Beyond the commercial benefits and discounts, Veterans and Independence Day extravaganza’s, hiring preferences and other State recognition of service, and the politically correct displays at nearly every sporting event….what is the value added of conducting this set of garish display?

It’s a politically correct appeal to emotion, directed by a man who likewise displays his authoritarian bent at every turn.

Let’s hope saner minds in the DoD can dissuade desires for this type of event.

Misguided Memo’s

The cable news and political party’s(not to be redundant) are all abuzz over the Nunes memo, and how each side can use this political prop to is selfish advantage……..while ignoring the more important aspect, that Congress and the Administration have renewed and expanded the authorities to conduct the very activities that they’re posturing over.

Once again, the American people lose.

Administration shows it’s colors on States Rights

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will roll back an Obama-era policy that gave states leeway to allow marijuana for recreational purposes.

Two sources with knowledge of the decision confirmed to The Hill that Sessions will rescind the so-called Cole memo, which ordered U.S. attorneys in states where marijuana has been legalized to deprioritize prosecution of marijuana-related cases.

The Hill

 

Thanks Mr. Sessions. Good to know that you didn’t have more important things to do, like reform the Justice Department or indict Hillary Clinton. No, you had to go after Marijuana users….who harm virtually no one, to satisfy your “war on drugs” fetish….presumably gloating in your victory while you enjoy a portion of a near-endless supply of alcohol.

Fucking hypocrite……Conservative my ass.

Refreshing Honesty…..

From a Anti-Constituion Leftist:

What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.

I’ll give you an example. I was down one day on Varick Street, somewhere close to Canal, and there was a big sign out front of a new condo saying, “Units start at $2 million.” And that just drives people stark raving mad in this city, because that kind of development is clearly not for everyday people. It’s almost like it’s being flaunted. Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see, and I think what we have, in this city at least, are people who would love to have the New Deal back, on one level. They’d love to have a very, very powerful government, including a federal government, involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality.
Bill DeBlasio interview with the New Yorker
What’s sad, is that he’s probably right. Most New York City denizens, probably would gladly surrender their Constitutional and Natural rights to live in a nanny state. Not having to think critically or take responsibility for your life choices…..probably gives you a lot more leisure time.

Support Your Local Sheriff??

Michael Slager will spend 20 years in prison for killing Walter Scott, but only because there was video that put lie to any acceptable rationale for the shooting. There was video of Daniel Shaver getting murdered as well, but the officer was able to spin an acceptable reason. It’s a really damn thin reason, I mean REALLY damn thin, but hey, in the end, some people are just more equal than others. And I know this because twelve people in Mesa, AZ just decided this was so.

I don’t know when it happened, but sometime in the recent past, I stopped arguing against gun control as some high ideal about defending against the tyranny of government. Not because lightly armed citizens have no chance against a modern military, but because it’s a moot point. If it came to a civil war, or a military invasion, there are ways to get your hands on the weapons you need to fight on an equal footing with a modern military. No, I stopped because it’s obvious to me that the very people who rail about fighting tyranny are, far too often, the very same people who eagerly acquit and excuse agents of the state for killing their fellow citizens on the thinnest of pretexts.

The people who demand the right to resist the government with force in one breath, celebrate the use of that force in the next.

We live under the tyranny our peers have voted for, twelve votes at a time.

Link

I like to think I still have common cause with brothers in blue……but with the increased militarization of civilian law enforcement – and the attitude/demeanor that seems to accompany it, no-knock warrants, and senseless shooting of family pets……I have to re-evaluate…..