Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Friday, December 28, 2012

Blasphemy as a National Security Threat

The holidays and personal dynamics have reduced the frequency of my posts lately, but I couldn't pass up passing on another of Daniel's posts at his always excellent blog, Sultan Knish. Daniel writes, in his article called "Blasphemy as a National Security Threat" about the "Stockholm Syndrome" as a euphemism for the behavior of Western Civilization toward Islam, and the muslims who follow the orthodox version of the cult. In this article he speaks to the (useless) attempt to appease those who truly follow Islam by condemning, arresting, and/or deporting those who speak out against this cult. As most people know, any criticism of Islam is considered blasphemy by those creatures who practice it.

As usual, Daniel clearly and logically details this useless and fruitless attempt by Western governments to limit the atrocities of these insane muslims by catering to their supposed "sensibilities". Although there is no reason whatsoever to believe that this appeasement reduces the muslim violence, they continue to do it anyway, then go back and state that muslim violence "would have been worse" had they not dealt harshly with those citizens of their own country who were accused of "blasphemy" against Islam or the pederast prophet named Mohammed. Daniel states:

"Trapped in a long-term war, our leaders are looking for ways of making the conflict more manageable. If they can't win the war, they can at least limit the number of attacks. It's not the open book kind of appeasement, but the double book kind. The open book is still patriotic, but the second book in the bottom drawer is running payments to the terrorists and finding ways to accommodate them. And anyone who runs afoul of the second book, also runs afoul of national security."

Yes, in the case of America, literally billions of dollars have been given to muslims around the world as payments to try to appease them, to reduce their violent behavior. Just as with the ridiculous concept of "land for peace", which has obviously been a total failure, "money for peace" has mostly been spent by the so-called "Palestinians" and other muslims to arm themselves with rockets which they fire at Israeli civilians and their homes, schools, and hospitals. With explosives that are used to blow up buses, restaurants, and religious ceremonies full of Israeli citizens.

If you are not already aware of various trials around the world where the right of free speech has been put on trial because it was deemed blasphemous to Islam, called "hate speech" simply because it was critical of Islam, then do a search for "Geert Wilders" (or use this link, to start) and "Mark Steyn" (or use the link) as a start.

Read Daniel Greenfield's article. Then go back and read as many of his earlier articles as strike your fancy. You will not only enjoy his clarity of thinking and his ability to explain things in an easily understandable fashion, but you will definitely learn things you were unaware of, brought into the light by his active keyboard. He is a real mensch, if he wouldn't mind a gentile such as myself saying so.

Friday, December 21, 2012

And so, it came to pass . . .

(Sent by a friend)

And it came to pass in the Age of Insanity that the people of the land called America , having lost their morals, their initiative, and their will to defend their liberties, chose as their Supreme Leader that person known as "The One."

He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning; but He hypnotized the people telling them, "I am sent to save you." My lack of experience, my questionable ethics, my monstrous ego, and my association with evil doers are of no consequence. I shall save you with hope and Change.

Go, therefore, and proclaim throughout the land that he who proceeded me is evil, that he has defiled the nation, and that all he has built must be destroyed.
And the people rejoiced, for even though they knew not what "The One" would do, he had promised that it was good; and they believed. And "The One" said " We live in the greatest country in the world. Help me change everything about it!" And the people said, "Hallelujah! Change is good!"

Then He said, "We are going to tax the rich fat-cats." And the people said "Sock it to them!" "And redistribute their wealth." And the people said, "Show us the money!" And the he said, " redistribution of wealth is good for everybody.."

And Joe the plumber asked, " Are you kidding me? You're going to steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??" And "The One"ridiculed and taunted him, and Joe's personal records were hacked and publicized.

One lone reporter asked, "Isn't that Marxist policy?" And she was banished from the kingdom.

Then a citizen asked, "With no foreign relations experience and having zero military experience or knowledge, how will you deal with radical terrorists?" And "The One" said, "Simple. I shall sit with them bow to them and talk with them and show them how nice we really are; and they will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!" And the people said, "Hallelujah!! We are safe at last, and we can beat our weapons into free cars for the people!"

Then "The One" said "I shall give 95% of you lower taxes." And one, lone voice said, "But 40% of us don't pay ANY taxes." So "The One" said, "Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!" And the people said, "Hallelujah! Show us the money!" Then "The One" said, "I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell your homes!" And the people yawned and the slumping housing market collapsed.
And He said. "I shall mandate employer-funded health care for every worker and raise the minimum wage. And I shall give every person unlimited healthcare and medicine and transportation to the clinics." And the people said, "Give me some of that!" Then he said, "I shall penalize employers who ship jobs overseas." And the people said, "Where's my rebate check?"

Then "The One" said, "I shall bankrupt the coal industry and electricity rates will skyrocket!" And the people said, "Coal is dirty, coal is evil, no more coal! But we don't care for that part about higher electric rates." So "The One" said, Not to worry. If your rebate isn't enough to cover your expenses, we shall bail you out. Just sign up with the ACORN and you troubles are over!"

Then He said, "Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted. Let's grant them amnesty, Social Security, free education, free lunches,free medical care, bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing..." And the people said, "Hallelujah!" and they made him king!

And so it came to pass that employers, facing spiraling costs and ever-higher taxes, raised their prices and laid off workers. Others simply gave up and went out of business and the economy sank like unto a rock dropped from a cliff. The banking industry was destroyed. Manufacturing slowed to a crawl. And more of the people were without a means of support.

Then "The One" said, "I am the "the One"- The Messiah - and I'm here to save you! We shall just print more money so everyone will have enough!" But our foreign trading partners said unto Him. "Wait a minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung! You will have to pay more... And "The One" said, "Wait a minute. That is unfair!!" And the world said, "Neither are these other idiotic programs you have embraced. Lo, you have become a Socialist state and a second-rate power. Now you shall play by our rules!"

And the people cried out, "Alas, alas!! What have we done?" But yea verily, it was too late. The people set upon The One and spat upon him and stoned him, and his name was dung. And the once mighty nation was no more; and the once proud people were without sustenance or shelter or hope. And the Change "The One" had given them was as like unto a poison that had destroyed them and like a whirlwind that consumed all that they had built.

And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish, "give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!" But it was too late, and their homeland was no more.

You may think this a fairy tale, but it's not.

It's happening RIGHT NOW.

THIS really tells it like it is. After reading it -- and before you go into the bathroom to throw-up -- share it with all of your friends and those you know who care about our country and what is happening.

  In God we trust... 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fast and Furious: coming to a school near you?

While the media and various members of the Left - and everyone else seduced by the myth that one more law will force mentally ill people to stop breaking the law - claim that military-style, semi-automatic weapons need to be outlawed (in reaction to the school shooting in Connecticut), we need to remember that the Obama administration has pretty much buried the crimes they committed in the Fast and Furious case.

For those of you who may have somehow missed this case - downplayed or not mentioned at all by most of the major media outlets - it is the facts concerning the sale of thousands (over 2000, by most counts) of semi-automatic rifles and pistols to members of the Mexican drug cartels. Gun shops here in America (Arizona and Texas, mostly, but also in other locations such as Atlanta) were _ordered_ to sell the weapons, in spite of the fact that the owners/operators of those gun stores reported to BATF that they believed the sales to be illegal.

In some cases, the firearms purchases were actually physically assisted by agents of the BATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (and Explosives, now as well). No attempt whatsoever was made to track these firearms into Mexico. The street-level agents who requested permission to do so were denied that permission by their supervisors, even when they stated unequivocally that it was improper not to do so.

Eric Holder, Obama's appointed U.S. Attorney General, who oversees the BATF, has done everything in his power to prevent the truth from being told about how this debacle was planned and carried out. He has prevented the release of the information, the documents, emails, and testimony which would indicate where this operation originated and who ran it. Obama put his oar in the water by stating that Executive Privilege applied - as it actually does not - to the information being sought from Holder by Congress. Although, if Obama was involved in ordering this operation, or in its continuance after it came to light, then perhaps Executive Privilege would apply to any documents pertaining to his involvement.

So, how does this all relate to my title? Well, recently, more weapons provided by our government to the drug cartels have shown up at crime scenes. A drug cartel shoot-out in Mexico where a Mexican "beauty queen" was also killed was recently publicized by Fox News. In a comment I made on another blog, I wondered how long it might be before one of these "Fast and Furious" firearms was discovered at the site of another school shooting.

While I certainly hope it never happens, considering the thousands of rifles and pistols - including .50 BMG rifles such as the Barrett semi-automatic sniper rifle - that were sold to the drug cartels, it may only be a matter of time.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Israeli Method

Read this post at the Silicon Graybeard's blog. Understand that muslims love to kill Israeli/Jewish children, as they did at a school in France, and as they did with the Fogel family in Israel. They brag about it, celebrate it by passing out candy to everyone in Gaza and elsewhere.

Knowing this, and knowing that there have been ZERO mass school shootings in Israel since 1974, I think we can safely say that arming teachers and other staff as they do in Israel works. It prevents the killings that would certainly otherwise take place. 

Sure, with whack-jobs who don't care if they die wandering around, it is possible some children would still be killed, but far fewer if there were armed staff present to shoot such animals. Those doing it for "fame" however, would be forced to choose a different venue - like a college campus where guns are not permitted, or perhaps a Democratic Party office. Some "gun free zone", where guns are banned. Just the sight of a teacher with an M1 carbine like the one pictured above would be enough to send most sick shooters somewhere else.

Fortunately, even some of the liberals talking about the Newtown massacre are talking about having armed people present in schools now.  Perhaps they can be convinced that arming some teachers would be a good idea.

By the way, the high school I attended back in New York (Class of '67) had a shooting range in the basement. The biology teacher, Mr. Marshall, was the coach for our high school rifle team, which competed statewide, back then. It was never mentioned, but I believe he carried 24/7.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

In our lifetime?

T.L. Davis posted, on his blog TL Davis in Exile [correction: "TL in Exile"], that trying to motivate patriots in this country is like "Waiting for Godot", the play by Samuel Beckett (an Irish poet and playwright) where two men wait indefinitely - and pointlessly - for the arrival of "Godot". T.L. had tried in a number of ways, at significant cost to himself, to motivate patriots to act, even if such action is merely to gather on the steps of the Capitol Building to display our desire for a return to the principles this country was founded upon.

T.L. is a man of honor, and more courageous than 99.9% of those in the "patriot movement" - where there actually is no movement, other than the tapping of computer keyboards - just like mine right here. Yes, we can speak of the fact that we are trying to educate more people, trying to get folks to understand just how bad government has become, but we then have to admit that we haven't been very successful. Most of the people who read what we write are already of the same mindset, and have simply been cruising the Internet looking for like minds, and some validity for what they believe.

I have always been more of a pessimist than an optimist. As I like to tell people, "A pessimist is simply an optimist who is in possession of the facts." I prefer to think of myself as a realist, however, someone who is trying hard not to delude himself into believing what he would like to believe. (Which is why I was certain Obama would get re-elected, in spite of all the damage he has done and which will worsen over the next four or more years.)

So, in response to T.L.'s post "Waiting for Godot", I commented thusly:


As you have come to realize, there will be no "uprising", no general movement against the obvious and overt theft of our liberty. Things just haven't gotten bad enough to move us out of our "comfort zone".

I'm becoming more and more convinced there will _not_ even be an actual economic collapse. I'm thinking we will see something more like Argentina, or the old USSR, where conditions are terrible, where the government continues, but here in our country becomes even more oppressive.

Perhaps when family members start "disappearing" (as in Argentina), or the detention of family and/or friends begins to occur in a widespread fashion, people will start to react.

I believe that, if and when we respond, it will be leaderless - and local. Hopefully, groups of family/friends will involve others whom they know in response to the oppression and it will "go viral" at some point. Beyond that, I just don't see it happening.

Until then, all of us patriots (and we are indeed patriots) who loudly proclaim it is time now to take up arms will continue to press computer keys rather than triggers. Maybe we are wrong, but they way things are right now, any gesture we made by "going active" would be silenced. You would not hear about it in the news, or we would be portrayed as backwoods fools, like the Hutaree. 

Frankly, if the deaths of women, children, and INFANTS at Waco didn't move us, I don't think anything will until the family or friends of patriots begin to be taken or disappear."

My lifetime will certainly not be as long as some of you few folks who read what I write. Nonetheless, I am going to guess that no real response to the loss of our liberty - to the loss of what America once was and what she stood for - will occur in my lifetime, and possibly not even in yours.

That doesn't mean I think that I will be able to finish my life in some kind of peace. I believe I will likely become a victim of the oppression when .Gov decides to begin enforcing some "laws" or regulations that I will refuse to comply with, such as disarming citizens of their firearms. When one of my personal "lines in the sand" are crossed, I will resist. Probably to the point of my death. As Dylan Thomas wrote:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pretty much every man in my family has served in the Armed Forces - Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen - so I gladly repost this.

From Teresa-Sue at Traditions and Skills of Everyday Life:

A Marine wants this forwarded all over the net…

This is a poem being sent from a  Marine To his Dad. For those who take the time to read it, you’ll  see a letter from him to his dad at  the bottom. It makes you truly thankful for not only the  Marines, but All of our troops.  

We all came together,
Both young and  old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.
In  the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect  our country
From all terror around..
Peace and not  war,
Is what some people say.
But I’ll give my life,
So  you can live the American way.
I give you the right
To  talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
And protest  in our  streets.
But still I fight on,
I don’t bitch,  I don’t whine.
I’m just one of the people
Who is doing  your time.
I’m harder than nails,
Stronger than any  machine.
I’m the immortal soldier,
I’m a U..S.  MARINE!
So  stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the  people who hate you,
With the protests they’ve  shown.
Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So  they all may have,
The greatest freedom you’ve  won.
Fight for the sick,
Fight for the  poor.
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next  door.
But when your time  comes,
Do what I’ve done.
For if you stand up for  freedom,
You’ll stand when the fight’s done

         By: Corporal Aaron M.  Gilbert , US Marine Corps USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN  GULF
July 23
Hey  Dad,
Do me a favor and label this ‘The Marine’ and send it to  everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I  want this rolling all over the US and Canada and The World. I  want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart  to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my  email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time  anyway.
You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like  to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech.’When  the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not  cower from this responsibility. I welcome it.’ Well, now  I know. And I do.. Dad, I  welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left  behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first  born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place  that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you  very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but  tell her that I love her, and Lord willing,I will be  coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one  to yourself  too.

A Man to Respect and Emulate

I don't often re-post another person's blog posts on my blog, not because it isn't worth doing, but simply because so few people stop by here at my blog. Occasionally, however, someone writes a post that I simply must  repost on my blog.

WRSA - Western Rifle Shooters Association - is a blog I stumbled across because - living in Montana and shooting rifles, especially my "Quigley" rifle, a Shiloh Sharps in 45-110 (.45 2-7/8) - I thought it would provide some information about shooting here out West. Turns out that it is primarily a political forum, dealing with liberty, individual freedom, and the loss thereof that we are experiencing here in this once-great country of ours.

Today's re-post of his is especially pertinent to my blog because it states so succinctly what I feel about tolerance, bigotry, Jews and Islam. Here it is:

"The WRSA policy on race/religion/ethnicity/gender/class is simple:
Fact-based discussion on controversial topics is encouraged.

Unsupported assertions regarding the Jewish people or any other religious or ethnic group as a whole will be mocked or deleted, at editorial discretion.

The only exception to the above rule is the totalitarian-political-system-of-pillage-and-rapine-masquerading-as-a-religion known as Islam.

Members of the NSDAP, the Communist Party, global socialists, and their adherents, followers, or fellow travelers can and should each go stab themselves and at least one ideological ally in the eye with a bayonet.


That is all."

Go to the link above, and read some of the comments. Understand, while you are reading them, that the bigots and racists there are not present only on the Right, as the media and the Democrats would have you believe. There are many of their ilk on the Left as well, they just hide behind smiles and political correctness. Never forget that it was the Southern Democrats who fought so hard against civil rights for the blacks in this country, while it was the Republicans (moral, honest men of integrity, not the scum who call themselves Republicans today - scum like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, etc.) who fought for and won recognition of the civil rights of all people of color.

Pete at WRSA and I have disagreed at times, but I would take a bullet for this man. Don't be deceived by his manner of speech. As a former sailor (USN) and a former peace officer, my language is often as forceful and improper as his. He is moral, rational, and possessed of an integrity we could all do well to emulate. 

For those of my friends or relatives who are Democrats or who lean Left, this is what a real conservative - not to be confused with today's Republicans - looks like. I commend him to you.

Please read him. However, if you indeed fall into the categories mentioned (a Communist or a global socialist desiring to force all the rest of us into your scheme of global socialism, or a member of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party - the Nazi Party)  please read this before you stab yourself in the eye. (Twice.) You might find yourself agreeing with him - in which case you needn't draw your bayonet in the first place :-)