“…Like every elected official in the state, I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Colorado,” wrote Maketa in an open letter to El Paso County residents. “This means all rights.”
That promise apparently doesn’t apply to the right of an unarmed citizen to defend himself against acts of criminal violence committed by one of Maketa’s deputies. If it did, Maketa – who, like every other sheriff, has some discretion regarding prosecutions – would have urged the local prosecutor to drop all charges against Calhan, Colorado resident David Goss, a sod farmer who is now serving an unjustified four-year prison sentence for the supposed crime of trying to avoid being shot in the stomach by Deputy Jeff Schulz.
via William Norman Grigg at Lew Rockwell
…The government can no longer afford to ignore the Lunatic Fringe, because it is becoming less loon and more understandably and righteously indignant every day. The government did not create the Fringe, but through callous disregard, incompetence, blatant self-interest, cronyism, selective enforcement, and pandering to its financial support base, the government has fertilized the fringe until it has grown to redwood-like size. The nation’s leadership is viewed not with admiration, but with distrust. It is no longer the solution, but the problem. It has reversed from friend to enemy, at least for a not insignificant portion of the citizenry.
The fringe is not going to go away, and it will continue to hammer away at an already fragile society. It very well could lead to significant social unrest, even random violence. New records in the Dow will not alter the focus, nor ameliorate the bubbling rage, even if the financial media or the Federal Reserve thinks it will. This growing demographic of citizens must have their concerns addressed before it is too late. Woe to those who ignore it…” go here The Rise Of America’s Lunatic Fringe | Zero Hedge.
Jason Mattera, bless his soul, offers Bloomie some soda and asks whether he would consider gun control for his own staff of armed guards. Hilarious and sickening at the same time.
One can only wonder if the Bloomberg School of Gun Fear at Johns Hopkins University will be doing a study on the psycho-social trauma of dealing with that narcissistic, lilliputian pukes armed henchmen. Just makes one wanna barf…
EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question
The U.S. military’s real-time Google Street View: Airborne spy camera can track an entire city in 1,800MP | Mail Online
The incredible U.S. military spy drone that’s so powerful it can see what type of phone you’re carrying from 17,500ft. The ARGUS-IS can view an area of 15 sq/miles in a single image…
- Its zoom capability can detect an object as small as 6in on the ground
- Developed by BAE as part of a $18million DARPA project
- System works by stringing together 368 digital camera chips
via The Mail Online.
Originally posted on END TIME HEADLINES:
Get ready for scan-and-frisk. The NYPD will soon deploy new technology allowing police to detect guns carried by criminals without using the typical pat-down procedure, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday. The department just received a machine that reads terahertz — the natural energy emitted by people and inanimate objects — and allows police to view concealed weapons from a distance. MORE
January 22, 2013 [h/t Gunny G]
I’ve been thinking about fault lines, and fractures, and diversity, and when it’s all going to implode. I hope I’m still around because it is going to be one gorgeous show. Few things are as entertaining as a truly good disaster.
What is going to kill us is diversity. It isn’t working well. By diversity I mean here the intermixing of large groups of people holding utterly differing and opposed values. There is too damned much diversity in America. It isn’t getting better.
The current donnybrook over guns is not a political question, like whether to raise or lower taxes. It is a clash of civilizations, a confrontation between two groups who seriously don’t like each other and hold irreconcilably different views of life. The two would be happier in separate countries, an idea that has occurred to them. It is that bad.
The Constitution no longer being in effect, the gun-controllers may be able to outlaw guns, chiefly because the federal government also wants to do this, though for different reasons. The gun-controllers think that they are going to stop murder, whereas the feds just want a supine and helpless population. Should they succeed in banning firearms, the result will be a very large element of the population actually hating the rest, and hating the government. Diversity. Read more…
Originally posted on Lissa's Humane Life:
State of Fear
by Chris Hedges
Shannon McLeish of Florida is a 45-year-old married mother of two young children. She is a homeowner, a taxpayer and a safe driver. She votes in every election. She attends a Unitarian Universalist church on Sundays. She is also, like nearly all who have a relationship with the Occupy movement in the United States, being monitored by the federal government. She knows this because when she read FBI documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) through the Freedom of Information Act, she was startled to see a redaction that could only be referring to her. McLeish’s story is the story of hundreds of thousands of people—perhaps more—whose lives are being invaded by the state. It is the story of a security and surveillance apparatus—overseen by the executive branch under Barack Obama—that has empowered the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to silence the voices and obstruct the activity of citizens who question corporate power.
by Francis Porretto at Liberty’s Torch (via Ol’ Remus & The Woodpile Report). An excerpt. Read the entire article.
…The great majority of the “rules” that are imposed on Americans with the force of law are not “laws” in the proper sense. They’re “regulations.” Rules composed by unelected bureaucrats. Bureaucrats whose names we’re forbidden to learn. Many of whom are issued firearms and wear them daily. Whose jobs are protected by Civil Service rules any union would envy.
I’ve searched the Constitution of the United States from end to end and back again, and in only two places does it use the word “regulate:” the Coinage Clause and the Interstate Commerce Clause. That word has given birth to millions of “regulations” with the force of law, by the imposition of which nameless, faceless persons—persons against whom private citizens have no recourse—can enforce draconian penalties on defenseless Americans for conduct that harms no man even in its most extended implications.
Either this is absolutely indefensible or I woke up in the wrong universe this morning.
But wait: there’s more! The luxuriance of these unlegislated laws “passed” by unelected un-legislators is compounded to an infinite degree by a circumstance for which few of us spare even an occasional thought: It doesn’t matter whether we know anything at all about those “laws.” At neither the state nor the federal level is any effort is made to inform the private citizenry about their issuance. Even so, we’re considered bound by them, subject to their force, and exposed to punishment for violating them.
Oftentimes, we only learn about some such “law” at the moment we violate it. A fortunate few discover their vulnerability “just in the nick of time:” by asking permission to develop a recently purchased plot of land, for example. Never mind that the notion that an American must obsequiously ask permission, like a serf in a feudal realm, to do something that harms no one with an item of his own, honorably acquired property is itself execrable, a clear violation of the natural law of property and the rights pertaining to it. That’s merely insult added to injury: a deadly insult atop the mortal injury to the concept of individuals’ rights…
Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:
For new readers or tribe members who haven’t thought the current controversy all the way through, here’s an excellent resource.
Bad People, Regardless Of Costume (BPROC): Give us your stuff, or we’ll do Bad Things to you and your family.
Writing on blogs, letters to Senators, calls to Congressmen, letters to editors, getting the vote out, donating money, responding to idiots, talking the talk and walking the walk…
Somehow these seem neither effective nor rational to me these days. Wondering if this is just the a Conservative’s version of Liberal’s ‘candlelight vigil’ - makes you feel like your doing something, but nothing actually changes.
I think we are approaching the Rubicon. Next stop Rome? GE.
Updated 18 Jan 2013, 7:15PM EDT. Grey Enigma.
Well the more I dig into all these conspiracy assertions, the less convinced I am that there is any ‘there’ there. Most of the assertions that the shooting was embellished, staged, had factual errors etc. are not reasonable/ I.e. see here for an excellent synopsis-repsonse to all of that. I find no compelling evidence that the shooting was any more than it was reported to be: A murder spree, perpetrated by a nutjob. If new evidence is published I might change my mind. GE. ———
Previously I had stated: The Sandy Hook / Newtown CT crimes puzzle me. Having done a fair amount of forensic investigation in another life, there are so many things about this event that are too vague or coincidental to rule out some of what appear at first blush to be just kooky conspiracy theories.
In cases like this – i.e. where there is a lot of evidence, much of it testimonial and based on interviews of 1st hand witnesses and 2nd hand investigators – there will be few simple questions definitively answerable. Instead, the best a reviewer will be able to determine is simply the most reasonable inferences and explanations based upon the facts and evidence. Read more…
You know, given the co-occurrence of Government ‘drills’ with actual ‘tragedies’ on the same type (9/11, Sandy Hook, etc.), perhaps the biggest thing Big Brother could do to stem civilian fatalities would be to cancel any further drills!
That aside, here is another wake up call for us all. Have you any doubt that the scary Muslim terrorist meme has lost it’s false flag voltage? They are doing away with all pretense now: The police state is not for the security OF you… it’s for their security FROM you.
Molon labe bitches. GE.
…A safety exercise involving police, national guard and emergency management officials in Portsmouth, Ohio was centered around the premise that individuals “disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment” plotted to use weapons of mass destruction to terrorize the local community.
Drill Characterizes Disgruntled Second Amendment Advocates as Terrorists 180113drill
The exercise, which took place yesterday, was run by the Ohio Army National Guard 52nd Civil Support Unit, Scioto County first responders as well as local law enforcement.
“The make-believe scenario is timely,” reports WSAZ News Channel 3, “Two school employees who are disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, plot to use chemical, biological and radiological agents against members of the local community….
How much more indication do we need that the elites in our country are starting to worry about slaves leaving the plantation?
It is time to wake up folks: help is not coming, and neither is permission. GE.
…its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it considers “far right.”
It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.”
The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past…
Originally posted on The Cynical Dispatch:
As the never ceasing gun control debate rages on, there appears to be a fracture forming between gun owners themselves. This seems due to an evolving idea of the very basis for the 2nd Amendment. Some gun enthusiasts have voiced a concern over assault weapons even though they themselves are avid hunters and/or target shooters. While the right to bear arms is never in question, the necessity of assault rifles escapes them. This is where the divide among gun owners is widening.
The 2nd Amendment isn’t for recreational or sporting purposes, they’re told; it’s to maintain vigilance against the looming specter of tyranny. All of the arguments in favor of assault weapons for hunting or vermin control seem to go out the window. An assault weapon for home defense becomes irrelevant, too. No, the true reason that we can, and must, possess these weapons is to defend ourselves against our own government if and when it decides to enact its sinister plan to corral and oppress the citizens of the United States for the foreseeable future. After all, the tree of liberty and all that…
If this sounds crazy, it should. The incongruity of this view is truly baffling. Let me tell you why. The very people who cling to their weapons in a preemptive attempt to stave off tyranny are more often than not the same people in favor of incredible spending to keep our military light years ahead of our closest adversary, technologically speaking. In fact, the United States outspends the next thirteen countries combined on defense.
Originally posted on Mike Cane’s xBlog:
Maybe the Pentagon’s legendary $600 toilet seat was a bargain.
The personal bathroom used by the secretary of the Interior is so swanky that its renovation cost $222,000. No detail was overlooked: It has a $3,500 sub-zero refrigerator (hey, if you’re going to have a fridge in the bathroom, it might as well be a good one) and a $689 faucet. At least the “vintage tissue holder” was cheap: just $65 bucks.
Originally posted on END TIME HEADLINES:
Share this list of shocking questions with everyone you know that needs to wake up. Sometimes asking good questions is the best way to get someone that you care about to understand something. When I attended law school, I became very familiar with something called “the Socratic method”. It is a method that has been traditionally used in law schools all over the United States. Law professors will bombard their students with questions, and the goal is to stimulate critical thinking and allow students to discover the answers for themselves. Many times those of us that can see what is happening to this country get frustrated when we try to get others to see what is so apparent to us. But instead of preaching to them, perhaps asking questions would be more helpful. When you ask someone a question, they are almost forced to think about what you just said and come up with a response. And without a doubt, the fact that America is in decline is undeniable. Those that would choose to blindly have faith in the system are foolish, because it is glaringly obvious that the system is failing. Our economy is heading for collapse and the world around us is becoming more unstable with each passing day. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the number of preppers in the United States is absolutely exploding. Some estimates put the number of preppers in the U.S. as high as 3 million, and the movement continues to explode.
So exactly what is a “prepper”? Well, the truth is that there is a tremendous amount of diversity among the people that fall under that label.
To me, you don’t have to move to Montana and store 500 cases of MREs in a nuclear fallout shelter to be considered a prepper. I believe that anyone that can see a very serious crisis coming and that is taking steps to prepare for that crisis would be considered a prepper. You might be living next to one and never even know it. Many families have converted spare rooms into food pantries or are taking survival training on the weekends. Others have renewed their interest in gardening or have started to invest in precious metals. As far as I am concerned, anything that you can do to become more self-sufficient and more independent of the system is a good thing, because the system is rapidly failing.
Originally posted on MisBehaved Woman:
Schools have not necessarily much to do with education… they are mainly institutions of control, where basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school.
There’s a line right at the beginning of the first video below about schools teaching multi-cultural lessons that strikes an *off* chord with me but overall, the video is well worth watching and the truth of it all is undeniable…
Government run schools exist to supply the government with obedient workers who will grow up to serve the government.
One more example of the social contract that we are living under. One more reason that the increasing power of the Police State in our country must be counterbalanced by a resolute, patriotic and well armed citizenry.
Originally posted on Just Cruisin 2:
Once again our president put a band-aid
on a broken leg. This group of career
elitists proclaimed that legislating the
legal gun owners will somehow stop the
And once again we will state this will
do nothing except look good on camera.
So many things are more important in this
issue than gun control.
A good read …
The face of gun violence is not Sandy Hook.
It is Chicago.In 2012, President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown had 506 murders, including more than 60 children. Philadelphia, a city that local television newscasters frequently call ‘Killadelphia,” saw 331 killed last year. In Detroit, 386 people were murdered.Since 1966, there have been 90 school shootings in the U.S., with 231 fatalities.
Yes, Sandy Hook shocked us. But the odds of a child being killed at a school shooting are longer than the odds of being struck by lightning.Of the 11,000 to 12,000 gun murders each year, more than half involve both black killers and black victims, mostly in urban areas and mostly gang-related.
The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is not auto accidents or accidental drowning, but homicide….
Originally posted on END TIME HEADLINES:
One of the most disturbing trends in law enforcement in recent years is the hyper-paramilitarization of local police forces. Much of the funding for tanks for Fargo’s hometown cop shop comes from the Department of Homeland Security. The feds have a lot of money to throw around in the name of preventing terrorism, and municipalities want to get that money. As anyone who has done budgeting knows, the best way to ensure your funding stays high is to request a lot of money and spend it all.
As a result, every year the police get more tools, gadgets, weapons, and surveillance technologies that, whatever their stated purpose, serve to give cops greater capabilities to curtail the rights of anyone unlucky enough to be standing in their path.
We were going to list these in order from least to most creepy, but that proved far too challenging. So here are some cop tools you may not be familiar with, in no particular order.
Dear God save us from the vile, collectivist shitbag who happens to be President at the moment. Seriously, who does this man and his minions think we are? I.e.
…16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes…
Oh really? Perhaps I will ask my doctor if he likes anal sex in his home as that might be unhealthful. Too livid to type, I point you to SilverRhino responding to another on ZeroHedge who summed this up:
List of the 23 Executive Orders is as follows:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. Read more…
Invasion of the Body Searchers: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State | John W. Whitehead
And they seriously expect you to give up your gun rights under this social contract? I.e.:
If you want a recipe for disaster, take police officers hyped up on their own authority and the power of the badge, throw in a few court rulings suggesting that security takes precedence over individual rights, set it against a backdrop of endless wars and militarized law enforcement, and then add to the mix a populace distracted by entertainment, out of touch with the workings of their government, and more inclined to let a few sorry souls suffer injustice than to challenge the status quo… Read more…
Posted 15 Jan. 2013.
Quite a few years ago I swore an Oath – one not too dissimilar from the one the titular leaders of our Republic swore as well. In my case, here is what I promised:
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
I and many other patriotic Americans are at or nearing a breaking point regarding the actions of our leaders and the direction of this country. To those who would say that we are disaffected, unemployed stressed out rednecks, bitterly clinging to our God and guns, I assure that you’re kidding yourself. We are your neighbors, friends, uncles, coaches, pastors, scoutmasters, store clerks and mailmen. We are, by most measures, most of the people in this nation. Read more…
“…Let’s examine our laws and make the changes needed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” Hickenlooper said, suggesting that state legislators overhaul and expand Colorado’s mental health care system. “We have to do a better job of identifying and helping people who are a threat to themselves and others...” via The Mountain Jackpot News
Originally posted on Enjoyment and Contemplation:
Project Veritas explains that idea was to show the irony (not to say hypocrisy) of anti-gun journalists and politicians who bully ordinary citizens and want to make it more difficult for us to arm ourselves and defend ourselves against criminals, while those same journalists and politicians rely heavily on guns to protect themselves.
Anonymous — Response To Obama’s 2013 Gun Control Policy – YouTube.
… Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter on Monday to John Brennan, the White House’s counterterrorism adviser and nominee to be head of the CIA, asking for an outline of the legal and practical rules that underpin the U.S. government’s targeted killing of American citizens …
…The men of today, both young and old, have been poisoned, it seems. Poisoned by the feminist doctrine that has been mixed into every social expression, event, and philosophy. Poisoned by the erasing of distinctions between the sexes. Poisoned by the need to be nonthreatening and never, ever overtly masculine. Poisoned by the need to be liked by their own children and grandchildren – liked like schoolyard chums, I mean.
The males of today have a horror of many things; the horror of not being a man does not seem to be listed in the catalog of fears….
via The Thinking Housewife › When Neutered Men Speak to Boys. (h/t to Western Rifle Shooters Blog for the find)
Brewster, N.Y. – 1/13/2013 – Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt.
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach
In explanation of my title, I fear I’ll have to go on a bit of a digression. Let me tell three stories, about people in three different parts of our amazing planet.
STORY THE FIRST: In my early thirties, through a series of misunderstandings and coincidences I spent some time as the first mate on a sailboat in the Philippines. At one point we spent a couple months anchored up offshore from the Manila Yacht Club while we were getting some boat repairs done. As befits a young man with more testosterone than sagacity, I spent the evenings in the dives and nightclubs in the local red light district. Not paying for the favors of the ladies of the evening, you understand, that always seemed creepy to me. Just drinking and having a good time. One of the bars had a piano. It became my habit that each evening after work, I would go ashore. I’d walk the six blocks or so over to the bar and play the piano for a few hours, and talk to what they euphemistically called the “hostesses” and the bartender, and watch the evening go by. After a while, I was just another fixture in the bar, I was the piano man. People coming in thought I was just part of the floor show. I got to be friends with the bartenders, and with the hostesses, they would tell me their stories. One of the women working there was named Helena. She and I got to be good friends. We were never lovers, although I wouldn’t have minded one bit. We just hung out together and had a good time in the bar, singing songs maybe, telling stories. Sometimes on the weekends we would meet and wander around the city and she would explain to me the local customs, tell me what was going on. She taught me just enough Tagalog to get in trouble, it was great.
Originally posted on Mountain Republic:
What is a “Militia” ?
The “unorganized” or reserve militia is a legal and lawful part of the armed forces of this nation. It is a military organization recognized by the Second Amendment of the Constitution; Title 10 Section 311 USC; The Dick Act of 1903; The National Defense Act of 1916; and affirmed by numerous court decisions. There is no ambiguity, the “unorganized” citizens militia is not the National Guard or the state “select” militia under the governor, or part of the “organized” armed forces of the federal government. It is literally the entire body of the armed citizenry.Although the “unorganized” militia can be called up for lawful (Constitutional) purposes, it is not under the direct control of any state or political jurisdiction. It represents the authority and power of the people over the government and stands as the last defense of the citizens of this country against any domestic tyrants.
The purpose of the militia as defined by the Constitution is to:
- Enforce the laws of the Union (The Constitution)
- Suppress insurrections
- Repel invasions
These provisions affirm the right of the people to defend themselves and their republican form of government from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. That means that the people, as the militia have the right to fight, if necessary, oppressive government, to prevent the usurpation of the Constitution (the supreme law of the land) by anyone, including the federal government.The authority, duty, and obligation of the citizens, acting as the militia, is clearly expressed in our Declaration of Independence: “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it…, ” further “… it is the right, it is their duty, to throw off such government,…” Together these provisions codify the natural rights of all citizens to defense of self, family, and country.
“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson
Is a Militia a Political Action Group?
The distinction between a political action group organized to promote Constitutional government and a militia is the military orientation and a political orientation of the latter. Both groups must work together in support of mutual goals. Individuals may participate in both. But, the militia prepare, train, and equip as a response group in fashion of minutemen of Concord and Lexington for the defense of self and community.
Originally posted on Wintery Knight:
A new study of nearly 6,000 elementary school children has found that boys are discriminated against beginning in kindergarten. Christopher Cornwell, an economics professor at the University of Georgia, says that ”gender disparities in teacher grades start early and uniformly favor girls.”
Despite having higher scores on standardized tests, boys get lower grades than girls. Why? Because teachers are basing grades at least partly on classroom behavior, and the standards are very much geared to female norms.
[...]Here’s what the disparity looks like for kindergarten boys:
Std. Deviation Test Scores Grades Reading -.017 -.27 Math +.02 -.15 Science +.035 -.14
(Note: Values are approx., gauged visually from study graphic.)
Another interesting finding was that boys who adhere to female norms on non-cognitive skills were not penalized. Effectively, the more female behavior was rewarded with a grade “bonus” for males.
The implications of this are obvious. Masculinity, even normal maleness, is being punished in schools from a very young age. Only the most female-acting boys are rewarded with a fair assessment.
Originally posted on International Liberty:
The quote in the last gun control poster apparently was an urban legend, but it did reflect an essential truth that armed societies are harder to enslave. I don’t know if the specific numbers in this poster are accurate, but it does emphasize another fundamental truth. Many leftist politicians are insulated from the dangers of ordinary life and this may be one of the reasons that they have little regard for Second Amendment rights.