Sunday, August 25, 2013
DoD - Dereliction of Duty in Plain Language
Well, here’s some plain language which clearly establishes that the DoD is derelict in their duties to protect the freedoms of Americans, describing conservative Americans as extremists, akin to Islamic terrorists, beginning with the founding fathers of the United States.
As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.
Do you understand this plain language America?
Via a Judicial Watch pressroom release titled Judicial Watch: Defense Department Teaching Documents Suggest Mainstream Conservative Views “Extremist”
The DoD teaching document is quaintly titled the Equal Opportunity and Treatment Incidents (EOTI).
Friday, August 23, 2013
Jesse Jackson Answers Law & Order SVU’s Racial Profiling Question
Front and center at Drudge this morning is the headline ‘PAULA DEEN SHOOTS TRAYVON MARTIN’‘. A not particularly clever little headline which links over to a Mail Online article with a similar, but somewhat more loquacious, headline: ‘Paula Deen SHOOTS Trayvon Martin’ in new SVU that wraps both scandals into one controversial episode… and Cybill Shepard plays gun-wielding TV chef.
A sub-headline, and there are four total, to the Mail Online article reads as follows.
‘Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We’re diving right into that,’ the TV show’s executive producer said
The said Executive Producer of Law & Order SVU is one Warren Leight, and I submit that Jesse Jackson answered Leight’s question back in 1999, as recorded in a Jeffrey Goldberg article titled The Color of Suspicion.
“There is nothing more painful for me at this stage in my life,” Jesse Jackson said several years ago, “than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery—and then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”
To be fair, Jackson does state, in that Goldberg article, that his words were taken out of context, but then again the show Law & Order SVU is out of context also, since it’s a teevee show specifically designed to generate ratings and revenue rather than realities.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Kinder, Gentler Drug War and Asset Forefeiture
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced an alleged “ma jor shift” in the so-called war on drugs. Not, because the so-called war on drugs is a foolish initiative and a dismal failure, which it is, and not because Dr. Sanjay Gupta now thinks marijuana is good, but because America’s prisons are full to overflowing with regular, law abiding folks who occasionally enjoy partaking of marijuana and happened to get busted.
Holder’s boss, Obama, cannot seem to get fully with the kinder, gentler drug war program, though Obama does seem to indicate that law enforcement persons should lay off individual drug users. Perhaps because individual marijuana users are unlikely to become top Obama coffer donors, nor pluckable asset forfeiture candidates.
While I find it only reasonable that the government appears to be coming to their senses in regards to the so called war on drugs, a recent incident, a drug war skirmish if you may, which a good friend was involved in, leads me to assert that these pronouncements emanating out of the mouths of Holder and Obama are meaningless, though at least my friend did not go to prison.
My friend, Z, is a licensed Michigan medical marijuana caregiver. As such, he grows and distributes marijuana, doing his best to follow the letter of the law, and definitely the spirit of the law.
Not long ago, Z received an urgent call from his landlord. During that brief call, Z’s landlord informed him that the police had just contacted him inquiring if he had a key to Z’s place because they were about to execute a search warrant.
Z could not fathom as to why the police would be coming to execute a search warrant on him since he was, after all, a licensed Michigan medical marijuana caregiver. None-the-less, after that brief call from his landlord, Z immediately took certain precautions in order to protect himself from the state, and to protect his assets.
Within 30 minutes after the call from his landlord, sure enough the police showed up in force, guns drawn, and executed their search warrant. A search warrant based on a “tip” that Z had sold some marijuana to an individual who did not have an “official” medical marijuana prescription.
Z offered no resistance when the police arrived. In fact, Z fully cooperated with the police, though this did not prevent them from handcuffing him and isolating him in an official vehicle while they searched his home.
What the police found in Z’s home was what one would expect to find in a home where a licensed medical marijuana operation was being maintained. Marijuana plants, marijuana ready for sale, cash, and all the necessary equipment for growing and processing marijuana. And all these items were in the amounts/quantities prescribed by Michigan’s medical marijuana laws.
Did these facts deter the police in the execution of their search warrant which was based on a tip that Z had sold some small amount of marijuana to individual not in possession of an “official” medical marijuana prescription? No. In fact, the police confiscated everything from Z’s home that could have anything to do with marijuana, justifying the confiscation under the laws of asset forefeiture. Plants, marijuana ready for sale, growing equipment, and processing equipment. All told, an asset seizure of over $150,000.00.
After the seizure of all the above, the police informed Z that they were releasing him, as they were unable to come up with any evidence that Z had acted illegally. In fact, the police informed Z that his licensed medical marijuana operation was actually operating well within the prescribed law. Legally.
Did this fact allow Z to reclaim all of his assets? No, though Z could regain his assets if he petitioned the courts, he was informed by the police, though this could not be guaranteed, and would cost Z, according to his attorney, about $25K.
The end result of Z’s run in with the police, based on a weak tip alleging illegal sales of marijuana, was a misdemeanor ticket such as one would receive for rolling through a stop sign. Though the police departments involved in execution of the search warrant did pocket the cash Z had on hand, just over $2K, and some additional cash when Z re-purchased some of his marijuana growing equipment at the police impound auction.
If Z’s experience is indicative of the new kinder, gentler drug war, where asset forfeiture is the end game, rather than incarceration of another individual, I cannot think of any reason to be licensed as a medical marijuana caregiver, or medical marijuana patient.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Wistful Apologies for Insidious Ideologies
Both books are very well written, enjoyable even, providing readers with, if not a clear inside view of the machinations upon which false and evil ideologies thrive; in these two book’s cases Communism and Nazism; at least a peek into the minds of the type of individuals who all too often seem to succumb to utopian social cohesion ideologies.
Chambers’ and Speer’s books were both written as means to purge themselves from their personal involvement in the evils wrought by Communism and Nazism, and while both do offer their personal mea culpas, I came away with the distinct impression that their apologies were offered wistfully. What I mean by this, is, I think both Chambers’ and Speer’s apologies would not have been forthcoming if Communism, in the case of Chambers, and Nazism, in the case of Speer, would have continued their meteoric rises during the time of their greatest appeal to the masses.
I think that the wistfulness of their respective apologies still shadows the world darkly, and this is evidenced most particularly within men whom make up the governments ruling the world today. Politicians today may mouth the correct denunciations of Communism and Nazism, but I firmly believe each and every one wistfully desires to grasp the reins of complete power inherent in the insidious ideologies of Communism, Nazism, and Fascism for that matter.
I recommend both books, if only to provide a glimpse into the minds of the type of men who succumb to utopian ideas, deny personal individuality, and too late understand the evil at the point of the state’s guns.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
End Around The Posse Comitatus Act, or, Building A Domestic Army In Plain Sight
The ongoing militarization of police forces across the United States of America is an ongoing problem which many Americans are ignorant of, or, at minimum, the militarization of police is a subject on which Americans are woefully misinformed.
Americans may “see” the police all decked out in their SWAT gear, or driving up to some domestic “crisis” in their armoured vehicles and feel that they are somehow safer, but just the opposite is true. The police are not arming themselves with military hardware and gear to combat terrorists, or take down drug “dealers,” but rather police departments across America are arming themselves to the teeth as an end around the Posse Comitatus Act. Police departments are building domestic American armies, to be used against Americans, with the full blessing and complicity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Police departments are being rebuilt, not to ensure Americans’ safety, but to do battle with Americans, utilizing the same methodologies that the United States military utilized to rebuild the Iraqi army.
But do not take my word for this, as my military experience was limited to stealthy patrol of the world’s oceans. Take the word of retired United States Marines Colonel Dick Martino, who addresses the militarization of America’s police departments, with a comparison to his experiences in Iraq, in a Concord, NH city meeting discussing the city’s alleged need for an armoured vehicle.
The linked video, below, runs 3 minutes and 50 seconds. It’s well worth viewing.
UPDATE (08.22.2013): A post at Samizdata titled A domestic army provides a link to Concord, NH’s grant application to purchase a Bearcat armoured vehicle which specifies just what type of “terrorists” Concord, NH police consider they will utilize such a vehicle against.
The State of New Hampshire’s experience with terrorism slants primarily towards the domestic type. We are fortunate that our state has not been victimized from a mass casualty event from an international terrorism strike however on the domestic front, the threat is real and here. Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges. Outside of the officially organized groups, there are several homegrown clusters that are anti-government and pose problems for law enforcement agencies… (bold by ed.)
Entire pdf of grant application (27 pgs. - ed) can be read here.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Happy Individual, Happy People
Because I was recently laid low due to complications from a failed apicoectomy, which resulted in a tooth extraction and a bit of maxillofacial surgery, I had the opportunity to view a number of films I’ve been interested in but had not taken the time to view.
One film which most captured my attention, and reminded me of the story of Dick Proenneke’s life in the Alaskan wilderness, Alone in the Wilderness, was a film titled Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, which is described this way.
A documentary on the indigenous people living in Bakhtia, the heart of the Siberian Taiga; some 300 villagers whose daily routines have barely changed over the last century and live according to their own values and cultural traditions.
The film is available via Netflix, and I recommend it highly.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Liberty Tree Reflections
At 12:30 a.m Monday morning, with a crack heard round my neighborhood, an old tree in my postage stamp sized backyard gave way and crashed to the ground.
The tree, a box elder with an impressive trunk girth approaching 3 ½ feet in diameter, broke off two feet above the ground,
thumping first into a telephone pole, and then to the ground, the majority of the tree landing in my backyard neighbor’s yard.
The property damage from this event was minimal; one downed wire and a ruined stockade fence; though my back garden will require the repose of winter, and some Springtime toil, in order to renew itself.
The loss of this old tree; more pointedly the condition which precipitated its fall; has had me thinking about the original Liberty Tree, and American liberty as a whole.
Unlike the original Liberty Tree in the Boston Commons, which was cut down by the British shortly before the onset of the Revolutionary war, and unfortunately in large part is a forgotten part of American history, I did what I could to save my old box elder. Though all my efforts came to naught.
My old box elder was rotten to the core,
and had remained standing these past twenty years only because its outer few inches of living tree were propping it up, much like American liberty is propped up by politicians’ mouthed sham platitudes to freedom, and Americans’ misplaced reverence for the democratic process.
Though our American liberty appears intact and alive, at its core it is as rotten and decayed as the heart of my old box elder, and American liberty’s fall will come like the felling of my tree. Unexpectedly, with a crack that will resound round this country, followed by a thumping which will take more than a winter’s repose and Springtime toil to restore, and will require liberty honoring Americans to stand tall.
The Miracle of Life, and the Blessings of Science
Individuals often speak of the miracle of life when discussing pregnancy and birth, and understandably so, but the blessings of science also can play a crucial role in affirming the miracle of life. To wit, the story of Abigail Rose Beutler, as posted at Sondrakistan.
Monday, July 22, 2013
“Truth Can Stand Whether Anyone Believes In It Or Not”
It seems that being black allows us to not look at the truth even when it is screaming in our face because we just can’t help ourselves. It is hard to believe that blacks can be guilty of wrongdoing in our society. You know when you look at the truth of blacks making up 30 percent of the population and yet the majority of those incarcerated are black men and women. Can someone please tell me if it is not true that in Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and New York that blacks are killing blacks, you know, black on black crime? In those cities blacks perpetrate serious crimes with guns over 70percent of the time. Now don’t miss that comparison of 30 percent of the population committing over 70 percent of all crimes in our largest cities. There are many blacks who think whitey wants to get rid of us and the way we are killing each other the only thing they have to do is get out of the way and we will accomplish that ourselves. Then it does seem logical that most of the people that are in jail would be black.
Don’t turn me off because this is a conversation we must have. Black people will never be the great people that we truly are until we put Jesus above our blackness.
Read it all.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Obama the 3a Punk
So, in response to the not guilty verdict rendered in the George Zimmerman second degree murder trial, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, current leader of the greatest country in the history of the world to date, tarnished though this country may be at this point in time, admits to the world, on television broadcasted nationally and internationally, that he was a punk (see definitions 3a and 3b) 35 years ago.
I myself must admit, at the age of 53, that 35 years ago I also was a punk, as defined above, though a 3a punk rather than a 3b punk, as I shunned the aspects of being a petty hoodlum, gangster or ruffian. Oh, I definitely knew my share of 3b type punks 35 years ago, but I considered these 3b punks as hard-asses, in the true vulgar sense. You know the type of hard-ass I’m referring to; their type can still be seen today, think the New Black Panthers, neo-Nazi skinheads, or young toughs in hoodies; projecting an image of hard-assedness in dress and demeanor. Punk, punks.
As I read through the transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks on the Trayvon Martin case, I came away with the impression that the intervening 35 years have not changed Barack Obama. He remains a punk. Granted, Obama today is more of a 3a punk than a 3b punk, but don’t think for a minute that Obama is unwilling to unleash the hard-assed 3b punk costumed in his finely tailored suit, which he avows he probably was 35 years ago.
I make this ascertain that Obama is a 3a punk because his remarks on the Trayvon Martin case are not the remarks of a president, the remarks of a leader and uniter of Americans, but rather the remarks of a divider of Americans, regardless of the fact that Obama was allegedly speaking contextually.
In the 2,141 words of Obama’s statement on the Trayvon Martin case, one does not note any true pride in America, its system of justice, nor the idea of America, but rather an apologetic, a statement of collective self-flagellation for its racist and slave owning past. Obama makes no statement that justice has indeed been done in the case of George Zimmerman. In fact, the one and only reference Obama makes to George Zimmerman in his little speech muses on the possibility of a role reversal. Hmm, I wonder how would that role reversal work out? Has not George Zimmerman’s life been negatively, quite possibly irrevocably, impacted? Does not George Zimmerman deserve the justice of Barack Obama recognizing this also?
Obama is not raising America and Americans to a higher level of greatness and union, he is denigrating and dividing America and Americans in his statement on Trayvon Martin. Obama is a 3a punk.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
“The “Ferociously Virtuous””
The “ferociously virtuous” always made me a little uncomfortable because they raised in the depth of my mind an unwanted question. For while I can grant at once the right of goodness to be ferocious, I suspect always that its ferocity, to ring clear, must be the ferocity of aroused compassion, which is rooted in the understanding of self-fallibility, not of self-righteousness.
Whittaker Chambers, Witness, Random House, New York, First Edition 1952, pg. 489
Friday, July 05, 2013
Independence Day Recap
It has been 237 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed, and many Americans, today, seem to be ignorant of just what this declaration means, and not simply because they cannot read cursive.
My Independence Day was quite enjoyable, considering that the “freedoms” I enjoy, today, would quite possibly be unrecognizable to the founding fathers of this nation in their day, and I wonder if Americans alive during our founding fathers’ day would have seen as many fireworks complaints, or stories of fireworks accidents as we can read today.
My Independence Day began by attending one of the oldest continually running 4th of July parades in the nation, the Hollyhock Lane Parade, news of which even made it into the HindustanTimes, though my enjoyment of the parade was somewhat lessened by the politicians marching in the parade hustling for votes, and news that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security considered Independence Day the day most conducive to conducting a “full scale terrorism drill,” codenamed “Operation Independence.” Additionally, came the news, via Tam, that TJIC is still being hassled by the authorities over a comment he made back when Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Freedom of speech indeed.
Which leads me to say, that if yesterday was Happy Overthrow The Government Day, independence minded Americans missed an opportunity to free themselves from parasitical politicians yesterday as they hustled votes while marching in parades around the country.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
‘God Particle’ - Brilliant Inconclusiveness
It seems that the Higgs Boson search continues, though CERN issued press releases trumpet its discovery.
CERN is looking to do more with the Higgs boson than simply confirm its existence. Lincoln says that there’s a very large discrepancy that still needs to be addressed. The Higgs-boson-like particle observed at the LHC a year ago has about 100 trillion times less than energy than what the Standard Model predicts…
If a subject has been written about with a higher degree of brilliant inconclusiveness than the Higgs Boson “discovery,” I am unaware of it.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Political Party Affiliation Fill in the Blank
Which political party were the following words written about?
The _______ lives in permanent revolt and anger against the injustice of the world around him. But he will suffer almost any degree of injustice, stupidity and personal outrage from the party that he serves. He may fuss, whimper, harangue and even intrigue. But he will not act openly against the authority of the party. For to do so would be to breach discipline. And discipline is not only, to this great secular faith, what discipline is to an army. It is also what piety is to a church. To a ______, a deliberate breach of discipline is an act of blasphemy. Only an intolerable situation can make it possible or even imaginable.