Monday, September 27, 2010

My personal opinions on avoiding stops and tickets and dealing with them when they happen

What follows are my opinions.  I'm neither a cop nor a lawyer - though I could play both on TV.  You are - as always - responsible for your actions -- so don't try to blame your troubles on me.

DennisIII's comments on my previous post provoked some thinking on this topic, and decided to make it a post instead of another comment.

Until a few weeks ago, it'd been a number of years since I had a speeding ticket - so long ago that they had no record of it, which helped me when I went to court on this one last week.  The Judge gave me "Probation Before Judgment", which means "no verdict, keep clean for a year and it never happened."  Get another ticket within a year, though - and they nail your for BOTH of them.

Further proving the whole exercise is about raising cash, almost ANYONE can get a PBJ - then must pay the full amount of the fine PLUS $25.50 as "court costs."  When I say "almost ANYONE can get a PBJ" I mean it -- the girl behind me had been driving less than a year and was popped doing 89 in a 50, and the cop even admitted he'd reduced her speed to avoid the reckless-driving charge -- but I digress...

The benefit to PBJ for me is - since there's no "guilty" verdict - no points and thus no getting raped by having my insurance premium double!

I asked for leniency on the fine - (I'm crippled, kid in college, etc) - and he cut the fine in half - but that's not really what this post was supposed to be about.


70 in a 55.  Bright, sunny, spring day.  The funny thing is that I was driving a road I drive almost daily, in the same vehicle, doing the same speed - and I usually drive right past the popo without a second look. 

This day - with my daughter in the car - I get pulled and ticketed.

I'm willing to bet it was because my daughter was in the car - he saw "teen girl" and figured that meant "teen boy driving."  Whatever...

Once he had pulled me over, he pretty much HAD to write me for something - though he could have given me a warning he didn't.  Odds are that he needed to write a bunch - while they have no "quotas" to meet, the number of tickets they write (IE: The amount of CASH they bring in) makes up a LARGE part of their "performance" review.  The difference between this and a "quota" is largely semantics, but this way actually encourages them to write EVEN MORE than a quota would...


Over the years, I've figured out what works FOR ME, AROUND HERE, to avoid being stopped.  You ain't me, you don't live here - so YMMV!

#1: Appearance! 

I'm a middle-aged white guy, clean cut, driving vehicles that aren't TOO old and are well-maintained, clean and waxed, and mostly un-modified.

Unfair as it is that has A LOT to do with it.  They tend to pick on the youngsters, and those driving beat-up or "stereotype" vehicles.  I've asked a couple cops about that and got the same answer - so I believe it's true:
"A young or poor-man will just pay the ticket - they can't afford to take the time to go fight it.

A guy like you will take a day from work - even if it costs him $500 - to try to beat a $50 ticket, so we tend to go after the kids and the beater-cars because they're less hassle."
What they DIDN'T say - but we all know is true - is that they're also more likely to turn a speeding-stop into a search/bust with the younger/poorer-looking folk as well - thus making them even MORE attractive.  If you're 18 and driving a Mercedes with 22" chromed spinners and a subwoofer rattling windows a mile away, you're on the "this should be fun" list as well.

The lesson?  If you're young, try to make your car seem as new as possible, and well maintained.  Don't draw attention to yourself with spoilers, stickers, coffee-can mufflers, etc.  Subdued colors are better as well, for the same reasons.

Camouflage!  Try to fit in!!

This also has to do with your driving.  If I can find a bunch doing 80 on the highway, I'll jump right in the middle and roll!  Even passing people - provided you're doing it at a steady speed, and not driving erratically or dangerously - jumping lanes, swerving or cutting people off - you're usually OK.

If the limit is over 35, I ROUTINELY do ~15 over - at 35 or below, around here, you'd better stick to the limit or you WILL get nailed.

In other words:

  • 25=25
  • 30=30
  • 35 sorta depends -- could be 35 or up to 50
  • 45=60, and on up I routinely add 14 or 15 - PROVIDED it's safe for me to do so.
It really is all about fitting in, and not drawing attention to yourself.

Don't hang out in the fast lane.  Don't drive erratic.  Don't make your car into a giant "please screw with me!" sign by tacking on a bunch of crap that says "I like to race!!" or "I'm a social deviant"!


The biggest tip I give everyone - even if they CAN'T afford a new*ER*-looking car is that if you see a cop, don't slam on your brakes.  He's already nailed you speeding by the time you see him, and slamming on your brakes is a suspicious act -- makes it look like you're afraid or have something to hide.  As with all predators, this simply kicks in their "chase" instincts.

If I see him, there's no point in slowing, I just ride.

If I'm close enough to him when I pass, I'll give him a little nod and wave - or a salute - as I keep on driving.  I've even had 'em come up behind me and stay there for a while before finally changing lanes to pass me and going on their way.


So you've done everything right and still gotten pulled.


Stay calm.
Pull over IN A SAFE PLACE - if you can't safely stop where you are, then slow down and turn on your flashers, but keep driving until you can get over in a safe spot.
Car in park, turn off engine, window down, hands on wheel.  If it's dark, turn on your interior light.

This is THE #1 most dangerous point in a cop's day, and he's going to be on edge - you don't want to get shot, so don't do anything to freak him out.

Sit there, and STFU. I don't ask "why did you stop me" or anything else - I don't want to be seen as "confrontational."  STFU.

When he ASKS FOR IT, *THEN* I get him your my License/Reg./Ins. info, etc.

I say "My Lic. is in my wallet, which is in my left-rear pocket. May I get it out?  Then I do it.

"My Reg. is in my glove-compartment - May I open it?"

I open glove box then sit back - "My reg. is in the black folder - may I get it out?"

No furtive moves, no misunderstandings. I don't want to die today.

Eventually he'll tell me why he stopped me -- again, arguing will not help, so STFU.

DO NOT offer *ANY* info - just STFU.

Be prepared - as in my previous post - to handle "I don't wish to ..." "I do not consent to..." -- but here too it is CRITICAL to be as polite as humanly possible.  Disrespect will not help you - he's already going to be ticked because you blocked or questioned his "authoriteh" -- don't make it worse by being an @$$.



Friday, September 24, 2010

A TEXTBOOK Case: How *NOT* to Handle Being Stopped by Police...

I don't have time to write this whole post ATM, but will (hopefully) be back to top it off in the AM.
In the meantime, check out THIS POST at WRS: Warning -- the burning stoopid (on the part of the Patriot) and all-too-typical @$$hattery (on the part of the pig++) **WILL** do battle in your head, and may lead to spontaneous cranial explosion.

More to come...

As promised, here goes.

I found THIS POST at WRS which links to THIS POST at RTC.



I'll wait.

OK -- Are you with me?


I'm going to keep this as short and sweet as I can.

BEFORE I GO ON, the usual "IANAL, YMMV, ETc..." disclaimers apply!

As we (my Wife and I) were travelling through Tennessee, we were stopped by a Tennessee State Trooper (Officer Michael Loftis, Badge #331), because the tinting of the windows on our vehicle was too dark.
After checking my license, registration and insurance and verifying that they were up to date, Officer Loftis then asked with no probable cause, if I had any drugs or weapons in the car.

I told Him no drugs, but that I did have a pistol in a locked box, locked in the trunk of the car. Officer Loftis asked me if I had a permit for the pistol, and I said No, that permits were not necessary in Colorado except for the CCW. His response was that we weren’t in Colorado, we were in Tennessee and that in Tennessee, permits for handguns were required. (Permits to “CARRY” handguns are required in Tennessee-but there are NO permits required to POSSESS handguns, rifles or shotguns in Tennessee).

I told him I did not wish to answer any questions, told him that I would like to have an attorney present before any further questioning, and asked if I was being detained. He said I was NOT being detained, to which I asked "then am I free to go?"

He tried the usual intimidation tactics ("You can answer my questions here or downtown, after I arrest you") and cajoling ("If you have nothing to hide, then what's the problem?")

I just repeated myself then STFU.

"I don't wish to answer any questions.

Am I being detained?

Am I free to go?

I don't wish to answer any questions.

I prefer to remain silent, and want an attorney present before any further questioning.

Am I being detained?

Am I free to go?"

Officer Loftis then told me to exit the vehicle and open the trunk. After I complied and opened the trunk, Officer Loftis could plainly see that it was EXACTLY as I had said. Officer Loftis then told me to unlock the guncase and then told me to step away from the vehicle. I informed Him that the reciept for the pistopl was in the guncase and I reminded Him that no permits are required in Colorado exept for the CCW.

I asked if he was ORDERING me out of the car, or if I had the right to stay where I was. He said it was an order. I asked if I was being detained, he said no.

I asked if I was free to go, he said no - and repeated his order to step out of the vehicle and open the trunk.

I stepped out of the vehicle as ordered - locking the keys inside(**) - and said





Officer Loftis asked me where I was coming from,
and I told Him Washington DC. Officer Loftis asked me, “What the heck would you want to go there for?” So, I explained to Him that I work for a radio station (Freedomizer Radio), and that we were covering the Tea Party Rally in Washington DC on April 15th, and the 2nd Amendment Rally at Gravelly Point, Virginia on April 19th. Officer Loftis then asked, “Oh, you mean that park that’s right across the Potomac from Washington?”

And I answered with “Yes.”



Officer Loftis then asked me “Why would you take a handgun to an event like that?”

And I answered
” the 2nd Amendment Rally at Gravelly Point was an ‘open-carry’ rally, and since I believe in the 2nd amendment, even though I was with the press, covering the rally, I wanted to show my support to the participants, by wearing my firearm as well, but that the handgun NEVER entered Washington DC, It stayed in Virginia which is an ‘open-carry’ State”




Officer Loftis then took the guncase and it’s contents back to his car to check it out.




Aw, hell.


Look, People -- it's really ****ing SIMPLE.  Even my daughter's psychotic, brain-damaged cat is now looking at me, asking "WTF, DD -- do you think they're idiots?



(3) "AM I FREE TO GO?"



While I know - in the depths of my heart - that this gentleman is a Patriot,


HE is responsible for what happened to him.

THE PIG (++) IS NOT TO BLAME for this man losing his guns - or anything else that happened here.







Yes, I know "the pig shouldn't have..."



Pigs are pigs.

Pigs do what pigs do because they are pigs.

You cannot blame a pig for being a pig - but if you let him slop mud and s*** all over your living room -- AS THIS PATRIOT DID -- is it fair to blame the pig?


You blame the idiot who left the door open - who invited the pig in the house and told him to help himself to whatever he wanted, who did nothing to prevent the pig from being a pig.

Pete over at WRSA has already linked 2 VERY important vids IN THIS POST HERE, (PART 1 and PART 2)

Even MORE important - for these situations - is this vid from the ACLU: "Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters" The vid says they have a new version ("10 Rules for Dealing With Police") - I haven't watched it yet so I can't say any more about it.  <<EDIT: Worth the time, but the "Citizen's Guide" is better.>>





ROLE-PLAY - especially with teens - UNTIL EVERYONE GETS IT DOWN.





Don't be an idiot, and remember that pigs can't help being pigs.

Had this Patriot simply asserted his rights from the beginning, and STUCK TO IT, he'd have been on down the road with - at most - a warning for his window-tint.  TN can't make a CO resident remove tint from their windows, so that would have been it.


(++) I have some friends - Brothers, really - who also happen to be Peace Officers.  They are not pigs.  Anyone who doesn't know the difference is either a pig themselves, or has been living under a rock for ~40 years.  'Nuff said.

** I keep a spare door-key hidden on my car - any intelligent person should be able to figure out how to do this. I've never needed a tool to unlock my car, and nobody has ever found it. THINK!!

PS:  Vids embedded here...

(note: click on the vid - Parts 2-4 will be found in the "related" at the side...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Memories of 9/11 - and the rage that follows...

Since Blogger's "preview" is useless, I usually have to go through several cycles of post/edit/post/edit/post/ed... -- before I finally get a post "right."  It's too late, I am too tired, it's not going to happen.

Please - therefore - try to ignore any spelling/grammar/formatting/punctuation/whatever errors - if I can find the time and energy I'll fix them later.

I hope this is worth the trouble...

BTW - most of the "...quotes..." below are my best recollection, but some are so seared in my mind that I'll never forget them.  If they're not specifically marked as the latter, they're the former...

9 years later.

Can it really have been that long?

There's simply no way I can TOUCH Vanderleun's eloquence - and I wasn't in NYFC that horrible day - nor did I lose any family or loved-ones like CA - but I too have memories that will never leave me.

Before I go on, I probably should explain that though our company was largely unknown, it held a position of serious criticality for all telecom in all of North America!  I still can't understand why it wasn't a .gov agency, but it wasn't.  It WAS however literally make-or-break for an entire CONTINENT.  If we were destroyed, NOTHING could happen!

I'd flown out of Dulles Airport the day before - having gone there to meet a bunch of others from my company so we could fly together - ONE DAY before a similar American Airlines flight was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. We were headed for Chicago, to a "tech conference" where all of our company's "biggest-of-the-big-heads" would be attending.

Most of us had pocket-knives ranging from 4-7 inches, mine was just shy of six, and my "leatherman" type tool was in my other pocket. No problem on 9-10, but on 9/12?? Right.

Anyhow, we'd arrived in Chicago the evening of 9/10, and - as is usually the case at such events - stayed up way to late in The Lounge consuming too much ETOH. As a result, not having done much drinking in too many years - I wasn't feeling too tough in the morning and didn't turn on my TV as I prepared for the day.

As I exited our hotel, I met up with our "head of security" - a youngish, VERY intense former SEAL named Paul - who said something along the lines of "Can you BELIEVE THAT S**T??!! GAME ON!!!!"


"Weren't you watching TV? TWO planes hit the WTC in NYFC!!"


As what he'd said began to filter through my formaldehyde-fogged brain, the import began to settle in...  Though I'd been feeling mildly nauseous before, now I was much more so.  It didn't help that my companion kept repeating --



We arrived at our "meeting space" where the CEO and the rest of Mahogany-Row insisted we proceed as planned.

I pounded juice and water, which combined with adrenaline quickly brought me out of the fog...

Our huge Auditorium opened into a large glassed-in atrium-type area, whose roof was also glass so you had a full, if neck-straining, view of the full height of the Sears Tower less across and just down the street.

I tried to concentrate on the conference, but - IT Security (physical and otherwise) being a large part of my responsibility - kept getting IMs from our DC & NY locations and FWDs of others from Paul.  The rumors were FLYING -- but we had no way to be sure they were rumors at the time.

"Another plane hit the Pentagon!"

"Car-bombs at the Capitol-building, State Dept and SCOTUS!"

"Bombs on Wall Street!"

Bombs at the FCC, and Agriculture! (Don't ask me - that's what they said...)

I eventually snuck out, looking for Paul.  WWIII was beginning, and we had to DO SOMETHING!!

I found him in the Lobby, as concerned as I was, having read the same IMs.  He wrote a note, I went inside and handed it to the CEO - who rolled his eyes and informed me "we're not going to worry about what's happening in NYFC, you need to concentrate on what's happening HERE."  and dismissed me with an imperious wave.

Stunned, I went back to Paul, and the 2 of us fumed for a bit, strategizing how we could get the attention of Management. 

During a small break, we tried to buttonhole the CEO again, but were told - with some vehemence and anger this time - "I DON'T CARE.  We're here to accomplish some things, and we're GOING to accomplish them!"

I realized then that he had NO IDEA what was happening - he knew some planes had crashed in NYFC, but that was it.

Paul and I returned to the Lobby, still chewing on the whole thing - then we went back to trying to find news updates.

Naturally, every news-site on he 'net was SWAMPED, and it took dozens of "refresh" attempts or more to get a page to even partially load, so and I was hitting CNN and Paul was trying some local affiliates hoping they wouldn't be getting slammed so hard.

After a few minutes, Paul yells "Holy S**T!!" and was out of his seat before I could even turn around.  He slapped my laptop closed and plopped his on top of it - showing me a page that said there was at least one plane still in the air, and it was believed to be headed for the Sears Tower!

Now we - somehow, without speaking - agreed that if it cost us our jobs we were going to get this stupid CEO's attention.  The TWO of us marched to the front, and Paul - did I mention he was pushing 6'6" or more? - quietly told the CEO we could do this the easy way or the hard way, but he WAS coming to the Lobby to speak with us.

He followed us out, and I shut up as Paul attempted to make him understand, but seemed to be getting nowhere.  By this time, my rage and concern had reached a point that I no longer cared about my job, so I bodily spun him around and said

"Look!  You see that gigantic f***ing black building right there?  The one that's bigger than the WTC by a significant margin?  The one who - if a BASEBALL goes through a window is going to drop gigantic pieces of plate-glass on your empty-@$$ HEAD??!!

THAT is the Sears Tower - the BIGGEST G*D-D**NED building on the PLANET, and an even BETTER target for people looking to collapse buildings."

I grabbed him by his lapel, and said "FOLLOW ME!" - heading for the auditorium door, somewhat bodily dragging him along.  I threw the door open...

"You see THAT?  **THAT** is 99% of the brain-power in your whole f***king COMPANY.  If even HALF of these people were killed or quit, YOU ARE OUT OF BUSINESS!"

I then dragged him back across the lobby to where our laptops were sitting.  I pointed to Paul's screen...




He stood, stunned, for long seconds -- apparently I'd gotten his attention.

He was perhaps overwhelmed for a bit - I watched his sudden awareness, and his sore @$$ (from the reaming I'd just delivered) do battle with his "I'm the BIG BOSS!" mentality for a bit before he visibly shrank, took a deep breath, and said "Alright, what do we need to do."

"FIRST thing, we need to get these people OUT OF HERE.  Tell them to FIRST catch up with the other(s) with whom they share knowledge, skills and duties - only long enough to make sure they DO NOT leave together.  We'll then split them into 2 rough groups as they leave.  Give us a minute, and we'll plan separate routes back to our hotel for the groups, and find a couple of capable people to lead each group.

By the time you're done with your announcement, we SHOULD be ready to go, but just in case don't tell them to leave until you see Paul or Me at the door waving you on! 

When you're done with that, come back to us with whatever other Maho... er... 'Leadership' folk you think appropriate and we'll plan next steps."

He didn't argue at all, he just nodded, spun on his heel and headed for the podium.

I looked at Paul, and said "We REALLY need to get these people out of DOWNTOWN -- at LEAST into the SUBURBS!  He agreed, and decided we'd lead off with that when Mr. CEO returned - but at the moment we needed to get moving.  I went to my LT to look at maps and plan 2 routes, then to write them down on a legal-pad since we had no printer.  Paul went into the back of the auditorium, waited the long moments until the speaker handed over to the CEO, then spoke up and called "STAT!" for 4 guys who we knew were tough, smart and level-headed.  He also told the CEO to proceed as planned, we'd be ready by the time he was finished with his announcement.

The Guys jogged out, and in just seconds we told them "We have to split, then double-time these people back to the hotel.  We will explain later, but this is URGENT.  We need 2 to walk at the head of a group, and 2 to hang back and help direct the lemmings that are about to pour out that door."

The CEO made his announcement, and people began asking questions instead of moving.  To his credit, the CEO firmly said "Talk later, MOVE NOW!"

We managed to get our 4 guys in position just seconds before the people started pouring out.  Paul and I began repeating "make sure you're NOT walking with your 'twin', people -- need half to go left, and the other half right -- just follow the guy standing in the doorway!"

We also took up positions near the exit to ensure that people we knew were separating and not traveling in a bunch - directing some individuals in such groups to one line or the other.  The other guys at the doors were telling them "just follow the guys ahead of you!"

We got a few calls from the "walk leaders", and decided to take over the restaurant in the hotel as it would still be closed for a bit, then asked one of the VPs who dealt with such things to get us a conference room -- preferably in the basement -- at the hotel ASAP.  Have our people help set up chairs and tables if needed, but get them into as much shelter as possible ASAP.

When we finally got everyone out, the VPs were all pretty upset.  Paul - being higher than (but not "above") me on the org-chart - took over, after making it clear to all that I was to chime in at will.

We first explained the crisis - and the obvious need for US to get the f*** out of here ASAP - then repeated that we needed to get our people - or at least (the RIGHT) HALF of them - out of this city ASAP.

One - who was FROM Chicago - said he knew of a charter-bus service.  Paul and I told him "Call them NOW", then caught ourselves and looked to Mr. CEO.  He chuckled, and said "for the duration,Paul's in charge."


So, with one VP looking up some charter-busses, the next thing was to find at least 2 hotels to put people in - preferably separated by several miles (minimum) for better survivability.  Another VP went to work on that through the company "travel office."

Next we agreed that we needed all managers to meet us on our arrival at the hotel - and that we could finish the rest of this on our way - so we headed out.  Someone (me?) called to ask "the guys" to ensure everyone remained in the ballroom and didn't take off for their rooms, and to set up a space for our "managers' meeting".

On the way we discussed what to do about getting all these people home - it was by then news that all planes were grounded, and we all expected they'd be grounded indefinitely. 

We also needed to consider feeding them, some creature-comforts on the way, etc, and a bunch of other minutia that would need to be dealt with.  We agreed to meet later, after the "Managers' meeting" to hash it out.

At the managers' meeting, we gave them all a rundown on the situation, and our plans.  We made them understand that it was POSSIBLE - though not probable - that some, half (or ALL) of our people could die, and that it was CRITICAL that we split up our brain-power as much as possible.  NOBODY with similar knowledge and skills could be allowed to travel together, the goal was to ensure that if one bus was destroyed, the people on another could keep our business afloat.

We all agreed that in the cases where all the people were from the same place, thus needing to be on the same bus, that some of each would be bussed to a different city, put up in comfort and flown home first-class when possible -- all at company expense.

Managers having agreed to handle the bus-assignments, busses chartered for the duration, the company "travel office" ready to make arrangements for anyone being displaced, we quickly sorted out the "comforts" stuff.

We decided the busses would stop at the nearest Wal Mart, and  the company would reimburse up to $30 per person for whatever they needed to make the trip less brutal.  We suggested pillows, blankets, snacks, etc.  There'd be a big cooler with ice and various drinks, and we'd be stopping for meals so  no need to worry about those.

 By this time, someone had brought in a TV on a steel cart, and we all got our first views of the damage in DC and NYFC.  I vividly remember the horror as we saw (in replay) the plane hit the 2nd tower, and how much worse it was when we saw the towers fall.

I remember 2 things most vividly - as if they'd just happened.  Unlike my other quotations - which are approximate and to the best of my recollection - these two are 100% VERBATIM.

First, when I saw the towers fall, I jumped to my feet and said "THAT WAS AN IMPLOSION!!  THAT MEANS EXPLOSIVES!!"

Paul - former SEAL who certainly knew a bit about demolitions - agreed.  I'm not saying I STILL believe that - the logistics of rigging those buildings while continuing business-as-usual just aren't feasible IMHO - but that was my impression at the time.

My second proclamation was - sadly - much more accurate.  "This is the END of the US as we've known it.  Those bastards just MURDERED Lady Liberty."

Every day since, I've wished I'd been wrong.

The trip home was TORTURE - those busses were made for day-trips, not 1500-mile, cross-country marathons.  We stopped 3 times a day for meals - usually "rest-area" "food courts", and otherwise drove straight through.  It took us roughly 36 hours to get to our DC office.  Everyone was safe, and eventually made it home.

Of course, as we now know, Flight 93 went into the dirt near Shanksville, PA.  There remains - even now - much speculation about where it was heading, but you need only look at what it DID in the air to see that Chicago wasn't outside possibility -- and IMHO (based on its flight path) the Sears tower was much more likely than the White-House to have been its target.

I then tried to get my rental-car -- and thus the rest of my belongings -- out of the "long-term" area at Dulles.  A co-worker shared a cab with me as his car was there too.  When we turned into the parking area, we immediately met a road-block where they'd placed concrete sections of jersey-wall and a "lift bar" to prevent our just weaving around them.

A man in a black trench coat and pants, white shirt and black tie was -- oddly -- the one manning the gate.  He approached our car to say "Turn it around - lot's CLOSED."  Our middle-eastern cabbie was ready to roll, but I wasn't.

"Yessir - I just need to get my car..."

"The LOT is CLOSED!  Turn it around..."

"I'm sorry sir - I'm not helping you to understand -- my car is..."

Tired of dealing with morons, he pulled back his trench-coat and gripped the grip on his Uzi - thankfully not pointing it, but making it d**n clear that was next - as he said "No... YOU are the one who apparently doesn't underSTAND!



I smiled and said "I UNDERSTAND!" - but had to shout it because Cabbie had slammed into reverse and hit the gas as soon as he realized what was under the coat.

We turned around -- the lot was closed!!

This meant I had to rent ANOTHER car to get to my lodgings - and it was (IIRC) 3 weeks before they let the cars out of the lot.  I ended up having a co-worker from the DC office get and return the car for me, and ship my stuff.

Paul and I were eventually recognized as "employees of the quarter" for the steps we'd taken to alert management and plan/help lead evacuation.  This being the second time I'd been involved in saving the company from a MAJOR loss, I also gained a lot of respect from most of those on Mahogany row - though in the process a few somehow decided to be my enemy instead -- all stories for another time...

If you've read this far, my point with this missive was to show how my life - and ~250 others - was impacted on that day.  The real impact went on for weeks, but the psychological impact - like Vanderleun and countless others - will be with me for the rest of my life.

I was TERRIFIED for my wife and kids - and utterly impotent at such a great distance to do ANYTHING other than call and try to warn Wifey.

Of course, all the rumors about bombs - car and otherwise - proved to be unfounded, part of the fog of war, yet my eyes were opened as never before.  I'd always WANTED to "prep" - talked about it a lot - but never really thought it necessary before that day, at least not necessary enough to get serious about it.  We'd managed to get a month or so ahead on the groceries - and I've always had the guns-and-ammo - but otherwise we'd have been caught flat-footed had the S really HTF for us then.

It also brought home - in an unmistakeable way - how serious even a frivolous "party" trip (like I'd expected this one to be) could actually be.

Like most others, I too ground my teeth in rage on that day - and in the days to follow - wanting RETRIBUTION.  Let's make a bunch of desert glass!!

To be honest, I wanted Dubya to nuke Mecca - and frankly still wish he had - along with the rest of Saudi Arabia.  Afghanistan?  Sure - some of them trained there, but the place was basically stone-age to begin with, rendering "let's bomb 'em back to the stone-age" a pretty moot point.

Vaporize Mecca however, and - though it would unquestionably produce some "islamic rage" - you'd have sowed some MAJOR seeds of doubt among the death-cult's adherents.  If Allah cannot protect his holiest shrine, then what CAN he do?  I believe they'd have begun to have some serious doubts...

As it turned out, we talked a lot of crap, but then pretty much got fought to a standstill by a bunch of rag-tag Insurgents.  When we leave either country, they'll be no more "advanced" than they were when we went in, and given our idiotic _resident's idiotic ROE and even more idiotic decisions to - of all things - "work with" the Taliban?  In their minds - and most Afghans' as well - this means THEY WON!  THEY defeated "the great satan" and the shouts of "allahu akhbar" will echo for a century or more.

They're not defeated, they're EMBOLDENED.

Turn Mecca into glass?  THAT would have shown them the might of their "Great Satan" and the impotence of their "god."

Sadly, it's too late to do anything about it THERE, but I believe the impact is still viable on THE REAL America.

We're just getting started.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fifteen Principles...

I found this on a "Freeper" page dedicated to LDS topics.

It is apparently the work of Mr. Ezra Taft Benson, who has contributed much good work to the Patriot and Constitutionalist lexicon -- just search YouTube for his name to find some speeches that - but for their obvious '60s appearance - could have been given today.

Though I'm not an LDS, these "principles" seem to me to be universal.

For those who may not believe in G*d, please substitute "The Moral Law" or other appropriate verbiage -- these really ARE universal!

Fifteen Principles Which Make For

Good And Proper Government
As an Independent American for constitutional government I declare that:
(1) I believe that no people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and belief in the existence of moral law.

(2) I believe that God has endowed men with certain unalienable rights as set forth in the Declaratioth in the Declaration of Independence and that no legislature and no majority, however great, may morally limit or destroy these; that the sole function of government is to protect life, liberty, and property and anything more than this is usurpation and oppression.

(3) I believe that the Constitution of the United States was prepared and adopted by men acting under inspiration from Almighty God; that it is a solemn compact between the peoples of the States of this nation which all officers of government are under duty to obey; that the eternal moral laws expressed therein must be adhered to or individual liberty will perish.

(4) I believe it a violation of the Constitution for government to deprive the individual of either life, liberty, or property except for these purposes:     (a) Punish crime and provide for the administration of justice;
     (b) Protect the right and control of private property;
     (c) Wage defensive war and provide for the nation's defense;
     (d) Compel each one who enjoys the protection of government to bear his fair share of the burden of performing the above functions.

(5) I hold that the Constitution denies government the power to take from the individual either his life, liberty, or property except in accordance with moral law; that the same moral law which governs the actions of men when acting alone is also applicable when they act in concert with others; that no citizen or group of citizens has any right to direct their agent, the government to perform any act which would be evil or offensive to the conscience if that citizen were performing the act himself outside the framework of government.

(6) I am hereby resolved that under no circumstances shall the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights be infringed. In particular I am opposed to any attempt on the part of the Federal Government to deny the people their right to bear arms, to worship and pray when and where they choose, or to own and control private property.

(7) I consider ourselves at war with international Communism which is committed to the destruction of our government, our right of property, and our freedom; that it is treason as defined by the Constitution to give aid and comfort to this implacable enemy.

(8) I am unalterably opposed to Socialism, either in whole or in part, and regard it as an unconstitutional usurpation of power and a denial of the right of private property for government to own or operate the means of producing and distributing goods and services in competition with private enterprise, or to regiment owners in the legitimate use of private property.

(9) I maintain that every person who enjoys the protection of his life, liberty, and property should bear his fair share of the cost of government in providing that protection; that the elementary principles of justice set forth in the Constitution demand that all taxes imposed be uniform and that each person's property or income be taxed at the same rate.

(10) I believe in honest money, the gold and silver coinage of the Constitution, and a circulation medium convertible into such money without loss. I regard it as a flagrant violation of the explicit provisions of the Constitution for the Federal Government to make it a criminal offense to use gold or silver coin as legal tender or to use irredeemable paper money.

(11) I believe that each State is sovereign in performing those functions reserved to it by the Constitution and it is destructive of our federal system and the right of self-government guaranteed under the Constitution for the Federal Government to regulate or control the States in performing their functions or to engage in performing such functions itself.

(12) I consider it a violation of the Constitution for the Federal Government to levy taxes for the support of state or local government; that no State or local government can accept funds from the Federal and remain independent in performing its functions, nor can the citizens exercise their rights of self-government under such conditions.

(13) I deem it a violation of the right of private property guaranteed under the Constitution for the Federal Government to forcibly deprive the citizens of this nation of their nation of their property through taxation or otherwise, and make a gift thereof to foreign governments or their citizens.

(14) I believe that no treaty or agreement with other countries should deprive our citizens of rights guaranteed them by the Constitution.

(15) I consider it a direct violation of the obligation imposed upon it by the Constitution for the Federal Government to dismantle or weaken our military establishment below that point required for the protection of the States against invasion, or to surrender or commit our men, arms, or money to the control of foreign or world organizations of governments.

These things I believe to be the proper role of government.

We have strayed far afield. We must return to basic concepts and principles - to eternal verities. There is no other way.

The storm signals are up. They are clear and ominous.

As Americans - citizens of the greatest nation under Heaven - we face difficult days. Never since the days of the Civil War - 100 years ago - has this choice nation faced such a crisis.

In closing I wish to refer you to the words of the patriot Thomas Paine, whose writings helped so much to stir into a flaming spirit the smoldering embers of patriotism during the days of the American Revolution:

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; 'tis dearness only that gives everything its value.

Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial and article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated."
I intend to keep fighting. My personal attitude is one of resolution - not resignation.

I have faith in the American people. I pray that we will never do anything that will jeopardize in any manner our priceless heritage. If we live and work so as to enjoy the approbation of a Divine Providence, we cannot fail. Without that help we cannot long endure.

All Right-Thinking Americans Should Now Take Their Stand

So I urge all Americans to put their courage to the test. Be firm in our conviction that our cause is just. Reaffirm our faith in all things for which true Americans have always stood.

I urge all Americans to arouse themselves and stay aroused. We must not make any further concessions to communism at home or abroad. We do not need to. We should oppose communism from our position of strength for we are not weak.

There is much work to be done. The time is short. Let us begin - in earnest - now and may God bless our efforts, I humbly pray.


As I said, I am not an LDS, and frankly have some significant reservations about their theology, but there seems to be a universal Patriotism and Constitutionalism in their adherents - not to mention their "prepper" philosophy - that makes me pray that G*d will bless me to be surrounded by them when That Awful Day finally comes...


Monday, April 5, 2010

Children, Adults, and Choice For Men!

Once again I find myself horking out a missive that's much too long for Blogger's "comments" - so another post is born.

In comments to a post at Sipsey Street, a couple of issues/questions were raised by others.

Take a moment to read the original post and the comments - it will make the rest of this easier to follow.

@ Dennis30: The distinction you're looking for, and coming so close to finding, is simple -- It's Adults vs. Children.

Adults - us - know that we're responsible for our lives and actions.

The Enemy - them - have ever grown up.  They FEAR responsibility, they loathe anyone who is truly self-reliant, they NEED someone to tell them what to do.

Best of all, just like all the REAL teenagers in the world, they believe they know EVERYTHING, and absolutely despise true adults who try to tell them that their juvenile plans and theories are unworkable.

They're perpetual adolescents.

@ PioneerPreppy: You too are ALMOST there.

Our current system - with universal access to abortion on demand and literal slavery for the poor, unsuspecting sperm-donor - ENCOURAGES irresponsibility.

"If I get pregnant I can get an abortion.  I can make him pay for 18+ years.  I can get food/clothing/shelter/etc. for FREE!"  What part of this encourages responsible behavior?  NONE - obviously.

I too am morally opposed to abortion.  IMHO when it's still a "blob" of cells, it's just that - not a "human."  The small-l-ibertarian in me also believes it is morally wrong to try to force my opinions on others at this point.

When it develops the ability to feel pain however, no reasonable person can describe an abortion in other than horiffic terms, and I lose all restraint in opposing it.  If you were to rip the arms, legs and head off a puppy before feeding its remains through a grinder, you'd be jailed -- and rightly so.  How can we tolerate this being done to a tiny being of ANY species?!

Still, I agree that it's a slippery slope to a VERY big problem.  We simply cannot legislate morality.  We CAN however - with properly composed legislation - accomplish some serious reductions in abortions and still be 100% in line with Libertarian and Constitutional principles.

This would need 2 laws to be passed: 

(1) Any abortion process must inform the mother of the details of the chosen procedure.  This may be accomplished in any format from printed literature to one-on-one tutoring, so long as she's fully informed of exactly what level of development her child has reached, and exactly what she's choosing to do to it.  This would - no doubt - cause a drastic reduction in abortions all on its own.

To REALLY reduce the problem however, all we need to do is SOLVE an existing unfairness and Constitutional crisis -- the unfair, disparate treatment of men.

Women are granted a minimum of 60 days from the time they know (or SHOULD know) that they are pregnant, to avail themselves of a relatively safe and legal procedure to absolve themselves of the life-long consequences of an ill-conceived sexual union.

All we need to do is provide men with the equal protection under the law.

Obviously for men to be able to force or deny an abortion to a woman is unacceptable for a whole host of reasons - so what we're discussing here is a "virtual abortion", or a "legal abortion" if you prefer.

In essence, it would grant men access to a safe, legal procedure by which they too can absolve themselves of the aforementioned consequences.  In sum, men would be given 60 days from the time they are informed of the pregnancy, during which they could avail themselves of the services of an attorney to sign a document absolving themselves of any possible rights or responsibilities as regards the unborn child.

This would IMMEDIATELY reduce the rate of both abortion and bastardy, because women would no longer be guaranteed a paycheck.

Any reasonable person would agree that this would force women to be MUCH more careful, and reduce "accidental" pregnancies to the nearly infinitesimal rate of true accidents where properly-used precautions have failed.

A near 100% of what we call "accidental pregnancies" are in fact negligent, or - as happens much more often than we know - a deliberate act on the part of the woman to "trap" a man into a relationship or simply allow her to steal a large part of his earnings for 18+ years by first fraudulently stealing his DNA.

I - personally - was once the victim of such a woman.  She insisted that she was "allergic" to latex, and to some component of all the non-latex condoms.   She swore there was "no possible way" she could get pregnant due to previous surgery, and that - even so - she was on "the pill" for other medical reasons.

My daughter was born 10 months and 2 days from the night I met this woman, and she's flatly confessed that she lied because she wanted another baby, believed I'd make a pretty one, and that I had the potential to also provide a much higher amount of "child support" to her.

She's made life a living hell for nigh on 2 decades because I refused to pay up and go away.

I didn't want to be a Father, but when forced into the role I determined to be the best Father I was able to be - which has been my overriding life-goal for nearly 2 decades.  Nobody's perfect, but I give my all to the attempt - and I possess no delusions as to the rest of us.

Frankly, this responsibility is what made a good man of the worthless POS I was before.  I would not be capable of turning my back on my offspring, and would gladly go through all the hell I've lived 10 times if its avoidance  meant losing the people I love most in the world.

Still - those were *MY* choices.  The fact that thousands of young men are forced into slavery every day is the worst sort of travesty.

Why "slavery"? Simple.  The average child-support order ranges ~1/3 of a man's income for 18+ years - this means *ALL* of his income for 6+ years.  SLAVERY.

Further, he's robbed of all choices.  He cannot accept a lower-paying job, even if he's doing so due to grave and obvious medical concerns.  Any lapse in payments - even through no fault of his own - will result in his being stripped of his right to travel, any licenses he may hold, even of his very freedom.

This truly is SLAVERY - there's no better word for it.

Bottom line:  Remove all the rewards and return all the risks, and "unplanned" pregnancies will return to their previous rarity.

Ensure every woman wishing to kill her child must face the ugly reality of what she is about to do, and abortions too will become a rarity.

This leaves us with the problem of unwanted children.  They are *NOT* "society's" problem - they are the responsibility of their MOTHER, and then their extended family and community. 

As in times past, people *WILL* GLADLY step up and do whatever is require -- be it adopt the child or provide other needed assistance -- but not when they're being robbed at the point of a government gun.

Sorry for another excessively-long response, but this is a deep and important subject, and I can't let the opportunity to educate pass...



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Please don't start a civil war. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE"

Once again, a commenter on Sipsey Street sets me off.

Someone calling themselves "Peace-loving American Citizen" said:
"Please don't start a civil war. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE"
Naturally, I had to set them straight, which produced another looooong missive that became another blog-post.

Hopefully you'll find it worth the read...

PLEASE take the time to follow the links and watch the vids, even if you can't watch them all right now, PLEASE bookmark this post and come back later! This is ALL stuff that is of CRITICAL importance!!

Dear "Peace-loving American Citizen":

First, if you believe we aren't also "Peace-loving American Citizens" then you've bought the propaganda spread by the Government Owned Media (all of 'em). Here's a hint for you: You know they're lying whenever they claim to be delivering non-fiction "news." It really is that bad.

Second, if you'd read *ANYTHING* on this site - any of the side-bar info on the main page, for example - you'd know that we (by which I mean this leaderless gathering - not "group" - of rugged individuals) will **NEVER** start it.

We DO however - most of us anyway - agree that the question is WHEN (not "if") and HOW TPTB will start it.

Further, when TPTB finally DO start it, we plan to FINISH it - to WIN it - to RESTORE our Republic to its former glory. WHEN it comes, it will NOT be a "revolution" - it will be a fight for RESTORATION of our Republic as defined in our Constitution.

Turn off the TV - it's full of nothing but propaganda. Some is subtle (like how all Fathers on every show are morons, and the only one with ANY real sense is the homosexual) and some is absolutely overt (see any "news" program).

Ignore the radio and newspapers as well - get your news online from the "independent" and foreign media, so you'll at least be within spitting-distance of truth.

READ the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist papers, the debates of the Constitutional Convention (another e-book version here) and the Constitution.

(BTW - this is **THE** best site I've found for ALL related info!!)

Be sure to have a GOOD dictionary on hand - one that will help you understand what some of those words (such as "well regulated") meant to those who wrote them - as the most important definitions have changed considerably in ~234 years.  A GREAT option is Johnson's Dictionary (1755-1784).  The 6th Edition's Volume One is HERE and Volume Two is HERE - free to use online or download!!.

This may sound like a tall order, but could easily be accomplished by limiting yourself to one hour of the one-eyed beast (AKA "TV") per day and investing the balance of your time in said study.

Here's an important quote from the Declaration of Independence - that sacred document whose anniversary we celebrate with government-controlled fireworks, BBQ and drunkenness every summer:

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident:
- that all men are created equal, - that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,
- that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government,
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security..."

Now, let's think...

Violent thugs who enforce the diktats of the tyrants with zero penalties for their crimes? Check!

I could go on for days - taxation without representation, edicts and laws made and enforced against the plainly evidenced will of the people? CHECK!

Weapons made for foreign battlefields (microwave weapons, "sound cannons" that literally make people's ears bleed and can even cause DEATH - being used to deny peaceful citizens their right to assemble and petition for redress of grievances? CHECK!

Think you're safe in your home? WRONG!

Think you can move about freely without harassment, without uniformed thugs stealing your property without charge or trial? WRONG!

Think you can speak your mind, or even just go about your business, without being tortured - even potentially tortured to death - for nothing more than causing offense to some uniformed thug? Think there will at least be some meaningful penalty to said thug? WRONG! ...and... WRONG!

If you think you've seen it all, and don't want to sit through the first vid I linked, just PLEASE watch this one short segment... It's split at the end of one vid and the beginning of another - Part 1 is HERE and part 2 is HERE. PLEASE watch this, and bear in mind that neither of these guys was disciplined in *ANY* way - they were found to have violated no law or policy, and to have acted in accordance with training.

Don't even get me started about the excessive and onerous taxation = the propaganda bureaus lie (go figure) about "making the rich pay their fair share" or "tax cuts for the rich" - the truth is truly sickening...

If you knew the truth about who caused the current economic collapse (hint: The VERY SAME FOLK who now pontificate about greedy wall-street bankers") you'd be as angry as everyone ELSE who does!

Any idea who tried to STOP the coming collapse - and were shouted down by the very same people? The answer is here. The Retardlicans - AKA "The STUPID branch of The Government Party" - are bad enough, but the EVIL branch is INFINITELY worse. While they stand and scream about "greedy bankers" they're literally selling them total control of our Government.

Then there's the "Federal Reserve" - which is no more Federal than Federal Express. The Fed - a private, FOR-PROFIT entity exempt from ALL .gov control, (in fact, they've **NEVER** been audited) issues all our money. In the GB vid just linked he references "the discount window" - G-S and others borrow *OUR* $ at 0% then loan it to the .gov - with each of them skimming of A BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH!!   Again, these are **OUR DOLLARS**- going straight into the pockets of G-S and other "banksters."

Not only have we never audited the Fed, but WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO OWNS IT!  The party-line answer is "the member banks" - which is true as far as it goes - but then the NEXT question is "WHO OWNS THEM??!!" 

According to the only chart I could find, they include N.M. Rothschild (London), The Bank of England) Schroder Bank (Hamburg/Berlin), N. M. Warburg (Hamburg) and a bunch of other names you'd recognize (Lehmans, Goldmans, etc...) -- all of whom BY LAW are guaranteed 6% dividends annually REGARDLESS of how they screw the rest of us. 

Further, they ALWAYS make money - even when the economy is crashing - by trading on their insider knowledge of what the Fed is up to.  They even push certain securities on their customers while secretly trading AGAINST them, yet nothing is done!

For more info, see also "fall of the republic (though some disinfo is included)" and "America: Freedom to Fascism"

If you have read all of this and you're not simply SEETHING with anger, you're not paying attention!!

Worst of all, I've merely scratched the surface here.  These are just the things which sprung to my mind  while typing, and which  I was able to instantly locate via a search-engine.  I don't think it would even be possible to list all the abuses and usurpations - since they're busily creating new ones every hour of every day.  Even if we could freeze them right now it would take decades for one man to list them all, and they'd fill more shelf-space than is available in the reference-section of most libraries.  Heck, watching all the youtube vids on "police brutality" alone would take months.

Once again, if you made it this far, thanks for reading.  I've tried to make this a useful reference post, so bookmark it and subscribe so you can return or reference it easily!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lessons in Collectivism

I'm sure you'll expect - reading my views on things - that my kids get ever-so-tired of hearing me rant about the evils of collectivism.

Yesterday my daughter got yet another lesson - this time one that really hit home for her.

Let me first lay in a little background...
She's 16 years old.
She has never -- Not ONCE in her entire life, ever had one single grade that wasn't an "A."
She entered High School with 4 credits toward graduation, earned by taking advanced classes in Middle School. As a Sophomore, she's taken Spanish IV, Advanced-Placement Calculus and other "AP" and "Honors" classes -- every HS course she's had outside the required idiocy like PE and "Art" has been either Honors or AP level. So far she's on track to exit high school with about a year's worth of COLLEGE credits under her belt.

In addition, she works a job 3-4 days a week, is very active in the school's Drama productions, is a member of "Youth Rise" and helped organize the "Relay for Life" event and other charitable functions. She also studied Ballet at a pre-professional level for 11 years, dropping it when she entered High School so she could focus on her academics.

She's also GORGEOUS - and turns heads wherever she goes. In sum, she's a VERY formidable young woman.

Currently her GPA is over 4.9 (due to all the AP/Honors classes) she's ranked third in her class of ~350 - and thus on course to be "co-valedictorian" if things continue to progress as expected.

A few weeks ago, she filled out the usual application for admission to the National Honor Society. Her older siblings did so as well, so this was fairly routine for us, but it certainly wasn't taken lightly - she fully understands how this can aid her in her future plans to go to medical school to be a pediatrician.

Yesterday she received a letter from NHS, telling her that she'd been REJECTED.

Why was she rejected? According to those who should know, it was because she didn't have enough "extracurricular community service" points listed on her application.

I'll refrain from repeating the vulgarities I uttered when she told me this.

How, for pete's sake, can THIS young woman not be NHS material?

Now - granted - I'm her father, and like all parents subject to some prejudice where my kids are concerned -- but the FACTS I listed above are self-evident, and thus not subject to prejudice or interpretation.

The simple fact is that she's being penalized because they feel (note - not "believe" -- "FEEL") that she hasn't spent enough of her time in involuntary servitude.

Our state has mandated a certain number of "community service" hours as a requirement for HS graduation - she satisfied that commitment as well in her Freshman year, and has done even more THIS year -- but not enough for the collectivist locals in charge of the NHS locally.

She herself asked the most relevant question: Since NHS is an Academic institution, what does any of this have to do with her admission in the first place??!

I'm an "OLD-school" Dad, who insists his kids work to earn gas money and other luxuries. They don't HAVE to work, but they also don't HAVE to drive their car to school or wherever. Though we could easily afford to give her an allowance bigger than her paycheck, the point is not the money, but the WORK -- the EXPERIENCE.

Her other poignant question was this: What about all the farm-kids who CANNOT do all the "after-school" stuff because they must go home and work on the farm? What about the POOR kids who must work a job in order to help support their families? Are they all to be excluded from NHS because they don't do enough "community service?"

This sickness WILL NOT STAND - but here again: What about all the poor, hard-working kids whose parents don't know HOW to extor... er... "massage" the petty dictators in the school-system?

As I helped her - again - understand today, NOBODY has any moral right to her time, labor or property without her consent. While I am proud of her kind and charitable nature, and do all I can to set a good example in that regard, if it isn't 100% voluntary it is evil - period.

The best part of all of this is that some 20 kids who fall BELOW the 50th percentile academically were admitted to NHS - primarily because they play sports and thus are part of a couple of "fund raisers" annually.

Apparently we've sunk so low that admission to the NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY considers academic performance unimportant when compared to sports or collectivist labor.

I'm trying to decide whether to puke or go break something...


Thursday, March 18, 2010

That Which Must Not Be Named

EDIT/CORRECTION: First, I hear today that Queen Nancy has decided to hold an actual vote for this monstrosity.

As a friend on another site said:
"They just turned the clock back from 11:59 to 11:54"
Most of what I wrote below still applies, as the Senate is pulling something just as filthy, so-called "reconciliation".

For those who don't understand, they're treating the hostile takeover of our health-care system as if it were some mundane budget item - because they can't pass it with an up-or-down vote.

It ain't "the slaughter rule" but it damn sure ain't RIGHT.

I also must admit that my original post was based on bad information. When I got in the car and turned on the radio, Hannity was talking as if they'd already held the Demon-Pass vote - hence my opening lines below.

I should have verified that info, I did not. Mea Culpa.


I had written what follows earlier today - before I'd learned that the despotic tyrants in DC had decided to kill what remained of our Constitutional Republic.

It's now official: There ARE NO LIMITS. Anything these monsters desire, they can do - and the precedent is set, so they WILL do it again, and again.

Cap & Tax?

Amnesty for 20+ million illegal aliens (and a permanent demmunist-voting majority)?

Forced conscription of your children (and their children, and theirs, and...) into unpaid Government "service"?


I support the planned lawsuits, and every other non-violent means of turning this around, and will do everything within my power to help them succeed - but I cannot believe it will work.

It is now - WITHOUT QUESTION - time for us to openly discuss That Which Must Not Be Named. We don't want this, but we will not stand for this blatant tyranny. Forced to choose, we will fight. The only remaining question is whether these Marxist monsters will blink first.

We actually pray that they will, but believe in the ancient adage "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum."

At the same time, as regards our G*d-given Liberties, we say "Molon Labe!"

God help us - and God Save Our Republic!

I wrote what follows before I learned that The Enemy had decided to - once and for all - declare war on We The People, and what little remained of our Constitutional Republic.

I present it - unedited - below.

Once again, I'm inspired by a post (or, more accurately, a COMMENT) at Sipsey Street.

Sadly, I'm not physically capable of active participation in the fight for RESTORATION that now seems to be inevitable. OTOH, I *AM* capable of cheerleading.

Since I am - without question - already on numerous "lists", I've decided to put by hindquarters where my mouth is and STOP BEATING AROUND THE BUSH.

If this GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER falsely billed as "health care reform" is jammed through - not only over the clear objection of a supermajority of Citizens, not only without even enough votes to pass it in a Constitutional way, but WITHOUT SO MUCH AS EVEN HOLDING A VOTE IN CONGRESS - then The Enemy will have finally declared themselves our Masters - and DESTROYED any pretense of "Constitutional" or "Limited" Government.

If they can do this, in this way, then there are no longer *ANY* limits of *ANY* kind on the powers these despots will seize for themselves. There is literally NOTHING to stop them from doing ANYTHING they please.

If they do this, then like Jefferson (PBUH) before me, I declare "LET THEM TAKE ARMS!"
God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.
If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.
What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

Let them take arms. ... What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure

It is long past time to be sure our apparently deaf and blind would-be "rulers" CANNOT IGNORE the FACT "that their people preserve the spirit of resistance!"

I TRULY hope - against all evidence - that we can do so without shedding the blood of a single Patriot or Tyrant. I no longer BELIEVE it's possible without direct intervention of Nature's G*d - but that doesn't stop me from near constant, fervent prayer that Divine Providence will awaken these monsters before it is too late.

In comments to THIS POST, someone named "Anonymous" said:
Let's try that a different way:

There is a coming invasion from Neptune and the media and 99% of the population are not talking about it. The only ones talking about it are the 1% who are expecting it. Won't they be surprised when the aliens show up?

How precisely will a "civil war" happen if only some tiny minority are "fighting" it? I mean c'mon, you guys aren't even 1%. Listening to you talk is what it must have been like to hear the Weather Underground talk about how many radicals were ready to take up arms against the US. Talk about hubris--you think the few of YOU can put the country into a civil war? Act as you speak and the response will be the same response crazy violent thugs always get, and guess what? The rest of the population will not start shooting at anyone. They will watch you be hauled off to jail or to the graveyard after the authorities deal with you and they will go "wow, some people are f'ing cray-zee" and they will go back to their lives.

Has that thought crossed your mind? For the sake of those who might care about you, I sure hope so.
March 17, 2010 4:54 PM
This made me think - HARD - about my response.

Since it was too long for comments, it became a blog post.

I use the term "We" below to describe any and all willing to actively resist tyranny - including myself. Unfortunately I am crippled and will not be able to fight in the traditional sense, but I will do any and every thing within my power to resist, and to support those doing the fighting. Like our Founders before (Peace Be Upon Them) I pledge my life, my (laughable) fortune, and my Sacred Honor to this just cause.

This is my answer to "Anon":
@Anon - March 17, 2010 4:54 PM:

Your Public (MIS)education is showing.

Had you been encouraged to actually LEARN our history, you'd know that less than 3% fought and won the FIRST revolution - against *THE* greatest military in the world at the time.

Further, they did it with the material support (as in "gave a bowl of hot soup or a blanket to a freezing fighter once") of less than 10% of the population. We've all heard of the horrors of Valley Forge - how could such happen if even a portion of the population supported them?

They didn't - and they probably won't here either. This isn't going to be a stand-up Massed-Infantry fight ala "battle of the bulge", it's going to be an ugly guerrilla/insurgent campaign.

If every true Patriot succeeds in nothing more than taking out the first man through his door when they come for him, it won't be long before they'll have a damn hard time getting even the most hardened warrior to be first through the door. Without a first there can be no second, third or twentieth!

Further, you're assuming that the .mil and all the jackboots in various alphabet-agencies will fight for the tyrants. Some will, but an unknown number won't - and many who will BEGIN on the wrong side will defect in short order. They may take some number of the real thugs out on their way, and will WITHOUT QUESTION bring along their weapons, intelligence and other necessary tools.

Further, they have to a man been trained (through decades of "political-correctness") to keep their mouths shut, SO The Enemy will have no way to figure out which are undercover Patriots. This fact should send chills up the spine of any REAL jackboots if they have the intelligence to understand its ramifications, and the reality will work incredible havoc on the morale and ability of The Enemy.

Remember - we're Patriots, not terrorists. Ergo:
(1) NO FORT SUMTERS - We're not going to start it, we're going to finish it.
(2) NO MORE FREE WACOS - many thousands have quietly vowed "one hundred heads" for every Patriot murdered by The Enemy.
(3) "Serbian rules" apply - quislings, lap-dog-media agents and politicians will be the primary targets. We'll make every effort to prevent harm to innocents, but once the gloves are off The Enemy are ALL legitimate targets.

Witness the troubles our mighty fighters have experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan - using WMDs (heavy artillery, tanks, missiles and air-power) they'd never dare unpack against US Citizens on US soil. In reality it might be BETTER for our cause if they did, as the inevitable "collateral damage" will be viewed quite differently by the sheeple than it is now - on the other side of the world, on "ragheads" and their families.

Now think: How hard is it to fight the Afghan people when (1) they're all "different" from you but (2) the fighters look just like the rest of the population? We got our @$es kicked in Vietnam and have had thousands of dead soldiers in our current conflicts in spite of all their armor and WMDs.

Nobody has *EVER* conquered Afghanistan. NEVER - in all of History - and every empire who has tried has been broken on the Afghan rack.


And THEY are just simple tribesmen - not AMERICANS!

Further, *WE* aren't uneducated tribesmen living a stone-age existence -- we're *AMERICANS* G-D D@**IT!! We're educated, trained and equipped - in many cases BETTER than our men fighting in the sandbox today.
(As an aside, our fighting men are also fighting against tyranny - of a dictator, or a group of self-appointed oligarchs. Do you really think they'll see the parallels here? Do you believe that none of them remember their SOLEMN OATH, or that none of those who don't will escape being reminded by those who DO? Do you REALLY believe they'll fight for the tyrants instead of keeping their oath and resisting these Domestic Enemies?

Some will - no doubt - follow WHATEVER orders they're given, but many will not. Every one who defects will cause several others to think, and some of them will do RIGHT as well - and eventually a critical mass will be reached.)
We Patriots have our own fanatical but not-quite-religious beliefs - our "sacred texts" in THIS fight are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

We're just as willing to die (if necessary) in support of our cause, but we're far from suicidal -- we'll make sure to collect our fair share of The Enemy in the process of shedding our own.

You - like all other COWARDS - have nothing that means that much to you. You're perfectly content to lick the hand that beats you so long as they keep the food-bowl topped up.

We know - WITHOUT QUESTION - that it's preferable for a man to die on his feet while fighting for what is right than to live forever on his knees.

Due to my inherent goodness I want to say "...and may your chains rest lightly upon you" - but I WILL not, because the reality is that your chains will weigh heavily on ALL OF US. INTOLERABLY so.

America is not a place, it's an IDEA - an idea which says "All men are CREATED equal - and what happens after that is up to YOU."

This simple yet profound idea led our Founders (PBUT) create a Republic which has not only surpassed all of humanity in its innovations, but literally created a standard whereby the ABSOLUTE POOREST among us live better than a majority of people in the rest of the world -- while simultaneously raising the standard of living for everyone on the planet.

Thanks to us, even the most primitive tribes in "deepest, darkest Africa" have well-made shoes and clothing to wear - the castoffs from our poorest are treasures to them.

We've fed the entire world with our farms, and FREED most of it with our military and industrial might, while maintaining the capability of INSTANTLY turning our Armed Forces' swords into humanitarian plowshares wherever they are needed.

What you're missing is that we've done so BECAUSE of our Constitution's focus on both individual rights and individual responsibilities.

Our Enemy is Collectivism/Statism - The basic premise thereof being that the people (as a group) are given rights by Governments - and those who attempt to destroy what's left of our Republic by forcing their twisted ideology on all of us.

This is irreconcilable with the FACTS that we KNOW to be true (and on which our once-great Republic was founded): We - as individuals - are given both rights AND RESPONSIBILITIES by Nature's G*d, and that *WE* *THE* *PEOPLE* grant some privileges to government in order to protect those rights and enable true Freedom and Liberty.

These world-views are irreconcilable - as anyone blessed with eyes to see can see. The "cold war" was not between US and the Soviets, it was between ordered Liberty and Collectivism/Statism. We won that war because the latter JUST DOES NOT (and CAN NOT) WORK.

This truth will win THIS one too - one way or another.

I pray we can do so by a Restoration of Constitutional Principles - because the other option is the same sort of Collectivism/Statism that's ALWAYS failed, and killed tens-of-millions in the process.

Like my namesake I proudly proclaim "Give me Liberty, or GIVE ME DEATH" - because life under a despotic, tyrannical Government is not worth living.

For those who might agree, but are reluctant to act out of fear of the power currently held by The Enemy, I can do no better than to PARAPHRASE The Bard:
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our REPUBLIC loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.

By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet LIBERTY,
I am the most offending soul alive.

No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from THE LEGIONS OF COWARDS.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!

Rather proclaim it, LADY LIBERTY, through OUR host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And COINS for convoy put into his purse;

We would NEITHER LIVE NOR die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day WILL BE call'd the feast of RESTORATION.

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of RESTORATION.

He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is RESTORATION DAY.'

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on RESTORATION day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day.

Then shall our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.

This story shall the good man teach his son;
And RESTORATION DAY shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-

We few, we happy THREE PERCENT, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;

And gentlemen in OUR REPUBLIC now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks
That fought with us upon OUR RESTORATION day."
Yup - that about covers it.

Listen, Anon: Unlike your messiah and his apostles, we have no desire to rule anyone - but rather only to FREE EVERYone to rule themselves.

This is America - the once and future Land of the Free. In spite of many decades of creeping evil, we really ARE still "The Home of the Brave"!

We'll see our great Republic RESTORED to its former glory - to again be the Shining City on a Hill - or we'll die trying.

Either one beats living under an iron-fisted Government in a pseudo-velvet, collectivist glove.

In closing, I can do no better than paraphrase another man whose words I am not fit to mouth - Patrick Henry (PBUH).

I can already hear the shouts of "TREASON!"

Like this great man, I give you the same (paraphrased) answer he did when such was said to him:
Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell and George the Third ...."
At that point he was interrupted by cries of “Treason!” from delegates who easily recognized the reference to assassinated leaders.

Henry paused briefly, then calmly finished his sentence:
...may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.
I am sure Brother Henry wouldn't flinch from saying the same to our current (Chicken) George, and add - as I do - "If this be Treason, make the most of it!"

In Closing, I feel I must further burden my reader with two more lengthy items:
First, - suitably PARAPHRASED - Patrick Henry's famous speech.
"No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. "

"This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings."

"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN RECENT DECADES to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House."

"Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies, AND NUMEROUS WEAPONS AND MILLIONS OF ROUNDS OF AMMO necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which TYRANTS resort."

" I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has OUR REPUBLIC any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of WEAPONS? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which theSE MARXISTS have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them?"

"Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for MANY DECADES. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves."

"Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before DEAR READER'S throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of theSE AMERICA-HATING THUGS. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne!"

"In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!"

"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a JACKBOOTED guard shall be stationed in every house?"

Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us."

"Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."

Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come."

"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from SODOM ON THE POTOMAC will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?"

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! "

"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

If you have an ounce of self-respect and love for our Republic - and that doesn't stir your blood - you have no soul.

If you are still on the fence, then you must not yet understand the alternative -- The Rape of Liberty:
The Rape of Liberty
(A Warning)
Ye vile, ignorant rabble, espousing hate,
Fast marching upon Freedom’s gate,
Shouting down those who would oppose,
Accusing false treason to all their foes,

Minds all closed as great steel traps,
Mobs like wild dogs howl wretched yaps,
Frenzied, they tear at the Sacred Gates,
Fires of Hell at home upon their grates.

Tolerance lies dead at heathens’ feet,
Beaten and crushed in darkened street.
And the mob cries lewdly at fair Liberty,
Leering lustfully at her maiden beauty,

Before they lunge, groping and tearing,
At her unsoiled gown, craven, jeering,
Pulling her rudely to the filthy ground,
As others, drooling, gather tightly round,

There rape her, virgin, in violent rage,
Like wild beasts upon the sideshow stage;
Lady Liberty, bleeding, bruised, rises -
But Liberty this ignorant crowd despises,

And turning upon her again and again,
They complete their bloody, raging sin,
Striking, stabbing ‘til breathes no more,
Lady Liberty upon this darkened shore.

Now the State, all-powerful, their faith,
Their idol-god, ungodly, steals her place,
And tramples all beneath its brutal heel,
Meeting patriotic resistance with steel,

Destroying all who refuse prostrate bow,
Not a voice to be heard for liberty now.
Pray we who loved her, and love her still,
For Liberty’s resurrection on shining hill,

Where once the peoples of all the lands,
Strove to plant feet in democracy’s sands,
For chance at life yet to them unknown,
Guided with Liberty’s torch-light shown.

Oh, may she rise from beleaguered tomb!
Will Freedom again for America bloom?

Oh, may we strive to stoke sacred flame,
Til Liberty rises, resurrected, yet again!

Hold to hope, ye lovers of democracy,
And never to the State willing vassals be!
Copyright April 29th, 2009, by Tom Woodard

If you've read this far, I am flattered. Hopefully you'll find it worth your time.
I am humbled by your reading and comments.
One last note to the Jackboots:
I'm crippled - and hence I am no real threat to you.
When you come for me, please make sure my wife and kids are not at home - they've done nothing and don't deserve to be hurt, nor to witness what you'll do to me.
Further, don't hurt the dog - he's not only harmless, but perhaps the purest spirit I've ever been blessed to know.
Lastly, I actually welcome whatever you do to me, but be advised: There really are those who have sworn "One Hundred Heads" in exchange for mine - and these are men who are more than capable of delivering on that vow.
You still have time to stop all of this before the bloodshed starts. I continue to pray fervently and without ceasing that you'll do so before it's too late.
God help us - and GOD SAVE OUR REPUBLIC!