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And Here We Thought (or were told) The Cold War Was Over!

In a continued display of intimidation reminiscent of the Cold War, Russia continues on the march as reported by U.S. Northern Command, which identified six Russian planes flying near Alaskan air space Wednesday. The Command reported that among the Russian planes were two nuclear aircraft — two Bear H nuclear bombers along with two Mig-31 fighter jets. American F-22 fighter jets were deployed to intercept the Russian aircraft.

One day later, on Thursday, the Russians sent two more Bear H nuclear bombers to the region. These bombers were intercepted by Canadian jets.

Spokesmen for both the U.S. and Canadian command stated that although the Russian jets did not cross into American or Canadian airspace, they came very close. (…)

I was a friend (and for a while, an underling) of a former Marine who was posted aboard the Glomar (something-something – a spy ship) in the Pacific, during the 70’s – The Cold War.  I remember him telling me tales of NORAD alerts.  The PRC had a regular practice of buzzing our frontiers (i.e. just outside the 12 mile limit) with airplanes of various types.

Just to be annoying, and (not unlike the velociraptors of Jurassic Park fame) testing the ‘fences’!

Seems the practice continues, even though the Red Chinese/Russians have embraced Western trade and have loaned us bazillions of dollars to keep our economy afloat…

And of course, made our children dangerous toys with which to play, and our pets poisonous pet food, and have continued to attack our electronic infrastructure.

All while being our friend!

Now, I don’t want such friends – I don’t know about you?

They used to be our sworn enemies, and us theirs.  How much is this costing us – to keep watching their efforts to breach our security and hurt us?

Who moved?  Sounds as if THEY never did!

h/t The Liberty Sphere, Examiner

Corporations Control Government

…therefore, they are EVIL!

We see this all the time.  The outright hatred of the Koch Bros. (because they support generally conservative causes – no mention made of their opposite number George Soros, who is infamous for feeding the progressive machina)

Funny how the reportage seems to be mostly one-sided, not unlike the hatred of neocon Fox being lambasted, whilst the vast majority of national networks pander for the liberal cause.  (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, in case you are wondering)

Seems irrational to me – if most of the people producing ‘news’ produce it with a liberal slant, why do liberals bash the corporations – who in turn own said media?

Kevin Wilmeth of Rifleman Savant addresses this issue handily, with aplomb.

He concludes, in part…

The huge blind spot of most of those who rail on against corporations is that they almost invariably propose to solve the problem by handing over the (rest of the) reins to the single biggest, most corrupt and murderous “corporation” in the history of mankind–the state.

What on earth do they think is going to happen, with that dynamic going on?

I really didn’t want to spoil the ending – you really should read the whole thing.

As a libertarian (small L) I run into this a lot – private enterprise is flawed, we need GOVERNMENT to run things smoothly, without waste, crime or corruption!

Seriously?

Have you heard about the VA medical scandals?  How efficient are those Indian hospitals on taking care of their charges?  The Post Office?  The IRS?

For All Libertarians/Anarchists Everywhere!

(entitled EFF You Big Brother on The Feral Irishman blog!)

fyou“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”   –  Benjamin Franklin

A Right To An Opinion

Lotsa folks opine on the Internet, Facebook, blogs, et al.

One of the best things about this Nation is our right to free speech – to speak our mind, regardless.

Witness those vile Kansas ‘church’ folks who protest military funerals, or the Klan, or the New Black Panthers.

I tend to gravitate toward folks on the Internet like-minded to me.  That makes sense, because I’ve enough blood pressure issues w/o stroking out after reading WaPo, or the Nation, or other collectivist crap.

But, having no military experience (not for lack of trying) in these issues, I defer to folks who have some.  Sometimes we agree, sometimes not.

rangerOne of my go-to guys is AmericanMercenary.  Not just a rank-and-file grunt (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but an Army Ranger!

He recently wrote regarding the ongoing issue of women in military combat elite units.  My understanding is some other nations have tried it and kept it, some eventually rejected it (in combat roles).

While I understand the whole equal rights thing, I don’t think political correctness is a good reason for policy change in this instance.

But my blogfriend(tm) American Mercenary disagrees with me!

Who knew?

Bring it on.

Once again the “fairness at all costs” crowd has succeeded in opening up more opportunities for women to act like men.
I remember Don Brown teaching us in college that women shouldn’t be patrol officers, because they are inherently weaker and one day may be raped in the back of their patrol cars! (1973).
A friend of a friend is a retired city detective, an expert in sex crime investigation, a crack shot and can bench press over 400 pounds!  She is also a very nice lady.
If you can do the job, go for it!
HOO-AH!

Audit The FED!

I just received an email from Ron Paul advising me his measure to Audit The Federal Reserve goes up for a vote this Thursday!

Seriously, why don’t ‘the powers that be’ want it audited?  Shouldn’t all agencies linked to government be accountable in this era of the most transparent administration in history?

Please let Ron Paul and your congresscritter know you support auditing all agencies.

Not coincidentally, I’m sure, I found this elsewhere on the Internet…

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A Libertarian Conundrum

Or rather MY libertarian conundrum!

I’m generally a libertarian (small L), politically and philosophically.  Want to MAKE me do something as a function of government?  I don’t think so.  (conscript me, tax me w/o representation, ad infinitum).  Want to believe something different than me?  Sure – have at it!  Believe in Krishna or The Flying Spaghetti Monster, or nothing.  I don’t care.

Just don’t knock on my door demanding I believe as you, with or without the force of government behind you! 

I respect your right to think and act and believe differently, as long as you leave me to do the same.  Period.

Now comes the conundrum -

I tend to be isolationist.  If one tribe or political party in far off Boogaboogastan wants to kill another tribe or political party, it’s no skin off my nose.  As long as it doesn’t affect me.  Or the National interest. (whatever THAT is!)

BUT, what if I had this opinion (and had been alive) during WWII?  What if The United States did?  Would we all be speaking German or Japanese now?  (Those of us who are alive?)

In short, what is in keeping with libertarian principles, but allows us to have our National Security and Sovereignty and be able to look ourselves in the mirror?

Do our National Principles apply only to us?  And if not, to whom, and when?

ProudHillbilly posted on 09/11 about the numerous folks killed and injured because of their religion World-wide.

A partial sampling:

2014.08.31 Iraq Ramadi 37 38 Thirty-seven Iraqis are reduced to pulp by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2014.08.31 Yemen Shabwa 6 2 Two Shahid suicide bombers take out a half-dozen human beings.
2014.08.30 Afghanistan Jalalabad 6 33 A Shahid suicide bomber disassembles six other people.
2014.08.30 Nigeria Borno 14 215 Boko Haram militants spray machine-gun fire into villages while yelling praises to Allah. At least fourteen are killed.
2014.08.28 Thailand Pattani 1 2 Muslim terrorists murder a teacher with a bomb.

Should we have gone into Iraq initially?  I won’t debate that, because the fact is we did.  And we then left.

And hundreds thousands are paying for our having done so.

A libertarian tenet is WE ARE NOT THE WORLD’S POLICEMAN.  We cannot afford to be, and we are not going to make everyone believe as we do.

It would be great if we could just leave others alone to their own Destiny.  Or Hell.  Pick one.

Then look in the mirror the next morning.

Gun Control Messaging

(from Alphecca)

At NRO, Frank Miniter examines what the billionaires contributing to gun control groups hope to accomplish, and the playbook they’re using:

In a section labeled “Overall Messaging Guidance,” the guide gives its number-one “Key Messaging Principle”: “Always focus on emotional and value-driven arguments about gun violence, not the political food fight in Washington or wonky statistics.” It further explains this strategy by saying, “It’s critical that you ground your messaging around gun violence in prevention by making that emotional connection.” Its second key principle is: “Tell stories with images and feelings.” The guide says, “Our first task is to draw a vivid portrait and make an emotional connection. We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence.” They realize they’ve lost the rational and empirical debates about what really stops gun violence and instead want the debate enflamed by emotion.

That’s ever the way, of course; you can’t win the argument with rational facts, so legislate by emotions.

Isn’t this the tack they take with virtually EVERYTHING?  After all, it’s for the children!

Thank God For That BENIGN Solar Power!

(from my friend Borepatch)

There’s a novel solar energy plant in California. The plant works by concentrating the energy of the sun using mirrors and making steam. It also has the side effect of killing birds by frying them in mid-air. It may be happening as frequently as a bird every two minutes. They call them streamers because the feathers ignite in a puff of smoke as they fall from the sky.

If these birds were being covered in oil there would be an international effort to rescue them and mitigate the future deaths. Network news would be covering the effort with video at 6! Since they are dying at a green energy facility, you have to come to Borepatch to even hear about it. Global News of Canada has the details.

Oh, okay…

At least we still have the windmills!  Oh, wait a minute…

Wind Farm Bird Deaths Stir Concerns In The U.S.

h/t HuffPo

Internet Bullying And Stalking

tam35182The regal TAMARA (Yes, THAT Tamara) one of my blogmothers, has opted for making her weblog View From The Porch viewable with comments disabled, and is on INDEFINITE HIATUS! (Her words)

Why?

Someone repeatedly posted derisive commentary against which she felt the need to defend, and appeared (for lack of a better term) to be Internet stalking her.

Now, aside from her being a fine, intelligent person well-schooled in guncraft and history, she is also known world-wide as the Queen (or Mistress, if you will) of SNARK!

And the idea that she feels the need to insulate herself from the flotsam and jetsam of the Internet (and certain specific a$$h00l3s) only punctuates that the World in which we live can be impudent, unthinking and even rude.  And perhaps even criminal and tortuous.

How sad that someone as beloved as she, who is welcomed electronically into thousands (probably millions) of homes daily feels the need to shut the electronic door.

Because someone else is apparently an electronic jackass, or worse.

This is a signpost of the world in which we live.  No longer can people vehemently disagree in debate, then go out for a beer together afterward.  Now, it becomes personal.

And all of us suffer.

Forgive them, Tam, they know not what they do.  or, they do, and they don’t give a sh**!

Let’s not get so wrapped up in electronic media that we buckle to the idiots.

I STAND WITH TAM FOR HER TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT HER CHARACTER AND SANITY.  Let’s hope this bastard just goes away!

And she makes the choice to return.

Let’s Keep Levelling That Playing Field!

Until all our personal wealth is ‘shared’ (by force) with the less fortunate!  It’s Karl Marx’s, The President’s way…

Judicial Watch reports that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America.
The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major “Democrat strongholds.”
“This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.”
More @ Yahoo
h/t Brock Townsend
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2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

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