(in part from PawPaw’s House)
It seems that a bunch of golfers were frisked when Obama showed up at a club to play a round of golf.
Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gobsmacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest.
If the President showed up at my club and the members were frisked, I’d be pissed, but I don’t know all the niceties of presidential visits. So, I waited for Instapundit to weigh in. We realize, of course, that Insty is a professor of law in Knoxville.
How come nobody ever tells them to buzz off, and that if the President wants to play golf he can damn well respect the rights of others? The response to the ominous “So, you’re not cooperating?” should be “No, are you assaulting me?”
If the President wants to go out in public, fine. If he can’t do it without assaulting the rights of citizens, then he should stay home. But hey, most of these folks probably voted for him. So: Enjoy!
Citizens of a republic shouldn’t be subjected to frisking or wanding just because the boss shows up.
There was a time when most folks had access to firearms, and one could walk into the White House unimpeded. And nothing happened. Now, not only is visitation severely controlled and restricted, but encountering the Chief Executive on the golf course means impromptu cessation of civil rights.
What if he went jogging? Have an advance team feeling-up all the folks in advance of his running by? (And yes, I know Clinton went jogging – and even he didn’t molest the spectators!)
Just let me know if The President will be in my vicinity. I would leave, anyway, even if I weren’t legally armed.
Protesters in Texas thought that showing up topless to an Open Carry rally to protest the protestors was a good idea.Carrying signs that said, “Boobs are for Babies” they had no idea how big a favor they were doing for the Open Carry folks.These protests for open carry are to draw attention to the issue. Who knew that 4 nipples would bring so much attention.–Too bad the breasts were not nicer looking. (The Miller)
“You WILL be assimilated!”
Roberts Gun Shop brings us the following:
Police State High: School Bans Backpacks, Seals Lockers, Forces Bathroom Registrations
May 30th, 2014
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
-President Ronald Reagan
If drones over America, heavily armed law enforcement agencies, and a massive government surveillance web hasn’t yet convinced you that the United States is rapidly moving towards a police state then maybe the following report out of New York will be an eye opener.
Indoctrination centers abound across the land of the free, with high schools now taking a queue from the TSA:
A New York high school is the latest in the nation to ban backpacks following several bomb threats, and has even taken extra steps, including sealing up students’ lockers.
For the last two weeks of the school year, students at Wantagh High School — located about 34 miles east of New York City — are being forced to carry their books and belongings in plastic bags, sign in and out to use the bathroom and submit to searches when entering the building. But the sealing up of lockers took school security to a new level.
Today’s pedagogic institutions are redefining what the word freedom actually means and students are falling right into line:
“It is an inconvenience, but it’s like an airport really,” Erik Beuttenmuller, an 11th-grader at the school told Fox 5 New York.
Karl Denninger of The Market Ticker weighs in:
What are we teaching our kids when we send them to prisons for 13 years out of their lives?
Yeah, bad things happen once in a while. But the key here is “once in a while.” They don’t happen often, statistically-speaking, and if we actually gave a damn about what was going on in these schools and excluded the abusive “kids” who are not there to learn but rather want to raise hell and abuse others we wouldn’t be having these problems.
Instead what we do is teach our kids that mass guilt is the response to one person who does an evil thing. Rather than punish bad acts we exercise prior restraint. We teach our kids from the first day that there are no individual consequences and rewards, only collective ones.
And the fact is that none of this actually makes anyone safer.
What it does do is condition our kids to living in a police state.
Congratulations America, because it will be you that gets shoved in the oven.Please Spread The Word And Share This Post
do these cats resemble PEACE OFFICERS?
They are NOT hunting deer or elk. Or weekend warriors with their National Guard unit. They are training for forest ops against the citizenry of Michigan!!
They know you do not like them. They don’t like you either.
Somewhere in one of their databases, on the calendar of some admin officer, your name is on a list.
On that day, you will not have a good time.
You will not last long enough for Patriots to arrive as they did at Bundy.
Of course – that assumes you intend to simply wait at home until the day they decide to come for you.
Don’t be that guy. Don’t just hang around until a bunch of guys on a payroll decide to murder you.
And these guys are just itchin’ to murder you – and the man standing next to you.
(Is this inflammatory and untrue? – Guffaw)
h/t mostly stolen from Kerodin
There’s been much ‘press’ lately with regard to sports team owners and figures expressing themselves, and being held accountable for their statements. Regular readers know I’ve little interest in sports, so if I get some details wrong
forgive me I don’t care!
I know there have been many other such incidents – after all, many professional sports players are recruited out of high school, and haven’t finished college, and based on their status have money and fame thrust upon them. This unfortunately means in some cases they haven’t been properly educated in ethics, etiquette or how to interact properly in the public arena. They are as rock stars or kid TV stars turned adult.
And they have the rights to their opinions and their religions, even if we might disagree with them!
Of course, in this New World Order of political correctness, we’re not allowed to think that way. I understand the player who made disparaging remarks is being sent to mandatory sensitivity training!
Returned for Re-Grooving, indeed!
Their first album, “Waiting for the Electrician or Someone like Him” (1968) includes a satirical tale of the future based on the values of the psychedelic sixties. In particular, there is one track involving two police officers of the future traveling together in their patrol car. As part of their duties, they have to check to see if all of the citizens are “groovy.” If a citizen looks suspicious, the police would stop them, ask them some pointed questions to determine their grooviness, what drugs they were carrying, as well as to check their clothing and body paint. If the citizen wasn’t compliant, he/she would be “taken away for regrooving” which meant a massive reorientation to bring them up to date with the times. (from Tim Bryce’s blog, musing on the Firesign Theatre)
Yeah, not so much…
PREACHER ON TV: …nointed with oil on troubled waters? Oh, Heavenly Grid, help us bear up thy Standard, our Chevron flashing bright across the Gulf of Compromise, standing Humble on the Rich Field of Mobile American Thinking? Here in this Shell we call Life… (excerpted from The Firesign Theatre’s “How Can You Be In Two Places At Once, When You’re Not Anywhere At All”)
Oregon Department of Transportation
By all accounts, Robin Speronis is engaged in a successful experiment in “living off the grid” in Cape Coral, Florida. The 54-year-old former real estate agent disconnected from city water and power about a year and a half ago. Now she relies on solar panels, propane lanterns, and collected rain water in her duplex and seems quite happy about it. But the city clearly is not. Officials tried to boot her from her home, and have now given her until the end of March to reconnect to the grid. A special magistrate who tossed many of the charges and admits that reasonableness may not play a role in the rules says she will ultimately have to comply. Speronis is standing firm.
You can’t be FREE, all by yourself, doing as you please! That’s not being part of the collective! Don’t you know it takes a village? Resistance is futile!
Okay, all you freedom-loving self-actualized, libertarians and self-governing folks. Listen up. The government NEEDS you.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung
h/t Say Uncle
(connected to the previous post regarding the State of Connecticut preparing to confiscate previously ‘legally-owned’ ‘assault weapons’*)
In a video posted Thursday to YouTube, Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is heard telling a woman identified as “GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley” that she sounded anti-American for questioning the state’s new gun control law.
“I want to know, if it comes down to it, will the police go to my home if my husband refuses to give up a weapon that was formerly legal and now has been made illegal by a corrupt legislature?” she asked. “Will the police actually go to my home and threaten my family, ’cause I’m scared to death?”
“We don’t threaten people, ma’am,” Lt. Vance said. “That doesn’t happen.”
“If you’re going with the force of government, that’s a threat,” she responded.
“Ma’am, it sounds like you’re anti-American, it sounds like you’re anti-law. I can’t answer your question,” Lt. Vance remarked.
Later, after Ashley said Lt. Vance works for the people of the state, he informed her that he, in fact, is her master.
“You’re the servant, we’re the master,” she said.
“I’m the master, ma’am. I’m the master,” he said in response.
Peter, a retired law enforcement officer himself, stated a response so much more eloquently than I:
Lt. Vance, I have news for you – and I speak as a retired law enforcement officer. If you take that attitude and that approach with me, you’ll have violated your oath of law enforcement office – the same oath I swore, and which remains binding on my conscience and my actions to this day. In consequence you won’t be my ‘master’ at all . . . you’ll be a felon, and I’ll be entirely within my rights when I deal with you as such. Nor will I be the only one to do so. As Sean Sorrentino asks, “What happens when both sides make a list?“
Just who the hell do you think you are, Lt. Vance? And if your attitude is typical of the Connecticut State Police, when did that organization abandon its mission and its collective oath of office to become nothing more than a collection of jackbooted thugs? (more at Bayou Renaissance Man)
When I went to college getting my Administration of Justice diploma, they taught us that the job of a peace officer was to enforce the law, preserve order and protect the rights of all. Obviously, they are no longer teaching that, or the curriculum has changed.
And THAT is a problem.
(*assault weapons – whatever a legislature decides they are. See also Saturday Night Special.)
Connecticut has an “assault weapon” problem.
Politicians rammed through a law demanding that citizens register scary-looking firearms and standard capacity magazines, and the citizenry overwhelmingly responded by being “militantly sedentary.”
Gun owners sat on their butts and refused to register either arms or magazines, all but daring the state to do anything about it.
Of the estimated 375,000-400,000 firearms deemed “assault weapons” by the state, more than 325,000 remain undocumented. Only about 50,000 were registered for future confiscation.
The requirement to register standard capacity magazines was laughed at even louder by the citizenry; just 38,000 (less than 2 percent) of an estimated 2 million standard capacity magazines holding greater than ten rounds of ammunition were registered with the state. (Bearingarms.com)
So, this Boxing Day night last, I’m sitting alone at the computer, trying to think of something profound. Having failed miserably at that, I went to gunbloggers.com, and the most current post at the time was from The View From North Central Idaho.
My search for profundity stopped there!
A human right is a bit like the sun. The sun is essential to life. You can bask in it, or hide from it. You may be able to change people’s attitudes toward it, or even start a religion around it. You may hate it or love it, or be largely indifferent to it, or think anything you want to think about it. If you fail to deal with it properly it can burn or even kill you, but without it you are dead. You could get a group of sun haters together in the street and carry picket signs denouncing the sun, and you might even be able to lobby enough idiots and criminals in Congress to get laws passed denouncing the sun.
But two things will remain true no matter what you think or do. A) your life depends on the sun, and B) neither you, nor any group of people, any committee or government body, no force on Earth, has the power to alter it in any way. You did not create it and you cannot alter or destroy it.
Similarly, human rights can be respected and honored, or they might be despised and violated, but they cannot be created, granted, altered, revoked or destroyed by any force on Earth no matter how popular or powerful that force may be. That’s where we get…
You need to go and read the whole thing. Especially if you don’t know the answer!
I’m not certain it’s HAPPY Bill of Rights Day, though…
Cato@ Liberty said it all much better than I could.
The Second Amendment says the people have the right “to keep and bear arms.” Government officials, however, make it difficult to keep a gun in the home and make it a crime for a citizen to carry a gun for self-protection.
Please visit the link above to see all the other enumerated rights we no longer have.
But don’t shed a tear – get ANGRY! Take ACTION.
But don’t do anything illegal…