I was never in ‘the service’. Not for lack of trying, though. My disability kept me 4-F until the draft was discontinued.
I admire members of the military for their tenacity; their discipline. Always have, even when many of my generation (Vietnam and post-Korea) protested actively against the military.
Of course, with today’s volunteer military, much of the culture has become ‘cool’. I find in conversations with many the lingo terms I use are outdated. “No lie G.I.!”
So I found a crib sheet!
Blowed up: Hit by an IED. Example: “I been blowed up six times this year.”
Fitty: The M2 .50 caliber machine gun. (and how sad is THAT!)
Joe: Soldier. Replacement term for GI.
Perhaps one day we won’t have a need for such lingo…
h/t NPR, Ben Brody
Please remember today’s anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We lose more WWII Veterans every day. - Guffaw
Joel (of The Ultimate Answer to Kings) presents us with a selection of choices to bypass the
miasma boondoggle clusterf**** that pretends to be compulsory public health care (but is actually redistribution of wealth) in this country!
Well, by now that’s got to be a subject near and dear to just about everybody. You could do it the way I have…but not even I suggest doing that, and this article lists numerous excellent reasons why it’s a bad idea.
But there apparently are ways to live an Obamacare-free life, and some may even be legal. The linked article lists several possibilities.
Of course you may or may not have to pay that tax, or fee, or tax, or whatever it is, punishing you for not allowing the government to help you with your own money. But there may even be (legal, or at least unlikely to get you shot) ways around that.
stolen copied in it’s entirety, thanks, Joel! Love the graphic!)
That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve seen a number of blog posts over the past week or so exclaiming ‘defacto’ firearms registration has been occurring in The United States for some time now.* This, in spite of numerous federal laws expressly prohibiting such actions.
Quelle surprise. Perhaps this post should have been yet another “I’m Shocked” post?
But, this meme won’t go away. More and more bloggers are picking up the registration story as a rallying cry.
But, the big question is what happens NEXT?
Do we, the injured legally-gun-owning-populous, take action? File lawsuits? Run to the gun-friendly press? Write to our gun-friendly congressman? Foment insurrection? Or just choose to break the law piecemeal, citizen by citizen, hoping ‘they’ will take no action against us?
In effect, whistling past the graveyard?
No need to answer me here. But you might consider what actions, if any, you will take when the police (or the military) come knock-knock-knockin’ at your door. To acquire your legally-owned property. By force.
Or NOT knocking.
Sipsey Street Irregulars links us to an essay by Eric Peters, telling us something we (sadly) already knew:
Emasculation as Policy
And there it is. The crux of all this gun control, drug control, food control, mind control, privacy control, people control! THEY want to emasculate you to the point you go to them hat-in-hand, begging to be taken care of. Assuming you survive up to this point.
Because, of course, they have no duty to care for you.
And, while you’re fighting in the streets for a scrap of bread, or an aspirin, or potable water, THEY are living in their manses, being attended to by manservants higher up the food chain. Living off of you, and whatever is left of your former ‘immorally-gotten’ largesse.
Provided to them by you in the form of overt taxation and being forced to purchase something you never wanted in the first place!
Class Warfare, my friends. This religion of control is fueled by class warfare.
(GEEZ, I’m beginning to sound like some kind of neo-libertarian-anarchist, aren’t I?)
Or just another tired citizen of the Republic, tired of being ‘controlled’ by the force of government. Forced or nudged into places I’d rather not choose to go. Because they think they know better, don’t ya see?
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C. S. Lewis
In 1972 P.P.S. (pre-Police State) my libertarian/anarchistic friends and I used to wax rhapsodic with regard to going ‘off the grid’, that is, if not actually living off-the-grid, having access to one or more alternative identities and addresses, just in case things got bad in the real world. This came from watching too many spy movies and TV shows.
Of course, things are currently much worse than we ever dreamt in our worst nightmares.
In addition to getting (and renewing) State-issued driver licenses and passports, we though of birth certificates and credit cards, in the alternative identities.
We dreamt a lot.
Not that we were anticipating committing any felonies (in the early 70s, false identities usually were misdemeanors) but we had a healthy respect for the ever-encroaching power of government. This was a just-in-case sort of thing.
But, we were young, and mostly stupid, and didn’t have the financial means to accomplish this. And didn’t want to even commit misdemeanors.
Borepatch recently enlightened us about yet another chink in our alternative identity armor. It seems the ubiquitous mail drop (public or private postal box address) has become more difficult to obtain, maintain and acquire, without giving one’s life away.
Seems the almighty government doesn’t like persons with truly private addresses…
I’m certain the smugglers, drug dealers and thieves who also utilize such services are obeying the law, much as the users of stolen firearms get all their proper documentation ducks in a row. So, this added level of bureaucratic nonsense is about protecting us.
Free North Carolina (via avordvet) shares with us an ARIZONA story, of statists versus freemen.
To press the point, a free man, legally carrying a pistol openly, tried to photograph a Phoenix federal courthouse.
Not of the freeman photographer, but of the authorities, who promptly dispatched police helicopters and ground personnel to stop the
terrorist attack legally-armed photographer from photographing a public building.
(visit the link above for the video and post)
Seriously, don’t they have better things to do? Like catching real bad guys? I can see watching, and perhaps even tracking such an individual for security intel, but confronting, attempting to disarm?
This used to be a relatively free State, at least when compared to places like Massachusetts.
…the whole NSA reading everyone’s mail, email, telephone calls, computer use thing. You know, the one where some guy’s wife researched pressure cookers, and then some guy researched backpacks, then suddenly the whole freakin’ gov’t fell on their heads, because some auto-computer intel program thought they were terrorists!
Because they GOOGLED a couple ‘questionable’ things…
I have an idea…
IF, indeed, the almighty freakin’ government is data-mining us, all of us, under the guise of ‘protecting’ us, based on our accessing or using specific ‘questionable’ or ‘hot button’ terms in our communications, lets give it to them!
Lets pick a specific time to fill the Internet, cell phone calls, texts, ad infinitum – ad nauseum with certain terms, like gun, bomb, pressure cooker, backpack, wiretap, terrorism…
Give them the whole Cloward-Piven strategy back at ‘em! Overtask the system so they are forced to either drop it or dig deeper to determine that the subject of their investigation is just looking at buying a kitchen pot, not planning on using it for nefarious purposes.
Make them go old-school to work for their intel, as they should be already! That’ll show ‘em!
See you in the boxcars!
Bacon, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives gave me an interesting idea.
If you’re familiar with the television show Person of Interest, you know the theme is the government can pretty much watch and track everything everyone does, through the use of electronic records and the ever-increasing number of traffic, ATM, and ‘security’ cameras out there. Soon, we will become London. (If we haven’t, already!)
The show’s producers indicate the technology is already available, and is being used. This is not science fiction. The revelations regarding the NSA’s surveillance
capabilities abuses is only the tip of the iceberg.
Ry Jones (of the above blog) has taken things a bit further. He has installed a ‘dashcam’ facing out the rear of his vehicle! Fighting fire with fire, as it were.
Raging against the machine, via one’s own machine!
Imagine the next time he is pulled over for some imaginary infraction…
I like it.
Irons In The Fire informs us about this new version of Arab Spring.
You remember the old one? The one our President supported, sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood? The one massacring Egyptian Christians and raping women?
Well, look what happened! (emphasis Guffaw)
Egypt’s new 34-member cabinet has “prominent figures from the country’s liberal and secular forces,” including three women and three Christians, but zero Islamists nor any “ministers from [Mohammed] Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.”
A: Looks like they’re serious about trying to get Egypt back on its feet.
B: The forces of darkness are seriously going to lose their shit over this. And it’s likely to get bloody.
And they may not like whose blood is spilled the most.
C: I’ll bet our Dear Leader is pissed; his favorites have been blocked out.
Mr. President – pipes and smoking, I’m just sayin’.
MArooned copied a news essay from Jacqueline in Texas. DaddyBear piled on…
A member of the New Black Panther Party who sparked a federal probe for voter intimidation in 2008 has been arrested on gun charges in New York.
King Samir Shabazz, a 41-year-old Philadelphia street preacher and national field marshal for the New Black Panther Party, was arrested late Thursday in Harlem after NYPD officers spotted him with wearing a bulletproof vest and a loaded, unlicensed handgun.~
~With that said, though, this is a complete and utter farce. Shabazz was stopped for “wearing a bulletproof vest”? It was under his clothing – are the NYPD now using special “bulletproof vest detecting rays” now? On what grounds did they have to search him? I mean, other than he was black, of course – there’s that whole “stop and frisk” program they have going on there in NYC.
Seriously. Go and read the whole thing.
All I could think of had something to do with leopards and spots, and not evolving. National field marshall? Really?