I love the Joe Wambaugh police novels. Not just because he brings you into the ‘real’ world of the street cop, but because he gets you into their hearts and minds. THAT’S the function of a good novel, any novel. And because he had been there (as an LAPD cop) he speaks the truth, metaphorically.
There are lessons to be learned.
American Mercenary writes for us about Recon, Raid and Ambush. Not just the stuff most of us see only in action movies and television shows, but the textbook Army Ranger School reality about such matters.
Why should we care? Most of us are armchair adventurers at best. I’m a disabled, overweight, 60 year old man. Do I think I can best some regular Army 21 year old, if they come for my guns? Of course not. But, there are lessons to be learned.
I truly hope and pray with every fiber of my being that ‘we’ can overcome the dark political forces working diligently to undermine this American Republic’s Constitutional System. Many of these folks raised their right hand and swore allegiance to defend the U.S. Constitution , and they were lying. They had a different agenda all along.
Much of what we see daily in the blogosphere tells us we will soon see Civil War. NOT on paper, but a real blood, guts, taking prisoners, killing war. ‘They’ say it’s inevitable. And some say we should be prepared to engage.
But Joseph Wambaugh makes a point (in The New Centurions). The fictional PT training officer in the police academy in the book says the job of the street cop (the good guy) is to out endure the bastard! (the street criminal). That what he prepares them for.
And American Mercenary gives us the very same message 30 years later. He doesn’t just give civilians textbook answers about how do be a military force. He says the following (in part):
~I don’t know if my perception is skewed by what I read, but it seems to me that a lot of people in the Liberty movement believe that conducting light infantry style operations will be something that comes naturally. I think that this is a dangerous and foolish notion on both a tactical and strategic level. Scotland would be free if Scots could work together beyond the clan level.~
~I don’t know about all of human history, but from what I know of warfare, “lone wolf” actors have never been decisive in the outcome of a revolution. So having “tribe” or “clan” is good. Having a unified political presence is decisive. In the Revolutionary War General Washington lost more battles than not. In WWII after Pearl Harbor we got our asses handed to us straight for 18 months. Remember that winning a war isn’t always about killing the other guy, it is about being the last one standing. And most insurgencies go along the same way, the insurgents die in disproportionate amounts to the superpower, but the superpower decides to go away.
Think about it this way: if you take the kill/loss ratio from the US experience in Vietnam, and apply it to the current US political atmosphere against the “Three Percent” then there would be not enough Three Percenters left at the end of the war to have a political voice. There may be a few lone wolves howling at the moon, but they will be dismissed.~
~War is bloody politics. Politics is just people trying to work together, often to gain power over other people. And politics is “mostly” bloodless war.~
The Liberty Movement is not only about Civil War. It’s about going back to Joe Wambaugh: We have to out endure the bastard(s)!
Keep those cards, letter, emails and telephone calls coming in, folks. Let D.C. know we’re out here! We’ve won some battles, but certainly not the war.
I don’t know about you, but with the now-ubiquitous attempts to deprive us of our natural rights to assemble, access the Internet (or tax it – a vote TODAY! Call D.C.!), speak freely, worship (or choose not to), keep the constabulary from our homes without benefit of warrant, eat unhealthy food and of course, deprive us of the right to keep and bear arms, there seems to be more and more of a movement on the part of the Fourth Estate to POLL US with these concerns:
I’m sick of seeing such polls. I don’t care if the entire population of New York votes en masse to prohibit me from having a soft drink larger than 16 oz., or a firearm magazine greater then 7 round capacity, or a poll in USA Today (the primary coloring book of newspapers) supports such a vote.
My rights are my individual rights. Period. Guaranteed. And no attempt at ‘democracy’ (tyranny of the majority) will convince me otherwise.
Take your polls elsewhere, about other things. Like a preference for apple or cherry pie.
WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a renewed assault-weapons ban, advancing the measure to the Senate floor where it will face intense resistance from Republicans and other gun-rights supporters.The bill was approved by the committee on a party-line, 10-8 vote. Chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she knows “the road is uphill” for the legislation, but sought to press her colleagues to consider the bill.This doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels – quite the opposite. PLEASE keep the pressure on our Senators to separate the wheat from the chaff and NOT support this further rights-encroaching legislation!Or, soon coming across the border…Brought to you by enemies both foreign and domestic.h/t We the people
I receive some diverse emails from varied sources. Last night, not so much…
First from the National Association for Gun Rights:
That’s what Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said when asked if he supports President Obama’s nationalized gun-control agenda. 1
To make matters worse, he’s now touting President Obama’s rhetoric when it comes to expanded background checks.
“All of us Republicans and Democrats recognize that we need more effective and broader background checks,” he recently told Politico. 1
This sort of Washington beltway blabber is what we’ve come to expect out of Arizona’s Senior U.S. Senator, John McCain…
But watching Junior Jeff fold like a house of cards after spending months paying gun owners lip-service is disappointing. ~
This, after many of us wrote our Senators pleading with them NOT to buckle to Senator Feinstein and the state socialists! I heard back from Senator Flake’s office just a few weeks ago stating he supported us! Is he lying? (I know, his mouth is moving – he’s a politician!)
TODAY, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Senator Dianne Feinstein’s anti-gun bill…which would BAN millions of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and BAN ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds.
YOUR SENATORS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU RIGHT NOW!!!
Please call both of your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to OPPOSE the Feinstein Gun Grab bill.
Tell your Senators that President Barack Obama’s own Justice Department recently reported that any ban on semi-automatic firearms WILL NOT WORK…unless it includes mandatory gun buy backs, which is federal GUN CONFISCATION!
Senator Feinstein herself told CBS’s 60 Minutes that if she could get the votes “for an outright ban, picking up every one of them — Mr. and Mrs. America turn ‘em all in” she would do it!!!
If you live in Arizona, please call Senators Flake and McCain, TODAY! Hell if you live in Flotsam’s Mistake, NJ! call them. And call your own Senators, too.
I’ve called and sent emails, more than once. They need to hear us…RIGHT NOW!
Don’t count on someone else to do it. Take action! Call the number above an let your voice be heard!
Real News Reporter shares with us an essay by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market
The Constitution of the United States is an undeniably powerful document. So powerful in fact, that it took establishment elitists with aspirations of globalized governance over a century to diminish the American people’s connection to it. It’s been a long time coming, but in the new millennium, there is now indeed a subsection of the masses that not only have no relationship to our founding roots, they actually despise those of us who do!
Including the following video, wherein a New Hampshire politician voices his opposition to libertarians moving into his State:
The essay IS a worthy read!
Irvin Nathan, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, announced Friday that he will not press charges against NBC News’ David Gregory nor any employee of the broadcast network for violating the city’s gun laws. Violation of the city’s firearms laws carry a maximum $1,000 fine and one year in jail. (emphasis Guffaw)
Can you say hypocritical elitism ? – sure you can!
I’m tired of revisionist history!(This is a rant – if you don’t like it, move along!)
Fabian Socialists communists progressives (whatever they call themselves this week!) just keep pumping it out. Slow and steady wins the race.
As with so many other movements, this one began in an effort to improve society. Now, we all know with what the road to Hell is paved?
Pick up most modern public school textbooks and thumb through them. An suggested title for them might be We Apologize For The Republic!
Washington, Jefferson and company were damn near terrorists. (Of course, I guess they were). All colonialists hated the Blacks and the Indians (oops, Native Americans). And all supported slavery and having sex with their slaves. These are the kinds of messages our children are getting. (Jean Jacques Rousseau is being force-fed to our youth! Noble Savage my a** – they were living in the Third Stone Age when we arrived, killing and enslaving each other.)
No wonder we are raising generations of Americans who think we’ve all descended from the White Devil slavemasters!
(Oh, I forgot, they’re all athiests or deists, too! Besides, we don’t discuss religion in school.)
The Civil War (correction – War Between The States or the recent unpleasantness) was all about slavery. Vast increase of Federal government power had nothing to do with it. Lincoln was a great hero. After all he saved the Union! Didn’t you see the movie? ‘Freeing the slaves’ in the States in rebellion was hardly an enforceable act. And who needs habeus corpus, anyway? (Is rendition a NEW concept? Now NDAA, anyone?) AND, he got shot!
We used to speak of these United States, not the United States. The Seventeenth Amendment further consolidated Federal power, eliminating State government input in choosing Senators 68 years after the war. (1913)
Funny how the Sixteenth Amendment gets glossed over in text books.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
This ‘power’ was deliberately left out of the Constitution – by those evil White guys! But, it was sneaked* in later.
Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson (yecch!), Franklin Roosevelt (FOUR terms! are you kidding me? We call it the GREAT Depression – the rest of the World, just the Depression), LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Clinton. The current administration? Jack Kennedy would be considered a fiscal Republican by today’s standards. He’s considered great largely because he had charisma, and didn’t duck!
Ask most anyone, and they’ll tell you it was those evil Republicans who kept us from passing Civil Rights legislation in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Of course, if they looked deeper, they’d find it was the Democrats. The same President LBJ who signed The Civil Rights Act was the same Senator LBJ who blocked it eight years earlier!
And how about McCarthy? Seeing communists under our bed are we? Of course, that was silly. YES, he was a grandstanding a**h***e who climbed on the backs, careers and lives of others to get ahead. Look up character assassin in a dictionary. There’s his picture. HOWEVER, it’s finally coming to light that many of his accusations were TRUE! Many of those folks who were so-dramatically accused were indeed commie spies (or outside agitators (community organizers?))!! BUT, truth doesn’t matter, now that ‘they’ve’ established the McCarthyism meme as conservative paranoia. And no, there are no communists in government (Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, Cass Sunstein et al).
And Richard Nixon. (subliminal messaging WATERGATE) He opened dialog and trade with the largest country in the World – The People’s Republic of China (WATERGATE) Without whom we probably wouldn’t have survived this long. (WATERGATE) (Instituted WAGE AND PRICE CONTROLS)
They say the history books are written by the winners. If that’s the case, we’ve already lost.*sneaked – there’s no such word as snuck!
Nice ‘toon. I remember when the peace sign was called ‘the track of the American Chicken, when all Americans right of hippiedom automatically assumed it stood for laziness, things unclean, drug use and anti-American beliefs to say the least? Now it’s become iconic, ubiquitous…
So, I did some research.
The peace sign (or symbol) was derived in the late 50′s in Britain, by protesters against nuclear weapons. They co-mingled the semaphore signals for the letters ‘N’ and ‘D’ (nuclear disarmament).
Thank goodness the Left hasn’t compromised Winston Churchill’s iconic symbol for VICTORY!
There has been much gnashing of teeth in the past few days over the most recent school shooting. Surely, the fact that I must use the term ‘most recent’ gives one pause. Or the term ‘school shooting’ that doesn’t involve marksmanship practice.
And the Internet is all abuzz with sorrowful pleas for ‘they’ to do ‘something’. I believe it’s human nature in that we all feel so helpless when such things occur. We want ‘something’ to be done.
The President himself just released his proposals, including another assault weapons ban, a magazine capacity ban and restrictions on private sales of firearms. (Of course, none of these measures would have stopped the homicidal, unbalanced criminal from the recent massacre of innocents.)
I’ve mentioned recent events a couple of times, and even wrote a couple yet unpublished posts, but many other bloggers have addressed the issues in a much more eloquent and informed manner than I. If you’ve not seen these three recent postings, you should go to the links and read. And think about what you have read. And hope The Nation has enough wisdom to absorb these things, as well. Links and excerpts below…
~The mental health community has morphed away from actually treating and committing people due to numerous lawsuits by, among others, the ACLU. Also, due to ‘privacy’ concerns, many institutions will not report a person with mental health problems to NICS or even to local police. You can go find articles that point out that the ONLY way to get someone committed is to have charges filed against someone.~
~A few school systems use School Resource Officers (SROs) who are either retired LEOs or are LEOs specifically hired to work in schools both for security. those SROs are armed, have full police powers and are directly connected to the local police departments via radio if they need assistance/backup.
Many were funded under programs from the Federal Government after Columbine…
However, those programs were de-funded by the current administration.~
Stop Teaching Our Kids To Kill by Dave Grossman, Lt. Col. USA (ret.) (via Maddened Fowl)
~Research on the background of our juvenile mass murderers show they have one thing in common: they ALL dropped out of life and filled their lives with nothing but violent movies and violent video games. The sickest video games and the sickest movies are very very sick indeed. And the sick sick kids who immerse themselves in this “entertainment” are very sick indeed.~And it is a world-wide phenomenon! Germany has had two mass murders in their high schools with body counts that beat Columbine. England had a massacre in the kindergarten class in Dunblain Scotland, tragically forecasting Sandy Hook. Canada had the Taber, Alberta school massacre. Finland has had three school massacres. In Norway the killer got on an island and killed all their kids. In China killers are going in the classrooms with knives and gutting and hacking the kids. In Belgium a sicko got in the day care center and hacked 12 babies in the cribs, dressed as the Joker from the Batman movie. (All those European gun laws made THEM real safe, eh?)And we though it wouldn’t happen here!?
And you think its over now? The worst is yet to come. We will reap what we sow for a generation to come…. Until we stop teaching our kids to kill.~
~My extra bag of rice, my gun, my ammo, my kerosene heater are of real value to my survival. I used no government funds to purchase those items. In fact the purchase of those items only helped contribute positively to a failing economy. I have never harmed a single person. I am of no threat to you. Your desire to label me crazy and limit my rights will only serve to put me at more risk and it has ZERO chance of doing anything for you other than to make you feel good.
The mental health crisis/real school security, video games as parenting, and the desire to absolve our guilt – to feel better – all need to be addressed and solved, lest these behaviors continue. And lest our rights be taken away for no good reason.
~Know the facts. Know the “official facts” even if you choose to doubt them — and get expert advice. The “rifle found in a car” was contentious issue here at Roseholme Cottage, until Tam found video of it being removed: it’s a scary, black…
pump-actionshotgun! She was pretty sure of make and model from the low-rez image, thanks to her years shooting and working at gun stores. (Remember, the media talking heads reporting this stuff know a lot less about guns than you do — and they’re being briefed by police who are used to dumbing things down for them.)~
~Know your audience. In my blog, I can talk about the deterrent effect of removing legal barriers to teachers and school employees being armed if they chose to be (and qualify for whatever carry permit their state offers!). In the lunchroom at work, not so much. Don’t be That Guy; we can’t afford it just now.~
OKAY, that’s really four, not three! Regardless, take a few minutes and read each of these wise bloggers’ entire posts. I’d say doing so is for the children, but that would just be pandering. It’s for ALL OF US!