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Do They Have A Fourth-Of-July In England?

Of course they do, you nit, it’s just not INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Here, we celebrate our freedom from government-imposed tyranny!

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courtesy of Theo Spark

…or perhaps not.

(In addition to the constant video and audio surveillance, warrantless searches, police overreaching, Internet spying, illegal detentions, eminent domain theft, inability to defend ourselves, welfare statism, forced unionization, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.)

REGARDLESS, HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY!  I plan to read the Declaration of Independence aloud today, in it’s entirety, before doing so is also banned! – Guffaw

Zones of Lawlessness

Via Fox News Latino

A federal appellate court here ruled that a Mexican teenager fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent was protected by the U.S. Constitution despite the fact that he was on Mexican territory at the time of the incident.

The ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in El Paso held that the family of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Güereca may proceed with their $25 million civil suit over his death in 2010.

U.S. District Judge David Briones earlier had ruled that the boy’s family lacked the right to sue the government because Sergio was on Mexican territory when he was shot.

The appellate court concluded, however, that Briones’ logic would permit Border Patrol agents to establish “zones of lawlessness” and institute “a perverse rule that would treat differently two individuals subject to the same conduct merely because one managed to cross into our territory.” (…)

I wonder if this applies in reverse?

If the United States Border Patrol agents who were recently shot at from a Mexican military helicopter (flying over U.S. soil!) had been hit, could THEY sue The Mexican Military?

Inquiring minds want to know…

h/t Dapandico, Weasel Zippers

The United States Doesn’t Negotiate With Terrorists

No wait, yes we do!

(reposted from Random Acts of Patriotism/asm826)

All in All

…it’s just another brick in the wall.

If it was my son, I would be willing to give up every swinging dick in Guantanamo to get him back. I get that part. But it’s not. And now the enemy knows what we will pay for a live American soldier. We will pay five for one. And we will negotiate.

1. Mohammad Fazl

One of the first detainees captured in Afghanistan to be transferred to Guantanamo — in January 2002 — Fazl is the Taliban’s former deputy minister of defense. He was one of the Taliban’s founding members, rising through the ranks to become Taliban Chief of Army Staff when it ruled Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch accuses Fazl of presiding over the mass killings of Afghanistan’s Shi’ite Muslims in 2000 and 2001.

2. Mohammad Nabi

The former chief of Taliban security in Qalat, the capital of Afghanistan’s southern Zabul Province.

3. Abdul Haq Wasiq

Also accused by Human Rights Watch of mass killings and torture during the Taliban’s time in power, the Taliban’s former deputy minister of intelligence is considered to have been at one time one of Mullah Omar’s closest confidants.

4. Mullah Norullah Nori

Nori was the senior Taliban commander in the strategic northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. He is considered to be one of the most high-ranking Taliban officials ever to be held in Guantanamo. He is also accused of being involved in the massacre of thousands Shi’ite Muslims in 2000 and 2001.

5. Khairullah Khairkhwa

The former Taliban governor of Heart Province, which borders Iran, Khairkhwa has also served as a military commander and a minister of the interior.

I get that part, too.  (About willingness to give up those in Git’mo)   I grieve for every soldier, sailor, Marine and others who gave all in service to this Nation.  And those horribly wounded or held as prisoners-of-war.  It must be horrible for them and their loved ones.

But every one who signs on for this kind of service understands the risks.

ASM826 is correct – do we want to change U.S. Policy and show weakness when the enemy only understands strength?

And since this story broke, it’s come out that Bergdahl’s father is a Muslim, AND, Bergdahl himself may have given aid and comfort to the Taliban, not been a prisoner!  And there is evidence he renounced his U.S. Citizenship and walked away from his unit!

How many men died and were wounded trying to ‘save’ him?  If the above allegations are indeed true, he should be placed in Fort Leavenworth and shot.

I’m Guessing She’s Not An N.E.A. Member?

Stormbringer reminded us of a teacher of yore.  We need more like her, today.

Here.  Now.

Meet Captain Nieves Fernandez, the only known Filipino female guerrilla leader and school teacher. When the Japanese came to take the children under her care she shot them. She didn’t hide in a closet, she didn’t put up a gun free zone sign, she shot them in the face with her latong (a home made shotgun).

Note she has an M1 carbine with a 15 round magazine – illegal in the Gun Control States of California and Massachusetts.

She then went on to kill over 200 Japanese soldiers during the war with a group of commandos and holds the distinction as the only female commander of a resistance group in the Philippines.

In this photo she is showing U.S. Army Private Andrew Lupiba how she used her bolo to silently kill Japanese sentries during the occupation of Leyte Island.

Can you imagine an American school teacher in the day & age having the chutzpah to pull off a class act like this?

h/t Theo Spark

Military Lingo

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!

U.S. Military Lingo: The (Almost) Definitive Guide

Examples therein:

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 

Support The Troops?

Of course you do!

I do, too.  But Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian Blog” offers perspective, along with support.

To wit (in part):

The powderkeg of “troops”

Are individuals in America better off that there are US troops all over the planet?  Do troops really help “the people”?Think about it.Was Germany better off by having and supporting the Nazi troops?  Or, in the long run was the normal, average German made less safe and less prosperous because of “the troops”?  (And don’t bother trying to misuse Godwin’s Law on me- I’m on to that game.)

The only ones helped by “the troops” are those who work for that gang of thugs called “government”.  Everyone else is harmed.  They may think they are benefiting, but only until consequences catch up to them all.  At that time the veil is ripped away.

You should go to Kent’s link above and read the whole thing.  Blind obedience isn’t thinking, and it certainly isn’t what freedom and liberty are about.

Question Authority.  Not just for the exercise, but for the meaning; the agenda.

Remember Odette

Turk Turon reminds of a hero of a forgotten age.  A heroine?  The gender difference is hardly necessary or appropriate:

Odette Hallowes

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She volunteered for war duty, put her three daughters into a convent school, and was infiltrated into France as part of the “Spindle” network on October 31, 1942.
 
On April 16, 1943 she was arrested by the Gestapo. Classified records released in 2003 indicate that her toenails were pulled out and she was branded with hot irons.
 
She refused to talk.
 
Odette was sent to Ravensbruck, the women’s concentration camp, for execution. She somehow survived the war and was awarded the George Cross.
 

Go to the link above, and read about this fantastic woman, her exploits and heroic character.

She passed away in 1995.  She deserves to be remembered.

Memorial Day

There will be many posts on the blogs today regarding Memorial Day.  Hopefully, most of them remind us that originally it was called Decoration Day, and that families took flags and flowers to remember those family members who had passed too early in war.  Or had just passed.  Sometimes they’d even bring picnic foods to celebrate the person’s life.

Obviously, this has evolved into just a picnic holiday, forgetting the original meaning.  After all, it is the official beginning of Summer, and we get off work, school, etc.  And those who have gone before are still there, forgotten.  And hey, Target has a sale!

I remember one Memorial Day in 1977.  My Dad drafted me to come with him to visit the grave of my Mother, who passed when I was in the second grade.  We didn’t come here often, and being 24, I’d just-as-soon have been anywhere else.  And, my Dad mumbled something about his joining her soon.  I thought he was just being maudlin.

Three months later he joined her.  He knew something, and kept it a secret.

Please take a moment today, while you’re swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, drinking beer, or partying to remember those who have gone before.  It’s the least you can do.

And, as always, hug those still with you and tell them you love them.  Do it NOW.  You never know.

Cochise v. Geronimo

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Cochise

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Geronimo

When I was growing up (in Arizona) my father made certain to show me evidence of Western history and culture.  Western as in cowboy.  50s/60s TV helped.  Not balanced or historically correct.

And, living in Arizona, we got to travel around the State and visit places like Montezuma’s Castle and Tombstone.  And I really wanted to own a horse and become a cowboy.  At age 5.

Part of what was taught to me was the difference between Cochise and Geronimo.  Cochise initially fought the incursion of people from the East Coast, but eventually acceded to what was called manifest destiny and gave up.  I was taught he was a great hero of his people.  (See the 1950 film Broken Arrow for the politically-correct story).

But Geronimo was another matter.  A warrior to the end, he never gave up fighting for his people, and was eventually captured and made a prisoner of war.  He died in captivity.  Some say he was murdered.  I was taught he was a rebel and criminal who deserved what he got.  We called these battles The Indian Wars.

Between the Indians co-existing with us as citizens, having their own ‘nations’, and being given special status and benefits from the government (based largely on our guilt for never honoring treaties and mistreatment of them), AND, the ever-popular meme of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Noble Savage (the idea that as they were primitive cultures they were automatically more pure than we ‘cultured’ euro-trash) it’s a pretty complex relationship.  Until the 1700s, many conquering forces simply eliminated those who didn’t assimilate.  Less complex but barbaric.  We did do some of that.

Special status, in spite of the whole melting pot meme; E Pluribus Unum, and equal rights for all.  Some people are more equal than others.

Purportedly, Geronimo’s last words…

“I should have never surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.”[27]

As a youth, I admired Cochise for his peaceable acquiescence to federal government authority.  I tend to be siding more with Geronimo, now.

h/t Wikipedia, IMDB

The right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the federal constitution…

In the United States the right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the federal constitution, which specifically prohibits Congress from abridging “the right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Although often overlooked in favor of other more famous freedoms, and sometimes taken for granted,[1] many other civil liberties are enforceable against the government only by exercising this basic right.[2] The right to petition is a fundamental in a Constitutional Republic, such as the United States, as a means of protecting public participation in government.[1](Wikipedia)

Way Up North  (and now Tam) brought to our attention (in demure fanfare, as is their tradition) a movement regarding individual States of these United States petitioning for peaceful secession from the same!

I went to the All Petitions/whitehouse.gov website, and was amazed!  First, that such a group of petitions existed and second, that ‘the government’ had allowed such behavior, given their track record on such things!

By my count, there 24 States, including mine, with listed petitions!

Is this treasonous, or simply the right to petition?

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

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.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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