It’s a common saw that when a politician dies, he/she automatically becomes an elder statesman; a man/woman honored by all for their accomplishments and their principals – even though 5 hours before they passed, they were being chewed up and spat out by their political enemies!
Witness Nelson Mandela
Mandela proceeded on an African tour, meeting supporters and politicians in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Libya and Algeria, continuing to Sweden . . . Encouraging foreign countries to support sanctions against the apartheid government, in France he was welcomed by President François Mitterrand, in Vatican City by Pope John Paul II, and in England he met Margaret Thatcher. In the United States, he met President George H.W. Bush, addressed both Houses of Congress and visited eight cities, being particularly popular among the African-American community. In Cuba he met President Fidel Castro, whom he had long admired, with the two becoming friends.
It is in the context of that sideshow of the Cold War that was the Angolan Civil War that Mandela’s remarks praising Cuba and its operations in Angola must be understood. The Cubans and their MPLA familiars committed many atrocities.Mandela knew of these since he kept constant track of South African military as well as continental political affairs. He never, to my recollection, condemned them.
Angola held the first round of its 1992 presidential election on September 29–30. Dos Santos officially received 49.57% of the vote and Savimbi won 40.6%. As no candidate received 50% or more of the vote, election law dictated a second round of voting between the top two contenders. Savimbi, along with eight opposition parties and many other election observers, said the election had been neither free nor fair. An official observer wrote that there was little UN supervision, that 500,000 UNITA voters were disenfranchised and that there were 100 clandestine polling stations. Savimbi sent Jeremias Chitunda, Vice President of UNITA, to Luanda to negotiate the terms of the second round. The election process broke down on October 31, when government troops in Luanda attacked UNITA. Civilians, using guns they had received from police a few days earlier, conducted house-by-house raids with the Rapid Intervention Police, killing and detaining hundreds of UNITA supporters. The government took civilians in trucks to the Camama cemetery and Morro da Luz ravine, shot them, and buried them in mass graves. Assailants attacked Chitunda’s convoy on November 2, pulling him out of his car and shooting him and two others in their faces. The MPLA massacred over ten thousand UNITA and FNLA voters nationwide in a few days in what was known as the Halloween Massacre.
As far as I can determine, Mandela never condemned the Halloween Massacre either.(Sipsey Street Irregulars, Wikipedia)
And yet it took me hours scouring the Internet, blogs and news, to find such things. The Mainstream Media has made no mention of the wholesale government-sponsored theft of Afrikaner-owned farms, and the murdering of their owners, either. (i.e. redistribution of wealth).
This is NOT an excuse for the previous apartheid system, but a statement that removal of white property ownership by force and murder following the ‘legal’ shifting of power in South Africa is not to be excused, either.
Mandela made the mistake many ‘freedom-fighters’ have made. That is changing one school of oppression for another, one with a history of violent death and genocide, for a new improved version of the same. Doesn’t work.
Who was it who said one man’s revolutionary is another’s freedom-fighter?
Considering the abysmal treatment of whites in this country by the Department of Justice, could we be headed for the same fate?
“The cause of Communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!” - Nelson Mandela
“There’s one place where (Fidel Castro’s) Cuba stands out head and shoulders above the rest – that is in its love for human rights and liberty!” – Nelson Mandela
Gun Owners of America
A CONTACT YOUR SENATORS FORM – CLICK HERE TAKE ACTION TODAY!
“[Democrats] just spent all year trying to effectively destroy the gun lobby, so why in heaven’s name [should] we give them this Christmas present?” — GOA’s Michael Hammond on the plastic gun ban (ABC News, Dec. 3, 2013)
The U.S. House of Representatives did a very dangerous thing Tuesday — and, apparently, it did so with the consent of one gun organization.
By voice vote, the House slammed through a ten-year reauthorization of the poorly drafted 1988 plastic gun ban.
Lest anyone be confused about how the anti-gun Left views this, USA Today crowed, on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper that the “HOUSE SAYS YES TO ONE GUN BILL — Plastic gun ban only firearm legislation to pass since November.”
Taken alone, this gives the Obama administration, if it chooses, another three years to use the 1988 law to ban large numbers of guns.
But there is an even bigger danger: Chuck Schumer held a press conference the same day to indicate that he will use the House-passed bill as a vehicle to pass even more gun control. We don’t expect to know Schumer’s bill number or language before he actually offers it, but it will purport to deal with guns from 3-D printers, while actually being much broader.
So here’s what we are doing: We are asking our friends in the Senate to put a “hold” on any effort by Schumer to amend the House bill.
The Senate will only be in session four or five days next week before the House goes out for the year, and Schumer may not be able to get time on the Senate floor without “unanimous consent” from all senators.
So, by doing this, we would force Schumer to give up on his vehicle for banning printer-guns if he wanted any reauthorization of the 1988 bill. If Schumer remains adamant, there will be no reauthorization at all. Even if he capitulates, we’ll see what happens.
It’s not a perfect outcome. But we think it’s an outcome we can probably achieve.
ACTION: Contact your Senators. Ask them to oppose any effort by Senator Chuck Schumer to add gun control to the H.R. 3626, the plastic gun ban reauthorization which passed in the House.
Please click on the link above and let your senators know where you stand on civil rights! Do it TODAY!
Monday could be too late.
(A PHONE CALL WOULDN’T HURT, EITHER! 202-224-3121) Guffaw
h/t Rev. Paul
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!)
Please call your congresscritter TODAY and ask them NOT to vote in favor of the so-called “Undetectable Gun Ban”!
Not only is reaffirming a ban on guns made entirely of undetectable materials unnecessary (and another infringement on our rights) but they have added measures to stop production of wooden rifle stocks and other materials used in common firearms production!
They are trying to force through yet another gun control measure, this time by amending an unnecessary sunsetting law to include other controls. Because it’s all about CONTROL.
Please contact your Congressman immediately.
*** Call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Ask to be connected to your Congressman; or,
*** Click here to find out who represents you.
PS – I called mine (Kyrsten Sinema) and left a detailed message with my concerns. Unfortunately, she is a socialist stooge, so I don’t have much hope in swaying her vote. But, if enough people call…?
PPS – this just in – it PASSED the House!
govtrack.us to follow the bills progress…
h/t National Association for Gun Rights, Free North Carolina
(just a reminder, Guffaw is a libertarian!)
(from FDR’s Second Bill of Rights)
- The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
- The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
- The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
- The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
- The right of every family to a decent home;
- The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
- The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
- The right to a good education.
…Now before I waste too much of your time, let’s establish who I’m talking to. If you believe that we live in an evil, imperialist nation from its founding, and you believe that it should be “fundamentally transformed”, lend me your ears. If you believe that the free market is the source of the vast majority of society’s ills and wish to have more government intervention into it, I’m talking to you. If you believe that health care is a basic human right and that government should provide it to everyone, you’re the guy I’m screaming at. If you think minorities cannot possibly survive in this inherently racist country without handouts and government mandated diversity quotas, you’re my guy. If you believe that rich people are that way because they’ve exploited their workers and acquired wealth on the backs of the poor, keep reading. Pretty much, if you trust government more than your fellow American, this post is for you.
…Everything that modern liberalism accomplishes is accomplished at the barrel of a government rifle. You do not trust in the generosity of the American people to provide, through private charity, things such as clothing, food, shelter, and health care, so you empower the government to take from them and spend the money on wasteful, inefficient, and inadequate government entitlement programs. You do not trust in the personal responsibility of the average American to wield firearms in defense of themselves and their families, so you seek to empower the government to criminalize the use and possession of firearms by private citizens. Every time you empower the government, you lose more of your personal liberty — it’s an axiomatic truth. (Sufficient Reason)
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!
The difference between conservatism and liberalism (e.g. progressivism, socialism, communism, fascism) is that
liberals conservatives statists force their agenda on all through the implied (and sometimes direct) government violence against citizens.
Ultimately, this argument is NOT about liberal versus conservative, it’s about statism versus liberty!
Thus endeth the rant…
h/t Jeremy N. Choate
N.Y.P.D. has begun sending out the following form letter to registered legal owners of (now illegal, under NY State law) firearms.
AND, there is a push in Congress for the passage of a ‘general warrants’ measure, to make it easier to search homes of legal gun owners to determine if there firearms are ‘stored safely’. (as they already do in Massachusetts!, unwarranted…)
These ‘general warrants’ were proposed by the N.S.A.(!), for the express purpose of (legitimizing actions already taken in) bulk (telephone) data collection. You know, to keep us ‘safe’.
WASHINGTON — THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they embedded this principle in the Fourth Amendment. The bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records — so-called metadata — by the National Security Agency is, in our view, a clear case of a general warrant that violates the spirit of the framers’ intentions. This intrusive program was authorized under a secret legal process by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, so for years American citizens did not have the knowledge needed to challenge the infringement of their privacy rights. (NYT Opinion Pages, November 25, 3013)
…Each of these proposals represents real and meaningful reform, which we believe would have fulfilled the purpose of protecting our security and liberty. Each was rejected by the committee, in some cases by a single vote. (IBID) (emphasis Guffaw)
Nothing was mentioned about limiting governmental power of these proposed ‘safety’ measures to just wiretapping.
How many times in recorded history have governments given power back to the people, after having first usurped it? I’ll give you a hint – NONE, without benefit of revolution.
I could probably list about 75 ‘safety’ measures taken by the government ‘for our benefit’ since ‘Dan Cooper’ hijacked a plane for ransom on my birthday in 1971, beginning the steady erosion of THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN. But what would be the point?
I’m pretty certain most of my readers tend to agree with me on liberty issues, or they wouldn’t be my readers. So, I’m preaching to the choir, yet again.
Do YOU see a pattern here? I f’n DO!
h/t Random Nuclear Strikes
By Ron Paul
Ron on his new personal website, and why he became a doctor and not a soldier.
When I was thinking of the URL for my new personal homepage, I considered many possibilities. Thanks also to all those who sent other suggestions. But I settled on RonPaulMD.com as reflecting a very important area of my life. To be a physician, and deliver 4,000 babies, was extremely fulfilling. Many times, I see people wearing a “I Was a Ron Paul Baby” t-shirt. Once, when I gave a speech in Iowa, I was told the head of the convention center wanted to talk to me. She had her birth certificate, and this time, she said, she wanted a legible signature! I was delighted to sign it again.
RonPaulMD.com highlights the non-political aspect of my life, the part not involved with that great engine of violence in DC, except to oppose it. Though when I first ran for office, advisors told me to emphasize the MD, since it showed I was not a lawyer!
Most important, I became a doctor to avoid being a soldier. I knew I would be drafted, and such things as seeking asylum in another country, or becoming a conscientious objector, were out of my range of thought at that time. But if I became a doctor, I knew I would not be given a rifle and told to shoot other young men at government orders.
Though the horrible UN oath is used in medical schools these days, I still adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, and its injunction to “First, do no harm.” It’s a great, ancient libertarian principle.
Thanks for visiting my home page. I hope you come back often. (emphasis Guffaw)
Dr. Paul reminded me of something. When I turned eighteen, my Father made certain I registered for The Draft. This was during the height of the Vietnam War. Between my disgust for communism, and a family history involving Marines, I really wanted to go. And kill communists for my country.
But, being disabled, they wouldn’t have me. Later, in college, I tried again with R.O.T.C. They, too, refused me. Said I couldn’t march. (I could shoot, but when was THAT ever a qualification?)
One of my good friends, David (Yes, another David – this makes 4?) came-of-age and registered as a conscientious objector. I even wrote a letter to his draft board attesting to his sincerity in his beliefs. And I asked a third time if they’d consider me as his replacement. No go.
But in my adolescent fantasies (the ones not consumed by girls), I had dreamt of becoming a Marine, then a local cop, then a federal agent of some flavor. This was not in anyone else’s cards.
It occurred to me a couple years ago that the primary reason I wanted law enforcement under my belt was so I could carry a firearm, legally, concealed. And, of course, to catch the ‘bad guys’. Now, with my CCW permit (and Constitutional Carry) I can do that in most of my State with impunity.
Now that I’m over 60, and the appeal of working for The Man is gone, I would not carry a gun for my government. Unless, of course, the Chinese military is advancing up from the Mexican Border…
And many of those ‘bad guys’ now work for government. Who knew?
I cannot imagine the anguish of those in government who honor their oaths to The Constitution, and have to do the bidding of the ‘bad guys’. It must be excruciating. And demoralizing.
Some of them are friends. You know who you are. Thank you for your service and dedication.
(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!) :-P
That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!
h/t CNN !
Murphy’s Law recently posted a fine piece about Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, her history of massive attempts to violate the rights of legal gun owners, and her mind set.
Distilled down, this is all about personal responsibility.
Now I have a number of health ‘issues’. Chronic conditions requiring regular monitoring by physicians and prescription medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar regulation and arthritic/neuropathic pain. My weight is not within the CDC guidelines. I consume too much fat, protein, carbohydrates and volume. Probably too much alcohol. Because of my ‘issues’, I get minimal exercise. And I’ve an aversion to tofu and most cooked vegetables. And don’t eat as much salad as I should.
Now, if I get more sick, or when I die, I’ve no expectations of suing beef, cheese, pork, egg, sugar, booze and bread manufacturers because it’s their fault! That’s asinine!
I’m certainly not the poster boy for always owning up for my errors-in-judgement, but I’m trying.
Murphy’s Law is right. Rep. McCarthy is the poster child for the ‘it’s their fault, they need to pay’ mindset.
I hope I never get THAT sick!
…don’t take your gun to town! ♫ (sung to the tune of Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Mel Tillis; originally made popular by Kenny Rogers) – New lyrics by ‘Guffaw’ and B. Jannuzzi)
You’ve put on your sport coat and got your Colt Cobra there,
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadow on the wall tells me that Oswald’s goin’ down…
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town!
It wasn’t me that started that crazy Asian war,
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore.
And yes it’s true this isn’t the country that it used to be.
Oh, Ruby, are you controlled by the Mob and The Company?
It’s hard to love a man whose legs could be broke and paralyzed…
and the wants and needs of a man your age, Ruby I realized.
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town.
He’s leaving now, ’cause I just heard the slammin’ of the door.
The way I know I’ve heard it some 100 times before.
If I could move I’d get my own gun and put Lee in the ground.
Oh Ruby, for God’s sake turn around.
The Warren Commission’s ‘Official’ answer said there was ‘no credible evidence’ Oswald and Ruby knew each other. No assassination conspiracy/coverup.
In the words of Dennis Miller, “I haven’t seen choreography like that since the Lee Harvey Oswald prison transfer!”
Dedicated to the tireless investigators, both public and private, who see the Warren Report for the
hokum, bullsh*t, disinformation it is. And to the Vietnam Veterans for whom Mel Tillis wrote the original, unbastardized song.
(BTW – Happy Birthday GUFFAW! 61 Years.)