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Ruby Ridge + 20

WP reminds us of the horrific events 20 years ago,

On August 21st, 1992, US Marshals shot and murdered a dog and a 14-year old boy named Sammy Weaver. In self-defense, a family friend, Kevin Harris, who was staying with the Weavers, fired in response and killed one of the Marshals at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

The government ongoing encroachment of power hasn’t abated since then.  Go and read his analysis including the Rules of Engagement and additional stuff regarding Project Gunwalker.

He poetically ends with:

Our Founding Fathers, knew what tyranny is- they left us the tools to keep it at bay, we let those tools rust and squandered their wisdom but I will not forget these words:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”   Patrick Henry

I firmly think, unfortunately, it is nearly time that atrocities such as these, and others will be happening once again. And if you do not believe or think so, then read yesterdays post.  (U.S. Marine arrested for Facebook posts)

h/t  And I ask, whose paranoid are you?

It just went OFF!

No, not like that!

Monday morning, I began my usual routine, opting not to go to the pool because of pain issues.  I showered and was getting dressed when…

BEEP!…BEEP!…BEEP!  My room’s smoke alarm went off!

Please understand, I don’t smoke, nor do I keep 55 gallon drums of scrap lumber burning in my room.  There wasn’t any evidence of smoke, or flame or heat (save the outside temperature).

I immediately went to my roomie’s room, to make certain she was okay and there was no smoke source there.  We then went downstairs and determined no source there, either.

And the alarm shut off by itself.  PHEW!

We decided the steam water vapor from the bathroom after my shower must have set it off.

LESSON ONE – Close bathroom door after shower on humid days.

NOT the preferred way to face the morning @ Zero Dark Thirty!

In World News…


1. United States of America

(anyone else?  Bueller, Bueller?)

That’s right, every other modern developed nation in the world has gotten rid of birthright citizenship policies!  Yet, during the last few months most of the U.S. news media and many politicians have ridiculed comments by other politicians that it is time for the U.S. to put an end to birthright citizenship for tourists and illegal aliens.

Folks, the U.S. stands alone.

For more on this exciting development, including modern developed countries that recently ENDED their birthright citizenship policy, please go read the following blog link:

Nobody Asked Me…

We need radical immigration law changes and enforcement to protect the rights of those legally here, not to automatically increase the voting rolls by fiat government mandate.

h/t Old NFO

University Of Colorado Provides Safe Zones For Thugs And Rapists

No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money tells us of the above policy having been implemented by the UofC, obviously in an effort to stop the violence perpetrated against students.

Because those legally-armed, vetted students are (in)famous for inciting violence on campus against the sheep other unarmed students.

Yeah, right.

From the Denver Post:

The University of Colorado Boulder and University of Colorado Colorado Springs are amending their student housing contracts, segregating students who possess a valid concealed-carry permit.

The university said Thursday morning that both campuses will establish a residential area for residents over age 21 with a permit. In other residential areas, students will not be permitted to carry a concealed weapon, the new policy states.

The new housing policy does two things. First, it seeks to use contract law to negate the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court which stated that the University of Colorado did not have the power to ban concealed carry on campus. Second, and more insidiously, it points out to thugs, rapists, and other criminals areas on campus where they will be relatively safe. That is, by creating obvious gun-free zones, the University System has put a big red target on the back of all those students living in traditional undergraduate student housing.

Go and read the whole thing.  And, when your stomach returns to normal ruminate as to whether Colorado concealed-carry permit records are public records.  (I don’t live in Colorado – I’ve no idea).

If I were a student with a valid permit, and the records were confidential (as they are in Arizona) I think I’d just play it close to the vest (or under the vest) and keep my damn mouth shut.

But, that’s just me.

h/t John Richardson, The Denver Post

Habit, Routine…Malaise? Complacency!

I’m a creature of habit.  I LIKE being a creature of habit.  It means I do things routinely that would otherwise require thought.  Did you take your meds on time?  YES, it’s 0700 (for example).

Having recently moved, into a place with the added pleasure/duty/observation of a roommate, I’m developing new, or rather re-developing old habits.

One of these is before retiring, checking the perimeter to make certain nothing is out-of-place and the doors are closed and locked.  Basic stuff.

Of course, my roommate does this as well, but she isn’t as obsessive-compulsive as I.  (about THIS, anyway!  🙂 )

But with these new routines, glitches arise.  The other day, we changed television signal services, and the satellite tech came and went.  We needed to acquire separate equipment to make one of the bedroom TVs function, and thought completing the connection would be easy.  It wasn’t.  Another technician was scheduled the next day to resolve the issue.

After he fixed everything (in about 10 minutes), he left, and we went about our day, my roommate and I, including going to pick up some fast food.

We returned and ate lunch.  Later that afternoon, I noticed the front door was unlocked.  I asked the roommate if she had unlocked it.  “No, you opened it when you let the satellite guy in.” was her response.

OOPS.  And I didn’t bother to check the perimeter when we left for lunch.  The front door had been unlocked when we left.  Anyone could have walked in and taken everything!

I’m making two points here.  1)  I now have a new duty with regard to home security, and have been performing it since with diligence.  And 2)  If you change your habits/routines/schedules/geography make certain you amend your behavior to keep up with it.  I never left my previous house unlocked in 18 years.  We were lucky.

Next time could be different.  Routine should never devolve into complacency.

Our Tax Dollars at Work

The Travis McGee Reader shares with us yet another wise use of resources we provide to our benevolent government.

I was going to quote from the blog post and/or the link, but just could bring myself to do it.

Yes, it’s that stupid.

Pay NO Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain…

“There is nothing to see here, move along!”

Cold Fury links to report in Business Insider (an incendiary rag to be sure!) that the current (and certainly the future) administration has installed and is using/will use the Trapwire intelligence gathering tool.

From the article…

Anyway, here’s what Trapwire is, according to Russian-state owned media network RT (apologies for citing “foreign media”… if we had a free press, I’d be citing something published here by an American media conglomerate): “Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology—and have installed it across the U.S. under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.

Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it’s the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community.

The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the Pentagon, CIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation’s ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented. The details on Abraxas and, to an even greater extent TrapWire, are scarce, however, and not without reason. For a program touted as a tool to thwart terrorism and monitor activity meant to be under wraps, its understandable that Abraxas would want the program’s public presence to be relatively limited. But thanks to last year’s hack of the Strategic Forecasting intelligence agency, or Stratfor, all of that is quickly changing.”

So: those spooky new “circular” dark globe cameras installed in your neighborhood park, town, or city—they aren’t just passively monitoring. They’re plugged into Trapwire and they are potentially monitoring every single person via facial recognition. (emphasis Guffaw)

In related news, the Obama administration is fighting in federal court this week for the ability to imprison American citizens under NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions—and anyone else—without charge or trial, on suspicion alone.

So we have a widespread network of surveillance cameras across America monitoring us and reporting suspicious activity back to a centralized analysis center, mixed in with the ability to imprison people via military force on the basis of suspicious activity alone. I don’t see how that could possibly go wrong. Nope, not at all. We all know the government, and algorithmic computer programs, never make mistakes.

Have you guys seen Person of Interest?

The National Weather Service is Buying Ammo

Yep.  You read that correctly.  We the people reports via that the NWS is purchasing a total of 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow points.

WHY does the National Weather Service need such a thing?  There’s a cold front moving in from the East – Lock and load!

Paul Joseph Watson also reports…

The DHS is also planning to purchase a further 750 million rounds of different types of ammo in a separate solicitation that also expires on August 20, including 357 mag rounds that are able to penetrate walls.

The DHS recently put out an order for riot gear in preparation for the upcoming DNC, RNC and presidential inauguration. The U.S. Army is also busy buying similar equipment.

The DHS also recently purchased a number of bullet-proof checkpoint booths that include ‘stop and go’ lights.

The federal government is clearly gearing up for the likelihood of civil unrest on a scale that could outstrip what we’ve already seen in countries across Europe.

While the establishment demonizes the second amendment in light of recent mass shootings and legislation is prepared to ban the sale of large quantities of ammunition online, the federal government is acquiring ammunition at levels necessary to fight a full scale domestic war.

What could they be thinking?

h/t Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars

Are firearm murders a significant statistic?

Sharp As A Marble links to an article by an economist-type, analyzing statistics involving firearms, shooting, homicide, accidents and similar light subjects.

From the article linked…

As someone recently said, we don’t need gun control, we need idiot control.  Not sure how we control the idiots, but I’m sympathetic to the idea.  Statistically though, the number of firearm murders per year simply doesn’t justify any renewed call for banning or restricting the sale or possession of firearms.

Summed up by Robb Allen…

We have facts, history, and reality on our side. They have emotionally driven hysteria, misunderstanding, and dick jokes.

That’s part of why we win.

Please visit the link above for the particulars.

Wishing my friend Mark Bell were here to do that.  He loved The Economist.

h/t Robb Allen, Bruce McQuain

We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service…

This came to me from good friends in Texas.  Not being a lawyer (or playing one on the Internet) I don’t know it it crosses any legal lines with regard to discrimination.

There is that line between running one’s business as one sees fit versus discrimination and bigotry.

We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service…

h/t Boyd & Donna

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…