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Remember Federal Blackmail?

You must lower your speed limits to continue to receive federal highway funds!  And numerous other examples…

Well, they are at it, again!

Via Cousin Joel

https://kennethcummings.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/usa-z-battle-flags-of-confederate-states.jpg?w=451&h=353

S.1689 – A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to reduce the funding available for a State under the national highway performance program and the surface transportation program if the State issues a license plate that contains an image of a flag of the Confederate States of America, including the Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America.

Because, of course, these are all signs of evil!

And we should ignore paint over sanitize history.

MAROONS!

h/t Brock Townsend

The War Between The Blacks And The Whites

My Father, during the racial violence of the 60’s, used to go on about how such divisiveness was going to tear The Republic apart.  He said we were headed for a War Between The Blacks And The Whites, and nothing was going to stop it.

Of course, things died down in the 70’s, and nothing happened.

And my Father passed in 1977.

This doesn’t mean that there are forces who did and are continuing to tear down the Republic.

And this war could still be in the offing.

Although, I suspect it will not necessarily be along racial lines.  Perhaps along politically correct versus politically incorrect lines?

Buoyed by their success in stifling free expression in South Carolina, there are movements to remove the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.  Because those men owned slaves.

And, to actually change the name of Washington D.C to something less offensive.

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I’ve said it before – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WILL KILL THIS REPUBLIC!

The difference between our nation, with all her faults, and any other is when the Romans defeated Carthage they salted the ground.  The Etruscans?  Those who weren’t assimilated were killed.

This is why one doesn’t see memorials of the brave Carthaginians and Etruscans in Rome, today.

But The Civil War was between sides who were both Americans.  And that’s why we should remember both Yankee and Confederate.

And those who went before who stood for this Constitutional Republic, even if they were part of a society who owned slaves and subjugated women.

It was a different time.  And debated even during that time.

Government Conspiracies?

tin_foil_hat_areaMost of you know, I sometimes ascribe to the Conspiracy Theory of History.

Essentially, this means if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it’s a f****** duck!

This doesn’t mean everything touted on the Internet about government secrecy, plots or actions is necessarily true, however.

YES, they are listening to us, photographing us, and reading our email.  And monitoring our Internet activity.

NO, I don’t think contrails are a massive plot to poison us. (just an example – PLEASE don’t respond with links!)

HOWEVER, as there are elements within the federal executive who have a negative agenda regarding the Second Amendment, firearms possession and ownership…

We now have THIS (from Rico and Theo Spark):

There have been open solicitations for “crisis actors” to work for DHS, et al. I have seen them, and have ‘trained with’ role players in the past.
– It’s not a ‘new’ idea to simulate situations and make training exercises more “realistic” by using such people.
– It makes “sense” right?
Leave it to government to FUBAR things. The folks who have taken Murphy’s Law to heart and made it a guidepost appear to have done it again.
– Using the same ‘crying woman’ in three separate staged events? Yeah, that’s typical government. The gal photographed here really gets around, wouldn’t you say?
That noted hoaxter, Orson Welles, would NOT be impressed by these clowns for ruining what otherwise would have been a pretty good hoax.
“Crisis Actors”?
Seriously?
Either there just happens to be women who appear very similar in multiple locations, or, once again, our tax dollars are at work!
Pushing an agenda.
Do we have conformation independent of the purveyors of this material, or is this just three women who coincidentally resemble each other?  And, do we have information showing the casting call from the Department of Homeland Security for “crisis actors”?
Or is this just blowing smoke, again?  Another contrail?

All Government Eventually Is FORCE

From The Rifleman Savant:

See, this is where you lose me.

So lately I’ve started to see this image pop up in “friendly” circles:

This is actually a bit infuriating.

It’s not that the message is wrong, per se;  I’ve got no argument that the giant “rainbow” mob (which has co-opted the demographic of people who are, you know, actually gay just like little-L libertarians get regularly co-opted by various ne’er-do-wells who have despoiled their own name and need new legitimacy) will now prove to be mostenthusiastic about pressing their newfound political advantage against…well, their political opponents.  And we all know that in politics the penalty is always death.

What’s annoying is that

  • “Bake My Damned Cake” might as well be “Snitch On Your Neighbor”, or “If You See Something, Say Something”, or “Support Your Local Police”, or “Drugs are bad, mmmkay?” or “Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately”, or “Put Back The Raw Milk, Ya Weird-Hat Beardo”, or “Stop Resisting”, or “Just Admit You’re A Racist Already, Honky”, or “Do You Deny Climate Change?”, or “Say It!  Taxes Are Voluntary”, or “Support The Establishment’s Next War”, or “Vote, peasant“, or … okay, you get the idea.  (You do get the idea, right?)
  • The rainbow symbol might as well be the symbol for DHS, NSA, FBI, IRS, ATF, Congress, SYLP, SPLC, CDC, the UN, the Presidential Seal, Everytown, Sandy Hook Promise, EPA, … again, you get the idea.
  • The symbol of the Christian cross might as well be a symbol for gun owners, or cash users, or privacy wonks, or Reds, or Jews, or Blacks, or Muslims, or Freedomistas, or homeschoolers, or  potheads, or hippies, or motorheads, or rednecks, or …
Pick one from each column and the functional dynamic is exactly the same, despite any quantity of sound and fury to the contrary.
See, the concept behind the image itself is extremely powerful–if you stand back far enough to see it for what it is.  “Bake My Damned Cake”,et al, is simply political force, however it may be determined by whatever mob has power at the moment.  The rainbow, et al, is simply the political mob, legitimized by whatever diabolical means the system can snow enough people over with.  And of course, the cross, et al, is simply you and me–the Mundanes, the peasantry, everyone.  As George Carlin so aptly put it, “it’s like a great big club…and you ain’t in it.”  A less savory character called it “Who does what to whom.”
Yes, the “rainbow mob” is currently whooping it up and generally carrying on like petulant children who have got their way and are milking it for all it’s worth.  I’m not arguing that.  But it is a bit discouraging to see otherwise thoughtful people making it SO DAMN EASY to retort with the complaint that all they care about is keeping the gays away.  And thus enabling millions to simply ignore whatever else they may have to say.
It’s not about that, right?  Right?   Okay, so Jeez, people, by all means act like it.
(While I loathe quoting murdering despots) “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”  –  Mao Tse Tung
Kevin Wilmeth is correct, of course.  Anyone who holds power currently can run the agenda – Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Communists, The Church, Royal Families, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.  (Don’t forget How It REALLY Works!)
Lets not be so short-sighted as to focus on the power du jour

Gimme That Ol’ Time Research

Old-Timers will completely get this.

(Youngsters, not as much!)  :-)

I remember a time (voice fades out, looking wistfully skyward…)

When a random thought regarding some subject entered my mind,  And I wanted to know more about it. So, I checked my bookshelf for dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference books.

If THAT failed…

It was a trip to the public or college library, next chance I got, searching for similar materials and more specific ones about the subject.  Later-in-life, as a private investigator, city directories and telephone directories sometimes offered help.

And failing all that, the reference desk librarians.

But, all this took time, legwork and shoe leather.  It was what we had.

Since the early 90’s, most of us have had access to The Internet.  And now many of the same reference materials are available on line.

More quickly and with less walking.

I wonder what we old-timers will be wistfully thinking about The Internet in 10 or 20 years?

Ain’t technology grand?

Or have we been sucked in to a vortex of uber-surveillance, wherein ‘they’ can watch and record our every movement and action.  And what were look for on the ‘net, and where we shop, what we buy, how and where we travel and work?  With whom we communicate and associate?  What ideas we share?

Of course, the same data was available 25 years ago.  But took much more in-person research and surveillance.  And time.

And much as we cannot go back to dial-up, we can’t stop this ever-encroaching technology.  But we can petition the government to stop abusive information gathering, and limit our exposure – somewhat.tin_foil_hat_area

(Puts tin-foil chapeau back on and skulks back into the shadows…)

The Need To Guffaw

Originally, I was going to post today regarding The Declaration of Independence (link), and suggest you all read it, being painfully aware of the list of usurpations then, and now, perpetrated by The Crown The United States government.

Then two things occurred to me.  One – I’ve already written and posted much regarding said usurpations, and Two – I was in much need of guffawing (as I’m certain you are)!

With that in mind, here are some seasonal cartoons, some funny, some less funny:

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statesHAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO YOU ALL, AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

h/t Dave the mechanic

Greece Looking To Be Greased

ATHENS — Retirees throughout Greece mobbed banks as they tried to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in pension payments on Wednesday, as the country teetered on the brink of economic collapse hours after an international bailout expired.

Emotions ran high outside a Piraeus Bank branch in downtown Athens as some 60 customers jostled impatiently after waiting for hours in the sweltering sun.

“This is humiliating,” said Athanasios, an 80-year-old former army officer. “I used to receive a monthly pension of 1,500 euros and now I have to line up for hours to receive 120? This is unfair.”  (in part from The Ultimate Answer To Kings)

I’m reminded of the junior high boy’s joke about the guy being forced to slide backwards down a giant razor blade (using his b***) for brakes, and landing in a bucket of iodine.

And like dominoes, I fear Greece is only the beginning.

Our own government has already made noises about ‘acquiring’ 401k funds, and pensions, and increasing both the amount and items/services being taxed.  And other banks in the World have ‘acquired’ ATM funds and savings of individuals!

The long slide is beginning, my friends, and unless you live largely off the grid in the middle-of-nowhere, bartering gold coin, ammo and water (Joel?), you (we) are in for a wild ride.

If anyone out there thinks bread lines, runs on banks and gas rationing are not in our future, I’d like to heard your predictions.

And ‘domestic violence’ as a result?  A forgone conclusion, I’m afraid.

I truly hope I am completely wrong.

Yep.  This is unfair.  But no one said Life would be.

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Colt We Hardly Knew Ye

coltNo, that’s not true.  We did!  We did know ye!

“Gun maker Colt Defense LLC plans to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by Monday (yesterday), according to people familiar with the matter, amid business and accounting troubles. The company has secured financing to continue operating while in bankruptcy and expects to remain in business after the restructuring, the people said.” The combination of years of indifference toward the civilian market combined and the gut-punch that was losing most of its military AR business have finally caught up to Colt . . .(WSJ)

A company with a long tradition, filing it’s second bankruptcy in a little over 20 years.

Back-in-the-day, when the standards battling for market share were largely Colt and Smith & Wesson, I always thought of Smith as the Chevy or Ford, and Colt as the Cadillac or Lincoln.  A little nicer finish, perhaps, but way overpriced.  Always wanted a Dick Special and a Python.  Could never afford them.  (I am fortunate to have a National Match upper for my 1911!)

And, what the WSJ says is true!  Colt kept vying for the military market, and ignoring it’s civilian base.  And the military market went elsewhere.

A Python and Detective Special in my future?  Probably not.

The Supreme Court Stands…

for nothing, apparently.

The supreme court refused to hearJackson v. City and County of San Francisco. After Heller and McDonald, they don’t seem very willing to take on many more gun rights cases. It’s curious to me why that is. Pre-Heller, it was speculated that the court wouldn’t take gun cases because they weren’t convinced the decision would go the right way. But Sandy resigned. I wonder who the hold out is now?

Too bad the Founding Fathers didn’t see that oath taking would be viewed largely as ceremonial fal-de-ral with no meaning as the nation progressed…

In ALL federal offices requiring it!

Perhaps I should have spelled it fed-er-al…

h/t Say Uncle

What About Bob?

I was able to communicate with one of the many Bobs in my life last night.  (Long-time readers know I’ve many friends named Bob and Dave.  One childhood friend was even named Robert Davidson!)

The dear friend with whom I was a private investigator, and later worked together in a firearms emporium.

The one who lost the lower 12″ of his left leg due to diabetic complications.  And almost lost his life.

Fortunately, things are going well as can be for him.

He’s been using a prosthesis now for about six weeks!  He still has need of a wheelchair or a walker for some life activities.

The most important thing is he is active, continuing to test his limits, and has a terrific attitude.

One daughter is preparing to graduate from a local university; the other from Northwestern.

He is most proud.

I’m proud of him for his ongoing attitude.  I’ve my own health issues – And he continues to show me that attitude is everything.

Thank you, Robert!

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