We all remember that Aesop Fable.
Fast-forward to today, wherein people are lampooned for worrying about the Jade Helm military exercise.
I wonder why they came to the conclusion there was something malicious about it?
Could it be governmental actions have been less-than-benign now for over 40 years?
- unwarranted airport searches
- unwarranted sobriety checkpoints
- unwarranted vehicle searches for contraband at the borders
- unwarranted personal questioning with regard to citizenship or legal residence
- local police abuse of constitutional rights
- federal agency abuse of constitutional rights
- intelligence agencies spying on American citizens’ cellular telephones, Internet communications, snail mail, conversations and all manner of communication
- intelligence secret ‘courts’ forcing citizens into black ‘prisons’ for interrogation without benefit of counsel or constitutional protections
- military-sanctioned assassinations via drone strikes of U.S. Citizens overseas
- The U.S. Attorney General not ruling out similar actions on U.S. soil
Ad infinitum, ad nauseum
I believe in the Constitutional Republic of The United States of America. Whatever we have been perverted into is not the same nation, however.
It is no wonder that people reflexively want to believe the worst about their government. FEMA concentration camps, contrail poisoning, and Jade Helm are just the tip of the conspiracy theory iceberg.
We need to support a presidential candidate in this next election who proposes dialing back the abuses of the past 40 years.
Of course, if we truly believe in conspiracies, they will be discredited or assassinated before that happens.
It’s been a few days since the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (followed 3 days later by a similar bombing of Nagasaki). The Japanese surrendered 24 days later.
And much of the media is playing the apologist’s trumpet: Oh, the poor Japanese! We could have won the war without using such a horrible weapon! It was actually a ploy to demonstrate to the Soviets we mean business! The U.S. is the only nation to have actually used THE BOMB! The United States should have been tried for war crimes!
Neglecting to mention (of course) that it was the Japanese who started the whole bloody thing. They were trying to capture the whole Far East to obtain raw materials and slave labor to further enrich their Empire.
And to divide the World into their half and the German Nazi half.
Why don’t those who decry American actions remember the Bataan Death March, or the Rape of Nanking? The Philippines? Or even Pearl Harbor? Or consider how many hundreds of thousands on both sides would have perished if we had been forced to invade Japan?
We, as a nation, are allowed, no OBLIGATED, to defend ourselves and our allies! (see what treaties get us into, moral obligations aside?)
The trumpeter is (in my view) the same as the appeaser.
Certainly, it’s easy to Monday-morning-quarterback our actions after the fact. And now that we took Japan and converted her into an industrial superpower (as we did with war-torn Germany), and made them allies, we are told this is not enough.
Because the people who wanted to appease the Japanese Empire and The German National Socialist State are the same people who want us to pay some kind of reparations in perpetuity.
Because they view The United States as just as bad, or worse.
And these same folks want us to bend over backwards to appease the Islamic Fundamentalists.
Because they hate war so much they’d rather live (or die) under an oppressive regime then fight for liberty.
“Better Red Than Dead” – remember that?
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” – Winston S. Churchill
A report at The Navy Times in July confirmed that one of the Marines shot during the Chattanooga terrorist attack exchanged fire with the terrorist. Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White also shot back at the terrorist.
But rather than being celebrated as a hero, Lt. Commander White may be charged for discharging a firearm on federal property.
Allen West reported this week that Lt. Commander Timothy White
This is obscene! Nothing more needs to be said.
THIS JUST IN – The Navy reports they are NOT going to charge Lt. Commander White! I wonder if this is a reversal of opinion, or the story was previously misreported?
I had a conversation the other day with (you guessed his name) Bob! (of PI, gun store and recent amputation fame! – he’s doing fine btw…) (pictured below)
ANYWAY, he was bragging about a recent target shooting escapade, and his use of 9mm now as his self-defense ammunition!
I was taken aback. He’d always been an old-school, Cooper-educated type, like me. I asked him what changed his mind.
He said recent findings have shown 9mm (in modern self-defense designs) have performed better than 45 ACP!
Now, being old-school, I always relied on the findings of General Julian Hatcher, the Thompson LaGarde tests, Marshall/Sanow and Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper.
Almost concurrent with this conversation, I had THIS come across my desk (a Twilight Zone moment, to be sure!):
(in part) A military lawyer who made a presentation during the Industry Day noted that the United States is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions which outlawed the use of “dum-dum” and expanding bullets more than a century ago. It is the military’s position that the shift to jacketed hollowpoint (JHP) ammunition, which more efficiently transfers energy to the target and which presents much less of a risk of over-penetration, is more humane and less of a risk to innocent civilians downrange in modern combat where there are often no clear front lines. (…)
I strongly suspect that the Army has already taken a long and hard look at the data produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation when they recently investigated switching handgun calibers, an investigation that led the agency to abandon the .40 S&W in favor of the 9mm. The FBI discovered that 9mm outperforms both .40 S&W and .45 ACP when using premium hollowpoints, while having less perceived recoil and much greater ammunition capacity.
We are no longer using 60 cal. musket balls. Have the new findings by the FBI and U.S. Military discounted the previous century’s research, now that the ammunition has been more scientifically designed? Or do the basic laws of physics still apply – frontal area, mass, velocity and center-mass hits?
So, what do WE think, dear readers?
h/t B. Hall, Doc, Midway, Wiki
I don’t know what YOU believe, but, I believe this Constitutional Republic was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values.
Not Muslim; not Hindu; not Jain.
I LIKE having ‘In God We Trust’ on our money.
So, it distresses me when something like THIS happens…
For nearly two decades, the U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church that predates the founding of the nation. But this year – that tradition has come to an end.
Officials at Fort Gordon say they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church because it violates a military policy banning any involvement in a religious service
When I attended a friend’s memorial – in a church – members of the military performed the flag fold ceremony. As had been done for thousands, probably millions, of service persons.
The above report is an anathema.
Brock Townsend (of Free North Carolina) reports and comments…
The Army’s new camouflage uniforms are set to hit store shelves July 1 for beta-testing before being launched in solidarity Jan 2016.
Interestingly enough the new uniform appears to be printed in a woodland-type pattern and almost looks as if it would work perfectly domestically.
Additionally a few new features have been added for functionality.
Soldiers will be able to use the older Operation Enduring Freedom pattern until 2019, according to the Army although the new pattern is preferred.
It’s interesting to note that this new ‘domestic looking pattern’ will be available just before JADE HELM 15 kicks off mid-July.
‘Almost looks’. That may be true, but I’m curious as to whose original opinion this is.
The Texas governor has reportedly mobilized the National Guard to keep the JADE HELM folks under surveillance.
Are some folks over-reacting and fanning the flames, or…?
At a cost!
Vets told they can ‘buy back’ 2nd Amendment rights
‘This is illegal and is called extortion’
I’m old enough to remember the Watts riots in L.A., Detroit. Rodney King? And a multitude of others. And something has always bothered me:
WHY do these folks feel the need to violently destroy THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS to make a point?
In days of yore, I participated in protests. I remember one at the State Capitol, wherein we stood in the Summer heat (all 250 or so of us) to protest The Clinton so-called ‘Assault Weapons Ban’, and our own State legislature considering similar legislation. This was in the 90’s – the temperature was around 100°.
And not one of us engaged in violence, criminal looting or destruction. We had been advised not to come armed, and we didn’t. We carried signs (and American flags), signed petitions, talked amongst ourselves and drank lots of water. And listened politely to speakers like Sheriff Mack. And watched media trucks circle us deciding whether or not we were worth a spot on the 10 o’clock news.
Apparently we weren’t.
Here’s one opinion as to why they foul their own nests:
The borderline-Jacobins at Slate, who believe spanking is child abuse, and personal responsibility is out of fashion, try to explain looting away as a social phenomenon: “Why would anyone burn down the only CVS in their neighborhood?”
The reason, I think, is likely the same reason that poor black Americans in cities across the country burned “their own” neighborhoods in the late 1960s:
They did not experience those places as their own. Then, like now, police brutality was a precipitating cause of the violence, but it was the long-term experience of the indignities of the ghetto that gave shape to the riots. Then, like now, commentators compared the rioters to animals who had run wild and needed discipline. Rioting, to these bystanders, was not proper political protest but the criminal actions of poor people who merely wanted to grab what they could for free. This narrative, which I heard throughout my childhood growing up in Baltimore in the 1980s, put the blame not on the depredations of the ghetto, but on the character of its residents. It completely misapprehends the political economy of our poorest neighborhoods.
In other words: they riot because society has ignored them. Not only is that a specious argument, but it also highlights the fact that Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1968. So which party is responsible for ignoring the downtrodden social class?
Told another way, Abraham Miller at National Review wrote:
Of course, the writer above seems to think the only answer lies with which flavor of government.
What do YOU think?
h/t Brock Townsend
Military watchers – from both the Left and Right – have been watching, warning, and expressing (how do I state this with delicacy?):
It has been reported that regular military folks will be conducting a ‘training operation’ in Texas, beginning July 15. The Texas governor has even ordered the National Guard to observe the ops, just in case things get hinky.
Following the ease with which martial law was imposed on Boston (post the terrorist bombing), some folks are suggesting this might be the next step.
Practicing to handle civilian populus in a hostile environment (Texas versus Massachusetts) should martial law be imposed THERE!
And obvious comparisons have been made comparing The President to some Austrian-born Reichschancellor who engaged in similar behavior!
Operation Jade Helm 15
Much ado about nothing? Or should we be concerned?
What do YOU think?
h/t Theo Spark, The Political Commentator, Now The End Begins
I was fortunate to have pizza (and salad) delivered for lunch! (This was last week.)
Was NOT so fortunate to have taken yet another strong pain med today – this is probably 10 days I’ve needed the ‘extra’ medication above-and-beyond the daily pain med I take. For diabetic neuropathy and arthritis pain.
There have been weeks I’ve not needed to take any!
And, I chose to have one (one) bottled beer with my lunch. A special white chocolate brew. (I wasn’t driving anywhere.)
And after lunch I took a nap.
And this is what I dreamt…
HUGE numbers of people lining every street,
and our troops advancing down the street.
And the people trying to stop their advance!
I don’t know why they were advancing, or why we were trying to stop them.
But, it wasn’t pretty.