March 2014

Early Warning: The Continuing Need for National Defense

Brian T. Kennedy

President, The Claremont Institute

BRIAN T. KENNEDY is president of the Claremont Institute and publisher of the Claremont Review of Books. He has directed the Institute’s Golden State Center in Sacramento and its National Security Project. A member of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and co-author of Shariah: The Threat to America, his articles on national security affairs and public policy issues have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Investor’s Business Daily.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on March 4, 2014, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

Harold Rood, a professor of international relations at Claremont McKenna College who died in 2011, was not as well known as he was influential. A soldier in Patton’s army in World War II, he taught his students that war is permanent to the human condition, and that in war it is better to win, for no one ever had to accommodate a loser. America will always have enemies, he told them, and those enemies will forever be planning and expending resources to place themselves in a position to defeat us. It would be nice if it was otherwise, he was fond of saying, but it is not otherwise. It is the way the world was.
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Open Mic Part 25

BlWEaYeCEAARHhVSpeeding things up! Feel free to bring any subject forward.

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Like voting matters…

We seem to be past the Bundy Ranch standoff.  So glad it didn’t go to far.  Think the son was roughed up in violation of his rights, but that’s for another day.  Letterman is retiring & his replacement has been named.  Personally I think Jon Stewart would have been the perfect choice.  So I voted (at MSN) saying no, he’s not the right fit.  Thought it funny the winner is who is Colbert!  And with that, open mic..
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Is Stephen Colbert the right choice to replace David Letterman?

  1. Yes; he will do a good job.

    30 %

    Yes; he will do a good job.
    78,211 votes
  2. No; he is not the right fit.

    25 %

    No; he is not the right fit.
    63,769 votes
  3. I’m not sure yet.

    14 %

    I’m not sure yet.
    36,430 votes
  4. Who is Stephen Colbert?

    31 %

    Who is Stephen Colbert?
    78,890 votes

Is it cow farts again?

Environmentalists just seem to hate cows.  The W.H. recently mentioned methane produced by cows while discussing climate change initiatives.  We have an armed stand off in Nevada with over 200 federal agents.  I’ m wondering here when the talk about protecting the environment for the desert tortoise.

Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity..

“Mrowka complains that after more than 20 years of disputes between the embattled Bunkerville rancher and the federal government , Bundy’s cattle still roam the range that has been closed to them to protect the habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.

“This situation is simply outrageous,” Mrowka, a senior scientist with the center, said. “It’s high time for the BLM to do its job and give the tortoises and the Gold Butte area the protection they need and are legally entitled to. As the tortoises emerge from their winter sleep, they are finding their much needed food consumed by cattle.””

Sorry, but I don’t think the BLM give’s a rat’s gnash about any turtles.  Them may pay lip service to the need & their duty to protect.  But if so, how will Mr. Bundy  paying a tax per head of cattle to the federal government any any way help the turtles?  Will Uncle Sam mail them a check?  Rancher Bundy claims he’s helping them more by providing irrigation & the cow’s dropping provide fertilizer.

What I see in the governments actions describe motive.  Show me the money or we will take it and punish you.  George Washington quashed the “Whiskey Rebellion”, sending a message that the new United States government was serious about collecting it’s revenue.  Is this not just the same message?  Is this not them sending a loud, clear message to any taxpayer having thoughts on refusing to pay Uncle Sugar?  The government won in court.  Mr. Bundy has/is defying a court order to pay or to not graze on BLM land.  Mr. Bundy’s view, that what his family has legally done since the 1800′s is & should be the law.

I’m not a lawyer or an accountant, but to have 900 head of cattle, doesn’t Mr. Bundy buy & sell things?  Doesn’t he have a bank account?  Isn’t the normal practice of the government to take it’s money first?  The government’s tactics are clearly to intimidate and even to terrorize.  We are watching our government wag a war against a citizen over taxes.  The message is ancient, almost biblical…  I wonder if the will salt his lands when they leave?

Never Again, Again?

I would like to talk about the recent Ft. Hood shooting.  I hope I do this right and don’t come out looking for someone to blame.  Sadly, murder/suicide’s  are something that happens everywhere.  I don’t want to call them “normal” but people do go nuts and decide to blame others.  I think both the left & right are prone to use something like this to direct the narrative to fit their agenda.  Ex.

Woman with gun saves live again?  It’s true, but it’s also true they were MP’s or military police officers.  A point made, everyone except the MP’s are unarmed by policy set by our government.  A military base with thousands, even hundreds of thousands of firearms, but all safely locked away.  Thousands of soldiers trained in their use denied access when the need presents itself.  And this is after the first Ft. Hood shooting, when lessons were to be learned.  This is after the Naval Yard shooting.  And now everyone who hears this story wonders why this wasn’t prevented.  If we can’t make our military bases safe, what place in America can be safe?
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Up in Smoke?

I haven’t formed a strong opinion before on Colorado’s legalizing pot.  Do I think it should be legal?  Yes but…am I in any substantial way supporting you & you lifestyle?  Do what you want with your life as long as it’s not on my dime!  But now I have formed an opinion & support it’s legalization, but I’m totally opposed to how it’s being done.  Only state licensed shops can legally sell there.  OK, so it’s all about revenue?  And how is that working out?

Colorado expected around $100 million in revenue, it’s looking closer to $40 million.  Maybe spring/summer will bring more tourist willing to fork out premium pricing to get a legal high.  Costs looks to be around $40 for an eight an ounce.  By comparison, street price ranges from $25 for an eight to $25 for an ounce.  (If my numbers are way off, understand I’m not a user & have no intention of doing much real world research, this is just what I’ve found on the internet)  I think my point is valid that the blackmarket is cheaper & will continue to prosper.

Marijuana has been illegal in every state until just recently.  Is there a state where it was not commonly available?
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Open Mic Part 24

thHGKO53TSTime for a new thread!

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A Time For Change

change2Folks, it has come time to change some things here at SUFA.  After much thought, I believe it’s time for my term as administrator  of this site needs to change, a self imposed term limit basically.  It’s only fair that I announce this with all due respect to everyone who reads and posts here.  For the most part, it’s a great site for people to chat about the many issues in our world.  My views, which may be extreme at times,  don’t seem to be welcome much for too many folks, so it’s best that I move on in life and become just a simple reader and occasional poster, as I was in the past.    It’s been fun, but at times it’s also quite frustrating, but, that’s life.  Life isn’t always easy, especially when you have no control over the vast majority if things that surround us.   This however, is something I can control and I have decided to leave the responsibility on keeping SUFA running efficiently to someone willing to take the reigns over.  I will help anyone who volunteers for these duties as much as my knowledge will allow.   With that said, this will be my last article posted as the current Administrator, I would hope that someone will step up and fill the void and keep this site running.  I will continue to chime in on occasions, but life dictates that it cannot be at the same levels I have been able to do in the past.  God Bless All Of You!
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consentThe word consent comes up often when it comes to the subject of voting.  As I have said, I will no longer vote in federal elections, because I no longer consent to their authority to govern over me.   This position has led me down many different roads in the search for answers.  One of my big questions has become;  Do we even have a choice when it comes to consent to be governed?  If we can find that answer, we can answer this question;  Are we really free?

While I am speaking of the Federal government, much can be said of the state and local governments in many areas of the country.   In this short article, I want to look at some subjects that may help lead to the answers to the above questions.  So let’s look at some areas that are totally legal, but where we the people need to get permission from the government to engage in these activities.

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Open Mic Part 23

thQXXZX400Thank God It’s Friday!

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Open Mic Part 22

LOLFeel free to bring subjects forward.

Open Mic Part 21

ocare2Another day closer to Spring !

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LOL2Enjoy :)
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Open Mic Part 19

ocareBring forward whatever you desire!


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Open Mic Part 18

IMG_0038Repeat after me, Spring is not far away, Spring is not far away!  To prove it, here’s a picture I took yesterday of some newborns, just a few hours old!

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th30094TSFTime to speed things up and move ahead.

Open Mic Part 16

thX7JY7UCKWinter just keeps hanging on up North as another cold spell takes over.   The good part about a cold winter….less bugs in the summer!  Look, I found a baby picture of Anita!  :)

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Open Mic Part 15

With a new week comes a new thread.
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Open Mic Part 14

daytonaHave a great weekend :)

Open Mic Part 13

liar2I want to make a few comments, none of which require a reply, but feel free to express yourself.   1.  When I speak of government in an ill manner, I’m referring to the federal government.  It in no way means I’m a “sovereign citizen”, I am certainly not that.  2.  I feel that the Progressives will eventually do as much damage, if not more, to the United States, than the Nazi’s did to Europe before and during WWII.  3.  The Progressive’s can be stopped,  but it will likely take much blood loss, if people wake up soon enough.  4.  I’m not implying that our resident Lefties who posts here at SUFA are Progressive’s.   Make that call on your own.  5.  While I dislike those who have made welfare a lifestyle, the true parasites of this nation are those who have been elected to Federal office.  They are sucking the very life from the military, the business’s and the people.   In regards to 3 and 5, I will say once again, voting is no longer a viable option to fixing the problems in DC.  This nation doesn’t have the luxury of generations of time,  Hitler worked fast, so will the Progressives.   With that said, it’s Open Mic  :)
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Open Mic Part 12

Time to speed up the process!Ted
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Open Mic Part 11

Moving this in to speed up loading. Hope everyone has a great day :)IMG_0031
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Open Mic Part 10

We got a nice blast of more Global Warming last night, a fresh 6 inches of the white stuff. I really dislike that groundhog, apparently he didn’t get the memo on all this warm weather we were supposed to have. For the record, I wish the Warmers were right :) Feel free to bring any discussions forward.
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Open Mic Part 9

Once again, we start anew!   Last night I went back and looked at some older articles to see if we could rekindle some discussions.  I probably read ten or so, mostly on the economy and what the status of the country.  I decided against an old article for now, because what was written doesn’t apply to today.  In fact, what was written has become bigger problems.  The economy is NOT in recovery and while all the Pundit’s say everything is fine and can only get better, many others are saying we are closer than ever, as a planet, to see something Major Depression like in the near future.  Just listen to the Pundits and keep your blood pressure down :)   The Feds are preparing for war with someone, my hope it’s for an Alien invasion.  It just sounds better than the alternative :wink:  As always, all subjects are open for discussion.
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Open Mic Part 8

Time to speed up the loading process! please bring Forward any previous discussions. :)2014 Sochi mascot

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Sochi Olympics Begin

Last night was the first night of coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. While I’m not a huge fan, I always hope foe the best when it comes to our American athletes. It’s always nice to see young people achieve their Olympic dreams.   Good Luck to our American athletes! sochi

Feel free to bring any subject forward for discussion.
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Government Service Permits

permitsIt is what it means, nothing less.  Just A Citizen’s ideal about all gun owners should have a permit, which I think is completely anti- American and unconstitutional, has given me  a better understanding of the Government loving people in this country.  I know, we have governments and will continue to have them, it is the ways of the entire world.  Since we can’t just get rid of them, it’s time we took back the power that they currently control over the people.  After all, how many governed people have been murdered by their own governments?   That number exceeds 200 million, at least.  So, for those who are determined to vote, potentially for their own killers, shouldn’t we be a lot more picky and careful about who can run for election and hold office?  Does it not make perfect sense that these candidates are properly vetted to ensure they are safe and qualified to “represent” those who vote them into office?   Running for office is NOT a Right after all, so let’s establish a better form of candidate.  One that must pass a mental evaluation, a written test, a complete background check and be requalified every 12 months, at their expense of course (they can ask for donations).
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Open Mic Part 7

groundhog dayHappy Groundhog Day!
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Open Mic Part 6

After the SOTU, which I missed, what is King Obama planning now?
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Open Mic Part 5

Is anyone else tired of winter?
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