Nothing New… But There are Questions

As all of my long time readers have found, I am a many of many words, and also a man of habit. For the last 14 months I have written articles either 4 or 5 nights a week. I have found it a pace that I cannot continue while simultaneously being an active participant on the site. I find my lack of participation unfair. I make my points and the idea is to debate them. When I don’t have time to respond, I feel like I am not a participant in the way that I want to be. The last 6 months or so I have been writing an article 4 or 5 nights a week. What I am proposing is that I write a new article 2 nights a week, and thrown in the open mic and guest commentary as well. New articles to read on Monday morning, Wednesday morning (open mic thread), Thursday morning, and Saturday morning (Guest commentary). It would allow two days of discussion on each of my main topics. I could thus participate more often in the conversations.

As an additional bonus for me, it would give me more time to research the stuff that I write so that my articles can be a bit more backed up by links and reference points. So I would like to hear everyone’s thoughts on this. If people would like my participation more often after the articles publish, this is the way to go. If you would find it better to have new topics presented by me more often, but are fine with the discussions happening without me, then I would imagine something more along the lines of what I have been doing would be better. I look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on which direction I should go. For the record, if I decide the fewer new articles each week are the way to go, I would also post an open thread on each day that I don’t publish a new article. This way folks can bring discussions forward and continue them without scrolling through 400 comments. This would also be a place where new discussions can start on whatever topic you like.

Additionally, I would like to hear from everyone what issues or topics would be most desirable for me to cover. Even if I have covered it before, I am happy to cover it again if people want to talk about it. The point here is that I have covered so many issues over the last 14 months (over 400 articles published) and I wonder which ones folks want to cover again. For example would a re-hashed version of the Libertarian platform articles be something that folks want to cover, since the vast majority of you were not here when we covered it the first time. Additionally I want to cover areas that are new and uncovered in full. But I want to know what areas you want to discuss.

Some of the areas that I am looking at currently are gun rights and gun control, the health care fiasco (once they get a final version public), my view on the future of the two party system (will the Republican party survive as it is currently set up), the upcoming election cycles, and some others. But I am always looking for new ideas for topics. Do people want me to write articles on conspiracy theories, for example, to flush them out a bit or begin a discussion.

I am also looking for ways to expand the readership here. We currently average between 2500 and 4000 page hits a day. This means that a lot of folks are reading but not commenting, which is OK. But I would like to explore ways to increase the readership and thus increase the dialogue. Doubling the readership would probably double the comments, but it would also double the exposure to the idea of VDLG and individual liberty, as well as double the brain power devising solutions. So if anyone has any ideas on how to increase exposure for SUFA, please offer them up! We can become a stronger voice with more readers and participants. That is the goal.

Besides answering any of my questions here, feel free to continue discussions from other days or add a new topic if there is one you want to discuss. I thank you all in advance for your input.

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  1. Update 1/13: California approved the new building code Tuesday. Read more here.

    California, long a trendsetter for eco-friendly living, is breaking ground again this week. It’s set, as early as today, to adopt the nation’s first statewide green building code, which environmentalists say is not tough enough, and is also considering paying residents to cut their energy use.

    California, long a trendsetter in eco-wise living, is set to adopt the nation’s first statewide green building code, backed by GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He spoke at the United Nations climate conference last month in Copenhagen.CAPTIONBy Heribert Proepper, APOn Monday, a state panel proposed that most of the new fees California plans to impose on greenhouse-gas emissions be returned to energy-saving consumers in the form of annual dividend checks that eventually could exceed $1,000 for a family of four, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    The story says this proposal is part of an effort to find the most efficient way to change consumer behavior.

    California is expected today to adopt a green building code that would reduce water use, mandate the recycling of construction waste and step up enforcement of energy efficiency in new homes, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/01/cash-for-saving-energy-california-considers-this-and-new-green-building-code/1

    Another scheme where government takes money then gives it back. Naturally the give back never equals the take and there is no value added in the process. While the objective is laudible, it means the cost of housing will increase.

    • T-Ray,

      The story says this proposal is part of an effort to find the most efficient way to change consumer behavior. This sentence, when I read, even this early, kicked off the alarms in my head. There is something very wrong with this mindset, to me at least. I’ll do some research on environmentalists and see what comes of it. We already know politicians are A- holes 🙂

      Peace and Live Free!

      G!

      • G!,

        That jumped put at me as well. Describes the liberal agenda quite well. I remember under Bush a “green” building was built in CA for a gov. agency, big PR spin, and no A.C. The workers were very unhappy with the working conditions in a green environment.

        • Me three! I think we’re learning to see through the smoke screen. If only all Americans would do that!

    • California is about to go belly up financially now, this will just speed up the process for the rest of the country to bail them out. Can you say “we are going to steal more money for the greater good”.

      • Bama!

        Hope you are well today 🙂

        Keep your post in the back of your mind. The Caifornia issue may have meaning far beyond what we may think. I heard of this a while back, but with far more reaching information. That’s for another day, real soon.

        G!

    • I knew I smelled a rat this morning:

      The truth about the destructive religion of Environmentalism

      The bottom line: The most consistent, dedicated environmentalists want you, and everyone else, to die. It’s as simple as that.

      Any other supposed goals are a means to that ultimate end; the destruction of industrial civilization around the world means the death of the vast majority of current humanity. They know this – you should too. Every single smaller goal of environmentalism is consistent with that ultimate goal; do not be deluded into thinking that environmentalism is about improving your life or any human life.

      Environmentalism is not about a desire to have cleaner water and air. It is now a full-fledged religion, and its main tenet is “raw nature” as god-like, and Mankind as a plague infecting it. If you support environmentalism, the fact is that you’re supporting an ideology that promotes the destruction of Mankind – and concretely, that includes yourself and everyone you care about.

      Ideas matter. Support of ideas, matters. This site is intended to inform you about the nature of the religion of environmentalism. Supporting that religion, is supporting, ultimately, a terrorism that dwarfs the actions of 9/11/01. Environmentalism, indeed, promotes fear and terror about all of the actions of humanity – and the most extreme (which means, the most consistent) environmentalists have no problem with committing crimes ranging from vandalism, to personal attacks, to murder (the Unabomber was an explicit environmentalist.) But the main damage that environmentalists have inflicted, and continue to inflict on a growing scale, is the ongoing attack on modern industrial civilization. It is modern civilization – modern technology – that permits you and your loved ones, and the vast majority of the rest of humanity, to live. An attack on industrial civilization, on technology, is a mass attack on humanity. The environmentalists are well aware of this fact. You should be, as well.

      Rolling blackouts and insanely high land costs in many parts of the United States caused by environmentalist regulations, are only the start. To the environmentalist religion, as long as a single human being lives, the Earth has a problem. This is what you support every time you repeat an environmentalist slogan – every time you donate your time or money to a Sierra Club, or an Earth First, or similar organizations.

      http://environmentalism.com/

      I’m really starting to not like these people. I wonder if their ideology constitutes a clear and present danger? 👿

      Peace and Live Free!

      G!

      • Hey G-Man,

        I’ve been aware of this for a little while now. If you really want to be scared, take a look at some of the population control websites. I’ve learned that the ideal human population for the planet is 500 Million humans. 500 million? So, what is to become of the surplus 6 BILLION of us? I expect a cull to be suggested, oh, wiat, it already has been. The writer of the article I posted here suggested a cull of Americans and Aussies would be better for the planet than a cull of thrid world dwellers. He put it down to our high standard of living and carbon emmissions.

        I’m quite concerned about what will happen once the Global ?Marxist World Government is formed and consolidates its power. Of course, there will probably be a HUGE human die off well before that happens, courtesy of the global economic crisis, which I’m sure was no accident.

        • Cyndi P:

          Not sure if you can watch this out in the Pacific but TruTV has a show called Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Vetura. One of the shows was on population control.

          • I’ve never heard of it here. All we get is AFN, six channels, three of which are sports

            I think I’d enjoy it though. How does Ventura present it? As serious stuff, or as fodder for crazies?

            • Ventura has a good team of investigators. He approaches it in a serious manner and does a good job. You may be able to go to the internet and watch the videos. I know you have dial up but you can let it download overnight and watch it the next day.

              • Thanks Birdman. My boyfriend and I have tried the overnight download and its tricky at best. We have a lot of drop outs. Life here is very different from the States. You learn to make do….

  2. USW,

    I would be interested in strategies around moving the current crop of SOBs out of DC in a way that would be effective and not just replace them by a similar but novice bunch of SOBs. We have the same problem at the local level especially in CA state government which is one party rule and in many of the major cities. But this is a national website, so to keep the discussion national, the target should be DC. How do we effectively force a course correction back towards the original intent of the Constitution? How do we stop the theft of the national treasure?

    1) Let it all collapse and pick up the pieces later. A lot of people get seriously hurt/dead.
    2) Revolt. More people dead and if not successful, the situation gets worse.
    3) Boycotting the MSM and bring them down?
    4) More peaceful TEA parties, another mass rally in DC with major simultaneous rallies in all cities?
    5) Accelerate the TEA party movement as Nov. approaches. Memories are short so reminders are necessary but over exposure/burnout can hurt the cause as well.

    In TQM (total quality managemnet training) there is a process where you throw out and collect ideas. No one is allowed to comment on them until all the ideas are collected. This avoids hurt fealings and suppression of ideas. Could we try that? Let’s start a list of all possible ideas on how to change the atmosphere in DC this fall.

  3. USWeapon,
    I’ve noticed that you haven’t been participating in the discussions much lately. I know life gets busy, but it seems that is one of the parts you enjoy the most.

    I think fewer articles with more time in between is better – quality vs quantity – both in the articles and comments.

    My other thought is having the Guest Commentaries on any night other than Friday. Weekends tend to be slow, and the Guest Commentaries don’t always get the exposure they deserve. Have an Open Mic on Friday night for the weekend.

    New topics:

    The great job Obama is doing.
    Nancy Pelosi – is Sainthood in her future??

    I might think of some others… 🙂

    Good night!!

    • Thanks Todd. That is some good insight on the guest commentaries. I will look towards moving them to another night.

      And I am sure that Pelosi is headed towards sainthood, but probably in the house of the devil instead.

      USW

      • I guess I’ll go ahead and write the guest commentary for the great job Obama is doing.. seems unlikely anyone else here would want to 🙂

        I’ll miss having 4 or 5 articles a week, but I too would prefer quality over quantity. Do what you have to do, and be good to the family and that puppy.

        • Matt,

          You might need to do a field trip for material. LOL

          http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mike-bates/2010/01/13/ap-reports-hope-obama-musical-story

          A musical about Barack Obama’s “Yes we can” election campaign premieres in Germany this weekend, including love songs by the president to his wife Michelle and duets with Hillary Clinton. . .

          In all, 30 singers, actors and dancers are to perform in the musical “Hope – the Obama Musical Story” when it opens at the Jahrhunderthalle concert hall in Frankfurt in a bilingual mix of English and German. The audience may recognize that many songs quote from the politicians’ stump speeches during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.

          The venue for the premiere seems appropriate since the optimism of Obamania remains largely intact in Germany, about a year after Obama, an accomplished public speaker, became America’s first black president.

          Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mike-bates/2010/01/13/ap-reports-hope-obama-musical-story#ixzz0cb82WXoQ

        • Matt,

          You might need to do a field trip for material. LOL

          http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mike-bates/2010/01/13/ap-reports-hope-obama-musical-story

          A musical about Barack Obama’s “Yes we can” election campaign premieres in Germany this weekend, including love songs by the president to his wife Michelle and duets with Hillary Clinton. . .

          In all, 30 singers, actors and dancers are to perform in the musical “Hope – the Obama Musical Story” when it opens at the Jahrhunderthalle concert hall in Frankfurt in a bilingual mix of English and German. The audience may recognize that many songs quote from the politicians’ stump speeches during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.

          The venue for the premiere seems appropriate since the optimism of Obamania remains largely intact in Germany, about a year after Obama, an accomplished public speaker, became America’s first black president.

          • Why, oh WHY, do people STILL refer to O as an accomplished speaker????? All he does is read from the teleprompter. If for some reason he doesn’t read from the teleprompter, he’s looking down at his notes, and sounds choppy in his speech pattern. God forbid he should have to actually have to think and speak at the same time. He stammers worse than Bush. Sheesh.

            • Buck The Wala says:

              You can’t honestly believe Bush is a better speaker than Obama!?

              Me, I miss the days of Clinton’s speeches – now that man can give a speech. 🙂

              • No, I don’t think Bush is a better speaker. I think they are both without ability in public ‘speaking’. I’m sure if we could see Obama’s school records, we’d find that in the 4th grade, O got excellent scores and glold stars for reading out loud, but that by the time he got to college, he didn’t fair so well in Speech 101.

                O is a better actor than speaker. I took film acting classes for three years with Art-Sake in Orlando, http://www.art-sake.com/ . O is more of spokesperson type of actor. I also studied stage acting, and acted in serveral stage shows, sketch comedy, and many student and independent films. Okay, I’m not “A” list actor, but I can spot an actor when I see one.

    • Cafferty of CNN tells it best of what Pelosi is, we probably don’t need to waste space or time here on SUFA.

      Pelosi: A Horrible Woman

  4. Hey USW,

    I must have felt the tremor in the force, for just yesterday I found myself wondering, again, how you do it and that it might be better for everyone if you cut back on articles and substitute with Open Mics. I see it as win/win. We have more time to debate and you have the time you need for living 🙂

    I’m interested in fleshing out the theories, IF they will be treated fairly and those who are suspicious in nature, are treated respectfully. I know you as an indiviual are fair and respectful. Others, however, are less respectful about it.

    Some of the topics I’d like to see:

    UN as proto World Government
    Official World Government, possibly within 10-20 years
    The overall effect of Obama’s numerous Executive Orders (like the ones Bush was critisized for )
    The actual state of the economy and what can be expected

    Thanks!

    • Thanks Cyndi. I must admit that it is tough sometimes to keep up. Mrs. Weapon is very understanding as she sees the passion that I have for this, but it would be nice to spend more time with her.

      I understand your point in regard to the conspiracy theories out there. I know are not as tolerant about them. Should I cover them I would probably find myself monitoring for respect more closely.

      Good topic choices!

      USW

      • USW,

        I’ve noticed in the past that discussions carryover, even with a new article, so your idea might be a good one. As I can’t post from work, I do get the e-mails of all the comments and keep up.

        If your idea can get you into the daily fray more, I say do it.

        G!

      • Thanks!

    • Looks like I’m not the only one wondering what’s going…

      http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=35166

      Obama’s Secret Vault
      by Chuck Norris

      01/12/2010

      On Glenn Beck’s Jan. 7 show, he was rightly puzzled regarding the exact purpose of President Barack Obama’s Dec. 16 signing of an executive order “DESIGNATING INTERPOL AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES.”

      Beck spoke for a host of other government watchdogs when he said on the air: “We’ve been asking ever since it was signed: Why? Who can tell me what special interest group asked for this? If it were about terror, why not tell us that when he signed it? This Congress attacks our CIA and FBI, but Interpol gets immunity? Why? It makes no sense.”

      Glenn, I agree. But I think I recently have seen behind the veil on the White House’s covert mission and mystery with Interpol.

      The rest of Obama’s executive order reads: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words ‘except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act’ and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.”

      Critical here is Obama’s deletion of Section 2C exceptions, which come from the United States International Organizations Immunities Act: “Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.” (As ThreatsWatch noted, “Inviolable archives means INTERPOL records are beyond US citizens’ Freedom of Information Act requests and from American legal or investigative discovery.”)

      But why, at this point in U.S. history, would the White House want Interpol to be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and the regulations of search and seizure? White House and Interpol officials contend that the only reason for Obama’s executive order was to update Ronald Reagan’s 1983 executive order to accommodate Interpol’s permanent residency and bring equity to its standing among other international organizations.

      Many in the conservative world have accused Obama of extending Interpol’s legal exemptions for the purpose of empowering a global police force, but I believe there’s a much closer goal and strategic reason he gave this presidential edict. And it dawned on me when I read seven words said by Interpol spokeswoman Rachel Billington, who explained to The New York Times the applicable location of the president’s executive order: “It’s only for the New York office.”

      “Only for the New York office”? Mm.

      Is it possible the Obama administration specifically and soon plans to use Interpol’s New York office for some covert purpose that would require Interpol’s exemption from having its property or records subject to search and seizure?

      Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and that New York is the feds’ city of choice in which to place 9/11 terrorists on trial in federal court?

      Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and that the feds now have the close proximity of Interpol archives that are exempt from American legal and investigative discovery and the Freedom of Information Act requests by the media and U.S. citizens?

      Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and that Interpol’s U.S. central operations office is under the umbrella of and within our own Justice Department’s offices? (Interpol — which was started in 1923 and is made up of 188 country members, including the U.S. and Yemen — has its bureau in the Department of Justice.)

      Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and that an Interpol spokeswoman explained that “it’s only for the New York office,” whose five staff members now have access to law enforcement information submitted by other countries that no U.S. authority, official, agency or citizen can view for any reason (without Interpol’s waiver)?

      Again, ThreatsWatch hit the nail on the head: Immunity from search and seizure “cannot be understated, because this immunity and protection — and elevation above the US Constitution — afforded INTERPOL is likely a precursor to the White House subjecting the United States under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). INTERPOL provides a significant enforcement function for the ICC, just as our FBI provides a significant function for our Department of Justice.”

      If international terrorists’ criminal records are allowed to pass through or be housed temporarily in New York’s Interpol storage bin, they will be as safe as the gold at Fort Knox. Al Capone’s vault had nothing on Obama’s new Interpol repository!

      Of course, it’s not too late for the White House to be transparent and confess exactly why Obama granted Interpol’s exemption from search and seizure laws at this critical point in the war on terror. What we do know now, however, is why the wisdom of President Reagan limited Interpol’s immunities and why Obama’s deletions of Reagan’s executive order should have stayed intact for this international law enforcement agency.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        On Chuck Norris – seems this is more scare tactics by the Chuckster – maybe he should consider going back to making crappy movies and TV shows. Here is a slightly different view of the same EO from the NRA: http://www.nraila.org/legislation/read.aspx?id=5284

        • So you’re going to make a personal attack against Norris rather than logically discuss Norris’ thoughts??? Okay, I’m convinced.

          • Ray Hawkins says:

            @Cyndi – sorry – I see Chuck’s acting and public commentary as one in the same – much as you see POTUS – but anywho……

            “Is it possible…..”

            “Is it coincidental……”

            Sorry Chuckles – show me some facts – otherwise we’ll spend cycles arguing the realm of possibilities based on connecting dots that do not exist.

            I offered the NRA link as I found it interesting that someone from the same side of the spectrum would see INTERPOL a little different.

            • The difference between Norris and Obama is that Norris has no POWER, unlike Obama, who is one of the most power men in the world. Chuck doesn’t have the access required for the proof you demand. Almost no one does, BTW. That doesn’t mean nothing is going on. If the EO is so benign, why did it get signed? Doesn’t O have more pressing problems to solve? Or are all these EOs just busy work to make him feel like he’s doing everything he can to help the little guy?

              I can’t believe that by now, you’re not even suspicious of what O is really up to. We’re a year into his reign. Is America looking like you thought it would a year in, when you voted for O? You see, America is just like what I expected to see in 2010 in Nov ’08. How does yours measure up? Is he on schedule?

              • JAC:

                Cyndi has great stress. She needs a JAC hug over here 🙂

              • Ray Hawkins says:

                @ Cyndi – Chuck’s power is in his influence and use as a mouthpiece by the right-wing MSM – its foolish to think he has no effect – you’re an example of the fact that he does. I’m okay with folks that want to read between the lines – it provides somewhat of a balance, sometimes there is a tiny of kernel of truth, other times its downright hilarious. I never said I have no suspicion – I just look in different places than an innocuous EO that folks from the same camp said they aren’t even worrying about.

              • HAHAHAHA! That’s funny. You really believe I need a ‘right wing’ mouth piece to tell me what to think!!! When Libs accuse me of being mindless, they ALWAYS mention Limbaugh. Of course, I tell then to explain to me what Rush discussed on his show that morning and not a one of them can do it! No one mentions NOrris. And to think he’s influential. Ha!

                No one on this earth who knows me as an individual, can say I don’t have my own thoughts on things and need someone to tell me what to do and think. I suspect that there are posters here on SUFA who believe me to be perfectly capable of making my own conclusions. I don’t need ANONE on this planet to tell me what to think, thank you very much. The whole idea of me being incapable of my own thoughts is just pain funny to me. Its so off the mark!

              • Cyndi P:

                OK Darlin, time for a VERY VERY DEEP BREATH.

                Come on……..out SLOWLY.

                NOW

                BIG WARM AND VERY FIRM HUG.

                Boy you sure had me fooled. I figured you wer just mimicking what some GUY was tellin ya. PUT THAT COCONUT DOWN !!!

                I was just kiddin.

                Hang loose baby.
                JAC

              • You’re right. I haven’t been sailing for weeks, the weather has been cloudy and raining, so no beach bumming, AND my mean ol’ boss has been making me work! Oh, and my tan is fading…. WHAAAA! 🙂

              • Ray Hawkins says:

                @ Cyndi – Jesus H. Christ! Why so defensive today? I didn’t say you were mindless – I am merely pointing out a simple fact that all of us are influenced by what we read, see, hear, etc! WTF? We all draw conclusions in different ways and use information in varying quantities as we consume it. I don’t think Chuck’s article passes the sniff test. You seem to think it does. Be done with it!

              • Okay Ray, I’ll admit I’m a bit defensive. Its just that I’m getting more frustrated that more people refuse to look around them and see what is happening. I’m also fed up with being dismissed as a right wing kook. I’m no such thing. I didn’t sya Chucks article nails it. what I’m pointing out is that it isn’t just me who suspects that something very bad is in the works. Don’t you feel it? I know others do.

                BTW, you never answered my question. Does America look like you though it would in Nov 08, at this point into O’s time in office?

              • Buck The Wala says:

                Cyndi,

                I won’t pretend to speak for Ray, but reading through your discussion as an outsider, it seems that you are angry that Ray doesn’t see what you see.

                I believe that you honestly feel something bad is in the works. But Ray does not – I’m not saying you are wrong, but each of you are approaching this from two very different world viewpoints. Simply put, to you, its bad; to Ray, its good.

                Now each of you go take a time out in the corner. 🙂

              • Quick question: What does the H stand for?

        • Ray:

          I am more curious about how it was that you came to check the NRA site regarding this topic. Or Chuck Norris for that matter. I have no clue what he said. Of course I really don’t care but that’s a separate discussion.

          Enlighten me please.

          • Ray Hawkins says:

            @JAC – sly devil you

            I read Chuck’s article then picked up on the NRA link from someone who replied to his article. Just following the breadcrumbs………

            I don’t typically monitor the NRA Legislative Affairs website. Shocking I know! 🙂

            • Ray:

              Good sleuth work. I often find myself deep in the bowels of places I would not go voluntarily. But one must follow the crumbs.

              Someday there may be CAKE at the other end.

              Best to you today
              JAC

      • clay barham says:

        THE SOURCE OF NEW JOBS!
        New jobs begin with pebble droppers, people making waves and wakes, the entrepreneurs who start business ventures. The “soil” must nurture them, not discourage them. Pebble droppers must be saved and admired for the service they provide. Instead, they are envied by the few, taxed and punished by government whose only purpose is to protect all people against injustice. SAVE PEBBLE DROPPERS & PROSPERITY defines a pebble dropper and the environment that is best to encourage their success. Today’s politicians are dismantling the American ideal of a prosperous, free nation. The 2008 election did seek “change,” but made community interests superior to individual interests. What has happened to the voices who believe in the importance of the individual? That is why America differs from the rest of the world. If “change” is inevitable, will we lose that which sets us apart from the Old World. Claysamerica.com

    • Cyndi, good find!

      The eleven-year cycle corresponds exactly with the one observed on the sun. This fact was kept secret by the Jones Gang.

      Correlating the timeline of these proxy data was identified as problematic by Dr. Wigley, another member of the Jones Gang, in an e-mail dated 12 Aug 1996. In his effort to correlate the data, Dr. Wigley concludes that the solar signal is strong enough to convince him that solar forcing is a major factor in climate change:

      (4) Causes. Here, ice cores are more valuable (CO2, CH4 and volcanic aerosol changes). But the main external candidate is solar, and more work is required to improve the “paleo” solar forcing record and to understand how the climate system responds both globally and regionally to solar forcing.

      What is significant about this paragraph is that it identifies the main cause of climate change as “solar forcing,” not carbon dioxide (CO2). This fact was also kept secret.

      • Yeah, that stood out to me also. I hope more ‘believers’ open their minds to the truth. I think some of them will be very angry when they can no longer ignore the fact that they’ve been conned. Most of them seem to be digging in their heels right now. So I guess that puts them in the Denial phase. Once they move forward from that, they’re gonna be pissd!

  5. A good topic I would recommend would be globalization. You could look at international organizations such as the WTO, IMF, and World Bank, which have created controversy over their structural adjustment programs. Understanding the interdependence of world trade, its history, its impact on our economy, the consequences of it breaking down, how it’s maintained, and all that could be very enlightening if you’re up to the research.

  6. USW….it is very hard to find new things. You have done a masterful job and even though there are some spirited discussions here, I do find that most, if not all, respect each other.

    I think you should work on quality ( this is not to say that the quality has not been there, because it has )and not quantity as well. There are plenty of us on your site that have the time to research and have opinions formed from their own philosophies and beliefs and experience.

    This site does one thing that others do not. When some of us disagree, even vehemently, there is still a respect for the “other side”. (To coin a phrase). I think that is the best thing about your site. I do not see the vitriol that exists elsewhere and when one does just “drop in”, it is nice to see that everyone try to rally around the regulars…even those that have opposing opinions. I have supported Black Flag and he has supported me and we are on opposite sides of the spectrum, so to speak. That is what makes your blog different.

    I have read the right wing blogs and the left wing blogs, the right wing msm and the left wing msm and do not see the mutual respect that I see here. Not only do you have great articles but great threads of discussion.

    Keep it up but some of the open mike discussions actually carry over to two or three days. So, let it happen. Perhaps that will let you pay more attention to Mrs Weapon, Canine Weapon, and your own sanity. I would really like to see more of your discussions on topics.

    Isn’t that just like a Colonel…took five paragraphs to say one thing. GREAT JOB !!!!

    On the lighter side.

    Murphy’s Law number one in combat: Remember, tracers work both ways.
    Murphy’s Law number two in combat: Remember, your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
    Murphy’s Law number three in combat: If your attack is going really well, it is probably an ambush.

    HAve a great one brother.

  7. Ray Hawkins says:

    @ USW – would like to see you more present and accounted for sir

    Potential Topics

    1. Past few years hear continually about increasing the number of special forces in our military to make them more lethal/mobile/responsive/cheaper/etc. Knowing this up the alley of a few of you – what does that really mean? Would it work? How does it impact the so-called military-industrial complex?

    2. Maybe up Buck’s alley – but would love to see a series on SCOTUS – they seem largely ignored in the discourse here. Is that good? Bad? Some history? What to expect/not expect?

    3. Another article from Rani?

    4. I pose this question – you are POTUS – you must eliminate one Department immediately – by immediate I mean the second you give the order their doors get locked and they close shop. Who is it? Why? Who picks up the top ten things they did that may have been somewhat important? Who would be 2nd and 3rd?

    5. Social Media / Social Networking – what is its future in politics? Can it or will it be compromised by the MSM?

    6. Write a job description for the next POTUS – cover the gamut – political views, required leadership qualities, personality, etc

    7. Who is Ron Paul – why does he matter?

    8. Deeper dive on the Fed – Black Flag maybe?

    9. More Libertarianism – Kent please?

    10. More on grass roots politics – Mad Mom?

    11. A day in life from readers overseas – I know we have some readers from overseas – what do they see that we do not? Come back to me Chris!

    • Buck The Wala says:

      Some good suggestions Ray. #4 is particularly interesting and I for one would be very curious to hear others’ selections.

      I also like the suggestion on Ron Paul; but why limit it to him? Maybe we can vote on various figures to highlight. This could even be a running series, debuting once or twice a month.

      As to the idea on SCOTUS, not sure if I would be the best person for this. The idea is a good one though – many interesting cases out there that can be discussed. Could also combine this with one of the figure highlights (a thread about Scalia for instance).

      • Buck:

        I found a NEW topic last night we will have to kick around big time.

        The fifth amendments use of Federal Grand Jury and what the framer’s intent was with that phraseology. In short, it was the citizens check and balance on govt. A fourth branch if you will.

        Will be sending questions to Mr. Natelson to get his thoughts before I post anything.

        If it is true, which it appear to be, it is completely new to me. And I am guessing everyone else. God how I love learning, don’t you?

        Best to you and missus today.
        Give a big hug fer me when ya get home.
        JAC

        • Buck The Wala says:

          Hmm..sounds intriguing! Definitely don’t know much about the federal grand jury issues. Will try taking a quick look into it at some point prior to your post, but looking forward to it.

          Glad to see you’ve been back on the site ‘full time’ since the surgery! Wasn’t the same without you around here.

        • Buck The Wala says:

          Hmm…very intriguing. I dont’ know much about the federal grand jury issue but will have to take a look into it at some point. Regardless, looking forward to your post on the matter. Where’d you come across the topic?? Maybe post a quick link so I can begin reading up before our debate!

          How’s everything else been going with you?

        • Buck The Wala says:

          Hmm…very intriguing. I don’t know much about the federal grand jury issue, but will try to take at least a quick look into it. Maybe if you could post a link to the exact issue you are referencing for starters?

          Regardless, I look forward to our debate!

          Hope everything else is going well for you these days.

          • Buck The Wala says:

            Sorry for all the posts — computer is acting up and its telling me nothing was posted when something clearly was. I’m about to take this damn thing and throw it out my window…

        • Buck:

          Its hard enough debating you on legal matters. You don’t have to bring your two other brothers into the fray.

          Buck was a triplet. Who woulda thunk it.

    • Ray,

      Some good questions. On SCOTUS, I am interested in the question on Healthcare, if it will HAVE to cover illegals for the same reason they must be allowed to attend public schools, the wording of “people” not “citizens”.

      • Buck The Wala says:

        LOI, I’ve been giving this one some thought and could be dead wrong on this one, but isn’t part of the reason illegals are entitled to attendpublic school because school is paid for by local taxes (often, specifically real property tax)?

        In that sense their status as illegals would be largely irrelevant (they pay those taxes much as any other property owner or renter).

        Then again, the other reason I recall is we can’t punish children for the crimes of their parents. I guess this could be used to at least extend the healthcare bill to children??

        • I’m not sure how much this is part of the statistics, but keep in mind that many children of illegals are themselves US citizens (“anchor babies”) so thus as entitled to public schooling as any other child in the country.

        • Buck,

          That is not my understanding, which I am not a lawyer. I think the word used,”people”, makes it mean any/all people who are in the USA. Same goes for the census, illegals are counted, and its been that way since 1790. Any services the government decides they shall provide, must be provided to all. My info came from Judge Andrew P. Napolitano on FOX.

          • Buck The Wala says:

            I tend to disregard legal opinions given on Fox or any other cable “news” sources. I have heard of the people vs citizen distinction before but forget the context and not sure how much weight it’s actually afforded. Will try to look into it a bit and post back tomorrow or over the weekend.

        • http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/09/18/judge-andrew-napolitano-joe-wilson-right-obama/

          The Constitution requires that the government treat all persons similarly situated in a similar manner. This is the essence of “Equal Protection,” which the Constitution requires of the states and the federal government.

          In the late 1970s, the State of Texas enacted legislation that denied a public school education to the children of illegal immigrants and denied state aid to municipalities that attempted to educate those children. Many illegal immigrants filed suit and all of the cases made their way to the Supreme Court. In a landmark ruling, that most lawyers know about, and that every professor of constitutional law knows about, called Plyler vs. Doe (1982), the Court ordered Texas to make the same education available to illegal immigrants as it does to citizens. In so doing, the Court held that: (a) the Constitution protects “persons;” and (b) persons are citizens as well as strangers, people born here and people who end up here, people here lawfully and people here unlawfully; and (c) in the area of social services, whatever benefits the government makes available to the general public cannot be kept away from a class of persons based on their immigration status or that of their parents.

    • http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/01/13/ken-klukowski-tenth-amendment-democrat/

      But there’s another key provision in Obamacare that probably violates the Tenth Amendment: the state exchanges.

      The Tenth Amendment went for so many years without being used to strike down any law that it came to be regarded as what is called a “dead letter” in the Constitution, meaning a provision that says some sort of obvious statement, but that isn’t actually used by the courts for anything.

      Then, in the 1990s, the Supreme Court shocked the legal world by striking down two laws for violating the Tenth Amendment. The first was New York v. United States in 1992, where the Court struck down a federal law requiring states to pass state laws for the disposal of radioactive waste, and to issue regulations for implementing those laws. Then in Printz v. United States in 1997, the Court struck down a provision of the Brady Act—a federal gun-control law—that required state and local law enforcement to run background checks on handgun purchasers.

      From these two cases emerged the anti-commandeering principle, holding that the Tenth Amendment forbids the federal government from commandeering—or ordering—any branch of state government to do anything. The states are sovereign and answer only to their voters, not to Washington, D.C.

      Therein lies the problem for the Senate’s Obamacare bill. It requires each state to pass laws setting up a statewide non-profit insurance exchanges. It then requires the states to pass regulations for implementing those laws. And it further requires the states to dedicate staff and spend state money to administer those programs.

      In most respects, this is a straight-out repeat of those 1992 and 1997 cases. The main difference is that Obamacare violates the anti-commandeering principle in a far more severe and egregious way than those previous laws ever did.

      • In the same vane what about courts that order legislatures to enact laws on certain isssues such as MA SC order to the legislature on gay marriage?

        • Buck The Wala says:

          T-Ray, I think thats an entirely different issue. When the MA SC ordered the legislature to enact gay marriage it was the result of a case brought claiming a violation of equal rights (probably among other things as well). The MA SC found that there was in fact a violation, so the legislature had to take action to remedy the violation. Hence, gay marriage.

          Also, MA was a purely states issue. It may have rested in part on federal law, but it was the MA state SC that ordered the MA legislature to take action. It didn’t involve the federal government as far as I know.

          • The MA case was merely an example. I do not wish to get into those specifics. Also, I do not care if it is state or federal, it sis the concept of a court isssuing orders to a legislative body. What bothers me is an equal branch of government issuing an order to another equal branch of government. In that context, they are no longer equal but one is subordinate to the other.

            • Buck The Wala says:

              To me the fact that one branch is ordering another to take action does not make one subordinate to the other. The legislature was found to be violating it’s citizens constitutional rights; the court merely said it cannot continue to do so. If I recall the facts correctly, the legislature could have taken any action to remedy this violation.

              If the court was unable to order redress of a constitutional violation by the legislature, what recourse does an injured citizen have? Aldo let’s not forget that legislatures routinely ignore court decisions by passing a new law to get around a constitutional violation.

              • Let’s reverse the situation. The legislature orders the court to declare the issue constitutional. If coercion is permissible in one direction between equals it is permissible in both directions.

                The court ordered the legislature to take corrective action within a fixed time frame. Implied coercion. The court had the right to strike down all marriage laws as they existed. They did not have a right to order corrective action from the legislature.

                The courts duty is to interpret and negate unconstitutional laws.

              • The balance of powers doesn’t mean that the different branches don’t influence each other, T-Ray. The courts ruled that outlawing gay marriage was illegal. In the other direction, the executive can appoint new judges which the legislature approve.

              • “The court gave the State Legislature 180 days to change the law to rectify the situation” per Wiki.

                I did not say they did not influence, they ordered. It is one thing to declare a law unconstitutional thus null and void, it is another to order the legislature to act or to legislate from the bench.

              • Buck the Wala says:

                “The courts duty is to interpret and negate unconstitutional laws”.

                The unconstitutional law was the fact that MA prohitibited gay marriage. Since this was unconstitutional, the court ordered it negated.

    • Excellent topic Ideas Ray! I certainly want ot be more present and accounted for. Nothing more frustrating than reading comments from folks and not having time to respond. I think this new schedule will allow me to have significantly more participation in the discussions. I think you will see some of your suggestions very soon. I like them a lot.

      Hope you are well up there in the snowy north. How’s that baby doin? You getting full nights of sleep yet?

      USW

    • Ray- I hate to just advertise on US Weapon’s site, but your request for “more libertarianism” sounds like a request for my handbook, Kent’s Liberty Primer. It is not a long book at all and explains a lot of the things I find myself repeating over and over again (not to you in particular, of course).

      I also wrote (and illustrated!) a childrens’ book, called Indy-Pindy, the Liberty Mouse, that isn’t heavy on “libertarianism” as such, although it does focus on taking responsibility for your own life.

      • Kent,

        I don’t mind at all. For all you have contributed here, a little bit of plugging your books is not an imposition at all.

        USW

  8. Common Man says:

    USW;

    Finding, reading and participating in the discussions your site offers has been an eye opening event for me. It is a great pleasure to engage with such a wonderful variety or people, all of which have helped to educate me.

    I think your participation is very much needed and wanted. So, I would vote for lesser publications and more participation.

    I wouuld like to suggest a couple or ideas.

    Pick a few key subjects, say 10, that is on everyone’s mind and condut a poll as to which ones we should address first, second, third and so on. Maybe make those reocurring discussions as the nation/world progresses. I think that would better enable each of us to garner details and facts, while helping us all learn more. Knowledge is a wonderful thing.

    I would like to see a series on the Constitution maybe individually addressing each of the key points and amendments. As an example “The right to keep and bear arms” is interpretted many different ways, and everyone seems to have a strong oppinon. I am curious as to why there is such a diverse point of view.

    However things pan out I will stay a participating member.

    Great work and an exciting year afore us

    CM

  9. Good article out of Montana about TSA missing a gun during passenger screening last month and how some of the airports are thinking about contracting security out to private firms. Note the complaints that the airport personnel are having with TSA. See what Jim McGarvey, executive secretary for Montana AFL-CIO, says about privatizing airport security. He is more concerned about someone making a profit instead of airport security IMO.

    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2010/01/14/news/100airportsecurity.txt

    USW I go for quality over quantity anytime.

  10. D13

    Will the gov stick to his guns on this one?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100114/ap_on_bi_ge/us_texas_education_funding

    • Probably….he is in a debate this evening with our new comer Medina and Hutchinson….THIS will come up. He publicly announced again today that he will accept nor apply for and stimulus money that has continuing strings to it.

      He has a much bigger problem to discuss tonight in that we found a back door way that he is trying his Trans Texas Corridor again. Medina and Hutchinson has received all the poop on it. Should be an interesting topic.

      The education system in Texas does need help but the help it needs is for government to “stay out of it” (Perry’s words).

      There is a texas education agency that was hijacked by out of state individuals that have moved here and tried to input things we did not like and most of the bums have been thrown out….. but Texas is really giving the local school boards the chance to take the reins.

  11. USW,

    Fewer articles not an issue. I like the suggestion of guest articles being moved,
    see no reason it has to be a fixed night. Same for open mic. Would also be happy with articles or stories that we might otherwise miss, or is not getting the attention they deserve. The MSM wants to spend hours on McGuire and Woods while our open and transparent leader meets with Reed and Pelosi.

    According to reports, they were served lunch.

    Topics:
    Now til Tues. the Massachusetts senate race
    Democrate Martha Coakley with SCIU & big Pharm doing mega-fundraising
    Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, a vet running a grass roots campaign

    Health care

    Economy, foreclosures up along with Freddie/Fannie bonuses, congress is going after bib business again..

    Obama seeks increase in military spending, I thought he was going to do something different from Bush, not just spend more doing the exact same thing

    MSM bias, most of our problems could not occur without the liberal media’s help.

  12. Todd said
    January 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    LOI,
    You list two events (more guns and less crime) without showing any relationship between the two. Is there any data that shows that more guns = less crime?

    I would think the lower crime rate is caused by the Hope created by Obama’s election, not more guns.

    Todd, thanks for the softball pitch.

    http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/493636.html

    There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate—as more people obtain permits there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect the murder rate declines by 3 percent, rape by 2 percent, and robberies by over 2 percent.

    Concealed handgun laws reduce violent crime for two reasons. First, they reduce the number of attempted crimes because criminals are uncertain which potential victims can defend themselves. Second, victims who have guns are in a much better position to defend themselves.

    Question: What is the basis for these numbers?

    Lott: The analysis is based on data for all 3,054 counties in the United States during 18 years from 1977 to 1994.

    • For Release December 21, 2009

      Preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 4.4 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first six months of 2009 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2008. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States from January to June of 2009 decreased 6.1 percent when compared with data from the same time period in 2008. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals. Figures for 2009 indicate that arson decreased 8.2 percent when compared to 2008 figures from the same time period.

      The data presented in Tables 1 and 2 indicate the percent change in offenses known to law enforcement for the first 6 months of 2009 compared to the first half of 2008 by population group and region, respectively. Table 3 reflects the percent change within the Nation for consecutive years (each year compared to the prior year). Table 4 presents the number of offenses known to law enforcement for agencies having a resident population of 100,000 and over and providing 6 months of complete data for 2009. In addition, Table 4 presents 6 months of 2008 data, where available, as a point of comparison. All data in this Report are preliminary.

      http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/2009prelimsem/index.html

      December Background Check Stats

      Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,407,155 checks in December 2009, ranking the month in the top five for most NICS checks of all time.

      This figure, while being a 7.6 percent decrease from the 1,523,426 checks conducted in December 2008 — the beginning stage of an ongoing surge in firearms and ammunition sales — is an increase of 14.4 percent over checks in December 2007.

      Year-to-date background checks for 2009 total 14,033,824, an increase of 10.4 percent over the same time period last year. The total number of background checks reported since the beginning of NICS is 110,017,832.

      • Forcible Rape???? You mean there’s another kind of rape, and is it like Rape Rape?

        at you LOI. The words just kind of stood out to me…..

        🙂

        • well just ask Whoopi for that clarification. I believe it was her comment regarding the Polanski situation where she said he didn’t commit, “rape rape” so I guess there are different kinds. I mean, The View ladies are the standard we go by, right?

        • Displaced Okie says:

          The forcible rape stats usually leave out statutory rapes, since they are not considered a violent act because the consent of the parties involved.

          I hope that helps.

          Displaced Okie

      • Shooting Sports Are Big Business

        Let’s compare gun sales with other sporting items. According to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), Americans spend more on guns than on ski equipment or tennis equipment. Moreover the $5.5 billion shooters and hunters spend each year on guns, ammo, and equipment dwarfs the $3 billion golfers spend on equipment. Given the BILLIONS of dollars that shooters spend, why are shooting sports largely ignored (or trivialized) by the mainstream media? The answer appears to be political/philosophical bias. The general news media simply refuses to acknowledge that sporting use of firearms is a widespread, popular activity in our culture.

        The Important Truth Revealed by Gun Sales Statistics
        Ironically, while the mainstream news media attempts to marginalize the shooting sports as a “niche” activity by “unprogressive” elements in society, Americans are buying more guns and ammo than ever. What is the message behind verified gun sales statistics? First, gun ownership is hardly a niche activity. Secondly, gun ownership is so widespread that gun owners need not be apologetic about exercising their Second Amendment rights. While the “talking heads” on news networks may mock “gun-totting rednecks”, the reality is that all segments of society own and use firearms for sport, hunting, and self-defense. Be proud to be a gun owner, along with tens of millions of other law-abiding Americans.

    • LOI,

      Todd, thanks for the softball pitch.

      You owe me one!! 🙂

      The John Lott book and interview are from 1998, and the stats from 1977-1994. Is there anything more current? Has the trend continued?

      Lott: The analysis is based on data for all 3,054 counties in the United States during 18 years from 1977 to 1994.

      How many of these counties had concealed carry and how many didn’t?

      Did you notice this note of caution when using the FBI stats to draw conclusions?

      PLEASE NOTE
      Figures used in this Report are submitted voluntarily by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Individuals using these tabulations are cautioned against drawing conclusions by making direct comparisons between cities. Comparisons lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. It is important to remember that crime is a social problem and, therefore, a concern of the entire community. The efforts of law enforcement are limited to factors within its control. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual agencies. Further information on this topic can be obtained in the annual UCR report Crime in the United States, 2008. Data users can obtain assistance by sending e-mails to cjis_comm@leo.gov.

      Just a quick unscientific review shows me that Wisconsin has had similar decreases in crime without concealed carry laws.

      Are there any stats on the actual numbers of crimes stopped because the victim was armed? I understand this would be hard to obtain and wouldn’t count deterrence – crimes that weren’t attempted because victim might be armed.

      But I think you’re over-simplifying “More Guns = Less Crime”. As the FBI note above states and John Lott also states, there are a lot of factors to reduced crime rates.

      • Todd,

        Estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) indicate that from 1993 to 1998, women were victims of violent crimes by their intimate partners an average of more than 935,000 times a year. The Violence Policy Center’s annual study When Men Murder Women details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. In 2004, the most recent data available, firearms were the most common weapon used by males to murder females (811 of 1,663 homicides or 49 percent). Of these, 72 percent (582 of 811) were committed with handguns.

        http://www.vpc.org/gunviolence.htm

        The funny thing about this “study”. It was conducted in three counties over a three year period. Can you say cherry picking? And yes, both sides do this.
        But the FBI and Justice Dept.’s reports are the best source for information, as they look at the nation. The large cities will have a higher crime rate, and if there is a section with a large, low income housing area, its likely that will have an even higher rate of violence.

        If you leave concealed carry out for another debate and look at gun ownership increases, while gun violence decreases, its hard to make a case for banning guns of any type. And there are studies that indicate the majority of defensive gun use does not involve any shots being fired. Warning an attacker you have a gun or showing the gun frequently will bring about a change in their attitude. And those incidents do not get reported, no blood, no foul, and the FBI forms do not have anyplace to report assault(verbal).

        And remember, the vast majority of gun crime is committed by convicted criminals, most of who cannot legally own a gun. Bill Clinton bragged about thousands kept from buying a gun buy the Instant Background Check System. Why does the government not arrest these criminals? Its a crime for a felon to attempt to buy a gun, and they are happy they stopped them from buying one in a gun store? So instead they buy one on the street. Well, that’s OK, the system worked.

  13. USW:

    I don’t know how you manage to run a business and find the time to research and write articles. I know you are up late at night writing and researching and probably only sleep a few hours a day. As others have stated, quality over quantity is desired (although Lenin said that quantity has a quality all its own). More open Mic days are fine with me.

    Some potential articles/subjects:

    • Ongoing monitoring of the economic situation. Black flag is usually up on this subject. If we can be forewarned, we can be better prepared.

    • Survivalist topics.

    • Conspiracy theories (even UFO’s)

    • Articles on the Federal Reserve.

    • Cloward and Piven and how that strategy is (or may) being implemented now.

    • Election fraud groups like Acorn and others.

    • Special interest groups like the Tides Foundation and others.

    • Ammunition and gun shortages.

    • Secession groups like The Free State Project or other groups

    • The truth about the Civil War and how that changed this country and started the growth of big government.

    • More on the progressive movement. When it started and some of the programs.

    • How did the liberal statists take over the education system and turn it into indoctrination.

    • How do we reverse 100 years of the progressive movement?

    • Wilson and FDR.

    • Excellent topic list Birdman!

      🙂

    • Conspiracy Theories? Here is how Obama Czar would like those to be handled. You might want to think twice, USW, about venturing here.

      Top Obama czar: Infiltrate all ‘conspiracy theorists’
      Presidential adviser wrote about crackdown on expressing opinions

      http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=121884

      Cass Sunstein

      In a lengthy academic paper, President Obama’s regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, argued the U.S. government should ban “conspiracy theorizing.”

      Among the beliefs Sunstein would ban is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.

      Sunstein also recommended the government send agents to infiltrate “extremists who supply conspiracy theories” to disrupt the efforts of the “extremists” to propagate their theories.

      In a 2008 Harvard law paper, “Conspiracy Theories,” Sunstein and co-author Adrian Vermeule, a Harvard law professor, ask, “What can government do about conspiracy theories?”

      “We can readily imagine a series of possible responses. (1) Government might ban conspiracy theorizing. (2) Government might impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories.”

      Read entire article at link.

      • Kathy:

        I am sharpening my skinning knife.

        Their day is coming……….bwah ha ha ha.

        That ought to get em cookin, don’t you think.
        I can here the internet moles digging into USW’s domain as we speak.

        Happy thoughts today my dear.
        JAC

        • Ray Hawkins says:

          @JAC – tsk tsk sir. Read the paper – not the bombast and misdirection in the article.

          • Ray:

            You misunderstand. Other than just having a little fun this AM there is a real point.,

            I DON’T CARE ABOUT MOST OF THIS STUFF.

            I know our current system is corrupt. I know that just tweaking it won’t fix it. I am trying to focus on real lasting solutions that change the paradigm.

            But sometimes it is fun to chase these big rabbits around.

            Oh, and I’m still keeping the skinning knife sharp. Cause some day, if I have my way, will get a chance to use it. And when that day comes I am expectin you to be there to help.

            Happy thoughts today Ray,
            Happy thoughts
            JAC

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        @ Kathy – I would suggest actually reading the paper by Sunstein & Vermeule rather than relying on the article by Klein. Here is a link to the paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585

        What you’ll find is that at best, Klein is intentionally misleading you in offering conclusions on their work that is not supported by what was actually written (for example on page 14 of the paper – you’ll see how Klein conveniently leaves some things out of his article). The paper is actually quite interesting and has made me think about conspiracy theorists a little differently. Perhaps you’ll find it odd to read Sunstein and Vermuele state: “when civil rights and civil liberties are absent, people lack multiple information sources, and they are more likely to accept conspiracy theories”.

        Happy reading!

        😉

        • The paper is interesting and perhaps would make for some good discussion here. I don’t see that Klein misinterpreted the paper.

          And JAC, they attribute most conspiracy theorists to having…..a CRIPPLED EPISTEMOLOGY! Back to your phiolosophy series, I guess!

  14. Displaced Okie says:

    USW,
    First of all, great job with the blog. I very rarely get to post during the day because my work schedule, so extending the discussions for a day or so would be a good thing in my mind. Not that I don’t enjoy the articles that you post- I think they are very well done, but I think that the greatest strength of this site are the debates that take place here. I, for one, would love to see you more involved in the discussions.
    As far as topics go. First, I would like to see some discussion about the FED, I keep hearing lots of bad things about it, but I really don’t know anything about it or what to believe. Second, I would like see some discussions about the legal system (the judiciary, SCOTUS, etc…) mainly because we have Buck, our resident lawyer here now, it something that I am around everyday and I have an unique perspective about due to my job. Last but not least, any discussions about federalism of individual rights are topics I would also enjoy. Thanks again for running this awesome site.

    Stay safe,
    Displaced Okie

    • Hi Displace Oakie,

      How does your job give you a unique perspactive? Can you tell us without having to kill us after? 😉 I don’t want to get you in trouble. I know some employers monitor what their employees post to the internet.

      • Displaced Okie says:

        Cindy,
        I am in law enforcement, specifically federal law enforcement. My job has me in court constantly, and while I am not lawyer I have observed more trials than most attorneys ever will and I am only 32. I think this gives me a unique perspective because I am in the middle of the whole system, but still somewhat detached from it- as an added bonus my wife is an attorney and I can go to her for legal questions.

        Stay safe,
        Displaced Okie

        P.S. I usually read and post from my phone during breaks in my day, so no real chance of my employer getting too upset– as long as it is not getting in the way of my work. 🙂

        • That is a very good observation spot you have.

          My employer monitors personal websites as well as the social networking sites. I know a woman who’s personal blog was monitored DURING the hiring process, as well. She was very surprised that the HR Rep mentioned something that was posted on the blog. There’s also been more than a few incidents of company sensitive information placed on Facebook and such. So far, acutal computer usage of personal business/activities has been permissive because of our unique situation and remote location, but if things get out of hand, I’m sure there will be a crack down. Actually, I feel my employer is very reasonable about it all, considering what other employers are like.

        • Okie:

          I have a few for you. Something you might be able to develop in off hours and post as guest article or just post.

          I am concerned with what I see as a changing mentality among our law enforcement agencies. I call it a hardening towards the citizens.

          This is not an attack but just an observation. I have many friends in law enforcement and some of them are losing their perspective. I thing part of that is the elements they deal with every day. But that is just my opinion.

          There seems to be a growing disconnect between LE and the people they serve, on a personal basis. You know, the old days the cop took your car keys and dropped you off at the curb if you were to drunk, or you spent the night in the slam. Kids were taken to parents for quick court and sentencing. So perhaps our modern laws are partly responsible.

          But I also think as LE becomes more isolated a “corporate culture” developes that furhter isolates. I saw this with neighbors a few years ago who were ex cops. They only hung out with other ex cops. And they were some of the most racist people I ever heard talk. When I was young the neighbor was a highway patrolman. He hung out with all the other families in the neighborhood. I saw him every few days when playing with his kids.

          I personally think that this hardening, or growing isolation, what ever it is, had alot to do with what caused, at the deeper level, Waco and Ruby Ridge. Perhaps what I see in LE is just a reflection of what is happening to our society on a larger scale.

          Anyhow, my questions are whether you see this and whether you and your fellow LE folks discuss these types of things.

          Also interested to what extent there are any discussions among your groups regarding the upcoming revolution and where you all fit in.

          As I said, your comments will probably require posting from home.

          And Okie, thanks for your service.
          Stay safe, peace and live free
          JAC

          • Displaced Okie says:

            JAC,
            Let me start by saying of all the regular posters on this site, my views are more closely in line with yours than anyone else. That does make me a little bit different than most LEOs, but that’s mostly because the majority of us (like the majority of people in general)really haven’t taken the time to get down and really flesh out their core principles.
            My father was state trooper so I was raised in a LE enviroment, so I have seen the change you’re talking about. My short answer to that: Alot of it stems from the loss of officer descretion, meaning that deparments, agencies, and the government have attempted to regulate everything in an attempt to eliminate discrepancies and “special” treatment(good or bad) of groups, individuals, races…etc. In reality, what this has done is remove much of the “human” element of law enforcment.
            I have a loooong answer running around in my head right now, but I better wait till I am at home to write it….:)
            But thanks for bringing it up, It will give me something to mentally “chew on” all day, hopefully I can get around to posting a full length answer this evening.

            Stay safe and live free,
            DO

          • Displaced Okie says:

            JAC,
            I think I know exactly what you mean by a changing mentality among LEOs. My father was a state trooper in Oklahoma, so I have been in or around law enforcement my entire life so I have seen it as well and I have theory about it, but it will require me to be at home where I have a full size keyboard instead of this cell phone I am using now. Thanks for bringing the subject up, though. You’ve given me something for my mind to chew on, hopefully I can get around to posting this evening.

            Until then stay safe and live free.
            Displaced Okie

    • Buck The Wala says:

      I’m honored by the mention Okie! But without everyone else’s inputs into their views of the legal world, I am at a loss — its quite obvious that my own interpretations and views differ greatly from those of pretty much everyone else.

      Also I may be a lawyer but am never (and quite possibly will never be) in the courtroom. Just dont’ deal with those types of issues, so always interesting to get others’ perspectives on constitutional and federal issues.

      • Displaced Okie says:

        Buck,
        Wife is also an attorney that will probably never see the inside of a court room, but she, like I suspect you are as well, is a really good reference because of all the basic knowledge she had to learn in all the different types of law while she was in law school.

        • Buck The Wala says:

          Amazing what they put us poor law students through. More amazing is the fact that I can still remember some of it!

          What type of law does she practice?

  15. Judy Sabatini says:

    Morning everyone

    USW, let me say this. You do whatever you have to do to spend more time with your family, and if not participating here as much you would like, I think is understandable. With all that you do between working, writing articles, and spending time with family, I’m surprised you find time to sleep.

    I don’t always participate here either, it depends on the topic and if I have anything to say, I will. It’s not always easy to find the time to participate in these conversations everyday, so don’t feel guilty in not doing so. I think whatever you decide, will be fine with the rest of us, at least I hope so anyway. I personally can’t think of any other topics, I think most here have come up with good ideas, so I say, go from there. I just enjoy coming here and reading a lot to see what everybody has to say about everything.

    Have a great day today, and hope you’re doing well.

    Judy

  16. From Hollywood Squares:

    Q: If you are going to make a parachute jump at least how high should you be?

    Paul Lynde: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

  17. v. Holland says:

    Would love to have you more involved in the discussion, would like to learn more about the Fed-more about what the unions are doing-constitutional discussions-I second all those ideas.

  18. USW – cutting back on new articles will help my bottom line because I will get more work done!

    I’m constantly amazed by the level of intelligence and the discourse that your posters display and you are to be congratulated for hosting such an impressive group.

    Great ideas on topics already listed above – the FED has been mentioned and that mysterious entity is one I’d like to understand better.

    With the goal of looking and moving forward, I’d like to look at the voting process, ie, primaries, caucuses, electoral votes, popular vote. What works, what doesn’t, can we affect change?

    I would also like to discuss the role of lobbyists in our government. I believe someone here is from that group? Can’t remember who, but would like to learn more.

    Again, USW, thanks for all you do.

    • Kath:

      “I would also like to discuss the role of lobbyists in our government. I believe someone here is from that group? ”

      I used to be…..but hope there are others visiting who will chime in on that one.

      I think that is a very good topic. Within it we need to make sure to explore “why” they are necessary today. Good ones do perform a good and necessary function. Most don’t realize that.

      Hope you are well today.
      JAC

      • I thought it might have been you JAC, but wasn’t sure. Here’s a another guest article for you!

        I’m doing well; relatively mild weather here and have recovered from the Packer game.

  19. USW

    I am heart broken.

    Nobody is crying out for more discussion about PHILOSOPHY.

    LOL…….

    Well never you mind, cause there is more coming and very soon…….myeh, heh, heh!

    JAC

  20. Excellant topics have been listed and it should give us months of good discussions to come. My addition would be as Birdman touched on, education snowballing into indoctrination. Especially concerning the current Agenda 21 Sustainable Development controversy.

    Also: How can we change the mindset of people from sheeple to thinking on their own?

    • Anita:

      “Agenda 21 Sustainable Development controversy” EXCELLENT!!!

      USW has some stuff on this I sent him awhile ago. Me looking a little as well. Although to some extent these are all distractions for me. But they do help when trying to show the masses what is going on under the system they support.

      Hows that stress level today?

      Mellllllllllllowwwwwwwwwww here.
      Big hugs yer way
      JAC

      • Anita and JAC,

        Excellent! I was just thinking about Agenda 21 the other day. I think the Marxists and other elitists have DELIBERATELY smeared people who “believe” conspiracy ‘theories’, as kooks, haters, etc. They NEVER explain WHY the theories are untrue, other than to disparage the person/people who suspect something is amiss……

      • Thanks JAC,

        My biggest stress today is my dirty house. I’m stalling which creates more stress.I have two sisters who are teachers so this Agenda 21 business gives us great concern.

        Was Google Earth-ing around today. Boy! That’s some beautiful Big Sky country you have out there. That kinda God’s country gives me 0 stress:)

        Hugs back atcha

        • Is there a link to anything on Agenda 21? I must have missed that discussion.

          • Help me out JAC or Cyndi: Links are not my specialty. Or Birdman you can google up Agenda 21. Plenty of good reading.

            • Anita:

              Here is a link from those who support the effor (I think). The summary gives you the flavor. The site included what are I think links to actual document sections.

              http://www.iisd.org/rio+5/agenda/agenda21.htm

              Then do google search for Agenda 21.

              Check out a couple of the sites that are revealing what is going on. The link to the Santa Cruz sustainable development may be interesting. I haven’t check it out.

              But I did listen to a presentation by a fellow who was involved in the Santa Cruz effort. He is now traveling the country trying to alert everyone to a One World Govt takeover through this initiative.

              He went from member of the county/city govt to conspiracy theorist as a result of his exposure……..according to him.

              I personally took him to task on several points of his talk and he didn’t respond well. That is I got canned, robotic responses, and a great speech about liberty and property rights, when I asked a simple question about some of the terminology he was using.

              He seemed a little Crackers to me, but most of his information was absolutely true, that I had first hand knowledge about. That being bio-diversity and setting reservations aside from Mexico to Alaska. It happens to eat up most of the country I live and play in.

              Hope that gets you started on your journey.
              But I urge you to not start until tomorrow.
              It will only delay house cleaning and will for sure get the stress level back up.

              Big smile and warm wishes.
              JAC

              • Having not read it yet I can tell you for sure-The guy is CRACKERS! I’ll check it out in a while. Gotta get to work, schools out in 6 minutes. Yikes!

          • Birdman,

            I just noticed that HuffPo has an entire section on Sustainability. The link is at the extreme top of the page. Can you say brainwash?

      • UH oh…JAC..you back on the Chemistry?

        • D13,

          Buying reloading powder and primers tomorrow, any suggestions? 7mag, 150 gr jsp & 300 mag. 9’s 45’s to follow.

          • LOI:

            See if there is anything here:

            http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp

            Good luck in trying to find primers and powder. It’s hard to find. I paid $4.99 for 100 primers!! The stores are raising their prices fast. I’ve been waiting since September for new casings and bulk bullets from Midway.

            • I just got back from the only reloading store in central Alabama with 2000 primers. They received a new shipment in today is the only reason I got those; I dare say they are probably out by now. Unfortunately they did not get in any IMR 4350 powder and do not know when anymore will come in, I have to call every day to see what comes in.

            • Thanks, took a look there. I have seen RL22
              & Varget recommended.

          • Hmmmm…going long range over open terrain…300. 150 grain is always good.

        • D13

          Nope Colonel. Just high on living today.

          That time of month, it will pass in a few days………..OTFLMAO

          JAC

  21. In the face of rising unemployment and record-breaking deficits, policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are criticizing the Obama Administration for awarding

    a half million dollar grant from the economic stimulus package to Penn State Professor Michael Mann, a key figure in the Climategate controversy.

    “It’s outrageous that economic stimulus money is being used to support research conducted by Michael Mann at the very time he’s under investigation by Penn State and is one of the key figures in the international Climategate scandal. Penn State should immediately return these funds to the U.S. Treasury,” said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project.

    Professor Mann is currently under investigation by Penn State University because of activities related to a closed circle of climate scientists who appear to have been engaged in agenda-driven science. Emails and documents mysteriously released from the previously-prestigious Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom revealed discussions of manipulation and destruction of research data, as well as efforts to interfere with the peer review process to stifle opposing views. The motivation underlying these efforts appears to be a coordinated strategy to support the belief that mankind’s activities are causing global warming. […]

    The $541,184 grant is for three years and was initiated in June 2009.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/01/14/climategate-scientist-received-economic-stimulus-funds-media-mum#ixzz0cbn0a2aa

  22. Here’s a little known fact, though. Saddam Hussein was made an honorary citizen of Detroit a decade before his little expedition into Kuwait. Detroit, USA. Concerned by the rise of Iranian influence in the late ‘70s, Washington planted its weight solidly behind Iraq. Covertly at first, and then more openly by providing economic aid, military intelligence, non-US origin weaponry and Special Operations training, the United States made it clear who their favorite Middle-Eastern poster boy was.

    http://theviewspaper.net/usas-unscruplous-act-in-iraq/

  23. Help me here people, Obama is to announce a fee (tax) on large banks today that is projected to raise $90 billion over a 10 year period. The object of this fee (tax) is to help recoup taxpayer bailout money and trim the federal budget deficit. The plan won support from key Democrats even before details were released.

    My favorite senator Chairman Barney Frank said:

    “Republicans will suffer if they echo warnings from the banks that taxes or fees would hurt banking activity. “The answer is yes, good,” he said. “If they were not able to make so much on overdraft fees, and credit cards and derivatives and some of these manipulations, then they might have more incentive to lend.”

    Hurt banking yes, good, what kind of bonehead statement is that, this guy is clueless. BTW did not the economy come crashing down because this fool and others made it too easy for folk’s to get loans who could not afford them?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20100114/pl_bloomberg/a2qittskcwqk

    • BAMA

      You trying to kill my good mood?

      “If they were not able to make so much on overdraft fees, and credit cards and derivatives and some of these manipulations, then they might have more incentive to lend.”

      The other Barney, that purple one, he has more brains than Barney Frank.

      Yep, reducing profits creates incentive to “lend” more money to people who probably can’t pay the money back.

      I’m OK now. Just a temp set back………
      Live free my friend.
      JAC

      P.S.: There was a day when I would have pulled for Bama in the big game. But no can do after what the alumni powers pulled on Mike Price. Just sayin.

      But congratulations anyhow. I still remember watching Joe Namath in I think it was the Sugar Bowl. That kid could throw the ball.

      • JAC
        Of course I am going to have to disagree with you about Mike Price. In this neck of the woods you don’t use a University credit card to pay for your bar tab, hotel and personal stripper, it just rubs people the wrong way. That little problem does not even address the issue of inappropriate comments by him to some of the southern belle coeds at the University. But hey maybe those kind of things go on in other parts of the country, but not around here.

        • Bama

          My point is that if he had been their Golden Boy there would’ve been less looking and talking.

          He aint totally innocent. But I think there are some boosters whose hands aint clean either.

          The whole time at WSU nobody ever reported any such behavior. Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, just never made to the public.

          And I am guessing our sensibilities are not far off from yer part of the world.

          Ya damn sure don’t mess with our women folk. They’ll KICK YER ASS.

  24. I thought this article was interesting:

    No Acquiesce to Depredation
    by Tim Case
    Recently by Tim Case: The Plague of Self-Delusion

    “A little government and a little luck are necessary in life; but only a fool trusts either of them.”

    “When politics are used to allocate resources, the resources all end up being allocated to politics.”

    ~ P.J. O’Rourke

    Within the populace of the United States there seems to be a slow awakening to the destruction that is beginning to overtake us. After my last article I was asked by more than one reader: “What happened? How did we get into this mess? What did you mean by ‘survive’?”

    The answers to these questions have no simple explanation but the bulk of our problem stems from a wave of philosophical attacks which have corrupted the fundamentals that have, throughout history, assured happiness, and more than a modicum of prosperity.

    These corrupting influences have not always been readily identifiable; the reason being that as with any heretical doctrines, they seem logical, inspiring and thus judged by the majority to be the correct. It should also be noted that the numbers of those who see the future destruction, which ultimately follows a new orthodoxy, are always far less than those who don’t; thus the implementation of the harmful principles are always accompanied by intimidation and the associated threat of violence, when the academic arguments falter.

    It is the old tired mantra of tyrants everywhere; you will be convinced by the force of our argument or we will convince you with force.

    Once adopted by society, it is only the passing of time which reveals how perverse, irrational, harsh, and caustic these false standards are to the individual and social order.

    Whether we like it or not we live in a world of scarcity. Economists tell us that scarcity is the constant characteristic of the human condition whereby our desires and needs are always greater than our ability to satisfy them.

    Certainly history testifies to the fact that human wants are almost limitless and encompass a wide array of material and spiritual desires.

    The caveat, as Thomas Woods explains, is that man’s “resources and his body itself exist in finite quantities; any expenditure of these things in the pursuit of some end necessarily comes at the expense of a foregone alternative. He cannot simultaneously perform or enjoy the fruits of all the ends he wishes to pursue. Time, for example, is an irreversible continuum; an hour, once devoted to a particular task, is never again available in the service of another task.”

    The conflict arises when we as humans realize – consciously or unconsciously – that the ability to satisfy our desires is limited by the finiteness of our resources; including the number of years in our lifetime.

    This is man’s Achilles’ heel that allows governments to promise – contingent upon allegiance to the state – “You can have it all.” Humans gladly accept this façade for one simple reason; they tend to make choices based on what they believe will bring swift and complete happiness.

    It is human nature to take promises as acts which will either avoid danger or that which is unpleasant, thus satisfying a need or desire. Consider the ultimate swindles (Social Security, Medicare), spurious notions (Unlimited credit, “Universal” Health Care, Welfare) and surreptitious campaigns (One World Government, Global warming, saving the planet) that have cajoled the people to the brink of economic disaster.

    The common thread of human misery, weaving through centuries of man’s history, resides in the fact that the more utopian, the more feckless, the more fatuous the pledge, the more faithful the public adherence.

    Mankind’s wretchedness derives from what is known among Austrian economists as the law of marginal utility.

    “This law says,” explains Thomas Woods, “that each additional amount of a homogeneous good yields a lesser amount of utility. This law follows from the existence of value scales: the more units of a good a person possesses the lower and lower ranked are the ends he can satisfy with them. His first unit of water, for example, he may devote to drinking, in order to keep himself alive. He may devote his second unit to bathing. A third unit might be used to water his lawn. The value of the marginal unit, therefore, is the value of the end he could no longer satisfy if that unit were taken away. If he loses the third unit he will certainly not go without drinking; he will instead refrain from watering his lawn – in other words, he will refrain from pursuing the least valued of the ends he was previously able to satisfy.”

    It is often forgotten that “The Government” or “The State” is not an independent, omniscient entity. Rather it is an organization made up of individuals and as such is subject to the same laws of economics – including the law of marginal utility – that govern all human beings.

    As more and more power, along with society’s resources, are concentrated in the hands of the “elite,” wastefulness ensues in the form of debts and mismanagement or outright theft of resources. Ultimately this squandering, decadent misuse of assets becomes pandemic throughout all government entities, manifesting itself in the cavalier, haughty, if not total disregard for private property and even human life.

    This is not some academic exercise but rather a considerable fact of history. Predictably, the empty-headed barbarians among us will continue to find their fantasy world of a benevolent government preferable to reality; spurning self-reliance and personal property while endorsing state terrorism (TSA, FDA, FEMA, Homeland Security, etc…) with its unabated misery.

    Just how dangerous this can be was recently brought home to me while speaking with a delightful lady whose youngest years were spent under the Stalin régime (1928–1953) and grew up in the “liberated” Soviet Block country of Poland. (The Soviet Empire held Poland in subjection from 1945 to 1983.)

    Eva was not born in Poland; she was born in the west, in Austria which by 1941 was in the orbit of Nazi Germany.

    She has little or no recollection of either her father or uncle. During the war they had left the house to do some personal shopping and were never heard of again. Eva has no idea; neither did anyone else, whether they deserted the family, were incarcerated, or killed in a bombing raid.

    This, however, was only the beginning of the family’s sorrows.

    During the war German ideals of “racial purity” and “politically incorrect” were evident by a number of means. Eva remembers, “…Granny told me the letter “P” had to be sewn on all our clothing so we would be recognized as non-German…”

    In 1945, at the conclusion of WWII, this racial profiling continued to put her family in an untenable position, which ultimately resulted in the family being consigned to the deprivation of the Soviets. “…[M]y mother was born in Austria,” she elaborates further, “but my Granny was Polish hence the Germans considered us Poles and the Russians as Germans and that’s why we were evacuated to Poland.”

    Criminals, then as now, wear uniforms and the trip to Poland, as related by her mother, is complete with the shameless arrogance that accompanies state sponsored crime. “The train we travel(ed) on was stopped several times on the way and we were removed from the train waiting on the platforms until the Russian soldiers robbed our possessions and then we were ordered back on the train. Mama and the rest of the family learned (by) the second time to grab whatever they could before the train stopped. By the time we arrived (at our destination), Gorzow Wielkopolski, most of our possessions were gone.”

    “The whole city was full of Russian soldiers,” she continues, “We… kids were forbidden to open our mouths on the streets as we did not speak Polish and whenever we ask mom something in German we were called German swine… We were not allowed to speak German at all; we had to learn Polish from Granny and Mom.” Eva’s mother’s wisdom even extended to forbidding the speaking of German at home. “So by the time I went to school I already spoke good Polish. The rest I have learned (in school).”

    However, there was more to come. Eva discloses that “[b]y the time I reached the 3rd class [grade] (10 years old) [the] Russian language (had) become compulsory… one day the Russian soldiers came and all Polish history books were confiscated and replaced with Stalin’s/Lenin’s and Dzierzynski’s (Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky) Russian revolution history.”

    It was during those years, while learning to speak Russian, that she had a problem rolling her “r” in a manner acceptable to her teacher. “One day,” she recounts with more than a painful expression, “the teacher got very mad at me. She then went into the kitchen and got a tablespoon.” Returning to the classroom this “teacher” grabbed Eva, pinned her against the wall, then “… jammed her knee into my stomach, pushed my head against the wall, and forced the spoon under my tongue. She held me like that until I rolled my “r” to her satisfaction.”

    Nor was there a lack of political correctness. “During all my time in Gorzów, that is the school time, we were not allowed to address our teachers in any other way but by calling them ‘citizens.’ If you said Mr. or Miss. or Mrs. they would not reply until you said citizen.”

    It was at the age of 4–5 years old, while walking home one afternoon, another traumatic event occurred. “I was beautifully dressed when a Russian woman (we called them Uncle or Auntie IVAN) pulled me into a doorway and started taking the dress off me. She kept saying she only wanted to see if the dress was the right size for her daughter. She stole my dress and never returned. I was found later by friends and my Mom standing in a doorway half naked.”

    When I inquired as to what they ate and the availability of food, Eva gave a most startling response. “Some of the food was coming from UNRA [United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration] from (the) USA and karitas (charitable) church organizations. The only spare meat that was available was horse meat and pork dipped in boiling water. (The) rest of the food was grabbed by the Russians before even the butcher was open.”

    Fruit was equally hard to come by. “We could get, with great difficulty, 4 oranges for Christmas and Easter and the same applied to lemons and other exotic fruits. They were simply not available to (the) normal public.” The rest can be presumed to have gone to the “elite” and well connected.

    Remembering the hardships she and her family endured brings an obvious look of pain to Eva’s face. That pain, however, is quickly replaced by unbridled joy as she remembers the first time she ever saw a grocery store display with oranges, in any quantity desired, available to the general public.

    “…(T)he day I arrived (in) Dover, after missing Mother in Amsterdam, Lila with her husband picked me up at the (train) station and we were driving along one street when I suddenly saw a shop window full of oranges…. I shouted to Richard, ‘Stop!’ ‘Stop the car!’”

    Her brother-in-law asked; “What was the matter?” and Eva pointed to the window with all the oranges and asked, “Are they real?” “I just could not believe that they were real and nobody was queuing (standing in line). I went inside the shop to check for myself if the oranges were for real; THEY WERE!”

    During her teenage years, in Poland, Eva recalls. “Most of the books were forbidden and just vanished from the libraries and book shops. Listening to any foreign radio stations (or Radio Free Europe) was forbidden and very dangerous.”

    She and her friends would go into the basement cover themselves with whatever was available and turn a radio on, being sure to keep the volume down very low, just to hear the news or listen to music. “Music like Rock and Roll and Elvis Presley were absolutely out. You could have been severely punished if caught with his record bought somewhere on the black market.”

    Even so, Eva became an accomplished singer. In a dichotomy which properly belongs to a black comedy those decadent western songs which had been banned by the regime were the very tunes, “…I sang… at the official parties of the dignitaries in Warsaw and got away with it.”

    There are many more horrifying events which could be recounted from the time Eva and her family spent in Communist Poland but the most troubling comes from her preteen years. “The most frightening were some nights when drunken soldiers would knock (on) our door, with their rifle butts, demanding to be let in or they (would) open fire. I was usually pushed to the door to say that: ‘Mom is away working and I am alone sleeping.’ That made me very nervous and for the rest of my life I become very nervous when somebody knocks on my door, even now.”

    I will leave it to the reader to decipher these drunken soldiers’ intent.

    Eva now lives comfortably in a western country but is still ever cautious about what she says, to whom she is talking, her surrounding and especially who is following her: behavioral traits that aided and acted in concert to assure her survival.

    I can hear detractors declaring: “That was then this is now!” “We don’t live in Communist Poland, this is America and it can’t happen here!”

    Are you sure? Take a hard look at the TSA; government intrusion into every aspect of our lives; rogue police officers committing crimes that only a few years ago would have brought public outrage but now are sanctioned by “law”; regulations upon regulations designed to leave us no better off than defenseless, destitute medieval serfs; then there is Congress which is staffed by blatant fools who have brought one of greatest economies in modern history to its knees and on the verge of a catastrophic meltdown. Do I really need to go on?

    The executive branch of the Federal government is embracing and openly declaring its support of ideologies and espousers of pogroms who have been responsible for the death of millions upon millions from Europe to China.

    What is the ostensive difference between the actions of our present chief executive’s administration, in concert with its dupes in Congress over the last year, and Lenin’s statement that “Communism is power based upon force and limited to nothing, by no kind of law and by absolutely no set rule”? Lenin’s Collected Works, Vol. XVIII, page 361

    With the acceleration of government size and power are we that far away from certain books, websites, cable news networks, and radio programs being outlawed? Can we expect harsh penalties being exacted for dispersing, or even speaking certain “unapproved, government banned” ideals? You think not? Consider how many words are no longer “politically correct” and construed as “hate crimes.”

    Is it a stretch of the imagination to see a future that has government induced food shortages or clothing shortages? You had better be sure of your answer. Our banking and financial systems are failing!

    How long do you really think it will be before we are reliving the worst that history has to offer? Take a look at your children and grandchildren; will they survive? Could you survive? Before you answer don’t let a modicum of present wealth and comfort lull you into apathy or a false sense of security.

    Survival begins not with guns, gold, and a garden. It starts with self-reliance, strong family and communal bonds, a plan of subterfuge, and clandestine acts centered in the refusal to be subdued. You can’t have it all so you had better spend the scarce time, energy and resources you have left to prepare.

    January 9, 2010

    Tim Case [send him mail] is a 30-year student of the ancient histories who agrees with the first-century stoic Epictetus on this one point: “Only the educated are free.”

    • Good post Birdman! 🙂

      I wonder if or how close we really are to reliving that story? I’m goona e-mail USW and ask him to send my address to you. I can share some ideas as we discussed yesterday.

      Peace and Live Free FOREVER!

      G!

  25. Judy Sabatini says:

    This was just sent to me, and I thought I would with all of you.

    *PRAY THIS EVEN IF YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!!
    *
    *IT WILL ONLY TAKE A MINUTE ..
    *
    *I started not to do this,but as I read it . . . .
    *
    *I understood God to say,
    *
    *’You need a miracle tomorrow’
    *
    *so here goes . . . Prov . 29:25
    **
    **

    **You never know
    *
    *when God is going to bless you!!
    *
    *Good things happen when
    *
    *you least expect them to !!!!!!!!
    *
    *
    **Change the number in the subject box
    *
    *when you forward it by adding one!!!
    *
    *

    **Dear Lord, I thank You for this day,
    *
    *I thank You for my being able to see
    *
    *and to hear this morning ..
    *
    *I’m blessed because You are
    *
    *a forgiving God and
    *
    *an understanding God . ..
    *
    *You have done so much for me
    *
    *and You keep on blessing me ..
    *
    *Forgive me this day for everything
    *
    *I have done, said or thought
    *
    *that was not pleasing to you .

    I ask now for Your forgiveness .
    *
    *Please keep me safe
    *
    *from all danger and harm ..
    *
    *Help me to start this day
    *
    *with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude .
    *
    *Let me make the best of each and every day
    *
    *to clear my mind so that I can hear from You .
    *
    *Please broaden my mind
    *
    *that I can accept all things ..
    *
    *Let me not whine and whimper
    *
    *over things I have no control over .
    And give me the best response
    *
    *when I’m pushed beyond my limits .

    I know that when I can’t pray,
    *
    *You listen to my heart ..
    *
    *Continue to use me to do Your will ..
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    *Continue to bless me that I may be
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    *a blessing to others .
    *
    *Keep me strong that I may help the weak . . .
    *
    *Keep me uplifted that I may have
    *
    *words of encouragement for others ..
    *
    *I pray for those that are lost
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    *and can’t find their way ..
    *
    *I pray for those that are misjudged
    *
    *and misunderstood .
    *
    *I pray for those who
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    *don’t know You intimately ..
    *
    *I pray for those that will delete this
    *
    *without sharing it with others
    *
    *I pray for those that don’t believe .

    But I thank You that I believe
    *
    *that God changes people and
    *
    *God changes things .
    *
    *I pray for all my sisters and brothers .
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    *For each and every family member
    *
    *in their households .
    *
    *I pray for peace, love and joy
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    *in their homes; that they are out of debt
    *
    *and all their needs are met …
    *
    *I pray that every eye that reads this
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    *knows there is no problem, circumstance,
    *
    *or situation greater than God .
    *
    *Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight .
    *
    *
    **I pray that these words be received
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    *into the hearts of every eye that sees it
    *
    *in Jesus’ name . Amen!
    *
    *
    **If you prayed this prayer,
    *
    *change the number in the subject box
    *
    *before forwarding the message
    *
    *so people can see how many
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    *other people have done so ..
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    *God Bless ! ! ! ! !
    *

  26. Buck The Wala says:

    Hey JAC,

    Sorry for posting down here, but having major computer issues today. I’ve tried responding 2 or 3 times and nothing gets posted….very annoying.

    Anyway, as to your topic on federal grand jury: very intriguing. I’m looking forward to your post and our debate! Maybe you could post a quick link to provide a summary (and starting point) as to the exact issue you are getting at?

    Hope all’s going well today!

    • I am not sure what is going on today Buck, but your posts are all going into moderation instead of posting immediately. I obviously come in and approve them when I have a moment to check in, but I am confused as to why it is happening. It happened with Kent McManigal a couple of weeks ago. Did you change anything about how you log in?

      • Buck The Wala says:

        New email address, which could be causing the problem. I can easily switch back to the other, but I don’t use the old one anymore. No biggie, if need be you can always hold onto this current email and I can post using the old. Let me know.

  27. Cyndi:

    Figured I’d let Ray have the space up top . I totally agree with you. It’s bad enough that the country is so split, that is trouble to start with. But then there are so many who just refuse to get involved to begin with. There are probably more of them out there than everyone else combined. If everyone in the country would just wake up and pay attention we might be able to get somewhere. It is very frustrating.

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      @Anita – trouble is Anita – how does everyone just wake up?

      My average day

      Up @ 5:30
      5:30 – 6:30 get ready for work, get baby ready (clothes, milk, etc), get dogs squared away (poop, pee, water, food)
      6:50 – 7:50 train ride to work. read newspapers, a book, catch up on emails, nap
      8:00 – 5:00 work, odd break or five to drive-by respond to blogging
      5:08 – 6:00 – pm train home – sleep, emails, some reading
      6:20 – 7:30 – dinner, feed the baby, feed the pets, dishes, clean up
      7:30 – 9:00 – play with baby, get baby ready for bed, diaper changing, more feeding
      9:00 – 10:00 – walk dogs, play with dogs, hang w/ Mrs Hawk, read, laundry, more housecleaning
      10:00 – 12:00 – schoolwork, reading for school
      12:00 thereafter – crash and burn

      mix in martial arts 4 times a week, working out 4 times a week, other errands, talk to family, friends, neighbors

      There just isn’t much time! It sucks but I feel the burn of where do I shoehorn in trying to stay up to date on issues, get involved and stay informed!

      • Ray

        I sure hope you don’t think I was taking jabs at you. Not in the least. I’m talking about the people who don’t even watch the MSM, much less The HuffPo, or Fox News. There are way too many of them and the big guys know it and they pull them ( the sleepers ) along to chaos. It’s our job to wake them up

        • Ray Hawkins says:

          Oh no Anita – I’m just a guy that tries to stay updated griping about how hard it is sometimes! 🙂

      • Just wait, Ray….they grow up to be teenagers…..with a drivers license.

  28. I know some of you are following the MA race between Coakley and Brown (not the Kennedy seat; not the Democrat seat; the People’s seat). It as gotten downright comical. This Coakley woman – picture a MA version of Pelosi.

    Well the claws have come out and the D’s are trying to use any and all tactics that have worked in past elections like using Bush/Cheney ties, etc. Well, remember in the 2008 election when the Ds used McCains wealth and his number of homes against him? They are trying that on Brown as he has displayed himself as regular guy who drives a truck with 200,000 miles on it, BUT REALLY, he is much wealthier than that.

    Check out this lame attempt from HuffPo to try to point out this guys wealth:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/13/ma-senate-candidate-brown_n_422399.html

    This rich guy trying to act like a common man……

    3,000 sq ft home, NEAR A LAKE (mentioned twice) worth more than $100,000

    PLUS

    Rental properties on a college campus

    PLUS

    A timeshare in Aruba….worth between 10,000 and 20,000

    (oh but did we mention that other senator, you know that Kerry guy…..)

    Seriously, you’d think this was the Onion and satire.

  29. Ray Hawkins says:

    @Cyndi – from above

    “BTW, you never answered my question. Does America look like you though it would in Nov 08, at this point into O’s time in office?”

    That’s an excellent question Cyndi – my short answer is no – in what should have been more narrow focus I sometimes feel we are too ambitious and cannot fathom how doing so much in so little time can have long reaching effects. Year one should have been economy and wars – and I don’t necessarily buy it that ‘fixing healthcare’ is a prereq to fixing the economy. I don’t like swinging for the fences every time we’re up to bat. A more measured approach to calm things down and slowly rebuild w/o placing future gens at such risk would have been preferred. I thought America would be more singularly focused on core issues – instead we’re like ferrets on crack trying to follow the bouncing ball.

    • Ray:

      “instead we’re like ferrets on crack trying to follow the bouncing ball.”

      Damn that was good. Can I use it in the future?

      I’ve seen ferrets all wound up on nothin but natural energy. This image just cracks me up.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        @JAC – don’t you feel that way sometimes though? Wish we could just focus – focus and simplify.

        • Ray:

          Me personaly no. I’m long past the spot your standin in.

          Government? Damn straight.

          Only difference between us is that I EXPECTED it to unfold pretty much EXACTLY like it is unfolding. That includes the reversal on Iraq and the build up in Afghan. Did think he would do more to make nice with Iran though. Intelligence must have set him off the game a little.

          I also expected they would be a little more careful about the “progressive” appointments. The whole bunch lumped together looked like some kid who had been denied and now it was his turn to get even. Way to many political operatives and not enough experienced administrators.

          I think your stated WISH would have been a good “moderate appearing” compromise for a first term. It would have almost guaranteed a second term. But the lack of strategy goes to the appointments, in my opinion. Intellectual elites prone to cracking skulls. Not the types who think in strategic terms when given the scepter of power.

          Enough rambling. I’m putting a far to serious note on the end of an otherwise funny day.

          Keep smilin Ray.
          You’ll learn to sleep through the cryin, after the third kid comes along.

          JAC

    • HI Ray,

      I too like the ferrets on crack. That’s good!

      I understand about you’re not having time for much. Most of us can relate.

      You said that America is not where you expected it to be by now. Have you consideed WHY that is? I don’t think the Repubs in Congress can be blamed. Nor the Tea Partiers. No one in Congress or the White House listens to them. So WHY has O and the Dems done as they have? You don’t have to tell me, just give it some thought. Why are they doing the things they are doing, and why did you believe things would be different back when you cast your vote……

  30. Hey USW! I agree with most here that quality is the primary goal. Your articles are always the best! But, yeah, sometimes I get lost when the topic changes. I was especially busy over the holidays (as I am sure everyone was) and felt bad that I couldn’t participate more. All the topics for upcoming discussions were great ideas. I think too, that you could farm out some of the research for us to do and maybe “cliff notes” it to you, so you have more time to interact on here and spend time with the lovely Mrs. Weapon and the pup.

  31. Don’t know if anyone noticed, but . . . I have reduced my own blog to only posting once a week.

    I have also reduced my research to finding others who are of the same ilk as me and post their writings when they have said what I am thinking better than I could have said it.

    Gives me more time to devote to the Mrs. That sort of thing seems to be more important as time goes on . . .

  32. I wonder how much the number of comments per week/month is dependent on the number of articles posted. To some extent the comments trail off if no new material is introduced for more than a few days but other than that it seems the flow keeps pretty steady and you just get two days’ worth of comments on the most recent post if you skip a night on posting something. The new schedule would work just fine I think.

  33. Judy Sabatini says:

    East Boston cat called for jury duty.

    http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO133130/

  34. Judy Sabatini says:

    Joe Biden update: He meets on transparency today. But the meeting is closed
    January 14, 2010 | 2:22 am

    BidenHandstoHeavensap

    Everybody should just relax and take it easy.

    Unsubstantiated rumors that Vice President Joe Biden had suddenly gone a little loopy and ordered some of his official meetings opened to at least cursory public or media attention were just that — unsubstantiated rumors.

    After a recent public sighting, fears had mounted that the one-time, long-term senator might rebel against traditional White House strictures and start acting on all the administration’s oft-promised promises of government transparency and official openness running back into 2008.

    But the VP’s public schedule today puts all those fears to rest.

    In fact, loyal Ticket readers will recall that one day last summer with no advance warning whatsoever Biden’s official White House schedule changed from listing frequent “private meetings” to listing frequent meetings that are “closed press.” Was this dramatic and….

    …little-noticed vocabulary change a sign of internal administration turmoil? What did it really mean?

    No, of course not. And, nothing.

    Announcing everyone the VP meets with, including sessions with unidentified senior staff, which consume much of the vice president’s listed time, and what subjects they talk about would have been a stark contrast to George W. Bush’s administration, whose notoriously secretive ways drew such criticism from Democrats in Congress during eight long years of really failed policies.

    Instead, in the apparent interests of bipartisanship, the Delaware Democrat has adopted much the same sort of undetailed schedule as his Republican predecessor, Dick Cheney, who was not in the Senate when Obama was only 11 years old.

    In fact, today’s Biden schedule highlight is a meeting with the chief of transparency for economic recovery. But, unfortunately, the transparency meeting is non-transparent, closed to the press. (See his full schedule below.) Which makes it — what? — secret openness? Open secrecy?

    In a joint report issued early this week a league of nonprofit groups including Common Cause gave the Democratic administration high marks for its openness, although it said the work was incomplete and didn’t really go into the lack of open healthcare legislative hearings televised by C-SPAN, as promised by candidate Obama.

    Under the category of good but not good enough, here’s another viewpoint from Tommy Christopher, including the Obama C-SPAN promise video.

    Biden once described Cheney as the most dangerous VP in American history. But since Biden will only turn 68 this year, he was probably overstating in his well-known, jolly way the dangerous vice presidents that he’s known whose devious backroom skills and ways earned them fame over the decades –men with household names like William King, Henry Wilson and T.A. Hendricks.

    Someday, who knows, Biden’s too may join them.

    — Andrew Malcolm

    Here is the vice president’s official schedule for today. Boldface was added in the interests of emphasis. Note especially that the vice president’s meeting with the chairman of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board is closed, meaning non-transparent.

    The “pool spray” mentioned has nothing to do with aquatics. It’s a coded message to media that a few select members will be allowed in to take pictures briefly — possibly for only a few seconds — as Biden and his guest pretend to continue their previously private conversation as if the meeting was open.

    DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT, Thursday, January 14, 2010:
    In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. These briefings are closed press.

    At 11:30 AM, the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This meeting is closed press.

    Afterwards, the President and the Vice President will have lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

    At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will meet with Iraqi Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi in the Roosevelt Room. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of this meeting; gather time is 1:45 PM in the Brady Briefing Room.

    Then, at 2:15 PM, the Vice President will meet with Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board. This meeting is closed press. ###

    In the interests of transparency we admit you can click here to receive Twitter alerts of each new Ticket item. Or follow us @latimestot. You can also go to our new Facebook fan page here.

    Photo: Associated Press

  35. Might as well post this here:

    8-year-old on terrorist watch list:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/nyregion/14watchlist.html?no_interstitial


    Michael Winston Hicks’s mother initially sensed trouble when he was a baby and she could not get a seat for him on their flight to Florida at an airport kiosk; airline officials explained that his name “was on the list,” she recalled.

    The first time he was patted down, at Newark Liberty International Airport, Mikey was 2. He cried.

    After years of long delays and waits for supervisors at every airport ticket counter, this year’s vacation to the Bahamas badly shook up the family. Mikey was frisked on the way there, then more aggressively on the way home.

    “Up your arms, down your arms, up your crotch — someone is patting your 8-year-old down like he’s a criminal,” Mrs. Hicks recounted. “A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him. But my 8-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.”

    It is true that Mikey is not on the federal government’s “no-fly” list, which includes about 2,500 people, less than 10 percent of them from the United States. But his name appears to be among some 13,500 on the larger “selectee” list, which sets off a high level of security screening.

    At some point, someone named Michael Hicks made the Department of Homeland Security suspicious, and little Mikey is still paying the price. (His father, also named Michael Hicks, was stopped for the first time on the Bahamas trip.)

    For every person on the lists, hundreds of others may get caught up simply because they share the same name; a quick scan through a national phone directory unearthed 1,600 Michael Hickses. Over the past three years, 81,793 frustrated travelers have formally asked that they be struck from the watch list through the Department of Homeland Security; more than 25,000 of their cases are still pending.

    Excellent security system, have to watch out for those two year old suicide bombers. Never know what might be in those diapers.

  36. I really hope this works.
    Ray this is for you but it goes out to everyone hear. Says alot for me.

  37. Judy Sabatini says:

    Matina McBride—— God Bless America

  38. Judy Sabatini says:

    God Bless America—-Ray Charles Version

  39. USW and others that lived through the 60’s and 70’s and had an inkling of what was going on…

    Interesting note: I have never seen the country more polarized since the 60’s. I feel the same stresses today that I felt in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Race is a major issue again, Repubs and Dems are more polarized…the get even mentality is rearing its head again…and the entitlement mentality is raging again.

    The only difference that I see…the dollar is worth less, there are no black/white counters and riding in the back of the bus, and the military is not ostracized.

    I did not vote for Obama but I did want to see him change things for the better…not the worse and I see worse…even worse than Carter and I thought that impossible.

    • Colonel,

      I was alive back then, spent my time outdoors doing what kids should do, playing. I do remember Carter, he was the first POTUS that I felt had no spine. Today, I’m, as an adult with three grown kids, feel the same as you do, and I don’t like this feeling at all!

      I rattle my brains each day on what can be done to change it, I shake my head everyday because I find myself surrounded by sheeple who have no clue what is happening outside their little world.

      I can say one thing is for sure, I’m not going down without one helluva fight! Even if I have to live in a small cave, pick and choose my fights, I can and will make life for any enemy a living hell. That, sir, is where I stand. 👿

      Peace and Live Free my Freind!

      G!

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        Who would have thought, that we would end up with a president that is by far worse than Carter ever was? This one has absolutely no spine or backbone what so ever, and I hate to say this, but I fear for myself and my husband in our older years, and what’s going to happen to us.

        I grew up in the 50’s and really didn’t think much about what was going on, I was young, didn’t know about racial prejudices then, we didn’t have that problem when I went to school, had a mixture of kids in school and in my classroom. We were there to learn.

        In the 60’s things changed however, especially when I was in high school, then we had racial problems. We had a total of 3 racial fights break out only because blacks from another city came in and caused problems because we didn’t have that many blacks in my high school, but the ones we did have, couldn’t have been nicer. I remember one of my friends, a kid named Dennis Hammer was stabbed 3 times by a black guy from that other city, Richmond to be exact was the other city. Luckily Dennis survived that stabbing. Because of those racial problems, we had to have security guards at our school, the police patrolled a lot more. We weren’t allowed to leave school grounds anymore during lunch because of it.

        Then the 70’s came, and the one thing that stands in my mind the most, is when those terrorists held that plane hostage for more than 400 days, and Carter didn’t do jack s@#$ about it. Funny, Reagan came in, and it ended within days. Kind of says something about our administration now, doesn’t it.

  40. Judy Sabatini says:

    Why Doctors Are Abandoning Medicare

    By C.L. Gray

    Physicians will not be bullied into bankruptcy. Our system needs reform, but what’s being hammered out in Washington is not the answer.

    Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why.

    Doctors are leaving Medicare for two reasons: one obvious, the other more concealed.

    The first is simple—the math:

    1) For the past decade Medicare consistently paid physicians 20% less than traditional insurance companies for identical service.

    2) On January 1, 2010 Washington made hidden cuts to Medicare by altering its billing codes.

    3) Medicare will cut physician reimbursement by another 21% on March 1. The CBO said this cut must take place if the Senate healthcare bill was to “reduced the deficit.”

    4) Even more, Congress pledged to cut Medicare by yet another $500 billion. Again, the CBO said this additional cut must take place if the Senate healthcare bill was to “reduced the deficit.”
    Many physicians were operating at a loss even before this series of massive cuts. In 2008, Mayo Clinic posted an $840 million loss in caring for Medicare patients. No businesses can survive when patient care expenses exceed revenue.

    The second is more ominous—Washington’s increasingly abusive posture toward physicians.
    President Obama reflected this attitude last summer. On national television, he stated as fact a surgeon is paid between $30,000 and $50,000 for amputating a patient’s foot.

    In reality, a surgeon is paid between $740 and $1,140 to perform this unfortunate, but often life-saving procedure. This reimbursement must cover a pre-operative evaluation the day of surgery, the surgery, and follow-up for 90 days after surgery—not to mention malpractice insurance, salaries for clinic nurses, and clinic overhead. It is frightening to think our president is so wildly misinformed even as he stands on the cusp of overhauling American health care. But it gets worse.

    Given massive federal deficits, Washington now faces increasing pressure to cut Medicare spending. One way to do this is to intimidate physicians into under-billing. To do this Washington intends to spend tax payer dollars to ramp up physician audits using Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC audits) to randomly investigate private physician’s Medicare billing.

    A physician group at my hospital recently experienced an AdvanceMed audit, an earlier version of the RAC. For a year Medicare auditors made their practice a living hell, making them question if it was worth caring for Medicare patients at all.

    An independent reviewer (who was paid a percentage of the audit) reviewed 86 patient records and “found” the physicians had “fraudulently billed” Medicare for $351,820. After spending a year fighting the allegations, eventually, eventually all charges were dropped. The physician group was vindicated but only after spending almost $100,000 defending themselves. The independent reviewers were clearly after money, not justice.

    For example, one patient the auditor alleged the group had “fraudulently” billed for was a man undergoing a chemical stress test. The allegation was the patient should have undergone a cheaper traditional treadmill stress test. The difficulty with this accusation was this man was a double amputee—he had no legs. This made a traditional treadmill test impossible. The auditors clearly were not trained health care professionals—they were bounty hunters. (It is worth noting the investigators are given legal immunity from a countersuit for conducting a “fraudulent investigation.”)

    This story is not unique. To reduce Medicare’s budget shortfall physicians are being subjected to these abusive investigations nationwide. If medicine increasingly falls under government control, why should the best and the brightest of our youth give up 15 years of their life to go into medicine?

    The relationship between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the average working physician has become abusive. Mayo is but the first to make the leap to less government control by closing its doors to some patients on Medicare.

    Washington, slow down and listen; reconsider what you are about to do. Physicians cannot be bullied into bankruptcy. Our system needs reform, but this is not it. If you continue on your present course, sadly, it will be our seniors that pay the price.

    C. L. Gray, M.D. is president of Physicians for Reform.

    • As we progress toward nationalized healthcare (liberal statists will take us there sooner or later) doctors will become slaves to the state.

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        And that saddens me Birdman, because my son is in pre-med right now, and in another year or so will be heading into medical school, and I can only hope, it won’t be for nothing. I can only hope that by the time he becomes a full fledged doctor, it would have been worth all the studying, hard work, and dedication that he put into it.

        But, all I see right now, is how this administration is dictating on how, what, who, how much of, or how little of, these physicians can practice. If they are so determined to take over the medical practice, then I can only suggest that they in turn get their medical degrees, because I hope then, they can be liable for any wrongful deaths they may cause.

        My son is planning on going into ER or pediatrics for his specialty, and I pray to God, that he will succeed in making it without any interference from this administration.

        • My daughter is thinking about the medical field. She is not in pre-med but in a similar type of program at Michigan State. I think a doctor is still a good profession. However, their pay will be reduced and reduced over the years under national health care. I don’t think government will interfere with you son’s pursuit of his education. Government will control all of the school loans.

          • GO GREEN!

            We have 8 Spartan graduates in our family

          • Judy Sabatini says:

            He’s getting his tuition paid for through the National Guard right now. He would have stayed in the Marines if they paid, but since they don’t he left after his 4 years.

            My son is also an EMT, went through training with Truckee Meadows Community College, has his license nationally now, just in case.

            My son is going to the University of Reno now, but when he does his residency, he’s going to try and get into John Hopkins, the May clinic, or at St Judes Children’s Hospital. But he is also looking at others throughout the U.S.

            He is well aware of the possibilities of a lower set income mandated by this health care, and that’s one of things that really bothers him too. He feels why should all these specialist who go to school for a much longer period be paid the same wage as say a G.P.. nothing against or disrespectful against them, just making an observation that he pointed out. Like he said, if that’s what’s going to happen, then there will be a lot less specialist. then there will be a lot more people in trouble if they are needed.

            • Judy Sabatini says:

              Meant to say Mayo, not just May

              • Judy:

                I have a son at the University of MI in the Army ROTC. His tuition is being paid but not housing. Don’t laugh, but he is taking history and english. I tried to get him to take science or engineering but to no avail. Those degrees will not land him a job should he not like the Army. So far, he plans to pursue a career in the Army.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Birdman

                I wouldn’t laugh at what your son is taking, if that’s what he wants to do, There is nothing wrong in taking English and History, and I admire him for wanting to pursue a career in the Army.

                I also have an older son who has been in the Guard for 7 years now and plans on making that his career, plans on staying in until he can retire until he’s 40, he’s 27 now. He is the ammo manager for the state of Nevada right now, but he plans on goingor trying to qualify for Warrant Officers school, in fact he’s in Utah right now on WLC, in earning his SGT. strips.
                He’s a specialist right now. Next year, he plans on reenlisting.

                You tell your sone for me, I am very proud of what he is accomplishing, and I hope he has great success in what ever he pursues in his life.

              • Judy:

                As long as he plans on making the Army his career, he will do fine. My concern was that should he not like the Army and get out after 4 or 6 years, his degree will not be that marketable.

                He’s in his 2nd year and has really matured. My wife and I are proud of him. He purchased his brother and two sisters Zune’s for Christmas, an expensive gift. He knew we didn’t have too much to spend on gifts this year and wanted to help out.

                I hope that we are out of Afghanistan when he graduates. I don’t want him to go there. I have a nephew over there now.

              • Judy Sabatini says:

                Going to bottom

  41. SUFA, with a special head up for Ray.

    Time for an experiment in how they try to manipulate us.

    This afternoon while driving around, errands, I heard good ol’ Newt the Gingrich on the radio (Sean NO’Shamos Hannity show). Subject was the Massatwoshits election. Part of the discussion was how close the race, how the elephant stomped the crap out of the donkey, etc, etc. But then the second part was about can you believe the corrupt D’s are considering holding off on the R’s certification (if he wins) to allow the seated Senator to help pass the health care bill. The Newt’s responsw went something like this:

    “If the democrats pull that trick they will tip over the cart. The American people will have spoken, in electing the R, and if the D’s try to deny, once again, the will of the American people I am afraid the reaction will be nothing like we have seen in over 30 years of covering politics. SH…what do you mean???

    Newt: I think that the majority of Americans are angry and fed up. They have had enough of being ignored. I am afraid that if this happens the results could mean an inability to govern. The riots could spread threatening our entire system.

    Oviously Newt is full of newton crap. It a Massatwoshits seat not America’s seat and only those in Mass are voting. And obvioulsy MOST of America is not pissed off to the point of spitting nails, at least for the same reason. The country remains pretty much split down the middle with 20% sitting on the fence, watching the birds and waiting for their cookies before deciding.

    But here’s the TEST. Lets watch and see how long it takes for the “Conservative” talk and TV shows to pick up on this theme. “If they do that there will be violence” or its equivalent.

    Why? Because this is how THEY get YOU mad enough to do just what they predict. THEY wil talk about this until everyone is ready to blow. Somebody is wanting this to happen or to get very very close. Perhaps so they can step in and say HE/SHE prevented it. Now this is just a THEORY.

    So what do ya say? Lets keep our eyes and ears peeled and see if it gets legs. Don’t forget to keep eye on the Lefty sites as well. Should see it in both areas.

    Best to the best.
    That would be yall’
    JAC

    • Hey JAC!

      I totally expect some BS if the R wins. It would not have me spitting nails, because I expect it.

      There is something really wrong going on, not sure what they want yet, but the clues are everywhere. It just seems like they want civil unrest, the sooner the better for them (them being, I don’t know). As theories go, this is just another piece of a puzzle (maybe) to achieve something much bigger and much worse. Or it could be the lame media just trying to make news, instead of reporting it after it occurs.

      Freedom Forever Brother!

      G!

    • Hi JAC,

      I remember the Ds threatening riots if O wasn’t made president. Both sides do it and the masses lap it up.

      Side note to G-Man,

      Careful there fella, your beginning to think, and dare I say, sound, like me…. 😉

  42. Displaced Okie says:

    JAC,
    I’ll try and answer down here. Keep in mind this is purely my opinion from my observations and conversations with other LEOs, I don’t have any statistics or studies to back any of this up.

    As I stated above alot of the changes in the mentality stems from the loss of officer descretion, meaning that deparments, agencies, and the government have attempted to regulate everything in an attempt to eliminate discrepancies and “special” treatment(good or bad) of groups, individuals, races…etc. While this does probably result in more equal treatment across the board it has also removed much of the “human” element of law enforcment. I like to think of this as law enforcement at the lowest common denominator.

    An example: Back in the old days if you had an “Joe Citizen” who was a little over the legal blood alcohol limit, there was a pretty good chance that guy would be stopped and a cab or relative would be called–end of story. Whereas if “Joe Dirtbag” was sloppy drunk and causing chaos all over the streets, he would be going jail. This system worked pretty well, until Joe Dirtbag’s lawyer found out Joe Citizen walked when he was over the limit. Joe Dirtbag now sues the Department and the Officer. End result: Law Enforcment at the lowest common denominator, The Department changes its policy now Joe Citizen and Joe Dirtbag both go to jail.

    Now, as result of the policy change, if that same scenario happens and Joe Dirtbag sues, the department says–“Hey not our fault, look at our policy.” and the officer now faces the lawsuit in a case where he violated policy and probably disciplinary action from his department.

    So–if you’re still reading-
    1.now the officers are giving up their descretion to bad knee-jerk policy for protection from lawsuits.
    2. The average citizen now is treated like the aforementioned dirtbag and the average citizen does not like this and now has a negative view of law enforcement.
    3.The Cop doesn’t like the the negative attitude of the average citizen and retreats into the security of fellow LEOs.
    4.This furthers the us vs. them mentality between LEOs and Citizens, the vicious cycle continues…

    When add in bad laws, a media who loves a bad cop story more than a good cop story, actual bad cops, you get a pretty bad scenario. Fortunatly, this is not how it usually goes. Most of the time “regular” people get along great with LEOs, The places that there’s usually friction are places where the buearacracies are out of control like L.A. or New York. Here in Texas, I get along great with all my neighbors, none of which are LEOs. The same thing goes for most of the people I work with. I’d go so far as to say that there is even some admiration from them.

    I hope that helps with some of your questions about LE, I’ll try to get some of your other topics at a different time, but right now the Wife, Displaced New Yorker, is getting home and I have to head off to the Gym.

    Until then Stay Safe and Live Free(I hope you don’t mind me stealing this phrase, I like it 🙂 ),

    Displaced Okie

    • I saw something that relates to this the other day in the comments on another blog. It appears to have been taken off the other blog’s comments, but I still have it because it seemed important. I don’t have the original source, for which I apologize.

      By Greg Evensen, Retired Policeman

      …as government began its sickening expansion, policing became a meaner and nastier job. It was made that way by badge wearing thugs who didn’t hesitate to do whatever they were told by the S.A.C. (Special Agent in Charge) of the FBI, BATF(E), US Marshal’s Office right down to armed poultry inspectors—yes they have them and they are really tough on criminal chickens. The “us against them” mentality, and the “mission essential” attitude justified SWAT teams, “dynamic entries,” and later use of MACE, TASERS, FLASHBANG GRENADES and “routine” use of SUBMACHINE guns. All in the name of “taking down” the accused—no matter the charge. I abhor such police tactics and was an officer that served my own warrants, rarely with one other officer at the back door.

      Now we have become eaves-dropping, roadblock setting, door crashing, face grinding, arm breaking, pursuit driven bastards that have sold their asses to the government masters hell bent on establishing the TRUE reincarnation of the dreaded SS. That is NO overstatement. Note: There are significant numbers of officers at all levels that simply detest the forced training at FEMA centers, the requirements to stop Patriots and others simply because they “look” dangerous, and are exercising free speech statements on their vehicles. By whose ultimate authority does this take place? By whose ultimate judgment is it that it is necessary to harass INNOCENT drivers and families? The public sees this Gestapo mentality as far more of a danger than any stickers they put on their vehicles? Where are all these “faithful” enforcers of the law when it comes to confronting the unlawful, unconstitutional, unjustifiable, and unmerciful rotten bunch of usurpers, communists, atheists, deviated, immoral scungebuckets that are walking the halls of Congress, the White House, and the Federal Courts? How is it that the “get ‘em at any cost” morons at Homeland Security have created an environment in amerika that is an unwarranted intrusion of power in 186 other nations?

      And all of this is done in the name of safety and security. I guess that a majority of ignorant buffoons really do believe that Barack Sotero is the Messiah and he does hold the keys to socialist paradise in his hands.

      • Displaced Okie says:

        Hi Kent,
        While there are too many of the incidents that that the author points out, to characterize them as the norm is a gross overstatement. The author sounds like someone with some kind axe to grind, Lord knows I’ve met a few. I have been in on countless arrests and the ones that I would consider “overly aggressive” number less than 1%, in fact I have seen more cases where lethal force could have legally been used, but a less forceful tactic was used. Now don’t get me wrong 1% still too much, but I find it much more helpful to deal with an accuruate perception. On a related note bad cops are usually ostracized pretty quickly a bad cop makes harder for the rest of us. At least where I live and work although I can’t speak for everywhere I have heard stories of other places where the us vs. Them mindset is pretty strong. Anyway Kent, I really enjoy reading your posts and I hope I am not sounding too arguementative I just don’t like the whole gustapo misconception.

        Stay safe and live free,
        Displaced Okie

    • OKIE

      Thanks for the info. It makes sense and adds a new dimension to things we need to fix quickly.

      We don’t want LEO’s feeling alienated from the public. We may need them to stand with us against immoral action by the govt.

      I know that will be very hard for them, but will be easier if they see their friends and neighbors in front of them and not Joe Dirtbag. Perfect comparison by the way.

      I hear what your saying about location. The isolated neighbors I told you about had moved to n. Idaho from Orange County, CA. As had most of the retired cops and firemen from the LA area. They were a very tainted bunch.

      As for the phrase…..PLEASE use it and SPREAD it widely. Others for the occassion

      Peace and freedom
      Peace and live free
      To be free you must live free
      and the soon to be infamous…….JAC WAS HERE

      Best to you and your displaced spousal unit leader.
      hasta manana.
      JAC

    • D.O., Kent, and JAC,

      First great question and great replies. I can’t help but to imagine (not believe) that this is part of the plan, not the solution. I know many LEO’s, their hands are tied as far as the community goes. It’s sad, compared to when I grew up, and the LEO’s actually took the time to teach kids, even when running a speed trap. What I learned way back when, worked, I have , as of yet, had a moving violation. When the LEO’s were community oriented, it made a difference.

      Today, not anything like those days. Sadly, those that should be on our side, the law abiding citizens, just don’t seem that way so much, and many times, not at all.

      LOE’s may have the worst job in the country, not because of them, but because of the road they are forced to travel!

      Peace and Live Free!

      G!

  43. More great news.

    Make sure you hit the play button

    http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwuekwe/multimediafinal.html

  44. Buck,

    I’d like my time on the beach, if the boss will quit making me work long enough for me to do it. 🙂 Not complaining BTW, I’m very fortunate and I know it. I agree wtih your assessment of me, Ray and our positions. Two completely opposite points of view.

    • Can I come for a visit? 🙂 Too cold here, getting old, and tired of shoveling snow. Please! 😆

      G!

      • Well, its a closed island but authorization is possible, assuming of course you can afford about 2k or more, just for the airfare. Phonpei is two islnds over on the ‘hopper’ and wouldn’t even require a tourist visa, unlike what’s required to step off the air plane here. Or you could take your chances in Majuro, not as nice as here though. Maybe if you got a job with Kwajalein Range Services, of Chugash….. 🙂

        This is like the Island of Misfit Toys in the movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, only its an island of Misfit People!

    • Buck the Wala says:

      Granted. You can have your time out on the beach. But be sure to have a cocktail for me!

      • Will do 😉

        Tomorrow is the ‘gangs’s’ monthly dinner on the beach and my boyfriend’s birthday, so there will be ample opportunity to have a beverage on your behalf. Are ya’ll jealous yet?

        🙂

  45. Judy Sabatini says:

    Birdman

    Have to ask, What are Zunes? I know what you mean about not being able to spend a lot at Christmas. With me being out of work now, and my husband mainly doing part time, we have to tighten the belt.

    My son who is in pre-med right now was told by his cousin, who just happens to be an ER doctor here in town, that the guard will not pay for 100% of his medical school, only for under grad school, and since he plans on continuing his medical degree, that the Air National guard will pay. But the stipulation is, that he has to do 4 years active duty, and go where they say to, and he’s seriously thinking about doing that when his last year in the guard is up at the end of next year, Dec, actually.. There is no way for me and his dad to be able to pay, and he can’t either, even with the grants he has received.

    When he joined the guard, they tried to put him in an active unit, but he refused, said he was merely joining for school. He he wanted it in writing that he won’t be deployed anymore, that 2 tours was enough for him. He is in his older brother’s unit which is a non deploy able unit. His first tour of Iraq did major changes to him, aged him by 10 years, saw 5 of his buddies get killed, he was shot at, had to kill the enemy, almost got blown up, saw more crap there than he is willing to talk about. Some things he will, and there are some things he said he will never be able to talk about. His second tour wasn’t quite that bad, but enough to not want to go back. They had tried several times to get him to change his mind and go into a different unit, but again said no.

    Now, his older brother on the other hand, just might be going to Afghanistan at the end of next year, depending on whether he changes units or not. That is still up in the air. I told him, that I hope he doesn’t have to, but if he does, there isn’t a damn I can do about it. I had to worry about his younger brother, being in Iraq, and fighting in Najaf when all that fighting was going on, and not knowing if he was dead, alive or wounded, not hearing from him for 3 weeks was enough for me to handle, and I don’t know how I would handle it if he was to go to Afghanistan, and told him, that maybe by then he wouldn’t have to go.

    But, you know Birdman, I know these guys and gals volunteer to go in the service, and if they have to go to either one of those places, all we can do is, pray that they come back home safe, and in one piece. My youngest son that was in the Marines really matured in the 4 years he was in there. He was 17 when he went in, but of course we had to sign the permission slip for him to join, and was 18 when he did his first tour. That was the longest year of my life when he was there. Gave me more gray hair than I planned on, not to mention it also gave him some gray hair, and he’s only 24, so that should tell you something.

    I hope your son won’t have to go there either, but if he does, you better believe that he, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers daily. Right now I am up in the air about us being there and in Iraq for that matter. One side of me says bring them home, but then the other side says, we have to finish the job, but just how long will that be, is anybody’s guess.

    • Zunes are some type of electronic device about 4 inches long by 2 inches wide that connect to the internet or computer. It has games and other applications. It’s like an Ipod but a different company.

      Did you ever try using Indeed.com to help find a job? I sent you the links.

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