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This nation is closer to a Civil War than it has been since 1861.

civilwar2This nation is closer to a Civil War than it has been since 1861.

Scary thought, isn’t it? Especially to those who have seen war and know from  personal experience what it is like. If you are older than 35, would you ever have dreamed that one day, in our lifetimes, our country would be reduced to this? Sometimes it makes me want to cry for America. It makes me want to throw a fit and smash things, rage and scream like a wild man. I want to grab my weapons, march to Washington DC, stand up in front of Congress and the president and say, “Now Look, this is the way it is going to be or by God, I will start shooting!”

Kind of childish, isn’t it? I didn’t ask for the crap that is going on today. I don’t want it. I am near 60 years old. All I wanted was to live out the rest of my days in peace. I wanted to live out those days in the America that I knew and loved, where one was safe and didn’t have to worry about what the government was planning to do to you.

So much for that. Life has changed, as it is supposed to. But it is not a good change. It remains to be seen what good can come from this state of affairs. The one thing I do know is that it is up to us . . . each one of us. . . yes, that means you . . . to bring forth whatever good can be found.

I am very proud of the American people. Well, not the democrats and libtards obviously, but the conservatives and the rank and file. Despite this crisis, we have not panicked. We have not run around in circles screaming, “the sky is falling” and wringing our hands. We have not gone off like drunken fools to shoot up DC and impose our will. We have been patient and tried to give our elected officials time to do what is right. We have been preparing, but one can never be prepared enough. And time is getting short.

I earnestly hope and pray that our differences with our government can be settled through peaceful means. I know many are speaking of open rebellion against the government, but I know of no one who wants to overthrow the American system of government, only those people that currently occupy that government. If our differences can not be settled by peaceful means, then I am one who advocates rebellion. Again, time is getting short.

Last night was the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover. For several years I was the guest of some Jewish friends on the first night of Passover.

If you are a Christian, I would highly recommend that you attend a Passover seder if you have the opportunity. There is a lot of symbolic meaning for Christians in the seder that goes back at least 2,000 years before the time of Jesus.

I bring this up because I am reminded of one particular Passover that took place 70 years ago, in 1943 in Warsaw, Poland. There is, quite possibly, no more unequal struggle throughout history.

nytimeswarsawIt was on the first night of the Seder in 1943 that the Germans began the process of attempting to liquidate the Jewish community which lived in the Warsaw Ghetto. Like many other persecutors throughout history, the Nazis favored assaulting the Jewish people on their holidays. Yet, the Passover spirit proved to be stronger than the Nazis, for the Nazis were not given the easy victory that they had sought. According to the Hagadah, “It is not only one that has risen up against us to destroy us. Rather, in every generation, they rise against us to annihilate us. However, the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand.”

Thus, in 1943, the Nazis were the ones to “rise against us to annihilate us.”

However, the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto, inspired by the Passover story, rose up against the Nazis and demonstrated that a struggling community of half-starved Jews had the power to hold out longer than countries like Poland and France against the Nazis oppressors. “Imbued with the call of Moses, they too declared, ‘Let my people go!’”

“They took up arms, though no one gave them arms. They fought, though no ally fought with them. On this night of Passover, the Jewish birthday of freedom from oppression and slavery, they restored self-defense and power to the Jewish people. Not many of them survived. Thus, on this night, when God watched over us millennia ago, we honor the memory of the young men and women of the Jewish Fighting Organization of the Warsaw Ghetto with a pledge that we will never forget the gift of revolt against tyranny that they bequeathed to us and to all humanity.”

If war against our government does come to us, then let us look to these brave warriors in the Warsaw Ghetto for hope, for inspiration, for courage. Let us follow their example so that all may see that we fought against oppression and slavery. When our story is told around the world, let it be shouted to the heavens that we fought for freedom.

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I asked Jim and he allowed me to attach this brief blurb at the end of his article. For those of you who are not aware, we have a group of people preparing for the possibility of things happening as discussed in Jim’s article. There is no doubt that civil unrest is possible in America today and we are simply looking to build a network to be prepared for that possibility. We are not preparing for any offensive acts of aggression but we are getting like-minded people together in case we need to one day respond to these things being thrust upon us. We are not a militia, we are just a team of concerned Americans who want to be prepared if the worst should ever come. Currently we have 10 regional teams with about 18,000 total members and our project is only four days old. As membership grows we will break down into state and local areas. Here are the links should you decide to join us. -Dean Garrison

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This person is “spot on”. I had seen The Blaze’s column on this, and commented on the idiocy of giving any interested mental case and/or psychopath a roadmap to which schools were most vulnerable.

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MH900422950Perhaps  it was just a coincidence.  This morning the search warrants related to the Adam  Lanza case were released to the media.  Mere hours before that, a story was  quietly filed at the Des Moines Register.  It was a map of Iowa  scattered with colored dots.  Each dot represented a school district.  And the  colors represented its security.  Green for security, red for no security.  And  gray for school districts that didn’t respond to the paper’s asinine request.

Maybe instead of a red dot the editors could have used a target?

Mike Opelka of The Blaze broke the story.  He had the opportunity to  get a comment from Des Moines Register editor Rick Green last  night.

All of us in the media have to be incredibly thoughtful and even more  vigilant about balancing the need to report with how folks can perceive our work  in the light of what happened at Sandy Hook. I’ll tell you, nothing is more  important to me than protecting the students, school teachers and administrators  and safeguarding a community against any kind of violence.  We got a couple  of phone calls from readers who were concerned about a map, took it down  immediately, re-adjusted it. I’m not going to make the same mistake that has  unfortunately plagued some other newsrooms about sensitivity. I try to be fair  and responsible and not do anything reckless. I love my job too much, I love the  role that we play here in Iowa, and I care too much about the safety of school  teachers and students to do anything so that people would think we were being  reckless and heartless. I just don’t operate that way.

You don’t operate that way?  And yet you thought it was smart to post such a  reckless, thoughtless, and dangerous piece.  You essentially gave a roadmap of  potentially unsafe schools to any criminal interested.  As we all know, schools  are “gun free zones.”  It was great of you to let people know that not only will  these children and staff members remain defenseless; there is NO ONE there to  shoot back.

Way to go, Mr. Green.  That’s Pulitzer worthy stuff.

It doesn’t matter what you do.  It doesn’t matter how many apologies you  give.  It doesn’t matter who you fire.  Hell, it doesn’t even matter if you  resign.  If ONE school comes to harm, it’ll be on your heads.  You will have to  explain to the entire state why you felt posting something so incredibly stupid  was in the best interests of the communities you served.

Shame on all of you for your willful ignorance.

Within hours of The Blaze picking up the story, the map was pulled  and “revised” before being reposted.  As of this writing, no map appears to  exist, just a story regarding school security in Iowa.

Let’s hope the staff at the Des Moines Register is “revised” just as  quickly.


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The e-mail byline read “three ways we could lose” so let’s get ’em! I find it strange that Republicans would refuse disaster relief, and the same tired argument about attacking seniors Social Security and Medicare is being used to encourage donations.:   (links broken)

Since November, House Republicans have shown they’re as committed as ever to dragging us backwards — if we let them.20130328_landrieubegichpryor

They’ve forced the sequester into effect, introduced a new version of the destructive Paul Ryan budget, and of course voted to repeal Obamacare… again.

None of their worst legislation will see the light of day as long as Democrats control the Senate. But with 55 Democratic seats, we can scarcely afford to lose one — let alone the three held by Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

Early support for these red-state Democrats will go farther in preserving these Democratic seats and our Democratic Senate majority — and they each have a crucial public financial reporting deadline on March 31st.

Contribute $25 or more to Senator Landrieu, Senator Begich, and Senator Pryor today, before the end-of-quarter deadline on March 31st.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many Republicans initially refused to provide the kind of disaster relief that has been routine in the past — including some from the gulf coast region.

That’s why the unwavering support of Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was so important to the passage of the Sandy Relief bill. Senator Landrieu did as much as anyone to help Louisianans recover from Katrina, and she fought hard for those of us affected by Sandy, too. We need her voice in the Senate.

Senator Landrieu needs early support for her reelection. Contribute $25 or more before the deadline.

Senator Mark Begich has been so effective because he knows we need to defend and strengthen the programs seniors rely on, especially Social Security and Medicare.

That’s allowed him to take a smart, two-pronged approach to our economy that ignores the false choices on retirement programs. Instead, he’s focused on creating good jobs now and investing in critical basic facilities for future growth.

Senator Begich needs early support for his reelection. Contribute $25 or more before the deadline

Senator Mark Pryor has been doing terrific work as a Democratic senator from Arkansas — particularly when it comes to jobs.

The Building a Stronger America Act he helped introduce included bipartisan measures to move our economy forward and support American competitiveness based on: strengthening the U.S. manufacturing sector, leveling the playing field for American companies, and enhancing trade opportunities for American companies.

Senator Pryor needs early support for his reelection. Contribute $25 or more before the deadline.

After March 31st, each of these candidates will have to file a public financial report. Potential opponents — and the right-wing billionaires who fund them — will look at those reports to gauge each candidate’s strength and whether to make a challenge.

Strong reports out of these red states now could potentially save our Senate majority.

Thank you for your support,

Chuck Schumer


Leave Our Guns Alone ~ No UN Treaty, No Infringement

in Email Featured, JMM  articles / by Rebecca Figone / on March 29, 2013


There is no end to the lengths our current administration will go to, in  order to regulate guns.  To be sure, what we thought was dormant, the UN arms  control treaty, is now being touted, yet again.  Obama is actually pushing for  it, as is his new doormat, Secretary of State, John Kerry.  Please see more  about this, at Fox News. Of course, we have to hope that the Senate has more sense than to ratify the  treaty, but when considering the Senate, at this juncture, there is room for  doubt, as to their allegiance. As I was digging today through quotes for  something else I was seeking, I stumbled onto a few that speak to this issue.  I  will share them and their sources, with you below.

“I say the same as to the opinion of those who consider the grant of the  treaty making power as boundless. If it is, then we have no Constitution.”  (Thomas Jefferson, a letter to Wilson Cary Nicholas The Works of Thomas  Jefferson, September 7, 1803.)

“By the general power to make treaties, the Constitution must have intended  to comprehend only those objects which are usually regulated by treaty, and  cannot be otherwise regulated. It must have meant to except out of those the  rights reserved to the states; for surely the President and Senate cannot do by  treaty what the whole government is interdicted from doing in any way.” (Thomas  Jefferson, A Manual of Parliamentary Practice, p. 110. 1873.)

“The only constitutional exception to the power of making treaties is, that  it shall not change the Constitution.… On natural principles, a treaty, which  should manifestly betray or sacrifice primary interests of the state, would be  null.” (Alexander Hamilton, The Works of Alexander Hamilton, 1796.)

“That the treaty power is unlimited and omnipotent and may be used to  override the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” said Holman, is “a doctrine of  recent origin.…” (President of the American Bar Association Frank E. Holman,  began a campaign in earnest to protect the rights of Americans from treaty law  1948.)

“[T]hough the [treaty] power is thus general and unrestricted, it is not to  be so construed as to destroy the fundamental laws of the state. A power given  by the Constitution cannot be construed to authorize a destruction of other  powers given in the same instrument.… A treaty to change the organization of the  Government, or to annihilate its sovereignty, to overturn its republican form,  or to deprive it of its constitutional powers, would be void; because it would  destroy what it was designed merely to fulfill, the will of the people.”  (Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Story, Limitations on the Treaty-Making  Power (5th ed. 1891), Commentaries on the Constitution, Section 1508, original  source, the Commentaries on the Constitution, written by Chief Justice Joseph  Story in 1833.)

“I do not conceive that power is given to the President and Senate to  dismember the empire, or to alienate any great, essential right. I do not think  the whole legislative authority have this power. The exercise of the power must  be consistent with the object of the delegation.” (James Madison, Debate in  Virginia Ratifying Convention, Elliot 3:499-515. June 18, 1788.)

As I sit and ponder what happens in a nation that is deprived of its rights,  I am given pause, as historically, the peoples of those nations are subverted  and become slaves to the state or casualties.  Our nation was founded on the  idea of freedom and liberty. It was founded on the idea of self reliance and  self governance of the individual sovereign. The Bill of Rights is essential to  the stability of our sovereignty.

“§ 981. In the next place, a bill of rights may be important, even when it  goes beyond powers supposed to be granted. It is not always possible to foresee  the extent of the actual reach of certain powers, which are given in general  terms. They may be construed to extend (and perhaps fairly) to certain classes  of cases, which did not at first appear to be within them. A bill of rights,  then, operates, as a guard upon any extravagant or undue extention of such  powers. Besides; (as has been justly remarked,) a bill of rights is of real  efficiency in controlling the excesses of party spirit. It serves to guide, and  enlighten public opinion, and to render it more quick to detect, and more  resolute to resist, attempts to disturb private rights. It requires more than  ordinary hardihood and audacity of character, to trample down principles, which  our ancestors have consecrated with reverence; which we have imbibed in our  early education; which recommend themselves to the judgment of the world by  their truth and simplicity; and which are constantly placed before the eyes of  the people, accompanied with the imposing force and solemnity of a  constitutional sanction. Bills of rights are a part of the muniments of freemen,  showing their title to protection; and they become of increased value, when  placed under the protection of an independent judiciary instituted, as the  appropriate guardian of the public and private rights of the citizens.” (CHAPTER  XLIV. § 981, AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION., by Justice Joseph Story,  Cambridge, January, 1833.)

It is with this last quote, that I will close.  Let the words of Chief  Justice Joseph Story make you think, and may they also ring true forevermore. To  infringe upon our right to bear arms, would be the undoing of everything else we  all hold dear. The time to reach out to your Legislators is now.  No  ratification on this treaty and no infringement on our rights to bear arms, is  what we must demand.

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered,  as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral  check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally,  even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist  and triumph over them.” ~ Justice Joseph Story; Commentaries on the Constitution  of the United States, 1833

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From this site – As regards National Security:


As regards the 2nd amendment –

First – the -so called- elections, (second time that our military was denied their say in a Presidential election) don’t reflect east coast patriots.   NY and other “blue states” conservatives aren’t asleep. Keep the pressure up!

This video, shows a side of New Yorkers not to be seen on the MSM.

Second –  from my earlier posting of Gun Control and Gun Rights cartoons, a twisted view of the 2nd amendment, used to evoke an emotional response:


I become more aware of my ignorance about the early days of the republic, and the mindset toward firearms. “a well regulated militia” INDEED! this excerpt via Wikipedia:

The Militia Acts of 1792 were a pair of statute enacted by the second United States Congress in 1792. The acts provided for the organization of the state militias and provided for the President of the United States to take command of the state militias in times of imminent invasion or insurrection. This authority was used to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.

WE the people were, in effect required to keep and bear arms: [Enlarged font my emphasis]

The second Act, passed May 8, 1792, provided for the organization of the state militias.

It conscripted every “free able-bodied white male citizen” between the ages of 18 and 45 into a local militia company. Militia members were to arm themselves with a musket, bayonet, and belt, two spare flints, a cartridge box with 24 bullets, and a knapsack. Men owning rifles were required to provide a powder horn, 1/4 pound of gunpowder, 20 rifle balls, a shooting pouch, and a knapsack.[5]

Some occupations were exempt, such as congressmen, stagecoach drivers, and ferryboatmen. Otherwise, men were required to report for training twice a year, usually in the Spring and Fall.

The militias were divided into “divisions, brigades, regiments, battalions, and companies”as the state legislatures would direct.[6] The provisions of the first Act governing the calling up of the militia by the President in case of invasion or obstruction to law enforcement were continued in the second Act.[7] Court martial proceedings were authorized by the statute against militia members who disobeyed orders.[8]

Ok –  that shoots the hell out of liberals and their antipathy toward so called “assault weapons”.   A well regulated militia, WE THE PEOPLE, were our own homeland security, and were required to have -what was then- the latest technology in weapons.

Use and subsequent amendments

The authority to call forth the militia was first invoked by George Washington to put down the Whiskey rebellion in Western Pennsylvania in 1794, just before the law granting that authority expired. Congress quickly passed the Militia Act of 1795, which made the provisions of the 1792 act permanent.

These Militia Acts were amended by the Militia Act of 1862, which allowed African-Americans to serve in the militias of the United States. They were replaced by the Militia Act of 1903, which established the United States National Guard as the chief body of organized military reserves in the United States.   Italics my emphasis – “X”

This item from Guns Magazine:

Posted  in Editor’s Picks, Surplus Classic And Tactical Firearms

The Militia Act Of 1792


The New England Flintlock Militia Musket Armed State Militias In The Country’s Earliest Days.

Like most post-war periods, the years following the end of the American Revolution saw our small standing army reduced to a skeleton force. With the British still in control of Canada, the French in control of the area that someday would be defined as the Louisiana Purchase and Europe in constant turmoil, the Congress passed the 1792 Militia Act—“an Act more effectively to provide for the National Defense, by establishing a Uniform Militia through the United States.” The Act required white male citizens between the ages of 18-45 become members of their state militias and that every militiaman was to “provide himself with a good musket or firelock” within 6 months after passage.





The New England Militia Musket both guarded the homeland and put game on the table as every “able-bodied man” was required to have one.



Militia musket barrels were pinned in place, enhancing the clean, slim lines of the fullstock model. Wrists were often checkered and in this example, show considerable handling wear.

The catch in the Act were the words “provide himself” since neither the Federal nor the state governments were capable of supplying sufficient muskets to arm all the members of the expanded militias. In short, many militiamen had to buy their own muskets. As a result, what evolved between 1790 and 1840 was an elegant pattern of a musket made by local gunsmiths, which today are referred to as the New England Flintlock Militia Musket.

The requirements placed on a militiaman were very specific when it came to his equipment. In Massachusetts, for example, the “Laws for Regulating and Governing the Militia of the Commonwealth of the Massachusetts” stated that: “Every non-commissioned officer and private of the infantry shall constantly keep himself provided with a good musket; with an iron or steel rod; a sufficient bayonet and belt; two spare flints; a priming wire and brush, and a knapsack; a cartridge box or pouch with a box therein, to contain not less than 24 cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a horn; and shall appear so armed, accoutered and provided, whenever called out, except that when called out to exercise without cartridges loaded with ball, provided always that whenever a man appears with his rifle all his equipment shall be suited to his weapon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this act, all muskets for arming the Militia, as herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen enrolled and providing himself with arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid shall hold the same exempt from all suits, distresses, executions or sales for debt or for payment of taxes.”

Also, under the Massachusetts Militia Law, towns were required to “maintain a supply of 100 pounds of powder, 300 pounds of musket and rifle balls of various sizes and 300 flints for each sixty militiamen.” How times have changed in Massachusetts!

Having to spend his money on a musket, the militiaman proved to be no fool. What he purchased from a local gunsmith was a dual-purpose firearm. With its typical .69-caliber, smoothbore barrel, the militia musket fulfilled the required militia role perfectly, but even more important to its owner, I suspect, the militia musket fulfilled the role of a perfect smoothbore sporter. Loaded with shot, ball or buck-and-ball, it was right at home on the front lines or in the game fields.    [Italics my emphasis “X”]

While many different gunsmiths made them, the New England militia muskets acquired a distinct styling of their own with a number of shared characteristics. Fortunately, enough of the privately owned militia muskets have survived that we know a great deal about them.

The militia musket was stocked-full normally in walnut, although specimens stocked in maple and cherry have been encountered. The stock lines are svelte, accentuated by a small, narrow butt and a graceful wrist. The wrist is commonly checkered with an oval or diamond shaped, brass or silver escutcheon plate inletted on top of the wrist behind the tang.

The stock furniture is brass and very British in style as seen here in the pictures of the finely-shaped comb of the stock and the pineapple motif of the forward finial of the trigger guard. Typically there are three, stylish ramrod thimbles pinned to the stock. There are no musket-like barrel bands holding the barrel and stock together. The militia barrel is pinned in place, enhancing the trim lines of the fullstock model, and typically the militia model carries no sling swivels.

The .62- to .70-caliber barrel can be either a surplus US military musket barrel or of new manufacture. The tapered round barrel is typically 40″ to 42″ long, of .69-caliber, with the lines similar to what became the M1816 military barrel and mounted with a small bayonet lug to secure an M1816-type socket bayonet. The musket sports a small, brass or steel (bayonet lug) front sight but typically no rear sight.

If the barrel was newly manufactured, states like Massachusetts required that all musket and pistol barrels made in the state, other than US Armory or contract barrels, be proofed. “Provers” were appointed at the county level by the state. Once a barrel was proofed, the prover stamped the breech with a “P” for proof, his initials and the year of the proof.

Approximately, 25 percent of the militia muskets examined are fitted with surplus American military musket barrels. The barrel used by Connecticut gunsmith, Buell, to build the New England militia musket pictured here is a surplus military barrel and so proofed and stamped with the “V/P eagle head” proof mark.

By requirement, the militia musket was fitted with an iron, button-head ramrod—wooden ramrods being liable to breakage under combat conditions.

To me, the most unusual and distinguishing characteristic of the New England militia musket is its quality lock. The most difficult part of any muzzleloader to produce is the lock, and American gunsmiths imported English locks by the barrel full. The typical militia musket was fitted with a refined, sporting lock that was usually engraved and carried the maker’s or importer’s names and possibly the word “Warranted.” The names of prominent English lock makers like R. Ashmore and W. Ketland appear commonly. The commercial militia locks feature a gooseneck cock and usually a roller bearing on the frizzen spring. Military musket-style locks can also be found on militia muskets, but they’re much less common.

The use of a teardrop and an oval lock screw escutcheon combination is almost universal in the New England militia model.

Light, trim, nicely balanced and accurate, the New England Flintlock Militia Musket is a unique military arm.  State militiamen could not have asked for finer handling firearms than their privately owned militia muskets when called up to fight the War of 1812 or the Seminole and Mexican Wars or maybe even the Civil War. Keep an eye out for this important American military treasure. By Holt Bodinson

Massachusetts Military Shoulder Arms 1784-1877 by George D. Moller, Mowbray Publishing, 54 E. School St., Woonsocket, RI 02895, (800) 999-4697, American Military Shoulder Arms—Volume II by George D. Moller. University of New Mexico Press, MSC05 3185, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, (505) 277-2346,

United States Martial Flintlocks by Robert M. Reilly. Hardcover, 263 pages Mowbray Publishing, 54 E. School St., Woonsocket, RI 02895, (800) 999-4697,



A button head iron ramrod and a socket bayonet lug were required features of the militia musket.





Refined English locks, more at home on a fine sporting rifle, graced the majority of militia muskets.





The distinctive teardrop and oval head lock screw escutcheon combination was universally applied to the militia musket model.






A thumb piece or simple brass and silver inlays were widely incorporated in the militia model stocks.






Stylish, British-type, brass furniture graced most of the militia muskets. This trigger guard is reminiscent of the Brown Bess’.



The United State Constitution formalized the long standing colonial practice of maintaining a
Militia. Delaware dates its militia from the early Swedish settlers of 1655 attempting to defend
themselves from the Dutch.  A “Militia Clause” was included in the constitution as a hedge against
standing armies that were viewed with suspicion in light of the recent War of Independence.  The
standing army was referred to as “the Engine of arbitrary power, which has so often and
successfully been used for the subversion of freedom” according to Luther Martin.  Elbridge Gerry
added, “If a regular army is admitted, will not the militia be neglected and gradually dwindle into
contempt?   The Constitution gives Congress the ability to “raise and support armies”, but attempts
to circumscribe the regular force with appropriations of monies for a term of no more than two
years. The document also tasks the congress   “to provide and maintain a navy”.  It then goes on to
specifically delineate a Militia in Article 1, Section 8, it calls for the Congress to:“Provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions.
Also to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such Part of them as may
be employed in the Service of the United States reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers,
and the Authority for training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.”

The second amendment states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  
Modern interpretation defines this as
an individual right, but in the context of the times, it is clear there was a relationship between
bearing arms and “a well-regulated Militia” that is sometimes overlooked today, but was critical at
our nation’s founding. It was added at the insistence of the anti-federalists to prevent the federal
government from disarming the militia. Three years later, the Militia Act of 1792 would further
expound upon this perceived need, and offer specifics.

This constitutional language remains the guiding charter for today’s National Guard, the modern
version of the Militia. There is still a dual responsibility to both State and Nation for the modern day
militiamen of the National Guard.  This federal/state relationship was codified almost at the onset of
our nation, and it has been refined ever since.

This Sacramento bee political cartoon forgets that the militia referred to in the 2nd amendment was the “home guard”; citizen soldiers.  When not called upon, their weapons were used to hunt for food as well as self protection.  See how they twist the intentions of both the founders, and the NRA.




At the same source of the “Economy Cartoons” there is a category “Gun Control and Gun Rights Cartoons”. While clever, most of the cartoons reflect the lefts attitude toward the NRA and gun rights.  They really paint us Constitutional conservatives, and the NRA as monsters.  A few are interesting in that the blame is aimed at Hollywood; though (and I include here)  some show a twisted view of the 2nd amendment, and its real mission: to enable common citizens to protect their lives and thwart government tyranny.  Consequently, there are far fewer pro “right to keep and bear arms” cartoons to view:





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FBI Want’s Full Spying Power to your Gmail Accounts….. 2013 Top Priority………


Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI still has a difficult time monitoring Gmail, Google Voice, and Dropbox in real time. But that may change soon, because the bureau says it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a “top priority” this year.

Last week, during a talk for the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C., FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann discussed some of the pressing surveillance and national security issues facing the bureau. He gave a few updates on the FBI’s efforts to address what it calls the “going dark” problem—how the rise in popularity of email and social networks has stifled its ability to monitor communications as they are being transmitted. It’s no secret that under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the feds can easily obtain archive copies of emails. When it comes to spying on emails or Gchat in real time, however, it’s a different story.

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Some agencies may have access already. Just before xmas I received an email that had been routed via the USMC/FBI servers in Quantico. No attempt was made to hide this, the ip addr had been added in the email header! it was:

Yes, they can start by getting the King of Nigeria to quit trying to give me money. Seriously, if they are going to take ONE look at my email they need to eradicate SPAM forever. Every FAKE lotto sharing, information hacking attempt is a FELONY and they do absolutely NOTHING. OH, they don’t have the man power.

They can see everything in real time anyway, let alone its all on the servers at your local internet service provider. NOTHING is PRIVATE. That would be a threat to national security. How about you start with every email in my inbox or spam that’s pretends to be from Robert Mueler from the FBI. Hell, Ill even help you.

How about a button on every email client for fraudulent activity, called report for phising or something…that should keep you busy…and how about viruses, the number one way computer data get made vulnerable. What a joke….

Good Lord. It’s not enough that the FBI can spy on you without a warrant after you’ve communicated, violating your 4th Amendment rights. Now, they want to violate your 4th Amendment rights in real time as you are exercising your 1st Amendment rights to communicate with others through email. Might as well put the people on whom we warrant-less spy onto the drone kill list, too. Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave.

If we had real conservatives instead of Republicans in charge of the House and the Supreme Court this kind of thing would be seen as government intrusion.  But our cut & spend republicans who never met a law enforcement or military expansion they didn’t love (FREEDOM!!!) are so far from being true conservatives that they will undoubtedly tell us how much safer these steps will make us and act like they’ve never heard of the 4th amendment.

I thought I heard that Google was already spying for the Gov. What can you believe these days? And where did Bob Barr go to; he was one of the first on this issue?

I swear they are gearing up for a collapse. They don’t want us to have weapons of any significance, be able to communicate without the snooping or having the means to organize without them being able to break it up.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. – George Washington –

NO govt needs THIS much power. We have already had more than one instance of abuses of govt officials. That is why our Constitution gives the power to the PEOPLE and not all the power to the govt. Wake up people.  One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. – Thomas B. Reed (1886)

The government always uses the “we need access” to fight criminals excuse, because they know the masses are to CLUELESS to understand that the smart criminals already use encryption and stenography to hide their communications. Just more citizen rights infringed on by the Government…….

Willie, Joe, and Bill in WWll

Courtesy of a veteran friend I “met” while on JibJab; a considerable amount of my postings came from e-mails received from him.

Willie,Joe, and Bill in WWII

Get out your history books and open them to the chapter on World War II.  Today’s lesson will cover a little known but very important hero of whom very  little was ever really known. Here is another important piece of lost U.S. History.


Makes ya proud to put this stamp on your  envelopes… 


Bill Mauldin  stamp honors grunt’s hero. The post office gets a lot of criticism. Always has, always will. And with the renewed push to get rid of Saturday mail  delivery, expect complaints to intensify. But the United States Postal Service deserves a standing ovation for something that happened last month:

Bill Mauldin got his own postage  stamp.

Mauldin died at age 81 in the early days of 2003. The end of his life had been rugged. He had been scalded in a bathtub, which led to  terrible injuries and infections; Alzheimer’s disease was inflicting its cruelties. Unable to care for himself after the scalding, he became a  resident of a California nursing home, his health and spirits in rapid  decline.


He was not forgotten, though. Mauldin, and his work, meant so much to the millions of Americans who fought in World War II, and to those who had waited for them to come home.  He was a kid cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper; Mauldin’s drawings of his muddy,
exhausted, whisker-stubble infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines.


Mauldin was an enlisted man just like the soldiers he drew for; his gripes were their gripes, his laughs their laughs, his heartaches their heartaches. He was one of them. They loved him.


He never held back. Sometimes, when his cartoons cut too close for comfort, superior officers tried to tone him down. In one memorable incident, he enraged Gen. George S. Patton, who informed Mauldin he wanted the pointed cartoons celebrating the fighting men, lampooning the high-ranking officers to stop.  Now!


“I’m beginning to feel  like a fugitive from the’ law of averages.”

The news passed from soldier to soldier. How was Sgt. Bill Mauldin going to stand up to Gen. Patton? It seemed impossible.
securedownload7Not quite.  Mauldin, it turned out, had an ardent fan:  Five-star Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe .. Ike put out the word: Mauldin draws what Mauldin wants. Mauldin won. Patton lost.


If, in your line of work, you’ve ever considered yourself a young hotshot, or if you’ve ever known anyone who has felt that way about him or herself, the story of Mauldin’s young manhood will humble you. Here is what, by the time he was 23 years old, Mauldin  accomplished:


“By the way, wot wuz them  changes you wuz
Gonna make when you took over
last month, sir?”

He won the Pulitzer Prize, was featured on the cover of Time  magazine. His book “Up Front” was the No. 1 best-seller in the United States.


All of that at 23. Yet, when he returned to civilian life and  grew older, he never lost that boyish Mauldin grin, never outgrew his excitement about doing his job, never big-shotted or high-hatted the people with whom he worked every day.


I was lucky enough to be one of them. Mauldin roamed the hallways of the Chicago Sun-Times in the late 1960s and early 1970s with no more officiousness or air of haughtiness than if he was a copyboy. That impish look on his face remained.


He had achieved so much. He won a second Pulitzer Prize, and he should have won a third for what may be the single greatest editorial cartoon in the history of the craft: his deadline rendering, on the day  President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, of the statue at the Lincoln Memorial slumped in grief, its head cradled in its hands. But he never acted as if he was better than the people he met. He was still Mauldin, the enlisted  man.


During the late summer of 2002, as Mauldin lay in that California nursing home, some of the old World War II infantry guys caught wind of it. They didn’t want Mauldin to go out that way. They thought he
should know he was still their  hero.


“This is the’ town my  pappy told me about.”

Gordon Dillow, a columnist for the Orange County Register, put out the call in Southern California for people in the area to send their best wishes to Mauldin. I joined Dillow in the effort, helping to spread the appeal nationally, so Bill would not feel so alone. Soon, more than
10,000 cards and letters had arrived at Mauldin’s bedside.

Better than that, old soldiers began to show up just to sit with Mauldin, to let him know that they were there for him, as he, so long  ago, had been there for them. So many volunteered  to visit Bill that there was a waiting list. Here is how Todd DePastino, in the first paragraph of  his wonderful biography of Mauldin, described  it:

“Almost every day in the summer and fall of 2002 they came to Park Superior nursing home in Newport Beach , California , to honor Army  Sergeant, Technician Third Grade, Bill Mauldin.  They came bearing relics of their youth: medals, insignia, photographs, and carefully folded newspaper clippings. Some wore old garrison caps.  Others arrived resplendent in uniforms over a half century old. Almost all of them wept as they filed down the corridor like pilgrims fulfilling some  long-neglected obligation.”


One of the veterans explained to me why it was so important:  “You would have to be part of a combat infantry unit to appreciate what moments of relief Bill  gave us.

You had to be reading a soaking wet Stars and Stripes in a water-filled foxhole and then see one of his cartoons.”


“Th’ hell this ain’t th’  most important hole in the world. I’m in it.”

Mauldin is buried in Arlington National Cemetery . Last  month, the kid cartoonist made it onto a  first-class postage stamp. It’s an honor that most generals and admirals never receive.


What Mauldin would have loved most, I believe, is the sight of  the two guys who keep him company on that stamp. 

Take a look at it.  There’s Willie.  There’s Joe.


And there, to the side, drawing them and smiling that shy, quietly observant smile, is Mauldin himself. With his buddies, right where he belongs. Forever. 


What a story, and a fitting tribute to a man and to a time that few of us can still remember. But I say to you youngsters, you must most seriously learn of and remember with respect the sufferings and  sacrifices of your fathers, grand fathers and great grandfathers
in times you cannot ever imagine today with all you have. But the only  reason you are free to have it all is because of  them.

I thought you would all enjoy reading and seeing this bit of American

There are many unexplainable things that will only be revealed when Christ reclaims us and has set up His kingdom in the transformed earth.

Hebrews 9:24-28  King James Version (KJV)

24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.


Hollywood now seeks ‘reincarnated’ kids

‘It would be difficult to find out if the kid was an Egyptian pharaoh’

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If you thought reality TV was beyond anything close to reality, there’s a new  series coming your way that just may prove you right.

Two Hollywood producers are now conducting a nationwide casting call for  children who have allegedly been reincarnated from other people.

The married team of Joke Fincioen and  Biagio Messina are working on a reality series titled “The Ghost Inside My  Child” for the Biography Channel, set to air later this year.

The producers ask in their online  announcement:

“Are you a parent whose child has or is experiencing past life memories? Have  you always wanted to meet and hear from other families/parents who are going  through the same thing? Has your child told you details of his or her  inexplicable memories of another life?”

A pilot episode that aired last November featured three children involved in  recovering memories of what was claimed to be their past lives.

TV producers Joke Fincioen and Biagio  Messina

“We were pregnant at the time when the idea first came to us,” Fincioen told  the Huffington  Post. “We thought what would we do if this happened with our daughter? It  really was a phenomenon. We wanted to tell these parents’ stories without trying  to prove or disprove them.”

On  their own website, the producers added, “As new parents ourselves, we were  both fascinated and a little terrified of the subject matter. Rather than  approaching the show from the angle of ‘is this a real phenomenon’ or adding a  skeptic to investigate, we took ‘The Ghost Inside My Child’ from the point of  view of the parents.

“Think about it: What would you do if your child told you they missed their ‘other mom’ from a past life? Or remembered intricate details of dying in plane  crash in World War II that, upon researching, you learned to be absolutely  true?”

As far as selecting the children to appear on the show, Messina told the  Huffington Post, “We need to make sure the parents are of sound mind and can  handle TV,” noting he wants to dismiss fabricated stories, or tales that seem  evidently coached.

He’s also looking for any possible access to documentation.

“It would be difficult to find out if the kid was an Egyptian pharaoh,” Messina said.

The casting call for the TV series has attracted the attention of skeptic  organizations such as the James Randi  Foundation, noted for exposing paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds.

“Unfortunately, people use anecdote and stories as proof of these  supernatural claims, and this is not dissimilar to ghost stories, or accounts of  supposedly accurate psychic readings people will tell,” organization president  D.J. Grothe told Huffington Post.

He also objects to going to family members of deceased people and telling  them a child could actually be a departed loved one.

“The people who lost a loved one have to re-experience the loss, are told  outlandish claims about their loved one being alive again and stuck in the body  of a child somewhere,” he said. “I think this is a crassest manipulation of  belief and of the fear of death merely for the sake of reality TV ratings.”


California’s Gun Repo Men Have a Nerve-Racking Job

BusinessWeek  By Michael B. Marois and James Nash | BusinessWeek – 15 hours ago


Boomberg – Bloomberg

On the evening of March 5, nine agents from the California Department of Justice, wearing bulletproof vests and carrying Glock pistols, assembled outside a ranch-style house in a Los Angeles suburb. They were preparing to confiscate weapons from a gun owner who’d recently lost the right to possess firearms after spending two days in a psychiatric hospital. They knocked on the door and asked to come in. These touchy encounters sometimes end in anger and, occasionally, handcuffs. This time, the agents came out peacefully with three guns. Then it was on to the next stop on the list for that night.

California is the only state that takes legally obtained weapons away from citizens who are no longer supposed to have them. There are almost 20,000 such gun owners, state records show, including convicted felons, people under domestic violence restraining orders, or those deemed mentally unstable. “What do we do about the guns that are already in the hands of persons who, by law, are considered too dangerous to possess them?” California Attorney General Kamala Harris wrote to Vice President Biden after the shootings in Newtown, Conn. She recommended that Biden, heading a White House review of gun policy, look to California as a model.

Nationwide, as many as 200,000 people have lost their gun rights but keep their weapons, says Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis. Many states lack the ability to confiscate firearms because they don’t track purchases as closely as California, which requires most sales to go through a licensed dealer and be reported. “Very, very few states have an archive of firearm owners like we have,” says Wintemute, who helped set up the program.

California’s been going after guns since 2007. Last year agents seized about 2,000 weapons, 117,000 rounds of ammunition, and 11,000 high-capacity magazines, according to state data. The list of those no longer eligible to keep weapons is compiled by matching files on almost 1 million gun owners with databases of new criminal records and involuntary mental health commitments. About 15 to 20 names are added each day, the attorney general’s office says.

Showing up at people’s homes and demanding their guns is about as fun as it sounds. A felony conviction or restraining order is flagged as a “disqualifying event” in California’s database, but it isn’t sufficient evidence to obtain a search warrant, says John Marsh, a supervising agent who coordinates the seizures. So the agents—there are 33 statewide—often must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons. “We’re not contacting anybody who can legally own a gun,” says Marsh, who never knows what to expect when he approaches someone’s door. “I got called the antichrist the other day. Every conspiracy theory you’ve heard of, take that times 10.”

During the March 5 outing, the agents visited a home in Fontana, in San Bernardino County. They were looking for a gun owner with a criminal record for running a prostitution business, according to the attorney general’s office. Marsh says that while the woman appeared to be home, she didn’t come to the door. Without a warrant, the team left empty-handed.

They had better luck at the ranch house in nearby Upland, where they seized the three guns from the home of a woman who’d been hospitalized for mental illness. One gun was registered to her, two to her husband. “The prohibited person can’t have access to a firearm,” regardless of who the registered owner is, says Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.

Although violating gun ownership laws is a felony, the agents don’t usually arrest people whose weapons they confiscate unless they’re convicted felons, who are prohibited from buying, receiving, owning, or possessing a firearm, Gregory says. The program has met little resistance from gun groups, which have pressed state and federal lawmakers to enforce existing gun control laws instead of writing new ones. “We think that crime control instead of gun control is absolutely the way to go,” says Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. His only complaint is how the law is funded. On March 7, California’s senate voted to expand the seizure program using $24 million from fees that gun dealers charge buyers for background checks. “This program has a benefit to the entire public,” Paredes says, “and therefore the entire public should be paying.”
The bottom line: In 2012, California seized 2,000 guns and 117,000 rounds of ammunition from people who’d lost their right to own firearms.

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