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Friday, August 5, 2011
Diplomat Ambrose Dudley Mann was sent to Europe in March of 1861 to promote the interests, independence and peaceful intentions of the American Confederacy, eventually being appointed Confederate Commissioner for Belgium and the Vatican. His audience with Pope Pius IX is related below in a report to Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
His Holiness on Lincoln & Company:
“From Mr. Mann.
Received December 21, ’63. J.P.B.
Rome, November 14, 1863.
To: Hon. Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of State of the Confederate States of America, Richmond, Va.,
Sir: At three o’clock on the afternoon of yesterday I received a formal notification that His Holiness would favor me with an audience embracing my private secretary to-day at twelve o’clock. His Holiness stated, after I had taken my stand to his side, that he had been so afflicted by the horrors of the war in America than many months ago he had written to the Archbishops of New Orleans and New York to use all the influence that they could properly employ for terminating with as little delay as possible the deplorable state of hostilities; that from the former he had received no answer, but that he had heard from the latter, and his communication was not such as to inspire hopes that his ardent wishes could be speedily gratified.
At length His Holiness asked whether President Davis were a Catholic. I answered in the negative. He then asked if I were one. I answered that I was not. His Holiness now stated, to use his own language, that Lincoln and Company had endeavored to create an impression abroad that they were fighting for the abolition of slavery, and that it might perhaps be judicious in us to consent to gradual emancipation.
I replied that the subject of slavery was one over which the Government of the Confederate States, like that of the old United States, had no control whatever; that all ameliorations with regard to the institution must proceed from the States themselves, which were sovereign in their character in this regard as were France, Austria, or any other Continental power; that true philanthropy shuddered at the liberation of the slave in the manner attempted by Lincoln and Company…that if, indeed, African slavery were an evil, there was a power which in its own good time would doubtless remove that evil in a more gentle manner than that of causing the earth to be deluged with blood for its sudden overthrow.
His Holiness received these remarks with an approving expression. He then said I have reason to be proud of the self-sacrificing devotion of my countrymen, from the beginning, to the cause for which they were contending.
I [informed] His Holiness that it was not the armies of Northern birth which the South was encountering in hostile array, but that it was the armies of European creation, occasioned by Irish and Germans, chiefly by the former, who were influenced to emigrate (by circulars from Lincoln and Company to their numerous agents abroad) ostensibly for the purpose of securing high wages, but in reality to fill up the constantly depleted ranks of our enemy, that those poor unfortunates were tempted by high bounties amounting to $500, $600, and $700 to enlist and take up arms against us, that once in the service they were invariably placed in the most exposed points of danger in the battlefield… that but for foreign recruits the North would most likely have broken down months ago in the absurd attempt to overpower the South. His Holiness expressed his utter astonishment, repeatedly throwing up his hands at the employment of such means against us and the cruelty attendant upon such unscrupulous operations.” A. Dudley Mann
(Messages and Papers of the Confederacy, Including the Diplomatic Correspondence, Vol. II, James D. Richardson, US Publishing Company, 1905, pp. 591-594)
His Holiness on Lincoln & Company
Confederate descendants have long dealt with the misperception that their main goal motivation for honoring their ancestors is to create a facade to hide their guilt behind.
Guilt tripping is a tried and true manipulation tactic, and one not practiced by nice people, but of the ruder more devious element. Their motivation is generally a political hustle.
Gregg Clemmer’s article below features three examples of a more personal nature, the struggle between families and historians, Lee, LBJ and MJk. To reveal, or not to reveal…that is the devil they deal with, not the smearmiesters that torment Confederates.
Our charge, the SCV, is to protect the good name of the Confederate soldier, honored in literally all the military academies of the world. And we do that by revealing to our American family what many relatives prefer that we not, the information that has generally been withheld because it conflicts with the propaganda story. If we have learned anything since 911, this should surprise no one.
Yet Confederates face Civil War propagandists similar to those that would claim the 911 commission report is the true story on the event and all those who disagree are just America haters. The War Between the States has a many parallels with 911…the staging, the attack, and post event. And if there is any group of readers that can grasp this, it is Veterans Today’s. I will be stepping through this in future articles.
I picked Gregg Clemmer’s article for today’s Sesquicentennial series piece because it was a great example of the universal struggle by competing forces to mold history to their vision of the truth, or the one they prefer. The concept of reconciliation is often a major casualty here.
The Centennial Civil War celebration, to use that word, was an intended celebration of reconciliation by national leaders. But various and competing political and social agendas turned the event into a minefield of sorts. Confederate bashing had not come into vogue yet during the Centennial. Back then…
Many black folks were Lincoln Republicans. And southern Democrats so loved to vote that even the dead showed up on election day. South bashing was not considered a political benefit by either party at the time.
What today’s South bashers miscalculated was family pride in the South. I do not say that all have it. Martin Luther King’s children are examples of ‘pride impaired’ legacies, and they do not walk alone.
To malign a person’s family is still a major insult in the South, and those who do it are not considered enlightened superiors, but quite the contrary. In fact, you can get killed doing this in some parts down here where it is considered a form of suicide.
The word Yankee, the derogatory version of it used in the South, is not really a smear word, but simply a descriptive one of such a person. It is a term that is earned by the recipients through their behavior. Being from ‘up North’ is another planet compared a with ‘Yankee’.
American, Confederate and family pride are all closely entwined. Countries, peoples and families all have their crown jewels and family secrets. Guests are not entertained in the basement but the living room. And it is remains impolite to ask if someone still uses an outhouse.
When American tourists visit European historic battlefields they do not find slavery exhibits or fake gas chambers.
In Rome there are no marches for slavery reparations or sit in fundraisers at the Coliseum. Liberal Italians don’t demand their tourist business be closed down for glorifying Roman slavery. That political guilt trip is an American creation.
When Americans visit the Tower of London and tour all the room displays and instruments of torture, they are not handed leaflets on the street on support for victim reparations.
When I lived in Barbados where citizens were 96% black, the concept of reparations was beyond the pale.
Why the repetitive mentions of slavery you ask? It is because we already know that some are planning to carjack the 150th to run their slavery guilt trip machine for five years in the Sesqui storefront window. By the way, I fully support freeing all the remaining slaves here.Native Hawaiians do not hold a day of remembrance for their years of genociding their neighbors, dispatched by the ancestors of the current natives.
American Indians do not mourn their recorded history of slaughtering their neighbors, enslaving the children (if they were lucky) or torturing them to death using methods which could not even be put into print at the time.
It is my wish, and maybe a naive one, that maybe the Sesquicentennial can be put to good use putting the guilt tripping implements of torture away. Such things do not bring us together, but just the opposite, which makes one wonder.
I caught an Al Jazeera TV show recently about the Congo being the rape capitol of the world now, with the number 50,000 annually thrown out. It has been getting steady coverage even though nobody has a clue as to a solution.
But the black on white rape epidemic here in American, about 35,000 a year and holding steady, the media will not cover. It seems they don’t like the image that would represent, that maybe there is something wrong here in paradise, like it’s possibly being the interracial rape capitol of the world. Once again, they are dismissive.
We all face life changing threats on the near horizon and we might be better served keeping our eye on the livelihood ball. But someone else, or some other group, might prefer something else…a distraction. Do they desire reconciliation, or division? Which empowers them more and which does not? I will leave it to you to guess why. And if you do…you will understand why I wrote this today.
You can catch all the past Sesquicentennial articles here. Just look for the Sesqui logo.
Jim W. Dean, VT editor & Heritage TV, Atlanta
I don’t care what anyone says. The demonization war on Conservatives and the TEA Party as ‘terrorists’ is an orchestration from the highest levels of the Obama regime. It’s too convenient that the media and the sycophants for Obama and his Marxist movement are all screaming the same exact thing: that Conservatives in the TEA Party and TEA Party Congressmen are “Terrorists”, “Extremists”, “Delusional” and “Will become violent”. Heck, even Chrissy “Thrill-up-my-leg” Matthews suggested yesterday that TEA Party Conservatives are “”southern” “secessionists” who want to “kill” Obama. After a pause he quickly amended, “politically.”
These charges are not by accident. They are not ‘slip-ups’ or accidental or somehow an expression of frustration. These calls are deliberate and calculated. This is now become the template set down that the media propagandists for this regime will not deviate from, even if the Democrat politicians dial down their recent demonizations. I think the Marxists are moving rapidly into their next phase of this coup. And as I have said – all Marxist revolutions require bloodshed in order to impose the rule of the iron fist. What Obama and the Marxists are doing – is setting the impression in the minds of many Americans, that Conservatives and TEA Party members are a danger to society.
History teaches that anytime the Ruling Class of a society begins to classify their targets in such manner – that pogroms are not far behind.
Newsbusters and CNS News report on the outrageous efforts of Socialist Soapbox MSNBC to carry the template Obama’s regime has laid down to castigate the TEA Party and it’s supporters as imminent threats to national security.
MSNBC trotted out psychologist Stanton Peele who then preceded to analyze the “mind of the TEA Party” and declared TEA Party conservatives to be unruly children throwing a tantrum, who are pursuing goals that never existed and are not achievable. Stanton said Conservatives are like “addicts”, “delusional” and “psychotic” and whom he says, “will become violent”.
Do we really think it a coincidence that the Democratic leadership, including the Vice President have referred to TEA Party Conservatives as “Terrorists”? I don’t. They have essentially called them enemies of the state, while the media has been running full tilt in categorizing Conservative Americans as a ‘clear and present danger’. The timing is suspicious that the Obama regime yesterday – initiated a new federal “Strategy” to counter “Domestic Terrorists” without one mention in the ‘strategy’ of Islam or Jihad terrorists? Nothing from Rep. Peter King’s (R – N.Y.) Islamic Radicalization hearings appears in this new Obama ‘Strategy’ outside of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s demand that they hold hearings on “Right Wing extremists” instead of Muslims.
Obama’s new strategy calls on federal agencies to mobilize police, schools and community groups to ” identify domestic radicalism and extremism that could lead to violence”. Anyone wonder why it was that MSNBC trots out a psychologist to declare that the TEA Party will become violent?? Anyone wonder why Chris Matthews accused the TEA Party of wanting to “Kill Obama”???? Anyone really wonder why Sheila Jackson Lee demands hearings on “violent Right Wing extremists’?? The new Obama Strategy says ”government efforts to identify violent extremists BEFORE THEY ACT are underway”.
Before they act???
Well, since the Ruling class in our government and media have ’identified’ the ‘violent extremists’ as being TEA Party Conservatives, is there any question of whom this government intends to crack down on???
Let’s call this “precrime” zeitgeist by the Marxists for what it is: prepping the battlefield in the minds of Americans to accept the wholesale criminalization and eventual round-up and elimination of Obama’s political opposition. The narrative is, If you are not an Obama supporter, you are a terrorist.
Welcome to Soviet Amerika. It’s not a joke. It’s not an exaggeration. This is real. What the Ruling Class thinks of Conservative Americans is now manifest and evident. What they are charging us being, is terrorists and they are in the process of trying to validate that charge at every opportunity.
This is how millions of people ended up in mass graves by similar ideologies that mirror the President’s. And for the same cited reasons.
Hitler and his National Socialists had an insane hatred of Jews.
Stalin and his Soviet Marxists had an insane hatred of the Kulaks.
Obama and his Democrat Marxists have an insane hatred of TEA Party Conservative Americans.
The only question is – will the fate of Conservatives be the same as it was for the Jews in Germany and the Kulaks in the Ukraine?
Good! Even though I will pay more interest, maybe this will get our absolutely worthless government's head out of its ass. Wait, the Marxist is doing everything on purpose.........
The Spirit of '76 was the name of a bar my friend and I were going to open in Saigon, maybe it's time for the Spirit at least.
Oath Keeper's Ceremony & Dinner+ 09/12/09 D.C.
Oath Keepers Response: “We’re your huckleberries, Chief!”
According to two confirmed eye witnesses, Quartzite Chief of Police Jeff Gilbert referred to the Oath Keepers, the Greater Phoenix Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty Riders as “terrorists” during a public “coffee with the Chief” meeting on August 3, 2011. Reportedly, Chief Gilbert made the reference while discussing the upcoming August 27, 2011 rally that will be carried out by Oath Keepers, the Greater Phoenix Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty Riders, telling the audience “”I take these terrorist threats very seriously and I have reported them to the FBI and anyone else who will listen.”
This was first reported by the Greater Phoenix Tea Party at http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/profiles/blogs/greater-phoenix-tea-party-have
A public information request has been filed to secure the video and audio of the meeting. The Quartzite Chief of police is apparently following the playbook of the Southern Poverty Law Center, DHS, and of political elites, such as Joe Biden who recently compared the Tea Party to “terrorists.”
In response to the alleged statements of Chief Gilbert, Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, said:
“If Chief Gilbert wants to label us “terrorists” simply for keeping our oaths to defend the Constitution, by using our natural right of free speech in support of good police officers who refused unlawful orders, and if he is going to label us “terrorists” for simply exercising our First Amendment protected right to peaceably assemble and petition government for a redress of grievances, – all rights that GOOD MEN fought and died to preserve - well then, all I have to say is “we’re your huckleberries” Chief. See you in Quartzsite folks! Our forefathers are watching. - Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers.”
The Oath Keepers are conducting a massive “Quartzsite Liberty Festival” on August 27, 2011 in support of the “Quartzsite Ten” – the oath keeping police officers who blew the whistle on Chief Gilbert for what they describe as gross violations of the rights of the people, including repeated false arrest and harassment of political opponents and abuse of the NCIC background check system to dig up dirt on political opponents and local activists. Also participating in the rally will be the Greater Phoenix Tea Party, Sons of Liberty Riders, Sons of Liberty, the Campaign for Liberty, and Arizona Ron Paul Meetup Groups, among others. See http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/08/03/oath-keepers-to-muster-quartzsite-arizona-august-27-2011/
Herb Titus taught constitutional law for 26 years, concluding his academic career as founding Dean of Regent Law School. Bill Olson served in three positions in the Reagan Administration. They now practice constitutional law together, defending against government excess, at William J. Olson, P.C. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Olsonlaw@twitter.com
In a Constitutional Republic of the sort that we thought we had, the process by which laws are made is at least as important as the laws that are enacted. Our Constitution prescribes that law-making process in some detail, but those who voted for the "Budget Control Act of 2011" ("BCA 2011") were wholly unconcerned about trampling upon required constitutional processes on the way to the nirvana of "bi-partisan consensus "to avert a supposed crisis. At least two titles of the bill now being rushed through Congress are unconstitutional.
First, the "Debt Ceiling Disapproval Process" in BCA 2011 Title III unconstitutionally upends the legislative process.
The Constitution's Article I, Section 8, Clause 2 vests in Congress the power "to borrow Money on the credit of the United States." As two of America's leading constitutionalists, St. George Tucker and Joseph Story, observed, the power to borrow money is "inseparably connected" with that of "raising a revenue." Thus, from the founding of the American republic through 1917, Congress -- vested with the power "to lay and collect taxes, duties and imposts," -- kept a tight rein on borrowing, and authorized each individual debt issuance separately.
To provide more flexibility to finance the United States involvement in World War I, Congress established an aggregate limit, or ceiling, on the total amount of bonds that could be issued. This gave birth to the congressional practice of setting a limit on all federal debt. While Congress no longer approved each individual debt issuance, it determined the upper limit above which borrowing was not permitted. Thus, on February 12, 2010, Congress set a debt ceiling of $14.294 trillion, which President Obama signed into law.
However, a different approach was used when BCA 2011 was signed into law on August 2, 2011. Title III of the Act reads the "Debt Ceiling Disapproval Process." Under this title Congress has transferred to the President the power to "determine" that the debt ceiling is too low, and that further borrowing is required to meet existing commitments," subject only to congressional "disapproval." For the first time in American history the power to borrow money on the credit of the United States has been disconnected from the power to raise revenue. What St. George Tucker and Joseph Story stated were inseparable powers have now by statute been separated.
Under the new process established by this bill, if the President determines, no later than December 31, 2011, that the nation's debt is within $100 billion of the existing debt limit and that further borrowing is required to meet existing commitments, the debt limit automatically increases. The President need only to certify to Congress that he has made the required determination. Once the President acts, the Secretary of the Treasury may borrow $900 billion "subject to the enactment of a joint resolution of disapproval enacted" by Congress.
But this is not all. Title III also provides that if Congress fails to disapprove the debt ceiling increase in the amount of $900 billion, the President may again certify to Congress that he has determined that the debt subject to the new ceiling is within $100 billion and that further borrowing is required to meet existing commitments. So the Secretary of Treasury is authorized to borrow another $1.2 trillion. Indeed, the Secretary may borrow even more -- up to $1.5 trillion if a proposed balanced budget amendment has been submitted to the states for ratification. As was true of the first round of ceiling raising and borrowing, the President and Secretary of the Treasury are constrained only by the possibility of a congressional resolution of disapproval which, itself, is subject to veto by the President.
By giving the President the authority to increase the debt ceiling and to determine that borrowing is necessary to meet the nation's commitments, this bill turns the legislative process on its head. According to Article I, Section 7, before an act can become a law, it must first be passed as a bill by the House of Representatives and the Senate. Thus, any action taken to authorize the borrowing of money on the credit of the United States - whether such action is a formal bill or a vote or resolution -- must be initiated by Congress and, then, presented to the President for his veto or signature. This bill creates what it calls a "Debt Ceiling Disapproval Process" whereby the constitutional process is reversed. Instead of Congress's initiating the decision to borrow money, the President has the initiative. Congress is relegated to the role of having to disapprove the President's decision to lift the debt ceiling and authorize the Secretary of Treasury to do what the Constitution says only Congress may do -- borrow money on the credit of the United States.
Instead of constitutional order, in which Congress presents a law authorizing the borrowing of money to the President to sign or veto, the President presents to the Congress his determination that more money is to be borrowed, subject to the acquiescence or veto of Congress.
Second, the joint select committee on deficit reduction provision undermines the constitutionally established bicameral legislative process.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 establishes a joint select committee of 12 members, six from the House and six from the Senate. Three of the six House members are appointed by the Speaker of the House and three are appointed by the House minority leader. Three of the six Senate members are appointed by the majority leader and three by the leader of the minority.
Title IV of the Budget Control Act vests in that joint select committee the power to draft legislation to reduce the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the period of fiscal years 2012 to 2021.
Here, members of Congress yield their individual legislative duties and responsibilities to a "Super Congress" selected not by the people -- but by Republican and Democrat leaders.
How many of these Congressmen and Senators campaigned on the platform that they would be elected, get sworn in, and then obediently surrender the power their constituents vested in them to the very same Republican and Democrat leaders who have created the problems they were sent here to solve?
Congressional Race Analysis
The historic Long Session of 2011 had the Republicans drawing the legislative lines for the first time in North Carolina’s history. The GOP decided to go for broke in their line drawing efforts to ensure control of the General Assembly, and a majority of the state’s congressional delegation for the next 10 years. A current 7-6 Democrat majority is fixing to flip to a 9-4 or potentially a 10-3 Republican advantage, and will likely remain unchanged absent a major demographic shift (I.E. amnesty) or a massive partisan realignment. Below is my personal analysis of each race, with the districts most likely to shift parties listed in descending order.
1. 13th District - This district has undergone profound changes, as it was originally drawn by Brad Miller for Brad Miller. This district goes from a 58% Obama district to a 54% McCain district. The change is so profound that Brad Miller is leaving open the option to running in the 4th District in a potential primary with David Price.
So far there are 4 Republicans who have announced their intentions to run for this seat: former Raleigh mayor (and nephew of Jesse Helms) Paul Coble, former federal prosecutor George Holding, 2010 nominee Bill Randall, and 2006 nominee Vernon Robinson. In terms of money and name recognition the advantage goes to Holding and Coble. Holding, whose family owns First Citizens Bank, has enormous financial potential, and has announced that Carter Wrenn will be running his campaign. Paul Coble has announced his intention to raise $1.5 million for the primary. This has the potential to be the most expensive Republican congressional primary in the South, and interesting to watch.
2. 11th District - Heath Shuler’s Blue Dog status is fixing to go the way of Old Yeller in what is now the most Republican district in the state. Where McCain had only won by 52% in the original district, the newly approved lines would have seen McCain take 58% of the vote thanks to the city of Asheville being removed from the district. Considering that Shuler had to spend $2 million to keep his seat in 2010, he is in for the fight of his political life in 2012.
The Republican tilt of the new district has not been lost upon the aspiring politicos of the 11th. 2010 runner up Dr. Dan Eichenbaum is carrying the Tea Party standard, Henderson County DA Jeff Hunt is in, and 2008 runner up Spence Campbell has announced he is in the race. Sources indicate that as many as 5 more candidates are considering a run in this race, making for a crowded primary field. As I’ve stated before, this district has the greatest potential for producing a constitutional conservative nominee if enough voters rally around the one with the best chance to win. Until then it will be a true western North Carolina crapshoot.
3. 8th District - With the Mecklenburg and Cumberland county precincts removed from the District, this 52% Obama district becomes a 57% McCain district. Larry Kissell will be hard pressed in what is one of the most Republican areas of the state under the new lines.
The primary field in this district is very wide open, as no big names have announced. So far State Representatives Jerry Dockham and Justin Burr have flirted with taking on Kissell. Scott Keadle of the Iredell County Board of Commissioners is also considering a run. This district is also open to a constitutional conservative candidate as it is very blue collar and has seen less of the major demographic changes that other North Carolina districts have seen.
4. District 7 - The new 7th District follows I-40 from Johnston County to the coast, and will be a tough race in both the primary and the general. Despite being moved into the 8th District, Congressman McIntyre is going to run for reelection in the 7th. He stands a better shot than some of his Democratic colleagues given his long tenure and early financial advantage. Despite this being a 57% McCain district, the Republicans will have to work hard to take down the Blue Dog incumbent.
The main reason for the tough nature of this race will be a tough primary between 2010 nominee Ilario Pantano and state Senator Dave Rouzer. Pantano has a dedicated grassroots following, but Rouzer has the support of the State Establishment GOP. Look for this fight to be a rehash of the charges against Pantano in 2010, and a battle between the Tea Party versus the Establishment.Conclusion The rest of the districts are all safe locks for their incumbent members. The only potential hiccups for the GOP down the road are the 9th and 10th Districts. When Sue Myrick decides to retire her Charlotte based district will be a battleground for whomever decides to take it on. The 10th has the city of Asheville drawn into it so Patrick McHenry might decide to look for greener pastures in 2014 if Kay Hagan looks vulnerable. I hope that if anyone else has any insights or knows any candidates I have overlooked I welcome your comments.
--Carlton Huffman, NC LS Political Initiatives Chair
|TET, Little Saigon, Westminster, California 1976/77?|
"Remember the Americans who fought and died for US.
We may have lost the battle, but we won our freedom"
Some Hue and Saigon also.
|Tet '68 Bien Hoa/Long Binh, RVN|
TET '68, US Embassy & Saigon Graphic Fighting
Blue Ridge Tea Party is sponsoring John Guandolo from Washington, DC, to speak on
Understanding the (Islam) Threat to America, “The Outlawed Brief”.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR MEMBERS
We hope to see a good turnout. The information he brings will blow your mind. His talk will be split 50/50 on the Islamic agenda for the US takeover and the 2nd part on “what we can do about it”.
Sat, August 13 9:30 am to 12:30
Henderson County Library, Hendersonville
book signing/luncheon to follow, RSVP
9:30-11:00: Muslim Brotherhood Movement in the US: Strategic and Local Threats
US Founding Principles and Law – The Contrast to the Islamic Movement.nbsp;
the Threat to America
“The Outlawed Brief”
Saturday, August 13 from 9:30am to 12:30 pm
Henderson County Library
301 N. Washington St.
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Free and open to the Public (but seating limited)
Sponsored by Blue Ridge
Tea Party Patriots, blueridgetparty.com
RSVP George, email@example.com or 697-1477
The Speaker is John Guandolo
of the Strategic Engagement Group, Inc.
Mr. Guandolo, a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in Operations Desert Shield/Storm. In 1996 he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving at the Washington Field Office.
In the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Mr. Guandolo developed an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. In 2006, after being designated a “Subject Matter Expert (SME)” in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo created and
implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Course for which he was awarded the “Defender of the Homeland” Award by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy inWashington,D.C.
Currently, Mr. Guandolo advises government leaders at the national and state level on
matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement and is the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution for SEG, Inc.
Sipsey Street Irregulars
COMPLICATED INVESTIGATION CAUSE FOR DELAY – DUPNIK
WE NEED MORE COMPLICATION BEFORE KILLING A MAN!
NOTHING ILLEGAL FOUND IN JOSE GUERENA’S HOME
NO CHANGES IN SWAT POLICIES!
:…we don’t want to turn off the flow of certain information.” is given as the reason for no arrests!
WAS THE RAID AND SUBSEQUENT KILLING PREMATURE?
So now we learn that nothing illegal was found in the home of Jose Guerena following a search for evidence related to a twenty month-long narcotics investigation and Dupnik now indicates “thousands more hours of work” are required before any arrests are made. Recall that two rifles, a handgun, body armor, ammunition and a Border Patrol hat were found and taken into evidence along with other items listed on the warrant. Items that the display of which seemingly bolstered the justification for the raid in the eyes of the ignorant public. The service of that warrant to seize evidence resulted in Jose Guerena’s killing. As for the items listed above none are, in and of themselves, illegal to possess and are purchased from retail businesses and owned by millions of other citizens in this country.
In the article Dupnik is quoted as stating arrests related to the raids and seizures of evidence at other locations that day provided justification for arrests but a larger investigation into a homicide investigation takes precedence. That investigation relates to the murders of Manuel and Cynthia Orozco in March of 2010. Cynthia was the daughter of Jose Celaya. one of the men whose home was raided the morning of May 5, 2011.
Rather than simply regurgitate what is already in print and available for you to read it is more important to restate basic facts we already know. Jose Guerena, family, friends and associates were the subjects of an investigation which, after twenty long months, had not produced enough evidence to allow the arrest of Jose and others related to drug-trafficking. In the article they are described as being mid-level members of a trafficking organization. Insufficient evidence led investigators to obtain warrants to raid multiple locations in the Tucson area. Evidence relating to drug trafficking was seized at the other locations along with stolen vehicles and at least on other weapon. But a SWAT raid at Jose’s residence only resulted in an innocent man being killed, his wife and four year old child terrorized and damage to adjacent homes from errant bullets fired by the SWAT team. A release of the tape of the raid from the helmet cam view of one of the SWAT raiders clearly show the raid as it played out that morning. The rapid nature of that raid clearly demonstrates, in my opinion, the inadequate response time allowed for the occupants of the home to confirm the identity of those demanding entry and open the door in compliance before the raiders forcefully entered.
Now we are told the investigation will take “thousands of more hours” by investigators before any arrests, if any arrests, are made in conjunction with the homicide investigation. WHAT WAS THE RUSH IN THE FIRST INSTANCE? A man is dead. No fault attributed to the actions of the SWAT members, a finding that those raiders acted within the law by the Pima County District Attorney’s office and now we learn there will be no changes to the policies or procedures to deny the possibility of an event such as this happening again to another innocent parties!
Madness! Madness! Madness!
The incompetant, unquestioned, unrestrained power of the State marches on! Hang on to your scalp any way you can!
Friday, 05 August 2011 11:26
Well, the hot debate which dominated the nation for several weeks has finally simmered down. The debt ceiling deal is now law, and both sides of the political aisle are arguing over who won and who lost.
But one thing you won’t hear about -- in fact, we may not fully know the answer for several months -- is how much gun owners lost in this recent deal.
To quote Kentucky Senator Rand Paul from earlier this week:
The Super Committee [created by the new law] limits the constitutional check of the filibuster by expediting passage of bills with a simple majority. The Super Committee is not precluded from any issue [including gun control], therefore the filibuster could be rendered moot.
Get that? The law raising the debt ceiling creates a Super Committee (in other words, a Super Congress) which will give its recommendations for balancing the budget. This Super Congress can include ANYTHING in its legislation, including gun control.
And none of it can be filibustered or amended!!
Well, you might think, the Super Congress’ recommendations still have to be voted on by each house of Congress. Surely, we can find enough congressmen to shoot down any anti-gun recommendations.
Maybe, maybe not ... because here’s the problem. Whatever this super-committee reports in November, including gun control, will HAVE to be passed -- or the Pentagon loses a total of $800 billion (effectively shutting it down).
How many pro-gun congressmen will feel they have to “hold their noses” and vote for the Super Congress’ legislation to prevent a total of $800 billion from being cut from the Department of Defense?
The key will be who gets appointed to this Super Committee. Senator Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi will pick six members -- as will House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell, for a total of 12 members.
But if the six Pelosi/Reid Democrats can cower a single Republican into going along with their radical agenda -– using the threat of a massive defense cut totaling hundreds of billions of dollars -– then we could be stuck with additional gun control.
We already know that the six Pelosi/Reid Democrats are going to vote in lockstep. What if the only Republican vote they need is a RINO like John McCain or Lamar Alexander?
The question answers itself.
By the way, this debt ceiling deal was not a compromise. A real compromise would have repealed the anti-gun ObamaCare law which (in addition to being a trillion dollar boondoggle) will compile everyone’s health-related medical records into a massive computer database. This centralized information could allow the FBI to determine whether any American has a medical condition justifying a gun ban.
ACTION: Your representative and senators will be holding town hall meetings in August. Attend them. Speak at them.
Tell your representative and senators, politely but firmly, that you are disgusted by Congress’ debt limit “compromise.”
1. There is NOTHING in the debt ceiling deal which prevents the Super Committee from including other issues like gun control in its legislation. (The Super Committee has virtually unlimited authority under subparagraph 401(b)(3)(A)(i).)
2. Whatever the Super Committee puts in the bill is unamendable and non-filibusterable. In other words, the House and Senate must conduct an up-or-down vote on the Super Committee’s legislation.
3. You have put a gun to the head of every congressman by forcing them to choose between devastating Defense Department cuts ($800 billion in total) or blindly adopting the Super Committee’s legislation, which could include gun control, tax increases, etc.
4. This debt ceiling deal was not a compromise. A real compromise would have repealed the anti-gun ObamaCare law which (in addition to being a trillion dollar boondoggle) will compile everyone’s health-related medical records into a massive computer database. This centralized information could allow the FBI to determine whether any American has a medical condition justifying a gun ban.
5. IF YOUR REP. OR SENATOR VOTED “YES” ON THE DEBT CEILING, THEN ASK HIM THIS: Considering the fact that two-thirds of the American people support a “cut, cap and balance” approach, why would you vote for a debt ceiling bill that could, ultimately, strap me with additional gun control proposals?
The key to winning public policy battles
Why do Republicans seem to keep losing? GOA founder and chairman Sen. H.L "Bill" Richardson (Ret.) answers that question in the book "Confrontational Politics."
During 22 years of legislative experience, Sen. Richardson found that the only thing that got things done was confrontation.
Democrats typically understand confrontation, like it and use it. Conversely, Republicans do not understand confrontation, don't like it and flee from it.
Readers of "Confrontational Politics" will understand the keys to political victory and also learn about the lobbying philosophy that has earned GOA's reputation as the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.
MOREWitnesses tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 of a mob of young people attacking innocent fair-goers at the end of the opening night of State Fair, with some callers claiming a racially-charged scene.
Milwaukee Police confirmed there were assaults outside the fair.
Witnesses' accounts claim everything from dozens to hundreds of young black people beating white people as they left State Fair Thursday night.
Authorities have not given official estimates of the number of people involved in the attacks.
"It looked like they were just going after white guys, white people," said Norb Roffers of Wind Lake in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ. He left the State Fair Entrance near the corner of South 84th Street and West Schlinger Avenue in West Allis.
"They were attacking everybody for no reason whatsoever."
"It was 100% racial," claimed Eric, an Iraq war veteran from St. Francis who says young people beat on his car.
"I had a black couple on my right side, and these black kids were running in between all the cars, and they were pounding on my doors and trying to open up doors on my car, and they didn't do one thing to this black couple that was in this car next to us. They just kept walking right past their car. They were looking in everybody's windshield as they were running by, seeing who was white and who was black. Guarantee it."
Eric, a war veteran, said that the scene he saw Thursday outside State Fair compares to what he saw in combat.
Editorial Cartoon from the Ogden Utah Standard Examiner. It accompanied this really stupid editorial.
My response:I see. This is the logical equivalent of paying the firefighters to put out fires, only you then discover that they are really arsonists. Your solution? Why to reward their criminal behavior by giving them more matches and gasoline.
The Gunwalker Scandal was not "a sting gone bad." If you paid any attention whatsoever to the testimony of the whistleblowing ATF agents at the last two hearings, you would understand that there was no "sting" to begin with. The ATF was tasked by their superiors at the Justice Department with two things: Document the sale of civilian market firearms to straw buyers (often by coercing reluctant gun shop owners into doing so) and then documenting the statistics of where those weapons ended up by means of the Mexican police use of the E-Trace system.
Indeed, FOX News has reported that, unknown to the ATF, these weapons were actually being transferred to paid informants of the DEA and FBI, who took them south across the border. The testimony of the agents was clear: they were ordered by their superiors NOT to follow the weapons, even when they observed the straw buyers transferring them to other people.
FOX also has reported that the FBI rigged the NICS "instant background checks" in favor of convicted felon straw buyers who otherwise were not allowed to purchase firearms in the first place.
So there was no "sting," only a premeditated federally directed and subsidized operation to pump civilian market firearms south of the border with depraved indifference to how many Mexican citizens were killed with them. Indeed, the testimony of the agents and some emails which have surfaced indicated that ATF supervisors were pleased with the rising body count from "our guns." When Special agent John Dodson objected, he was told by his supervisor that "you have to break some eggs if you want to make an omelet." Depraved indifference to murder is actually the least charge you can make given what happened. Arming criminal gangs within the national borders of another country without the knowledge of that country is an act of war, in case you hadn't noticed.
And you want to reward the arsonists by giving them more gasoline and matches? That is what you propose.
Your agenda is getting ahead of the available evidence. You are either too absorbed with furthering the gun control agenda that the Gunwalker Scandal was designed to advance, too deliberately ignorant of the facts as presented by testimony under oath before the Congress of the United States, or both.
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