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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Was slotted to be in Africa during the PatCon but managed to wiggle out. Not that I mind working there, its just that I want to be here for the election and the PatCon.
Please make sure that everyone knows this is not the full TCCC course. That takes a week to complete and cost alot more than $20. I am doing this 2 hour overview mainly to introduce people to what it is and how it differs from any type of first aid training they are likely to find in the civilian world. Hopefully they will come away with an understanding of how combat medicine is radically different from what the EMS system brings when you are in a car wreck.
There is a decade of hard science behind this stuff and all of it came from the battlefield through trial and error, not only ours , we studied other country's combat data from Russia to Israel to South Africa.
Anyone interested in getting this training for their group will need to apply to one of several teams which offer it.
After Georgia had sent a request to Delaware to join the Southern Confederacy in February, 1861, the Delaware House of Representatives adopted resolutions which called for a convention of all the States to settle the slavery controversy; and allowed no State the right of secession, but recognized the inherent right of revolution. Delaware was one of the northernmost slaveholding States with an economy tied to the South.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
“In God’s Name, Let Them Go Unmolested”
“Congressman [William G.] Whiteley [of Wilmington, Delaware] served on the Committee of Thirty-Three and signed a minority report of that Committee. The minority report was signed by five congressmen, all from either Southern or border States. Whiteley and these congressmen advocated peaceful secession. They believed that:
“….the doctrine of the indissolubility of the general government has no foundation in the public law of the world….”
Also, ….”that no power has been conferred upon the general government, by the Constitution….to keep a State in the Union.” They became specific when they stated that: “You cannot coerce fifteen sovereign States…..That a separation, which has become inevitable, shall be bloodless.”
Whiteley signed a statement advocating the secession of all slaveholding States, including Delaware. Specifically, it proposed that there should be no war, but peaceful separation. Succinctly, they stated their position:
“Whether any State has or has not the right to seceded under the Constitution, it is a matter of fact that four States have already seceded; and that in a few short months – perhaps weeks – all of the other slaveholding States will have in like manner seceded, with the purpose of maintaining their new position, by force of arms, if no adjustment is made of the differences between them and the non-slaveholding States.”
After the firing on Fort Sumter, William G. Whiteley held to his previous position. On June 27 at a mass meeting in Dover he stated:
“In God’s name, let them go unmolested…Would Delaware give money or men to hold States as conquered provinces?....Could the South be subjected? Never!”
(The Secession Movement in the Middle Atlantic States, William C. Wright, Associated University Presses, 1973, pp. 86-87)
“In God’s Name, Let Them Go Unmolested”
“The spread of small arms creates a serious global problem and requires an equally urgent response because the lives and futures of children are at stake. These weapons have extinguished more young lives than they have protected.”
—Carol Bellamy, Executive Director
United Nations International
Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
The vast majority of Americans, regardless of their opinions on the increasing scope of international law, agree with the proposition that children should not be used as soldiers. Accordingly, much of the United Nations literature that addresses children and guns deals with this military-related issue.
However, a second theme is quickly found in virtually all UN pronouncements about child soldiers and weapons. UN child’s rights advocates believe, teach, and promote the idea that all private gun ownership is dangerous for children, and that children have the right to grow up in a gun-free community.
As the campaign to seek ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) intensifies, it is important for all Americans to understand the application of this children’s rights treaty to the issue of private gun ownership by American citizens.
Limiting the rights of gun ownership is not some secret agenda of the UN, but is open for all to see. UNICEF, the official UN agency charged with the worldwide advancement of children’s rights, has published a four-color brochure entitled No Guns, Please: We Are Children. The quotation given at the opening of this article is taken from the front cover of this UNICEF brochure.
Inside this brochure, we find the following assertions about guns and children:
- “Small arms* and light weapons kill and disable more children and adults than any other instrument of violence, in conflict and post-conflict situations and on the streets of cities worldwide. Deaths linked to small arms and light weapons every year run into the hundreds of thousands, with those injured exceeding 1 million.”
- “Small arms and light weapons cause profound physical and emotional damage, particularly to children, and affect their welfare.”
- “In societies destabilized by the use of small arms and light weapons, children are denied many of their human rights, including their rights to freedom from violence and exploitation, survival and development, health care, education and care within a family environment. As a result, hard-won developmental gains are often lost and may even be reversed.”
- “In communities enjoying relative peace, children witness and are traumatized by the use of small arms and light weapons in domestic violence and in disputes. Children also become accidental victims because adults fail to keep the weapons out of their reach.”
Two crucial conclusions can be drawn from these assertions:
First, the UN intends to address far more than children in war; its object is to eliminate the “threat” posed by guns from the lives of all children whether their community is characterized as “in conflict,” “post-conflict,” “destabilized,” or “enjoying relative peace.” Guns are a threat “on the streets of cities worldwide.”
Second, the UN contends that the threat posed by guns violates the “human rights” of children.
There can be no doubt that the UN believes that the CRC is applicable to this issue. In this same pamphlet it declares: “The Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out comprehensive principles and standards to guide all actions and attitudes towards children.”
Thus, a nation that willingly accepts this treaty has made a legally binding agreement of international law to regulate its public policy towards all issues in a manner that is consistent with the UN vision on children’s human rights. If this statement were made in some other context, there might be some room for argument that the UN doesn’t really mean to include gun ownership within the sweep of comprehensive “standards to guide all actions and attitudes towards children.” But this statement was made in an official brochure entitled No Guns, Please: We Are Children.
This official UN brochure then clarifies the kind of public policy required towards firearms based upon these human rights of children:
- “Efforts must be ongoing to overcome the destructive messages that small arms and light weapons are essential instruments for survival and protection in daily life.”
- “Governments must support communities in eliminating the insecurity, fear and instability that often lead people to acquire and keep guns.”
- “Regulations are needed to ensure that small arms and light weapons are not easy to acquire and are never accessible to children.”
The UN believes that the idea that small arms are “essential instruments for survival and protection” is destructive. Remember that the CRC purports to govern all actions and attitudes. The very belief that guns are necessary for protection is therefore considered a destructive attitude that violates the “respect for human rights” required by the CRC.*
There can be no doubt of the meaning of the statement: “Regulations are needed to ensure that small arms and light weapons are not easy to acquire and are never accessible to children.”
The official UN pamphlet makes it plain that nations need to “implement laws to protect children … from having access to small arms.” Moreover, the UN says that states should “collect and destroy small arms … through community programmes in which civil society plays a key role.”
The UN actively promotes the idea that small arms conflict with the human rights of children protected by the CRC. Yet another UN publication, the Small Arms and Children: UNICEF Fact Sheet, states:
UNICEF, together with the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs, has designed an exhibit, shown around the world, called “Taking Aim at Small Arms: Defending Child Rights”. The exhibit documents the scourge of small arms and light weapons, emphasizing their prevalence worldwide and the toll they take on human lives—especially children.
Thus, it is clear that UNICEF believes that in order to comply with the principles of children’s rights contained in the CRC, the United States would need to adopt regulations to make it difficult for adults to acquire small arms and light weapons. Moreover, we would need to adopt regulations that prohibit weapons from ever being accessible to children.
In another UN official publication, Guide to the Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth, the following laws are advocated as necessary for the protection of children’s rights:
- “Explore enacting bans on all handguns to civilians or certain cheap models that are attractive to youth.”
- “Call for restrictions on the number of guns that can be purchased in a one-month or one-year period.”
It is essential to understand the interplay between treaties and state laws. Article VI of the United States Constitution provides:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
In Missouri v. Holland, 252 U.S. 416 (1920), the state of Missouri challenged the constitutionality of federal interference with the state hunting laws concerning migratory birds. Federal game officials had intervened in Missouri based upon a treaty with Canada. The United States Supreme Court ruled that the treaty, and not Missouri’s state laws on hunting, was supreme. State law—including state hunting laws—must give way to treaties.
Thus, even if current state laws permit children to obtain hunting licenses and possess and discharge firearms for these purposes, such laws would have to give way to a treaty that contends that firearms should “never be accessible to children.”
The UN agenda for children does not stop with the direct disarming of individuals. Article 29 of the CRC imposes educational standards on nations who become parties to the treaty. This includes “peace education,” which in other UN contexts means disarmament education. The UN World Congress on Disarmament Education adopted the following statements:
- Definition of disarmament:
“For the purposes of disarmament education, disarmament may be understood as any form of action aimed at limiting, controlling or reducing arms, including unilateral disarmament initiatives, and, ultimately, general and complete disarmament under effective international control. It may also be understood as a process aimed at transforming the current system of armed nation States into a new world order of planned unarmed peace in which war is no longer an instrument of national policy and peoples determine their own future and live in security based on justice and solidarity.”
- Links with human rights and development:
“As an integral part of peace education, disarmament education has essential links with human rights education and development education, in so far as each of the three terms peace, human rights and development must be defined in relation to the other two. Moreover, disarmament education offers an occasion to elucidate emerging concepts such as the individual and collective rights to peace and to development, based on the satisfaction of material and non-material human needs.”
If the U.S. Senate ratifies the CRC, we will have become willing parties in a regime that obligates us to disarm our citizens, keep guns from children, and indoctrinate American children to believe in the utopia of world disarmament. This will cause our nation to surrender our own defenses and rest in the “security” of a world based on “individual and collective rights.”
* The UN pamphlet defines small arms as follows: “Small arms are designed for personal use. They include revolvers and self-loading pistols, assault rifles, sub-machine guns, rifles and carbines and light machine-guns.”
* Read the full text of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at www.parentalrights.org.
UNICEF. No Guns, Please: We Are Children. New York: United Nations, 2001. http://www.unicef.org/emerg/files/Emergencies_No_guns_please_leaflet.pdf.
UNICEF. “Small Arms and Children: UNICEF Fact Sheet,” United Nations Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects, http://disarmament.un.org/cab/smallarms/presskit/sheet5.htm.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Guide to the Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth. New York: United Nations, 2006. ST/ESA/309. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/documents/wpay_guide.pdf. Quoted: p. 24.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. World Congress on Disarmament Education. Report and Final Document. 9–13 June 1980. http://www.un.org/disarmament/education/docs/uneco.pdf. Quoted: Section A, paragraphs 2 and 7.
RNC Shuts Out Grassroots Despite Loud Opposition
Before things started today on the convention floor columnist Michelle Malkin Tweeted:
Later on as things were developing and the RNC was pushing through their power grab via the head RINO, Speaker of the House John Boehner and John Sununu, they didn’t even try to differentiate between the yes and no votes. Personally, I think either Boehner had one too many drinks or needed his ears cleaned or both. Because even on C-Span you could hear there was significant dissent.
On top of that the RNC would not seat the Maine delegates and that brought about chants of “Seat them now!” However, at several tweets indicated that some convention people were to chant “USA!” in order to drown out dissent.
Michelle Malkin reports,
Update 2:50pm Eastern…The Rules Committee just voted 78-14 to accept the Romney-approved deal on Rules 15(16) and 12. There is now an effort to gather enough signatures to force a floor vote on the minority report. 25 percent of committee members are needed.
Apparently, the Virginia delegation was stuck on a bus and didn’t make it in time for the vote.
Update 3:34pm Eastern Dissidents have until 3:47pm Eastern to gather enough signatures to force the floor vote, according to right-leaning Examiner’s Tim Carney, who is on scene. Left-leaning BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller, also on scene, says it appears dissidents have gathered enough signatures for minority report on Rule 12, but not yet on Rule 15(16).
Carney says that Drew McKissck has emailed a minority report to RNC leaders within the rules deadline…
Update: 4:34pm Eastern Well, that was…something else. First, Maine delegates were replaced with Romney people. Then, rules chairman John Sununu and GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner stood on stage at the RNC to rule on the compromise rules report. No minority report was mentioned. When asked for yeas and nays on the report, the room seemed equally divided. Boehner forged ahead and approved the report over loud boos and calls of “point of order” from activists on the floor.
No vote on the minority report.
FW’s Dean Clancy observes: “If @SpeakerBoehner had been wielding the Speaker’s gavel instead of the GOP convention gavel, he wouldn’t have gotten away with that trick.”
And the show went on…GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn just declared that “this has been a great exercise in grass-roots” and that GOP stands for “Great Opportunity Party.”
So my friends, if you are in the Tea Party or a supporter of Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul or anyone else in the future that the establish does not want nominated, too bad for you. You’ll get exactly whom they say and you’ll have no voice in it. Things were bad, but now they took a major nose dive. Even Romney supporters said it was bad, like Morton Blackwell, whom i was told was unable to make his case before the committee regarding the RNC power grab because security held him and his bus up. Isn’t that just perfect?
Romney took the nomination with a total of 2061 votes. Should he be elected this year, he will also determine who the delegates are in 2016. That’s right, grassroots people will no longer have a say in the matter.
On August 16 AMERICAN FREE PRESS interviewed Thomas Naylor, the founder of the Second Vermont Republic, which is at the forefront of America’s secessionist movement.
“There is no moral justification for this country to exist any longer,” said Naylor. “The U.S. has lost its moral authority. It’s corrupt to the core. Today, the U.S. is owned, operated and controlled by corporations, the military-industrial complex and the Israeli lobby. Ultimately, I’m calling for Vermont to become an independent entity and for the dissolution of this empire.”
After visitors come around the final bend of a windy road canvassed by trees, Swannanoa Palace appears.
For 100 years, this 23,000-square-foot white marble mansion has sat at the northern tip of Nelson County, overlooking the greenery below from its perch on Afton Mountain.
“I’ve never seen another building like it, not in Virginia,” said James “Phil” Dulaney, president of Skyline Swannanoa Inc., which owns the mansion.
Swannanoa was built in 1912 by Major James Dooley, a railroad executive and philanthropist from Richmond. He bought the 1,000-acre tract to build a summer home for his wife, Sally May. The couple’s main home was the 100-acre Maymont estate in Richmond.
The estate is open from May to November and hosts weddings and open houses, including one Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at497 Swannanoa Lane, right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
For $6, visitors can explore the grounds, the first floor rooms and climb staircases to one of the towers. Most of the 52 rooms are closed to the public.
Despite the faded wallpaper and paintings, the estate’s previous splendor is apparent. Ann Keller, a visitor from Staunton, said it is easy to picture what it was like in its original glory.
“I can imagine the ladies walking down the stairs in their beautiful gowns,” she said.
More @ News Advance
If, as George Orwell once observed, the greatest enemy of any left-wing government is its previous propaganda, then Barack Obama’s most fearsome enemy is a small volume his campaign published in 2008: Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise. I bought it after Obama won the presidency that November, and it makes for very entertaining--and somewhat sad--reading nearly four years later.
Couldn't have happened to a more worthless organization. Well come to think of it, the $PLC takes the cake for pure uselessness.========
$11,400: Average per-pupil, per year spending in public schools.
Compared to $500 for homeschoolers who outproduce them.=========
As children head back to the classrooms, let’s look at two important figures to consider this school year: 308,000 and $11,400.
308,000: Number of members lost by the National Education Association.
Education special interest groups, such as the teachers unions, are experiencing a decline in membership. As Stephen Sawchuck reports in Education Week, “by the end of its 2013–14 budget, NEA [the National Education Association] expects it will have lost 308,000 members and experienced a decline in revenue projected at some $65 million in all since 2010. (The figures are expressed in full-time equivalents, which means that the actual number of people affected is probably higher.)”
While the decline in membership appears to have shocked the NEA, the remarks of one of the union’s top officials, treasurer Becky Pringle, are even more shocking:
We’re living with a recession that just won’t end, political attacks that have turned brutal, and societal changes that are impacting us—from stupid education “reform” to an explosion of technology—all coming together to impact us in ways that we had never anticipated.
Pringle is likely referring to the reforms that Governor Scott Walker (R–WI) put into place in his state last year, giving teachers the choice to join the union or not. And it’s no surprise that the unions fear the “stupid” reforms that are underway, namely, online learning and school choice. As former New York City Schools chancellor Joel Klein wrote in The Atlantic last week:
[T]oday’s entrepreneurs know they can harness emerging technologies to reimagine teaching and learning. It’s a story as old as change itself. The candlemaker’s union wasn’t cheering Edison on.
Those reforms are even more crucial considering the amount of taxpayer dollars that will be poured into the public system this year.
More @ The Foundry
Read the rest here to learn the who are the ones putting this on. Hint: They're not 'moderate' muzzies.
A scathing new ad titled, “Bow to Nobody,” takes aim at President Obama and what many conservatives believe is his history of deferring to America’s enemies. The video, released by “Special Operations for America” (SOFA), a super PAC led by former Navy SEALs, will be unveiled Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
The narration is poignant and relates the motivations behind service men and women as they risk their lives to ensure that their nation “bows to nobody.” The ad culminates in the display of a now-infamous photo of the president bowing to the Saudi king.
More @ The Blaze
Who are Hank and Rose Sanders to violate the civil rights of everyone in Selma over what types of statues will be permitted or where they will be placed?
More important is how are they getting away with violating the civil rights of the Friends of Forrest because they do not agree with what Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest did or did not stand for? If everything they said about Forrest were true (which it is not), that still does not give them the right to take it upon themselves to disavow everyone else's civil rights because they do not agree with their opinions.
A case in point: I did not agree with making the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. a national hero. However, you do not see me or others protesting like Rose Sanders.
The bottom line is Sanders and those like her do not get a free pass to bypass the U.S. Constitution and violate the civil rights of those they oppose. This is still America, where whites in Selma are supposed to have the same constitutional rights as blacks. The U.S. government needs to remind Hank and Rose Sanders of this fact.
Billy E. Price
In a disturbing sign of the times, the world’s first university dedicated solely to training drone pilots is up and running. The Washington Times reported on the university founded by retired Air Force pilot Jerry LeMieux.
Col. LeMieux’s school is one of several trying to get off the ground, literally and figuratively, with colleges and universities across the country seeking a piece of what is expected to be a business boom in the drone market in the coming years.
Unmanned Vehicle University received its international accreditation in July, and while it currently offers only online courses, Col. LeMieux envisions a sprawling campus in Lake Havasu, Ariz.More @ Townhall
Preserving the 'high culture of Europe'
"I am glad we have some contacts with European groups," he said in an email interview. "... One of the absolutely critical things that separates us from any other conservative groups is that we consider what happens in Europe (and other Western nations such as Canada and Australia) to be just as important as what happens in America."