Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fed Injects Record $100 Billion Cash Into Foreign Banks Operating In The US In Past Week

Via NC Renegade

Should be a parody.

Those who have been following our exclusive series of the Fed's direct bailout of European banks (here, here, here and here), and, indirectly of Europe, will not be surprised at all to learn that in the week ended February 27, or the week in which Europe went into a however brief tailspin following the shocking defeat of Bersani in the Italian elections, and an even more shocking victory by Berlusconi and Grillo, leading to a political vacuum and a hung parliament, the Fed injected a record $99 billion of excess reserves into foreign banks.  

As the most recent H.8 statement makes very clear, soared from $836 billion to a near-record $936 billion, or a $99.3 billion reserve "reallocation" in the form of cash - very, very fungible cash - into foreign (read European) banks in one week.


More @ Zero Hedge

Hattie Tom, Chiricahua Apache, 1899

Via Daily Timewaster

Captivating, beautiful, Asian, delicate, soulful and precious come to mind.

Coexist for the sake of the planet, please...........

Via III Percent Patriots

The Danger of Attributing Malice to Stupidity


I've written on a similar topic before, and it is a little against the grain of popular commentary,  but the quote along the lines of "don't attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity" comes to mind.
I had an interesting week, which brought this into focus for me. I wrote before on this blog about the fact that I still serve in the US Army Reserves, which means that I have to be careful about political comments; the best example being the political office of President also being one and the same with Commander in Chief, thus leaving me open to disciplinary action under UCMJ if I was to be too disparaging about the current incumbent. 
When I wrote before, it was about my experiences in the US Military and never really coming across anyone or anything in my unit that would suggest we were suddenly about to become bad guys and go and fight the American public That does not mean that I don't believe such a thing could happen, witness my book 'Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises' for an example of what I think about that. How about the guy this last weekend, who had an Obama-Biden sticker on his laptop, and happened to be black. Does he really know what this means and where we are potentially going as a country, or is he just an ignorant sheep voting along emotive lines for what he feels is best? 
One of the things I want to say is don't just make assumptions that because someone works for the government  or the military, or an agency, that they are the bad guy. We are obviously going in bad directions at top policy levels and there are many who are, or have the potential to be, stooges  But  not all, and life is too complicated to make broad assumptions. 
So here are a few things that happened to me recently, that made me question assumptions a little:


Via Ninety Miles From Tyranny

State, Local Lawmakers Rush to Enact Gun Laws Ahead of Federal Controls

Image: State, Local Lawmakers Rush to Enact Gun Laws Ahead of Federal Controls

The battle over gun control is playing out across the nation as well as in Washington D.C., with towns and states considering gun laws they say will protect their residents' rights to bear firearms at a time when many fear the federal government will enforce weapons bans.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence reports more than 1,100 gun-related bills have been introduced in recent months on the state level.

Several communities also are considering ordinances to make gun ownership mandatory, reports Fox News, while others recommend keeping firearms but don't go so far as to require gun ownership.

A town of 140 people in western Maine is another in the list of communities from Idaho to Georgia who decided to require or recommend their residents own a gun.

More @ Newsmax

DHS Censors Information About Firearms Purchase...

Via Cousin John

Amidst continuing controversy over the Department of Homeland Security’s purchase of large quantities of guns and ammunition, the federal agency is getting more secretive about its activity by censoring information about a no-bid contract with Remington for firearms parts.
Despite the fact that documents pertaining to government activity are only supposed to be redacted for national security reasons or if authorized by Congress, a new entry posted on the FedBizOpps website pertaining to the DHS’ plans for a $1.5 million contract with firearms manufacturer Remington contains numerous blacked-out sections.
The document is an explanation of why the DHS has entered into a contract on a basis “other than full and open competition,” in other words a no bid contract. The contract with Remington Arms Company for firearms replacement parts is set to run for five years at a cost not to exceed $1.5 million dollars.
The first censored portion of the document blacks out the precise year by year amount in dollars that the DHS plans to purchase from Remington.
More @ Info Wars

Taking the V.



I  never tire of listening to the speech. 


Via NC Links

This ought to work swell......::)
Appearing on Fox News Tuesday night, Democratic Strategist Zerlina Maxwell argued that preventing rape should start by simply “telling men not to rape women.” She was arguing against women using guns as a means of self-defense when she made the questionable remarks.
Host Sean Hannity began by slamming the “ignorant politicians” in Colorado for trying to remove a woman’s right to use a firearm to defend herself against an attacker via gun control legislation.
“I don’t think that we should be telling women anything,” Maxwell said. “I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there.”
“Criminals are not going to listen to that,” Hannity interjected.
“You are talking about it as if there is some faceless, nameless criminal, when a lot of times it is someone that you know and trust,” Maxwell replied.
Hannity pointed out that “evil exists in the world” and women need to know that these situations unfortunately occur.
“We can prevent rape by telling men not to commit it,” Maxwell said, repeating the same bizarre claim.
More @ The Blaze

New Alabama State Record 70 Pound Striper May Be A World Record

Via NC Links

An Alabama resident has reeled in a 70-pound striped bass that shattered a 54-year-old state record and could land the angler in the book of world records for the heaviest striper ever caught in a landlocked fishery.

James R. Bramlett, 65, reeled in the behemoth on the Black Warrior River on Feb. 28. 

Bramlett told Joe Songer of that he credits his wife, Janice, for urging him to go fishing. She was scheduled to undergo a hospital procedure in a few days and would need him to be around and take care of her.

The catch, weighed on a certified scale, exceeds the previous record, set in 1959, by 15 pounds. (Bramlett and his catch are pictured at right.)

More @ Grind TV

The Independent Institute's Anthony Gregory on Rand Paul’s Senate Filibuster

General Raleigh E. Colston, NC WBTS Sesquicentennial

Brigadier-General Raleigh E. Colston formed the Hillsboro Military Academy immediately after the war, and in 1868 opened the Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington with the aid of Frank H. Alfriend, biographer of Jefferson Davis.  The school was located in the Hill Residence on Grace Street, between 3rd and 4thStreets.  When Gen. Robert E. Lee visited Wilmington in April 1870, he reviewed Gen. Colston’s cadets from the porch of Major Charles P. Bolles residence on 3rd Street.  Though a Virginian, Gen. Colston early in the war led the First and Third North Carolina Regiments and earned the great respect of the men of those units.

He encouraged the ladies of the Virginia Memorial Association after the war to help maintain the heroic memory of those who had fallen:

It is for you, Southern matrons… bring the youth of our land to these consecrated mounds and to engrave in their candid souls the true story of our wrongs, our motives, and our deeds.  Tell them in tender and eloquent words that those who lie here entombed were neither traitors nor rebels, and that those absurd epithets are but the ravings of malignant folly when applied to men who claimed nothing but their right under the Constitution of their fathers—the right of self-government.  Tell them how we exhausted every honorable means to avoid the terrible arbitrament of war, asking only to be let alone, and tendering alliance, friendship, free navigation—everything reasonable and magnanimous—to obtain an amicable settlement.  Tell them how, when driven to draw the sword, we fought the mercenaries of all the world until, overpowered by tenfold numbers, we fell; but like Leonidas and his Spartans of old, fell so heroically that our defeat was more glorious than victory.”

The following advertisement is from Branson & Farrar’s North Carolina Business Directory of 1866-67:


This well known and popular Institution is once more in successful operation and is prepared for the reception of Cadets at any time. It is under the direction of  GEN. R. E. COLSTON, a graduate, and for fifteen years, (up to the commencement of the war) a Professor of the 

The course of the Institution is that of the Virginia Military Institute and is such as to make the Academy a great POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL. A school of theoretical and applied science, in which Languages and Literature also receive a due share of attention. The discipline and instructions are on a 
Complete Military Basis.

The Faculty is for the present organized as follows:

Superintendent and Professor of Military history, Strategy and Political Economy, and Instructor of Infantry and Cavalry tactics, GEN. R. E. COLSTON, late professor of French and of Military History, Strategy and Political Economy at the Virginia Military Institute, and late Brig. General C.S.A.  Until the appointment of additional Professor, Gen. Colston takes charge of the Department of French and English studies and Belles Lettres.

Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Ordnance, Gunnery and instructor of Artillery tactics, Major D. TRUEHEART, Graduate of the Military Institute in 1850--afterwards Assistant Professor of the Virginia Military Institute--attached to the United States Coast Survey--late major and Chief of Artillery in the C. S. Army.

Professor of Mathematics, Civil and Military Engineering, Architecture, Topographical and Industrial Drawing, and Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Capt. W. A. OBENCHAIN, "first distinguished graduate" of his Class in the war, promoted Captain of the Engineers in the late C. S. Army.

Professor of Chemistry, Agricultural, Chemistry, Geology, and Mineralogy, Col. LEWELLYN HOXTON, "distinguished Graduate" of West Point Military Academy, and late Chief of Artillery to Hardee's Corps.

Professor of Latin, French, Ethics and Belles Lettres, to be appointed shortly.

Surgeons Drs. E. & W. S. STRUDWICK.

 New appointments will be made, and the Chairs now filled will be subdivided as soon as the number of Cadets makes it desirable.

For Circulars and any other information apply to

Gen'l R. E. COLSTON, 
Sup't Hillsboro' Mil'y Academy

North Carolina’s War Between the States Sesquicentennial
“The Official website of the North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission”


"John McCain may have finally lost it.  In an interview with Huffington Post he referred to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as "wacko birds." 
“They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,” McCain said. “But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone." Asked to clarify, McCain said he was referencing ”Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever.”
Maybe McCain is angry because Paul and Cruz stole the headlines from his and BFF Lindsay Graham's kumbaya "My Dinner With Barack" moment on Wednesday. Maybe he still blames those crazy Sarah Palin conservatives who kept him out of the White House (you know that's what he really believes in his heart... you just KNOW it,) or maybe he is just jealous that a fellow Senator can actually stand, talk and refrain from urinating for over 12 hours, let alone 12 minutes.  
Either way, McCain is single-handedly giving the media the exact narrative they need to attack conservatives' newest hero.  He is also inviting a robust primary challenge for his bid to get re-elected to the US Senate in 2016 for the 31st year.  
More @ Breitbart

Outdoor Channel will not film shows in Colorado if gun bills pass

While Colorado state senators argue their way through a marathon debate over a slate of gun-control bills, another company has vowed not to do business in Colorado if the legislation passes.
A producer for the Outdoor Channel, a California company that produces television shows about guns and hunting in Colorado, emailed Republican Sen. Steve King on Tuesday warning him that not only will he film the shows in a more gun-friendly state, but also that he would warn hunters to stay away.
“The message we will take to our viewers and listeners is that these proposed laws are so dangerous to hunters and any other person, be she a fisherman or a skier who brings a handgun into the state for self-defense, that we cannot recommend hunting, fishing or visiting Colorado,” wrote executive producer Michael Bane. “We reach millions of people, and, quite frankly, we have a credibility that Colorado government officials can no longer match.”


Via Cousin Bill

Naivete to call it only controversial. 

In February, Texas announced that the state, along with the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum (TESCCC,) would enact major changes to the controversial curriculum management system dubbed CSCOPE. The system received a litany of complaints from faculty members and parents alike concerning its lack of transparency (parents were allegedly not permitted to review lesson-plans), lack of oversight from the State Board of Education, and for allegedly imposing oppressive working conditions for faculty members.
CSCOPE was created so that teachers could frame their year around teaching points required by the state. Lessons, which are written by CSCOPE staff and current and former teachers, can be updated and delivered online, making it more cost-effective than standard textbooks.
To note just how off-color some of the CSCOPE curriculum is, consider that the Texas CSCOPE Review, an independent watchdog group, uncovered an out-of-date, optional CSCOPE lesson-plan on terrorism — “World History Unit 12 Lesson 07″ — which allegedly likens the Boston Tea Party to “an act of terrorism.”
The system also recently asked students to design a flag for a new socialist nation.
To glean greater insight, Glenn Beck invited special guests David Barton and Pat Gray, along with teachers Mary Bowen, Stan Hartzler and Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick to discuss what is truly going on within their state’s education system.
Barton explained that CSCOPE is referred to as “instructional material” and not “curriculum,” therefore is not subject to regulation by the State Board of Education. The historian also brought in artifacts of Texas public school curriculum to showcase just how different it is today and to mark, year-by-year, the increasing application of political correctness in lesson plans.
More @ The Blaze

Utah House Votes to Nullify All Federal Gun Laws

Via Angry Mike  &The Broken Patriot

In Salt Lake City this morning, the Utah State House of Representatives voted to nullify all federal gun laws, rule, regulations and orders on firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition.
House Bill 114 (HB114), introduced by Representative Brian Greene state, in part:
An officer or employee of the federal government may not enforce or attempt to enforce any federal statute, order, rule, or regulation relating to the intrastate ownership, possession, sale, or transfer of a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, ammunition, or ammunition component.
The Utah House passed the bill by a vote of 49-17 (see how reps voted here)
HB114 also takes the strong constitutional position that laws which are contrary to the 2nd Amendment are no law at all:
finds that a federal statute, regulation, rule, or order that has the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating or banning any firearm, firearm accessory, limiting the capacity of a firearm magazine, imposing any limitation on ammunition or an ammunition component, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition infringes on the right of citizens of Utah to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 6 of the Utah Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton proclaimed the same when he wrote the following in Federalist #78:

Dual-Magazine MP40/I

Via Angry Mike

mp40i2 450x271 Dual Magazine MP40/I

From the first introduction of detachable magazines on firearms, people have been looking for ways to increase magazine capacity. Whether it is drum mags, longer box mags, jungle clips to connect multiple mags together, or other gimmicks, more ammo is always the goal. Well, the German army took a rather unusual approach to this issue in 1942, when it introduced an experimental double-magazine version of the MP40.

The gun was intended for special operations troops who were judged to have a particularly pressing need for more ammo on hand to deal with ambushes and high-intensity close range firefights. The design used a completely stock MP40 and replaced the magazine housing with a redesigned one which held two magazines side by side. The pair of magazine wells was a sliding unit that could move left and right under the receiver. Once one magazine was emptied, the shooter would just press a latch on the front of the housing and slide the unit laterally and inch or so, positioning the second loaded magazine in the path of the bolt. The bolt would still have to be pulled back manually before firing, but given the use of military-style magazine pouches this was still definitely faster than reloading a standard MP40.