Sunday, March 17, 2013

Alamance County Rangers: March FTF/FTX reminder

 NCRC Piedmont Region


To all ACR personnel,

Just  a reminder that our next FTF/FTX will be held at Tom's pond on 3/24 @ 0900hrs. We'll be discussing Rally points, routes and alternate routes to same. If you have a map of our county and/or a military lensatic or other type compass, please bring it/them. Lunch will be on your own. Please let me know if you need directions or if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 24th.

Waylon Jennings: Rebel Soldier

Via Michael

GRNC Action Alert: Ensure that restaurant carry survives!


This critical pro-feedom legislation will solve two significant problems facing North Carolina gun owners: (1) Not being able to defend ourselves and our families in restaurants that serve alcohol, and (2) Being subject to the release of personal information by hostile media, as was done previously in both NC and NY.

HB-17 is currently residing within House Judiciary Subcommittee A. It is scheduled to be heard this Wednesday. Rumors suggest there are efforts to strip out restaurant carry provisions. We must MAKE SURE this DOES NOT HAPPEN!

Social Services Arrive In NC

Comment on Learning with Git-Some
Atop Bald Mountain, NC

 I have a similar story from my uncle's wife, who just recently passed away at approximately age 86.

I remember riding her back as little boy as she would take me to the tobacco fields where we would work all morning. I remember the stories she would tell me as I marveled at a time long since gone.

Angeline was from a small town named, Danbury, in the foothills of North Carolina. She told me a story once of when the county services came to her home and spoke to her mom. This was sometime right after WWII, when social services first went county wide in the state.

Angeline's family had lost their dad several years previous and there was the mother and 5 girls (I think.)

The county social agent came up one day while the children were playing. The person asked for their mother, and Angeline being about 10 at the time, went and got her mother.

She over-heard the conversation from the social services person, them telling her mother they qualified as a poor family and could receive government help.

The mother kindly turned them down saying she could manage alright.

Angeline told me her thoughts, saying, "I didn't know we were poor?" "I thought we were in good shape, We never went hungry and always had something to do. Surely the government person was wrong?"

All those children grew up and married nice "Christian" men. They had respectable families and contributed their part to society.

Personally, for the life of me, I fail to see where these people were poor? Actually I see it quite the opposite. I see these people as being extremely rich in morals and life, having the moral fortitude and Christian faith to make the most from their situation.

The lesson learned is there are two ways to classify rich and poor. One way materially and the other spiritually. I'll leave it to the reader to decide on which type people determines which is the case for each circumstance.

Michael-- Deo Vindicabamur

"The fight has officially been brought to my front door."

Via NC Renegade


Last night I was out with a buddy of mine. I got a text from my wife that the cops and dyfs are at the house and they wanna check out my guns and needed me to open my safe.

I'm instantly on my way. I get in contact with evan Nappen on the way. I explain the situation. I walk in my house and hand the phone to the first cop I see. Then direct all of em outside. Dyfs got a call because of a pic on my son holding a gun. They wanted to look around and check all my guns out, make sure they were all registered. Obviously that didn't go well because I refused. I had Nappen on speaker phone the entire time so they had to deal with both of us. They kept trying to pressure me to open my safe.

They had no warrant, no charges, nothing. I didn't budge. I was told I was being "unreasonable" and that I was acting suspicious because I wouldn't open my safe. Told me they were gonna get a search warrant. Told em go ahead. Nappen (my lawyer) asked me for the dyfs workers name. she wouldnt give it. i asked for credentials and she wouldnt show em. i tried to take a pic of her and she turned around real fast and walked away. After a while of them threatening to take my kids, get warrants and intimidation they left. Empty handed and seeing nothing.

People it can happen that fast. Most people wouldn't have stood up to them like I did.


They never even saw the picture. It was all hear say. Just a phone call saying someone saw a pic of a child holding a gun.




 Wanada Parker, daughter of Quanah Parker, and granddaughter of Cynthia Ann Parker.

Towns Don't Need Tanks

Via Angry Mike

 No Tanks in Towns
American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war.  

Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters – and yet very little is known about exactly how many police departments have military weapons and training, how militarized the police have become, and how extensively federal money is incentivizing this trend. It’s time to understand the true scope of the militarization of policing in America and the impact it is having in our neighborhoods. On March 6th, ACLU affiliates in 23 states filed over 255 public records requests with law enforcement agencies and National Guard offices to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments. Stay tuned as this project develops.

Consider these ten chilling stories. If the anecdotal evidence is any indication, use of military machinery such as tanks and grenades, as well as counter-terrorism tactics, encourage overly aggressive policing – too often with devastating consequences:

More @ ACLU

Defense Distributed Gets License To Manufacture Firearms

Via Angry Mike

 Defense Distributed license to manufacture firearms


Defense Distributed, the organization set up to explore the use of 3D printers for decentralized production of firearms so that their ownership can be put further beyond the reach of government, has acquired a license to manufacture firearms. The license will ease the group's efforts to develop workable plans that can then be distributed online to end users who have access to 3D printers. In particular, Defense Distributed wil be able to sell some of the guns it makes to gain additional financing for its efforts.

Which should please Sen. Dianne Feinstein to no end.

2011 Deaths

Via Angry Mike

Bozell Blasts GOP Leaders In CPAC Speech: 'You Are Not What You Promised To Be' (Conservative)

Via Knuckledraggin' My Life Away

 Brent Bozell

  Boy did he ream them a new one.  Good job!

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell blasted Republican leaders for their lack of conservative behavior.

In particular, Bozell rebuked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) for his budget, Gov. Haley Barbour for his barbs against conservatives, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for funding Obamacare:

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell blasted Republican leaders for their lack of conservative behavior.

In particular, Bozell rebuked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) for his budget, Gov. Haley Barbour for his barbs against conservatives, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for funding Obamacare:

"So what do we conservatives believe? What is a conservative?

"Throughout this wonderful conference so many very good leaders have discussed this so eloquently. Another discussion is unnecessary. Instead, let me tell you first what a conservative isn't.

"Paul Ryan, you're a good man and you mean well, and good for you for your courage trying to reform Medicare and rid us of Obamacare. But your proposed budget that has the federal government spending $41 TRILLION over the next ten years, with more and more and more spending increases every single year, and assumes all the oppressive Obamacare taxes.   Congressman, that's what liberal Democrats do, not us.

"This is not conservatism. It is, literally, Democrat Lite.

"Do you have national aspirations? Do yourself and your country a favor. Rip that budget up and come back with one that truly does reduce the size of government, which puts us on the path toward a balanced budget by reducing deficits, and one that puts us on the path of solvency by eradicating our debt.  Watch what happens to both your national aspirations, and your legacy.

"Haley Barbour, my friend, when you call for unity and on conservatives to "sing from the same hymnal" and then publicly trash good conservative groups like Club for Growth for supporting good conservatives, you're out of tune, and you're out of line. Do you want to be seen as a national conservative leader? Start supporting national conservative groups.

"John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy: You said all the right things to conservatives to propel the GOP back to the majority and you to the top three leadership positions in the House.

'You, like virtually every single other Republican elected to Congress solemnly vowed to rid us of Obamacare, which you can do simply by refusing to fund it. Why haven't you done so?

"While we're at it... when the Secretary of HHS decrees that we should be forced to pay for the murder of babies, why don't you decree that Americans are no longer going to pay for HHS?  What of all the other oppressive, and in the case of Planned Parenthood, evil organizations immorally funded by our tax dollars?  What of the utterly useless agencies like NPR, and PBS, and Legal Services, and the NEA and so many others you solemnly pledged to put out of our misery?

"You've done nothing for over two years but give us excuses and more commitments that tomorrow, yes tomorrow, you'll honor your promises.  Gentlemen, where promises are concerned, you are not what you promised to be.

"Do you want to restore your reputations as conservative leaders? All you need to do is honor your promises. They were good ones. Watch what happens next. You'll be heroes."

More @ CNS News

Being White in Philly

Via Bill


Whites, race, class, and the things that never get said.


 My younger son goes to Temple, where he’s a sophomore. This year he’s living in an apartment with two friends at 19th and Diamond, just a few blocks from campus. It’s a dangerous neighborhood. Whenever I go see Nick, I get antsy and wonder what I was thinking, allowing him to rent there.

One day, before I pick him up for lunch, I stop to talk to a cop who’s parked a block away from Nick’s apartment.

“Is he already enrolled for classes?” the cop says when I point out where my son lives.

Well, given that it’s December, I think so. But his message is clear: Bad idea, this neighborhood. A lot of burglaries and robberies. Temple students are prime prey, the cop says.

Later, driving up Broad Street as I head home to Mount Airy, I stop at a light just north of Lycoming and look over at some rowhouses. One has a padlocked front door. A torn sheet covering the window in that door looks like it might be stained with sewage. I imagine not a crackhouse, but a child, maybe several children, living on the other side of that stained sheet. Plenty of children in Philadelphia live in places like that. Plenty live on Diamond, where my son rents, where there always seem to be a lot of men milling around doing absolutely nothing, where it’s clearly not a safe place to be.

Police called to control Air Jordan crowd in Birmingham; young girl shot while waiting outside Massachusetts store

Via Billy

 Black Friday Hibbett

I'm sure glad everyone has their priorities straight........

Several calls came over the scanner today requesting Birmingham police to help with crowd control at an east Birmingham store for the release of a new Air Jordan shoe.

  In December 2012, a crowd reportedly had to be pepper sprayed by police after getting unruly while waiting to buy new sneakers at this Hibbett Sports.
An East Precinct police official said store employees called to ask for officers simply as extra security at the Foot Locker store in the Pinnacle at Tutwiler Farm shopping center.

A few calls came over the scanner between 8:30 and 11 a.m.

The Air Jordan XIII "He Got Game" released today is a black, white and red shoe that retails for $170.

At one store in Springfield, Mass., the release of the coveted shoe took a violent turn.
An 11-year-old girl was shot in the leg while standing in line of people waiting to purchase the shoes, police told

Investigators said they think the girl was an innocent victim who was wounded in an altercation between two others outside a store called Mad Rags.

  More @ AL

The Brooke Rifled Gun Superior to All Others

A brilliant scientist and inventor, veteran of exploration and oceanographic studies, and quasi-diplomat to Japan before the war, John Mercer Brooke was born in 1826 at Tampa Bay to a Virginian father and New England mother, reared in the Northwest and educated in Northern schools. Nonetheless, his blood-ties to Virginia directed where his allegiance to country resided in 1861.  Brooke’s rifled cannon design proved that Northern ironclad monitors were not invincible, and was thus another reason why the American South maintained its political independence for four years.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Rifled Cannon Superior to All Others: 

“When designing the Brooke [rifled cannon, John M.] Brooke was working under pressure to produce, within the South’s limited means, the best possible cannon with the least possible delay. He had neither the time nor facilities for exhaustive experiments. What he sought to do was to devise from information available in the Confederacy a sound gun that could be put into production quickly and modified as actual experience dictated.

The tremendous power of the Brooke [rifled cannon] was demonstrated at Charleston, South Carolina, on April 7, 1863, when a major Federal attack was repulsed. The attack was made by nine armored vessels, seven of which were monitors. [Northern] Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles became convinced that monitors were capable of running past the Charleston batteries without military support, and then compelling the city to surrender. Welles proved to be mistaken.

During a period of two hours the Confederates fired an estimated 2,300 rounds at the Federal fleet at ranges between 550 and 800 yards. In the engagement, the turrets of the Nantucket and the Nahant were jammed, heavy guns on the Patapsco and the Nantucket were disabled, and the “Keokuk was hit ninety times, the turrets being penetrated in many places and the water line pierced nineteen times, putting the ship in a sinking condition as she left the scene.” 

After the battle Colonel [Josiah] Gorgas showed Brooke a telegram from General [PGT] Beauregard which stated that the Brooke rifles had been “invaluable” in the defense. The general, noting that the Keokuk had been sunk by a Brooke gun, asked that more such guns be sent to Charleston. 

Only a few of the guns at Charleston were Brooke rifles.…[and was considered] the most powerful and accurate gun in the Confederacy; its wrought iron bolt was specifically designed for use against ironclads. Commander James W. Cooke, who commanded the ironclad Albemarle during operations in the North Carolina sounds, wrought Brooke that he thought the Brooke gun “superior to all others.” 

In 1913, a half-century after the gunfire had died away, the superintendent of the Library and Naval War Records wrote: “The Brooke rifled gun” is conceded to have been the best weapon of its kind used by either side in the Civil War; it has a record of more than 2,000 rounds without suffering deterioration. The life of the modern naval gun is about 200 rounds before having to be relined.”  

(John M. Brooke, Naval Scientist and Educator, George M. Brooke, Jr., University Press of Virginia, 1980, pp.  265; 269-270)


Via Carl

Capt. Joseph Kelly, an Irish immigrant, organized the Washington Blues in 1857. In November 1860, Kelly's men went to western Missouri to repel Kansas invaders, and were among the earliest volunteers in Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard. In 1861, as a regiment in the 6th Division of the Missouri State Guard, Kelly's men participated in the battles at Carthage, Wilson's Creek (where Kelly was wounded) and Lexington; in 1862 they were at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Later, most of the regiment joined the 5th Missouri (CSA), which fought in Mississippi and other western battles, including the Atlanta campaign. Only 23 of the 125 men who enlisted in Kelly's regiment in 1861 returned to St. Louis at the end of the war.

... The song Kelly’s Irish Brigade is really a conversation between Irish immigrants, claiming that "true Irishmen" should be fighting for the Southern cause.

Lyrics to: Kelly’s Irish Brigade

Listen all ye that hold communion
With Southern Confederates who are bold,
And I will tell you of some men for the Union
Who in northern ranks were enrolled;
They came to Missouri in their glory
And thought at their might we’d be dismayed;
But they soon had a different story
When they met Kelly’s Irish Brigade.

When they met with the Irish Brigade me boys
When they met with the Irish Brigade
Didn’t those cowardly Lincolnites tremble
When they met with the Irish Brigade.

They have called us rebels and traitors,
But themselves have thrown off that name of late.
They were called it by the English invaders
At home in the eve of ninety eight
The name to us is not a new one though,
‘Tis one that shall never degrade
Any true-hearted Irishmen
In the ranks of Kelly’s Irish Brigade.


Well they dare not call us invaders,
‘Tis but state rights and liberty we ask;
And Missouri, we will ever defend her,
No matter how hard may be the task.
Then let true Irishmen assemble,
Let the voice of Missouri be obeyed;
And the northern fanatics will tremble
When again they meet Kelly’s Irish Brigade.


Quality Opportunities to Commit Theft


After the Radical Republicans had dispensed with Andrew Johnson and erected military rule in the devastated American South, came Grant.  He was “utterly na├»ve in all save military matters, a fact know to the political leaders who wanted Grant’s reputation under which to hide. They had put him into the White House with almost no effort at all.” 
Bernhard Thuersam

Quality Opportunities to Commit Theft:

“With the war [Between the States] came what moral philosophers have said was moral decay in wholesale volume, an apparently illimitable increase in man’s cupidity. Scandals uncorked during and after the fighting showed that [Northern] soldiers had been given clothing and blankets made of shoddy [material]…boots made of paper….meat that had come from diseased cattle and hogs; they rode hags that had been doctored to make a sale to the cavalry. 

Likely the moral condition of the country was lower than usual. Perhaps the moral philosophers should take into account the possibility that man’s inherent cupidity fluctuates, like a thermometer, with the number and quality of opportunities to commit theft, legal or otherwise; that the honesty of too few men is constant. This man is incorruptible to the figure of, say, $100,000. Many other men will gladly sell for two dollars the only piece of genuine influence they will ever possess, which is their vote.  Still other men use lead slugs in pay-telephone boxes.

The ethics by which men conduct business appear to be no more constant than individual honesty. The decade after 1865 in the United States appears in retrospect to have been an extended payday for the vast military exploit just concluded. Somebody observed it as if [John Wilkes] Booth’s bullet had released all the chicanery and cupidity of thirty-five million people. Pastors warned that God’s hand would smite the Republic. And yet, the more numerous and grosser sort continued to admire the “smart” man.

[It] is proper to know what this adjective meant. In early New England “smart” was not an unqualified compliment.  It was reserved for the peddlers of wooden nutmegs, and later applied to lightning-rod salesmen.  In time some of this primitive meaning was sloughed away, although “smart” was offensive enough to cause action for libel as late as 1858.  There was something a little wrong with the smart man as the Civil War came to an end.

The most notoriously smart figures of the postwar period in the United States were three characters who without too much exaggeration were also know as men of disaster. They were Daniel Drew, Jay Gould, and Jim Fisk…these three smart men were not builders of anything. Many called them wreckers.  “Foul hyenas,” said an editorial writer of the time….

Drew liked to spout quotes from the Old and New Testaments. He was almost, but not quite illiterate. Even when he was rated worth several million dollars, he kept his accounts in his head; he always knew how many [Wall Street stocks] he held.  

When New Orleans fell into federal hands, Fisk took off to buy cotton for a Boston syndicate, which made a mint of money quickly. [Drew] recognized in Fisk just the sort of a front man he wanted for a number of undercover operations in stocks. 

The [1867] struggle [Drew, Fisk and Gould versus Commodore Vanderbilt]…went into the history of crime and of finance as the “Erie War,”…..[and]  involved the control of several railroads, and, on occasion, of at least two legislatures, to say nothing of courts and officials, its name derived from the New York and Erie Railroad company, surely as unfortunate a line as ever operated in this or any other country.”

(The Age of the Moguls, Stewart H. Holbrooke, Doubleday & Company, 1953, pp. 20-25)

Rand Paul: America 'Now Threatened By the Notion You Can Have Something for Nothing'

 Sen. Rand Paul

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said that a big-government mindset now threatens American freedom.

"Everything that America has been, everything we ever wish to be, is now threatened by the notion that you can have something for nothing," said Paul.

In making his point, Paul invoked President Ronald Reagan.

"In his farewell speech in 1989, as Reagan said, 'as government expands, liberty contracts,'" said Paul. "He was right.

Government cannot give us our liberty. Our rights come from our Creator. But as government grows, liberty becomes marginalized. The collective takes precedence over the individual. Freedom shrinks.

"And our government today is larger than it has ever been in our history," said Paul. "Everything that America has been, everything we ever wish to be, is now threatened by the notion that you can have something for nothing, that you can have your cake and eat it too, that you can spend a trillion dollars every year that you don't have.

More @ CNS News

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin uses “Hunger Games” analogy to describe the state of America today


Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin used the popular teen novel “The Hunger Games” to describe the current state of the nation’s economy during her speech at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday.

In “The Hunger Games,” the fictional country of Panem, which formed from a post-apoplectic North America, is divided into 14 regions. Martin compared Wall Street and K Street to Panem’s capital region, which in the novels is depicted as totalitarian and far removed from reality.

“Crony, corrupted deals are standard operating procedures,” Martin said of the respective capitols.
She also criticized President Obama’s expensive and ineffective comprehensive healthcare law with the analogy, saying that “Our country’s equivalent to the Hunger Games’ tributes will be the patients who die under this law.”

More @ Red Alert

Learning with Git-Some




An Approach to Poverty

Before I learned about poverty, I was just a country boy from up the holler in West Virginia, with twelve toes, and I guess I didn’t know much. Especially about poverty. When I got to Washington, DC, I decided that I ought to be poor. I just wish I’da started earlier.

It’s a good deal. You get lots of free stuff and you don’t have to work. If I had knowed about poverty when I was fourteen, and what a good thing it was, I’da give up my paper route. I mean, who in his right mind would get up at four-thirty in the morning in January, with eight inches of snow on the ground, and ride across lawns on a bike with four hundred pounds of the Wheeling Intelligencer in a basket, so people could read about crooked politicians and clip grocery coupons? And then I’d catch the school bus.

That teacher lady said I was pretty smart, and she hoped I’d go far, but I reckoned she’da been happy if I just went to the next country over.

When you got out of high school, you had to get a job, and get up mornings even if you didn’t want to, and do something all day that you probably didn’t like. Unless you were poor, and then you could sleep in and do what you wanted all day. I didn’t know it then, though.

Best thing if you want to be poor is to go to Washington, the Yankee Capital, and take up poverty. Then the feddle gummint gives you a house for free. It may not be the best house in the world. You probably don't have your own swimming pool like a football field. But it’s dry and warm and nothing wrong with it. And in the morning you can get up early, just to appreciate that you don’t have to, and watch all those other people go to work. They got better houses, sure. But they got to sit all day in little square boxes in offices and scratch on pieces of paper. You don’t, if you’re poor.

The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon's 'treason'

Via Michael

 The US delegation, left, and North Vietnamese delegation at Paris peace talks

Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson's telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world. Among the revelations - he planned a dramatic entry into the 1968 Democratic Convention to re-join the presidential race. And he caught Richard Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks... but said nothing.

After the Watergate scandal taught Richard Nixon the consequences of recording White House conversations none of his successors have dared to do it. But Nixon wasn't the first.

He got the idea from his predecessor Lyndon Johnson, who felt there was an obligation to allow historians to eventually eavesdrop on his presidency.

"They will provide history with the bark off," Johnson told his wife, Lady Bird.

The final batch of tapes released by the LBJ library covers 1968, and allows us to hear Johnson's private conversations as his Democratic Party tore itself apart over the question of Vietnam.

More @ BBC

DHS deploying in Homeland with ‘weapons of war’

Via Mike

 What kind of domestic deployments does DHS foresee for its MRAPs, how many do they need for their mission, and who in Congress is providing balance of powers oversight on behalf of their constituents?

The sighting of a Department of Homeland Security Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at a gas station near Ybor City, Fla. on Wednesday is raising questions, concerns and fears about what the federal government is foreseeing in terms of likely needs for such armed and armored transports. An additional big unknown at this time is what congressional oversight protections exist for if and when they are deployed in domestic situations.

Compounded by the administration’s now “on the radar” push to further restrict civilian firearm ownership, the recent controversy over the potential use of drones over American soil to kill citizens without due process, and a longstanding and documented train of abuses tied to the militarization of law enforcement activities, those who keep an eye on such things are noticeably distressed. In the absence of once-pledged administration transparency and a vigorous and motivated watchdog press, civil libertarians are left with only speculation, and some are wondering if the predictable result, keeping activists on edge, is intentional.

More @ Examiner