Thursday, May 23, 2013

Radical Republican Reign of Terror

Russian Minister to Washington, Edouard de Stoeckl, was a close observer of the Lincoln administration and reliable judge of political events. He saw Lincoln as weak and vacillating, with the radical Republicans as the true “masters of the situation,” and had ”been told on good authority that a [radical] deputation demanded the President’s resignation.”
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Radical Republican Reign of Terror:

“The fighting Italian patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi, who had expressed a desire for a federal army command – providing the war would be fought for emancipating the slaves – rejoiced over the [emancipation] Proclamation.  Garibaldi’s followers, the republican liberals of Italy whose red shirts had become symbols of freedom, added their lavish praise….

But in Washington, Stoeckl expressed deep regret that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. In a conference with [William] Seward, the Russian Minister told Lincoln’s Secretary of State that he regards the Proclamation “as but a futile menace,” because “it set up a further barrier to the reconciliation of the North and South – always the hope of Russia.

In a lengthy report to St. Petersburg shortly after Lincoln issued the preliminary Proclamation, Stoeckl charged that radical Republican leaders had forced Lincoln into this extreme measure in a desperate effort to maintain their waning political powers. “Their program calls for immediate and unconditional emancipation, the arming of the slaves against their masters; the confiscation of all property belonging to the insurgents; and finally the inauguration in the North of a reign of terror to silence the protests of the timid conservatives.”

Stoeckl described Lincoln as vacillating and resorting to half measures because “he does not dare to go along” with the radicals, nor does he possess the courage to break with them:

“[Lincoln] signed the confiscation bill. He authorized wholesale arrests in the North and even suspended the writ of habeas corpus. [Radicals demanded] that Lincoln give to Governor Morton of Illinois, and ultra-radical, the chief command of affairs of war in the West, and delegate to him all the powers which the Constitution invested in the Chief Executive of the Republic. 

The President, intimidated by [the] intrigues and violent attacks, decided to publish the Proclamation…[but] settles the question only halfway; slavery will continue to exist in the States which recognize the Union….Slavery would not be abolished….where the decrees of the President could not be executed.  A new proclamation issued by the President suspends the writ of habeas corpus and establishes martial law in the entire United States. It is a new concession wrung from Mr. Lincoln by the radicals.”

(Lincoln and the Radicals, Albert A. Woldman, World Publishing Company, 1952, pp. 182-185)

Real People: Another Best

I Built This AK-47. It's Legal and Totally Untraceable.


Forget 3-D printed guns. Inside a "build party" where anyone can make a rifle that no cop will ever know about.


The wooden and steel parts I need to build my untraceable AK-47 fit within a slender, 15-by-12-inch cardboard box. I first lay eyes on them one Saturday morning in the garage of an eggshell-white industrial complex near Los Angeles. Foldout tables ring the edges of the room, surrounding two orange shop presses. The walls, dusty and stained, are lined with shelves of tools. I'm with a dozen other guys, some sipping coffee, others making introductions over the buzz of an air compressor.

Most of us are strangers, but we share a common bond: We are just eight hours away from having our very own AK-47—one the government will never know about.

The AK-47, perhaps the world's best-known gun, is so easy to make and so hard to break that the Soviet-designed original has spawned countless variants, updated and modified versions churned out by factories all over the globe. Although US customs laws ban importing the weapons, parts kits—which include most original components of a Kalashnikov variant—are legal. So is reassembling them, as long as no more than 10 foreign-made components are used and they are mounted on a new receiver, the box-shaped central frame that holds the gun's key mechanics.

There are no fussy irritations like, say, passing a background check to buy a kit. And because we're assembling the guns for our own "personal use," whatever that may entail, we're not required to stamp in serial numbers. These rifles are totally untraceable, and even under California's stringent assault weapons ban, that's perfectly within the law.

More @ Mother Jones


McNaughton Fine Art: Liberalism Is A Disease

Via The Feral Irishman

NC: Illegal Aliens Bill


Please contact your NC House Representative with all or part of the following message. It is critically important for everyone to participate! HURRY, we only have a couple of days to convince as many Reps as possible to represent us and not special interest groups.

To find your Rep, click here: Scroll down the list and click on the name of the Rep who represents your county. Their email address will be on the page that appears.

"House Bill 786 (Reclaim NC Act), has some very good enforcement measures that will go a long way towards decreasing the overall numbers of illegal aliens in NC. That was the original intent of the bill. But somewhere along the way, certain sections were included that completely override those measures and will lead to an INCREASE in the numbers of illegal aliens in NC, defeating the whole purpose of the bill.
Section VIII (f)
This section creates a new exception to North Carolina’s E-Verify requirement. It excludes from the definition of an employee, an individual whose term of employment is customarily affected by the seasonality of the industry in which the individual is employed, or less than year round. In other words, employers need not verify the immigration status of anyone who works less than one year. In other words, as long as an individual takes at least one unpaid day off per year, the employer is exempt from e verifying that person. A BIG loophole that will add to the illegal alien population. No fear of prosecution or being reported to ICE.
Section VIII (h)
This section creates an exception to enforcement of North Carolina’s E-Verify requirement if an employee possesses a restricted driver’s permit or restricted identification card. The exception swallows the rule and eviscerates North Carolina’s E-Verify law.  Indeed, as the new restricted driver’s permit and restricted identification card are accessible to any illegal alien who resided in the State as of April 1, 2013, North Carolina’s entire current illegal alien population and those who employ them would be exempt from the penalties contained in its E-Verify law. Another BIG loophole that will add to the illegal alien population. Again, no fear of prosecution or being reported to ICE.
Section IX (all)
This section will allow almost all illegal aliens in North Carolina to get a legal NC driver's permit and/or ID card. Since this permit or ID card will not be accepted in any other state as a valid form of ID (due to the Real ID Act), illegal aliens who receive them, will be inclined to remain in NC or face prosecution or being reported to ICE by other states.
H786 actually helps illegal immigrants drive to and keep jobs, that belong to North Carolinian citizens (85% of illegals do not work in the “stoop farm labor” sector).  Shouldn’t we make it easier for unemployed citizens to get jobs, instead of individuals who don’t even belong here?
Let's put this bill back on its' original track, to reduce the overall population of illegal aliens in NC.
Unless the Brody amendment (section VIII) and the Blust amendment (section IX) are adopted, we are asking you, on behalf of NC citizens, to vote NO on H786.
The people are only asking for a fair chance to return to work, nothing more. The special interest groups are asking for all sorts of exceptions to the law. It’s just not right."
Thank you,
James Johnson
North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement
cell # 910-286-3022

Ted Cruz: The Senate Is Using Tricks To Raise The Debt Ceiling


Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vandalized

Tuesday, Liberty Institute attorneys visited Coos Bay, Oregon, to deliver a report and recommendation on the constitutionality of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial that has stood for 41 years in Mingus Park. Upon arriving, our attorneys received the unfortunate news that the memorial – honoring those who bravely served our country – had been vandalized.

A perforation line was drawn at the base of the Memorial’s cross with the word “cut” written above it and an arrow pointing to the line. The word “remove” was written in the middle of the cross.

According to several news reports, local police said they were alerted to the vandalism Monday morning, but no suspects have been identified.

Earlier this year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Coos Bay city officials demanding the removal of the Memorial’s cross, claiming it violates “separation of church and state.”

The city retained Liberty Institute to conduct an investigation and make a report and recommendation regarding the constitutionality of the memorial, which was presented to the City Council in executive session on Tuesday.

The Coos Bay Vietnam Veterans Memorial joins a long list of veterans memorials under attack by aggressive groups like FFRF, the ACLU and the American Humanist Association.

It is also not the first memorial to be vandalized because of its religious content.

Excellent 2nd Amendment Speech at New Jersey Hearing

A Culture Of Fear And Intimidation...

Via David


Last week when I arrived to Bangladesh, the immigration officials there were positively ecstatic to see a foreign tourist entering the country.

I’ve also been to places in Africa and the South Pacific where you’re greeted upon arrival by dancing tribespeople singing songs of welcome.

It’s not quite the same in the Land of the Free. In fact, before they even let people in the country, they program us to be afraid and intimidated.

For one thing, all the immigration officers are armed. There’s absolutely no reason for a government agent to carry a loaded pistol when all he does is stamp a passport. This is EXTREMELY uncommon in the rest of the world. Only in the Land of the Free.

Just like the airport security farce, which has millions of travelers assume the “I surrender” pose inside a radiation machine, US immigration checkpoints are there to train people to be afraid and submit to the state’s authority.

When you step back and look at the whole government apparatus, it’s apparent that this culture of fear and intimidation applies across the entire spectrum.

We’re programmed, for example, to be terrified of the IRS. It’s to the point that getting audited consistently ranks among people’s top fears in the Land of the Free, right up there with snakes and unexpected death. It’s quite sad, actually.

And whether this Soviet-style idea to target opposition political groups came from the top or from the lower ranks, it smacks of an entire organizational culture gone awry… one that thinks it has unlimited power and authority to squash anyone it wants.

More @ Zero Hedge

Gun porn

Via mpopenker


Only in the South.......

........would your next door neighbor, an LEO from the Sheriff's department, lend you a gun. One of my daughters recently moved here from California and they saw a Copperhead by the community pier, which prompted the LEO to state that it could kill their children and/or his dog, so lent them a shotgun as they did not have one.

Texas, Red States Beat Blue States On Jobs, Growth

Via Daily Timewaster

Texas outperformed every other state in the nation on jobs and growth over the past decade, according to the latest annual report on state economic performance released Thursday by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Michigan came in dead last.

The rankings are based on state GDP growth, population shifts, and changes in non-farm payroll jobs between 2001 and 2011.

The ALEC report also finds that Utah has the best economic outlook this year, and Vermont the worst.

That outlook ranking is based on more than a dozen public policies that the authors say are closely related to economic growth — including various tax rates, workers compensation costs, minimum wage laws, right to work laws, government jobs as a share of the workforce, and debt service as a share of tax revenues.

In addition, an IBD analysis of the data finds that conservative, Republican states vastly outperformed liberal, Democratic states over the past decade on jobs and economic growth, and attracted more people to their states.

More @ IBD

Gun porn

Via mpopenker

Official: Dead Boston bombings suspect involved in 2011 slayings

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Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in a 2011 gruesome triple homicide outside Boston along with a Chechen killed early Wednesday during a confrontation with the FBI and Massachusetts State Police in Orlando, Florida, a federal law enforcement official told CNN.

Ibragim Todashev, who died during the interview with authorities, not only confessed to his direct role in slashing the throats of three people in Waltham, Massachusetts, but also fingered Tsarnaev in the deaths, the official said Wednesday.

Todashev was being questioned about the slayings and his acquaintance with Tsarnaev.
Todashev attacked an FBI agent, who shot him dead, a federal law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the case told CNN.

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Immigration Reform in One Infographic

FBI called into hate crime targeting whites


Public pressure has prompted a federal investigation into an attack on members of a white family who stopped for fuel on Mother’s Day in Baton Rouge, La., and were told they were “in the wrong neighborhood.”

As WND reported, the mother, father and daughter were beaten viciously, allegedly by a gang of blacks, for stopping at the fuel station.

One of the victims said, “This was absolutely a targeted attack due to the color of our skin.”
Once Baton Rouge police started looking into the case, they asked the FBI about possible hate crime charges.

Authorities allege 41-year-old Donald Ray Dickerson is responsible for initiating the attack. However, New Orleans criminal defense attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter told WND that two additional suspects could be charged with a hate crime.

“When the suspects go to court the district attorney’s office will have the power to add the additional offense of 14:107.2(B) if it chooses,” she said.

When the incident was reported, a number of members of the public asked why hate crimes charges were not filed. That reporting and the public response appears to have had an impact.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie put out a statement, saying, “Over the past several days our department has been the target of some criticism and frustration by people who questioned our handling of a brutal attack on a family in our city last weekend.

“So at my direction our detectives have extensively re-interviewed the victims and several witnesses and reviewed all available evidence.”

Dabadie said his department also reached out to the FBI to see if federal hate crimes charges might be applicable.

“FBI agents have accompanied our detectives and actively participated in interviews of the victims and witnesses,” he said.

Eric Holder’s Department of Justice oversees the FBI. In 2009, Holder admitted before a Senate committee that white people and ministers would not be protected by proposed hate crimes statutes.

More @ WND

Alan Dershowitz: IRS Chief Lerner 'Can Be Held in Contempt'

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s embattled director of Exempt Organizations, could be held in contempt of court and jailed for refusing to testify before Congress, civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz says.

"She's in trouble. She can be held in contempt," Dershowitz told "the Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV"

Congress . . . can actually hold you in contempt and put you in the Congressional jail."

Lerner, grilled Wednesday on the IRS' targeting of conservative organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination — but not before insisting "I have done nothing wrong."

Her brief statement of innocence has opened a legal Pandora's Box, according to Dershowitz.

"You can't simply make statements about a subject and then plead the Fifth in response to questions about the very same subject," the renowned Harvard Law professor said. "Once you open the door to an area of inquiry, you have waived your Fifth Amendment right . . . you've waived your self-incrimination right on that subject matter."

He said the fact that Lerner went ahead with her proclamation of could be considered malpractice on the part of her attorney — although it's possible she overruled the advice she received.

 "It should never have been allowed. She should have been told by her attorney that the law is clear, that once you open up an area of inquiry for interrogation, you have to respond," he said. "Now she may have made a political decision that it's worth it to take the risk . . .

That's just not the way the law works. It may be the way politics works . . . but she can't invoke the Fifth."

More @ Newsmax


Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner lost her rights


Rove: Obama 'Directly' Involved in Benghazi Lie; Scandals 'Corrosive'


The scandals facing the White House — particularly the Benghazi attack of last Sept. 11 — will be corrosive to Barack Obama’s presidency, Republican strategist Karl Rove tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

“These things will be corrosive,” Rove, who helped George W. Bush twice win the White House, tells Newsmax. “They'll eat away at the president's rating. We'll see it over time and, particularly, as Congress asks more questions in the weeks ahead.

“This stuff is only starting to seep in,” Rove adds. “It will take a while for these things to sort of sink in. I am not surprised that it hasn’t begun to impact his job approval just yet.”

Rove, who also served as deputy chief of staff in the Bush White House, is a Fox News analyst. His latest book is ‘Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight.”Most troubling for Rove is how the Obama administration has grossly mismanaged the information — before and after — surrounding the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. “The West Wing was complicit in the Benghazi lie,” Rove declares to Newsmax. “And, look, I believe that, ultimately, the president is responsible for setting the tone.

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Alabama's tax money belongs to the state, not the feds



While I support the men and women of the Alabama National Guard, I question the use of money from the Alabama Trust Fund to build, maintain or repair armories. The Alabama National Guard, as did all soldiers of other state guards, ceased being state militia's in 1958 when state control was subjugated to federal authority.

For all practical means and purposes, today they are federal troops which are used to augment the U.S. Army. This was done to save the federal government money by not having to support a larger standing army but, still have a pool of troops to draw from. As the feds can activate and send Alabama troops anywhere in the world at anytime with or without the consent of our state let the feds pay for the readiness of their facilities and all other expenses.

If they ever become Alabama's State Militia again, only under the command of our state's government, then and only then will the state of Alabama be obligated to keep up those forces. Alabama's money is our tax money, not the feds.

Billy E. Price

LIFE Behind the Picture: Larry Burrows’ ‘Reaching Out,’ 1966

Wounded Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie (center, with bandaged head) reaches toward a stricken comrade after a fierce firefight south of the DMZ, Vietnam, October 1966.

In October 1966, on a mud-splattered hill just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Vietnam, LIFE magazine’s Larry Burrows made a photograph that, for generations, has served as the most indelible, searing illustration of the horrors inherent in that long, divisive war and, by implication, in all wars. In Burrows’ photo, nowadays commonly known as Reaching Out, an injured Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie, a blood-stained bandage tied around his head appears to be inexorably drawn to a stricken comrade. Here, in one astonishing frame, we witness tenderness and terror, desolation and fellowship and, perhaps above all, we encounter the power of a simple human gesture to transform, if only for a moment, an utterly inhuman landscape.

The longer we consider that scarred landscape, however, the more sinister it grows. The deep, ubiquitous mud slathered, it seems, on simply everything; trees ripped to jagged stumps by artillery shells and rifle fire; human figures distorted by wounds, bandages, helmets, flak jackets and, perhaps most unbearably, the evident of it all for the young Americans gathered there in the aftermath of a firefight on a godforsaken hilltop thousands of miles from home. 

More @ LIFE