Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Zero trust in government?

Via Daily Timewaster




Look at the immigration bill. Look at the one in 1986. Look at Napolitano's declaration that the border is secure, and that agencies like hers have the right to determine which laws shall and shall not be enforced. 

Look at Benghazi. Look at Fast and Furious. Look at ObamaCare, and how it was rammed through, and all its promises, and behind those Obama's 2008 campaign rhetoric about the individual mandate, and keeping your doctor, and bending the cost curve. 

Look at the IRS, and the story about low-level employees, and the audit that wasn't an investigation, and the preliminary results that weren't communicated to the congressmen who asked for them, and the FBI's lack of follow-up. 

Behold Pigford, with the DoJ coordinating with trial lawyers and community activists to trawl for fraud in black churches. 

Behold DoJ lawsuits designed to prevent states from ensuring that the rolls are clean, or that voters are who they claim to be, or that addresses given for registration are valid. 

Hurry, hurry, step right up and see Catherine Engelbrecht, the woman targeted by multiple federal agencies at the behest of low-level IRS employees who were just a little overzealous about doing their jobs. 

 Watch in amazement as the IRS head approves $70 million in bonuses for a job well done, despite the sequester, while VA employees are furloughed. 

Feast your eyes on the spectacle of ICE agents suing the government for the right to do their jobs, and fulfill their oaths of office. 

Be dazzled at the EPA creating its own laws, at the DHS and lobbyists writing health care regulations, at ideologues deciding on the basis of campaign donations who will and who won't be permitted to continue to deal GM vehicles, giving preferred stock interest to unions who helped their boss become Chief Executive of the country, creating massive subsidies for Chevy Volts. 

See the State Department squelch its internal investigations and persecute those who inform on Ambassadors trolling in public parks for sex with underaged girls, security agents frequenting prostitutes, abusers of female staff, under the direction of Hillary Clinton, who would like to be the first female President, because it sends the right message. 

Watch as Smart Power reshapes the Middle East, and leads to a general jihad of Sunni against Shiite.

See the Jews and Christians evicted and murdered, watch their synagogues and churches burn at the hands of aherents of the Religion of Peace. Marvel at the lack of coverage in the MSM.

Get a front-row seat to watch as military functionaries institute anti-Christian policies on behalf of Muslim extremists. Watch them all lie, lie, lie, and get away with it.

Yeah, I have trust issues.

A perfect example as to why we need to teach logic (among other things) to our young kids

Via Arctic Pilgrim


I saw a "news" article on Yahoo today. It was about a school essay from a fourth grader who writes about his views of homosexual marriage, here.

    When I read his letter, I couldn't help but notice the leaps in logic and attitude of moral arrogance that was emanating from his letter. I have heard from places around the Internet of Christians complaining that other Christians are not prepared to have any good defense or justification against homosexuality, and homosexual marriage in particular. I am hoping that this will help in some small way.

California Schools to Train Kids to Sell ObamaCare


Pathetic. Get your children out of the government indoctrination mills.
The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”

Covered California spokeswoman Sarah Soto-Taylor said staff have not questioned this goal.
“We have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students,” she said.

LAUSD will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees eligible for ObamaCare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare, the grant award says.

More @ Heartlander

  • Doris Robinson · Top Commenter · Vallejo, California
    The article says.."One in three Los Angeles students never graduates high school."
    Can you guess why? What ever happened to Reading, writing and arithmetic?
    Not surprising. America has become Hitler's Germany. These kids are being indoctrinated into doing the dirty work of the government. and it sickens me to the core.
    About that "one in three" that doesn't graduate.. Not to worry.They have a job waiting for them at the IRS...complete with healthy bonus'.
  • Angela Davidson Weinzinger · Top Commenter · Elected to the Governing School Board at Travis Unified School District
    WHUUUUUUAAAAAAATTTTTT? You have got to be kidding me? Please pick my jaw up off the floor! THIS IS NOT WHAT SCHOOL IS ABOUT! Please join us here to fight for our children's education. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PEACCS/ Lord please help us!
    • Eric Jasso · Oroville, California
      Sounds about right. But they couldn't give them that money for books or smaller classroom sizes?
    • Heidi Strong Mitzelfeldt
      My jaw is on the floor!!
    • Amy Watkins · Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
      Wow! So glad my kids are out of school. I never let them even join in the fund raisers that the schools expected them to go door to door. System must think that they could slip this in and no one would notice. Keep up the good fight Angela. My Facebook stream is filled with this stuff from almost every corner of the nation. I really hope people are waking up and taking part. I know it has widened my eyes to the importance of participation. All I can say is: Yikes!!!
  • Christian Berrigan · Top Commenter · Vancouver, Washington
    Straight out of the nazi playbook. next they will get kids to report if their parents are refusing to participate, then maybe get them to report on other things too like parents making anti government statements or attending "Subversive" political meetings.

    People: are you going to just stand by and watch this continue to happen? are you going to stand idly by while the government incrementally turns your children into little KGB spies?
  • Scott David Murphy · Top Commenter
    Interesting, Hitler Youth Anyone?
  • Joel Elrod Melsha · Teacher at Lake County Schools
    What? Wait... Shouldn't they be focusing one EDUCATING these students rather than using them as unpaid salespeople? And I hope parents have a say in whether or not their kids are used for this experiment, because I would vote NO.
    • Betsy Lancy · Clermont, Florida
      That's scary.
    • James Melsha · Austin, Texas
      So, they're dumping taxpayer money to a program unpopular with the taxpayers, and trying to use the most gullible members of the typical family unit as their "in"? Seems about right - liberal or conservative, the people in power think they're in power because they're inherently superior beings. These ubermensch have always found it challenging to drag the masses kicking and screaming into the enlightened future they've designed, and using children against their parents is a viable strategy towards that end. I'd describe it as an "unethical" strategy, because brainwashing children isn't particularly good for them, but ethics are subjective. While I may believe that a government should do nothing but protect life, liberty, and property and certainly do no harm, they probably believe the harm they're doing is justified by the benefit they think they're providing. To them, it's no different than when my cats have been sick and I had to hold them down and force medicine down their throats, because they hold the ability of the populace to make their own decisions in the same regard I hold my cats'. So they hurt the kids, they waste taxpayer dollars, but at least they move one step closer to the gleaming welfare state of the future.
    • Michael Richardson · Hamilton Township High School
      California has gone down the toilet.
  • Becky Richey
    Hitler youth. I'm sure they will also report on their parents. Ddo they eat unhealthy foods? Do they exercise? how many hours of TV do they watch? Do they own guns?
  • Donna Lyman Linke · Riverside, California
    This is so wrong in so many ways. The government using our youth for pushing the government's agenda on the people......sneaky b------s.
  • Jeanie Stowell Roberts · Narbonne Senior High
    There goes more money to another one of Obama's projects. He is using teens but it still is going to cost. That is not the only reason it bothers me he is brain washing kids to believe in something that is garbage. Is Obama going to explain the cost?
    • Beth Harcourt Freeman
      The first thing that came to mind when I read this: Hitler's Germany. He found using kids to push his agenda was extremely effective.
  • Alice Smith · Top Commenter
    This is wrong on so many levels. Not only is this brainwashing and manipulating of children, it's an offense against Americans that have had their tax money extorted from them. The feds don't generate one thin dime... all they have to 'grant' with, is that which they've stolen from us in the first place. This really is an outrage! How dare they!
  • Debbie Williamson Lenson · Venice High School
    This is so WRONG! Obummer treats everything that is here as if everything belongs to him & he can use the kids, people as long as he moves his Socialistic agenda forward. He overreaches all the time & thinks he's teflon & nothing will happen to him. He counts on all the useful idiots not paying attention School needs to go back to basics: Math, English, Science & REAL History not their rewritten version.
  • Nace Benveniste · Top Commenter · El Camino College
    this is bull shit. what is wrong with america? people wake up the time has come wake and take our country back.



From WRSA reader Daniel:

Hello CA, 

I organized and attended Kerodin’s CQB class this weekend and thought an AAR might benefit the community. Since your site seems the most widely read I offer it to you for posting if you’re willing.

Thanks in advance either way.



As the great philosopher Dirty Harry Callahan taught us, “A man’s got to know his limitations”:

I’ve been doing an honest assessment of myself and couldn’t help but conclude I need some work – OK, a lot of work. The list of things I’d like/need to learn is pretty long, so when I saw that Kerodin was taking his CQB training on the road while charging ridiculously low prices per student I decided this was a great opportunity to fill some skill gaps. After all, Glock and AR fantasies aside, what DO you do when your day goes to pieces and multiple hostile hands are on you?

Plus, it would be a good chance to see for myself if Kerodin is indeed one of a rare breed of lying, scheming, ego driven, sociopathic conmen as some in the community claim. The class date was set, plans were made and the big day arrived.

The verdict?

The class is excellent and and I have to disappoint the haters. Sam is for real and very much knows what he’s doing.

More @ WRSA

Wisdom from The Moneychanger


Somebody pointed out to me yesterday that Ben Bernanke is from Augusta, Georgia -- the South. I am so ashamed.

But then the Federal Reserve scheme was hatched in Georgia, too. On Jekyll Island. What's the matter down there? Somebody from North Carolina -- I mention no names -- once said, if you want to know what 250,000 Confederate soldiers died to prevent, look at Atlanta. 

On 25 June 1876 in the Battle of Little Bighorn the Sioux and Cheyenne wiped out the 7th Calvary, who had been led into a trap by their Commander, Lt.Col. George Custer. Frankly, considering Custer, & considering he was invading the Indians' lands, you just have to root for the Indians.

On 25 June 1938 a portentous and deadly federal minimum wage law was passed guaranteeing workers 25 cents an our (rising to 40 cents by 1945) and a maximum 44 hour working week. Did it really raise wages? No, it priced low-value labor out of the market, which it was intended to do. Since the New Deal all the favors done for labor -- Social Security, mandatory retirement, etc. -- are aimed at shrinking the number of available workers.

Y'all listen now, and don't forget this: ALL government help, like all government money, comes with a sock in the jaw.

Bush Advisor: Hastings Crash “Consistent With A Car Cyberattack”

Roundabout via Ninety Miles From Tyranny

 Richard Clarke

A former cybersecurity advisor to President George W. Bush says a sophisticated computer hack could have been the cause of the automobile accident that claimed the life of journalist Michael Hastings last week in Los Angeles.

Richard Clarke, a State Department official-turned-special advisor to several United States presidents, said the early morning auto crash last Tuesday was “consistent with a car cyberattack,” raising new questions about the death of the award-winning journalist.

Hastings died last week when his 2013 Mercedes C250 coupe collided with a tree in Los Angeles, California on the morning of June 18. He was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a red light moments before the single-car crash. He was only 33.

Speaking to Huffington Post this week, Clarke said that a cyberattack waged at the vehicle could have caused the fatal collision.

Violation & a few more goodies from Ol' Remus

 1935. Old Rag, Virginia.
A passion for power, in any degree, will override moral-ethical norms, courtesy, and notions about "tolerance."
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com
Sanctioned violation of the innocent is a line that, once crossed, knows no other bounds. We as a nation have stayed far away from that line for all of our history and rightly condemned nations that didn't. Until now.
For government benefits and a salary that starts at $12.85 an hour, these unarmed officers swallow the irritation of others, apply security methods that intensify by the day, stifle the awkwardness they might have about touching other people.
Dan Barry, NY Times
Mr. Barry didn't intend to suggest that TSA agents would do a good bit more for, say, $25.70 an hour. But one has to wonder how many would step forward and what else they'd be willing to stifle beyond a feeling of awkwardness. Events in the recent past give one answer:
Q: Did you yourself ever feel pity with the victims, thinking of your own family and children? How was it possible for you to carry out these actions in spite of this?

A: In view of all these doubts which I had, the only one and decisive argument was the strict order and the reason given for it by Reichsführer Himmler.
Affidavit, Auschwitz commander Rudolf Hoss, Nuremberg War Crimes Trial
The "reason given for it" was security. Warrantless strip searches and hands-on violation of ourselves and our kids, our sisters, wives and grandmothers as a condition of travel is something we of a certain age believed couldn't happen here. That it's being done in the name of security recalls events and regimes we thought well behind us. That DHS has labeled dissenters as domestic extremists art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif suggests something else truly ominous is in the making. To be clear, the only acceptable course for DHS is to back away from this. Well away. Alas, it appears they're determined to make this blunder all but irretrievable.
I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?
DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano, Charlie Rose interview, via The Hill
Not satisfied with knowingly setting out on a formerly forbidden road and criminalizing its critics, DHS intends to turn all forms of transportation into a police procedure. Schools, banks, courts and other public places are being discussed as follow up venues with some limited trials already completed. Sadly, and to our shame, DHS now knows the men of this country will not stand up for themselves or even protect their families, by and large. They may yet, but until then Remus has a few words for you.

Given the DHS's black-letter directive making dissent an actionable offense—an act of domestic extremism, and given that the Supreme Court has ruled that Constitutional rights do not apply in matters of state security as defined and administered by DHS, and given that there is no substantive limit to the actions an agent or deputy of the DHS may take against a citizen under the Patriot Act, given all this, it would be an act of self-destruction to seek or accept relief or assistance from DHS in an emergency. It is prudent to prefer any other status than refugee.

Any other status than refugee means you accept any bearable privation and run any reasonable risk rather than come under their direct control. No, DHS is not the Einsatzgruppen of Babi-Yar, but in a state of emergency their powers are the same: unlimited, or effectively so. They've already deployed their exculpatory phrase: an excess of caution. Notice its cloying, Klein Jar-like construction—entirely self referential, self activated and self absolving. 

The Supreme Court—that body charged with assessing Constitutional compliance in all places and circumstances—has so far ruled the DHS may act on its own authority without fear of judicial review. In other words, a security agent can be sanctioned only for failing to be severe enough and is answerable to nobody outside the DHS, i.e., the field agent has an incentive for excess while you have no legal recourse from whatever disposition he imposes on you. 

Unhappily, those dispositions have been and will be without regard to your well being, even incidentally. Their actions will be convenient for their purpose, even if it brings about otherwise avoidable dire consequences for you. Worse, you can only guess at their purpose. Therefore, and especially in a state of emergency, you are well advised to decline any voluntary or avoidable contact with DHS. Where contact is unavoidable, comply dutifully until an opportunity to cleanly absent yourself appears. But mark this: should DHS request or even require your participation in a mass special action, especially one that entails mass relocation—an "orderly evacuation" say—accept fugitive status if you must, but refuse to become a refugee no matter how reasonable, beneficial and benign it is made to appear. Act on your own initiative, attend to your own security, use your own resources. Be realistic about this, but be resolute. 

Events are moving quickly. This beast is convinced of its strength, impressed by it actually, and anxious to exercise it. And so it shall. Things will get worse before they get better, yet one day our descendents will ask how such things were allowed to happen. It's on that day we shall have redeemed ourselves, however that day was brought about. 


 art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Voter citizenship decision - The Left wanted state power stripped and they lost. Arizona can simply push the state forms in all state offices and online, and keep those federal forms in the back room gathering dust. When you submit a state form, you have to prove citizenship. Thanks to Justice Scalia, that option is perfectly acceptable. Loss for the Left, says J. Adams in this article, Left Loses Big in Citizenship-Verification Supreme Court Case, at PJ Media.

 art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Ammo - Customers are buying as much as they can get, even though prices have ballooned. Retailers are ordering it but can't get as much as they would like. Ammo manufacturers are running at capacity. So where's it all going? We think there are four prominent contributing factors, says WeaponsMan in this article, But I heard DHS bought all the Ammo?, at Weapons Man.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The domestic spying programs are unnecessary and probably ineffective for "preventing terrorism." If these programs are necessary to avoid a daily fare of fire and blood, we need better ideas. An obvious one is properly functioning border controls. One of the reasons the NSA "needs" all that data on US citizens is the simple fact that there are so many foreigners living here, legally and otherwise. If we were to stop invading the world while inviting the world to move here, there would be fewer potential dangerous foreigners within the "homeland" to worry about, says Scott Locklin in this article, Turned by the Spooks, at Taki's Magazine.

William Lowndes Yancey’s Prophetic Insight


Born at Ogeechee Falls, Georgia in 1814, educated at academies in New York and New England, South Carolina and later Alabama editor, William Lowndes Yancey prophetically predicted the rise of the consolidationist Republican party.  He foresaw the States becoming “but tributaries to the powers of the General Government,” and their sovereignty enfeebled.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

William Lowndes Yancey’s Prophetic Insight

“. . . Yancey had been an unconditional Unionist . . . But in 1838 disturbing reports, which led him to pause, study the Constitution, and consider the nature of the Union, began to reach his desk. His indignation and fears seem to have been first aroused by the abolitionist petitions which were agitating Congress and the country, and in one of his editorials declared:

“The Vermont resolutions have afforded those deluded fanatics – the Abolitionists – another opportunity for abusing our citizens, and endeavoring to throw firebrands into the South, to gratify a malevolent spirit.  They well know that they have no right to . . . meddle with our rights, secured to us by the Constitution; but to gratify the worst of feelings, while at the same time and in many instances, the endanger our safety, they press upon Congress the consideration of this subject.”

This editorial went on to express a fear that there was “a settled determination, on the part of those fanatics, to form themselves into a small band of partisans,” and thereby to gain the balance of power and determine elections.

Yancey’s fears of despotism under the cloak of the Federal Union were intensified by the election of the friends of the United States Bank.  He reported a series of resolutions condemning the bank, The second resolution [declared]: 

“We deem the struggle now going on between the people, and the United States Bank partisans, to be a struggle for pre-eminence between the State-Rights principles of 1798, and Federalism in its rankest state; and that in the triumph of the Bank, if destined to triumph, we would mournfully witness the destruction of the barriers and safeguards of our Liberties.”

In the spring of 1839 Yancey and his brother bought and consolidated the Wetumpka (Alabama) Commercial Advertiser and the Wetumpka Argus.  The next spring when Yancey took personal charge of the newspaper, he announced that it would support a policy of strict construction in national politics and a State policy of reform in banking, internal improvements, and public education within reach of every child.

[With the] opening of the presidential campaign of 1840, [Yancey] believed the issue between State rights and consolidation to have been clearly drawn.  Twelve years of Jacksonian democracy had destroyed the bank, provided for the extinction of the protective features of the tariff, and checked internal improvements at federal expense.  Therefore, if the friends of the bank, the protective tariff, and internal improvements expected to enjoy the beneficence of a paternalistic government, they must gain control of the administration at Washington, and consolidate its powers.  Thus to them the selection of a Whig candidate for the presidency was an important question, and from their point of view Henry Clay seemed to be the logical choice.

[Yancey editorialized] to show that the abolitionists, having defeated [Henry] Clay in the convention, now contemplated using their power to defeat Martin Van Buren in the election, disrupt the Democratic party, and absorb the Whigs.  To Yancey it seemed clear that [a] coalition of Whigs and abolitionists would put the South in a minority position . . . that the minority position of the South demanded “of its citizens a strict adherence to the States Rights Creed.”
He declared: 

“Once let the will of the majority become the rule of [Constitutional] construction, and hard-featured self-interest will become the presiding genius in our national councils – the riches of our favored lands offering but the greater incentive to political rapacity.” 

Furthermore, he foresaw with inexorable logic that once the general government was permitted to exercise powers, not expressly given to it, for subsidies to industry and for the building of roads and canals, it was as reasonable to claim constitutional authority for subsidies for agriculture and labor.

Yancey foretold with prophetic insight the consequences of the application of the consolidationists creed. He said it would result in a “national system of politics, which makes the members of the confederacy but tributaries to the powers of the General Government – enfeebling the sovereign powers of the States – in fact forming us into a great consolidated nation, receiving all its impulses from the Federal Capitol.”

And in strikingly modern language he warned the people that, if the tendencies toward consolidation continued, the Constitution would “have its plainly marked lines obliterated, and its meaning . . .left to be interpreted by interested majorities – thus assembling every hungry and greedy speculator around the Capitol, making the President a King in all but name – and Washington a “St. Petersburg,” – the center of a vast, consolidated domain.” 

(William L. Yancey’s Transition from Unionism to State Rights, Austin L. Venable, Journal of Southern History, Volume X, Number 1, February 1944, pp. 336-342)

Police Force Way Into Woman's House, Reason: Grass Uncut

In Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, police went on a 12-hour “warrant roundup” – trying to arrest as many people with outstanding warrants as possible. One of those arrest warrants was against a landlord for failing to maintain his property. (Yes, cities can and will go after people for uncut grass or other failures to maintain.)

The landlord wasn’t home, but the tenant, Robyn Ruckman, was.  She videotaped the police presenting themselves at her door without offering identification, swearing at her and, in response to her mild protest that they hadn’t presented decent identification, forcibly entering her house without showing a warrant to do so.