Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Dark, Hulking Figure of Government

My experience with the IRS came at the height of what we now know was a period of intimidation and discrimination against conservative groups. At the time I was involved in organizing a political event in Washington, D.C. Perhaps I was naive enough to think I had to do something wrong to be targeted by the IRS.

I knew that Guardians of Liberty would shake some people up, that we would get the attention of liberal groups, labor unions, etc. I expected that and prepared for it. When the local Guido from the IRS entered my place of business, I didn't give him much thought. He demanded my records, which I explained were with my CPA. That is why I had a CPA; to get it right. The CPA did the payroll taxes and sent a package to me to sign and put in the mail with a check. I had done nothing wrong and felt no guilt or shame, it would all get worked out. No matter what he thought I had done, I knew I had not.

That began a year-long period of harassment, demanding records after records until they found a mistake I had made, an honest mistake. I still feel no guilt over that mistake, but it was that day that I go back to time after time when I think of our government.

He stood in my outer office, hovering in a dark overcoat.

Former Top NSA Official: “We Are Now In A Police State”



Bill Binney is the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information.  A 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, Binney was the senior technical director within the agency and managed thousands of NSA employees.

Binney has been interviewed by virtually all of the mainstream media, including CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, PBS and many others.

Last year, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together, and said:
We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.
But today, Binney told Washington’s Blog that the U.S. has already become  a police state.

By way of background, the government is spying on virtually everything we do.

More @ Zero Hedge

At 82, she's a 'big deer hunter'

Via The Lonely Libertarian

Violet Mears, 82, relies on a 60-year old sawed-off rifle to bring down deer.

Violet Mears can still bring home the bacon, or, in her case, the venison.

When she was 73, the housewife decided it was time to make a lifestyle change.

"I decided I had cooked enough meals and kept them hot for him all these years that one day I told him, 'You stay home. I'm goin' huntin.' Never been huntin' before," she said. So far she has bagged eight deer, one an 8-point buck. "I'm probably the oldest lady hunter on the Eastern Shore."

Every deer she has killed has been with one shot.

"For someone who has started so late in life deer hunting, she's done great," said her husband of 64 years, Otho "O.W." Mears. "She started off as a pro.

More @ USA Today

How to chop wood without messing around

Via Resister In The Rockies


Paul Ryan & the GOP Must Own the Cuts to Veterans Benefits

Via Terry

 Paul Ryan

TEA Party, all the way, Sir!

Republicans in the Senate want to restore veterans benefits to the Paul Ryan – Patty Murray Budget plan.

Harry Reid is blocking the amendment so Republicans are blaming Harry Reid for cutting veterans benefits.

That is intellectually dishonest of the GOP.

Paul Ryan, a Republican, drafted the plan with Patty Murray, a Democrat.

House Republicans overwhelming approved the plan before it even made it to Harry Reid for a vote. The Republicans could have restored the cuts themselves in the House. Instead, they voted for the plan with the cuts to veterans benefits and went home.

More @ Red State

Ruger Expands the Popular Line of Lightweight Compact Revolvers with the Addition of the LCRx


Makes no sense to me.  Why in the world would you rather have an exposed hammer when the LCR's is inside?  Plus they don't come in .357, though they may later. 

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the introduction of the LCRx™, the newest variation of the revolutionary Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR®). Chambered in .38 Special +P, the LCRx™ features an external hammer that allows it to be fired in single-action mode.

“Since its introduction in 2009, the LCR® has become extremely popular with conceal carry customers seeking the simplicity of a revolver,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Customers have been asking for a traditional double-action version of the LCR® with an external hammer for optional single-action shooting. We were listening and have added a crisp single-action mode to the already smooth double-action LCR®,” he concluded.

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC): “Absolutely shocked” at the level of foreign state involvement in the 9/11 attacks after reading classified report

Via avordvet


If al Qaeda had support from foreign governments during 9/11, should the public know about it? Many Americans are demanding it, especially those who lost loved ones. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said they were “absolutely shocked” at the level of foreign state involvement in the attacks after reading the classified section of the 9/11 report.

Rep. Jones and Rep Lynch introduced H. Res. 428 this month that asks President Obama to declassify the entire 2002 report, “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”

Senate Dems block amendment to restore veteran benefits by closing illegal immigrant welfare loophole

Via avordvet

 Senate Dems block amendment to restore veteran benefits by closing illegal immigrant welfare loophole
Senator Wicker offered his own amendment to restore the cuts by targeting a child tax credit loophole that illegal immigrants have used to unlawfully obtain welfare benefits. 


Figures, after all, illegal aliens are more important than veterans........

Senate Republicans were unable to stop military pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday evening.

The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years, leaving some Senate Republicans scrambling to stop the cuts.

“Removing this unbalanced treatment of our military retirees ought to be one of the key actions we should take before this legislation moves forward. In fact, greater savings than this can be achieved by passing a legislative fix recommended by the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury that would stop the IRS from improperly providing tax credits to illegal aliens,” Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions said Monday, announcing his co-sponsorship of Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker’s amendment to restore the military retirement benefits Monday.

Candidate for MA Attorney General Says He Will Use Executive Order to Require Smart Guns if Elected

Well, things just escalated quickly in Massachusetts.

Warren Tolman, a former state senator and a current candidate for Attorney General of Massachusetts has basically said he will use the Massachusetts equivalent of an executive order to require that all guns sold in the state incorporate finger print scanning technology that would make the gun usable by only its owner (aka “smart guns”).

According to,

Lest We Forget: 68 years later 
As a Greenbrier cadet.

Cops: Man Flashes Gun at McDonalds, Demands Job Application


Police say they have charged 31-year-old Tevin Kievelle Monroe with brandishing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct after he took an unorthodox approach to procuring employment.

Monroe reportedly entered the McDonalds on St. Paul's Boulevard and asked the store manager for an application. Police say that after the manager explained twice that the application process was handled online, Monroe lifted his shirt and revealed a gun tucked in his waistband.

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In Texas, Search Warrants Can Now Be Based on a "Prediction of a Future Crime"

Via WiscoDave

Police in Parker County had been watching Michael Fred Wehrenberg's home for a month when, late in the summer of 2010, they received a tip from a confidential informant that Wehrenberg and several others were "fixing to" cook meth. Hours later, after midnight, officers walked through the front door, rounded up the people inside, and kept them in handcuffs in the front yard for an hour and a half.

The only potential problem, at least from a constitutional standpoint, was that the cops didn't have a search warrant.

DOD official: Snowden ‘stole everything — literally everything’ 

 Tough titty. Try following the Constitution.

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden stole vastly more information than previously speculated, and is holding it at ransom for his own protection.

“What’s floating is so dangerous, we’d be behind for twenty years in terms of access (if it were to be leaked),” a ranking Department of Defense official told the Daily Caller.

“He stole everything — literally everything,” the official said.

Issa Warns Obamacare Navigators Are “ACORN Revisited”


House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa warned Monday on Fox News that there are no checks in place for Obamacare navigators, the individuals tasked with helping Americans sign up for health insurance. They don’t have to follow any of the rules that every state in the country has for insurance people, he said. In other words, navigators are not bonded, finger printed, or identified in any way that would help prevent felons or identity theft perpetrators from having access to consumers’ personal information.

“This is basically just another form of community organizing paid for with your tax dollars,” Issa said. “ACORN revisited, if you will.”

More @ Townhall

Proposed Removal of Confederate Officers Pictures
 1. "The noblest American who ever lived and one of the greatest commanders known in the annals of war."

--Winston Churchill.

2. "A nation of men of Lee's caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the nation's wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we in our own time of danger in a divided world will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained."

--Dwight Eisenhower

3. The world has never seen better soldiers than those who followed Lee; and their leader will undoubtedly rank as without exception the very greatest of all the great captains that the English-speaking peoples have brought forth."

--Theodore Roosevelt

4. "If any American father were asked which of our great men he would most want his own son to resemble, the father, if he were wise, would be compelled to answer, 'Robert E. Lee.'"

--Benjamin Andrews, President Brown University, 1880.


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I am writing to you in regards to the proposed removal of  pictures of Confederate officers from the US Army College.

Before taking a knee jerk reaction to appease the wishes and supposed sensitivities of a small minority, I would ask that you first consider the following actions of two former US Presidents in regards to Confederate soldiers, as well as my personal thoughts as an American Indian.


” Every soldier’s grave made during our unfortunate civil war [sic] is a tribute to American valor… And the time has now come… when in the spirit of fraternity we should share in the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers… and if it needed further justification it is found in the gallant loyalty to the Union and the flag so conspicuously shown in the year just passed by the sons and grandsons of those heroic dead.” 

…President William McKinley, 14 December 1898.


  On the 23 of May 1958, the Eisenhower administration made Confederates full U.S. citizens with all the privileges & benefits as all American Veterans with Public Law 85-425 : Sec 410.


 I come from a lineage of military veterans that began before the American Revolution.  I have three ancestors who served in the Colonial forces of the American Revolution, and have had at least one ancestor who served in every war and/or police action up to and including the War in Afghanistan that goes on to this very day.

Having said that, I would like to be a bit more specific by relating the fact that I have near two dozen ancestors who fought in the WBTS. Like much of this nation's populace at that time, my family split and fought on both sides. So tragic was that war; pitting fathers against sons , brothers against brothers, Americans against Americans. It simply is wrong to honour one side and not the other as well and equally.

As a mix blood American Indian, my heart is weary that there are pictures of some of the Federal officers at the Army College, either ordered, or who personally turned their weapons on innocent women and children, during the so called Indian Wars of the plains. Yet, you hear no request from me to remove said officers' pictures, for as I said earlier, honour all  represented sides equally.

I make a slight apology for the length of this communication yet, I assure I could find no way to condense my words considering the seriousness of this subject. 

With Reserved regards,

T Warren

Bridgeport IL.

Democracy Threatens the Republic

A believer in Roman virtue, John Adams wrote that “the word democracy signifies nothing more nor less than a nation of people without any government at all, and before any constitution is instituted.” He believed that Roman virtue will save republics through a balanced constitution, or at least postpone decay, but “as soon as the Roman senate was destroyed and the government came into the people’s hands, no man lived safe but the triumvirs and their tools.”  The American founders’ established a republic, not a democracy.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Democracy Threatens the Republic

“When travelers write books they are justified in describing what they have seen and need not rise to generalization.  Nevertheless, no department of travel literature is richer in social and philosophic generalizations than is that written by European travelers visiting the United States, especially before 1870, as they struggle to understand the republican experiment.

An examination of these accounts written between 1777 and 1842 . . . reveals the eagerness of authors to predict the future success or failure of the radical republic.  The authors of the more notorious titles in this library . . . complain of vulgarity, lawlessness, mobs, vanity, the love of money-getting, lack of cultivation, and provincialism, qualities they invariably impute to the social and political experimentation of the United States.

The form of the American government may be republican, said [Captain] Basil Hall, but American life is democratic, and democracy has “a direct tendency to lower the standard of talents, of knowledge, and of public spirit, besides putting public virtue in great danger.”

“Democracy,” he wrote, “when once let loose, is exactly like any other inundation – it is sure to find its level, -- and whatever it cannot reach, it undermines and finally subverts.”
Captain Marryat was even more emphatic:

“A democratic form of government is productive of . . . demoralizing effects. Its rewards are few.  Honours of every description, which stir up the soul of man to noble deeds – worthy incitements, they have none. The only compensation they can offer for services is money; and the only distinction – the only means of raising himself above his fellows left to the American – is wealth; consequently, the acquisition of wealth has become the great spring of action.”

The American government has degenerated since the days of Washington and must do so “because “as men increase and multiply so do they deteriorate; the closer they are packed the more vicious they become.”

[To discourage dangerous democratic impulses, Benjamin Rush stated that] “While we inculcate . . . republican duties upon our pupils, we must not neglect, at the same time, to inspire him with republican principles.  He must be taught that there can be no durable liberty but in a republic, and that government, like all other sciences, is of a progressive nature.  While philosophy has protected us by its discoveries from a thousand natural evils, government has unhappily not followed with an equal pace . . . our business is to make them men, citizens and Christians . . . Above all, let our youth be instructed in the history of the ancient republics, and the progress of liberty and tyranny in the different states of Europe.”

(O Strange New World, Howard Mumford Jones, The Viking Press, 1964, pp. 308-309, 343)

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Florida Sheriff Targets Dozens in $2.8M Welfare Fraud Scheme

A $2.8 million fraud by Florida welfare recipients was busted in a two-year sting by authorities that is expected to bring more than 60 arrests, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday.

"We aren't going to bark a lot, but we are going to bite and bite hard," Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told local television station WPTV.

"I'm going to bite them in the butt as far as I can and take everything that we got from them to teach them a lesson that this is not going to be tolerated."

Sixty-one arrest warrants were issued on Monday, with 21 people arrested so far and facing federal charges, Bradshaw said.

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US Army War College: A Sincere note to our Alumni, friends, and all concerned: Lee/Jackson Portraits

Via Billy

When in doubt, blather away........

     Major General Tony Cucolo here, Commandant of the US Army War College. I’d like to address an issue that has come up based on a Washington Times web posting and article in its paper of 18 December 2013.

     Even though last night's posting had a photo at the top of that article showing a picture of one of our entry gates with huge statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson mounted on horseback on either side of the sign, and today's posting showed a dignified photo of Robert E. Lee at the top of the article, it might be misleading as to what is in question. For what it is worth, I must tell you there is only one outside statue on Carlisle Barracks and that is of Frederick the Great. There is no statue of Lee, there is no statue of Jackson; that picture is photo-shopped – I assume to attract attention to the article. We do however have many small monuments, mostly stone with bronze plaques, but those are for a variety of reasons. There are small memorials to the service of British units (during the French and Indian War), memorials of Army schools that had been based at Carlisle Barracks over the last two-plus centuries, memorials to Carlisle Indian Industrial School students and significant personalities of that period from 1879 – 1918, a memorial for US Army War College graduates killed in action since 2001 and more. We do not have any public memorials to the Confederacy, but we do have signs on the walking tour of the base that will tell you for a few days during the Civil War, three North Carolina Brigades camped on the parade ground and then burned down the post (save one building) as they departed on July 1st, 1863, to rejoin Lee’s forces at Gettysburg. We also do not have any large stand-alone portraits of Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson.

     So, no statues or big portraits, but a recent event here sparked the reporter’s and other public interest in the topic of the article, which I find makes a good point – for topics like this, have a thoughtful conversation before making a decision.

U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee/Jackson honors: Revisionist history would remove portraits of Confederate legends

Via WiscoDave

The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story.During the inventory, an unidentified official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college honors two generals who fought against the United States, college spokeswoman Carol Kerr said.

“I do know at least one person has questioned why we would honor individuals who were enemies of the United States Army,” Ms. Kerr said. “There will be a dialogue when we develop the idea of what do we want the hallway to represent.”

She said one faculty member took down the portraits of Lee and Jackson and put them on the floor as part of the inventory process. That gave rise to rumors that the paintings had been removed.

New: Letter from a black racist — here’s why non-blacks deserve violence.



Speaking of stupid.  He'd better run the numbers first.  The man above gets it right.

Letter from a black racist — here’s why non-blacks deserve violence.


This is about as good as it gets:

1) Its not happening

2) Here’s why it is happening.


From Bdot

Racist whites seem to be obsessed with this knockout game. Back in the day, the “knockout game” involved a bunch of cowardly faggots in white sheets hunting blacks for lynching and burning wooden stakes on yards. These days you can find kids in Mississippi hunting blacks for fun and running them over with trucks, or dragging them to death in Texas.

You racist whites are the most ignorant, underdeveloped, tunnel visioned element of OUR SOCIETY. You ignore the white racism that gave birth to most of the ignorance perpetrated in this nation, and you champion every story you can find about blacks committing violence against whites.

Your chickens will never stop coming home to roost on that ass.

NC: Roy Cooper Proves He’s as Anti-Gun as Michael Bloomberg

Last week, a bipartisan coalition of 27 states and territories filed an amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Obama administration’s attempt to prosecute gun owners who wish to legally sell firearms to others. The case, Abramski v. United States of America, could have far-reaching implications for law-abiding gun owners in North Carolina and across the nation.

The 26 attorneys general who signed the brief hail from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. Even the U.S. territory Guam signed the brief.

As West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the lead author of the states’ brief, explained, “the Department of Justice wants to ensnare innocent gun owners in a web of criminal laws if they try to sell their guns. This federal overreach is a blatant attempt to overstep state regulations and Congress in order to steer more gun sales to federally licensed dealers, who then make federal records of every transaction.”

In short, the Obama administration is illegally seeking a backdoor means to create a national gun registry—something Congress has long rejected.

Of course, not every state attorney general is concerned about ATF’s underhanded effort to compile a national gun registry, or concerned about protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The attorneys general who refused to sign the amicus brief come from the usual list of liberal, anti-gun states whose leaders salivate at the mention of gun control.

But there is one outrageous exception, one state that plainly should have signed this brief but didn’t: North Carolina. We’d like to think our state’s highest-ranking lawyer would oppose the blatant overreaching of Barack Obama and his ATF minions. But apparently, Attorney General Roy Cooper would rather side with Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun cronies than join a majority of states in a bipartisan coalition defending gun owner rights.

It’s not as if Cooper isn’t aware of the case. The lead lawyer for Bruce Abramski, the former police officer ensnared in the Obama ATF power grab, is Richard Dietz, a prominent appellate attorney at the Kilpatrick Townsend law firm in Winston-Salem. The case has received national media coverage, including a supportive editorial in the Washington Times 
We reached out to Dietz about why Cooper—the attorney general of his own home state—wouldn’t join this important brief defending gun owners. Dietz declined to talk specifics, citing the ongoing U.S. Supreme Court case, but he did confirm that both he and West Virginia’s Attorney General repeatedly reached out to Cooper’s office but were rebuffed.

No surprise. Roy Cooper has always been anti-gun. But he’s tried to hide his anti-gun views to avoid upsetting supportive constituents, especially hunters and sportsmen down east. Now that Cooper is eying the governor’s mansion—and worrying about appeasing his friends in the Moral Monday crowd—he has shown his true colors.

It’s shameful that Cooper puts politics ahead of his job as Attorney General, and that he would so recklessly ignore the will of the people he is supposed to represent. With the legal briefs in the Abramski case already filed, it’s too late to try to change Cooper’s mind and have North Carolina join its sister states at the Supreme Court. But in 2016, Cooper will have to explain his anti-gun position to voters. And we’ll be there, reminding the citizens of North Carolina that when the States stood together against Barack Obama’s attack on law-abiding gun owners, Roy Cooper was nowhere to be found.

Color-blind Justice?

Via Angry Mike

Yesterday’s news included two remarkable stories about what passes for justice in multi-racial America. One was about a retired Brooklyn judge, Frank Barbaro, who is now asking an appeals court to overturn a conviction that he, himself, handed down in a 1999 murder trial.

Only a few facts about the case have been reported, but it appears that a 22-year-old black man named Wavell Wint approached 24-year-old Donald Kagan, who is white, in front of a Brooklyn movie theater and tried to steal Mr. Kagan’s chain. There was a fight, and Mr. Kagan ended up shooting and killing Wint.

Judge Barbaro, who is white, heard the case without a jury, and convicted Mr. Kagan of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. The judge, who has since retired, says he now believes the shooting was self defense, and that he could not be impartial because he was obsessed with white racism.

$30,000 StG-44 turned into CA gun buyback for $200 gift card

Via Angry Mike

stg44 LA

If I’m in possession of an antique, I’m going to do a little research before I give it away for next to nothing. Someone in Los Angeles wasn’t that smart.

Yes, that appears to be an authentic, World War II-era Sturmgewehr 44, the first-generation assault rifle. It’s worth perhaps $30,000 according to an estimate of the worth of another StG44 collected in a similar buy-back in Connecticut last year, but the LAPD doesn’t appear to have the class the Hartford PD did. Hartford allowed the rifle to be sold to collectors so that it could be preserved as the historical artifact that it is, and give the provider fair-market value.

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1 Dead, 3 Injured in Shootings After Armed Bartender Kills Gunman

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A man who opened fire at a Huntington bar in the early morning hours Friday was shot and killed by a bouncer, but not before wounding three people, according to the Huntington Police Department.

The deceased has been identified as Antonio Devon Brown, 25, of Huntington.

The shooting occurred at Shoop’s Bar in the 1200 block of 4th Avenue just before 3 a.m.

HPD Lt. John Williams conducted a brief press conference in the department lobby at 7 a.m.

Williams said the shooter was involved in an altercation with a woman, before being escorted out of the bar.

At that point, the man turned, drew a pistol and began firing inside the main area of the bar.

Merkel compared NSA to Stasi in heated encounter with Obama

Via Bill

 Angela Merkel, with Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.

The German chancellor also told the US president that America's National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.

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