Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shot 27 times: Navy SEAL's Amazing Survival: 'God Get Me Home'

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Obama Declines to Attend Memorial Dedication for Disabled Veterans: President’s decision not to attend is among first in recent history

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I am glad he isn't, as he would only disgrace them all.

President Barack Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first such memorial of its kind, is set to be dedicated during a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C.

However, Obama, who was first invited to attend the event in January, will not be among those in attendance, according to a source who is familiar with the situation.

This would be among the first national memorials in recent history not to be formally accepted in person by a sitting U.S. president.

Amnesty: You will be impacted by the Scottish vote tomorrow


A very important event is happening in Scotland tomorrow. You might not be personally or emotionally involved, but you will be impacted

Setting aside the Scottish question, consider the impact of a huge U.S. amnesty for illegal immigrants either dictated as planned by President Obama or willingly agreed to by a Congressional majority. 

Would the U.S. hold together after a huge amnesty and the tsunami of new immigration that usually follows them?  With no apology whatsoever to George W. Bush, no nation can exist very long as a mere idea, however noble.  As we should all be aware of now, ideas change. Real nations are made up of flesh and blood people and families. They must have either a common culture or mutually compatible cultures to endure peacefully.  Language, history, religion, and ethnicity, like it or not, are always a factor in national unity. National loyalties are possible only if these things are either mutually compatible or mutually sympathetic.Stable nations are a delicate balance of families, common culture, mutual compatibility and common understanding and sympathies. 

If Scotland leaves, will Wales, and Northern Ireland remain for long?

Part of the problem in the Middle East, is that Britain and other European powers carved out nations that were never nations. Iraqi loyalty may mean something to Sunni Arabs in Iraq, but it means little to Kurds, even though they are also Sunni Muslims, and practically nothing to the Shia Muslims on the border between eastern Iraq and Iran. Such nations can usually be held together only by powerful autocratic leaders, and these often become ruthless in their struggle to survive and rule. 

I hope such a disastrous amnesty can be avoided. But if it were implemented, it would have a high probability of eventually driving the nation apart. Here are some thoughts:

Would solid conservative states be content to stay in a union permanently dominated by the Left? An anti-Christian Left?  

Would California stay? Would other states want California to stay considering their growing fiscal problems, radical dominated politics, and huge electoral dominance?

Would Southern states begin to secede rather than be subjected to Obamacratic dominance?  

We are living in interesting times. I only wish our political leaders would do their homework and try to stay several steps ahead of national disaster.

--Michael Scruggs


The Origins and Implications of the Scottish Referendum 

The idea of Scottish independence has moved from the implausible to the very possible. Whether or not it actually happens, the idea that the union of England and Scotland, which has existed for more than 300 years, could be dissolved has enormous implications in its own right, and significant implications for Europe and even for global stability.

The United Kingdom was the center of gravity of the international system from the end of the Napoleonic Wars until World War II. It crafted an imperial structure that shaped not only the international system but also the internal political order of countries as diverse as the United States and India. The United Kingdom devised and drove the Industrial Revolution. In many ways, this union was a pivot of world history. To realize it might be dissolved is startling and reveals important things about the direction of the world.

Scotland and England are historical enemies.

More @ Stratfor

Free Scotland!

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Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom tomorrow. I’ll be rooting very hard for a yes vote.

The primary reason I strongly support Scottish independence is because it will serve as a beautiful illustration of how civilized unions respond when a geographic territory votes to secede. During all the debate leading up to the vote, no one has suggested that England should or will invade Scotland to keep them in the United Kingdom. A military invasion is, in fact, unthinkable.

Hmmm… How are all the neo”cons,” Straussians, Jaffaites, American nationalists, Declarationists (there is much overlap among these) and assorted other Lincoln idolaters going to explain this away? The clear demonstration that territorial secession can happen without bloodshed will serve as a stark reminder to modern day Unionists that our own bloody clash didn’t have to be that way.

Some may think this a petty and spiteful reason to support Scottish independence, but as a long time veteran of the intra-conservative internet Lincoln wars, I relish the opportunity to give the other side a great big “Uh! In ya face!”

But beyond my possible spitefulness, there are good reasons for conservatives to support ethnic independence movements, Scotland and beyond. Smaller ethnically based states represent a more authentic basis for shared governance vs. the modern nation state which is supposedly organized around some proposition or largely imagined bond, such as the largely imagined bond that says Sunnis, Shiites, Chaldeans, Kurds, etc. all belong together in some figment on a map called Iraq.

Guerrilla Warfare, Democracy, and The Fate of The Confederacy


                                                      Marcellus Jerome Clarke AKA Sue Mundy 
                                                  "I believe in and die for the Confederate cause."

 One of the most enduring explanations for why the Confederacy lost the Civil War asserts that the Rebels were too democratic. First proposed by David H. Donald as a variation on a theme by Frank L. Owsley, it has survived, with some modification by recent scholars, as a viable part of most multicausal explanations of Confederate defeat. 

To date, the argument has rested largely on the supposed political blunders of the central government, in its indelicate handling of issues that infringed on personal liberties or that injured the sensibilities of powerful state politicians, to demonstrate the disruptive effect of Confederate individualism. Occasional references are also made to problems caused by the independent spirit of the Confederate soldier, but these discussions tend to convey a greater sense of pride or respect for this quality than rebuke. 

Little has been said about how military policy might have been influenced by an underlying tension in Confederate society between democracy and authority, between individualism and discipline, or between popular conceptions of the war and the government's conduct of the war. Conscription, probably the most divisive issue involving individual fights, cut across both social and military lines, but another pivotal military issue eclipsed even conscription: guerrilla warfare. 

Indeed, guerrilla warfare sparked sharp policy debates in both North and South that affected the outcome of the war in no small way.

Feds in El Paso: Rep. O’Rourke Called to Ban Contact with Judicial Watch

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Federal law enforcement sources in El Paso say that a United States congressman called their office to prohibit contact with Judicial Watch in the aftermath of a disturbing story confirming that Islamic terrorists are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Sources tell JW that Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives, telephoned the area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify—and evidently intimidate—sources that may have been used by JW. On August 29 JW reported that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is working in Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).

A Visual History: How Much $1 Used To Get You (And How Much It Gets You Now)

Via SHTF Plan 


Abolition in the Old South

What the South feared most with its ever-increasing black population from 1750 onward was slave revolt and massacre.  Despite colonial legislature attempts in Virginia and North Carolina to control or stop the British and New England transatlantic slave trade which brought blacks to the South, the Crown forbid interference with their colonial labor supply.  
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
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Abolition in the Old South:

"The American Revolution swelled the ranks of the tiny Southern free black population. In the years following the Revolution, the number of free Negroes increased manyfold, so that by the end of the first decade of the nineteenth century there were over 100,000 free Negroes in the Southern States . . . The free Negro caste had grown from a fragment of the colonial population to a sizable minority throughout the South.

[In] the North, abolition met stiff opposition. In Rhode Island and Connecticut, which had the largest proportion of Negroes in New England, antislavery forces could enact only gradual-emancipation laws. Pennsylvania enacted a gradual-emancipation act in 1780, but, despite of its many Quakers, never legislated immediate abolition. Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey, where the ratio of blacks to whites was three times that of Pennsylvania, repeatedly rebuffed antislavery forces and refused to enact even gradual emancipation for another twenty years. Significantly, emancipation laws in both New York and New Jersey compensated slaveholders for their property. Only after property rights were satisfied were human rights secured.

In 1782, Virginia repealed its fifty-nine year-old prohibition on private acts of manumission. Slaveholders were now free to manumit any adult slave under forty-five by deed or will. North Carolina slaveholders could free their slaves...for meritorious service and with the permission of the county court. Liberalized provisions for manumissions were extended to the new States and territories of the South. Kentucky adopted the Virginia law in 1792, and the Missouri Territory accepted a similar rule in 1804. Almost immediately slaveholders took advantage of the greatly liberalized laws. Throughout the South, but especially in the upper South, hundreds of masters freed their slaves. Although manumission at times had nothing to do with anti-slavery principles, equalitarian ideals motivated most manumitters in the years following the Revolution.

Beginning in 1792, the revolt on Saint-Domingue sent thousands of refugees fleeing toward American shores. Most were white, but among them were many light-skinned free people of color who had been caught on the wrong side of the ever-changing lines of battle . . . [though Southerners] feared the influx of brown émigrés. The States of the lower South, ever edgy about slave rebellions, quickly barred West Indian free people of color from entering their boundaries, and other States later followed their lead. A mass meeting in Charleston urged the expulsion of "the French Negroes" . . . In Savannah, nervous official barred any ship that had touched Saint-Domingue from entering the harbor."

(Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South, Ira Berlin, The New Press, 1974, excerpts pp. 15-36)

BS: House approves Obama request for Syria in broad bipartisan vote

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How much more worthless can the Republicans get? I didn't even see how much we authorized.


 Islamic State has seen revenues from black-market oil sells plummet - after a number of key engineers fled from oil fields captured by the terrorists in Iraq and Syria 

ISIS strike deal with moderate Syrian rebels


The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to grant President Obama authority to train and arm moderate (? They chop off less heads or ?) Syrian rebels waging war against Islamic extremists.

Despite vocal opposition from both war-weary liberals and defense hawks who feel the Syria plan should include more robust steps, majorities in both conferences voted 273-156 to back Obama’s plan to give military aid to vetted members of the Free Syrian Army.

The “yes” vote was made up of 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats; opposition was just as bipartisan, with 85 Democrats and 71 Republicans voting no. The Syria language was considered as an amendment to a stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

More @ The Hill

1974 Chevrolet Nickey Camaro L88 Stage III

This expertly restored 1974 Nickey Camaro Stage III possesses great significance as likely the last L88 Stage III Super Car conversion performed by Nickey Chevrolet before it closed for good in December 1973. According to Nickey Chevrolet Performance Manager Don Swiatek, the car was ordered by a customer who had seen a May 1973 Hot Rod Magazine article about a Nickey L88 Nova, but wanted the Stage III conversion done to a new Camaro, which he ordered with LT trim, power steering and power front disc brakes.

Because the complete L88 engine was no longer in production, Nickey ordered an L88 short block and completed the engine using all the correct components from the corporate parts bin, including iron open-chamber heads, 12.5:1 pistons and a Holley 4053 780 CFM 4-barrel carburetor on a low-profile LS6 intake manifold, the latter to clear the Camaro’s hood. The Stage III conversion was completed with the installation of subframe connectors and an upgraded 3.23 Positraction 10-bolt rear end.

More @ MECUM

Michelle O creates trouble for kids with cancer: 'It's a really sorry day when they kick parents out so this lady can come'


Parents are outraged because they say they’re being restricted from accompanying their sick children Wednesday to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because first lady Michelle Obama is visiting – and security measures prohibit both parents from escorting the little patients to medical appointments.

A woman named Angie Rouse Green posted the following message to Facebook Tuesday:

“RANT: I am LIVID!!!!!! I just got a phone call from a St Jude mom whose son is battling a brain tumor. … Tomorrow, this little boy has his MRI. The results come after. His mom was told that she cannot bring her husband with her to get the MRI results!

“Why you ask?? Well, because the first lady and her entourage will be in the hospital tomorrow for, I assume, a photo shoot and Secret Service has pretty much shut down to bare necessity our hospital.

Only one person allowed per patient, no social media in hospital, no photos in hospital, cars will be towed in garage, more than one person with patient will be turned away at the gate by Secret Service!”

More @ WND

Legislation Introduced to Eliminate ATF

Via LH


I guess we'd just end up with two corrupt agencies instead of three.......

Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has introduced legislation to eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a federal law enforcement agency with 5000 employees.

If passed, the legislation would dissolve the duties of ATF to the FBI and DEA. From the legislation:
To abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, transfer
its functions relating to the Federal firearms, explosives, and arson laws, violent crime, and domestic terrorism to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and transfer its functions relating to the Federal alcohol and tobacco smuggling laws to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and for other purposes.
More @ Townhall

NC: Dunkin' Donuts refuses to hire Commandment-keeper

Darrell Littrell (Facebook)

The U.S. federal government is now suing a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee after it rescinded its job offer to a Christian man solely because he wanted to keep the weekly Sabbath holy, which is one of the Ten Commandments.

Darrell Littrell of Asheville, North Carolina, is a Seventh-day Adventist who holds the belief he cannot work on the Sabbath day, which he observes from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Around Dec. 15, 2012, Littrell applied for the position of a donut maker at the Citi Brands’ manufacturing facility in Arden, N.C., and was later interviewed by the company’s plant manager.

“On Jan. 3, 2013, the plant manager offered Littrell the donut maker position, and told Littrell he would start work the next afternoon, a Friday, at 3 p.m.

“Littrell responded that he could not start work on Friday afternoon because as part of his faith, he does not work from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday. The plant manager responded by revoking Littrell’s job offer.”

More @ WND

School Orders Girl to Remove ‘Virginity Rocks’ Shirt


Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

That’s the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom’s surprise when she got in trouble at school.

Chloe showed up at school wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Virginity Rocks.”

“It’s a positive message,” said Bambi Crozier, Chloe’s mom.
Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity.
But school officials disagreed. They said the shirt could cause a classroom disruption and contained sexual content. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity.

The 13-year-old, who bought the shirt at a Christian music festival, was told she had to change shirts.
“It was so bizarre,” Mrs. Crozier told me. “She had the shirt for several years at wore it a number of times to school.”

More @ Townhall

Surveillance cameras filmed the firing of Donetsk by Kiev

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Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists


Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”

The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.

More with video @ CNS News

East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal


Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east.

The city council of Donetsk, the largest rebel stronghold, said that shelling killed two people in the city Wednesday and wounded three others. In a separate statement published online, the press center for Kiev's military campaign in the east said that at least 10 civilians in the town of Nyzhnya Krynka, 20 kilometers east of Donetsk, had been killed by shelling.

Since a cease-fire imposed on Sept. 5, the fighting in Donetsk has been primarily limited to the north of the city, where many residential neighborhoods have been caught in the crossfire of battles centered on the government-controlled airport.

On Wednesday, an AP reporter in that area of Donetsk saw the remains of what appeared to be a Grad rocket in a burned-out building. There was one body visible at the scene.

More @ Townhall

Milestone Q4 2011: The bot crossing point

In the last quarter of 2011, more iphones were sold than babies were born.

That's interesting because that is also the quarter that Siri shipped.

FYI:  Apple's Siri is the first mass market bot.

In hindsight, this apparently minor observation may be considered something more important: a tombstone milestone for humanity.

It's the quarter when our future replacements on this planet began to outpace us.

This leads me to something else.

King George Days: When We Were America

Via Susan

Mostly wooded, on the Potomac River, Dahlgren Naval Proving Ground the biggest employer, with a fair number of kids who got up at four-thirty in the morning to help their fathers with commercial crabbing on the river.

I beg the reader's indulgence since this is in a large sense a personal communication more than a column for all. It will resonate with many, or some, so I post it anyway.

I am preparing to fly to Fredericksburg, Virginia, for the—God almighty—fifty-year high-school reunion of King George High School. Perhaps we all do it eventually, unless of course we don’t. It is a curious thing, I have learned at previous reunions, to meet after half a century people you last saw when they were seventeen. They seem so little changed.

There was nothing special about the class of 1964, or about King George High, except for those of us who were in it. Our yearbook looked like ten thousand others across America, portraits with acne removed in the photo lab, the basket ball team exactly like everybody else’s, the cheerleaders conventionally glorious, conventional adolescent good-byes in ball-point pen—but without misspelling or bad grammar.

We, largely rural kids of the small-town South, represented without knowing it a culture, an approach to existence, and a devastating principle: You can’t impose decency, honesty, good behavior, or responsibility. They are in the culture, or they are not. If they are, you don't need laws, police, and supervision. If they are not, laws won't much help. And this is why the US is over, at least as the country we knew.

Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

Via LH

Ordnance: Gun retailers, like SSG Tactical in Fredericksburg, Virginia, must have firearms purchasers fill out a form indicating their race or else face ATF sanctions. (Kelly Riddell/The Washington Times)

The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.

With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.

More with video @ The Washington Times

Carlos Hathcock: Suicide Sniper Mission

Via LH


Marine shooting legend Carlos Hathcock takes on one of the toughest covert missions during the Vietnam War. With over 93 confirmed kills, Hathcock possessed the stalking and shooting skills necessary so survive missions that would otherwise be suicidal. 

Made my day:) NC: Little Girl Competes with Marine Cadet At Push Up Challenge

Via LH

We think of our armed forces as the fittest men and women in the world but they can still be surprised by an undiscovered talent! At a fundraiser for the Active Heroes Foundation in North Carolina on September 6, young cadets went up against onlookers in fitness challenges. Kimberly Munley, the US army sergeant who confronted the Fort Hood gunman in November 2009, met a girl who she called her new hero. This little girl was more than a match for one of the cadets at push ups, and she received plenty of cheers for her effort.