A great day at the GREATEST CLUB in the galaxy? The Fly in July was a great time for all who attended. The Cub Scouts from Oswego had a good time and were all able to fly and recover their rockets! A great group of young men! Over all not a bad day, the weather changed in our favor and we had over 40 successful launches, and recoveries. We flew the Pride Of The Northern Copperheads on her maiden voyage and she didn’t do too badly. We look forward to our 2nd annual October sky this October 7th beginning at 2:00p.m.
We already know that police are not duty bound to protect anyone per the Supreme Court,
which is exactly why I don’t understand anyone not wanting to carry
their own weapons and trust police officers to protect them. In Los
Angeles, we already have a history where citizens had to protect themselves against criminals because the police abandoned them during the LA riots in 1992.
Well, nothing has changed and as you will see in the following video,
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has not changed their position
and are more than happy to save their own skin rather by running away
from criminals rather than protecting law-abiding citizens. So much for
“Protect and Serve.”
All the States of the Union were “free” in 1860, with some having ended the African labor system inherited from the British. The irony of the late antebellum hatred directed at the American South is that Northern slave ships, captained by the fathers and grandfathers of a great many Northern industrialists and political leaders profited handsomely in the transatlantic slave trade which populated the South with Africans; and no Southern leaders were to be found calling for the young Northern mill workers laboring 16 hours a day in unhealthy conditions to rise up and kill the wealthy mill owner. It is noteworthy that no abolitionist leader or group presented a peaceful and practical solution to this African slavery — only war to the knife. Posted at www.Circa1865.org The Great American Political Divide
Millard Fillmore’s Prophesy
“[Daniel] Webster laid down, in immortal speeches, that the Union is not a compact between States, but a fundamental law no longer subject to their choice, and that each State is bound up with the rest by chords that cannot be legally severed. Thenceforward the opinion of Webster prevailed among American jurists.
The right of redress was taken away from the South, and the Northern Republicans, taking advantage of their constitutional victory, entered upon those violent courses which ended in making the Union intolerable to those who were opposed to them.
At that time the abolitionists commenced their crusade, which was directed as much against the Union, which they denounced as an “agreement with hell and a covenant with death,” as against slavery itself. It became a settled doctrine among them that the North and the South could not continue together, and they made the public familiar with the idea of dissolution [of the Union].
“The Union,” said Mr. Horace Greeley, editor of The [New York] Tribune, “is not worth supporting in connection with the South.”
But the stronger part of the Republicans resolved to make themselves master of the central government, for the purpose of coercing the South to submit to their political opinions. The Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts confessed that “the object to be accomplished was this, for the free States to take possession of the government.”
The spirit in which they meant to exercise it is expressed with the characteristic force and candor of American language by the representative of the same State in Congress: “When we shall have elected a President, as we will . . . and after we have exterminated a few more [Southern-friendly statesmen] from the North, then if the [Southerners Senators] shall not give way, we will grind it between the upper and nether millstones of our power.”
A pamphlet, which was widely circulated and was read in Congress, contains the following sentence: “Teach the slaves to burn their masters’ buildings, to kill their cattle and hogs, to conceal and destroy farming utensils, to abandon labor in seed time and harvest, and let the crops perish.”
Mr. [Salmon P.] Chase said, in 1859: I do not wish to have the slave emancipated because I love him, but because I hate his master.” A Senator from Ohio said very truly: “There is no union now between the North and the South, no two nations on earth entertain feelings of more bitter rancor towards each other than these two nations of the Republic.”
In this state of public feeling and political division, the candidate of Abolitionists and Republicans was elected President. Four years before, a former President, Mr. Fillmore, prophesied the catastrophe that would ensue:
“We see a political party presenting candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency, selected for the first time from the Free States alone, with the avowed purpose of electing these candidates by suffrages from one part of the Union only, to rule over the whole United States. Can it be possible that those who are engaged in such a measure can have seriously reflected on the consequences which must inevitably follow in case of success?
Can they have the madness or the folly to believe that our Southern brethren would submit to be governed by such a Chief Magistrate?”
(The Civil War in America: Its Place in History; Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Volume I, Essays in the History of Liberty, J. Rufus Fears, editor, Liberty Fund, 1985, excerpts pp. 275-276
Lincoln’s war administration and deficit financing ushered in the modern American state which remains in existence today. The various Bureaus, Departments and revolutionary measures created for the purpose of increasing federal power were all linked to his total war-effort, including the restructuring of currency and banking. Author Bruce D. Porter (War and the Rise of the State, Free Press, 2002) wrote that “Appomattox thus represented not just the defeat of the South, but the defeat of the whole Southern economic and political system, and the triumph of a state-fostered industrial and financial complex in the North.”
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.org The Great American Political Divide
The True Result of Appomattox
“[In Herman Melville’s postwar] poems he recognized the tremendous costs, especially through the loss of freedom and the end of the founders’ dream for America as a result of the North’s victory. He viewed the construction of the new iron dome on the Capitol in Washington, DC, which replaced the wooden one, as a symbol of America’s future.
Bruce Porter’s well-documented study [of the war] relates some of the economic costs of the Civil War:
“In connection with the war the Lincoln administration attempted to intervene in areas of the national life that the federal government had never touched before . . . Prior to 1861, the national government had been a minor purchaser in the American economy. During the war, it became the largest single purchaser in the country, a catalyst of rapid growth in key industries such as iron, textiles, shoe manufacturing, and meat packing . . .
The Civil War spawned a revolution in taxation that permanently altered the structure of American federalism and the relationship of the central government to the national economy. Prior to the war, over 80 percent of federal revenue had come from customs duties, but despite several upward revisions of the tariffs during the war, those could provide only a fraction of what was needed to sustain the union armies.
On August 5, 1861, the first income tax in US history came into effect, followed by the Internal Revenue Act of 1862, which levied a whole series of new taxes: stamp taxes, excise taxes, luxury taxes, gross receipt taxes, and inheritance tax, and value-added taxes on manufactured goods. The latter Act created the Bureau of Internal Revenue, perhaps the single most effective vehicle of federal power ever created . . .
Neither taxes nor paper dollars, however, came close to covering the enormous costs of the war. Dire fiscal straits forced the federal government to borrow over 80 percent of its cost, or more than $2.6 billion. [The] Lincoln administration created a captive source of credit by granting a monopoly on issuance of the new national currency to banks that agreed to purchase large quantities of federal bonds . . . [and] agree to accept federal regulation and federal charters. Thus, almost overnight, a national banking system came into being.”
[Author] Eric Foner writes that the fiscal measures represented in their “unprecedented expansion of federal power . . . what might be called the birth of the modern American state . . .”
(The Costs of War, America’s Pyrrhic Victories, John V. Denson, Transaction Publishers, 1999, excerpts pp. 28-29)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte confirmed to Fox News
Channel’s Maria Bartiromo Sunday morning that his committee among others
want former CIA Director John Brennan and other former Obama officials
to testify before its members.
“We have lots of questions for John Brennan and he will definitely be
sought by the Committees for an interview,” Goodlatte said. “This is an
extremely disturbing thing to see both he and James Comey, supposedly
impartial government officials carrying out their jobs in very important
areas in intelligence gathering and law enforcement, express the kind
of extreme bias that they’ve shown now, which I think reflects quite
accurately on what they were doing back in 2016.”
on to confirm that not only will Brennan and Comey be sought but also
former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose meeting with
President Bill Clinton on an Arizona tarmac during the 2016 election
became scrutinized as it happened while his then-presidential candidate
wife Hillary Clinton was under federal investigation.
Teenage black conservative activist CJ Pearson came to Judge Jeanine
Pirro’s defense in a viral video posted to his Twitter account Friday.
America stands with you,” he wrote above the video. “If you’re a black
and conservative, they call you an Uncle Tom. If you’re female and
conservative, you’re called things that I’m not sure my mom would be ok
with me repeating. There is no group in America more bigoted than
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bashed President
Trump over his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week,
but failed to mention she also bonded with Putin in 2012 over Siberian
In her memoir “Hard Choices,” Clinton explained her meeting with
Putin in Moscow, where she asked him what he’s “doing to save the tigers
“He looked up in surprise. Now I had his attention,” she wrote.
In mid-1862 volunteering in the North had all but stopped after the carnage and high casualty numbers to date, though Lincoln desperately needed more troops to continue his war. He threatened conscription as a whip to encourage governors to fill the “troop quotas” he demanded, and the governors rightly feared retaliation from their constituents who had little interest in the war. Bounties were used to buy the services of paupers, indigents, immigrants and recently-released criminals to fill the ranks and keep Northern working men at home. Massachusetts Governor John Andrew found a workable solution in sending State agents to the occupied South to enlist captured black men who would be counted toward his State quota – and approved by Lincoln.
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.org The Great American Political Divide
Bounties Fill Lincoln’s Armies with Patriots
“After the first flush of patriotism had passed, one of the strong inducements to enlistment was a financial one – a bounty, and, at a later date, the advance of the first month’s pay. During the Civil War, bounties came from three sources – the federal government, local governmental units, and private subscription. (In Ohio there was no bounty offered directly from State funds.)
The federal government, at the beginning of hostilities, offered a bounty of $100, payable upon honorable discharge . . . [but] by action of Congress in July 1862, one-fourth of this sum was to be paid upon muster and the balance at the expiration of the term of enlistment.
By later acts of Congress the bounty was increased to as much as $400 in some cases, payable in installments at certain periods during the soldier’s service as well as upon his being mustered in and mustered out. By 1863, the volunteer could expect $75 from the federal government at the time he was mustered in, $13 of the amount being his first month’s pay.
To the federal bounty there came to be added bounties provided by local governmental units and private subscription. Indeed, as [Provost Marshal General James Fry] wrote, the federal bounty paled into “comparative insignificance” when compared with the “exorbitant bounties paid in advance by local authorities.”
These, he believed, were the most mischievous in encouraging desertion, bounty-jumping, and other evils connected with the system. So great was the stigma of the draft that local authorities were highly competitive in the amounts offered to volunteers. Furthermore, they paid all the sum in advance. The primary objective of these payments, as General Fry put it, came to be “to obtain men to fill quotas.”
Localities began by offering moderate bounties. In 1862 the average local bounty was estimated at $25; in 1863 it advanced to $100; in 1864 it bounded to $400; and in 1865 the average bounty was $500, although in some localities it was as high as $800. The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners levied a tax of two mills in 1863 to take care of local bounty payments. On a tax duplicate of $128,432,065 this levy yielded about $256,864. The next year the city of Cincinnati began to borrow in order to offer city bounty payments, and during that year 1,811 volunteers were paid bounties of $100 each.
After the war the adjutant-general of Ohio estimated that $54,457,575. Had been paid in local bounties throughout the State, of which amount cities and counties had paid about $14,000,000 and private subscribers, $40,457,575.
The private subscriptions represented ward or township bounties, offered to encourage volunteering to avoid the draft in a city ward or township. [Political] Ward military committees were very active in securing private contributions for this purpose, as well as in securing volunteers.”
(Relief for Soldiers’ Families, Joseph E. Holliday; Ohio History, Vol. 71, Number 2, July 1962, James H. Rodabaugh, editor, excerpts pp. 98-100)
As Lincoln never accepted the independence of those States which had withdrawn to form a more perfect union, his actions can be judged in a light illuminated by the United States Constitution and the strictly enumerated powers delegated to his branch. The crime of treason is clearly defined in Article III, Section 3 of that document: “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against Them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Note the emphasis on “Them,” individually. By commencing hostilities against South Carolina and other States, he violated Section III, Article 3.
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.org The Great American Political Divide
Lincoln Acts Alone and By Decree
“By his selective use of the American past, his devotion of the nation to an abstract proposition, and his expansive vision of America’s role in the world, Lincoln undermined the old federated republic. He rewrote the history of the founding, and then waged total war to see his version of the past vindicated by success.
But in the course of subjugating the “insurrectionary” and “revolutionary” combination in the South, and in creating a unitary nation, he also compromised the integrity of the Presidency as a Constitutional office, first by invading the powers of the other two branches and then by assuming further powers nowhere mentioned in the Constitution.
He may have claimed that in the midst of an unprecedented national crisis necessity knew no law, but the Constitution in fact recognized the possibility of emergencies and delegated necessary and appropriate powers to the President and Congress. As historian Clinton Rossiter wrote: “The Constitution looks to the maintenance of the pattern of regular government in even the most stringent of crises.” But Lincoln acted alone.
From the fall of Fort Sumter in April, 1861, to the convening of a special session of Congress in July of 1861, President Lincoln ruled by decree, and on his own initiative and authority he commenced hostilities against the Confederacy. For 11 weeks that spring and early summer, Lincoln exercised dictatorial powers, combining them within his person the executive, legislative and judicial powers of the national government in Washington.
In his inaugural speech in March he had announced that the union had the right and the will to preserve itself. He promised to secure federal property in the seceded States, to collect all duties and to deliver the mails – all steps short of invasion but intended nonetheless to subjugate the South.
He assumed so-called “war-powers” – a familiar feature of the modern Presidency, but them a novelty – and proceeded to wage war without a declaration from Congress. The oft-raised concern that Lincoln could not have proceeded otherwise and still have preserved the Union should not obscure the problem of the means he resorted to.
The Constitutionality of his acts cannot be, as one historian claimed, “a rather minor issue,” for at stake was the integrity of free institutions.”
(The Costs of War, America’s Pyrrhic Victories, John V. Denson, Transaction Publishers, 1999, excerpts pp. 138-139
It turns out that Congresswoman Maxine Waters can’t stand the taste of her own medicine.
In the most hilarious case of pot calling kettle black, Maxine Waters
is now complaining about being confronted by Trump supporters, after
she herself called on her supporters to harass, confront, and attack
Trump supporters and members of the Trump administration in public.
Comey has NOT been telling the truth. He pretended the “dossier” was
only a minor part of the warrant application that he signed to wiretap,
claiming it was NOT a “critical part of it” and there was a “significant
amount of additional material.” Demonstrably untrue.
If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the
intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole
sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special
Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for
that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community
assessment in the first place.
The newly released docs also reveal Peter Strzok did indeed provide
information which was used to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page,
directly contradicting his sworn claims to GOP lawmakers.
During Peter Strzok’s closed-door testimony to GOP lawmakers last
Wednesday, he swore he was not involved in the drafting of the Carter
Page FISA warrant nor did he provide any evidence or information to the
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today’s release of 412 pages
of documents about FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act)
warrants targeting Carter Page, who had been a Trump campaign adviser:
These documents are heavily redacted but
seem to confirm the FBI and DOJ misled the courts in withholding the
material information that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC were
behind the “intelligence” used to persuade the courts to approve the
FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team. Given this corruption,
President Trump should intervene and declassify the heavily redacted
The documents were due to Judicial Watch yesterday but were emailed around 5:30 pm today.
Lt. Thomas R. Norris and Petty Officer Third Class Nguyen Van Kiet went
behind enemy lines disguised as fishermen in a sampan to rescue Lt. Col.
Iceal Hambleton. Norris was awarded the Medal of Honor and Nguyen was
recognized with the Navy Cross for their actions.
Petty Officer Third Class Nguyễn Văn Kiệt and Lt. j.g. Thomas R. Norris. Norris was awarded the Medal of Honor and Nguyễn was recognized with the Navy Cross.
Thomas R. Norris in 2008
Nguyễn Văn Kiệt on left
They took an abandoned sampan
and cautiously searched the river shore for two more hours without
success. They reluctantly returned to their forward operating base to
rest and hope they would be more successful the next night.
Forward air controller Harold Icke on Bilk 11 fixed Hambleton's
position during the day so Norris and Nguyen could find him that night.
Why? You’ve been operant-conditioned like lab rats for generations by American Leftist educators, er, indoctrinators; Why Israeli Jews are Conservative and American Jews are Leftist (bolding added):
Generations of American Jews have been indoctrinated to think of left-wing ideas as elementally Jewish. They are unaware of any conflict between their ideas and their origins. But to many Israeli Jews, left-wing agendas are antithetical to Jewish values. Middle Eastern Jewish refugees and Soviet Jews had to defy the left to remain Jewish.