Hell is paved with good intentions.

Or so the old saying (correctly) goes. This being the case, there must be not only a major housing shortage in the empire of the damned, but a preponderance of progressives as well.

Just a thought, while listening/reading about the current goings on inside the beltway. It seems the Senate has “re-written” the rules as to what constitutes a majority … effectively all but killing off the filibuster as a tool. There were supposed “good intentions” behind this, in reality it was little more than an exercise in exerting control, of grabbing (more) power.

Meanwhile, the Pretender in Chief, in between golf outings and jet setting hither and yon, stopped to deliver a speech commemorating the events of some 150 years ago, at a little place called Gettysburg. A number of folks around the net, and elsewhere, noted the petulant POTUS neglected to include the words “Under God” in quoting Lincoln’s original address. After having been exposed to the former part-time Senator from the People’s Republik of Illinois (“Where our governors make our license plates!” © ), up to the present day, why is this surprising? His past record indicates he has no real affiliation with the Judeo-Christian God, other than lip service and snoozing through the twisted theological ramblings of his “former paster”, on the south side of Chicago. There is a stronger case to be made he is, if not a practicing Muslim, at least via childhood indoctrination, very favorably predisposed to same.

Add to this mix the various rumblings of impeachments (to either the AG, Holder, and or POTUS himself), if one believes the various links provided by Drudge and others. Or the threat of charges (criminal or otherwise) against other members of Obama’s clown car cabinet/administration.

Is it any wonder why so many have given up the ghost as far as blogging goes? Aside from the fact it has become increasingly hard to keep up with what new indiscretion, transgression, or acts of suppression are brought to light with each passing day. There comes a point when it all sends one beyond a sense of surrealism … and straight into the Twilight Zone. (Bypassing the Outer Limits entirely!)

It has past the point of becoming enraged after hearing all of the above, and each new “misadventure” with each passing day.

President is either in direct violation of, is out and out ignoring, or both, any number of sections and or amendments to the Constitution. “Congress and the Senate, after deliberation, follow suit.”

Any number of passed cabinet members and or leaders of the various “alphabet agencies” are alleged/suspected of doing same.

The charge of Treason, as proscribed in the Constitution, has been met or exceeded by any number of the above, up to and including POTUS.

Yet nothing is done. Words are spoken, air is moved, ink (real or virtual) is allowed to dry on paper.

I fear we, as Americans, are far too comfortable, that our standard of living is so high, there is a much longer distance to fall before we become willing to bring about the real change needed to make those who are allowed to govern realize they serve at our pleasure, and not theirs.

My desire to write is returning. Perhaps not so much out of anger, as it is a somewhat sadden bemusement. I am old enough to remember what it was like to live in a time when we at least thought we had some control over our collective destiny? When one thought their vote still mattered (at least outside the city of Chicago and the county of Cook). Where you may have suspected there was some level of corruption going on in government, but that at the end of the day, even those bastards recognized “We are America damn it! And when we recognize a threat to us, our culture, our country, we will stop the internal bickering and collectively kick your ass!”

Heck, file this whole thing as a bit of rambling from an old retired Sailor…trying to get away from good intentions…going straight to “I aim to misbehave!”

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Veteran’s Day …

… “Thank You For Your Service”.

For those who have served, it seems we hear these words a lot more often than in decades past. For those currently serving, recently (honorably) discharged, or recently retired, these words are more familiar, something often said since at least the first Gulf War.

There was a time, some thirty years ago, or longer, these words were not heard at all. Instead, often times if a civilian happened to notice you were in the military, you would have been greeted with words of another sort. “Baby killer”, “Imperialist”, “War Monger”, are just a few which come to mind. There were others.

The more nuanced response, perhaps from “friends”, family members, or other acquaintances, would evolve into a “discussion” centering around “Why”. “Why would someone of your character, intelligence, talents, chose to embrace (for however long a time) military service?” “Were you not aware of all the other educational opportunities available (to someone like you)?” Or (particularly if it was currently, a Republican administration in the White House), “How can you serve under such a ‘regime’?” As if the President was specifically ordering me (or your fellow military member) to commit some heinous crime in his name.

To be clear, we are not talking about those who had honest questions. (What is it like on a ship at sea? What is the training like? Can an Officer really make you do anything, if he gives you an order to do so?) There are many aspects of life in the military which those who haven’t served would not have any real idea what it was like… or perhaps would base their assumptions on what they have seen on a tv show or movie. So legitimate questions were never a concern, and not what I am trying to address here.

So, forgive this ol’ retired Sailor, if I find at least some of those who offer a “Thank you for your service”, to perhaps being a bit disingenuous. From the various media talking heads, political figures and bureaucrats, right on down to some of those folks in our respective villages, cities, and towns. Would they be saying this at all, if it wasn’t the “politically correct” thing to do?

After all, most of these folks would see the military shrunk to little or nothing, if they had any direct choice in the matter. They would have no problem with voting in individuals who have little or no respect to that which all members of the military repeatedly swear an oath of allegiance to…the Constitution of the United States. And how many are, in their heart of hearts, of a like mind to that expressed in Kipling’s little ditty?
Indeed, the current administration, even while sending troops hither and yon, has exhibited little more than contempt for the health and welfare of those currently serving, let alone for those who have honorably gone before.

I guess I am still a little gun shy when a “Thank you for your service.” is sent in my direction. Don’t know if I blush anymore when hearing it, but it still gives one pause. Hell, I was just doing my job (hopefully, to the best of my ability). Wasn’t really expecting any thanks. Just the chance, when the time came, to be allowed to assimilate back into (the civilian) society, and have that which was promised (by the government) upon honorable completion of service, delivered.

If you really want to thank a vet…donate time to any of the many charitable organizations out there. Failing that, send em a buck or two, so they can continue to do the fine work they do, for those who have served or are currently serving. (The USO, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society, just to name a few.) This is the kind of thing which really says thank you…thank you for your service.

Finally, to those I have served with, and those whose paths have crossed with mine via the internet, that have…or are serving…hope today, Veteran’s Day, was one in which you were able to spend time remembering shipmates, brothers-in-arms, fellow aircrew, along with friends and family members who have worn the uniform. And if possible, have let them know they are not forgotten.

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Signs of the Times

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The “commentary” bordering the picture, misses the point, probably intentionally. The fact is, and the majority of those who are, or have served, already know and understand this…the “Sign”, held by the serviceman, is absolutely correct.

Ok, you may have initially signed up, to see the world, or get a “free education”, learn a skill…or any of the other reasons one is given to join by their respective recruiters. Still, at the end of the day…especially after you’ve finished Basic Training/Boot Camp…you know the bottom line is you are serving the needs of the Navy, Army, Air Force, or Marines. You are there to SERVE your country.

One of the first things you learned (at least it was this way 30 some odd years ago, back when I was a boot) was that the constitution was no longer your “protector”…that the bill of rights was not what covered your butt. The UCMJ took the place of same. And though it mirrored it, there were (and still are) some fundamental differences. One of them being, that you could NOT besmirch your Commander in Chief. Nor could you (at the very least while in uniform…but not necessarily exclusive to that point) speak out publicly against our military actions (in their planning stages or otherwise).

Bottom line…if you feel that strongly about what the current administration is doing, or is planning to do, there are proper channels in which to address these concerns. Indeed, if the actions ARE of an unconstitutional nature/blatantly illegal, one would expect a large chunk of the military to go up the chain of command with their grievances. But you had better have your ducks in a row…cause it isn’t going to be a cake walk.

Your other options, quite frankly, are to see if you meet the requirements for some sort of Administrative discharge, or if you are eligible, submit your papers for retirement. Any of these three choices are far superior to taking the cowards way out…of hiding your face behind a piece of paper….

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A Call to Arms

I was over at Liberty’s Torch Fran Porretto’s home on the web today. His most recent post is one which in today’s climate one might have considered asking “Do you really want to plant your flag on that hill?”

Ok, you might ask that question if you were a metro sexual left leaning weeny, followed by something along the lines of “Can’t we just get along?”

Rest assured, you won’t find anyone here asking that kinda thing…

Anyhow, back to the good Mr. Porretto’s post. I came away with a feeling that he has reached saturation IRT to the insipid followers and fellow travelers to the current administration. (And one assumes, with the current administration as well.) To that end he has fired full broadside on one of the same who happened to comment over at Breitbart Big Government. With his kind permission, it reads as fallows:

I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for.” – Howard Dean.

You are the enemy.
You are not benevolent.
Your first goal is to disarm us.
Your second goal is to eliminate privacy.
Your third goal is to criminalize our opinions.
You want power for yourselves, and nothing else.
You believe yourselves entitled to rule us absolutely.
You routinely wish for the deaths of conservative figures.
You would have us forcibly “re-educated,” if you could pull it off.
You are trying to destroy all remaining restraints on the federal government.
You’re doing everything you can to criminalize disagreement with your agenda.
You accuse your political opponents of every foul crime and motivation in the book.
And you do it with a contemptuous smirk that says “You can’t stop us no matter what you do.”

I tried to grant you the presumption of integrity. 
I can’t. You’ve forfeited all claim to decency or benign purpose. 
The only difference between you and the Communists of North Korea is your skin tone. 
From here to the end of my life, I will do all in my power to have you seen for what you really are. 
Not decent people with different opinions about what’s best, or what means are acceptable. 
Not persons agonized over America’s residuum of violence, or poverty, or racism. 
Not neighbors peacefully willing to agree to disagree with other Americans. 
You are none of those things. 
You are the enemy. 
You are villains. 
Traitors.

It is my belief that we have just been issued a “call to arms”. And I would have to agree with all that he said. My only thought is it fails to include just about every one else in the political arena. There are but a handful of folks who seek to see this country return to something akin to what the forefathers envisioned some 230 odd years ago. With all due respect Fran, ya only broadsided half the bastards.

And by all means go look at the original.  It strikes me (and others, in his comments) that the original layout looks very much like a pennant.  Perhaps someone with strong photoshop or gimp skills could fit the above into a pennant.  Might make for a dandy addition to one’s flag pole … right under the Gadsden flag.

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It Ain’t Guns, Knives, Laws, or Proclamations Killing People

I am an old gamer.  Started playing the “pencil and paper” version of “Dungeons and Dragons” back in the early 80’s, and have been hooked ever since.  What does this have to do with the events of the past few years both nationally and world-wide (including the tragedy which took place in Connecticut, and more recently, Boston)?   Give me a second or two and I will try and explain.

One of the facets of  the “Dungeons and Dragons” (hereafter mentioned as “D&D”) universe is how it brakes down the moral/ethical standings of each character you might happen to develop.  Tow of these categories  specifically come into play when we look at what is going on around us, along with what has been taking place over (at least) the post 9/11 era:

Lawful Evil  Characters of this alignment see a well-ordered system as being easier to exploit, and show a combination of desirable and undesirable traits; while they usually obey their superiors and keep their word, they care nothing for the rights and freedoms of other individuals and are not averse to twisting the rules to work in their favor.

“But this comes from  a fantasy game, what in the wide, wide world of sports does this have to do with the real world?”

Glad you asked that Sparky, sometimes even games may provide insights as to what drives man to do what he  does.  So here are  a couple of examples to prove my point.

It is no secret, to those who happen to drop by here, that I am strongly opposed to Islam.  It is a malignancy which masks it’s true intent under the guise of “religion”.  And yes, there are most certainly good people who are  followers of the “faith”.  However, one would suspect they are doing so because of expediency, ignorance, or stupidity/naiveté …. what other reason could there be, assuming your nature was “good”  to begin with?

Anyhow, back to the point I am trying to make.  Islam is a beautiful example of what could (or should) be considered “Lawful Evil”.  There are specific rules, guidelines, and regulations which all are required to follow.  You may be able to “get away” with not following some of these, especially if you are in some position of power and or authority within the particular sect you adhere to, but if someone else is in a position to challenge you or has power over you, this may be called into play,  and your indiscretions  could cost you.

Perhaps an example a bit closer to home is in order.  Okay, how about the Senate and Congress, a large chunk of the Judicial, and most (if not all) of the Executive branch.  Yep, talking about the Federal Government.  Oh, and let”s  not forget about all the alphabet agencies and the government bureaucracy at large.   Much like the first example, there are some who are honestly trying to do “good”, or are “good people”, but more and more, logic dictates they would fall under the same categories as the so called “good Muslim”…. expedient, ignorant, or stupid/naive.  And yes, I am calling the government, as it stands (others would say it has been this way for quite some time, and they very well may not be wrong) , Lawful Evil.

The above are just two examples, done without breaking a sweat.  There are others.  Trade unions…hell, unions in general comes to mind, that meet the requirements for this brand of Evil.  I am sure you could think of more.

Now let’s look at;

Chaotic Evil  Characters of this alignment tend to have no respect for rules, other people’s lives, or anything but their own desires, which are typically selfish and cruel. They set a high value on personal freedom, but do not have any regard for the lives or freedom of other people.

Any serial killer, assassin,  or “crazed gunman”, up to and including Adam Lanza would fall into this category.  Arguably there could be a few heads of state here as well.  Here you will find the misfits, loners,  malcontents,  The Narcissist, (yeah, that Narcissist)   More importantly (though it may be  something only admitted to themselves.  In the darkness of the pit where their soul should have normally resided) they find some sort of perverse pleasure in seeing others brought to some level of physical or emotional pain.  It is random senseless Evil.  With no apparent logic or grand design behind it….Evil purely for the sake of evil.

The two alignments, may be easily used to “profile” most, if not all, of the horrific acts of violence which have gain national prominence over the course of the last 40-50 years.  You can take all the players involved and they (and or their groups) will fall under one of the above alignments.

Adam  Lanza: Chaotic Evil.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Lawful Evil

Jeffrey Dahmer, John Gacy, Timothy McVeigh: all Chaotic Evil

Most of the current administration, cabinet members, the majority of the directors of the various alphabet agencies, and at least half of the members of SCOTUS: Lawful Evil.  (To be fair on this one, you should also include most of the members of both Houses, and a good chunk of all the above in almost all administrations going back at least 100 years.)

Which brings us to the title of tonight’s post.

It isn’t the availability of fire arms.  For, time and time again, those of an evil nature and or intent, will find a way to acquire same if they feel the need to do so.  Take away the firearms, knives, clubs, arrows, rocks and stones, would still be available, And failing that, there is always brute force.   No, guns are not the real concern here.

It isn’t the lack of (constitutionality of any and all of them put aside for the moment) laws.  We have more gun laws and “legal” restrictions placed upon us (you know, the law abiding folk) in the process of trying to procure same.  There are numerous  laws addressing potential abuse/violence, not only against individuals (women, gays, police, teachers, public officials) but groups as well.  Everything from “orders of protection”, to the added charges of “a hate crime”, and “aggravated ______”.   These will not stop those who are well and truly bent on carrying out their acts.

The same thing goes for all the  “drug free, gun free, smoke free, and any other “free zone” placed into effect via proclamation (and or law).  How many schools (at all levels) have been kept safe and secure purely on the basis of them being “gun free and or violence free zones”?  How many (especially at the upper echelons) constantly observe the “smoke free environment” of the office (or more informally, the campus) they are on?   And “drug free zones” in public schools (especially at any major metro school district)…you can not be that naive, can you?

It is not any of these things which are killing people. And none of the above, are in any great measure, preventing people from being killed.

It is the content and quality of the character of all the perpetrators which is the root cause. Character matters. Evil does exist. And the sooner people wake up and realize this, and take realistic action against same, then the first steps will have been taken to return our society and with any luck at all, our nation back into something our forefathers would not only recognize, but be proud to have given birth to.

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Left, Right, and Center

Enough of this already.

Those on the left have their agenda(s).  There are any number on the right who do so as well.  Then there are the folks in the middle…the so called “moderates”…those who, at least as a group, appear to be asking; “Can’t we all just get along?”

There is enough blame for how things have arrived to where they are now, shared by all sides; left, right, and center.  And none of them are really offering any sort of honest and or realistic solution to the many concerns this country is challenged with at this point in time.

Do I have all the answers?

Hell no.  Heck, I am  not even sure of some of the questions.

However, it would seem to me if we adhered to at least some of the following, we would eventually arrive closer to where the majority of folks really want to be…or would at least be comfortable with same.

1.  Follow the Constitution, as written.

This is suppose to be the legitimate framework with which everything else evolves from.  So follow the damn thing already.  Not because it happens to agree with your (or your group, party, agency[s], particular agenda at the moment, but because it IS the binding document all are supposed to work under.   If you don’t like the rules, either go about the proper ways set forth in said document, to change same, or failing that, get out of “this club” and go somewhere else.

If you are a member of the government (be it civil or military), at some point or another you took an oath to either protect and defend same, or at the very least to be honor bound in following it’s proscribed tenets.  To do anything less should be cause for, at  a minimum, immediate dismissal from your position, at at most being hung from the neck until dead. (Other modes of “permanent dismissal” are optional, this was just the first which came to mind.)  That we have any number of current office holders (regardless of party affiliation) who have acted, or are currently acting in manners that in the past would have been considered treasonous…but are now looked at as little more than “business as usual  keeps my blood pressure at levels that are at best unhealthy.

2.  Leave me alone…and get the hell off of my lawn!!

In other words, keep your nose out of other people’s business, as long as it doesn’t impact you, your family, or friends.  We used to pride ourselves as being a nation where independence of spirit, and self reliance, were admirable qualities.  That one’s ultimate goal was to be “a self-made man”.   You might be accepting of charity (The real deal, not the faux version better known as “government assistance”.)  but you made damn sure you paid those who helped you out back at the very least as much as was given.  In turn, if your neighbor had fallen on hard times, you helped out when you could to get them back on their feet.  You might also be tolerant of your neighbor(s) idiosyncrasies as long as they were not negatively impacting you and yours, as they would be of yours.

So when did we become a nation of busybodies?  A land of Mrs. Kravitz-ies…your grass is too high….your flag flies too often…your garden/farm produces too much of the wrong kind of produce.  You can not sell untreated dairy products to the masses… your smoke is polluting my air (outside no less)…and the list goes on.

In short, most folks just want to be left alone.  We don’t want the State (be it federal. state, or local)  interfering with our lives and or our businesses.  Personally, the next political or media type who utters the words; “It’s for your own best interests!”, or, “But it’s for the children!”, should be tarred and feathered, and promptly run out of town, on a rail.  And that is if I am in a good mood at the time.

3.  Take care of yourself, and if applicable, your family and friends.

Charity should begin at home and to the local community.  Used to be you belonged to a church,  community group, or perhaps to some fraternal organization (Knights of Columbus, Masons, Elks, etc) which had as part of their activities, some sort of charitable arm.  These were in place to help those who may have fallen on hard times, or help rebuild the community should some sort of calamity effect same (tornado, flood, etc).  And, as mentioned above, the “faux charity” currently pushed at all levels of government, is anything but.

This is as good a start as any. I imagine you can think of a couple more.  There will be more on this (and related topics/issues) to come.   Comments, as always are welcome.

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It Has Been Some Time …

… since I last posted.

And any number of reasons may be behind this. But I think it is time to shake the dust off the old girl, and at least try to have a go of it again.

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