Monthly Archives: August 2010

“When everybody is special … nobody is.”

We had this, back in the day. There was the ” Enlisted Surface Warfare” Badge, and the “Aviation Warfare” wings. The initial idea behind this was to allow for those who wanted to work toward becoming “a resident expert” in their community.

The qualifications for earning the ESWS pin were as follows:
1. Be a Petty Officer
2. Have 24 months on a surface ship
3. Have a performance mark and Leadership marks of top 30% for CPO’s and 3.4 for Petty Officers.
4. Complete the PQS for Damage Control, Damage Control Petty Officer, Repair Party Leader, and Work Center Supervisor.
5. Qualify in all watch stations for rating and pay grade.
6. Perform an oral board held by the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer or LCDR.
7. Be recommended by the chain of command, and approved by the Commanding Officer.

This used to be voluntary. It was expected there would be those who would willingly accept this as a challenge to not only increase their knowledge about the ship(s) they were stationed on. It was also looked on as being a valid way to help in ranking the Sailors aboard your command. Those who elected to, more to the point, those who were successful in reaching this goal and were awarded the ESWS pin, could be viewed as a “cut above” their peers. And assuming the process was not “gun decked”, this was a valid yard stick.

The counter argument given by any number of Sailors was, they had to spend more time keeping proficient within their own specialty(s), or were already spending time pursuing college degrees. They felt as long as they met the requirements for their jobs and duties, that was more then enough. Others offered the opinion this was little more than envy. The pilots and aircrewmen had their “wings”. The SEALs, their insignia. The Submariners, their cherished (and very well earned) “Dolphins”. “So why can’t the rest of us have something shiny to wear on our chests?” That there was more then a little kernel of truth in all of the above, is perhaps what kept it “voluntary”. (This was true in the Aviation community where they started a similar version called the “Aviation Warfare pin” , or “wings” if you will. The same pros and cons were also applicable.)

I retired back in early 97. They were already “requiring” that you have your applicable “pin”, if you ever expected to make it to Chief Petty Officer. (Though exceptions were made, as the century drew to a close this became increasingly harder to do.) Thus, if you expected to have a career in the Navy lasting beyond 20 years, it behooved you to get your “pin”. (You had to be E-7 or above, or waiting results of the last selection board you were eligible for to release it’s results. Again, case by case exceptions would be made, and obviously if the needs of the Navy were such that they needed more folks, you could “extend”.)

Well, since the beginning of this program, back in ’79, it has taken the Navy a tad over 30 years, but they finally got where the neighsayers always said they were going with both the Surface and Aviation Warfare Pins.

Initial enlisted warfare qualifications are now mandatory for all Sailors per the recent release of NAVADMIN 268-10.

The link for the whole article is here.

And I guess I can give the folks who wrote up this piece a little credit for having some testicular fortitude. If only because they included the following in the list of “questions and answers” the Master Chief of the Navy addressed in relation to this …. piece of work.

– Will having mandatory qualifications water down the existing programs?

West stated, quite the contrary; by mandating warfare qualifications for all enlisted personnel, it will significantly “raise the bar” across the command regarding level of knowledge of the command and the systems our Sailors operate. It is incumbent on those that wear the warfare pin of the command to ensure the integrity and strength of the existing programs.

– How will Sailors stand-out amongst peers if everyone is required to have a warfare pin?

According to West, Sailors stand out every day. Performance and the Sailor’s overall command support should be the biggest factors to “break out” individuals.

To be fair to the Master Chief, I don’t know how he could have answered any other way. I, however do not have such restraints imposed upon me.

– Will having mandatory qualifications water down the existing programs?

Initially, probably not. But over time there will be those commands who, due to the pressure of wanting to excel and (appear to ) be the best, will either out and out “gun deck” the process, or look the other way while it is done. As more commands fall prey to this temptation, the program will be watered down, and will have to be “reviewed” and “redesigned”. When the “new and improved” program(s) are introduced to the fleet, this whole process will start over.

– How will Sailors stand-out amongst peers if everyone is required to have a warfare pin?

The short answer is “they won’t”. When everybody is special, nobody is. We will be back to where we were prior to 79, but this time there will be more work to be done, when perhaps … oh I don’t know … we should be concerning ourselves with being as proficient as possible within our respective ratings, and at the jobs and tasks we are assigned to at the moment. By all means work on qualifying for all the applicable spots on the “Watch, Quarters, and Station Bill”, become CPR qualified (if you are in an electrical specialty you already are), keep yourself in good enough shape to be able to do your job well, and to assist your shipmates if and when it’s needed. And IF time and command tempo permits, by all means work toward getting the applicable “pin” for your community. For up to now all those who have legitimately earned it over the past 30 years, have something to be proud of. I doubt the awardees of same, in the future, will be able to have that same sense of pride. For instead of being one in a million, they will be one OF a million.

I know a couple military folks peek into this bit o lint on the web, what do ya’ll think?


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As If There Was Any Doubt

Fox News reported yesterday (via AP), “Obama Comes Out in Favor of Allowing Mosque Near Ground Zero”

Hell, even the headline pisses me off. “Obama Comes Out in Favor of …?? Our Islamist sympathizer in chief (no caps cause he doesn’t rate it … he is after all “anti-capitalist”), has always been pro-Islam. It has shown up in his speeches, his physical actions/body language, and in the deeds of his administration concerning the middle east. So how on earth, can he be “Coming out” in favor of anything, when that modifier implies at least a reasonably high chance he has applied some time in weighing the pros and cons, before making a public statement. (Hopefully after having arrived at a sound and reasoned conclusion.) It would also imply that there was some (reasonable or expected) doubt about which side of this issue he would lend the support of the oval office to. In both these cases, Obama’s stance was so much a given as to have been a no brainer. A more accurate statement would have omitted “Comes out”, and been much more to the point.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” … “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”

In and of itself, the above is a true statement. A point of view one would hope all our Presidents would hold as a core belief. One could even argue this is similar to what the American Nazi Party did when they marched through Skokie Illinois, ostensibly for the reasons of exercising their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, when in reality all they wanted to do was soundly tweak the noses of the largely Jewish population of Skokie, and get away with it. The incident in Skokie was just that, an incident. It came and went, and once it was done, there was no victory by the idiots who marched, the only victory to be had was in the noble act of restraint, shown by the townsfolk, in honoring the Constitution. The fools who marched only showed themselves to be what they were, for any and all to see in the light of day. But it passed.

The Islamists, with their lies, their designs of tearing down this country-it’s culture-it’s history-and it’s government, along with the bands of useful idiots who actively or passively allow them to reach ever closer in achieving their aspirations, seek not “just an incident”, or an event. They won’t be trying to “tweak the nose” of the local townsfolk. They seek to kick them in the groin … repeatedly, and as often as possible.

Yes, there is a large level of religious tolerance in this country. But there is a limit as to what is permissible, given the standards of our culture. Allowing this mosque to be built, even seriously entertaining such a thought, cheapens what we are as a culture and as a people. It becomes not a case of honest tolerance and attempts to understand that which is different or alien to our culture. Rather, it shows the instigators, we are willing to appease, to give up bit by bit, that which mark us as a culture. And once the first step is successfully taken, there will be more down the road, until we are no longer a unique culture of our own, but one part of a larger parcel … one which prostrates itself, bowing to Mecca.


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You Worry Me

I received the following in an e-mail from my father in law. Now most things I receive from him are good for a chuckle, or pull at the heart strings. And some would probably be proven false by snoops. This would also be the case for a lot of e-mail I get, but never hurts to look, and even if the fabric of truth is often time stretched to the point of being nothing more than an internet urban legend, more often then not, the sentiments expressed are usually right on the money.

The following appears to be a valid letter (even snoops will not confirm or deny it). Though it was written well over 8 years ago, the truth of the matter is, we do need to be alert as to what is going on in our neighborhoods, our (if in an urban environment) metropolitan areas, our state(s), and of course the country at large.

You Worry Me

By: American Airlines Pilot – Captain John Maniscalco

“You worry me. I wish you didn’t. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don’t blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can’t help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don’t fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children’s mothers.

So I notice you now. I don’t want to be worried. I don’t want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab-Muslim Americans and the Arab-Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter those very same good neighbors and children? The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of it’s religions, with ALL of it’s different citizens, with all of it’s faults. It is time for every Arab-Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to it’s flag? Do you proudly display in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will protect and prosper it?

Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your “Jihads”? Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. And no more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy … I am only interested in action. What will you do for America — our great country — at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting “Allah Bless America”. I want to see young Arab-Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.

The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, now!

But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab-Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States prove who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing “leaders” like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat. If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true when your “leaders” are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance.

It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large numbers of the world’s Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members defended Johnny Cochran and O. J. Simpson after the latter butchered his wife and murdered an innocent friend. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore?

Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or celebrate Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us because we have befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation in the entire middle-east? And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then why in the world are you even here?

Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE!

We will NEVER give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant religion. We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.

I want to know where every Arab-Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American. But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand.”

Until then … you worry me.

Should we be after anyone who professes to be a Muslim, with pitchforks and torches? No, they have the freedom to follow what ever mixed up cult they want. But the minute they chose to either support or directly act in advancing the stated policy of Islam (Why yes I have read the Koran, why do you ask?) to have all fall under “submission” to the will of Allah, and promote any and all actions as acceptable in getting this to come to pass, than all bets are off. It can be as simple as sending money to any agent or agency which in turn aids any terrorist (state sponsored or not) in their attempts to undermine the West (and Israel). Or it could be the participation of their mosque and Iman supporting the allowing of sharia law in this country. (Among other things.).

Well, the floor is open.


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Does MGD Or PBR Leave You Flat?

Then perhaps you should try……

These guys have a great sense of humor. It not only sounds like they must really enjoy their work, perhaps sampling it a tad too much, it is “The Chosen Beer” ™ , and it’s kosher! Ya just can’t beat that.
[Originally posted, Jan 31, 2005 @ 15:47]
Updated the link to the Shmaltz brewing site, and bumped this fella to the top just because it’s summer time, and wouldn’t a nice cold (kosher) beer go good right about now???


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Okay, Just for Dick!

Here is a little Harry Connick Jr.

And for those who like listening to the fairer sex, who better than Diana Krall.


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Name anyone on the current music scene …

… who has half the talent this gent had in his prime. Go ahead, I dare ya.

Always admired Sammy Davis. He was a consummate entertainer, and could do it all with ease. And if the above didn’t give you some sort of emotional response, ya might want to get an appointment set up with your doc, cause there may be some heath issues needing to be addressed.

As for what got me to the above, you have to thank this gal. The title of her post, “That Old Black Magic”, got me to searching youtube to see if I could find that old standard. Didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did find this:

Recorded in March of 1955 in New York, on the Decca label.

But the one I really got a kick out (and listened to first) was this:

From there it was but a short hop to the first video at the start of this post.

So anyhow, thanks Aggie, for sending me back down a musical memory lane.


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Yet One More Cut …

… of the knife in our collective “body politic”. If this group, and others of like mind, are successful in reaching their stated goal, this generation will bear witness to what might be the fatal blow to our Constitutional Republic. In this particular case, the effective disestablishment of the Electoral College.

This particular part of our Constitution seems to be quietly ignored until the Presidential election cycle is in high gear. We become “blessed” with hearing from learned folk (usually college professors of a leftist bent or political pundits of the same stripe) about the archaic nature of the “College”, that it no longer serves a useful purpose in our modern day political dance. To balance things out, we also hear from the “common folk”, the “concerned citizen”, the distressed mom, the agitated -but oh so earnest-college student (He or she may be in their 6th or 7th year of immersion in ivy league demagoguery, things take time when you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, put that’s a story for a later date.), who claim the time has long since come for “the majorities voice to be heard”. “The person who wins the popular vote, should be the one to ascend to the office of the Presidency.” After all, we are a democracy, aren’t we?

The short answer is: No we are not. But these gents explain it as well as any, and are well worth a watch.

I will grant that we are closer to being a democracy than we have ever been in our 234 year history. But sorry ye old constitutionally challenged folk out there, we are still a Constitutional Republic. A democratic form of government to be sure, but not a democracy.

Time was (before the ratification of the seventeenth amendment) the only elected office at the national level, to be directly selected by the voting populace at large, were their respective Congressmen. After the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment this included the direct electing of Senators for each state as well. In any case, the electing of a President (and Vice President) as provided for in the Constitution, was addressed in detail, by our charters founders to provide as many safeguards as possible in preventing exactly what is being attempted today.

I say it again. I would shout it from the highest mountain, if it would make any appreciable difference, we are a Constitutional Republic and NOT a Democracy!! To deconstruct our national government to the point where it is no longer the former, in order to bring about the latter, is to sign a death warrant for this nation. Death may not come in short order (though with the present players in all levels and branches of state and federal government, I wouldn’t count on that either), but it will come, and it will not be gentle, kind, or compassionate. We will become little more then the “large economy size” of a banana republic. And that will be only because we are “lucky”. My money is on their being at least one “confederacy” of some sort (At least a few of the former states aligning together for their common good), a number of areas under some sort of feudial arangement, various bands of roving gangs, Anarchists, and ne’er-do-wells, and heaven knows what else.

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What’s a Fella to do?

I can’t stand the Progressives, the Socialists (old style, or the new “Americanized” version), care even less for their older brothers (the ones with cojones) – the Communists. And as long as we’re at it, you can toss out all the other “isms”, which are (or have been) viable political entities/governments. This includes: Fascists, Maoists, Marxists, (yeah, I know the last two are versions of the Commies, but they have both – the Marxists, being the Russian version- bent the original manifesto to suit their own needs, wants, and desires) and all the little tin horn two bit banana republic dictators out there, who don’t even rate an “ism” to call their own. Guess you could lump them under Authoritarianism.

So now you are thinking, this fella has got to be a dyed in the wool Republican! After all that is the only thing left off his list. Well hold on there a minute Bubba-Louie!!

If we were talking about the Grand Old Party who followed this platform, I might be inclined to march in step with same. But as it stands right now, they have strayed well off the platform. Key words and phrases are still trotted out, come convention time, or when there appears to be a need to placate the rank and file. The actions of individual elected officials, along with the powers that be at the RNC tell a different tale. Perhaps the party is not as elitist or as willing to ignore those they represent, but they are, at the end of the day, taking baby steps in that direction (vice the sprinting done by the Democrats). My gut tells me they would find authoritarianism under a Republican rule, to be as satisfying to them as the current majority is as eager to embrace Socialism or Fascism (albeit with a “smiley face”).

Both sides are damaged goods. Both sides are leagues away from what the founding fathers placed before us some 234 years ago. And regardless if we, or previous generations, are at least partially responsible in the creation of the monster, they are the ones who breathed life into it, and continue to do so.

So what is a fella to do?

Hide under the bed, and allow the chips to fall where they may? Flat out give up, perhaps even embracing the progressive ideals (or lack thereof), taking what one can get for themselves, and to hell with everyone else?

Or do we buy into the current GOP mantra, that they will learn the lessons being out of power have taught them. That they will listen to the people, really cut spending, work toward a proper national defense which reflects the threats not only world wide- but on our borders (and domestically as well), allow for the free market to adjust for whatever it needs to adjust for without any (or at the most-minimal) government interference, trim massive amounts of bloated programs-agencies, honestly attempt to balance the budget (and live within same)? I see them giving this lip service, and perhaps some token amount of action, but nothing more.

Then there are the various third parties out there.

Libertarians – they do have some good (and some very good) ideas. But they are perhaps even more factionalized than the Democrats.
All the others are such a small percent of the voting populous as to be virtually non-existent. Let alone that many are little more than extreme versions of the two major parties. Granted many espouse the virtues of their mainstream brothers, often times much better then said brothers. But they also embody the most vile traits as well.

The only short term solution (of sorts) one arrives at, is to prepare for the worst, but hope in what surely must remain of the real national will. That come this November, we will not only have (at least) a legislative branch better reflecting the voice and the heart of the American public, but one which is not afraid to act regarding same. Heaven help us all if this fails to come to pass. We will be watching, waiting, and hoping. But we will not be satisfied with words and platitudes. For this nation to survive as it was conceived there must be profound and wide sweeping action. There must be accountability. If not, it won’t be a case of “we won’t be fooled again”, it will be a case of a right and proper watering (and tending to) of the tree of liberty.

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Prelude to the Dance?

There has been more passionate prose spent on this particular topic, especially within the past six months or so, than on just about any other issue of the day. And it is with more then good reason. It touches on legal, business, ethical/moral, societal/class, “states rights” and sovereignty issues. It must also be noted, there is a concern about power and control here as well.

If you think I am about to address the “illegal alien” concern (at least in and of itself) you would be wrong. What is at hand is something greater, of far more importance:

The inalienable rights of man, as stated and set forth in the United States Constitution, have been over time, eroded to the point where they are being observed/honored , if at all, not as pillars of fundamental truth granted to us by the grace of God, rather they now exist due wholly to, the (capricious) good will of the Government. For if the charter between a peoples and it’s acknowledged government (that would be the Constitution) was being faithfully (dutifully?) honored and adhered to, it is my belief we would not be anywhere near the state we are in now.

Indeed, we would never have allowed, nor would our elected officials have stood idle (At least the majority of same, after all there will always be some placed in positions of trust and or power, who are unworthy and unwarranted of those positions, but their tenure would likely be short, their ranks well in the minority.) while liberties were taken with any number of the sacrosanct planks within our national charter.

Any number of pundits, on the web, have decried the damage inflicted upon not only the Constitution, but on the American people, American business, American culture, American values (and value system). And these attacks have not been exclusively from “the left”. Some have been from “the right”. Some have come under the guise of (apparent) broad public support. Others have been (at least a number of those perpetrated since the turn of the last century) foisted upon us “for our own good”, the good of the children, or some other group which was painted as being “victimized”. Some of the erosion was under the guise of “good intent”, done or enacted to redress a wrong, or to provide protection/security against a threat (real or imagined).

Through out all of this the conventional wisdom was, any major misstep taken by the government, would be corrected by some future incarnation of said government. A new Congress, a new Administration, would set things aright where they proven to have gone too far in their exercising of power. “Bad” legislation would be allowed to die on the vine, poorly written law(s) would be either repealed or countermanded by newer legislation. Or perhaps the Supreme Court would declare the offensive act unconstitutional (or that it be rewritten to confine itself within constitutional guidelines, as stipulated by SCOTUS.). Individuals, elected to office, could always be “shown the door” come the next election cycle which they were party to, or in worst case scenarios, they risked impeachment. We believed in the system of “checks and balances” inherent in the Constitution. We believed a “free press” would provide us with “the truth” (or at least enough of the truth to allow for a public awareness that something was amiss).

Sadly, over the course of the past four years or so, what has been hinted at for the better part of the last 20-25 years, has come to pass. The system is not working. More to the point, it plain doesn’t even care to make a pretense of appearing to work. That the frustration of “Joe Average American” has reached a level not seen in this nation since it’s inception, is an understatement. The American People are restless. The American People are tired. But most importantly, the American People are increasingly (and quite rapidly) becoming extremely angry. This is evidenced by the number of groups forming out there which are seeking to give a voice to the ever increasing amount of Americans who feel (and rightly so) they are being willfully, and maliciously disenfranchised from the very charter their forefathers created for them.

There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming election cycle as being the last chance to start righting the wrongs which have built up in this nation. Specifically, the lack of our elected officials listening to the “will of their constituents”, and in adhering to the rule of law, specifically as proscribed in and by the Constitution. But there is something else in the air.

It had it’s start in the informal (read that as “in having no real law or formal legislation -teeth- if you will, behind it) acts by many states in restating their acknowledgment and understanding of their respective rights under the 10th amendment. In recent months, one of the fifty states, has seen fit to pass legislation which addresses a very serious concern effecting the lives and livelihood of it’s citizens. Along with the right of ensuring it’s recognized formal borders. This is being fought by a number of agents and groups whose agenda(s) are at odds with same. Perhaps this is not too surprising. What is surprising is our federal government is actively working against the best interests of this state, in trying to prevent the use of this law as it was intended.

This federal inaction, followed by outright antagonism toward one of it’s legitimate member states, is the clearest of signals pointing to something being radically wrong at the federal level. It can be viewed as nothing short of a complete and willful abandonment of the federal obligations and duties as listed in the Constitution.

So here is what we have now:

  • Willful intent by the Federal Government to ignore it’s basic duties and responsibilities towards it’s people and member states.
  • Willful intent by the Federal Government in not adhering to tenants and or guidelines as provided for in the Constitution (including, but not limited to the infraction listed immediately above).
  • Loss of faith, by an ever increasing amount of the American people, in their government.  This is directed at the Congressional, Executive, Judicial branches, mostly – but not limited to – the federal level.
  • An Anger, born out of frustration, which if not properly addressed by legitimate results come this November’s elections,  <b><i>will be allowed to vent in other more dramatic fashion(s).</i></b>

The last is no longer “idle chatter.  Cracks are beginning to show even in the “traditional media” outlets.

Judicial activism is pushing America to the breaking point. This week, a federal judge blocked key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law, thwarting the will of the people. The decision was ominous and will reverberate for years to come.

Judge Susan Bolton, appointed by former President Bill Clinton, is a liberal elitist who believes judicial imperialism trumps democracy. Her ruling states that local police cannot check the immigration status of people arrested or stopped for violations of the law. In her view, that would amount to an abuse of civil liberties and unduly burden the federal immigration system. She also stipulated that residents cannot be required to carry proof of legal status.
Source: The Washington Times, “Should Arizona secede?”, Jeffrey T. Kuhner

And even more recently here:

“The Internet is a large-scale version of the “Committees of Correspondence” that led to the first American Revolution — and with Washington’s failings now so obvious and awful, it may lead to another.

People are asking, “Is the government doing us more harm than good? Should we change what it does and the way it does it?”

Pruning the power of government begins with the imperial presidency.

Too many overreaching laws give the president too much discretion to make too many open-ended rules controlling too many aspects of our lives. There’s no end to the harm an out-of-control president can do.”

Source:, Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins

When more and more “mainstream” sources are openly suggesting that revolution (or some derivative) may be an acceptable course of action in resolving our national ills. I suggest it is time for the peoples to prepare for the bloody dance which may follow, for it’s prelude – the fiddler tightening his strings and bow – has already begun.

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