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GOP Core Values…because if we change the words a bit…maybe you’ll come back.

It’s time for some more tom-foolery from our friends at the GOP!

Yes, I received an email (unsolicited) from the Grand Old Party today. It seems they have “based on my feedback”, “compiled a list of what it means to be a Republican”.

That I haven’t directly talked with, texted, or mailed (e-mail or otherwise) any “feedback” to any individual member of said party, or to the party itself, I am assuming they are qualifying that statement as being “feedback received from their membership at large”, and not any one particular individual.

So let’s take a look at the “New and Improved” ™ “ GOP “Core Values”!!

“I believe that our:

County is exceptional

(Oh, I see, you left out) “…but not for long. “ There, fixed it for you. As based on the actions of most of the senior members of the GOP in the house and senate, this would certainly be the case.

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Spring Has Sprung…

the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers

I wonder where the flowers is?

`Unknown.

So here we are at the end of April, out in the hinterlands of Northern Illinois.  Baseball is in full swing, the Cubs are above 500., and both the Bulls, and the Blackhawks are in their respective playoffs.  Oh, and it hasn’t snowed for at least 3 days now!

Life in our little hamlet goes on.

Dodged some major weather a week or so back….folks just to our southeast/east of us were not so lucky. An F4 tornado took out a restaurant and a few miles further down the road, another little farming community. It cut quite the swath, by the grace of God, only two people lost their lives.  There have been, and are, ongoing acts of kindness and charity to provide assistance and help to all who were impacted by this storm, from all parts of our county, and from all corners of the state as well.  Makes one feel a bit better about (at least the local version of) humanity.

Life in our little hamlet goes on.

You may have noticed, there is no political commentary, or observations, of either the State or national level anywhere in this post so far.  Yes, I am still an election judge, as long as they see fit to allow me to do so.  And our local exercising of the franchise goes on with no worries about hanging chads or folks voting multiple times…or from the great beyond.  Aside from that, don’t know when I will post about such goings on, at least at the  State/National level.

Frankly, it all flat pisses me off.  No…more than that…it .. the whole mess, from all three branches of government…at all levels beyond the local…they are corrupted beyond repair.  “They”, and there are exceptions, but they are getting harder to find, are all the same.  No longer legitimately looking out for their constituents and or the welfare of this once great nation, they are only looking to either advance the agenda(s) of those who “bought them out” or of their respective political overlords (upper level party hacks) , or to do what is best for themselves.

And to all of them, the Constitution….is a joke.

Our borders are … a joke.

Our (pick any one or all) amendment “rights”… are a joke

Our civilization crumbles around us.  Fueled by the willful ignorance of an ever increasing number of it’s supposed members. And the “any excuse is good enough” mentality which saw Ferguson Mo. go up in flames, and now sees Baltimore heading in the same direction. (Though I will grant, in the case of Baltimore, at it appears they may have some justification for at least protesting….but if they are going to riot…why are they attacking innocent people…and not taking their chances against the agents of the State who ALLEGEDLY caused the concern they are supposedly protesting, in the first place?)

An aging olympiad sauntering towards a sex-change garners massive media attention, while those in power are degrading our ability to prevent (via military and diplomatic means) or at least avert for now, the eruption of war at various “hot spots” around the globe.  And we, for the most part, the public at large…are blissfully unaware as to what is really going on.

Nero isn’t fiddling…he’s using a damn flame thrower.

I have become uncomfortably numb…and it’s better for my health (physical and mental) to focus on what is going on here at home.

I think, from beyond  the grave, the founding fathers are no longer spinning at a high rate of rpms.  They are giving us all the collective finger.   And I can’t say as I blame them.

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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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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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Roads Less Traveled

We are damn near a (if not “the”) fork in the road.  It is one that was a long time in coming to, but given all which has transpired in the last 100 years or so, perhaps not all that surprising that we finally arrived at this point.

Looking at the signpost what choice will you make.  Which path will you, as an American, as a human being with God given rights to “Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness” (or Property, for you purists out there), and the associated “Bill of Rights” which enable you to pursue same, will you continue your travels on?

The fork, to the left (appropriately enough) requires you to pay the tallyman.  To willingly give up many of your “rights”, a large chunk of your income, and potentially your properties as well, in order to “allow” the State to provide services to all.  It requires…demands…you ultimately serve not yourself,  your own best interests or welfare, but suborn all to the will, wisdom, and benevolence of the State and or those appointed by the State to look after it’s own agenda and concerns.  A return to serfdom at best, slavery at worst…but freemen no longer.

The other fork, is an unknown.  It looks the same initially.  There is even a Tallyman … for there will be a “Piper to be payed” down this path too.  In this case, we have no one to blame but ourselves, and for everyday we hesitate in choosing,  until the day comes when the choice be forced upon us, his fee will become increasingly higher.   After the toll, the road turns to the right, vanishing behind a hill.  It may be short with a sudden deadly drop off into the void.  Or long, eventually ending up at that “Shining city on the hill” President Ragen would have described as our potential positive destiny.  But the ultimate end of this path remains an unknown.  What is known, and understood,  is your freedoms,  rights, and responsibilities will be intact and in full force.  For choosing this path will require you to personally resolve, and hopefully, be resolute enough, to keep them.   The toll for this path will be paid in blood, sweat, and tears…in loss of fortunes and family.

Sadly today, this would be the road less traveled.  But it is the road I willingly follow.  It is the one which allows me to at least attempt looking in the mirror each morning.  It is the one which allows me to continue to honor the oath I swore so many times over the past 30-40 years.  It will be the one which allows for the greatest chance of my children, grandchildren, and future generations to at least have an honest chance of having the kinds of opportunities that my generation, and generations past had in reaching for their own versions of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

The government already has it’s list(s) of potential troublemakers, rabble-rousers  and (as far as they are concerned) malcontents.  If you are a vet, a conservative, a pro-constitution abiding, pro-freedom to chose and practice your religion of choice (it is not just anti-christian out there folks, it is at the heart of it anti-religion…they want the State to become “your god”), gun owner….well why worry about what a few words said out on the interwebs is going to do.  They will come to your door soon enough, in their own good time.   And yes, I fall into at least one or more of the above.

So it is better to hold my head up high, and let at least a few of my fellow travelers know I stand with them, as much as I am able,  than to reamin silent.

Like this fellow it is the road less traveled for me as well.

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Short thoughts on the SCOTUS Obamacare decision

The following was penned by my oldest. Of my three sons, he is perhaps the most conservative of the bunch. With all the gnashing of teeth, and wringing of hands due to the Supreme Court deciding as they did on the ACA (and I admit I was gnashing and wringing with the best of them), Stephen is of the opinion, Chief Justice Roberts did exactly the correct thing, in getting it called a “tax”, and thus ruling on such.

I will not break down what is essentially his post, here. He has said much that I agree with, but the’re a few things I would take issue with. This will be done after I have read the opinions and (perhaps) the dissent. For now, read what a young, college educated, take is on this mess. I shall forward any comments to him (though I am sure he’ll willingly rebut in the comments as well).

Short thoughts on the SCOTUS Obamacare decision

Early today, SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that Obamacare was constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts was the swing vote, and in his affirmation wrote that it was in fact legal based on Congress’ duty to hand out taxes. As a conservative, I cannot necessarily argue with him. As someone who does not agree with almost everything the current President has done, I cannot find fault with their argument that the individual mandate was in fact a tax and not a penalty.

Roberts believes that the constitution should be read as a historical document. A list of laws meaning the same thing now as at the time it was written (and amended), not a twisting-turning living document, and it was this premise that led to him voting in favor of Obama and his law. He did exactly what President Bush nominated him to do; continue the practice of reading the letter of the law. On that, I applaud Roberts. The argument of a tax was how the Administration argued their case, and the tax is how they won the day.

It is now Congress’ power to tax Americans (those that actually pay taxes, that is) for anything that they see fit. No longer will Americans be able to choose their financial destiny. If you do not drive, why shouldn’t you have to pay a penalty for not having car insurance? If you do not own a home, why then wouldn’t you have to pay for home insurance? If you do not own a firearm, why then wouldn’t you purchase ammo? Whenever the Government needs more money to support a specific program, get ready to empty your pockets that much more for funding more for others that choose not to fund their own lives.

It used to be that American was a land of choices and personal responsibility. Those days, according to the Supreme Court have ended. That is simply one part of this decision.

The main part of today’s decision are the political ramifications that will come. Obama and Friends spent the entire debate of this health care law explaining how the individual mandate was in fact NOT a tax, but a penalty. It was to be the first time in American history that Americans will be penalized for not purchasing a product they do not choose to have. That was the first slap in the face to those citizens who have made a choice for themselves. Further, Obama himself ran his campaign on not raising taxes on the middle class. This gigantic taxation that will fund the HCA will now fall on the shoulders of who? That’s right, the middle class (and the others who actually pay taxes). Now, all Americans (who pay taxes) have been given a collective hypocritical slap in the face.

So who will have to pay for their health care? Who will be able to receive free government sanctioned health care? Will the poor have to pay individual mandate taxes? If the answer to the latter is “no”, then how is that fundamentally fair for those who pay in, but yet see no benefit? Does Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst become true when it is found that illegals will find their way to reap the benefits of this new law?

Even with the passage of the bill, which was done under a cloak of secrecy, even the debate of the law through the courts, the American people have been lied to and deceived. The devil is in the details and this law still provides more questions than answers. Obama and Friends will now have to tap dance around over the next 4 months prior to the election to explain why they have now slapped the majority of the country with an enormous tax burden.
It used to be that SIN taxes were a loop hole in which to tax unhealthy choices for the betterment of the general public, but only on a state level. One could argue whether or not these taxes are regressive, or even fair on a utilitarian approach, but these taxes are a state’s issue: now that power has been granted to the Congress. What will be next?

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