Tuesday, June 25, 2013

72 Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation in Boston


National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily." Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans. During a tense standoff in Lexington 's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large. 

And this is how the American Revolution began...April 20, 1775  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Constitution or Constipation?

CATO's Doug Bandow was a real sharp dude when we first met Back In The Day. He, Stephen Moore and several others were the young hard chargers at Ed Crane's growing think tank of upstart libertarian brainiacs making an impact on The Way We Always Do It on Capitol Hill. Here, Doug nails one of the giant tasks before us if the Republic is to have a chance...
Posted: 21 Jun 2013 02:51 PM PDT

Doug Bandow
The Supreme Court is finishing up its latest term, saving its most controversial decisions for last. Americans venerate the Constitution, but judges determine its meaning.
Unfortunately, the result of the judicial process vindicates German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who famously said that no one should see his sausages or his laws being made. As I point out in my latest Forbes online column, much of the Constitution is treated like an antique wall decoration: although the federal government is supposed to have only limited, enumerated powers, today it pretty much does whatever it wants.
Unfortunately, there may be no way to avoid judicial rulemaking. Louis Fisher of the Library of Congress argued: “Being ‘ultimate interpreter,’ however, is not the same as being exclusive interpreter.” 
It seems obvious that if you take an oath to support the Constitution, you shouldn’t act in ways that violate the law. Former congressman and judge Abner Mikva argued that a failure by Congress to consider constitutionality “is both an abdication of its role as a constitutional guardian and an abnegation of its duty of responsible lawmaker.”
Still, the judiciary long has had the final say. But that actually is supposed to limit government and protect liberty. As I wrote on Forbes online:
The final say logically goes to the judiciary, since the legislative and executive branches pass and approve/execute laws, respectively, making them the institutions in most need of constraint. Alexander Hamilton argued in Federalist 78 that limitations on government power “can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing.”
In this way, the judiciary was supposed to protect individual liberty. In introducing the Bill of Rights, James Madison told Congress: “If they are incorporated into the Constitution, independent tribunals of justice will consider themselves in a peculiar manner the guardians of those rights; they will be an impenetrable bulwark against every assumption of power in the Legislature or Executive; they will be naturally led to resist every encroachment upon rights expressly stipulated for in the Constitution by the declaration of rights.” (Tragically, this is no longer the case.)
Unfortunately, too many judges no longer really “interpret” the Constitution. That is why Madison’s “few and defined” powers for the national government have become “everything and unlimited. Basically, legislative and executive branch officials act however they like, subject only to judges, who decide however they like. It is government by zeitgeist—if it feels good, do it.
That means the rest of us need to work extra hard to “defend and support” the Constitution. It ain’t much of a bulwark for liberty these days, but it really is about all we have.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hello, TSA?

Some choice excerpts from the latest Jim Bovard article on the TSA...

The Transportation Security Administration treats American travelers like cattle being chuted to a civil liberties slaughterhouse....The TSA has rarely missed an opportunity to abuse Americans who refuse to kowtow...The TSA is like a nitwit magician who perennially pulls boondoggles out of a hat....The TSA is renowned as “security theater” - an organization whose byzantine rituals provide only an illusion of safety....After the TSA has harassed and humiliated millions of Americans, now is the time to throw the penalty flag back at the agency...Rather than making Americans safe from terrorists, the TSA made them prey to federal agents. 

After reading the entire piece, follow the E Z Instructions to call the TSA Polling Center and share your thoughts, feelings and/or experiences at the hands of this most lawless and intrusive Government waste of carbon and space.

And join Jim and me as we dis and cuss the TSA, NSA, lying politicians and governmental mission creep to destroy Freedom. The conversation can heard at the Libertas Media Project web site. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WOW! Those spiffy Gun Control EOs sure are pricey!

"The implementation of these orders is expected to cost taxpayers $4.5 billon."

Here's the rest of the story. (My favorite is #4! How damn effective can ya get??)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Your Daily Insight

"...amid what is apparently called a 'recovery' remains a depressingly real sign of the times. The political allure of free is so strong that an alarming number of people choose to become wards of the entitlement/welfare state rather than captain their own destiny...threatening the supposed self-reliance that has long characterized the American national psyche."

Read it all here.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What's another word for OMG?

 "Put another way, how can anyone contest the value and justifiability of the stories that we were able to publish as a result of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing: stories that informed the American public – including even the US Congress – about these incredibly consequential programs? What kind of person would think that it would be preferable to remain in the dark – totally ignorant – about them?"

Glenn Greenwald with more on the NSA. Hint: yoiu won't like it.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Do we have a "rouge" government?

Discussing the NSA vs 4th Amendment, Judge Andrew Napolitano called NSA whistleblower Eric Snowden a patriot for choosing to obey a higher law. What does that make Obama, Clapper, Boehner and other "elected officials" who are calling him a traitor?  Hear his answer and the entire the discussion during this week's "Judging Freedom" at the Libertas Media Project.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Say it with me: You Have Over-Stepped Your Boundaries, Sir

"You Have Over-Stepped Your Boundaries, Sir"

Perhaps you have noted in your life, as we have in ours, that denial is often the preface to justification. For the citizens of our country there is no justification, no national security assertion, that will dissuade us from the premise that our current government, in listening to every phone call and reading every transmission on the internet, is violating the fundamental Constitutional rights of American citizens. As Americans we should say, “You have overstepped your boundaries Sir.” Citizens should stand and state, “No one has given you the authority to spy upon me and my fellow Americans and that you are violating the Constitution in this exercise and it should cease immediately.” It should be said to a Democrat. It should be said to a Republican. We should say this to any man that has undertaken to pervert the rights that we have ascribed to ourselves in the formation of our government. This is where we should stand and we should make our voices heard to the best of our abilities.

H/T Tyler Durden. Full article here: Zerohedge

Monday, June 10, 2013

Trust Is Like Virginity

Words have meaning. Syntax provides more meaning with more words. Then comes the writer’s motive, prejudice, agenda, political persuasion the context of which transmits valuable information, utilitarian instruction, and some variety of propaganda or plain old flat-out lies.

Let’s see what we have here…(my comments in snappy italicized red)

Mounting controversies are all about trust
June 10, 2013 3:23 AM EDT
WASHINGTON  — As a candidate, Barack Obama vowed to bring a different, better kind of leadership to the dysfunctional capital. He'd make government more efficient, accountable and transparent. He'd rise above the "small-ball" nature of doing business. And he'd work with Republicans to break Washington paralysis. You can trust me, Obama said back in 2008. And — for a while, at least — a good piece of the country did. But with big promises often come big failures — and the potential for big hits to the one thing that can make or break a presidency: credibility. A series of mounting controversies is exposing both the risks of political promise-making and the limits of national-level governing while undercutting the core assurance Obama made from the outset: that he and his administration would behave differently.

Liz was getting me excited! The AP was finally turning the blinding light of the MSM on the debacles the rest of us have been seeing for years.
Then she got to “mounting controversies...” In a more objective universe, those are called “scandals” – and scandals of the highest order inasmuch as they were and are being committed in the places of greatest power. “undercutting [Obama’s] core assurance…” is far less troubling that undercutting unalienable rights, the Rule of Law and Constitutional protections.

The latest: the government's acknowledgement that, in a holdover from the Bush administration and with a bipartisan Congress' approval and a secret court's authorization, it was siphoning the phone records of millions of American citizens in a massive data-collection effort officials say was meant to protect the nation from terrorism. This came after the disclosure that the government was snooping on journalists.
Ms. Sidoti cleverly creates not one, not two, but three levels of protection for Obama: the customary Bush “inheritance”, an inconveniently unified Congress and the FISA Court. As if there was simply nothing the poor Prez could do to exterminate the infestation of Liberty destroying termites! Not even a presser or a roundly ignored weekend radio address. Until some whistleblower whistles, cue the crickets…..

Also, the IRS' improper targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny as they sought tax-exempt status has spiraled into a wholesale examination of the agency, including the finding that it spent $49 million in taxpayer money on 225 employee conferences over the past three years.
At the same time, Obama's immigration reform plan, which initially seemed to have wide bipartisan support, is hitting bumps on Capitol Hill. Gun control legislation is all but dead. And he's barely speaking to Republicans who control the House, much less working with them on a top priority: tax reform.
NB: We’re 7 graphs into the story, 4 past where the Average Reader quits and moves on and we still haven’t read about “trust”, any culpability of the The Man. Guess I got my hopes up too soon and too far expecting a Media Turning, an epiphany. My bad. I should know better…

Even Democrats are warning that more angst may be ahead as the government steps up its efforts to implement Obama's extraordinarily expensive, deeply unpopular health care law.
Collectively, the issues call into question not only whether the nation's leadership can be trusted but also whether government itself can. All of this has Obama on the verge of losing the already waning faith of the American people. And without their confidence, it's really difficult for presidents to get anything done — particularly those in the sixth year of a presidency and inching toward lame-duck status.
Might as well stop here. Ms. Sidoti has no intention of laying the blame at the feet of the The Barry. When could – or should - government ever be “trusted”? She and the AP’s view of government is a loving, concerned Nanny, here to care for and protect us Little Ones.
OMG! The Barry is “on the verge of losing…waning faith of the American people”! Wow-zers! Did YOU “have Faith” in The Barry? In government? Did George Michael re-write the National Anthem? “…really difficult for presidents to get anything done…” What gets “done”? Programs, legislation, initiatives, executive orders, resolutions, regulations, limitations, prohibitions, taxation, bombings, death of innocents, wars. Killing Freedom through governance. It’s not difficult enough.

The ramifications stretch beyond the White House. If enough Americans lose faith in Obama, he will lack strong coattails come next fall's congressional elections. Big losses in those races will make it harder for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, especially if it's Hillary Rodham Clinton, to run as an extension of Obama's presidency and convince the American public to give Democrats another four years.
Sadly, the 3 Graphs And Out readers missed this gem. The whole graph says it all: Losing faith in Obama will mean hard times for Democrats to regain total control of Congress and – horror of horrors – the defeat of Hillary Whitewater Clinton to be our next fraudulently elected dictator. Vince Foster must be twirling in his grave.

Obama seemed to recognize this last week. He emphasized to anxious Americans that the other two branches of government were as responsible as the White House for signing off on the vast data-gathering program.
"We've got congressional oversight and judicial oversight," Obama said. "And if people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust Congress and don't trust federal judges to make sure that we're abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we're going to have some problems here."
WARNING: Please note what the president did not say. He did not say the American People would “have some problems”. He inferred if the illusion of Constitutional governance and the 3 branches which pull the strings administer fail, “we’re going to have problems here”. What you mean, “we”, Kemosabe? Americans already have a dim view of the trustworthiness of Congress (favorable ratings lower than Used Car Salesman). Recent SCOTUS decisions have ranged from dumbfounding to inexplicable to outrageous. And, in light of the past 230+ years, we don’t have to review current sentiment to evaluate the vaunted Executive Branch.

The government is an enormous operation, and it's unrealistic to think it will operate smoothly all of the time. But, as the head of it, Obama faces the reality of all of his successors: The buck stops with him.
13 – count ‘em – 13 graphs to get to the most salient point. This is what Journalists call “burying the lead”.

If the controversies drag on, morale across America could end up taking a huge hit, just when the mood seems to be improving along with an economic uptick. Or, Americans could end up buying Obama's arguments that safety sometimes trumps privacy, that his administration is taking action on the IRS, and that he's doing the best he can to forge bipartisan compromise when Republicans are obstructing progress.
With True Colors flying in the hot air of her own bullshit, we learn it’s “morale” we should worry about – not governance, the sanctity of the Rule of Law, the Constitution, Rights, Freedom, Liberty, Justice or just plain old-fashioned Honesty. There is no “improving economy”; that’s just a whistling-passed-the-graveyard Talking Point and an outright lie. Safety never “trumps privacy” (see also Ben Franklin), an administration investigating itself (insert laugh track here) and the Winning Whopper: “doing his best…to… compromise…” with those obfuscating Republicans. Well damn! Just damn! It’s hard to tell if this in an Opinion piece or what passes for regular AP “reporting”.

Every president faces the predicament of overpromising. Often the gap can be chalked up to the difference between campaigning and governing, between rhetoric and reality. As with past presidents, people desperate to turn the page on the previous administration voted for the Obama they wanted and now are grappling with the Obama they got.
From the start of his career, Obama tried to sculpt an almost nonpartisan persona as he spoke of bridging divides and rejecting politics as usual. He attracted scores of supporters from across the ideological spectrum with his promises to behave differently. And they largely believed what he said.
Translation: He lied. People voted for him out of ignorance, prejudice and fraud.

Back then, he held an advantage as one of the most trusted figures in American politics.
In January 2008, Obama had an 8-point edge over Clinton as the more honest and trustworthy candidate in the Democratic primary. That grew to a 23-point advantage by April of that year, according to Washington Post-ABC News polls. Later that year, the Post-ABC poll showed Obama up 8 points on Republican nominee John McCain as the more honest candidate.
Obama held such strong marks during his first term, with the public giving the new president the benefit of the doubt. Up for re-election, he went into the 2012 campaign home stretch topping Mitt Romney by 9 points on honesty in a mid-October ABC/Post poll.
But now, that carefully honed image of trustworthiness may be changing in Americans' eyes.
Bottom line: Polls are questionably reliable snap shots at best. When one factors in the questions, sample size, demographics, geography and (most importantly) who’s paying for it, one gets the true sense of polling integrity. At bottom, who cares what “the polls” say? Do polls mean more than the principles of Freedom and Liberty? Do polls trump your unalienable rights? Do polls license government-by-opinion? Mark your answers and pass you papers forward. This will count on your Final.

Obama has waning opportunities to turn it around. He's halfway through his sixth year, and with midterm elections next fall, there's no time to waste. If he can't convince the American people that they can trust him, he could end up damaging the legacy he has worked so hard to control and shape — and be remembered, even by those who once supported him, as the very opposite of the different type of leader he promised to be.
Thanks ever so, Ms. Sidoti. Please remove the fluffer outfit and return it to central casting.

Memo to NSA: No need to monitor Ms. Sidoti; she’s no James Rosen. 

AP: "Mounting controversies are all about trust" -- BW:: And Trust is like your viginity....

 While written from a Statist and status quo perspective, this opinion piece does manage to spotlight some important basic realities. Give it a read; I'll parse it here later.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Least Comforting Headline:

 NSA claims know-how to ensure no illegal spying

Then why the hell didn't they use it? "Claims know-how...."? How about "claims will-do..."?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Another Timely Reunion!

One of my pals going back to the days of "Brian & Bob" on WWRC/DC (circa 1992-95), Stephen Moore, then of the CATO Institute, now WSJ Editorial Board and author of "Who's The Fairest Of Them All" . Stephen has been a frequent guest on my shows from DC to San Fran to Dallas to...wherever! We get back together discussing his appearance on Bill Maher's "show", Toledo as a microcosm of the plague known as Liberalism, where the IRS scandal will take us and other cheery news!
Stephen's happy basketball nemesis, economist, author and professor extraordinaire, Walter E. Williams drops by for some fermented grape juice and timely conversation Friday afternoon.
Judge Napolitano is out gathering Frequent Flier Miles this week. "Judging Freedom" returns next Thursday. All the action is right here at the Libertas Media Project!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Stop. Read. Share.

Ya meet some of the nicest, smartest, best writers at LewRockwell.com. Daisy Luther has penned one of the  best I've read in moons: Random Acts of Revolution.
Don't forget to share with your friends....