Monday, June 29, 2015

The "T" Word.

Treason, noun: the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
Collectivist Jay Michaelson rends his garments, gnashes his teeth and wails, "Did The Four Dissenting Justices In Gay Marriage Case Just Suggest Treason?"
In other words, the majority is arrogant, unrestrained, and thus not to be respected. It has an “extravagant conception of judicial supremacy.” “Those who founded our country would not recognize the majority’s conception of the judicial role.” And “The Court’s accumulation of power does not occur in a vacuum. It comes at the expense of the people. And they know it.” Why not just tell the Religious Right to buy pitchforks and blowtorches?
"Pitchforks and blowtorches?" Pitchforks and torches, perhaps. These are the hallmarks of peasant mobs. But blowtorches? Of course, blowtorches are often used by the secret police agencies of collectivist dictatorships as interrogation tools, so perhaps he's just falling back on the familiar.
Count De Monet - Sir, the peasants are revolting!
King Louis - You said it. They stink on ice.
-- History of the World, Part One.
But, I don't think we need a Supreme Court justice to tell us to buy pitchforks and torches, if that's what he means. Besides, that's so 16th Century (although he betrays himself with this insulting allusion to the religious folks of this country as peasantry). Today's peasants are more likely to use .30-06 deer rifles with much greater direct effect upon the tyrants' continued access to oxygen. Nor do we need anyone to tell us that this past week's events constitute the dictionary definition of treason to the Founders' Republic.
Of course the Founders, who were themselves considered traitors by the King for mere "treasonable utterances," were very careful to limit the meaning of the term in the Constitution:
The Treason Clause traces its roots back to an English statute enacted during the reign of Edward III (1327–1377). This statute prohibited levying war against the king, adhering to his enemies, or contemplating his death. Although this law defined treason to include disloyal and subversive thoughts, it effectively circumscribed the crime as it existed under the Common Law. During the thirteenth century, the crime of treason encompassed virtually every act contrary to the king's will and became a political tool of the Crown. Building on the tradition begun by Edward III, the Founding Fathers carefully delineated the crime of treason in Article III of the U.S. Constitution, narrowly defining its elements and setting forth stringent evidentiary requirements.
Under Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them Aid and Comfort has committed treason within the meaning of the Constitution. The term aid and comfort refers to any act that manifests a betrayal of allegiance to the United States, such as furnishing enemies with arms, troops, transportation, shelter, or classified information. If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given.
The Treason Clause applies only to disloyal acts committed during times of war. Acts of dis-loyalty during peacetime are not considered treasonous under the Constitution. Nor do acts of Espionage committed on behalf of an ally constitute treason. For example, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage, in 1951, for helping the Soviet Union steal atomic secrets from the United States during World War II. The Rosenbergs were not tried for treason because the United States and the Soviet Union were allies during World War II.
Under Article III a person can levy war against the United States without the use of arms, weapons, or military equipment. Persons who play only a peripheral role in a conspiracy to levy war are still considered traitors under the Constitution if an armed rebellion against the United States results. (Emphasis supplied, MBV) -- Free Legal Dictionary.
This definition has not stopped the collectivists from calling US traitors and demanding we be punished for simple free speech. See: "GOP Tea Party Traitors to the Constitution Must Be Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law" and "Robert Reich to Tea Party: Americans Don't Like Traitors to Our System of Government" and Tea Party Traitors. I have been personally labeled as a "traitor to his country" by collectivists of all stripes from communists to Nazis over the past 20 years. I am, I suppose, a traitor to THEIR country, but not to the Founders' Republic. The same cannot be said of them.
Which brings me back to that definition of Constitutional treason above: "Persons who play only a peripheral role in a conspiracy to levy war are still considered traitors under the Constitution if an armed rebellion against the United States results." There is no doubt that our collectivist enemies are engaged in a conspiracy to overthrow the Constitution and the rule of law it codifies. As I have said and written many times, the Founders would declare them to be domestic enemies of the Constitution. It is they who are the revolutionaries in rebellion against the Founders' Republic. And there is no doubt that they seek, by force of arms if necessary, to accomplish their purpose. It is perhaps ironic that they have, by their successful, infinitely patient sedition, achieved control over the government's arms to work their conspiracy upon the liberty, property and lives of the people. I'm not sure the Founders expected that when they crafted the Constitution but it is nonetheless true.
So, who are the "traitors," them or us? That will be decided by the outcome of the civil war they seek to start.

THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY SEVEN MILLION! (And that was as of 3 years ago.) Hey, Bloomberg, take a gander at THIS. So, you think you're going to disarm us, eh?

Firearms Numbers in the United States 1945 - 2012.

Herschel Smith: "Words No Longer Have Meaning."

As I had stated to someone else this weekend, you have the political right to advocate what you want, but God will judge us – individually and collectively – for our choices. But constitutionally, the court has absolutely no business bossing the states around. This ruling – and many more like it – marks the end of the state. The grand experiment in states as the laboratories of democracy is finished. It failed, and not because it couldn’t have worked. Evil men vandalized the experiment.
See also: Woe To The Nation Whose Religious Teachers Have Become Workers Of Wickedness.

"This court appears to have no concern whatsoever for either religious beliefs or constitutional coherence."

Just like abortion, this gay marriage decision won't silence critics.
See also: Let’s Drop the Charade: The Supreme Court Is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One.
And: John Roberts, Intimidated by the Left?
This is a dangerous game, but it may have worked. Conservatives feel betrayed by Roberts, as perhaps they should. But it’s possible that when we look back on the first 15 years of the 21st century, it will be remembered as the time the Democrats vowed to blow up this country’s democratic institutions unless they got their way. And that’s not “a very good thing.”
And: "We can marry barn yard animals, and throw grandma out on the streets to operate a jack hammer to pay her fair share into the welfare system, where the militant members of society while away their time just hanging out, and burning shit down."
I think it’s time to have a show down while we still have any semblance of a country left. Obama Care rip offs, and degenerate, unnatural definitions of marriage, were not lawfully enacted statutes. They do not serve our country for the common good, so I would advise all veterans to stand by. They did not rescind our oath to protect the people from all enemies -- both foreign and domestic, unless of course, you like living under a totalitarian cesspool.
See also: America's post-Constitutional culture

All right! Now we're training smugglers in the public schools. COOL! In defiance of Michelle Obama's nanny state fascism, kids are smuggling pepper and salt into the schools, and selling it.

"I aim to misbehave." -- Captain Malcolm Reynolds.
The Washington Free Beacon inadvertently narcs out school pepper smuggling rings.
“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling – salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana.
The Ballad of Serenity

The White House Wants Your Doctor To Teach You About Global Warming

The central message: doctors should warn their patients that global warming could make their health worse.

Deadly collectivist absurdity piled upon deadly collectivist absurdities.

With Knife Murders Spiking After Gun Ban, UK Urges "Save A Life - Surrender Your Knife"

More along the lines of for whom the bell tolls.

"On Monday morning Greeks will find their savings blocked and their banks closed for a week following a fateful weekend that has shaken Europe’s single currency."
See also: The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns Bank of International Settlements.
The world will be unable to fight the next global financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has warned. The so-called central bank of central banks launched a scathing critique of global monetary policy in its annual report. The BIS claimed that central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly cutting interest rates to shore up their economies.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Here's one more: "Ayatollah Roberts and His Sharia Council."

In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead. In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says. Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say — what matters is what they want.

Continue sick as a dog.

Which may be a slander on the dog. Am taking the rest of the Lord's day off. There's a lot I posted yesterday, including my posts on Reset and Nuking Their Own Legitimacy. Also, folks still awaiting tee shirts please see the post related to that subject.

People continue to get a "404 error" message when they try to post comments.

It seems to be random and others have no problem at all. If you have such a problem, just drop me an email with your comment, the post it refers to and how you want to be called, and I will manually post it.

A House of Cards – The Collapse of Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia collapsed when the growth of nationalism inflamed ethnic tensions to the point that, on June 25, 1991, regions with Croat and Slovene majorities declared independence for the nations of Croatia and Slovenia. The retaliation by the Serb-dominated Yugoslav People’s Army started a series of ethnic wars which would end all pretenses of Yugoslav unity and produce Europe’s second genocide of the century.

'Junk Weapons' are Killing Kurdish Troops

“When I shoot, the top of the rifle flies off,” Mahd Abdul Basit, a 28-year-old Peshmerga fighter told me while we stood a few hundred meters from Islamic State’s front line. Unlike many Kurdish troops, who must purchase their own weapons, Mahd’s rifle — a taped-up Kalashnikov appearing to be made from several different rifles— was issued to him, and could still one day cost him his life.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Reset Button.

Rod Dreher writes "Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country."
No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. . .
But when a Supreme Court majority is willing to invent rights out of nothing, it is impossible to have faith that the First Amendment will offer any but the barest protection to religious dissenters from gay rights orthodoxy. Indeed, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito explicitly warned religious traditionalists that this decision leaves them vulnerable. Alito warns that Obergefell “will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy,” and will be used to oppress the faithful “by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”
The warning to conservatives from the four dissenters could hardly be clearer or stronger. So where does that leave us? For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist. To be frank, the court majority may impose on the rest of the nation a view widely shared by elites, but it is also a view shared by a majority of Americans. There will be no widespread popular resistance to Obergefell. This is the new normal.
For another, LGBT activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions. The more immediate goal will be the shunning and persecution of dissenters within civil society. . .
Obergefell is a sign of the times, for those with eyes to see. This isn’t the view of wild-eyed prophets wearing animal skins and shouting in the desert. It is the view of four Supreme Court justices, in effect declaring from the bench the decline and fall of the traditional American social, political, and legal order.
Dreher's solution is to accept it and pray. I'm certainly not going to gainsay the value of prayer, but the persecution of Christians (or Jews or any other religion for that matter) in the name of political correctness can and must be resisted, even if by force of arms. These people are going to be coming at us with the naked force of state violence. Such violence can and must be resisted, and not just with prayer. (I was talking with a friend on the phone just today and he can't believe that they are so stupid as to mess with people's fundamental religious beliefs, characterizing it as suicidal. I don't disagree.)
And I have news for our would-be oppressors. When you come at us with state violence to seize our churches, jail our pastors, you are going to lose because we will make it not worth your while to oppress us. And then, after we've won, we're going to press the reset button.
I was having this conversation with a reader the other day in reference to the firearm laws we are breaking in the various states and he asked me what we were going to do about previous infringements, going back to GCA 68 and the NFA of 1934. I told him, when they start the shooting we don't quit until we have pushed the reset button on the last 100 plus years of infringements. They lose it all -- the Federal Reserve, fiat currency, the income tax, all the gun laws, all the nanny state fascism, the murder of innocents on demand, the tortured rendering of the Interstate Commerce clause, the bloated federal bureaucracy, everything. EVERYTHING.
Our enemies will lie and say that we want to roll back the civil rights laws, put gays back in the closet and re-enslave black folks but that is a lie. We believe that the Constitution extends to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or religion -- BUT WITHOUT PREFERRED CLASSES. In our Constitutional Republic, some animals are NOT more equal than others. At this remove, nobody cares who diddles who as long as they are adults and can give consent. Most of us have become convinced libertarians on the drug war as well, because it only empowers two classes of criminal gangs -- the cartels and the imperial militarized federal government.
So when the reset button gets pushed in the aftermath of the tyrants' attacks and their defeat, they lose it all. Everything. Every tool of our oppression. This is something they should think about before they rouse their own people to righteous anger. They will lose everything they hold most dear -- their power over us, their position, their appetite for our liberty, our property and our lives. That is what "reset" means to them in the context of the civil war they are determined to have. Everything.

ATF official under investigation for possible data breach.

A senior official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is under investigation for possibly accessing the personal data of other agency employees. The Justice Department probe is to determine whether Scott Sweetow, a deputy assistant director for strategic intelligence and information at ATF headquarters in Washington, sent employee information to his personal email account, CNN reported.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

Coming soon to a country near you: Greeks Line Up at Banks and Drain ATMs as Tsipras Calls Vote

Will someone explain to me the functional difference between the cultural cleansing advocated by the mayor of Memphis and that of the Khmer Rouge, the Taliban and ISIS?

Before the Khmer Rouge came to power, Buddhism was much more than a religion in Cambodia. The temple, or wat, was not only a religious place but in most areas of the country also served as the primary school and center of social and intellectual life. Pali schools flourished as early as the 13th Century. By official count, there were more than 4,000 temples and 66,000 monks--1% of the population--before the Khmer Rouge came to power. A government statement in April, 1989, noted that the Khmer Rouge had executed more than 25,000 monks, including the chief monk, Huot Tat, and destroyed 1,968 temples and monasteries. -- "Buddhism Rising Again From the Ashes of Cambodia," LA Times, 19 June 1990.
Temple destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, Beng Melea, Cambodia.
I noted this article in my piece below, Nuking their own legitimacy. But a friend called me up to say that this headline: "Memphis Mayor Wants to Dig Up Dead Confederate War General," reminded him instantly of the collectivist cultural assassins of the Khmer Rouge, the Taliban and the Islamic State.
Mindful that the Democrat Party is a collectivist party just like its foreign counterparts, I guess this is just what they do. Maybe someone could ask the Mayor of Memphis when he intends an ethnic cleansing of white folks from his city?
The Prophet Jirjis mosque in Mosul, Iraq, after the Islamic State got done with it.
LATER: Here is my letter to the editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Mindful of the Mayor's proposal of cultural cleansing by removing the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue as well as his remains, can someone tell me the functional difference between him and the collectivist cultural assassins of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? I realize that he is a member of America's collectivist party, the Democrats, but this proposal seems a bit much even for them. Of course Nathan Bedford Forrest was a life-long Democrat, so I can see why the Mayor would like to engage in some Orwellian "down the memory hole" erasure of history.
If he wants to do something useful, why doesn't he put some city resources to bear on making Fort Pickering a first class interpretative historic site? The fort was home to the 55th and 59th United States Colored Troops who fought magnificently at Brice's Crossroads against the very man whose statue now offends him after all these years. Try building up the cultural base of your town Mr. Mayor, not deconstructing it.

The idea of civil disobedience becomes more popular by the hour.

Remember what I said below about Nuking their own legitimacy>
America’s only remaining choices – civil disobedience or collapse.
The United States no longer has, as the Constitution designed, a government composed of executive, legislative and judicial branches, separate, but equal in power. The federal government is now an alliance of branches, devoted to the preservation of government itself, separate, not from each other, but from the American people and dedicated to tyranny. The policies pursued by the Obama Administration and facilitated by cowardly politicians and a compliant media are not simply the intersection of radical ideology and incompetence, but a dangerous subversive element of an anti-American and anti-Western strategy.

Tunisian Mass Murderer Counted On Gun Laws and Culture for Success

“The regulation of guns in Tunisia is categorized as restrictive.”

Not bloody likely.

Will Pope Francis Disarm His Guards?