Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Math is FUNNY

found here
Not do be out done
Kaveman lets us know a little about the math of the "average" US gun owner here
Some people are smart and funny, god I love numbers.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Drug Control, WTF

I have a persistent skin condition, Have had it since I was a child. Anyway here is the deal. I have:
-A rash (similar to shingles) on my eye lid.
-Due to location, it gets infected, inflamed at the time of breakout.
-White blood cells do their thing and build up in my lymph nodes.
-I require "prescription" antibiotics to fight the infection.
To get them I need to leave my job, create an appointment with a doctor to repeat the above symptoms, he/she will look at me, agree and fill out a little 4"x6" piece of paper. I then need to drive to a pharmacy and turn in the "script" and stand in line for 30+ minutes. Collect my pills and move on. Repeat 1-2 times a years. Bullshit... this is not medicine but control, control over my well being. Searching out homeopathic holistic remedies, any ideas? I am done with "western medicine." Drug laws similar to gun laws, and other behavioral codes are designed to remind us we are a lower class of people than those who have been "approved" and appointed. Taxing and regulating behavior is NOT going to stop behavior, only assert "control" over the average man/woman who has a life inside of the daily grind.

On a side note- The "swine flu," is THE FLU, stop panicking. It will go over and break in a few days. Quit getting flu shots, eat healthy and exercise. Practice basic hygiene and you will be OK.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

F'n A Right

Read about him HERE, announced today so content is mostly "coming soon."
2010, I am looking for some "change". Bye bye McCain. The shear fact he is going against the hypocrite traitor McCain gets my vote.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Right, Wrong, Indifferent

I was one of a group that received an e-mail from a writer for the Washington Post referring to an article on Obamas comment about the 90% of guns in Mexico. On face value, as more than one person reminded me, the e-mail could have been an innocent attempt at providing us (bloggers) with a noteworthy link. I saw it to be different, and responded as i felt was accordingly.
If you would have bothered reading many of the sites you sent the article to you would know they are already all over the story, and it's inherent LIES. Please remove me from any further e-mails unless it is to renounce your "profession" and the lie it tries to sell to the American people. We are not "AUTHORIZED JOURNALISTS," simply stated we call em as we see em. Good luck in your endeavor, your article on the bats was entertaining. Flawed as the "global warming," giant fans are going to save us syndrome is. Read the sites you mailed, they are top notch and full of things you could report on, things that matter.
I acted in a way that was entertaining to me for me. I "copied" everyone the original Wash Post email had attached and expected no responses. Oops. For the record I was at first flattered to be grouped in with blogs I read daily, for I neither have their content, readership or skill. That is what pissed me of at the same time, NO WAY would anyone put my Blog on par with theirs. More likely an email blast was created off of someones blogroll, and a spam was used to increase Wash Post readership. My site is for my entertainment and to occasionally provoke discussions I see as relevant. Childish yes, do I care, not really. I am still content with my response, but I did not intend to imply I was speaking for anyone other than my self.
Sebastian asked:
"What's wrong with a polite request be removed from his list?"
Nothing, just not in my personality, I occasionally feel like being an A-hole.
and "Why the need for lengthy exoriating screeds against journalists and journalism?"
Too be honest I had to look up the definition of exoriating, and no it wasn't necessary but it was entertaining, and I believe acceptable considering the source and the perceived intentions of the email. To be honest I do not accept elitism by title and call BS as I see it, I also felt the request was condescending in its content and spam like address bar.
D. Codrea stated: "To my knowledge, I coined the term "authorized journalist"--"
Would never mean to disrespect you or "steal" one of your ideas without credit being given. It was used off the cuff and ownership was not intended, I felt it fit the response perfectly. Similarly I frequently refer to your site and its reference to the "only ones" you track so well when it fits the discussion.
Others chimed in but the above statements I felt were directed at me and responded to here. Attention, easy come easy go. For anyone who did not originate the email, hopefully no harm no foul. As for the "journalist" that sent it I still say "Read the sites you mailed, they are top notch and full of things you could report on, things that matter."

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April 19

A year ago my friend wrote a post for the anniversary. Rather than trying to top his, I repost it in it's entirety here:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;

Here once the embattled farmers stood;

And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;

Alike the conqueror silent sleeps,

And Time the ruined bridge has swept

Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,

We set to-day a votive stone,

That memory may their deeds redeem,

When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

O Thou who made those heroes dare to die,

and leave their children free,

--Bid Time and Nature gently spare

The shaft we raised to them and Thee.

RW Emmerson

April 19th is an important day in American history, arguably the most American day of all of them. Commonly called Patriot's Day, all but now forgotten, and only an official holiday in Mass and Maine. Today I thought id give a reminder to you of those who have gone before you, in this great country, that you might remember them, and learn from them.I think John Parker, leader and Captain of the Lexington Irregular Militia can do a better job than I of explaining what happened the morning and afternoon of that April 19, 1775, so ill let him speak first, before i try and explain what those happenings meant, and mean, to you.

"I, John Parker, of lawful Age, and Commander of the Militia in Lexington, do testify and declare, that on the 19th Instant in the Morning, about one of the Clock, being informed that there were a Number of Regular Officers, riding up and down the Road, stopping and insulting People as they passed the Road; and also was informed that a Number of Regular Troops were on their March from Boston in order to take the Province Stores at Concord, ordered our Militia to meet on the Common in said Lexington to consult what to do, and concluded not to be discovered, nor meddle or make with said Regular Troops (if they should approach) unless they should insult or molest us; and, upon their sudden Approach, I immediately ordered our Militia to disperse, and not to fire:—Immediately said Troops made their appearance and rushed furiously, fired upon, and killed eight of our Party without receiving any Provocation therefor from us."

So, there you have it, that's the gist of it.But what were soldiers doing in Lexington, and why were they worried about irregular militiamen, plainclothes farmers who carried rifles once or twice a week, drilling in the town squares and in fallow fields?Well, you see, by the mid-1700s the New England colonies had already begun a long legacy of self reliance and self government. Due to the great distance to the old country and its own government, they had been accustomed for generations to managing their own affairs, with little oversight from England.Because England had incurred a great deal of debt from its frequent wars with France, the British Parliament decided in the 1760s and early 1770s, to try to raise some revenue by taxing the colonies directly, something it had not done before. These taxes were not terribly burdensome, but a great many people were disturbed by the principle: the colonies had always governed and taxed themselves, and they resisted the idea of having to contribute to what they saw as an "external" government. When ordered by the Royal Governor not to hold a town meeting, the Boston representatives held it anyway. A local crowd harassing a group of young British soldiers was fired upon in what came to be called the Boston Massacre. For several years these tensions built and built, until they came to a head in the first few months of 1775.Parliament had ordered the Port of Boston closed, a heavy economic burden for a major trading center, and had ordered the towns to cease holding local meetings. Massachusetts was effectively put under military rule, but since there was only one major garrison, in the city of Boston itself, most of the people in the countryside ignored the orders and continued to act as they always had. They did, however, begin to collect arms and ammunition, and to reactivate their militia system that had fallen into disuse since the end of the French and Indian War a decade earlier.The collecting of muskets, gunpowder, cannon, and other arms for use of the town militia was a violation of the orders of the military governor, General Thomas Gage. Gage was aware that these stores were being collected, and his garrison had carried out several missions to confiscate them in the months prior to April 1775. On one occasion, troops had successfully marched from Boston and captured a large supply of colonial gunpowder that was being stored in the nearby town of Somerville. This maneuver enraged the local population, as much because they had been caught off guard as because they had lost their powder. Determined never to let that happen again, the towns refined their elaborate system of alarm riders who were responsible for spreading word of troop movements throughout the countryside. The system was mobilized in February when another military force was sent by ship to the coastal town of Salem to seize a store of powder and arms. Advance warning to the local population allowed them to raise an intervening drawbridge and move the munitions away, and the troops arrived late, and left empty handed.As the spring came, General Gage received orders from Parliament instructing him to take decisive action to put down the rebellious town governments and to capture those inciting the rebellion. In response to these orders, Gage decided to make another move into the countryside to capture the largest colonial munitions supply, the one at Concord in Middlesex County, about eighteen miles west of Boston. The plan was to move quickly soon after dark with complete secrecy, be at Concord by dawn to seize the supplies, and then return to the garrison in Boston by midday before the colonists could even spread word of what had happened. But the colonists were watching too carefully, and in the small space of Boston secrecy turned out to be impossible.With advance warning of the government raid, the systems put in place after the Somerville raid sprung into action, from flags to rowboats to gunfire signals through the woods, by the time soldiers reached Lexington, no sign of the majority of the muskets, balls and powder they were sent to seize was found. The town's civilian militia, numbering 38, expecting the British before dawn had gathered on the square, in formation, in the middle of the night. When the government soldiers arrived, shortly after dawn they drew a battle line across the green from them and they ordered the militia members to lay down arms and disperse.Some began to disperse at once, being outnumbered by nearly 130 men, but some hesitated, and none layed down their arms, simply walking off towards the town halls. The situation of course was very tense, and there was much yelling to disperse, lay down arms at once... etc, When, suddenly, without warning, and of unknown origin, a shot rang out. Whatever its origin, that first shot started the soldiers firing, without orders, into the dispersing militia. They were immediately ordered to seace fire, but it was too late. When the smoke cleared from those very few minutes of confusion, eight Lexington militiamen had been killed and nine wounded, some bleeding on the steps to their homes facing the green.The soldiers, who weren't quite sure what they were doing at this point, or what their main objective now was, having never been briefed before marching, grew increasingly nervous as they were now told they had to march another several miles to concord, reaching concord about 7am, even as militia members and citizens gathered on the other side of the bridge having heard, no doubt, that something was afoot at Lexington. Again the government soldiers found nothing of the majority of the muskets, balls and powder they were sent to seize. The larger and mostly immobile artillery pieces they were particularly eager to seize at concord, and expected to find in the usual place, on or near the central green, had been whisked into predug holes in nearby fields and plowed over. As the numbers of those gathering near the bridge broke 100 armed men and women, the safety in numbers the military men had previously held began quickly to erode, as tensions built.In the center of the town the government search parties set fire to some smaller gun stores they found, and the militiamen assembling near the North Bridge saw the plume of smoke and believed the troops were beginning to burn the town. They marched forward to the bridge positions held by the soldiers, and the troops again opened fire. The Militiamen returned fire, and several more were killed on both sides.The government soldiers were driven back to the center of the town, and soon the entire force began to march back the way it had come, down the long road to Boston. Even as the regular army fled these citizen soldiers, word of the attack spread through the system of alarms and ready systems now in place. By the hour, more and more militia companies and citizens were arriving from the surrounding countryside, and the troop's retreat turned into a brutal route, a battle three hundred yards wide and eighteen miles long. At every turn of the road a militia company was waiting and fired into the soldier's ranks. The soldiers ordered out by General Gage were fired upon from many houses along the road, and in response their advance parties began burning nearly every building they came to. In the village of Menotomy, between Lexington and Cambridge, the fighting was especially fierce, and the exhausted and terrified British soldiers forced almost every house along the road and killed all the inhabitants.About eight o'clock on the evening of the nineteenth, the column finally reached the safety of its own lines across the river from Boston.They had been marching for almost twenty-four hours, through the night, the last six hours under heavy fire, They had suffered more than 272 casualties, including sixty-five killed. The fighting civilians had suffered ninety-four casualties, including fifty killed.Twenty-three separate towns had at least one member of their militia killed or wounded.No one had called it, and even, perhaps, no one had known it at the time, but the American Revolution had begun. It began in these few new england towns, but soon, it would spread across what would soon be a new nation.Within two days, 15,000 men from across New England had assembled and surrounded Boston, and the soldiers of the crown were never able to move more than a short distance off that small peninsula again. Three months later, at the request of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, a Virginian rode north to take command of that citizen army that had laid siege to the city. His name was George Washington, and the 15,000 New England militiamen became the American Army. Eleven months later, the garrison at Boston was evacuated by sea and was never seen in New England again.In a day where news often took weeks to to travel even a few hundred miles, news of this battle spread at almost supernatural speed. By the evening of the nineteenth—the same day—the news of Lexington had reached New Hampshire to the north and Rhode Island to the south. Within four days it had reached New York City, two hundred miles away. By April 26th the news of Lexington had arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia. New Bern, North Carolina, heard the Lexington alarm by May 3rd, carried via ship from Newport, Rhode Island. Wilmington, North Carolina, heard by May 8th, and Charleston, South Carolina, by May 9th, also from the sea. The Shenandoah Valley on what was then the western frontier received the news overland about the same time. And when it reached a far western hunting camp on another part of the frontier, the hunters decided to name their camp "Lexington." That camp today is the city of Lexington, Kentucky.A forty-year-old Massachusetts lawyer named John Adams, who had been arguing for some time for a political separation from Britain, heard the news on his farm in Braintree that afternoon, and immediately went to see for himself what had happened. He rode that evening along the battle road for many miles, and saw burned out houses, groups of people burying the dead, and refugee families trying to escape farther into the countryside. Adams remembered that day's ride as a turning point in his life; it convinced him that "the Die was cast, the Rubicon crossed." Within a year he would be working with Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence, and would go on to become the second President of the United States. Thomas Paine in Philadelphia had previously thought of the argument between the colonies and the Home Country as "a kind of law-suit", but after news of the battle reached him, he "rejected the hardened, sullen-tempered Pharaoh of England forever." George Washington received the news at Mount Vernon and wrote to a friend, "…the once-happy and peaceful plains of America are either to be drenched in blood or inhabited by slaves.Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice?"One of the men in Concord on the nineteenth was the town's minister, the Reverend William Emerson. His house that day became a sanctuary for frightened women and children trying to escape the fighting. More than sixty years later his grandson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, would write one of the defining pieces of American literature for a ceremony commemorating the battle at the North Bridge, that poem with which began this history."The fight had been the hinge," said the novelist Henry James, many years later, "on which the large revolving future was to turn."As JAMES M.NICHOLS wrote in his own remembrance of those who fought at Lexington and Concord, in his history of the revolutionary war, in 1886:It was one of those great days, one of those elemental occasions in the world's affairs, when the people rise, and act for themselves. Some organization and preparation had been made; but, from the nature of the case, with scarce any effect on the events of that day. It may be doubted whether there was an efficient order given the whole day, to any body of men as large as a regiment. It was the people, in their first capacity, as citizens and as freemen, starting from their beds at midnight, from their firesided, and from their fields, to take their own cause into their own hands.Such a spectacle is the height of the moral sublime; when the want of everything is fully made up by the spirit of the cause, and the soul within stands in place of discipline, organization, resources. In the prodigious efforts of a veteran army, beneath the dazzling splendour of their array, there is something revolting to the reflective mind. The ranks are filled with the desperate, the mercenary, the depraved; an iron slavery, by the name of subordination, merges the free will of one hundred thousand men in the unqualified despotism of one; the humanity, mercy, and remorse, which scarce ever deserts the individual bosom, are sounds without a meaning to that fearful, ravenous, irrational monster of prey, a mercenary army. It is hard to say who are most to be commiserated, the wretched people on whom it is let loose, or the still more wretched people whose substance has been sucked out to nourish it into strength and fury.But, in the efforts of the people -- of the people struggling for their rights, moving not in organized, disciplined masses, but in their spontaneous action, man for man, and heart for heart, though I like not war nor any of its works, there is something glorious. They can then move forward without orders, act together without combination, and brave the flaming lines of battle without entrenchments to cover, or walls to shield them.No dissolute camp has worn off from the feelings of the youthful soldier the freshness of that home where his mother and his sisters sit waiting, with tearful eyes and aching hearts, to hear good news from the wars; no long service in the ranks of a conqueror has turned the veteran's heart into marble; their valour springs not from recklessness, from habit, from indifference to the preservation of a life knit by pledges to the life of others. But in the strength and spirit of the cause alone they act, they contend, they bleed. In this, they conquer.The people always conquer. They must always conquer. Armies may be defeated; kings may be over thrown, and new dynasties imposed by foreign arms on an ignorant and slavish race, that care not in what language the covenant of their subjection runs, nor in whose name the deed of their barter and sale is made out. But the people never invade; and, when they rise against the invader, are never subdued.If they are driven from the plains, they fly to the mountains. Steep rocks and everlasting hills are their castles; the tangled, pathless thicket, their palisado; and Nature-God, is their ally. Now he overwhelms the hosts of their enemies, beneath his drifting mountains of sand; now he buries them beneath a falling atmosphere of polar snows; he lets loose his tempests on their fleets; he puts a folly into their counsels, a madness into the hearts of their leaders; and never gave, and never will give, a full and final triumph over a virtuous, gallant people, resolved to be free.So, remember, this patriots day, lest these actions, and the lessons they beget, be forgot.

Tempus Fugit.
Posted by ReverendFranz

Remember the past my Friends.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

What Constitution?

What Constitution? They can beat a Pastor because they said so.

Watch yourself boys and girls,

For more offical evil deeds in AZ CLICK HERE

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

12 Years and Counting

12 years ago today, my wife and I joined into a llifetime contract.

"I, take you to be my wife, to have and behold from this day on, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do us part."

I hold true to that word and feeling today, thank you for my beautiful children and my wonderful life. You are my love and my life.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

From Comments Come A Post

From HERE, which you all should be reading daily:

This comment caught my attention:

Why is it, exactly, that if I disagree with you as to how to interpret the Constitution and various related documents, I somehow don't understand them? Is your interpretation the right one and anyone who doesn't agree with you somehow either ignorant or corrupt?...I want everyone to take a step back and consider that the founding fathers may have been wrong on some things. Is that such a terrible thing? Does admitting that they have flaws make me somehow dead-set against this nation? Is it possible that the comments about the consistent need for bloodshed ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants") were made at a time when Jefferson was enraged over the treatment of the colonies?... Mayor- if you truly believe that the government has no role in protecting its citizens, do an experiment. For the next 12 months, suspend all police activity in your town. If, a year from now, your citizens are safe, happy, and prosperous, perhaps you're right. If, instead, violent gangs are present, burglaries are omnipresent, and the murder rate has ballooned, perhaps government has some duty to protect its citizens? I'm anxious to learn the results.

To which I replied with:

The argument, at least mine, over the Constitution being living is over the existing amendments interpretation. They say what they say, period. Most that were added were IMHO unnecessary clarification. Equal rights are established in the preamble and the DOI. The separation between today and the times of the founding is our desire to say everything so that it is so clear, that we get laws/bills that are not read and then passed covering every possible detail that they can imagine.Sadly the imagination is lacking in a lot of cases. The conventions of the 1770's and 1780's debated every word, ensuring it said was was needed and nothing more. We only debate party support or PORK trade offs now. Before anyone says it, ALL PARTIES are guilty of this, and no it is not specific to our current or most recent admins. Our representatives are struggling for power and sound bites, not liberty for individual citizens. I personally find no fault with the original document, only the way its reading has been butchered in the past 100 years. And no the country cannot simply come for our guns without removing the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 10th. That is not adaptation, but disintegration. Besides the 2A argument is not about "guns" only, it is about the right of self defense, the right to remove consent of the governed, the ultimate check and balance the equalizer between predator and prey. As for the idea of "For the next 12 months, suspend all police activity in your town"... Would you be willing to grant me and a small group the "privileges" of LEO's? I would love that opportunity, and it would be truly transparent. Look at Chi-town, NYC, DC... do the Police really make you safer? Why would you not be willing to step up in the defense of YOUR community? Read Warren v. District of Columbia, or "Domestic Violence -- When Do Police Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect?" Special Agent Daniel L. Schofield, S.J.D., then look at the past of BOTH recent cop murdering scat of these past few weeks. Rehab does not work for child molesters or "violent" criminals. As the old saying goes "I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy," or "911, when seconds count Police are only minutes away," if you prefer.

The retort-

The ratification of the Constitution was far from unanimous - in fact, it barely happened. If the founding fathers themselves could not agree that the document was pure, flawless, why do you assume it to be so?Jason - no, I do not want to give you the power of law enforcement officials. I never claimed that you could do the same job as the police. The mayor suggested that government control of citizens was not necessary. I just want him to put into action his rhetoric. And, despite how horrible our inner cities are, they are in a better condition than if there was no police presence at all. Jason, I understand that you want to protect yourself from the child molesters and violent criminals. But what happens when they protect themselves from you? And you then protect in return? If we allow a police force, a force that keeps us from destroying each other, we can all survive. If that police force has problems keeping order, that does not mean that they are evil or trying to eliminate you. Perhaps they don't have the resources they need? Perhaps we are having a problem with society that we can address with better education and improved social support (which is far from new - such problems have occurred every few decades for about as long as there have been societies). Taking the law into our own hands solves nothing - in fact, it exacerbates the problem.

My final comments on this particular essay:

Thank you for some reasonable and intelligent discussion about topics that can quickly become emotional. I believe the central core of our few but important disagreements is that you recognize and support the "power of the state" while I believe the state should have NO rights greater than her citizens. I agree that with the laws of "today" the Mayor could not survive without the resources of his local PD. But that is the problem with a gov't that has subservient citizens. We have lost the ideals of true civil service. We do not need a police "force" with full time SWAT teams, the charge to stop Charles Whitman was lead by citizens. Police are not held to the call of "protect and serve", that is fine, but do not restrict me from protecting. That is my crux so to speak. For my entire life I have been no threat. If I was in possession of fully automatic firearms and/or a shotgun with a less than 18" barrel that will not change. It is an education and a way of life, raised on hero worship, honor codes and the way of the warrior. Police officers come from the general populace, (as we both agree I believe carries the good, bad and ugly)my main question/point is: why do they get the "right" to have a fully automatic M16, carry concealed without a permit in some states, or carry on an airline? I am trained, safe and responsible, more so than some officers. I am not trying to besmugde law enforcement, but their "title" makes them no better or qualified than I. In closing I believe you illustrated my point rather than disputed it by citing the portion you did. I am not saying compromise is bad, IF it is compromise. We as citizens are instead force fed 2 choices a GOP of high taxes/low liberty, or the current progressive DEM platform of high taxes/low liberty. Yet the arguments of modern elections are STATE not Federal issues. We have moved to a very federalist country that is empowering the exec. branch with more power than we have ever seen before. I for one cannot cite when that power has been returned to the people without following Jeffersonian ideals, his most radical ones at that. I realized before the first key stroke that at the end we would have to agree to disagree, so once again thank you all who took place in this discussion, H/T to you Mr.Martin for starting it, it was a pleasurable discourse.



I re post these here because I feel that it was a pleasant discussion of opposing sides without resorting to crap like this the following day:

That's right tea partiers. The Soros-Kos-Acorn-Lefties are plotting to infiltrate your mad-hatter festivities.You people are so demented it transcends parody. I hope you are all shaking in your boots and tin-foil hats. BOOO!

To which bait I bit:

"I hope you are all shaking in your boots and tin-foil hats. BOOO!" Yeah, unless you forgot, we got the guns. We are all blood thirsty, racist rednecks who want blood to run down the streets. Or is that analogy to last year for the always cool minded liberals. Yes we independent members of the community who openly speak of the possibility of our role in a VIOLENT overthrow of government, we are afraid of some liberal professor, or union rep who has no scars. Think again. What we are concerned about is one of you a**hats causing trouble and disrupting a peaceful, Constitutionally protected right to free assembly.

Let's try to keep it civil, yet get our points across.



Thursday, April 2, 2009

Why did TARP Happen, a Televised View(s)?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

If FOX can call it, how F'n scary is that. Look at the "facts" that are presented. World economical collapse due to "friends" in the industry. This is not rocket science folks. Good ideas draw funds bad ideas drain them. Too big to fail, my ass.