The Bundy Ranch showdown has once again raised the issue the proliferation of SWAT teams and militarized response forces proliferating throughout the federal government, and the spread of military-style units to local governments. It is almost as if the state is arming itself to suppress the citizenry. John Fund at NRO has an excellent piece on the subject, The United States of Swat:
Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces. (snip) Continue reading
Nine years ago, James Dupree bought a rundown warehouse and onetime horse stable in Philadelphia so he could convert it into an art studio. The 64-year-old muralist and painter knew he would have to spend thousands of dollars to fix it up.
What he didn’t know was that the city was going to use the power of eminent domain to take the property and convert the block where Dupree’s studio sits into to a high-end shopping area.
“It started right after I purchased the building,” explained Dupree, who has been fighting the seizure in court. “They had called this area a blight several years ago, but didn’t move on it until 2005.”
“It’s nothing more than a land grab,” said Dupree. “And the kicker is the developer who was going to build the shopping area backed out of the deal.” Continue reading
Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid.
Being the peacemaking Christian that I am, herewith are ten ways Cliven Bundy could get the Feds off his backside and actually ingratiate himself to the big government droogies of the Left. Continue reading
“The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” ~ Article IV Section II, US Constitution.
Recently, Constitution instructor Michael Badnarik responded to a reader’s inquiry concerning the Constitution of the state of Nevada and how it relates to the recent events in that state with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and rancher Cliven Bundy. Badnarik very adroitly challenges the blatant dichotomy found in Section 2 of that document. I list them separately below for obvious reasons.
“All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it. Continue reading
The ideology of American “Liberalism” threatens the well-being of our nation. Under the pretext of “improving” the social fabric of the country, it wrecks, one by one, the cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity. Not unlike in former Soviet Union and its satellites, it attempts to replace free markets, competition, and individual self-reliance with governmental control of the economy, central planning, and redistribution of income. Predictions of allegedly beneficial effects of that “Liberal” power grab on the American society are not that different from notoriously false promises of socialistic order. And not surprisingly so.
What was, perhaps, the most threatening aspect of socialism was the large number of otherwise normal individuals who submitted themselves almost unconditionally to the ideology they professed. It was that ideological individual submissiveness, referred by some to as a mental disease, that turned many variations of socialist ideology into advocacies of mass-murder machines. Stalin (a devout of Marxism-socialism), Hitler (a devout of national socialism) and Mao Zedong (a devout of communism) would not be able to commit their heinous, ideologically-motivated, genocidal crimes if it weren’t for tens of millions of submissive followers that those tyrants had. Continue reading
After our Constitution was written it was sent to the legislatures of the 13 original states for debate and possible ratification. It is important to understand that it was by an act of these state legislatures agreeing to this Constitution that our federal government came into existence. Had they not agreed to it, agreed to cede certain defined powers over to the federal government, we would not have a federal government in Washington D.C. today.
Among those who opposed the Constitution, one of the primary reasons for opposition was a concern over the loss of states’ rights. Over the course of the ratification debates those in favor of the proposed Constitution wrote a series of articles in an effort to garner support for the Constitution among the people. These articles became known as The Federalist Papers… Continue reading
“When a ‘forest fire’ is lit, there is no telling which way it will go. It depends on the ‘wind’, the ‘fuel load’ and the ‘humidity’. The ‘wind’ is about to blow real hard, the “fuel load” is huge and the humidity is dropping rapidly. It just takes the right ‘match’, a lightning strike, or spontaneous combustion. The question is, what (or who) will set it off? Could it be Obama Care, illegal aliens getting amnesty, Cap and Trade, the one-world-order, radical environmentalism, the brainwashing of our kids, trashing the Constitution by politicians, or a confrontation with a maverick rancher in Nevada? Was Jefferson right? Does a society need a revolution every hundred years? Messy, but could it be necessary if freedom is to be defended and maintained?” ~ Ron Ewart
For now, the dust is settling, the crowds are dispersing and the hot passion of open revolt is slowly waning, as the warm winds of the coming summer begin to blow across the Nevada desert and the cows come home to their range, released to their owner by a government that turned tail and ran when the wild American spirit of the west raised its head in righteous anger. Whether Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was right or wrong under the law, they came by thousands, loaded for bear, to confront what they considered to be a government gone mad with power. Continue reading
“There has to be some limit to what lawyers can take from their clients. Otherwise, cagey attorneys end up with the lion’s share of the settlement and the victims end up with little more than scraps.” ~ Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives.
There are two kinds of people in America, those that have never had to hire an attorney and those that have been bilked by one. We have had our own experiences with attorneys, one who tried to blackmail us over the telephone and another one who sucked us dry to the tune of $35,000 on a 100% frivolous lawsuit where we had to mortgage our home to pay him.
We have heard many other horror stories from individuals that find themselves in a corrupt court system, being taken to the cleaners by their attorney, defending against some government notice of violation. At from $250 to over $600 per hour, the average individual’s savings won’t begin to pay for what an attorney can charge in even a small case. It could take a month for the average American to earn what an attorney earns in 10 hours. Nevertheless, millions of Americans are suddenly brought up short and robbed blind when government comes to call and they are forced to enter a system of attorneys, judges and court clerks that rule the roost with a thousand rules that no one else knows except attorneys, judges and court clerks. Continue reading
An old admonition continues to tug at my consciousness. Its cautionary advice about something imminently dangerous approaching — just over the horizon — is more than a little compelling. You know — the admonishment that warns: “Eat, drink, and make merry, for tomorrow we die!” (You may recall several different versions found in the Bible.)
We are headed as straight to a third world war as a Martin flies to its gourd.
That fact, and I do believe it is a fact, is an unwelcome one. Nevertheless, ’tis true. Continue reading
Try to ignore Earth Day, April 22. It won’t be easy. The print and broadcast media will engage in an orgy of environmental tall tales and the usual end-of-the-world predictions. It will scare the heck out of youngsters and bore the heck out of anyone old enough to know that we have had to endure the lies that hide the agendas that have driven the Greens since 1970 when the event was first proclaimed.
The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is the third planet from the Sun and fifth-largest of the eight other planets that orbit it. It is the only planet in our galaxy that has life on it and it has an abundance of mineral resources as well as water and the fecundity to grow crops and maintain livestock to sustain the human race. Continue reading
Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state.
Instead, Elkin wants Israel to annex a chunk of the West Bank. There is nothing new here, as such language is now official Israeli discourse. But one statement stood out, one that many Palestinians would find bewildering and exasperating.
These days, said Elkin with a chuckle, the West Bank is “the most stable part of the Middle East”. Continue reading
Allow me to be as clear as possible right here at the beginning of this commentary. I don’t like Obamacare at all, not in the slightest, in any way — shape or form. Period! Got it?
Obamacare is a Marxist/socialist/statist policy and I hate it.
Vladimir Lenin, himself, said: “Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.”
Ole Vlad knew exactly what he was talking about. Obamacare warms the cockles of the hearts of all the Marxists in the Democratic Party and believe me, there are a host of them!
There is NOTHING good about Obamacare. It is a cancerous assault on the freedom of Americans and it needs to be gone and, frankly, all those who supported it and voted it through the Congress need to be gone along with it. Continue reading
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” ~ Samuel Adams (1776)
Each year on April 19th, we honor the anniversary of Patriots’ Day and the legacy of Liberty launched that day, which is our inspiration to this day. In doing so, we mark the opening salvo of the first American Revolution in 1775, and the first step toward the establishment of an eternal declaration of human Liberty, subordinating the rule of men to Creator-inspired Rule of Law. Continue reading
Militarized police, sophisticated surveillance, and normal citizens with little say in what goes on. The US has all the trappings of an all-powerful police state.
1. A totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens’ activities.
1.) So is the U.S. a totalitarian state?
No. It’s an inverted totalitarian state. Continue reading
How is it possible for a great American political party to be so out of touch with its constituents, so completely tone deaf to their wants and desires, so separated from the reality of the world around them?
With citizens looped together into one vast globe encircling network of information and communication, how is it possible for the GOP to be so ill informed?
The Republicans are, today, set to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory — again. Continue reading
- Saw thousands of peoples’ refunds seized to recoup overpayments from more than a decade ago
“Oh WE of course knew nothing about it. We didn’t know what we signed onto with that last Bill that no one could read until we passed it. But we are so grateful that we could come clean for these poor people who were dealt with so unfairly.” (SHEESH – Harry looks P.O.’d)
The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Continue reading
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has been locked in a dispute with the BLM for two decades over grazing rights. Getty Images
Land Management: A Chinese solar farm that fries birds is OK, as is redrawing tortoise habitat boundaries to benefit political donors. But an American rancher grazing his cattle brings feds with sniper rifles.
It appears Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has, at least temporarily, won his “range war” with the paramilitary wing of the Bureau of Land Management. Fearing another Waco, BLM has announced it will no longer enforce a court order and stop stealing Bundy’s cows, called “trespass cattle” by the feds, accused of grazing free on part of the 84% of Nevada that is federal property.
If the forces deployed in and around the Nevadan’s ranch had been deployed to Benghazi, it’s likely Glen Doherty, Ty Woods, Sean Smith and Ambassador Christopher Stevens would be alive today. If illegal aliens were grazing on the disputed property, there would not have been federal snipers perched nearby with American citizens in their sights. Continue reading
A meme-worthy moment from George Will yesterday on Fox News Sunday, as spotted by Jeffrey Meyer of Newsbusters:
CHRIS WALLACE: We asked you for questions from the panel, for the panel, rather. And we got this on Twitter from Michael Daigeaun. Why is it that if you oppose their position and you’re white, you’re branded a racist? Both Attorney General Holder and POTUS race bait. George is that what’s going on here? Continue reading
Love the clothes – straight off the rack at K-Mart?
Sylvia Burwell is President Obama’s pick to replace Kathleen Sebelius atop the Department of Health and Human Services, despite her having no experience in the healthcare industry. This administration’s motto seems to be “no experience required.” Burwell’s main claims to fame up to now aren’t terribly impressive. She ran the Gates Foundation, which never had any money troubles, and she ran the Walmart Foundation, which also never had any money troubles. Foundations tend to be easier to run when they’re flush with cash and can do whatever they want.
She has also headed the Office of Management and Budget, at a time when the US government is spending money at insane rates. OMB doesn’t just work on budgets, though, according to Marc Thiessen. Continue reading