See you after August 1st.
The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,“one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children.
“The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Senator Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about 20 percent of the total illegal immigrants who have come into this country since April. Continue reading
“The whole conspiracy idea is cockeyed. We had orders to obey the head of state. We weren’t a band of criminals meeting in the woods in the dead of night to plan mass murders…” ~ Hermann Goering, 1 May 1946 (Committed suicide to avoid hanging)
“I was given this assignment which I could not refuse–and besides, I did everything possible to treat [the foreign slave laborers] well.” ~ Fritz Saukel, 23 February 1946 (Hanged for crimes against humanity)
“I don’t see how they can fail to recognize a soldier’s obligation to obey orders. That’s the code I’ve live by all my life.” ~ Alfred Jodl, 1 November 1945 (Hanged for crimes committed)
I fully understand why people get very defensive whenever any acts by supposedly good Americans are compared to Hitler and Nazi Germany, but when considering the rapid descent into abject Socialism in this country during the past 12-14 years, could it be time to take the gloves off and realize we seem to be following in the footprints of history? Continue reading
White Mountains Lecture #5: Protecting the Rock and Roll of Democracy, July 4, 2014
We cannot sanitize our politics without losing the essence of democracy because dangers lurk in all democratic societies.
When you eliminate entirely the inherent fear and threats of an empowered and enraged populace, you give up on the democratic project altogether. When you ban hate, you take away the possibility of love.
This is ‘La Bestia’ – or ‘The Beast’ – which is perhaps the most treacherous train in the world.
It is not built to carry passengers, but that doesn’t stop around 1,500 migrants piling on board the freight train’s roof. (PHOTO ESSAY: Be prepared to be sickened by the Invasion!) Continue reading
Could declining real estate values in the Southwest be the canary in the cage?
As suggested in this article, imbalances might be occurring in the real estate market in Phoenix AZ.
Demand has been much weaker since July 2013. The slight recovery in demand that had been developing over the last two months dissipated again in May. While move-up owner occupiers and second home buyers are starting to compensate for the departure of investors, activity by first time home buyers is unusually low. Continue reading
In preparing next term’s calendar for my classes, I use the At-A-Glance PM3-28 over-sized item. Sprinkled throughout the calendar are Christian, Jewish, and Muslim holidays, information about daylight savings, and the like.
Apparently since at least 2012 (if not before) the calendar manufacturer saw fit to note The Day of the Race on Sunday October 12, 2014 as well as Revolution Day on November 17, 2014. Next to the name of the holiday there is an (M).
Curious, I went to investigate these two holidays which I had never paid much attention to, only to learn that these two dates are anything but benign commemorations. Continue reading
As US lawmakers grapple with ways to slash spending, many were shocked to learn authorities are spending $250 to $1,000 per day to care for each minor apprehended crossing the US border.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, have been caught entering the country illegally since last October, and President Barack Obama has asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address what he has called an “urgent humanitarian solution.” Continue reading
The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay. Last month, it was coffee.
J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent. And Starbucks has announced a bunch of price increases across the board on their coffee products. Of course we could all survive without chocolate and coffee, but as you will see below just about every food category is becoming more expensive. If this keeps up, could we eventually see armed guards in grocery stores and on food trucks? Continue reading
Imagine a small farming and ranching community just outside a large city. Imagine that these farmers and ranchers gather together and decide that they need a body to settle disputes and manage the affairs of the community. So they constitute a city hall and hire a sheriff to maintain law and order.
For awhile things go smoothly, nobody bothers anybody else and the community prospers. Then let’s say the city council decides that it wants to fix up the roads in the community, but to do so they need to raise revenue. So they impose a tax on the farmers and ranchers. The community agrees that it would be nice to have some paved roads, so they agree to the small increase in taxes. Continue reading
Proponents of the Nanny State have been trying to take away man’s Natural right of self-defense ever since the United Nations was created back in 1945. Of course, the Natural right of self-defense is totally unknown in communist and socialist countries; and big-government toadies in several so-called “democratic” countries have also succeeded in turning citizens into subjects by removing or severely restricting the Natural right of self-defense. Obviously, I’m talking about countries such as Great Britain, France, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.
By self-defense, I am talking about a man’s right to carry a Personal Defense Weapon (PDW)–which, in modern times, mostly requires a firearm–anywhere and everywhere he goes. A state that does not allow a man to be personally armed in his day-to-day activities is literally stripping him of his right of self-defense. To require a citizen to keep his or her PDW in their home or vehicle is to deny the citizen’s Natural right of self-defense. To say a citizen may lawfully protect himself in only limited and duly-prescribed locations is to make the citizen a subject of the state. Furthermore, it removes from him the most fundamental of all the Natural rights that were granted to him by his Creator: the right of self-defense. Continue reading
Ralph Reed was on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America this a.m., and stated that, Barack Obama voted Present 117 times as an Illinois state senator. (I have often heard that he’d done that, in the past, but was not aware of the extent to which he’d gone.)
Reed went on to say that this is a pattern that Obama has followed throughout his entire career. He always tries to avoid decisions and instead has passed things on to others, like his vice-president, Secretary of State or Defense. This is a very dangerous situation. As bad a Jimmie Carter, at least, he usually made decisions, often bad but at least he made them. Continue reading
As Iraq stands on the verge of a complete breakdown into mini sectarian states, former leading neoconservative and Iraq war advocate Richard Perle made a sudden appearance on Newsmax TV. His statements in the interview were yet another testament to the intellectual degeneration of a group that had once promised a ‘new Middle East’, only to destabilize the region with violent consequences that continue to reverberate until this day.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which didn’t exist at the time of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, has seized large swathes of Syria and, along with a brewing Sunni rebellion, stands in control of large chunks of western, northern and central Iraq. Continue reading
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” ~ Albert Einstein
If you were watching the endless reports last week on hurricane Arthur as it moved up the East Coast of the United States, perhaps some of you noticed that there was an updated hurricane report every 6 hours. Maybe even some of you noticed that the track of the hurricane predictions on the weather maps gets wider and wider as it moves forward in time. In just 4 days the cone of uncertainty is over 500 miles wide, from a point four days earlier that was only a few miles wide. This is true for the predictions of all hurricanes and weather systems. It is also true for a whole bunch of other life experiences and natural events. Continue reading
“In Northern Missouri the irregularities of the soldiers – such as taking poultry, pigs, milk, butter, preserves, potatoes, horses, and in fact everything they want; entering and searching houses, and stealing in many cases; committing rapes on the negroes and such like things – the effect has been to make a great many union men inveterate enemies…Then drunkenness is a great curse of officers and men…I can fully substantiate all I have written.” ~ John T.K. Hayward, Unionist and general agent for the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, August 13, 1861 in a letter forwarded to Secretary of War, Simon Cameron as found in War of the Rebellion: A compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Volume 3 page 459 Continue reading
The Kingdom of the Red Knights and their conservative opponents
The freight train coming our way, making this route for the thousandth time since 1973, travels with the speed and velocity of all the wealth and power of America, or so it would seem, and it’s nearly unstoppable by critics and skeptics and bystanders in the middle and working classes—and the farther you are from one of their cities on the east or west coasts, the less chance you have of putting up any noticeable resistance. On the other hand,that lonely distance from New York City to Tupelo, Mississippi or Lincoln, Nebraska or Show Low Arizona or Dothan, Alabama, allows for the development of a perspective in defense of American democracy, rather than a celebration of its increasing control and its impending demise within a system which preserves democratic forms. Continue reading
Remember when the downtown bunch was touting “Quality of Place”, in all likelihood it was one the first shots fired into Fort Smith by Agenda 21 and the “Sustainable” bunch. So when City Manager Ray Gosack and his enablers were using the phrase “Quality of Place” just what were they saying?
Parks Director Mike Alsup and Frontier Engineering are bantering around the new phrase “Event Nodes”…does anyone believe the aforementioned two or Gosack & his crew came up with that phrase? Not if you have one eye open. Continue reading
The epidemic of stupidity in the USA has risen to new heights with the widespread public, political and media support for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America invading the country from Mexico. Those protesting the way the government is behaving are being attacked.
The narrative goes like this: Oh those poor children and mothers escaping incredibly awful conditions want nothing more than a decent life in the USA, and why not? After all we are a nation of immigrants. How could we deny giving these suffering kids and mothers a place in our nation? Never mind the legitimate sanctity of our borders. Continue reading
For how many decades have politicians & bureaucrats gotten away with highway robbery of taxpayers by their hue & cry….BUT IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN? What great bait! And have perfected how to dangle & manipulate it. Few want to be seen as uncaring about “the children”….never mind that every program whether for education, healthcare, meals, et al has ultimately led to the dumbing down and the dependency on government by the children and their families, often for generations; therefore weakening the very fiber of American pride, excellence, responsibility and self-esteem. Continue reading
Throughout the ages, America has opened her arms and made room for a diverse mix of people and circumstances. We have overcome prejudices against women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and other racial minorities.
Our big tent has expanded to include gays and lesbians, transvestites, the handicapped, the blind, the stupid (Mostly liberals), Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, Jews, Hindus, and other religious minorities.
America has embraced “Our diversity is our greatest strength” as the national slogan in our multicultural potpourri of insufferable tolerance and political correctness gone amuck. Continue reading
Heartless depravity is the new American norm
The most remarkable — and disgusting — declaration I’ve heard in the past few weeks was the statement by the Ukraine’s new outlaw Jewish prime minister calling the Russian speaking residents of the eastern part of the country “subhuman”. This not only went well with the policies of Ukraine’s criminal ex-president Iulia Timoshenko, who advised using nuclear weapons against these same Russian speaking residents of the eastern Ukraine, but was right in line with the Jewish preference of dealing with non Jews throughout the world.
Kill them, then steal their property and give it all to your friends who helped you do the killing. Continue reading
Just about every day we get an e-mail or a phone call from some property owner who is at his or her wits end over falling afoul of some rule, regulation, law, or ordinance. They have exhausted their administrative and legal remedies, sold many of their possessions to fund the fight, or borrowed heavily against their assets and they are out of cash, out of energy and out of hope. In many cases, they face the loss of their property as well and left penniless on the street. Why? Too many laws! Continue reading
When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed the dusty streets and every aspect of our lives was governed by a most intricate Israeli ‘civil administration’ system – a less distressing phrase for describing military occupation.
Socialism was then an escape to a utopian world where people were treated fairly; where children were not shot and killed on a daily basis; where cheap laborers were no longer despairing men fighting for meager daily wages at some Israeli factory or farm; and where equality was not an abstract notion. But since Gaza had little in terms of ‘means of production’, our socialism was tailored to accommodate every lacking aspect of our lives. Freedom, justice and ending the occupation was our ‘revolutionary socialism’ around which we teenagers in the camp secretly organized and declared strikes on the walls of the camp in red graffiti, and quoted (or misquoted) Marx as we pleased, often times out of context. Continue reading
This, the third in my series of lectures on why our political system has failed to address any major problem for three decades—the longest failure of our democracy in its history, will be the shortest because I am confronting a subject of which I know very little. I am writing this out of respect to the Jewish Left which I have criticized as the main source of democratic failure in the first two essays. This one is the simplest of the essays so far, and the most impoverished, based on a limited set of readings and my extensive experience working closely with Jews on the Left. Continue reading
When I got home from work last night I checked my e-mails and at the very top of the list was a CNN News update saying that you were going to make a statement regarding the ‘urgent humanitarian situation’ along the Southwest border. All night long I tossed and turned because I was so angry I could not fall asleep.
You people created this humanitarian situation, and by ‘you people’ I mean every one of you idiots in Washington D.C…AND your predecessors.
I know your fond of blaming George W. Bush for the mess you inherited, and in some things you did inherit a mess. But you know something, you applied for the job. You knew what you were getting yourself in to. So stop blaming Bush. Do you remember a guy named Harry Truman? He was a President once. Well President Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The Buck Stops Here”. Why don’t you grow a set of balls and accept the fact that while you occupy the Oval Office whatever happens in this country is YOUR responsibility. If you can’t accept that then maybe you shouldn’t have run for office in the first place. Continue reading
“The fact is that there is a serious danger of this country becoming a pluto-democracy; that is, a sham republic with the real government in the hands of a small clique of enormously wealthy men, who speak through their money, and whose influence, even today, radiates to every corner of the United States.” ~ William Gibbs McAdoo (1863-1941)
This past month I traveled back to my beloved South to enjoy time spent with special friends, new acquaintances and cherished family. While there, a fact my mind has been trying to escape for a couple of decades reasserted itself: the South of my childhood days exists only in the memories of those of us who experienced them.
Where did they go? First of all one must come to grips with the fact that those were moments in time as opposed to a geographic location. Thomas Wolfe said it best in the title of his book: You Can’t Go Home Again.
The natural question then becomes; how did we get here from there? I believe a thorough investigation of the facts and truths of history will show that the battle has always been about the same ideals of Liberty, centralization, subjugation and control. Continue reading
Can I ask a favor? Could you turn off your TV’s, your cell phones and put on your thinking caps for just a few minutes and ponder the things I am about to say. Not that what I am about to say/ask will make a whole lot of difference in the end, but it will at least cause you to think about something that has been floating around in the back of my mind for quite some time now. Honestly, it won’t take long and it WON’T hurt.
First of all I want you to think about our Constitution; what is it and from where does it derive it’s authority?
Is it merely a list of suggestions, a guideline if you will, which our government may follow; is it something general, with the so-called general welfare clause allowing our government to take whatever measures it deems necessary to maintaining peace and prosperity for the United States?
Or is it the law by which all government officials are bound, (by oath I might add) to obey? Continue reading
As the sixth day of July nears the end of day, the time has come to explain what has been happening at the Federal Observer and why there are so few updates.
Three weeks ago my son and his family relocated to points East in order to be near her family – some of whom near the end of their fruitful lives. In addition – dealing with the constant flow i=of illegal invaders to the Southwestern region of this country has made any kind of a career nearly impossible – hence the need to get out of Phoenix. Enter Dad… Continue reading
“A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.” ~ William Hazlitt
A person, who claims to be a constitutionalist and votes for anyone whom they know has violated the constitution and therefore their sacred oath is like the person who claims to be a teetotaler because they only drink on the weekend.
It is absolutely impossible to support the constitution while at the same time voting for the lesser of evils or one candidate over the other because of party, friendship, personal beliefs, perceived civic duty or any other paradoxical vacillation of the emotional mindset. Continue reading