Can we survive…

…Obama’s last months in office without civil war? A couple of articles triggered that thought as I perused the headlines this morning. In one article, I saw that the DoJ is funding a study about ‘right-wing’ use of social media. They’ve thrown in a few Islamic sites but the real emphasis is us, you and me.

Justice Department Studying ‘Far-Right’ Social Media Use

$585,719 study to combat violent extremism

BY: , June 1, 2015 5:00 am

The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.

The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.

“There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series of qualitative and quantitative analyses of posts from various forms of CMC used by members of both the far-right and Islamic extremist movements.”

The study draws more upon right-wing forums than upon the corners of the web inhabited by Islamist extremists.

“We will collect posts made in four active forums used by members of the far-right and three from the Islamic Extremist community, as well as posts made in Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter, YouTube, and Pastebin accounts used by members of each movement,” the grant said.

“The findings will be used to document both the prevalence and variation in the ideological content of posts from members of each movement,” the grant continued. “In addition, we will assess the value of these messages in the social status of the individual posting the message and the function of radical messages in the larger on-line identity of participants in extremist communities generally.”

The project will also “identify the hidden networks of individuals who engage in extremist movements based on geographic location and ideological similarities.” (This column continues at the Free Beacon website.)

Given Obama’s and Holder’s track record on curbing Islamic extremists, does anyone really believe the emphasis will be on them instead of you and me? I don’t.

The second article was about schools teaching “white privilege,” spending millions to the exclusion of funding other dire needs. Children are being taught that the root of all ills is “white privilege,” whatever that is. When I was growing up, I wish I had some. My father was a coal miner. My mother a school teacher. My father had, at best, an eighth grade education. My mother started teaching in the 1920s because she had a high school diploma. She took college courses all her life but never got a BS Ed. I’m sure she wished she had some “white privilege.”

What is happening is nothing more than indoctrination and the setting of false expectations.  If the children are taught failure is external, they will never look to improve themselves through their own efforts, “because it’s white privilege that makes you fail, not a lack of effort on the children’s and teacher’s part.”

Teachers complain, chaos reigns as St. Paul schools spend millions on ‘white privilege’ training

Steve Gunn , June 2, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Have the taxpayers of St. Paul spent nearly $3 million over the past five years to bring chaos and danger to their schools and students?

Apparently so.

In 2010, the St. Paul school district began a contractual relationship with the Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based organization that tries to help public schools deal with achievement and disciplinary issues involving black students.

PEG packages and sells the concept of victimization, for a very high price.

It claims that the American education system is built around white culture, tradition and social norms – aka “white privilege” – to the unfair detriment of black students.

PEG believes that black students will only achieve if school curricula are customized to meet their cultural specifications. It also rejects the concept of using suspensions or expulsions to discipline black students.

According to information provided by the district to EAGnews through a freedom of information request, St. Paul schools spent at least the following amounts on PEG consultations services over the past five years:

* $137,720 in 2010-11,
* $366,800 in 2011-12,
* $598,900 in 2012-13,
* $489,150 in 2013-14 and
* $285,895 in 2014-15.

The district also reported spending “matched amounts” of $132,072 (2010-11), $363,260 (2011-12) and $537,900 (2012-13) on PEG, without explaining what that term means.

Not long after PEG started working with St. Paul school officials, crucial policy changes were made, according to various news reports.

Special needs students with behavioral issues were mainstreamed into regular classrooms, a position openly advocated by PEG.

Student suspensions were replaced by “time outs,” and school officials starting forgiving or ignoring violence and other unacceptable behavior, according to various sources.

“The disciplinary changes came out of meetings with an organization called Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based operation that has been consulting with the district dating back to 2010,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The result has been general chaos throughout the district, with far too many students out of control because they know there are no real consequences for their actions.

A  local publication called CityPages recently told the story of Becky McQueen, an educator at St. Paul’s Harding High School.

“Last spring, when she stepped into a fight between two basketball players, one grabbed her shoulder and head, throwing her aside,” the CityPages article explained. “The kid was only sent home for a couple of days.

“In March, when a student barged into her class, McQueen happened to be standing in the doorway and got crushed into a shelf. The following week, two boys came storming in, hit a girl in the head, then skipped back out. One of them had already been written up more than 30 times.

“Yet another student who repeatedly drops into her class has hit kids and cursed at an aide, once telling McQueen he would “fry” her ass. She tried to make a joke of it — ‘Ooh, I could use a little weight loss.’ Her students interjected: ‘No, that means he’s gonna kill you.’”

McQueen now has her students use a secret knock on the classroom door, so she will know who to allow in, the article said.

It seems strange to me this indoctrination only seems to occur in metropolitan areas were the students are primarily black. In all these articles, not a word is said about the white students who remain in these schools. Aren’t they worthy of education, too? Or, is that reserved only to those with “black privilege?”

What programs like the Pacific Education Group accomplish is further division within the nation. When these children graduate—with a minimum of real education but a plate-full of indoctrination, they will ‘see’ the world through the indoctrinated bias. Failure is because of ‘white privilege,’ not due to their own efforts, or lack thereof. PEG continues to reinforce a culture of dependency, slavery to the government for a livelihood because those former students, now adults, are unable to provide for themselves.

What will be the result? Riots of course. Riots aided and abetted by the liberal, black politicians and activists who supports the mob against the agencies of law and order. In the case of Baltimore, the local State Attorney is siding with the mob to create more chaos.

And with chaos comes…what? Possibly civil war. We already see acts of civil war occurring daily in Baltimore, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, all the cities with liberal, black, local governments. Cities controlled by those unable and unwilling to do the job they were elected to do.

Obama has approximately eighteen months remaining in his term. The question is, “Will a nation-wide civil war occur before or after his term expires?” The cities are filled with false and unrealistic expectations. When the public trough runs empty, who will be blamed? You know the answer to that question as well as do I.

It could happen here

I was driving home last night from a meeting and was listening to the radio. The program was about the riots in Kiev, the tensions between the protesters and Putin, Merkel, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The show reported on the riots, the battles between protesters, police, security forces and the casualties.

A Russian expert, an academician from somewhere, stated that the western half of the Ukraine was no longer under the national government’s control. Only the Olympics and all the western media in Sochi has prevented Putin from taking action as the old USSR had done in East Germany, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. All the show participants agreed that Putin was starting a new cold war and Washington was clueless.

One of the more liberal, if that description was possible, participants on the show said, “That [anti-government riots] can’t happen here.” My immediate thought was, “Yet.” You see, there is already rebellion in some of our states. Not rebellion as in riots, clashes with police, firebombs, tear gas and water cannon, and gunshots.

No, these rebellions have been a quiet ones, so far. The state of Connecticut has, by the stroke of a pen, created hundreds of thousands potential felons. How? by requiring them to register their “assault weapons.” A few thousand complied with the law; an estimated 150,000 or more, did not. When it came time to register their weapons, they just stayed home…a hundred thousand or more refused to obey the law.

The penalty of non-compliance is a heavy fine and a felony conviction.

There is a similar situation building in New York state. The New York state government is threatening to confiscate ‘illegal’ firearms. Mike Vanderbeorgh, one of the bloggers who investigated the BATF’s Fast and Furious gun sales to Mexico’s drug cartels, wrote an open letter to the members of the Connecticut State Police. He also wrote one to the members of the New York State Police.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An Open Letter to the Men and Women of the New York State Police. The Deadline Approaches. What do you intend to do?

To the men and women of the New York State Police:

Deadline, noun:

1. the latest time or date by which something should be completed. “The deadline for submissions is February 5th.” Synonyms: time limit, limit, finishing date, target date, cutoff point

2. historical: a line drawn around a prison beyond which prisoners were liable to be shot.

The deadline for registration of semi-automatic rifles of military utility under the the wildly-misnamed “SAFE Act” is 15 April.(1) With this law, Governor Cuomo and the politicians of your state have written a check with their pens that they expect you to cash in blood. This blood could either be that of yourselves or that of their intended victims — the heretofore law-abiding firearms owners of your state — but almost certainly both. Apparently it is of supreme indifference to Cuomo and Company whose blood is spilled or how much, as long as you, the men and women of the New York State Police, work THEIR will upon the people of New York. I am writing you today to remind you that the deadline approaches and to caution you that it doesn’t have to be this way.

A couple of days ago I wrote a similar open letter to the men and women of the Connecticut State Police, entitled, “You are NOT the enemy (UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO BE.)”(2) It was so well received that many of my New York readers asked me to write one in a similar vein to you. As New Yorkers, I was informed, you appreciate being told the truth, directly, unvarnished and without much preamble, so I will try to make this letter as short as possible. Still, some introduction is in order since I’m certain most of you have never heard of me, nor is there any particular reason why you should.

My name is Mike Vanderboegh. I am one of the citizen journalists who — along with my friend David Codrea(3) — first broke the story of the Fast and Furious scandal on the Internet and who arranged the contacts between the ATF whistleblowers and investigators from the United States Senate, as well as media folks such as Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News. I have been a Second Amendment activist for more than 20 years and the Three Percent movement that I founded has been denounced on the national stage by that paragon of moral virtue, Bill Clinton. Three Percenters are uncompromising firearm owners who have stated very plainly for years that we will obey no further encroachments on our Second Amendment rights. Some of you, if you read this letter carelessly, may feel that it is a threat. It is not. Three Percenters also believe that to take the first shot in a conflict over principle is to surrender the moral high ground to the enemy. We condemn so-called collateral damage and terrorism such as that represented by the Oklahoma City Bombing and the Waco massacre. We are very aware that if you seek to defeat evil it is vital not to become the evil you claim to oppose. Thus, though this letter is certainly intended to deal with an uncomfortable subject, it is not a threat to anyone. However, it is important for everyone to understand that while we promise not to take the first shot over principle, we make no such promise if attacked, whether by common criminals or by the designated representatives of a criminal government grown arrogant and tyrannical and acting out an unconstitutional agenda under color of law. If we have any model, it is that of the Founding generation. The threat to public order and safety, unfortunately, comes from the current leaders of your state government who unthinkingly determined to victimize hitherto law-abiding citizens with a tyrannical law. They are the ones who first promised violence on the part of the state if your citizens did not comply with their unconstitutional diktat. Now, having made the threat (and placed the bet that you folks of the New York State Police will meekly and obediently carry it out) they can hardly complain that others take them seriously and try by every means, including this letter, to avoid conflict.

Like Connecticut, I have been informed that New York state authorities have opened a criminal investigation of me. This began when I visited your state the day after I gave a speech on the steps of the Connecticut state capitol last April entitled “Defy. Resist. Evade. Smuggle.” (4) Since that time, my friends and I have been regularly smuggling 20- and 30-round standard capacity rifle magazines into Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado and yes, New York. I have further irritated Governor Cuomo by sending him a sample magazine in my “Toys for Totalitarians” program. (5)

But as amusing as the Toys for Totalitarians program was, the issue is deadly serious. Cuomo is a typical politician — an empty, expensive suit that is merely wrapping paper for an insatiable appetite for other people’s liberty, property and control of their lives. But his appetites have moved us all, but especially you in New York state law enforcement, into a very dangerous undiscovered country. New York, like Connecticut, Maryland and Colorado, is now in a state of cold civil war, one that can flash to bloody conflict in an instant if someone, anyone, does something stupid. So please pay attention, for Cuomo and Co. have put all your asses on the line and are counting on your supine obedience to the enforcement of their unconstitutional diktat.

I have quoted about half of the open letter. You can read the complete letter at the website. According to Mike Vanderbeorgh, a state of ‘cold’ civil war exists in several states. Those ‘blue’ states think people will kowtow to the all-powerful government, whether it be federal or state. I fear they may be proven wrong if they persist in their citizen disarmament plans.

The Word

A word was spoken yesterday, in an open forum, by someone who is not a member of the media’s right-wing, extremist, whack-jobs. The speaker was Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute’s Director of Health Policy Studies. He was speaking before a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act (AKA, Obamacare – Crucis) as written. His statement was this:

“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government,” Cannon said. “Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.” — Mediate.

Revolution. Civil War. Scary words that should make everyone hearing or reading them have second thoughts on the consequences of their current, past and future actions. A second Civil War in the United States would make the Lebanese Civil War of the last century look like a walk in the park among cool breezes and playing children. No one who has seen war takes those words lightly, but they have now been spoken by a credible speaker, before a congressional committee. Once spoken, the words cannot be retracted.

The nation has been on this path for decades. It started under Reagan when the democrat congress passed laws to make differences in foreign policy a crime. An incident occurred call the Iran-Contra Affair. The prosecution of Ollie North was the result. North was convicted of accepting an illegal gratuity, obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and destruction of documents, but the ruling was overturned since he had been granted immunity.

From criminalizing differences of political policy to ignoring, failing to enforce law and selective enforcement of law, the democrat party has lead the country to this point—massive repeal of federal laws, abolishment of federal agencies used by democrats to persecute political opposition, and a restructure of the federal government to restore state sovereignty—or chaos and war.

The Republican Party has been an active partner in many of the actions of the democrats. They have ignored the wishes—the demands, of their constituents to maintain their personal positions of power in Washington. They are not guiltless, either.

Michael Cannon continued to say, before the congressional committee this final statement.

“That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate,” he continued. “If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they.”

“That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws,” Cannon concluded, “to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.” — Mediate.

Have we reached the point in this country when law become irrelevant? Many believe so.

No, I didn’t watch the SOTU

Unlike many of my political friends, I did not watch Obama’s State of the Union speech. Why? Because I don’t care to be lied to, again. Obama said nothing that would really prevent or even slow our nation’s slide towards a dictatorship. It is one, to a great extent, already. My fears of civil war have not been lessened. In fact when you read articles like this, it supports that fear and supports conspiracy theories that the FedGov is itself preparing for that war. Those fears are not relieved when reputable news organizations like Investor’s Business Daily agree.

Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo?

By Posted 02/08/2013 09:02 AM ET

In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.

Several other agencies of the federal government also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents’ required quarterly weapons qualifications. They must be pretty poor shots.

But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions. Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano’s agency illegally redacted information from some ammunition solicitation forms following media inquiries.

According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.

To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

The perceived need for so much ammunition in federal custody is especially strange given Obama’s double-barreled emphasis in his inaugural address on the approaching end in Afghanistan “of a decade of war.” And he also noted, “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”

The lack of a credible official explanation for such awesome ammunition acquisitions is feeding all sorts of conspiracy theories, mainly centered on federal anticipation of some kind of domestic insurrection. Napolitano has at times alluded to threats from the extreme right-wing.

My concerns become worse when Obama’s rubber-stamp of an Attorney General, Eric Holder, has no problem killing Americans using armed drones. Police departments in liberal cities and states are already using drones to spy on their citizens. There were reports that some California agencies had requested the use armed drones to hunt for Ccp-killer Chris Dorner.

There are others of a like mind, others writing for well-known news and opinion outlets that are more outspoken than me. Here’s a recent column that appeared in The American Thinker. None of us subscribe to the most prevalent conspiracy theories. But…when does coincidence shift to something more than just coincidence? Here’s one opinion.

Just Shoot Me

By William L. Gensert, February 13, 2013

These days, it feels as if a drone has been hovering over my house, and now that it is “legal,” as well as “ethical” and “wise” to kill American citizens from afar, I fear for my life.

Since our president has given new meaning to the phrase drone on and on and on, principled opposition to a president is no longer patriotic, and patriotism is no longer defined as fidelity to the constitution and the nation.

Patriotism, like truth, is now whatever Barack Obama says it is — and if he says it is patriotic to vaporize me and any other human being standing in my vicinity — citizen or not — then, who am I to object?

In any case, I have for years exercised my First Amendment rights of unprincipled opposition to a man I consider — hands down — America’s worst president. I suppose, taking that into account, my inevitability as a target became a foregone conclusion the day the EPA declared CO2 a pollutant. After all, I’ve been known to exhale. In fact, some have labeled me a windbag.

Considering all this, and the recognition that I can only hold my breath for so long, I should have realized that the administration’s implementation of a plan to speed my imminent demise was not only unavoidable, but desirable — for the collective good at least.

…and in the immortal words of Cristina Kirchner — at least, I think it was her — maybe it was another failure whose husband used to be a president:

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

There has always been a risk in speaking truth to power. I’ve always known this. But to hear the progressives tell it, as a white, former businessman, I am the power.

Funny, it doesn’t feel that way.

When I turn on the television, people like me are always the villain. When I open a newspaper, all I read is that I am the problem, having so bitterly clung to my guns and religion, while practicing unrestrained antipathy to the “other.”

You know, people not like me.

Every presidential address blames me and mine for the lack of success and outright misery his ascendancy has bequeathed upon the nation and its inhabitants, legal and illegal — if there is anyone actually ‘illegal’ any longer — well… except for those who oppose, obstruct and dissent.

You know, people like me.

It’s my own fault. My recent writing has been in support of letting the sequester go forward (an ironic word choice), in the hope (more irony) of helping to prevent the Obama juggernaut from proceeding unabated, and I have been very vocal in opposition to the man for almost his entire presidency.

My postman — previously a wonderful African-American woman named Paula, who coincidentally, lives across the street — has been replaced by a middle-aged, angry looking white man, remarkably, resembling John Brennan.

I have noticed that whenever I see Brennan on CNN, or any of the other Obama networks, he is nowhere to be found on my block.

Coincidence? I think not.

I have tried to avoid Mr. Brennan — he is, after all, the father of the president’s “leading from behind” drone policy — but, he simply will not let me do so.

The other day, he insisted on stopping by to inform me he would no longer be delivering mail on Saturdays. I thought that strange. Did he inform all of the other people on his route or just save personal notification for those who were marked by the president for assassination?

After all, there has to be others. Many people don’t like Obama. He’s Hugo Chavez, without the smarts, charm and poise, but seemingly, also without the expiration date as well. I would really like to see his fifth inaugural address, but by then, I will certainly be dust in the wind.

In any event, I now know that the unprecedented fire and brimstone of hope and change will, unexpectedly, come on a Saturday. The drone operator, undoubtedly a unionized government employee, will get overtime — it’s only fair.

I had better shut my mouth; this is the kind of talk that got me on the “kill list” in the first place. But then, they can’t really kill you twice.

The column is long and continues for a dozen or more paragraphs. Is Mr. Gensert’s opinions extreme? A couple of years ago, I would have thought so. Today, I’m not so sure. Regardless, we have been affirmed to be living under that old Chinese curse—to be living in interesting times.


I created a firestorm in a FB group today. It was not quite…unintentional. I knew there’d be some members who’d not like my post. Wow, was I surprised!

It all started with this:

“I seldom vote straight ticket. This year I am. Why? It’s easy. We need to remove democrats from office at all levels. Voting ‘Pub is the only way to do that.”

That statement was followed with a link to Michael Mahoney’s blog post.

3P Poll: McCaskill Up by 4, Libertarian May Hold the Key

Public Policy Polling’s (3P) last Missouri Senate survey shows Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill with a 4% point lead over Republican challenger, Todd Akin. Libertarian candidate, Jonathan Dine holds 6% of the Missouri vote.

3P’s survey indicates the Libertarian vote may be the key in a bruising Senate rate.

” Akin’s chances at pulling off an upset comeback victory may depend on whether Dine really gets 6% at the polls on Tuesday,” 3P said in its summary statement.

It appears that few, if any in that FB group, actually read Mahoney’s post. They keyed off my statement supporting voting straight ‘Pub ticket this election. Here’s one comment of several in the same theme.

“I would rather the Dems win the Lt Gov seat then have Peter Kinder win.”

That individual has a right to make that statement. It does, however, indicate why 3rd parties fail. It’s not that the 3rd parties have a better solution. Rarely do they. Instead, it’s more about what they are against. In this case a particular candidate. From the contents of some of the statements, it’s appears to be pure hatred.

The original post discussed McCaskill, Akin, and Dine, not Peter Kinder nor Cynthia Davis. I don’t know much about Cynthia Davis. I know she used to be a ‘Pub and after some flap about something, flipped to the Constitution(?) party. OK, that’s her right. But from my observations, the issue between her and Kinder isn’t political—that I could understand. No, it appears to be personal and those issues have extended to her followers.

The problem is that so many 3rd party candidates have lost sight of the goal—to remove democrats from office at ALL levels. Not just the federal one. Instead, they work harder against a conservative competitor than the dem. To them, it’s not getting rid of the dems. No, it’s blocking the ‘Pub that is more important.  That attitude helps no one except the dems.

Dine is polling 6% in the polls against Akin and McCaskill. If his followers switch to Akin, Akin will win. It all depends on those Libertarians deciding whom they detest more…the dem, Claire McCaskill, or the ‘Pub, Todd Akin.

If this election wasn’t so crucial, I wave my hand at the 3rd parties and wish them well. I’m not a pure ‘Pub myself. I label myself as a Tea Party conservative. However, this election is much, much more important—quite likely whether we can prevent a civil war in the future.

If the dems win or retain control of the Senate, that war will loom much closer. If the ‘Pubs win, we’ll push that event further into the future. Maybe, just maybe, it won’t occur.

I want that.

It’s Summer Time!

Officially, Summer will arrive this afternoon. Today is also the longest day of the year,  and, coincidentally, it’s my Father’s birthday. He was born 110 years ago today in Newcastle, UK.  More than a century ago.  I find it had to believe. If my Mother was alive, she’d be 108.  Wow!

My Father’s family arrived in the US via Ellis Island in 1904. At that time, Dad was the youngest of the six children.  A younger brother would arrive in 1912 but he wouldn’t survive his teens.

A century.

Look how much has happened in that time.  In 1904 when my Father arrived in the US there was only 45 states in the Union. Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico, along with Alaska and Hawaii, were still Territories.  Teddy Roosevelt would win a full term as President.  Just take a look at this snapshot of the US in 1904.

  • Average life expectancy was 47.
  • Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • There were 8,000 cars and just 144 miles of paved roads.
  • Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
  • More than 95% of all births took place at home.
  • 90% of all physicians had no college education.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • The five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia & influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke
  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Marginal Revolution.

Let’s add a couple of more.  The Income Tax didn’t exist. That wouldn’t arrive until 1912.  Senators were appointed by the State Legislatures, not elected.  Senators depended on the Legislature for their office. That meant Senators followed the instructions from their state or they would be recalled by the state. It was a prime factor that sustained State’s Rights.

Here’s a few more facts.

  • One in ten US adults couldn’t read or write.
  • Only 6% of all Americans had graduated from HIGH SCHOOL.
  • Coca Cola contained cocaine.
  • 18% of households in the US had at least one full-time SERVANT or domestic.
  • There were only about 230 reported MURDERS in the entire US.

What a difference a century makes.  It really makes you consider what our nation will look like in another century.  Will it exist? Will it divide into multiple countries like the breakup of Yugoslavia after the death of Tito?  Will it split along Red vs. Blue states, the welfare states of the Northeast and West Coast against the producing states of the South, Midwest, West and Southwest?  Will the Constitution still be the supreme law of the land?  Will the UN and NATO still exist? Russian and China in their current forms?

So many questions and no one has answers. I would say that most of us would want the US to continue but with a streamlined, more efficient and effective government. Unfortunately, there are so many who oppose our view.  Frankly, I foresee some form of civil war, to one degree or another, as being inevitable.

As Lord Acton wrote in 1887, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The statists have a taste of power. They will not release their hold on that power easily nor willingly. To that end, I’d suggest we take heed of the Coast Guard’s motto, Semper Paratus or Be Prepared.

Similarities of times past

Arriving in my internet news spider-web this morning was this little item.  Unions will be training 100,000 Occupy goons for planned disruptions this Spring and Summer. The disruptions are planned for that time leading to the Conventions and national elections next Fall.  This time the Occupy goons have official support from and the Teamsters.  George Soros and the Unions are publicly admitting what they did last year clandestinely.

Unions Plan to Train 100,000 Occupy Protesters

Katie Pavlich
News Editor, Townhall 

Welcome to Occupy Spring. The Occupy Movement has become more sophisticated, how? It now officially has big name backers like the Teamsters, and other groups.

Its 40 co-sponsors include big names the United Auto Workers, the International Brotherhood of  Teamsters,, and UNITE, the hospitality industry union.

When The 99% Spring was announced in February, organizers vowed to train 100,000 people. It looks like they’ll easily make that goal when their training programs kick off next week.

There are already 918 planned around the country. All the group needs is about 10 people at each session to meet its goal, and many of the programs have dozens of participants signed up.

The movement also has a professor, leftist activist Lisa Fithian, who has been training anarchists how to protest and break the law for years.

In her makeshift classroom in lower Manhattan, Lisa Fithian turns to a group of several dozen students, squares her shoulders, and issues a challenge: “Does someone want to be a cop and come get me?”

Fithian stands to deliver her lesson. “Of the two choices, running away or going limp, what does running away communicate?” she asks.

“Guilt,” several people say.

She smiles and nods. “Guilt.”

When it comes to civil disobedience, there’s often a right and wrong way to break the law, and one of Fithian’s jobs is to teach the right way to hundreds of newly minted Occupy activists.

All the Union and Occupy goons need are…uniforms.  Nice, brown uniforms. No, not the UPS brown uniforms. More like these…
Hitler’s SA, the Brown Shirts
If you have ever read any history of Germany in the 1920’s, of the rise of Hitler, Boehm and the Nazi party SA, you’ll see many correlations to Obama, Ayers, Alinsky, Soros, the unions and the Occupy goons.
The only difference it seems to me is that the current crop of democrat goons lack uniforms.