I am Sparticus

Not since reading An Army of Davids have I been inspired to believe that there is still a chance for right and reason to prevail in the USA.  Not since yesterday when I ordered the Kindle edition of Vox Day’s SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down The Thought Police.

SJW_200Seven years of being fundamentally transformed will do that to you.

And before that, eight years of the Bush administration refusing to defend itself against the relentless attack from the Left.  I mean, who can forget watching Alberto Gonzales getting bludgeoned in oversight hearings, or the daily press briefing with Scott McClellan.  They left it up to Right bloggers to engage in the hand to hand combat with the lefties of the MSM and internet as well.

It was hard, thankless work.  Still is, in fact.  Especially when your own party is too afraid of being called “racist, sexist, homophobe, islamophobe” to even put up a modicum of resistance.  And then, when we mount successful stands through the loose confederation of Tea Party alliances, we are undermined by our own supposed allies.  And they wonder why we won’t roll over on the Speaker election!

Who would have thought that the model for victory would be found in the Sci-Fi world, and in their close alliances with video gamers?

“Not I,” said the duck.

My heartfelt advice to you, loyal readers, is to spend 5 bucks and read this book. I finished it this morning, and I’m still in a giddy daze.

I am Sparticus.  I am the Leader of #GamerGate.

Greg Johnson has a compete review here.

 

 

This Lawless Administration

Everyone, by now, has heard of the IRS scandal concerning conservatives groups prior to the 2012 election. Thanks to Judicial Watch we now know this was an administration wide effort and was far more draconian than previously known.

From Freedom Outpost, Emails: Obama Admin Planned Criminal Charges against Political Opposition:

A previous report had demonstrated that the DOJ and the IRS were targeting conservative non-profits and in April there were more emails that demonstrated the collusion of the Holder Justice Department and the IRS to actually jail opponents to Barack Obama.

This is new to me, but sadly doesn’t surprise me in the least. It is quite typical of the tyrannical mindset of President Jughead and his partners in crime.

Also, at this point, we cannot say it was only politically conservative groups that were targeted by Jugheads criminal enterprise, it apparently was any group/person opposed to the administration’s goals.

It was reported a few months ago at the Center For Individual Freedom that IRS Tell Court:We Can Selectively Target Pro-Israel Group:

“that the IRS carefully scrutinizes all Section 501(c)(3) applications that are connected with Israel, and that these cases are being sent to a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”

Seriously, that was the position of this administration, which was also repeated in court. The Judge was not pleased at all.

Chief Judge Garland then admonished the Obama Administration’s attorney, “If I were you, I would go back and ask your superiors whether they want us to represent that the government’s position in this case is that the government is free to unconstitutionally discriminate against its citizens for 270 days.”

I grow weary of Jughead and his bandits, never a day goes by without some new information revealing how little they concern themselves with not only the law, but in doing what is best for America.

It won’t be much longer(Thank God) that this administration comes to an end. We can only pray and try to get an administration that truly cares for this country and the rule of law.

NTTIAWWI–Actually, TIAWWI

So the black robed tyrants have once again proven that they have a different copy of the U.S. Constitution than the rest of us and that we still must view them as the final arbiter on the law.

Not only have you never heard me mutter nttiawwi(not that there is anything wrong with it), you never will and I am far from alone on this.

The AG of Texas, Ken Paxton, issued a statement concerning the latest miscarriage of justice by the SCOTUS. A link to his full opinion can be found HERE in pdf form.
His summary is as follows:

County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may provide accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Justices of the peace and judges also may claim that the government forcing them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections, particularly when other authorized individuals have no objection to conducting such ceremonies, is not the least restrictive means of furthering any compelling governmental interest in ensuring that such ceremonies occur. Importantly, the strength of any particular religious accommodation claim depends on the particular facts of each case.

AG Paxton also stated that the various officials that refuse to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples may face legal issues and that his office will assist them, as well as “numerous lawyers” who stand ready to defend them pro bono. Certainly NWWT, IMHO.

In Alabama, Senate Bill 377 passed by a 22-3 vote and has now moved to the House. SB377 “would end state issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage contracts as an alternative.”

This is just the latest outrage perpetrated on this once great nation, the list is long. It is past time to fight the left, it’s time to Alinsky the left.

Sultan Knish has some excellent ideas on that subject which can be found HERE, along with this wonderful image.

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It is also necessary to continue to repeat that homosexuals represent a tiny percentage of the population, according to the Center for Disease Control’s National Health Interview Survey(pdf HERE), 1.6% of the population. It isn’t possible for that small a group, even if all of them were activists, to cause such a stir. It requires the concerted efforts by the leftists in this country to rip and tear away the fabric of our society by toppling the foundation upon which is built.

I will fight this agenda in any way I can. I will continue to mock and shun those who practice or support the practitioners of deviant sex.

They have the God given rights we all have and nothing more.

Liar Liar Pants On Fire

BeFunky_josh-earnest.jpgHe’s better at parsing words than Bill Clinton.  Quite an accomplishment, that.

Lately, he seems to be slipping.  I’m talking about White House spokeshole Josh Earnest.  He lies.  You know he is lying.  He knows you know he is lying,  and, he makes no effort to try and make you believe that he’s not lying.  He used to do that; make you think he was on the level, trying his best to get the facts straight, the truth out.

Now, he’s just a lying turd.  A big one.

When confronted with a question about the millions of Americans who will have to cough up close to $2 Billion in penalty taxes this year for not having their health insurance as required by Obamacare (which was confirmed by the Administration’s own Treasury Department, as well as the CBO) Earnest replied,  “I don’t think it is accurate to suggest that millions of people are going to get a tax bill as a result of this.”

I had to really parse this one to make some sense.  Then it hit me.  How many of you actually get a tax bill?  Very few.  We voluntarily comply, fill out the forms, write the check, and curse the bastards for their spendthrift ways.  Right?  We don’t get a bill, unless we get an audit.  And most of those are the letter variety anyway.  So, Earnest is technically telling the truth.  Millions of Americans aren’t going to get a whopping tax penalty bill this year.  Nope,  they’ll simply pay it on April 15, or have it deducted from any anticipated refund.

What a turd.  Eat it Josh Earnest.  And your boss too.

Call me an #AngryClinger

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You can call me an angry white man, clinging to my guns and religion.  I actually like this description.  It fits.  I’m an #AngryClinger.

I’m angry that death cult terrorists continue to kill and maim in the name of their religion and in the name of their god.

I’m mad that some Western theologists want to equate the god of the cultists with The LORD God Almighty.  It offends me.

By now, you’ve read about the latest mass murder in the name of the prophet of the death cult.  As more is learned, we will hear the same Western apologists making the same ridiculous statements that these murders have nothing to do with islam; that the murdered shouldn’t have offended the murderers; that a backlash against innocent moslems will occur by #angryclingers (who are basically islamophobes anyway); that conservative Christians are just as evil because they oppose special rights for homosexuals; and of course, that Israel is somehow to blame.

I have the solution to death cult terrorism, and it is very simple.  That doesn’t mean that it is in any way easy.  I’ll detail the solution in a future post, and when you read it, you’ll be amazed that no one thought of it before.  But, that’s for later.

Today’s exercise in evil by the death cult is only the most recent event that has made me angry.  I’m mad about several things:

  1. I’m mad that John Boehner is still Speaker of the House, and Congress is still for sale:  Business As Usual.
  2. I’m mad that some of the same people who said they would vote to replace Boehner, betrayed their supporters.
  3. I’m mad that Al Sharpton still owes an unpaid tax debt of over 4 million dollars, and the IRS has not moved to seize his assets or levy his income.
  4. I’m mad that nothing has been done about the politicization of the IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, BLM, ATF, VA, and others that have betrayed the public trust, committed acts of deception, perjury, obfuscation, concealment, political blackmail, to name a few, all with the knowledge and approval of the motherfucker in the White House.
  5. I’m mad that the 4th Estate has devolved into a 5th Column.
  6. I’m mad that the ones who see these things happening and want to hold the line against them are demonized and marginalized by this very same 5th Column.
  7. I’m mad that our government is over $18 Trillion in debt, with no end in sight, and the only way we are still managing to keep the lights on is because the Federal Reserve continues to monetize the debt through Quantitative Easing I, II, III, and soon, QE-IV.
  8. I’m mad that the above alphabet agencies continue to ignore lawful Constitutional oversight by the Congress, which of course is ignored by the 5th Column, and I’m mad that the Congress hasn’t raised hell about it.
  9. I’m mad that the racial divisions in our country have been stirred to the boiling point by professional agitators, race mongers, communists, and moslems, who have resorted to arson, assault, and assassination of police officers to achieve their goal of “fundamentally changing” our country.
  10. I’m mad that the 2 frontrunners for the 2016 Presidential election are named Bush and Clinton.

 

So, I’m an #AngryClinger, and I’m up to here. Tonight, I will say this prayer for serenity.

God, grant me the Serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

RINO spending bill Grubers the american voter

We are so screwed.

One of the provisions of the Boehner spending bill places the full exposure of the US derivatives market on the backs of the US taxpayer (aka the FDIC).

The bill would reverse Dodd-Frank requirements that banks “push out” some of derivatives trading into separate entities not backed by the FDIC.  Ever since being enacted, banks have been pushing to reverse the change. Now, the rules would go back to the way they used to be.   source

 

boehner spending bill-wapoThe FDIC insurance fund, which  guarantees $12 Trillion customer deposits in 7500 banks across the country is around $40 Billion, after going negative in 2009, and 2010.  This is still less than the statutory 1.15 % required reserve amount.  That amount is supposed to go to 1.35 by 2020 under Dodd-Frank.  IKR!

And how big is the US Derivatives Market?  Nobody really knows.  It’s a black box.  The estimate I’ve seen is $ One Quadrillion in notional value.  Estimating the amount of cash at risk using only 1%  still leaves an exposure of $10 TRILLION, which will now be backed up by you and I.

This is just the beginning.  Now that the get out of jail free card has been issued by the RINOs, we can only expect this market to grow unrestrained, like a weed in your flower garden.  Capitalism for the bankster profits, and socialism for the inevitable crash.

This isn’t what the Republicans were elected to do.  It is not why they were given the majorities in both houses of Congress.  It a complete and utter backhand to the voters who sent a clear message, received lip service, and received a giant Gruber in return.

Get ready.  It won’t be long now.

 

Cronyism Kills

Remember 2009?

The Obama regime promised a miracle economic recovery if only Congress would pass their mammoth economic stimulus bill.  Shovel-ready jobs.  Green, renewable energy.  Smart Policies.  Yada, yada, yada.

ebola=nurseThis occurred to me as I saw some of the new Democrat ads blaming the GOP for Ebola.  “Cuts Kill,” or something.

Some $80 BILLION in the stimulus package was devoted to green energy, much of which was directed to campaign donors and other friends of the regime.

In short order, many of those same companies began to fail.  As Ashe Schow notes:

So far, 34 companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy.

 

If you’re keeping score:  almost $8 Billion of the 2009 Obama stimulus bill went to campaign friendly green energy companies which are either failing, or in bankruptcy.

That’s enough to fund the CDC entirely for 15 months.

Cut’s Kill, my ass.

 

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New NRA ad campaign strikes the RIGHT chords

The new ad campaign launched by the NRA is different than anything I’ve ever seen.  I was watching the news the other day and saw an ad, it stopped me in my tracks.  The words spoken by the narrator could have been my own.

It was almost like the first time I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio, and I was pleasantly surprised that someone could so eloquently express the same thoughts that had been swirling in my mind for so long.

If you haven’t seen them yet, I hope you will.  Here are the two that I have seen so far:

“Service”
http://youtu.be/oZVHss44Gac?list=PLyaSPxNidLLv6bIdAyQaHEfSBMfe08u-K

“Safety”

logo“It takes courage to be free — a special kind of backbone to reject the world that surrounds you, to sign your name where everyone can see it, to believe that there is always a right choice and an honest consequence.”

“That’s what it means to believe in America. It’s time to believe in the good guys again. We are the 5 million men and women of the National Rifle Association of America.  Join us today.”

Dittos, NRA!!

 

related:

The Washington Times;

NRA Youtube

Bulletin: Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southwest Border

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

plato-o-plomoSpecifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source.  “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.   JudicialWatch.org

 

The time to come up with an effective strategy for dealing with these cretins is long overdue, but our current President of the United States is much too busy fundraising and playing racially divisive political games to bother.

When this attack occurs, the S.O.P. reaction of the Administration will be to first feign surprise.  Then, blame it on someone else, probably another intelligence failure.  We can be sure that no one at the White House will know anything about it until they see it on the Media.

I have developed a throbbing case of Obama fatigue.  To say his act is old is understated.

But wait!  There’s more!

ISIS document on SW border trhreat breitbartWriting at Slate, Joshua Keating offers the typical liberal reaction:   it’s a “baseless claim”.  In fact, most of those entering illegally from Afghanistan or Syria are probably fleeing terrorism.  ISYN

Breitbart verifies ISIS threat with leaked document. (how’s that for “baseless”, Joshua?)

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) was asked if there is any current interaction between ISIS and Mexican drug cartels he said “yes” and added they are “talking to each other.”  (Joshua characterizes this assertion as “ridiculous”).

Who cares about all this terrorism business anyway, when the real problem is …(wait for it) …global warming.

Gov. Perry Shows How To “Mug” For The Camera

The radical left apparently doesn’t care about optics, as long as they can get an indictment on a GOP politician that poses any kind of threat to their electoral designs.

If they cared about optics, the last thing they would want is to remind of us the drunken fool Rosemary Lehmberg who was arrested for DUI in 2013 with a BAT of .239(.08 is the legal standard).

Like this charming photo:
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Or this one:
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I know right? Any guy says he would “hit that” he means only with a baseball bat.

This drunken fool has now become a national figure and the new face of the Texas Democrat Party, which must be upsetting Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis.

Continuing with the optics of this political farce is today’s release of Gov. Perry’s “mug shot” at the same Travis County Sheriff’s office. He might want to use this one for any campaign ads he is planning.

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Besides the fact that Gov. Perry was using his constitutional authority that the Dems claim is illegal, and many liberal commentators are groaing over their charge, this event has not gone quite the way the Dems had hoped.

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20 Smidgens

“The Obama administration has lost or destroyed e-mails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years, in violation of federal law,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA).

prez-pezThe most recent scofflaw:  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilynn Tavenner
Joining Ms Tavenner in this Obama Administration Hall of Shame are:

  • Lois Lerner, Washington-based head of the IRS Exempt Organizations(who originally apologized in May 2013 for targeting conservative groups),
  • David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner
  • Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh,
  • Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe
  • Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens (who donated to President Obama’s 2012 campaign and  worked in the IRS Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati),
  • Nikole Flax, former chief of staff to IRS commissioner Steven Miller (Flax made 31 visits to the White House between July 12, 2010 and May 8, 2013),
  • Michelle Eldridge, IRS national media relations chief,
  • Nancy Heagney (Another Cincinnati-based Exempt Organizations official that worked under Lerner),
  • Julie Chen, agent,
  • Tyler Chumny, supervisory agent,
  • 9 others

 

digital evidenceEvidence must be collected and preserved to get any type of court to review whether laws have been broken. That job is impossible when the ones being investigated are the ones in power.  Lies, misdirection, stonewalling,  footdragging, and destruction of evidence:  We live in dark, evil, corrupt, lawless times.  It will get worse before it gets better.

I recall that a young Hillary Clinton was one of many Democrats crying bloody murder over 18 minutes of “lost” tape in the Watergate scandal, before she was fired by Jerry Zeifman. Why was she fired? In Zeifman’s own words:

“Because she was a liar.” … “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality,”

P.J. O’Rourke once said, “My Grandmother wouldn’t even speak the word ‘Democrat’ if there were children in the room, she’d say ‘bastards’ instead.”

Indeed.

 

special thanks to:  The DC, PJ O’Rourke Quotes, Hot Air, TPNN, NRO

The Sign of Jonah

But he answered and said unto them,

An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Matthew 12:39

 

christians-crucufied-syriaIn the ancient city of Mosul, Christians have been told they must convert to mohammedism, face the sword, or leave forever.  Christianity in Iraq is on the brink of extinction.  Churches have been laid to ruin, property plundered, and families brutalized and murdered.  The same in Syria, as reports of the crucifiction of Christians who would not renounce their faith have emerged.

 

 

Also this week the tomb of the prophet Jonah was destroyed.

The destruction of Jonah’s tomb was not an attack on archaeology. It was an attack on both those Christians living in Iraq today and on the rich  Christian heritage of the region.  (read more)

The sign of Jonah is recognized as representing the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.  I have no personal revelation that the destruction of the tomb in Mosul is in any way related to the Scripture that I quoted to begin this post, but it was the very first thing that occurred to me when I saw the video report on cable news.

chinese river turns redSigns and wonders….  How about the river in China turning tomato-soup-red in the matter of a couple of hours? In fact, blogger  Moar Kardoudi has documented several other yet unexplained recent instances of rivers running red.

Yet another European river turns ‘blood’ red overnight, this time in Northampton, UK 06 Jan 2014
Another European river turns ‘blood’ red overnight, this time in Slovakia! 03 Dec 2013
River turns blood red overnight in The Netherlands, 01 Nov 2013
Waters at Bondi Beach, Australia turn blood red, 28 Nov 2012
Yangtze River turns red, 07 Sep 2012
Lebanon: Beirut River mysteriously runs blood red, 16 Feb 2012

In America, the list of scandals and power grabs by President Obama grows longer with each passing week.  Presidential approval ratings have fallen to their lowest levels since the Jimmy Carter debacle, with no end in sight.  And yet, he keeps the gas pedal  to the floor, the Cloward Piven strategy stretching the nation to the breaking point.

With so many people oblivious to current events, blaming the blameless for their own problems and struggles, and captivated by the poisonous demogoguery of souless, sold-out politicians, how can our society do anything but crash and burn?

And so, I remain by day a businessman.  By night, a father, grandfather, and husband, trying to keep my head in a world spinning out of control.  King David once said that his rod and his staff provided him comfort.  With me, it is my carbine and my food pantry.

I fear this will end soon.  Badly.

 

 

Crash Much? 13 more IRS computers have crashed. Doh!

Let’s say our country had no current tax system and was in the process of designing a federal tax system, and there were two competing proposals on the table.  The voters had to choose between what we have on the books right now, with the mish-mash of 75,000 pages, stocked full of loopholes, contradictory language, and a thoroughly corrupt and politically intimidating tax enforcement agency, or a 125 page simple tax system that taxed consumption.  Which do you think the people would choose?  I mean, is there any doubt?  Whatsoever?

IRSFrom the DC: 

IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.

The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.

 

Has there ever been a better time to push for a total overhaul of the Federal tax system?

 

I think not.

 

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The Assault On Our Southern Border Wasn’t Spontaneous, It Was Planned

When I discovered how many ILLEGAL immigrants were flooding our border with Mexico and that they were primarily from Central American countries, I thought to myself…”now, wait a minute.”

My pause was directly attributed to my cynicism and my suspicions of the current criminal enterprise known as the Obama administration.

I just knew this entire fiasco was a classic example of the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Of course I couldn’t prove it, but one thing I learned from spending time on a farm was you didn’t need to see the dead rat in a barn to know there was a dead rat in the barn. The smell is confirmation enough.

Then my nose to the wind approach directed me to the blog Conservative Wife, where the author did some outstanding research and as her blog article indicates, our government initiated this mass invasion and was contracting for escorts/transport in late January.
planning an invasion

I strongly encourage you to click on the Conservative Wife hyperlink above, she has posted the entire requirements for the procurement.

I also encourage you all to forward this to others, and as she said, ‘MAKE THIS GO VIRAL.’

Who owns the West?

“More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

Who owns the West?

Who owns the West?

…The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.

“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said.

Fielder, who described herself as “just a person who lives in the woods,” said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.”   LINK

source: The Ultsterman Report

 

Ted Nugent Enjoys Some Play Time On CNN

I never watch CNN. NEVER. So it came as a surprise to me that the “Nuge” would appear on this network, though I know he has before with the soon to be departed Piers Morgan.

Ted appeared on a CNN show with some woman named Erin Burnett, who was oh-so serious about the most awful/hateful/racist things he said about our current President.  I’m certain she believed that her “gotcha” style journalism would serve as an ambush Ted could never survive.  After all, he had actually apologized for calling the President a “subhuman mongrel.”

What Ted understands about ambushes, unlike this Burnett person and far too many Republicans that appear on left wing news programs, is the most effective way to defeat an ambush is to charge the fire.  Which Ted did, mocking her and those she attempted to defend.

As outraged as this Burnett person was about his reference to a “chimpanzee” when discussing Hillary, I doubt she even noticed that President Bush was often referred to as a “chimpanzee” while he was in office, or if she did she thought it proper.

In any event, I need to thank the BirtherReport for providing the video segment with Ted, otherwise I would have never known it took place.

Who Owns Your Congressman?

Bought and paid for.

Who Owns Your Congressman?
Source: Masters-in-Accounting.org

Healthcare.gov: the latest excuse, oh my!

g-cvr-131107-obama-todd-545p.grid-3x2Isn’t it interesting how this latest excuse for the mal-performance of healthcare.gov fits so nicely with President Obama’s “burned by a website” expression of regret last night on NBC?

Could they be related? Nah… just a coincidence…. heh™

 

Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.
“ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people,” a screenshot from the tool, which was acquired by researchers at Arbor Networks, declares. “We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!”

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see also:     DDos Security Reports                ddos-call-graph

side note:  Isn’t it funny how commercial firms seem to be able to handle problems that have flummoxed the $600 million healthcare.gov website?

Denial-of-service tool targeting Healthcare.gov site discovered - Ars Technica_1383927670933Update:  It must be those dam teabaggers!  (heh™)2
One of the commenters on the source article has sherlocked his way to deducing that the source of the attack is from “someone older.”

Gingrich: “I can no longer endorse Gregg Harper”

Conservative Blogging Legend, Nuke Gingrich has concluded that 3-term Congressman, Gregg Harper no longer deserves the endorsement and support of common-sense conservative voters in the MS-3rd district.

“He hasn’t accomplished anything, he hasn’t done anything, and given the opportunity to make a principled stand, he caved faster than a spelunker on meth,” said Gingrich, amid fragrant clouds of Macanudo smoke at his southwest Mississippi compound.

“I should have recognized the bait and switch when Harper gained the support of the slimy Trent Lott.  I suppose I’m the victim of my own optimism.  But no more.  Now that Harper has shown himself to be an insider-Trent Lott Republican instead of a Common-Sense Conservative, I have decided that I can no longer  support him.”

gregg-harper-ms3Gingrich’s endorsement in the 2008 Republican Primary was seen by some as a pivotal moment for the Harper campaign, as polls which had been trending for his opponent, shifted dramatically and decisively in Harper’s favor.  He won going away.  It was an old fashioned whoopin’.

“I questioned Harper’s vote last week to end the battle against Obamacare, and politely asked for a response.  To date, Harper has refused to provide any answer at all, other than to send out a Press release, chock-full of fluffy piffle.”

Gingrich has provided the Blog with a copy of the note he sent to the Congressman in response to Harper’s “explanation” for the surrender vote, entitled “A Responsibility to Govern.”

October 17, 2013

Dear Congressman Harper:
 
Please tell me. 
 
Did you read the Bill before you voted for it? 
 
I understand it was an eleventh hour vote responding to a real or imagined crisis (this seems to have become the standard operating procedure, hasn’t it?).
 
Did you question the special $2.9 billion sweet deal for Kentucky?
 
Wouldn’t it have been appropriate to offer a clean, two-day CR to allow the Bill to be read by the Members, and posted to the internet as has been promised previously?
 
A Responsibility to Govern, indeed! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Nuke Gingrich
Somewhere in southwest Mississippi
CharlierossInterestingly enough, Gingrich’s old nemesis, The Club for Growth is making a splashy re-entry into Mississippi politics for the first time since 2008.  The CfG has endorsed a Primary challenger to veteran senator Thad Cochran.  Losing Gingrich’s support may provide an opening for the other recent favorite of The Club for Growth, Charlie Ross.   “I may have to go reconsider my position on CfG,” Gingrich painfully noted.

The government shutdown thread is now open

government shutdown 2

government shutdown

The Official Government Shutdown Thread is Now Open.

Snark, sarcasm, and shout-outs are encouraged.

h/t rayra

UPDATE:
from right wing news …

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Update 2:
dam you geo w bush

Update 3:

Ready for a cold shot of reality?  SRV style!

What Is A Police State?

Guest post, by Rodney Lee Conover:   Your ex-girfriend may have a nuclear device

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I hear a lot of people complaining that the Obama Administration is leading us down a path where one day we will be living in a police state.

I ask you this:  What do you consider “a police state?”  Does it mean residing a place where authorities are standing in your living room, watching everything you do and waiting to place you in shackles if you violate any new “thought police” statutes?  Is it like the old Soviet Union or the current North Korean regime?  What?

While you’re thinking about that, let me tell you where you live right now:  You live in a country where the Federal government can (notice I didn’t say “does” or “might” or “will”) can listen to every phone call you make, read every email you send or receive and track your movements once you step outside your home.  They can access your IRS information on how much you make, where you make it and your perceived intentions regarding tax-relation activity.  Soon they will have all your medical records and can see what you’ve been treated for and what type of doctor you’ve been to.  And they can do that without your permission…

jimclapperliarI’m not saying they are doing it. I’m merely pointing out that they can. And they now have been dragged kicking and screaming into admitting it in public, with the exception of a few lies in front of Congress by the head of the NSA, James Clapper (currently the Director of National Intelligence).  My question to you is simple:  What is a police state?

If for whatever reason, the Federal government decides you are someone of interest, they can, without any concern for your Fourth Amendment rights, investigate all forms of your communication, Facebook postings, Google searches, cell phone conversations, whatever.  And if they hear the right buzzwords (they decide the buzzwords) they can do the same to your friends, relatives, enemies, acquaintances, Facebook pals, whoever.

You know what I hear less and less of lately? That Snowden is a traitor. And for good reason.

I’ve been told over and over again that the NSA doesn’t spy on Americans.  Then they were, but they won’t.  Then they would but they couldn’t.  Then they did but they won’t anymore.  Now they just do.  This is about political power, not catching terrorists.  Grow up.  There is no time in this country’s history where the government has been given power and they didn’t abuse it.  It’s the nature of power and this is no different.  Need more?

A British newspaper, The Telegraph, is reporting that NSA staff has been using their technology designed to catch terrorists to spy on their lovers, past and present.  Yes, there’s nothing like keeping a watchful eye and ear on your ex, just in case they’ve decided to set off that nuclear device they’ve been building in the spare bedroom. The folks who swear they won’t abuse their power or use it in any way to further their careers or help a politician or oppress a fellow American in any way, are keeping tabs on what their love interests are up to.  Their phone calls, emails, Internet activity, searches and who knows what else.  I’m serious – who knows what else? Raise your hand if you think they haven’t been downloading Snowden’s hot girlfriend’s every email, photo, conversation and who knows what else?

spyingeverywhereI heard Dana Perino – someone I highly respect and admire – say that with all the intelligence they gather, the NSA is of course going to gather some information by mistake along the way.  But this is not an innocent slip-up. This is the deliberate abuse of power and denial of civil liberties guaranteed under the Constitution to their victims and all of us.  These weasels did not break the rules – they broke the law.

Until they are rooted out and held accountable, the NSA should not be in charge of anything.  The NSA is not about terrorism or spying, it is about gathering information for coercion, oppression and political extortion.  Raise your hand if you think every bit of information on President Obama’s enemies and potential adversaries are not being organized for use by the usual suspects – Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Plouffe – all of ‘em.  Go look up the Cloward–Piven strategy and get back to me if you don’t believe it.

What is a police state?

paul_lee_cruzI just hope that Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul haven’t searched anything online that can be used against them in 2016 because it will be.  I hope none of their relatives, co-workers or friends have done any research or looked at any subject that will allow CNN, the NY Times, MSNBC, CBS, The Washington Post and all the others to scream the headline; “REPUBLICAN NOMINEE’S UNCLE GOOGLE’S TOPLESS ACTRESS !”  Don’t worry; I’m getting to Hillary…

I’m not exaggerating. It’s so easy now – before you had to sneak into or know somebody at the FBI willing to give you 900 confidential files of Republicans, and then explain how they got in your sitting room with your fingerprints on them.  Or you had to be married to the President and the whole thing goes away – but still it was a lot tougher then.  Now you just Instant Message your buddy at the NSA; they stop listening to their ex-girlfriend talking to that guy she met at the gas station long enough to upload enough info on anybody to find something that can be twisted into a scandal.  Or maybe you need to intimidate, say, a Supreme Court Justice into rewriting ObamaCare so it somehow seems Constitutional?…”Just say it’s a tax or something.  What can they do – you’re a frickin’ Supreme Court Judge for life, baby!”…  Just being hypothetical there.

Here’s what we know:

  • Clapper lied to Congress, nothing happens
  • The NSA says they have broken privacy “rules” 3,000 times in the past 12 months or so nothing happens
  • Again, these are not rules; they are laws that were broken
  • The law states these violations are felonies which call for up to $250,000 in fines and five years in prison for each violation No one has been charged

This is what we know. Imagine what we don’t know? If this isn’t a police state, what is?  Twenty words or less.  Thanks.

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rodneyleeconoverRodney Lee Conover is a candidate for the US Congress in CA-8.  He is a self-described religious libertarian (small “l”), and a long-time friend of the late Andrew Breitbart.  His Primary opponent is incumbent Paul Cook, a Boehner devotee, who voted against Amash Amendment  which would have reined in the NSA surveillance program.

9/11/2013: This is the start. Count me in!

Reblogged from Karl Denniger’s excellent essay at The Market Ticker

I keep getting emails that are of the general form “you ought to run for office.

And I keep saying No.

Why?

Because when it comes to fundamental liberty interests there are two facts that nobody wants to talk about — but are inescapably true.

  • Free people need no “leader”; the very premise of unalienable rights precludes one, for the most part.
  • If you need someone to lead you to do the right thing you don’t deserve the fruits of doing the right thing.

This much is clear — the NSA isn’t going to stop their crap until and unless the people demand it and start holding government — and the private businesses that make what they do possible — accountable.

It has been proved that the people will not vote out of office even those who are known to have committed outrageous acts even when it happens days in front of an election.  I point to 2008 as the prime example of exactly this fact.

We all should be able to walk into a doctor’s or dentist’s office and plunk down $100, see said dentist or doctor, and have no record of anything transmitted to or kept by anyone other than us.  Today, this is impossible.

We should all have the 4th Amendment right to be secure in our papers, effects and lives, including electronic transmissions, until and unless there is a warrant issued detailing a specific alleged offense and identifying the specific items to be searched for or seized.  This includes our emails, it includes our phone calls, text messages and the location data generated as a necessity to provide us with mobile services, which we did not consent to be used for any purpose other than providing those services.  It includes no “automatic license plate readers” on cop cars, light poles and similar.  This is what The Constitution says; it is not a suggestion.

 

And we should all have every single law enforcement officer, who work for us and are paid for by us, have at all times a video and audio recording device on and working while they are on the job and the lack of any said record, any delay in turning over such a record, or any evidence of editing or tapering thereof with said record shall be cause for dismissal with prejudice of any charge brought by or through any act of said person irrespective of any other evidence, with one exception — if the suspect is the one who caused the record to be tampered with or destroyed.  We have two shining examples right here in NW Florida, one of a county Sheriff’s office that thinks shooting innocent people and breaking into homes without probable cause is just fine and a second city police department that appears to think that outrageous acts up to and including sexual assault, extortion and intentionally ramming a citizens car by sworn members of the force are ok as well.

All of these reforms we can have right now.

But none of it we will have until and unless we demand it and further, the only peaceful means we have of demanding it is to withdraw our consent and support of each and every business enterprise that makes possible the violation of our rights until and unless they stop it and stand against it.  

In short, we either threaten to and do destroy through peaceful and lawful means — the simple act of refusing to spend money — every single firm that does not stand with us or we deserve what we get as a society, and all who claim to me that someone should come and “save them” are going to see me erect the middle finger in response.

So here’s the challenge.

On 9/11/2013 if you run an Internet site you go dark.

If you use the Internet you go dark.

And whatever you were going to buy, whatever you were going to do on 9/11/2013, you do not do on 9/10, 9/12, or at any other time.

You get your friends to do it, or you decide they’re not your friends any more.

You get your business associates to it, or they’re not your business associates any more.

If just 10% of the people in this nation will demand and enforce these changes, they will happen.  They will happen because if they don’t and we demand and enforce that demand via peaceful, non-violent economic means we will destroy the businesses that have over-levered themselves under the premise that we are sheep and will not act in such a fashion.

On 9/11/2013, I will display this — and only this — on both The Market Ticker and Tickerforum.

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And then I will look at the results to see who also does this, and who not only unplugs themselves during that day but in addition does not simply shift their activity to the surrounding days.

I will know whether the claims that people “did” do it are crap or not from Internet traffic data that is collected in real-time by a number of firms and I will confirm it via 3rd Quarter earnings reports where I will look critically at the revenue numbers from all of the major retailers with Internet components in the United States, including but not limited to Amazon.

There will either be at least a 1% q/o/q decline on US revenues, or there will not.

And if the lawmakers do not respond, then in October it will be two days instead of one.  In November it will be three days, spanning Thanksgiving — yes, intended to screw “Black Friday”, and we will add to it no Internet purchases of any sort for holiday shopping.

And again, I will measure and see whether any material percentage of the people will get behind this.

From this data, preliminary and ongoing, I will decide exactly how far I will personally go in unplugging and walking off.  I will decide whether it is worth continuing to put forward effort in this regard — or not.

It’s time for me to throw down the gauntlet.

You either believe in what America was founded on, or you do not.

To paraphrase the band “Rush”:

If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice, and “no action”, in my opinion, answers the above question as NOT.

Domestic surveillance: It’s worse than you think

By Philip Bump, writing at The Atlantic Wire

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?

Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit.

michele-catalano-pj-media[T]hey were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. …

Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.

The men identified themselves as members of the “joint terrorism task force. ” The composition of such task forces depend on the region of the country, but, as we outlined after the Boston bombings, include a variety of federal agencies. Among them: the FBI and Homeland Security.

So, how did the government know what they were Googling?

Just a week ago, Congress voted down the Amash Amendment which would have reined in the NSA surveillance program.  As you probably know, the vote was extremely close.  My Congressman, Gregg Harper voted against it, and I’m none too happy about it.  What happened to the Catalanos could have happened to you, me, anyone.

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the newly announced GOP candidate for Senate,  also voted “No.”  Cotton described meta data as nothing more than a five column Excel spreadsheet.

“It’s in a lock box. It can’t even be searched,” he said. (emphasis mine-ed.)

A lock box?  Isn’t that what they said about Social Security?  They were wrong about that, and I suppose we see now that Tom’s conclusion was also wrong.  Bad wrong.

Enough is enough.

It’s high time to take back our status as free citizens of the Republic.

Stand up, America!

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The Right to Keep and Bear

Why is it necessary for a free people to excercise the right to keep AND bear arms?  This photo from U.S history explains it much better than I can.  (ht/native outlawz)

RKBA

My Confederate Ancestors Were True ‘Freedom Fighters’

How far we have fallen as a nation in the past 150 years.

Contrary to what most historians and uninformed educators have told generation after generation about the reason for the “War Between The States,” it was not exclusively about ending slavery.

I am a descendant of people who fought in the American Revolution against the British for freedom and liberty, as well as being eligible to join ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans.’ My confederate ancestors didn’t own slaves and didn’t want to, what they wanted was to be left alone by a Federal government that was intruding on individual and states’ rights…they wanted the freedom and liberty that this nation originally intended for its citizens.

Just as freedom loving American citizens fought to create this nation, so did the Confederacy fight to preserve those worthy goals. In the end, the Federals prevailed and the slow steady demise of our individual freedoms and liberties have continued unabated.

I have often thought of the historical significance of the “War Between the States”(a.k.a. War Of Northern Aggression) from many different perspectives and even more so in recent years, with so much discussion of the 10th Amendment. My thoughts were refocused yesterday on just what the conflict 150 years ago means to us today.

I came across a fascinating article, The Last Trench. It is too long to post in its entirety here, but I highly recommend clicking on the link and reading it to the end. I found it highly thought provoking and I quote the author’s final thought in the article and am in complete agreement:

To each and every foe of freedom and liberty in the federal government, let this message soak to your miserable bones: Your threats, your mistreatment, your unceasing attempts at intimidation, your arrogant abuse and slander of all that is holy, your raw brutality upon the helpless, your vulgar use of armed might upon the weak, your shedding of innocent blood, your rushing to a new world order of old world tyranny, none of this will save you from the justice you so richly deserve. Understand — you miserable pestilence upon mankind — that we shall do our duty as our ancestors before us. Know that we realize that we are now in the last trench. So step forward! Come! Our Colours await you — you need but take them from us…

Blood, honour, soil, faith and folk. Know ye then, enemies of liberty, that the last trench insures eternal memory and glory to those who stand in it. While granting to those who attack it only a miserable empty death for filthy lucre’s sake.

Come now our enemies before us! Drink of this cup we have prepared for you! And as you in your brutish force move toward us — understand that while we are in the last trench — you are in your last moments. Victory or Death — Live free or Die!

God Bless America and Go To Hell all filthy tyrants and usurpers.

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