Saturday, March 7, 2009

Insanity at it's best! - Boxer and Durbin, Senators With No Ability Want To Give You A Raise If You Are Clueless

Attention all you managers at Lowes, Home Depot, Department of Motor Vehicles, The United States Postal Service, Airline Ticket Counter and Baggage Handlers, Wal-Mart Workers, and State Employees. Your job does not require competence and is only an illusion...says so right here! And further! You don't have any ambition! Skills? Forget it! You don't have any! least not 'real' skills!

Washington , DC - Congress is considering sweeping legislation that will
provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities
Act (AWNAA ) is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of
the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

'Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive
necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,'
said California Senator Barbara Boxer. 'We can no longer stand by and
allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this
legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to
a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what
they are doing.'

In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) pointed to the success of
the U.S . Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing
opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74 percent of
postal employees lack any job skills, making this agency the single
largest U.S employer of Persons of Inability.

Private-sector industries with good records of non-discrimination
against the Inept include retail sales (72%), the airline industry
(68%), and home improvement 'warehouse' stores (65%). At the state
government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent
record of hiring Persons of Inability (63%).

Under The Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million 'middle
man' positions will be created, with important sounding titles but
little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose
and performance.

Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given so
as to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable
employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to
corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability
into middle-management positions, and gives a tax credit to small and
medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every
two talented hires.

Finally, the AWNAA contains tough new measures to make it more difficult
to discriminate against the Non-abled, banning, for example,
discriminatory interview questions such as, 'Do you have any skills or
experience that relate to this job?'

'As a Non-abled person, I can't be expected to keep up with people who
have something going for them,' said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her
position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Michigan, due to
her inability to remember 'rightey tightey, lefty loosey.' 'This
new law should be real good for people like me,' Gertz added. With the passage
of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will
finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): 'As a Senator with no abilities, I
believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be
extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as
lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his
or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great
nation and a good salary for doing so.'

Friday, March 6, 2009

Gimmee, Gimmee, Gimmee...Whoopee, Let The Good Times Roll...While the country goes to hell!

I'm Tired. Very tired! - A tired Marine speaks out. - Special Edition From The Snooper Report

A Tired Jarhead Speaks Out

This was sent to me via the chat room today during the Blog Talk Radio show ... one more reason to Callin' All The Clans Together...just sayin'

I'm Tired

I’ll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them—with their own money.

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful?

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor;” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to. [...] go read the rest


A National Crisis - This man has to go...Any Judge Appointed By Bill Clinton Does Not Have America First

Judge assails cases doubting Obama's citizenship


WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship, lambasting the case as a waste of the court's time and suggesting the plaintiff's attorney may have to compensate the president's lawyer.

In an argument popular on the Internet and taken seriously practically nowhere else, Obama's critics argue he is ineligible to be president because he is not a "natural-born citizen" as the Constitution requires.

In response last summer, Obama's campaign posted his Hawaiian birth certificate on its Web site. But the lawsuit argues it is a fake and that Obama was actually born in his father's homeland of Kenya, even though Hawaiian officials have said the document is authentic.

"This case, if it were allowed to proceed, would deserve mention in one of those books that seek to prove that the law is foolish or that America has too many lawyers with not enough to do," U.S. District Judge James Robertson said in his written opinion.

Judge Robertson

The lawsuit didn't even use Obama's legal name but called him "Barry Soetoro," the name he went by while attending elementary school in Indonesia. It's one of many that has been filed claiming Obama is ineligible to serve as president.

Robertson ordered plaintiff's attorney John Hemenway of Colorado Springs, Colo., to show why he hasn't violated court rules barring frivolous and harassing cases and shouldn't have to pay Obama's attorney, Bob Bauer, for his time arguing that the case should be thrown out.


Help! It's getting hotter and hotter...

Goodbye California! - What part of this do you not understand?

Source: Investor's Business Daily
H-T G. Phelps

Who's Thomas Saenz?

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted Thursday, March 05, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Civil Rights: The open-borders crowd eagerly awaits the nomination of one of its own to a key Justice Department post, a man who has dedicated his life to promoting illegal immigrant "rights."

President Obama is expected to appoint Thomas Saenz as the nation's top civil-rights enforcer. It's a key appointment because Obama has promised to "reinvigorate" the division Saenz will lead. And the Civil Rights Division carries a wide-ranging portfolio, covering everything from hate crimes and police misconduct to voting rights and redistricting laws.

All this power will likely be turned over to Saenz, who was a top lawyer for a radical Hispanic group that wants to cede California to Mexico. Saenz is credited with killing Proposition 187 in California against the wishes of 60% of voters. That law would have denied welfare to illegals.

At the time, Saenz was vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, whose co-founder has exulted: "California is going to be a Mexican state, we are going to control all the institutions. If people don't like it, they should leave."

Saenz has also sued California cities to establish "hiring halls" for illegal day laborers so that they can have a place to urinate. In fact, protecting day laborers against "anti-immigrant" sweeps is one of his top priorities.

He has agitated for "a federal court decision which would settle (the issue) for all time," and now he may have his way. Loitering illegals may soon have total freedom to harass store customers and drink and relieve themselves in public.

He would also crack down on local law enforcement officials who help ICE deport illegals. When the LAPD tried such collaboration, Saenz demanded "punishing all wrongdoers."

In fact, the way Saenz sees it, no illegal alien should be rounded up. (Note from Norm: time to round up Saenz for breaking the law he's suppose to enforce)

"Currently in California, thousands and thousands of people live in fear because of widespread Border Patrol sweeps," he said. "It is critical that comprehensive immigration reform includes nondiscrimination against people on the basis of immigration status."

By reform he means amnesty. "At a certain point," he said, referring to the 20 million illegals in the U.S., "people have earned a right to stay here with their families."

In addition to amnesty, he wants to give them full access to government benefits, including Social Security. "We treat undocumented immigrants as a separate class from which we take and do not give," he complained.

Obama ran on a promise of uniting all Americans, not those who broke into the country illegally, and his selection of Saenz couldn't be more divisive.

And now, with Mexican drug-gang violence spilling across our borders, this certainly is no time to put an open-borders extremist in charge of policing police.


"...and perhaps even concentration camps." - "One of the first thing the Obama Administration did was to legitimize their existence."

Lead in by BrassCheckTV

The gloves come off During the Bush Administration, FEMA was given hundreds of millions of dollars to retrofit former military bases and other existing infrastructure so they can be used as "camps."
Not camps as in summer camps. Camps as in prison camps and perhaps even concentration camps.
One of the first thing the Obama Administration did was to legitimize their existence.
These camps, which can be found in every state in the union, currently sit empty and are intended to be pressed into service in the event of an "emergency."
Funny that we've made it over 200 years without needing a national network of on-demand concentration camps.
Why do we need them now?
It's been suggested they've been built to deal with a massive influx of illegal aliens.
My guess is they were built with the knowledge that the US is going to experience a severe economic dislocation that is going to:
a) require the suspension or serious reduction of social welfare payments (i.e. millions of suddenly desperate people in the streets) and
b) financially wipe out tens of millions of formerly middle class Americans who are going to realize more or less all at once that their futures have been stolen from them by the people at the topIn other words, the crooks are covering their bets.
When governments have money, they buy peace with social welfare programs.
When they run out of money, as the US is doing, the gloves come off.
Or we can hope that these camps, built by Halliburton subsidiary KBR, were just another way for Cheney to rip off the country for his friends.
Of course, nothing prevents both scenarios from being accurate.


Pool Anyone?


Help me! Help me! I'm dying and I can't get up!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

"Informing and alerting the American people." per order of President John F.Kennedy

Many have been skeptical of me for so many years...and so be it! For I have known about these things for a very long time...I've witnessed the things that I have talked about...I've studied thousands of pages and many books...and the list goes on. I know why President John F. Kennedy was killed and I'm quite sure I know why his killer was killed, and why the killer of the killer died so mysteriously in the hospital... And you're still skeptical! And I'm still sending you warning after warning...just hoping you will wake up! You don't even remember me saying that famous quote, "From Cassandra to Jesus Christ, it is amazing how often the doomed choose to ignore those who warn them of their coming fate." "...warn them of their current fate." Did you read those words again...and again? Your coming fate is about to hit you broadside! Yet the doomed (you) choose to ignore those who warn...(me)
I'm not the only one warning you of your coming fate. Others before me tried to warn you and you didn't listen then...not even to President John F. Kennedy! He tried to warn you and look what fate had in store for him. And if America does not rise to the occassion, I fully expect to meet the same fate as JFK, simply because I'm warning you. Here, listen to JFK speak of the very dangers I've told you about for the last several years. - Norman E. Hooben

ps: You should watch this video no less than ten times...until it sinks in! or until Google decides to remove it.

The Hudson River this what happened?

The above video is a re-enactment of what might have happened.


Two Guys


Barney Frank Gets Nervous At The End And Cuts Him Off


When are we going to ask Obama and ALL of his cronies to step aside? - at least we have some honest people from Illinois...Congressman Manzullo!

Wake up you Obama crazies! Is THIS what you voted for! Crooked, unconscionable, scum bags! The scourge of humanity! (Just look at Kashkari squirm in his seat!)


You ain't no Abe Lincoln...

So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln, and you ain't him."

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

.....Abraham Lincoln

Attn: IP Address 98.110.252 Which agency are you with?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Obama Hates The Military...hates them with a passion!

Update #3 (if this isn't the nail in the coffin proof that Obama hates the military I don't know what is!):
Update #2: See More Proof That Obama Hates The Military ...a real insult to injury

Then go here and click on the sound bite.

Posted by Norman E. Hooben - March 5, 2009

Obama hates the military. Or haven't you noticed? All you Obama lovers better get your observation skills honed. To begin with, Obama is a student of Saul Alinsky (and if you don't know that by now, you're either deaf, dumb, and blind or plain damn stupid) and all Alinsky students lie...all the time! (Don't tell me you already forgot the Clintons!) What was it? Back in September, Obama denied and criticised The Surge in Iraq as if it was the worse military decision of all time (also listen to Biden's words). What did he do just the other day? He praised The Surge as the greatest accomplishment of the Iraq war...speaking at the Marine Base in North Carolina trying to earn favor from the troops (see video here ) ...also note the sullen look on the faces of the troops...nobody trusts this guy. Further, Did you see Obama going through the reception line at his so-called first address to the nation? Happy as a pig in mud, shaking hands and smiling with all his communist friends...until, that is, when he got to the high ranking military officers. Did you see that sudden change in demeanor? Half-a-smile or none at all...not even a hand shake. Then once past the officers...repeat the pig in mud line here! Oh, and before I forget. The recent stimulus pork-package...pork, pork, for all the dorks but cut the military by ten percent. I guess you Obama crazies would call that, "love of the people in uniform" (another Alinsky-ism).

And now comes one of the biggest military-hate stories coming out of the White House. Do you remember that saying, "All the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands...." ? Well that's a clear definition of Obama. Now with his praising of the military and military veterans he wants to lessen their health benefits and increase the fees for medical services (something that was always free to veterans until Clinton came along). Here's the story:

Vets Object To Billing Private Insurance For Service Injuries
From CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Veterans groups are warning President Barack Obama against going ahead with a possible administration move to charge veterans' private health care for service-related injuries.

Veterans groups say it's "wholly unacceptable" to charge their private insurance for service injuries.

In a letter sent by 11 of the most prominent veterans organizations, the groups warned that the idea "is wholly unacceptable and a total abrogation of our government's moral and legal responsibility to the men and women who have sacrificed so much."
CNN obtained a copy of the letter sent to the White House last Friday by groups including The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Read the letter (PDF)
A White House spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the option is being considered.
"The details of specific proposals will be transmitted with the full submission in April. The president has made it clear that meeting the needs of veterans is one of his priorities, and as a result has requested an 11 percent increase in discretionary funding for 2010, and the administration is actively working with the veterans community to ensure we get the details of this budget right," said White House spokesman Nick Shapiro.
In the letter, the groups said they have been told by sources on Capitol Hill and at the VA that the idea under consideration would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to bill health insurance for a treatment of a disability or injury that was a result of military service.
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Obama seeks tax hike, higher Medicare payments
Veterans groups letter to President Obama
The argument for the proposal is that it frees up money for the VA by charging the private insurers, allowing the VA to spend on more services, said Joe Violante, legislative director for Disabled American Veterans, who opposes the idea. While there could be savings, Violante warned it also could lead to an increase in premiums for veterans with private coverage.
""We cannot and would not agree to any proposal that would expand this concept any further," the heads of the 11 groups wrote in the letter.
"While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable."
Currently, veterans' private insurance is only charged when they receive health care from the VA for medical issues that are not related to service injuries, like getting the flu.
Charging for service-related injuries would violate "a sacred trust," said Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joe Davis. Davis said the move would risk private health care for veterans and their families by potentially maxing out benefits paying for costly war injury treatments.
It could also make it harder for veterans to get private insurance if the companies decide to reject them for pre-existing conditions, rather than be billed for service-connected injuries, Davis said.
"This seems like bad politics and bad policy," said IAVA Policy Director Vanessa Williamson, noting that every veterans group opposes it and warns it will adversely affect veterans. "I don't see this as a tenable option."


See also "Disrespectful activity out of the Obama White House goes to the top of the list." - more of Obama hates the military

See also  Obama's Memorial Day Multiple Choice Quiz

See also O Cancels Memorial literally and figuratively to those "who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country"

Less We's still going on...and Obama will do expected!

From Tucson Weekly
H-T 'Hoot' Gibson

"The press makes it sound as if they're all hard-working, wonderful people..."


The Chiricahua Corridor

Drug-trafficking and crime victimize residents and destroy the environment along the Southern Arizona-New Mexico border


The Chiricahua Corridor
Leo W. Banks
These peaks above Portal are called Twin Peaks. The illegal alien trail goes along Horseshoe Saddle and drops to the base of the peaks into South Fork.
The Chiricahua Corridor
Leo W. Banks
The remains of a dead cow at Jackwood Pass, high in the Chiricahuas. Illegal aliens walk over the mountains in the background.
The Chiricahua Corridor
Leo W. Banks
Medications and supplements used by illegal aliens in the Chiricahua Corridor.
The Chiricahua Corridor
An illegal alien camp at Burro Springs in the Chiricahua Mountains.
The Chiricahua Corridor
Leo W. Banks
Part of the illegal dumpsite at Burro Springs in the Chiricahuas.

The roar of an ATV is hard to miss at 3 a.m. on a dark night in the Chiricahua Mountains. The sound carries a mighty distance, ricocheting through the canyons--and to anyone living in that place, in these times, it's recognized immediately as the sound of trouble.

So it was the night of July 16, when an ATV, almost certainly loaded with drugs, rumbled north across the Mexican border. It likely crossed the line on the west end of the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, east of Douglas, came north along Black Draw through the heart of the San Bernardino Valley, then swung west across State Highway 80 into the Pedregosa Mountains.

From there, the smuggler bulled his way north through draws and washes up to Rucker Canyon on the west side of the Chiricahuas, possibly as far as Turkey Creek. It was a mad dash for sure, and the best evidence indicates he rode the entire distance, as much as 40 miles, in a single night, his wheels turned backward to foil trackers.

Residents view the ATV incursion, the first of several, as an escalation in an already intense battle with smugglers working the so-called Chiricahua Corridor. Perhaps optimistically, some view this pathway through southeast Arizona as one of the last wide-open border smuggling routes, and they fear the traffickers will grow more desperate as they fight to keep it open.

Already, residents have had to make room in their lives for everything the traffickers bring with them--suspicion, constant watchfulness, vandalism and break-ins. As a matter of course, few people dare leave their homes without a sitter. Alex Stone, a helicopter specialist for the Forest Service who owns a house near Portal, on the east side of the Chiricahuas, says flatly, "If you leave your house empty, it will be occupied."

Law enforcement? Border Patrol might be an hour away on a good day, and on a bad day, residents have to fend for themselves when the agency dispatcher in Douglas says, as sometimes happens, "Sorry, we have nobody to send."

The traffic has also brought to the Chiricahua Mountains, one of Arizona's special places, the same ugliness we see in other sanctuaries closer to the border: Piles of trash now foul major canyons and waters in the northeastern part of the range. Erosion bedevils established hiking trails, and illegals are making new trails in areas as high as 9,000 feet.

What's happening in the corridor challenges the government's campaign of using this year's decrease in arrests, nearing 25 percent in some areas, to convince citizens they're finally getting the border under control. It also shows the relentless northward march of the smugglers. After all, those who cross the Chiricahuas and walk all the way to Interstate 10, at the northern end of the corridor, have trekked nearly 70 punishing miles--evading law enforcement--putting them deep into the United States.

The siege of the Chiricahuas can best be described as a low-level guerilla war, intermittent but always simmering, the scenes of trouble shifting regularly.

How much it affects your life depends in part on luck. One family can live in relative peace while a close neighbor, a mere mile away, finds himself caught in a genuine nightmare, because his home sits along a smuggling trail. It's that way in Portal, on the northeastern slopes of the Chiricahuas, a quaint and cool town of pickup trucks, funny hats, a general store from a different century and bird-watchers from a different planet. They flock to this part of the Chiricahuas hoping to catch a glimpse of the Elegant Trogon, or some other airborne superstar, and to them, Portal looks like paradise.

It doesn't look like a bull's-eye in the border war. But illegals and drug smugglers have opened trails that spider-web the town, 46 miles north of the line. Those who live in the village proper will tell you life is good, and on most days, it is. There are enough people, and enough eyes, to keep the worst of the illegal elements at bay. Move into the outlying areas, though, and it's a fight for survival.

In March 2007, Stone, whose house sits a mile and a half outside Portal, went on a bicycling vacation in the east, leaving his place empty. Drug runners broke in and basically took up residence for five days. They found Black Angus steaks in a freezer and grilled them on the stove. They dismantled Stone's 8-inch mirror telescope, pulling out lenses and undoing all of the tiny screws, possibly because they were stoned. They left a brick of marijuana atop his desk in the living room.

They drove away in his pickup truck, loaded down with two motorcycles, a stereo, pots and pans, 30 years worth of tools and his shower curtain. They made $1,700 in calls to Agua Prieta, Mexico, and left the place trashed. No one noticed. The nearest neighbor lives 800 feet away, and that house faces the other way.

"I built the house myself, and that was hard to come home to," says Stone, adding that he got none of his stuff back, although MCI did forgive the phone bill. "But break-ins are a fact of life now in that vicinity."

Some in the area have responded by turning their homes into forts. One man described for the Tucson Weekly the steps he has taken to secure his house--installing metal shutters over windows and doors; burying gas lines and a propane tank; concealing all water valves or placing them under lock and key. He also rigged his vehicles so they'll turn over but not start, tricking thieves into thinking the battery is dead.

"I've spent a lot of time the past few years trying to think like a criminal," he says.

Like many of the more than 35 people interviewed for this article, this man asked for anonymity. Everyone in the Chiricahua region follows the cartel violence in Mexico, where grotesque blood-letting has become routine. In June and July alone, four Mexican cops were murdered in Agua Prieta, Douglas' sister town, and several more crossed into this country for asylum, according to a recent Washington Times article. The paper cites a report--by the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center and the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Investigative Support Group--warning that cartel turf wars are spreading into the United States.

News like that travels the corridor like a virus. So do reports of traffickers threatening ranchers if they work with law enforcement.

It has happened. The legal Mexican workers of some ranchers have also been compromised--by druggies threatening to kill their families in Mexico--which flips a cowboy's loyalty. Bottom line: Everyone in the corridor knows that cartel soldiers could be in their backyards tonight.

Even so, the man quoted above doesn't base his desire for anonymity on fear. He's not afraid. But between 2001 and 2006, his home on the east side of the Chiricahuas was broken into 15 times, and he believes it's important to live defensively.

He says: "People in cities have no idea what's happening out here. The volume of traffic is huge, and we never know who we're dealing with. We don't know who's coming into the country, and we don't know who in the community is sympathetic to illegal activity. These break-ins usually occur when they know people are gone. So I assume they're watching our homes. Everything is blurred. A lot of these illegals are also drug mules. When people say it's just someone looking for a job, I always ask, 'Why would you break into someone's house if you're looking for a job?'"

And if you're looking for a job, why steal someone's guns? Ed Ashurst manages an 84-square-mile ranch on the east side of the Chiricahuas, near the tiny town of Apache. On March 6, thieves broke into his home and made off with $5,000 worth of guns, including an AK-47, as well as jewelry, credit cards, Social Security cards and all of his clean socks. The thieves were never caught, and Ashurst's guns are still out there.

But the episode continues to rankle because of what happened later that day. Ashurst called the Border Patrol to tell them he'd found the thieves' tracks, and to ask if they could please send agents back. No one came. Three hours later, Ashurst called again and asked the shift supervisor why they hadn't responded. "I was told if there's somebody out there with an AK-47, don't bother calling us, because we're not coming," says Ashurst. "He wouldn't put his agents in that kind of jeopardy. I said, 'Then what good are you?'"

In recent months, the worst of the traffic has shifted to the west side of the Chiricahuas, where the number of break-ins has been shocking. Those who commit them are either illegals or drug mules who've gotten lost, or perhaps Border Patrol has jumped them and they've quailed in 10 directions. After a while, they get hungry and start kicking in doors looking for food. Nobody who breaks into a house is harmless, and that's especially true in border country. As Border Patrol reports, 10 to 15 percent of arrested illegals have criminal records in the United States.

This new boldness jacks up the nerve level. Twice last year--in January and December--an elderly woman living on the corridor's west side encountered men she believes were druggies trying to break into her house--while she was inside. In the first episode, at 10 a.m., two men tried to force open the glass door in her dining room. In the second, they pounded on her carport door, planning, she believes, to rush in if she opened it. The woman says she now lives frightened in her own home.

The December episode occurred days after home break-ins in nearby Pearce and Elfrida, both of which abut the corridor to the west, and a third in Willcox to the north. The four thieves, who'd crossed from Mexico, stole firearms in the Elfrida and Willcox jobs and used them in the Pearce episode, which proved especially dangerous. Three of the men invaded the guest house of a 58-year-old woman and tied her up in her bathroom at gunpoint. She was able to get free after the men left. The alleged perpetrators were caught the next day, Dec. 6, and charged with a number of felonies.

Several west-side ranchers talked to the Weekly about this new wave of trouble. One rancher, sitting at his kitchen table, told of suffering three break-ins between June and August--one at home, two at his garage. This fellow also rattled off the names of neighbors similarly besieged. One has been hit three times in the past three months, another twice. A third, the prize winner, has had nine break-ins over the summer.

This rancher, who doesn't share Ashurst's view of Border Patrol, says: "We're targeted here on the west side of the Chiricahuas, because Border Patrol is few and far between. They're busting their butts trying to help us, but they have no backup, and they're frustrated to no end. There aren't enough of them.

"What really worries me is what's happening in Mexico. The cartels are going into ranches on the Mexican side, around Juarez,and saying, 'We're taking over; shut your mouth, or we'll shoot you.' We're afraid that's going to start happening on this side.

"If we get our names printed, we might wind up on some cartel list. We're not scared, and we're not running. But the situation is getting worse, and we need to be very careful."

The Chiricahua Corridor has for decades been a major pathway into the U.S. from Mexico. It begins at the Mexican line east of Douglas, with the Geronimo Trail forming much of its southern boundary. This 32-mile gravel road runs along the border east from downtown Douglas out to the New Mexico state line.

The corridor's eastern boundary extends beyond the state line into Hidalgo County, N.M., and north beyond the little town of Rodeo, N.M. Arizona's Swisshelm Mountains and State Highway 181 form the corridor's western side. The north is bordered by I-10 and the tumbleweed towns of San Simon and Bowie, which the coyotes use as pickup destinations.

In its early years, in the '60s, '70s and into the '80s, the corridor's main trail was Stateline Road, a dirt track running north from the border along the boundary between Arizona and New Mexico. Most of those walking it were farm laborers from Chihuahua.

Louie Pope, who has lived in the Chiricahuas all his life, says that up until 1986, when it became illegal to hire them, he'd sometimes offer these men wages to do jobs around his ranch. He says they were good workers and good people; the Popes gave them the run of the place. They taught his children how to speak Spanish and how to cook tortillas, and the family never had a worry.

He tells of once hiring some of them to build a cattle guard. The workers included an older fellow whom Pope called the Maestro. He was returning to Mexico after doing seasonal labor in the fields around Safford. With the cattle guard complete, the Maestro resumed his trip home, not realizing he had Pope's tape measure in his pocket. The next year, on the way up to Safford again, he stopped at Pope's house to hand over the tape measure.

"That's how honest these guys were," says Pope.

But those days are gone. Residents stressed to the Weekly that these farm workers have been, to a large extent, replaced by drug mules and their handlers--men with tattoos, piercings, AR-15 assault rifles, black camis, expensive boots and water bottles painted black to keep them from glowing in the moonlight.

They'll do anything to get their loads through, including roaring down Geronimo Trail at high speeds, sometimes running citizens off the road. Nothing is beyond being stolen. In February, a $270,000 Caterpillar road grader belonging to Cochise County disappeared from Geronimo Trail. The thieves got it started, but couldn't figure out how to raise the blade. So they drove it a handful of miles into Mexico on a cattle trail, making gouges in the ground as they went.

Life isn't much better on the corridor's east side. Retired Judge Richard Winkler saw his home outside of Rodeo broken into three times in 2007, and he had 10 break-ins at his second residence in the Peloncillo Mountains, part of his cattle operation. At his mountain home, Winkler leaves the door unlocked with food out in an effort to win the bad guys' favor. "You don't want to be seen as too mean, or they'll retaliate," says Winkler, a well-known figure in southeast Arizona. He worked for 12 years as a Superior Court judge in Bisbee, often handling drug cases, and for 10 years had a law office in Douglas.

Winkler endured a particularly harrowing day in the fall of 2007, when he returned from Douglas to find his Rodeo home had been broken into. That same night, about 8 p.m., after sheriff's deputies and the Border Patrol had departed, an exhausted Winkler retired to his bedroom for the night. While on the phone with a neighbor describing the events of the day, Winkler heard noises at the far end of the house. He said, "Wait a minute; I hear something. I think they're breaking in again."

Determined to defend himself, Winkler, 69, grabbed a gun and started down the hallway. Luckily, the thieves departed the house before he reached them. Back came law enforcement. From assorted evidence, investigators determined the criminals were drug runners who probably hid in a nearby wash after their first effort, waiting to return after dark.

Winkler now has big dogs and a fence around his dream house.

North of Winkler, Randy and Sheila Massey operate a farm with land in Arizona's San Simon Valley and in New Mexico. Their home is near Animas, N.M., just east of Portal, Ariz. In February 2006, the Masseys made a disturbing discovery in a bunkhouse where illegals often hole up during their treks north: Someone had tagged the door with the words La Mara Salvatruca-13, a hyper-violent Salvadoran gang commonly referred to as MS-13. It now has branches in cities across the U.S.

"To think my grandbabies are growing up not a mile from where these people were," says Sheila Massey, who no longer leaves the kids alone at the farm, even while driving a mile to Animas to pick up the mail. "It curls your toenails to know the kind of people that are coming into our country."

The Border Patrol once believed that mountains were its salvation, a natural barrier. The theory was: Cover the valleys, and leave the crossers no choice but to trek over the mountains, and they'll quit and go home. It hasn't worked--not in the Huachucas and the Baboquivaris near Sierra Vista and Sasabe, or in the Peloncillo and Chiricahuas inside the corridor. The traffickers want in too badly, and the profits are too big.

So into the mountains they've gone, into ever more remote terrain, pushed there by the Border Patrol themselves. Even if law enforcement flies over in a chopper and spots them, the agents have no option but to wait until they come out. And the traffickers can decide where and when they emerge.

To understand how the traffickers use the corridor's mountains, look at a map of the terrain east of Douglas. The San Bernardino Valley stretches north from Geronimo Trail, with State Highway 80 angling northeast across it, eventually blending with the San Simon Valley farther north. The San Bernardino encompasses a vast area, much of it crossed by smuggling trails that follow the natural cover of drainages and underbrush.

But a group headed for Portal, and walking strictly in the San Bernardino and San Simon Valleys, would have to expose themselves at points along the way. To avoid that, more sophisticated crossers might jump the border on the east end of Geronimo Trail, go into the shelter of Guadalupe Canyon, then over the Peloncillo Mountains, which straddle the Arizona-New Mexico line. The group walks north through the Peloncillos about 25 miles before exiting to the west through Skull Canyon.

Before them stretches 6 to 7 miles of mostly flat ground across San Simon Valley. They walk that, crossing Highway 80 between mileposts 402 and 423, and head straight into the shelter of Horseshoe Canyon or Jack Wood Canyon in the Chiricahuas. From there, it's due north through the high, rugged mountains to their pickups in Portal, or off Forest Road 42. An equal number walk north all the way to Interstate 10, 28 miles above Portal.

The traffickers have a big advantage here, because the corridor's east flank runs along the seam between the Border Patrol's Douglas and Lordsburg sectors. Military tacticians have long understood the advantage of riding the divide between adjacent enemy commands and exploiting the resulting confusion in communication and coordination. Louie Pope's wife, Susan, sees that situation firsthand.

She works at the schoolhouse on Highway 80 in Apache, about 35 miles north of Douglas. She also drives the school bus and often sees illegals walking the highway. She estimates that between her and the other woman at the school, they call Douglas Border Patrol 30 times each school year. "Douglas usually tells us they have nobody to send," says Susan. "I'll call Lordsburg, and they'll say, 'We're 2 1/2 hours away; do you still want us to come?' I'll say yes, and they come. Lordsburg saves us. This area is Douglas' responsibility, but 90 percent of the time, they don't come."

The reason, as Susan has learned, is that agents' cell phones quit past a certain point on 80, and their truck radios lose contact with dispatch. The traffickers know this as well. And they know that residents' cell phones don't work, either, and the Cochise County Sheriff's Department doesn't regularly patrol that far south on Highway 80.

As a result, the traffickers ride the corridor's eastern seam through a kind of law-enforcement no-man's land.

Located in the spot where the Rocky Mountains, the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts and the Mexican Sierra Madre Mountains all come together, the Chiricahuas are a special place. Many consider them Arizona's most beautiful mountains, and photogs would certainly agree. They've made the range famous worldwide with images of their soaring cliffs and teetering stacks of boulders that seem to grow from the ground itself into the sky.

But tourist photographers steer clear of the alien garbage piling up in the mountains. Although the dumps aren't of monster size, as they are in the Huachucas or around Sasabe and Arivaca, they're still gross and depressing.

"People in Tucson need to know the illegals have moved into the Chiricahuas, and if we don't get a handle on it, they'll ruin them," says Louie Pope, who worked for the Forest Service in the Chiricahuas for 35 years and probably knows the range better than anyone. "All the pristine waters are trashed. It's nasty. On the major creeks, you see clothes, milk jugs. When it rains, all that junk goes down the canyons."

Three years ago, Burro Springs--pictured above on this page--was a crystal-clear water source in the Chiricahua Wilderness. Now it's a 2-acre garbage dump.

Located in Horseshoe Canyon on the east side of the range, the site is a scatter of backpacks, tin cans, sanitary napkins and more. Some of this debris floats 2 feet deep in the waters of the spring. The only way to get it out would be by pack mule, and it'd take 10 animals to get it all. The illegals have also dragged to the site half of a metal water tank. Flipped upside down, it becomes a hooch for sleeping and shelter.

Burro Springs is 33 miles north of the border, at 6,800 feet. Another dumpsite scars the ground at Horseshoe Pass, half a mile above Burro. Many of the main canyons in the Chiricahuas have a place as bad as Burro Springs, and some of these dumps are at 9,000 feet or higher. Illegals have trashed the top of Pothole Canyon as well as the top of Sulphur Draw, often called Sulphur Canyon, and both are next to impossible to reach.

"The country they're walking in is so rough, you measure progress not in miles per hour, but feet per hour," says Pope. "It's like walking off the side of the Grand Canyon. It blows my mind. I tried to get up to the alien camp in Sulphur Canyon with my hounds, but it was too rough. I had to pull the dogs back. Those tall peaks above Portal? They're coming over those."

The trails through Pothole, Sulfur and Horseshoe canyons constitute the three main alien pathways over the east side of the Chiricahuas. The trail over Horseshoe goes right into the picnic ground at the South Fork of Cave Creek, one of the major tourist birding areas in the U.S.

The heavy traffic has created an erosion problem, too, and this is a serious and long-lasting issue for the health of the forest. In steep terrain, instead of walking switchbacks, the illegals slide on their butts from one switchback down to the next, and when it rains, the water washes out the hillside. The smuggling trail that emerges at South Fork bears the scars from hundreds of butt-sliders. The same occurs on the aliens' hillside trails. When the water comes, the trail becomes a flowing gully.

There's more: The traffickers have also begun painting rocks in the Chiricahuas with black and orange Xs and dots, probably directional signals for groups coming later or markers for GPS positioning. Whatever they mean, they're vandalism.

Much of the badly impacted land, like Burro Springs, is in the 87,700-acre Chiricahua Wilderness. It offers a preview of what could be in store for the Tumacacori Highlands northeast of Nogales, if Rep. Raúl Grijalva gets his way and wins a wilderness designation for that land. Trash dumps will grow. Underbrush will expand. Trails won't be maintained. The land will fall out of the control of the people who should be managing it and under the control of those who don't belong there.

Kimrod Murphy, a retired Arizona Game and Fish officer who lives in the eastern Chiricahuas, says this has already happened in his area. "The Forest Service has no field presence whatsoever in the Chiricahuas," says Murphy. "They've turned their backs on the trash, and they don't maintain established trails. Nobody maintains trails anymore except the aliens. They make new trails, and good ones, too, sometimes 3 feet wide."

Bill Edwards, the Forest Service district ranger in charge of the Chiricahuas, says they do maintain "a few trails every year, but not the hundreds of miles that are in the Chiricahuas." He says he lacks the budget and manpower to do more, and that applies to the trash as well. "You can't see what's going on and feel good about it," says Edwards. "But we're limited in what we can do. A lot of times, Congress dictates how we allocate our budget, and cleaning up after illegals isn't high on their list."

Edwards predicted the situation will worsen soon. He says traffic across the Peloncillo Mountains today mirrors what it was 10 years ago in the Huachuca Mountains around Sierra Vista and in the Canelo Hills, just before it exploded. "Because of enforcement elsewhere, I think we're about to see a large increase across the Peloncillos and the Animas Valley, and the Chiricahuas will draw some of that traffic."

Murphy says it's already there in spades. He regularly rides horseback in the Chiricahuas and encounters so many illegals that he usually doesn't call Border Patrol. "I'd stay on the phone all day if I reported everything I saw," says Murphy. "People are moving north all the time. If it's just illegals, Border Patrol isn't interested. It's like swatting mosquitoes in a swamp."

But the Forest Service's Alex Stone appreciates what Border Patrol faces in the Chiricahua region. "They're as good as they can be," he says. "We're talking thousands of square miles."

The escalating trouble in southeast Arizona has drawn the attention of Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, whose congressional district includes the corridor. She has brokered meetings to bring landowners together with Border Patrol to find solutions, and has generally won praise for doing so. At its Douglas headquarters, the Border Patrol now hosts monthly meetings at which citizens can offer suggestions and air gripes.

For some, though, those sessions are too late. Ashurst, still smarting from the Border Patrol's unwillingness to respond to his second call for help, went to the first meeting in mid-April and says he was treated "like a hot-headed cowboy with an anger problem."

"I'm not mad at the Mexicans," says Ashurst. "They've got a good deal going: If you're starving in Mexico and running drugs, the U.S. government purposely lets you run all over us. I'm mad at the complete incompetence and indifference of the U.S. government. I refuse to go to any more of those meetings and be sneered at."

Louie Pope is close to giving up on the meetings, too, citing the Border Patrol's entrenched political bureaucracy, which he believes keeps good agents from doing their jobs. Plus, his message is already well-known: Rather than rotate agents to different sections of the border, assign them to the same area for extended periods. That way, they get to know the traffic, the trails, the people, the land.

"As it is, they've got new guys from New Jersey out here, and they don't even know where they are," says Pope. "Then they quit or transfer out. But if they had enough veteran agents to train them, and they stayed in the same place long enough, a mouse couldn't burp in those areas without them knowing it."

In spite of the problems, few residents of the corridor would consider living elsewhere. They love their homes and cherish their land, and face the challenges with a grim resolve--the border means trouble, always has, always will.

A bit of gallows humor helps. Anna and Matt Magoffin live along the Geronimo Trail, and they refer to the constant traffic past their place as the Sonoran Hiking Club.

Others wear their frustration more openly, asking why the law seems to protect aliens and smugglers more than American citizens and their property. A number of those interviewed brought up the names Ignacio Ramos and Jose Campeon. These are Border Patrol agents who, in an incident near Fabens, Texas, in 2005, shot a fleeing drug-smuggler in the butt and wound up going to jail for 11 and 12 years, respectively. The U.S. attorney gave the drug-runner immunity to testify against the agents.

When it comes to the law versus the smugglers, the message that sends is crystal-clear. It's also difficult to reach any other conclusion when you hear a federal judge rule that illegal aliens have a right to interstate travel, as John Roll did in March, in a civil-rights case involving high-profile rancher Roger Barnett, a corridor resident.

Roll would do well to discuss his views with those who live and work inside the corridor, especially the Border Patrol, which evidently has been violating the interstate travel rights of illegal aliens for decades with their highway checkpoints and those handcuffs they keep putting on.

And he'd do well to hear residents of the corridor talk about how they'd love to have the same right to travel. These are, remember, American citizens who can't drive to Tucson to shop, or to Phoenix for a weekend, because there's a good chance their homes will be broken into in their absence.

Roll also would do well to walk in the shoes of Richard Winkler, the retired judge. After all, when you're in your late 60s, inching down a hallway in the dark, gun in hand, not knowing what you'll face from the thugs ransacking your home after enjoying their right of interstate travel, you tend to have a different view of things.

"I was scared," says Winkler. "I'm thinking, 'Oh, I don't want to shoot anybody.' I don't even hunt anymore. I did when I was young. But I don't want to shoot stuff. But if they came through the door at me, I would've fired. This was twice in one day, and I'd had enough."

That could serve as a motto for the whole Chiricahua Corridor--enough is enough.

Winkler, a longtime Democrat, adds a coda to his story, about the bias of the media. Asked how the press would've played it if he'd shot one of the intruders, Winkler didn't hesitate in his answer: "The headline next day would've been 'Retired Judge Kills Hungry Mexican Immigrant.' That's just the attitude."

He continues: "I read the national press, and the articles are all the same. I don't know how they get the idea illegal immigration is OK. They mix it all together and put Lou Dobbs down for being against illegal immigration. I'm against anything illegal, too. I was a judge. The law means a lot to me. Both my grandparents came here from foreign countries, and I love immigration. But you have to do it the right way.

"The press makes it sound as if they're all hard-working, wonderful people, and a lot are. But they have their bad people, too, who do bad stuff, and that's what we live with out here."

Other related stories:

  • Borderline Madness - The city of Nogales, Ariz., struggles as narco violence spills in from Mexico by TIM VANDERPOOL (02-12-2009)
  • Guest Commentary - Hey, Secretary Napolitano: It's time to revisit the border-wall debacle by RANDY SERRAGLIO (02-12-2009)
  • Security Shift - Experts predict what changes President-elect Obama's administration will bring to the border by TIM VANDERPOOL (01-08-2009)
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Stealth Surge by Oliver North

"Rather than making the announcement in a televised address to the nation, as his predecessor had done with the surge in Iraq, this commander in chief has his press secretary hand out a piece of paper. No Oval Office. No questions from the press. Just a sheet of paper."
Stealth Surge

By Oliver North
Friday, 20 February 2009
Washington , DC – The economy is stuck on “meltdown.” The cabinet still has vacancies. The ruling political party on Capitol Hill is obsessed with “pork,” and the mainstream media is fixated on Ottawa’s Obama-mania. When nothing else seems to work – dial 911 at the Pentagon and call for those who get things done: soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen, and Marines. And just to be different – send them on a stealth surge.
That’s what happened this Tuesday when Mr. Obama decided that “urgent security needs” – his phrase – required the deployment of a Marine Expeditionary Brigade and an Army Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan. Rather than making the announcement in a televised address to the nation, as his predecessor had done with the surge in Iraq, this commander in chief has his press secretary hand out a piece of paper. No Oval Office. No questions from the press. Just a sheet of paper.
This deployment – about 8,000 additional Marines, 4,000 soldiers – and 5,000 “support personnel” does not come as a surprise. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Obama made it clear that he saw Afghanistan as the “Central Front” of what he calls “the war on terror.” He also has said repeatedly that he wants increased U.S. combat power to take on the Taliban and al Qaeda. The surprise is in the timing – and the way he has decided to do it.
Last week the administration announced a full-blown, 60-day, interagency, multi-national, quadraphonic, star-studded, strategic review of “every aspect of our Afghanistan policy.” Our European allies were informed that Afghanistan is at the “top of the Agenda” for the NATO summit in March. On Sunday, President Hamid Karzai announced that he too would be “participating” in the strategic review. And then, on Tuesday, February 17, at 5:30 PM, too late for much beside a headline on the evening news – the one-page deployment order that has troops from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to Fort Lewis, Washington – and countless points in between – packing their kit for the Hindu Kush. So much for having a strategy before committing what’s needed to implement it.
The deployment announcement apparently didn’t impress our “allies’ in Pakistan. White House “Special Envoy” Richard Holbrooke has been in Islamabad and Kabul – ostensibly on a “fact-finding mission.” His plane was barely off the ground before the government in Islamabad announced that offensive military operations against the Taliban would cease in the Malakand region of northwest Pakistan and that henceforth the area would be governed in accord with Islamic sharia law. So much for convincing Pakistan – through which we send more than 80 percent of our supplies – to crack down on radical Islamic terror.
Mr. Holbrooke didn’t fare much better in Kabul where he acceded to Afghan demands for “coordinating all military operations with Afghan forces.” On Sunday, he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a testy joint press conference. Afterwards, Mr. Holbrooke apparently convinced someone at the White House that the two presidents needed to have a little chat – something that, strangely enough, there just hasn’t been time for since the inaugural.
If the various spokesmen are telling the truth, the Obama-Karzai conversation finally came Tuesday, February 17, after Mr. Obama issued his one-page deployment order. The next day, Mr. Karzai, who is running for reelection in August, said that, “If foreign troops do not listen to us, we will call a loya jirga (grand council) and we will also include the Taliban to decide whether foreign troops should stay in Afghanistan.”
While none of this sounds particularly encouraging, it must be noted that Mr. Karzai also said, “The tension the Afghan government had with the U.S. government is now over.” That should make everyone feel better.
Unfortunately, timing and diplomacy aren’t the only problems with this deployment announcement. There is also the matter of what’s in it – and what’s not. Last year, General David McKiernan asked for 30,000 additional combat troops to reinforce the 49,000 from NATO and the 32,000 U.S. personnel he already has on the ground. But that’s not what he’s getting.
Tuesday’s presidential order authorized sending 17,000 troops. Yet, the Pentagon only identified II Marine Expeditionary Brigade “with approximately 8,000 Marines” to deploy in “late Spring 2009,” and 5th Stryker Brigade with “approximately 4,000 soldiers” to deploy in “mid-summer 2009.” It then adds, “Approximately 5,000 additional troops to support these combat forces will receive deployment orders at a later date.” In short, General McKiernan is getting less than half of what he asked for.
Finally, there is the issue of presidential style. In the final paragraph of his one-page order, Mr. Obama notes that, “This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.” All true. But then, he goes on to whine, “which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires.” That is a gratuitous and unseemly swipe at his predecessor. Perhaps that is why Mr. Obama decided this had to be a stealth surge.

Echoing The Feelings Of Patriots...Amen brother!

Patriots know:

Democracy is an invitation to disaster!

March 3rd, 2009 . by TexasFred

Somehow, I think this Marine has been reading my blog: Just how much can the ~Gun Grabbers~ really do?

Rob at American and Proud asks, Traitor or PATRIOT? and I say PATRIOT! A&P is where I found this YouTube, and the Marine in question echos many, if not all of the same feelings that I, and many others have voiced as of late!

Americans, REAL, deep in their hearts and souls Americans, are fed up with the BS that is flowing from Washington. We were fed up during the last 8 years under George W. Bush and we are even more fed up under the debacle of the Obama administration.

The future of this nation is in OUR hands, WE, The People built this nation, WE, The People may very well have to rebuild this nation, but this time, lets stick to a true REPUBLIC, a democracy is nothing more than an invitation to disaster!

We are staunch supporters of Texas Sovereignty! You need to support your state and it’s sovereignty as well! If your state doesn’t support it’s own sovereignty, maybe you need to consider coming to a state that does.


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21 Responses to “Patriots know: Democracy is an invitation to disaster!”

  1. comment number 1 by: Eric

    Great video,

    Fred I know you’re not overly religious but as the son of a preacher man my father often says this about the current state of the nation:

    Something from the Bible, God to Adam…


    “WE” must dress it brother, but with the way things have gotten now, it’s so bad, that it’s going take one Hell of a field dressing and a few tourniquets to stop the bleeding, *IF* it can be done before that metaphor turns into REAL American blood in the form of a revolution or civil war all over again.

    My own personal thoughts as far as politics goes and the state of the nation is this:

    When people quit their duties then time will erode all the good. Has anyone ever seen anything improve by neglect? I think not. Take either a democrat or republican and let them smell money or power very long and they will trade everything and everybody to grab it. Put both in a sack and then reach in and grab one, pull it out, and it will either be a rattlesnake or a copper head. Either will bite you and spread their venom. We are a REPUBLIC, pure and simple and it’s way past time to start fighting for it!

  2. comment number 2 by: cary - Botan Ichihara

    How does that old saying go?

    “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner; a Republic is giving the sheep an XD .40 and an equal vote…”

  3. comment number 3 by: Kate

    By nature, or design, I’m normally a rather optimistic person, and usually believe there is good. I can see no good anymore.

    The complacency of the people has driven us to this point in time, and it’s past time we all ‘wake up’, and see the bigger picture.

    I’m rather glad my parents are not alive today to see the ugliness that has come to the country they loved. As first generation Americans, and much older than most kids’ parents, they lived through two World Wars, and the REAL Great Depression. They scrimped and saved, and worked hard so we wouldn’t have to. Well, we should have. Our generation have no idea what real hardship is, but I think we are getting ready to find out….in more ways than financial.

    I’m not afraid to admit, watching this video, I had to cry. Cry for what has been lost, and will be lost, if we do nothing. I cried for my grandchildren, and all the grandchildren who will be burdened with an oppressive regime. I cry for the freedoms they will never know.

  4. comment number 4 by: ChicagoRay

    &Thanks Fred, And that’s One helluva Patriot there, and if indeed he does read here we all salute you and your incredible bravery, no one wearing that uniform is a coward, face covered or not. Our government has become tyrannical nearly overnight and we must all respond in kind and your concern for your family and self is recognized.

    As Gerald Ford said,”A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” and they’ve made incredible strides towards that goal in unbelievable time, 30 days with hardly a minute of public debate.

    Obama has enslaved 3 generations with his executive orders and treasonous borrowing, and these traitors in Washington must be stopped now. We have an incredible choice to make as citizens and patriots, as we need our military members strength to lead the revolt then we will stand side by side to take our government back. Thats the only way this can be done with this monstrosity…

    God bless you Anonymous soldier and your brethren as we are behind and beside you 100%.

  5. comment number 5 by: BobF

    He’s absolutely correct when he says most servicemen don’t know what’s in the Constitution. I would venture to say 98% of them. I was about the 15 year point when I first read the Constitution. Some organization had passed out pocket versions to all GI’s on base. My boss at the time (E=8) read his and said the next day, “Do you realize that if the American Public knew what the Constitution said, there would be another revolt in this country”. Our government has taken our country so far away from the Constitution that the Founding Fathers would not recognize it.

    Walter Williams has a good read entitled “Are we a republic or democracy?”

  6. comment number 6 by: robehren

    It was what the founding fathers intended. The republic has been eroded over the years by politicians making with the power grab mentality. We just need to get back to what this country was intended to be and get away from what it has become. I pray that revolution is unecessary but the founders also alowed for that eventuality when they included the 2nd amendment. It was not intended to give hunters the ability to hunt, it was intended to keep the government honest. I do not advocate revolution, I think there is still time to address the issue in other ways. That is all assuming we can pull the voters heads out of their rears.

  7. comment number 7 by: TexasFred

    Revolution is a lot closer than any want to admit I am afraid…

  8. comment number 8 by: CJ

    TF . . . You appear to be right handed and left-eye dominant.

    Just like me.

    I enjoy your blog. Keep on keepin’ on.

  9. comment number 9 by: TexasFred

    CJ, very astute observation… Yes, I am… Lost sight in that eye many years ago, I shoot a rifle and shotgun left handed, I shoot pool left handed, I’m OK left handed with a pistol but just not nearly as good left as I am right…

  10. comment number 10 by: CJ

    Wow, this is getting stranger by the minute.

    I also have a “bad” right eye. I can see out of it, but not well enough to shoot. I also shoot “long arms” left-handed.

    A real brother in arms.

  11. comment number 11 by: Pat Houseworth

    Traitor or Patriot?

    The only traitors are the useless sonsabitches in and out of the media that drop down and worship the Messiah at his every word.

    I too am right handed and left eye dominant…but have good vision in both eyes, although I have a lazy muscle(just doesn’t move to the right) in my right eye….so I’ve always used the left to sight guns, and most everything else.

  12. comment number 12 by: Concerned Citizen

    I am proud to state that the State of Texas has joined the ranks of the other 21 states that are afirming their sovereign rights under the Constitution of the United States.

    Check out this article and the bills currently in the State legislature:

    Fred I am stealing this video and right posting it on Judging Truth. Hat-tip, pingback on the way. This is so powerful of a statement that it must be repeated.

  13. comment number 13 by: Ingrid

    Does this mean we might be close to seceding from this corrupt federal government?
    The country of Texas sounds good to me.
    Let me know when I need to pull all the guns out!!

  14. comment number 14 by: Kate

    Wait a minute. Y’all better make sure Tennessee part of Texas. :)

  15. comment number 15 by:

    (Sorry about the long post but here goes) In Response to Fred:
    comment number 7 by: TexasFred
    Today at 12:04 PM (7 hours ago)

    Revolution is a lot closer than any want to admit I am afraid

    “The Myth of the Second Amendment”
    It’s time to clear up a few popular misconceptions about the second amendment held by pro and anti gunners alike. These misconceptions cloud the true intent of the most important of all the amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. Without the second amendment protections to keep and bear arms, the People would be unable to defend any of their other rights. We then place ourselves in a position of having our rights granted to us under some form of benevolence.

    These misconceptions will also ultimately lead to severe restrictions of this sacred right by allowing anti-rights groups to set the terms around which the debate is centered.
    First, the second amendment was not designed to protect the rights of hunters.

    Second, the second amendment was not designed to protect the rights of sportsmen.

    And third, even though it is very important that everyone has the right to defend themselves and their loved ones, the second amendment was not designed to protect the individual.

    Let’s examine the second amendment a little closer. For the record: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

    There is nothing that is ambiguous about that statement.
    Our rights as gun owners are predicated on the fact that at some point in time it may become necessary to defend our freedom. Not with words and arguments. Not with protests and civil disobedience. Not through any legal recourse.

    Our freedom will be defended with blood. With force. With the strength of our desire to be free. With our lives. With the lives of those we love. And with guns. There will be no other way.

    I am not advocating revolution and the overthrow of our government - not yet anyway.

    However … Our freedom was bought and paid for with the blood of those who refused to live under tyranny. Our freedom has been defended by the blood of their sons. And their sons. And theirs. And one day it will be our duty to defend our freedom with our own blood. And the blood of our sons.

    Where in the hell did we pick up the idea that there is no price to pay for freedom? That no sacrifice is necessary.

    The framers of the Constitution, particularly the authors of the Bill of Rights recognized that we must be ever vigilant in the protection of our freedom. That at some point in time we may have to turn our own government back from a path that denies our freedom and destroys the very foundation that this country was built upon. They recognized the inherent tyranny in all governments. That all governments become oppressive.

    As Aristotle stated, ‘Republics decline into democracies, and democracies degenerate into despotisms.’

    And if there is any one lesson to be learned from history, that lesson is that history repeats itself, time after time after time.

    An armed populace is the only insurance that we the People have in the maintenance of our freedom. It is only with our arms that the government will respect the will of the People to be free. It is only our arms that can inspire a healthy dose of fear in the government toward the People. And it is only our resolve to fight and defend our freedom that will keep our government from stripping away our rights and our freedom.
    So do not perpetuate the myths surrounding the second amendment. The second amendment was designed to allow the People to defend their freedom from any incursion. Particularly from their own government. For those that cherish their freedom, there can be no argument on this point.
    Long live the republic.

  16. comment number 16 by: Concerned Citizen

    I have to agree wholeheartedly with WashintonArmory. Our founding fathers had just fought a bloody revolution to gain their new found freedoms and they knew that only by an armed populace would those rights forever be secure. I also agree that the primary function of the Second Amendment is to secure the liberties of the State and her citizens from the oppression of a strong centralized government, while I do see those rights not only being limited to that function and clearly extending to the defense of oneself, ones property and the life of others.

    The debate over the Second Amendment must never be allowed to be constrained to the rights of a hunter or even the right of the individual to protect his life, the lives of his loved ones, the life of a third party or his property. The fundamental fact that the founders understood was that the ONLY reason they were now free from tyranny was at the point of a gun and the ONLY way it would ever be preserved is if every citizen was capable of defending those rights with arms. As discussed in the Federalist Papers, the only way to prevent a well armed centralized government from turning its standing armies against its population was to ensure that the population was armed and able to resist.

  17. comment number 17 by: TexasFred

    I have, without a doubt, some of THE most astute comment makers on the net, that makes me feel very good!

    And Kate, if you want Tenn to be considered you need to get Tenn on the Sovereignty movement or get your Ol’ Broad ass back home to Texas darlin’… We’ll leave the light on for you!!

  18. comment number 18 by: Kate

    :P The poor Yankee Mr would melt. LOL

    I was quite pleased to find out my state rep is on of the co-sponsors of the 10th Amendment bill….can’t remember the # right now, but am also a tad disturbed that we even have a need to assert our Constitutional rights. :?

  19. comment number 19 by: Concerned Citizen

    Wow, Fred! I got called an MFing hate monger for posting that video by someone you should recognize named ‘liberaldude’.

    How tolerant of my beliefs and opinions he was. He even threw a Nazi association at me over on Jenn’s blog. I guess that video must have scared him a bit, eh?

  20. comment number 20 by: TopGun

    A must read for those who have not read this interpretation by a highly acclaimed professional journalist.

    The Unabridged Second Amendment
    by Neil Schulman

  21. comment number 21 by: WhoBeen

    As I said here

    “…the Liberal Socialist Democrats are pushing their limits and the bubble is about to burst!”

    And I stand by the prediction…maybe sooner than you think!