If I were the NSA

And I wanted to keep track of …ummm…virtually everyone earth.  But I didn't want to bother with legal 'complications' what would I do?  I'd buy Google, but I wouldn't 'officially' buy Google.  Now all your base….and browser…and phone….and email are belong to me.

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts… the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” -~Edmund Burke

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WHOOOOOO is out of touch?

It's hard to believe that CNN would air this!  It's worth watching.

       

   

   

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The Air Force wants to adopt a COIN aircraft.

http://www.dodbuzz.com/2010/02/03/coin-air-wing-in-the-wings/#comment-19584

The Air Force already owns 550 Cessna 172 and 182 airframes and gave them to the Civil air Patrol which is a 501(c)(3) but is being used to do things decidedly un-civilian.

Granted, a glass cockpit 182 isn’t an OV10 and isn’t going to come screaming out of the clouds firing rockets…but I have seen Piper Cubs come screaming out of the clouds firing rockets and Some CAP 182s are sporting predator pods under their wings.

http://www.suasnews.com/2009/10/92/there-are-not-enough-predators-in-this-world/

182s are flown as military aircraft in ten countries. So we have those and we have OV10s and we still have some Skyraiders..and for a cheap thrill, we still have a lot of A4s rotting at Davis-Monthan. Why not use what we already paid for and have sitting out there?.

I may be biased. If we need something new I think a small, fast airplane with laser illumination and sensing capabilities would work nicely and my choice, from having flown all of these is a Vari-Eze. I understand that it does not meet ANY of the specifications but maybe the specifications are wrong.

A beefed-up Vari-Eze is almost invisible to radar, as hard to hit with groundfire as a hummingbird, and could EASILY carry ordinance. And it flies like a P51 on steroids. If you remove the pilot, you can buy hundreds of them for the cost of a few Predators.

We have to stop wasting money we don’t have. We have simple solutions available but no way to implement them over the influence of lobbyists.

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts… the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” -~Edmund Burke

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Fighting terror

One cannot fight 'terror' any more than darkness.  No matter what you do it is going to get dark somewhere, sometime.  And you cannot fight an enemy you cannot identify.  If everyone in Afghanistan is armed the same way and dressed the same way but some are informal members of a group you consider 'terrorist' and some are not, I think the best way to make EVERYONE an enemy is by shooting missiles at weddings.

No one learned anything from prohibition so we have been fighting a very expensive and completely useless 'war on drugs' for many years.  All that has done if make more criminals rich.  Hemp was originally made illegal because of the cotton lobby.  Hemp fiber is much better than cotton for making clothes and rope and all manner of things we use cotton for now, but hemp is illegal because someone got paid off many years ago.  Commercial hemp doesn't have enough THC to make it worth growing for that purpose yet we have spent untold billions trying to eradicate it.  Senseless.  I'd like to either ban tobacco as a dangerous drug as well, or just do the smart thing and have the government butt out.  I am actually pretty amazed that the hemp farmers haven't managed to make cotton illegal yet.

The FBI can read this and I hope they do.  They can look at what I buy from Amazon and I hope they do.  Last year I began to wonder what, exactly clandestine meth labs were doing, so I bought a meth cookbook from Amazon. Holy shit!  I only read about three pages before I got to a list of potential ingredients and most of them are so toxic that anyone trying to make that crap will eventually kill themselves and anyone using it will almost certainly kill themselves.  Just legalize it.  There will be a glut of dead people for a couple of months, but the burglary rate will drop off about 90%.

If you want to sit under a tree and shoot heroin all day long, you will absolutely not be out committing crimes. You will be nodding off, just as if you were in an opium den.  One day, sooner than later, you will give yourself a hot-shot and, because you did it to yourself, you can pay cash up-front for medical services or not have any. The same with smoking anything.  If you intentionally inhale the products of combustion, you are going to die eventually.  Why should your medical insurance cover you because you chose to smoke for 50 years?

I think everyone ought to have to serve their country consecutively for two years.  For every year you serve, and it doesn't NECESSARILY have to be in the military, but that would make the most sense, you get a free year of college and a free year of medical insurance. So you serve for two years and you get a four year degree and free medical during that time.  I think you ought to be required to qualify with a handgun as well as a rifle, and you ought to be able to keep and bear them permanently if you attend a re-qualification class one day a year.

But everyone ought to be treated equally.  If you meet the physical and mental qualification, you have to serve, no matter how rich your daddy is. If you are not qualified either mentally or physically to join the military, you can still serve your country with pride by donating your organs (joke).

Then every citizen will have had an experience they could never get anywhere else and learn a little about the world.  And every American who made it through two years would be at least of median intelligence, have a sense of pride and self-responsibility and be armed.  The crime rate would rapidly approach zero. So would the need for entitlement programs. Staying home and having babies for money needs to be stopped anyway and this would do it because there would be mandatory birth control until your enlistment is up. FOR BOTH MALES AND FEMALES!

There is no reason at all that gays cannot serve and there is no reason that religion should not be allowed as long it is on your own time and you are served by an interdenominational chaplain. God will allow you a couple of years to serve your country.

Comments are welcome.

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Walter Mitty still runs the Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  It is Congressionally chartered, exactly like the Merchant Marine, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Girl Scouts but the members are volunteers who have to pay a membership fee to belong. Adult members MAY wear quasi-military uniforms if they wish, but there is no requirement  But a problem is brewing with CAP.  Senior members may also wear quasi-military rank insignia if they wish.  They don't have to and it doesn't mean anything since everyone is a civilian, but some of the Walter Mitty types put on that little uniform and suddenly become legends in their own minds.  The greater probability is that they have never served on active duty in the REAL military and have never even come close to combat.  But some of these people think if they are wearing a plastic-coated (you can't wear 'real' military insignia) silver oak leaf and are constipationally called Lt. Col., they can give orders, demand that they be given the respect due to a real military officer from a subordinate, and have the authority to give orders to other Senior Members.

It is simply not true.  My problem is this.  I am an ex-combat Marine.  I will not wear a pretend uniform, I will wear rank insignia for one reason and one reason only: To lead United States Marines into combat and I will never honor a civilian with a military salute or any other courtesy reserved for warriors.

Finally the question was put to me:  Would you rather pay your dues, remain in the CAP and pretend to be a military officer like the rest of us and not raise any red flags when you see an obvious violation, or not.

Well, gosh….may I have a little time to think about it?

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Kaiser Health pisses on the Second Amendment.

Interesting.

I have Kaiser health insurance and I like it.  But when I go to the kp.org website and try to sign on top a 'healthy lifestyle' program, I am asked a series of questions including  a couple about whether or not I own a firearm….do I keep it locked and unloaded at all times, and similar questions which directly impact the results of my health survey.. I am asked if I realize the owing a firearm or having one in my home is a health hazard.  I am not informed that a crazy person kicking down my front door is MORE of a health hazard.

So if you have anything to do with Kaiser and you answer that you own a firearm, can they then drop me as a risk?  They don't drop smokers or morbidly obese people….but owning a firearm…..why might that even be their business?

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ATTENTION CONGRESSIONAL DUMBASSES!

There isn't much wrong with the idea of a filibuster.  If two senators want to act out and no one can stop them, the one who can stay awake longer and keep talking wins.  None of you old coots ought to be able to talk more than about six hours without dropping dead, so it's fine.

My question is, do you know that the United States is bankrupt; losing even MORE jobs and going down the toilet?  Do you know the Supreme court just fucked the dog yesterday?  Do you know that we are in two wars and a third one is about to erupt right here in America?

Then why are you screwing around on filibuster nonsense?  You had better work together for the common good of WE THE PEOPLE and do it in a damn hurry instead of pandering to coal companies or we are going to come up there and fumigate the halls of Congress.

So far today I have received FOUR request to sign petitions.  Two from the Repugnicans wanting me to spank the Demoncrats and two from the Liberals wanting me to grumble to the Conservatives.  IT'S NOT MY JOB!  I HIRED YOU ASSHOLES TO TAKE CARE OF THE BUSINESS OF THE COUNTRY AND LOOK OUT FOR ME!  DO IT!  NOW!

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FVCK!

Download now or watch on posterous

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Yeah, we saw it.  No, we don't want to do it.
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The fight begins.

FEDS RESPOND TO FIREARMS FREEDOM ACT LAWSUIT MOTION TO DISMISS “EXPECTED”

MISSOULA – The United States has made its first response to a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Missoula to test the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA), passed by the 2009 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Schweitzer.

The MFFA declares that any firearms, ammunition or firearms accessories made and retained in Montana are not subject to federal regulation under the power given to Congress in the U.S. Constitution to regulate commerce “among the several states.” The MFFA is a states' rights challenge on Tenth Amendment grounds, with firearms serving as the vehicle for the challenge.

This lawsuit to validate the MFFA was brought by the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). The suit names U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as defendant, and is referred to as MSSA v. Holder.

The first response to the lawsuit by the United States is a Motion to Dismiss, submitted January 19th and considered to be a standard procedural maneuver in lawsuits against the U.S government . This motion seeks to avoid the legal merits by asserting that the Plaintiffs lack standing to sue, that a justiciable controversy does not exist, and that prevailing case law is against Plaintiffs.

MSSA President Gary Marbut, also a Plaintiff in the lawsuit explained, “The first import of this response is that the legal game is now on. There was some concern that the defendants would forfeit the game with no response in an effort to prevent this important issue from being adjudicated properly. We are now beyond that hurdle.” However, the Motion to Dismiss by Washington also seeks to sidestep proper adjudication.

SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb said, “We are disappointed but not surprised that the government would try to kill this suit on standing, rather than arguing about the merits of the case.”

The MFFA concept has gained traction across the Nation since its passage in Montana. Tennessee has enacted a clone of the MFFA, and other clones have been introduced in the state legislatures of 19 other states, including: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. . Ten or more additional states are expected to introduce yet more MFFA clones in the next few weeks. (See: http://www.FirearmsFreedomAct.com

 

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The U.S.'s Motion to Dismiss and Brief in Support are viewable at: http://FirearmsFreedomAct.com/montana-lawsuit-updates/

 

MSSA and SAF have assembled a litigation team for this effort consisting of three attorneys from Montana, one from New York, one from Florida and one from Arizona. Lead attorney for the Plaintiffs is Quentin Rhoades, partner the Missoula firm of Sullivan, Tabaracci and Rhoades. Other interested parties from both in and out of Montana are preparing to weigh in on this issue of national interest and national importance as amicus curiae (friends of the court).

Marbut commented, “The FFA concept has created a firestorm of interest nationwide. Lots of people and other states are watching carefully to see how Montana fares in this challenge to overbearing federal authority and to Washington's attempt to control every detail of commerce in the Nation, especially including activity wholly confined within an individual state. That level of micro management certainly was not the intent of our founders when they gave Congress limited power in the Constitution to regulate commerce 'among the states'.” (See: http://FirearmsFreedomAct.com/what-is-the-commerce-clause/

 

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MSSA is the primary political advocate for gun owners and hunters in Montana, having gotten 54 pro-gun and pro-hunting bills through the Montana Legislature in the past 25 years. SAF is a pro-gun foundation in Bellevue, Washington, established to press the rights of gun owners primarily in judicial fora. SAF has been a party to numerous lawsuits to assert the rights of gun owners across the Nation.

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org

 

) is the nations oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts… the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
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Who's on first?

We want our country back. Right now everyone is being tentative….let's sign petitions and blah, blah. We have been doing that for years. I'm not going to Ireland or Costa Rica  or anywhere else. I don't have to. There is a fight brewing right here.Corporate America has been bought up by foreign investors. Those corporations have just been given unlimited Constitutional rights as Americans but CORPORATIONS AREN'T CITIZENS. Here is the problem. Foreign governments who have bought big shares in our major corporations can now funnel unlimited funds through those corporations to the political candidates of their choice.The corporations have to divulge that they are making the donations, but no one is going to notice that a Saudi prince is the biggest individual shareholder of Chase Bank. We already know our politicians are for sale. We are paying China a BILLION DOLLARS A DAY in interest on loans. They can just roll those interest payments into campaign donations for a month through any US corporation they choose and own our ENTIRE government..Everyone was spun up on where Obama was born and INTERPOL and fvcking nonsensical trivia and when they took their eye off the ball they were were suckered. Now, when it's too late and elections were just socialized by corporations (and let me again mention FOREIGN corporations), they notice that Obama really ISN'T a socialist or this decision would be just fine with him.I'm an American and I already have a Constitution. I'm going to stay here and fight for it. If everyone in your family doesn't have a good rifle, now is the time to get them one."The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts… the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
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