Amidst all the news about the military housing children illegally entering the country (because somehow that relates to fighting our nation’s wars??), the story about the abrupt resignation of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), the most senior enlisted leader in the Navy, seems to have received little press coverage. But it’s a big deal. He was under IG investigation for having a toxic work environment, and the resignation is seen by many as acknowledging that the charges are at least partially true. We now have a vacant MCPON seat, the first time in the positions 50+ year history.

Should we even bother filling it?

Continue reading “Why exactly do we have a MCPON?”

“Mr. President, if we understand you correctly, you think that we of the Confederacy have committed treason; that we are traitors to your government, that we have forfeited our rights and are proper subjects for the hangman. Is that not about what your words imply?”

There was a pause while they waited for Lincoln’s answer, and presently he gave it.

“Yes” he said. “You have stated the proposition better than I did. That is about the size of it.”

Shelby Foote The Civil War a Narrative Red River to Appomattox Page 777

Yesterday’s news of mobs harassing a government official at home and of a business refusing to serve Trump supporters brought to mind a pair of last month’s pieces, one on Israel and one about the left’s comments on that NYT piece on the necessary of not treating conservatives like asses in order to win some votes, there is one that unpleasant fact needs to be said out loud.

The is a growing faction in the modern left would very much like to violently suppress us, they wish that the cultural revolution could happen here and voices that violate their safe spaces could be permanently silenced. I believe they would happily hold us responsible for our own extermination just as they blame Israelis for failing to allow themselves to be killed by the Arabs in Gaza and roundly blamed Pam Geller and Robert Spencer for the terror attack in Garland targeting them for death.

The only reason why they can’t and the reason they can’t is the 2nd Amendment. You can’t exterminate an armed populace unless you are willing to die and while the abandonment of Christianity and disbelief in hell makes justifying mass murder easier, the abandonment of the belief in an afterlife also disincentives being willing to die to kill an enemy.

A generation ago such member of the left were the fringe of the fringe, now they are an integral part of the Democrat party

Any conservative who willingly disarms himself is a fool.

The real Irony? Twelve Years ago before I was blogging here I wrote a long letter to Instapundit concerning Hadita that Glenn put up at a post, it concluded thus

The real danger is that we who support the war will reach the point that we say “we might as well be taken as wolves then as sheep”. At that point the left can celebrate that they have made our military and those who support it the people they claim we are. Once that happens however any compunction about respecting them will be gone, and remember one side is armed and one is not.

That is a fate that I don’t wish on any of us.

In twelve years the left has gone from demonizing our military and those who support it to demonizing conservatives, Christians and any person who has a different opinion, in short the average american. This is preciously what I warned against and is why I’ve gone from warning the left about the dangers of demonizing us to suggesting that we arm ourselves against them.

I foresee a day where a leftist mechanic “accidentally” fail to fix a conservative customer’s brake line, a leftist paramedic failing to give the proper treatment to a person in a Trump 2020 tee shirt and a leftist surgeon letting a Trump voter die on the operating table all on the grounds that they are “Nazi’s” and thus deserving of their fate, and once people on the right decide that this is a possibility then the glue that keeps this country from a violent confrontation will be wear away very quickly.

On the bright side not only is there still time to reverse this trend, but the Stacy McCain/ Amanda Marcotte Math suggests that the problem might solve itself in a generation or two, if we can last that long.

If you turned in early to the Red Sox Seattle game you saw a lot of offense.

You saw the Mariners put up 4 in the top of the first and the Red Sox answer with five. Then Mariners put up six more meaning that Red Sox starter Stephen Wright, who had given up a single run in his last game against the very same team, had given up 10 earned runs before the book was closed on him, Nelson Cruz with two 3 run HR’s and a single to drive in seven on those 10 doing most of the damage.

It didn’t stay that way.

The same Seattle pitcher Wade Leblanc who had shut out the Red Sox in that same game against Wright would give up one in the fifth. J. D Martinez would hit a 2 Home run in a 3 run Red Sox 6th and then a key single in a five run seventh with the bases loaded and then three in the 6th and then in the seventh went on a tear to score five more.

As I’m writing this the score is 14-10 with one out in the bottom of the 8th, now the top of the ninth. Seattle is coming to the plate and while it looks very good for the Rox Sox they will still have to get those three final outs before Seattle scores 4 to get that win.

And that is why Baseball is better than Basketball, Hockey, Football or Soccer and it isn’t even close.

No matter how big a lead you have you still have to get those outs before you can celebrate, and no matter how bleak it looks, you team will still have a chance to score as many runs as you can before that third out is recorded.

No Clocks, no taking a knee, no pulling a goalie, no LeBron sitting down because he knows its hopeless. As long as you still have a single out yet to be given your team is not done.

That’s baseball and that’s why it’s the best.

Oh and the Sox won 14-10

Yet another example of the media being played:

So what was the message? President Trump shared the first lady’s intentions: “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!” Look, if it wasn’t the jacket Melania was wearing, it would be something else. Personally, I think the message was that Melania hates children and drinks their blood to maintain her amazing complexion. What do you think the message was?

Obviously, the Trumps are experts at trolling their adversaries. The media and progressives haven’t caught on to this and take the bait every time. No sense of humor, I guess.

Think about it, within a week we had a story that started:  “Trump separating kids from parents” and ended with not only the media and the left suddenly deriding Trump for ending the program, but had to watch liberal media, liberal congress and liberal activists have to explain why this went on with Obama for 8 years without objection, why pictures of the Obama administration action generated no outrage and why the media when attacking Trump used a phony shot:

So what’s the end result?

Obama legacy exposed false AGAIN

Media exposed as purveyors of fake news AGAIN

Democrats in congress exposed as wanting an issue but not a solution AGAIN.

Trump seems to do this to them over and over and over and the only requirement for this to happen was to be willing to challenge them in public and let the public watch them twist.

Every time this cycle completes itself the portrait of Obama, The media and the Democrats ages before the voters eyes. God knows what the picture will look like on election day.

We should have done this years ago.

Have you noticed that whenever the left is weak it screams: “Tolerance” and when it is in power it screams: “Obey”?

If you really want to see how bad the press is, get a credential, sit in a room with them and just listen to them talk to each other.

If you want the mercy of God, you have no business being upset if someone you dislike receives it.

Remember you are perceiving life completely from your perspective, and so does everyone else.

On my worst days I find the thought of leftists having to live under Radical Islam if they win absolutely hilarious.

I often wonder how many out of work failed actors and actresses make a living as professional protesters.

When you refer to a tasking saying “one of these days I’ll get around to….” I can almost guarantee you will never get it done.

If you can look at someone online who is berating & making fun of you and remember they are a child of God loved by him and whose sins Christ died for then you’re doing Christianity right.

Looking at Netflix and Prime Video it’s absolutely amazing how many movies and TV series are out there that I have absolutely no interest in seeing (and I suspect a lot of other people have no interest in seeing either).

It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve written over 11,000 posts but that’s what the stats tell me.

 

Noticed this interesting story from the AP & Time concerning civilian gun ownership:

There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday.

The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is “more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined.”

I found the following stat particularly interesting:

The estimate of over 1 billion firearms worldwide at the end of 2017 also includes 133 million such weapons held by government military forces and 22.7 million by law enforcement agencies, it said.

So think about this, if these estimates are correct the United States Civilian population has more arms than the worlds military forces and law enforcement agencies COMBINED.

And yet the United States is the freest and richest large country in the world, a destination so desired that people all over the world try to get here legally or illegally.

I submit and suggest that there is a correlation between the freedom of America, the wealth and America and the fact that its citizens are so well armed, and I further suggest that it is in the places where civilians are not allowed to be legally armed that Americans, mostly poor or of color, are more preyed upon because those who would prey upon them know they have little to fear.

The prospect of facing an armed population is the best restraint against tyranny.

Via Hotair headlines.

Bonus Extra: As part of their “resistance library“, I found this excellent post at Ammo.com about Black Gun ownership

An early incident is particularly instructive in how effective these new tactics were. The KKK was very active in Monroe, with an estimated 7,500 members in a town of 12,000. After hearing rumors that the Klan intended to attack NAACP chapter Vice President Dr. Albert Perry’s house, Williams and members of the Black Armed Guard surrounded the doctor’s house with sandbags and showed up with rifles. Klansman fired on the house from a moving vehicle and the Guard returned fire. Soon after, the Klan required a special permit from the city’s police chief to meet. One incident of self-defense did more to move the goalposts than all previous legislative pressure had.

Monroe’s Black Armed Guard wasn’t a subsidiary of the Communist Party, nor an independent organization like the Black Panther Party that would use similar tactics of arming their members later. In fact, “Black Armed Guard” was nothing more than a fancy name for an officially chartered National Rifle Association chapter.

The Supreme Court’s tortured justification for their ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is further proof that the Supreme Court completely abandoned the Constitution a great many decades ago.  In this earlier article I explained in detail how the Supreme Court should have ruled and why.  With this current article I was going to critique the ruling but Tech Knight beat me to the punch with his excellent article.  Instead I decided to do this particular article about the systematic failures of the Supreme Court, and propose solutions.  Actually they are not original solutions that I will propose.  The solutions originated with Thomas Jefferson and the anti=federalists.

From the very beginning, the justices of the Supreme substituted their own political opinions for the actual text and meaning of the Constitution. Over the past few decades this has gotten fare worse.  What very few know is that Supreme Court Justices substituting their own political beliefs for the meaning of the Constitution is one of the crimes covered by High Crimes and Misdemeanors, which is the grounds for impeaching a justice under the Constitution.  That was the case under English Common Law, which was the blueprint for our legal system.   Impeaching a Justice for this crime was only attempted once.  It happened very shortly after the Constitution was ratified, and it failed.  We should make it clear to our elected officials that this needs to be attempted again, and often.

In Marbury vs. Madison, way back in 1803, the Supreme Court granted itself sole jurisdiction in ruling on the constitutionality of federal laws.  The power to determine the constitutionally of federal laws is inferred in Article 3 of the Constitution, but it is never granted exclusively to Supreme Court.  In the Kentucky Resolutions Thomas Jefferson declares quite emphatically that the States have not only the power, but the duty, to declare federal laws and Supreme Court rulings null and void if the violate the Constitution.  James Madison echoed Jefferson on this point when he wrote the Virginia Resolutions.  The States need to step in immediately and restrain the out of control Supreme Court by nullifying all decisions that violate the plain meaning of the Constitution.

About a hundred years ago the Supreme Court began overturning States laws.  Their justification was the 14th Amendment.  That amendment was written only to end the harmful practices of Southern States during reconstruction.  The 14th Amendment actually forbids the Supreme Court from enforcing the provisions of that amendment.  This was because of the Dred Scott case.  The power to enforce the 14th Amendment was granted to the federal government through the formal legislative process.  The States need to tell the Supreme Court to stuff it when it tries to overturn State Laws.

Starting in the 1920s the Supreme Court began to “incorporate” the Bill of Rights down to the State and local level.  They accomplished this by distorting the 14th Amendment.  In this article I discussed the erroneous nature of the doctrine of incorporation.  Nullification of Supreme Court decisions that employ this phony doctrine is the best solution.

Thomas Jefferson and the anti-federalist pointed out that the Supreme Court was never properly restrained by the Constitution, and they proposed amendments to rectify this.  Term limits and a streamlined impeachment process that clearly states that substituting your own political beliefs is grounds for impeachment would be effective remedies.

The Supreme Court continues to run amok because so few of us truly understand the original meaning of the Constitution.  Our entire educational system propagates this dangerous notion of a living constitution, and completely distorts the original meaning, instead spreading modern progressive myths.  This needs to be corrected and the original meaning must be restored if we want to return this country to a free country, where individual rights and freedoms exist for everyone.

“We conclude that the initiative petition should not have been certified by the Attorney General as ‘in proper form for submission to the people,’ because, contrary to the certification, the petition does not contain only subjects ’which are related or which are mutually dependent’,” Justice Frank M. Gaziano wrote in the decision.

And with that the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ended the sixth attempt to enacted a graduated income tax.

While I am glad that there will be no MA Exodus Tax I am disappointed.  No one can be certain of the outcome of a vote before it happens, (remember Scott Brown?).  Only a Ballot Question can provide the opportunity to talk about policy with out the baggage of a politician’s individual personality.  It says a lot about me that I get excited about wonkish policy debates.  The summer promised an important conversation on proper roll of taxes and government spending.  Without the Ballot Question, that conversation will happen behind closed doors and not in the market place of ideas.  Without the Ballot Question the politicians that get their office by playing Santa will invent new schemes to tax us, and misspend the money collected.   Our state budget is trending in a direction that can not continue and must be changed.  If we don’t, the resulting clash will harm many innocent people.  I don’t know how to have that discussion without the Ballot Question.

Today there is celebration and relief.  Tomorrow I will have to make new plans to save our Commonwealth from the Kleptocrates.  And figure out what to do with all of these Bumpah Stickahs

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
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As some of you might I have a “day” job that covers the bills since the finances of the blog have been a tad weaker than in the past. At said job the majority of the workforce was born outside the United States and English is not their first language.

With Immigration a huge issue these days I thought I’d take advantage of this situation. Last Thanksgiving I spoke to several people asking them what they were thankful for, and now over the past two months I’ve been arranging audio interviews with various people who have come here.

The subjects vary based on the people but there are several general questions that I ask about both their home countries about coming to America and the circumstances that caused them to come, what they expected, what they saw, etc etc etc.

Today I am posting the first two (technically three) of these interviews for your viewing pleasure. The first is with Philippe from Haiti. he is 70 year old former member of the Boston Teachers union who came to the US in the 70’s. He sat for two audio interviews that loaded consecutively onto a single youtube file.

Of the interviews I’ve conducted so far Philippe is the most political in nature and he is anxious to follow-up so don’t be surprised if we have another half hour or more in the future.

My second interview was with Hanna from Iraq. You might remember her from this Thanksgiving video:

That gave you a hint of what was coming and believe me you’ll find the story of a girl who started out in a land where she was basically property to being a “lead” at an American company at age 23 fascinating.

I have one more interview in the bank with another young man named Alvin from El Salvador and am scheduled to conduct another with a middle-aged woman named Maria from the Dominican Republic but be aware I’m not confining these interviews to my co-workers. I’ll be speaking to an immigrant from England living in New Hampshire and am actively seeking out others from various countries to get their perspective on life in America.

My plan is to conduct 2-4 of these done per month and upload them first to youtube and then put them out here at the blog. I hope to build a large library of people from as many countries as I can to get a feel of how and why people come and what their perception of America was and is. Occasionally a translator will be necessary but I’m less worried about the logistics as I am getting the information and the various perspectives from different people, different cultures and different backgrounds.

I hope you find this work interesting and informative. I suspect it won’t be as sensational as what the MSM is feeding you, but it will have the virtue of being unrehearsed and unspun, which is why it will likely not have anywhere near the reach.


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by baldilocks

Folks keep telling me that Jesus the Christ would never separate family members. Really?

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

— Matthew 10:34-37

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon

 the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left

— Matthew 25:31-33

Then there’s the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13.

Whenever someone talks about Jesus the Christ allegedly not being in favor of separating family members, regardless of the context, that person unwittingly reveals that she is using a false Jesus to make her point.

And the only point she’s reaching for is this one:

To shame you into changing your opinion or into shutting up. It’s another revelation – no pun intended.

Those of us who have read, reread, studied, meditated on, and applied the Word of God to our lives are mostly immune to these attempts at shame. I, for one, laugh at them.

If we Christians have one criterion to get to God and be with Him forever in the next life – submitting to Jesus the Christ and Lord and Savior – then God is our sole audience and whatever we think and do is for His perusal and judgment and His alone.

Others can guess for themselves whether another person belongs to Christ or not, but there is an objective yardstick with which to measure that ownership. (And, yes, if you are a Christian, then Christ owns your carcass and that which is contained therein.)

Anyway, I cannot find an explicit or implicit indication of this rah-rah Team Jesus, phantom Uniter-not-a-Divider that people keep conjuring. Therefore, when others use this Figment Jesus to point their grubby fingers at you in accusation, their opinions and conclusions about the “quality” of your Christianity are worthless.

But you knew that already.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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