Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino. A man who spends his days sitting on the porch, keeping his house and yard immaculate, satisfied to drink his cheap beer while watching his neighborhood and country go to hell around him. (Snip) Both of these men are fictional characters, but is it just fantasy? Let us look back at Samuel Whittemore. Samuel was an old man -- seventy-eight years old, to be exact -- on April 19, 1775. After many years of service bearing arms for the British Crown,
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn´t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children´s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
We vets have long memories and short tempers. We gave years of our lives and all too often much more than that to keep this nation free. We aren´t going to idly sit by and let those freedoms that we fought for be shredded by the current crop of politicians.
It is widely recognized among the veteran population that the liberal Democrat gun grabbers will try but are not going to get away with taking away the 2nd Amendment rights of hundreds of millions of law abiding Americans based upon the actions of a few criminally insane people.
Donald Rumsfeld was vilified in the press for calling the terrorists ´´dead-enders´´. What he meant was, these were the stragglers that had nothing left to live for except to cause as much chaos before their martyr´s demise. I contend that there are Walt Kowalskis patiently waiting, cleaning their weapons, and amassing ammo. At the point where Obama transforms America to no longer be recognizable, an army of dead-enders will be unleashed...and it won´t go well for the Feds.
I am not a veteran, nor is my father but both of us have come to the point in our lives where the things we love, family, country, God, our unborn grndchildren, mean far more to us than life or liberty.
That is a force no army can truly counter. It is not a conviction anyone under the age of about 50 cannot really understand. It comes with age, with reaching the point where you can start to feel you´ve had a good long life. One starts to feel a very heavy weight of what we owe the ones we love who have just started their lives. At that point the fear of forfeiting ones life or liberty loses its power. An army of such men and women can achieve unbelievable things.
My Timber King, a Marine veteran of two tours in Vietnam, is heartsick over the "transformation of America" and believes the oath he took has no expiration date. He never expected domestic enemies would come to include the federal government.
Personally, I´m ready to stand proudly at his side especially after this week. For some reason my small town pharmacy has been unable to get Estratest (hormone replacement pills - or anti-divorce pills as the TK calls them) since January 2nd. They gave me the last 3 they had. I´ve been hormonally deprived for one week now. (Is this the Obamacare "war on women"?)
I´m aching for a fight and this week has brought to mind a new tactic: Tens of thousands of conservative post-menopausal women can voluntarily go off their meds for one week, THEN we march on D.C.
I don´t know about that #6. My guess is they will follow orders ... for a while, but I believe that at some point they will change. They followed orders in the Civil War, they followed orders at Waco, they will follow orders until they see the light. Many will die on both sides if it came to that. Just sayin. What they can´t do is occupy the country. They can´t post enough men to control 25 million scattered across the country. Where they going to quarter them, in the houses of the ´enemy´? Good luck and sleep tight and have another drink with that. There would also be a Galt effect that would make it difficult for them to sustain a long action.
This piece and the above comments brought to mind the action of the Current US Military Chief of Staff, General Dempsey, USA.
In the days following Benghazi, he personally called the minister of a small Florida Church and asked him to refrain from criticizing Islam. THE senior military of officer calling a civilian, a Christian pastor, and "suggesting" he not express his opinions concerning Islam.
This truly outrageous and illegal act by a military member got next to no coverage by the news media.
Things are indeed changing, and as a retired 33 year active duty veteran, I concur with the Ldotter thoughts above.
Most of the senior general officers are politicians. I was shocked to find out that David Petraeus only had an EIB not a CIB and that all of his fruit salad was "I´ve been there at such and such a time" I think it will come down to the Colonels, it usually does (and the NCO´s of course) As for the dangerous old men: They´re old, don´t have a lot left except their honor and love of country, their families are grown and on their own, they have skill sets, many of which aren´t too useful in polite society, they´ve been there and done that and they have survived things that most can´t imagine. What could possibly be dangerous about that
My 65 year old, Vietnam Veteran Father just bought his first AR-15 (well, second, if you count the one he carried over there). He is truly worried about the country he will leave for his grandchildren.
His Federal Agent (me) and Police Officer sons will not participate in confiscations. He raised us right.
In Michael Agar´s book entitled Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation, he asks "[h]ow do you speak and act a lie at the same time?" Agar maintains that there are three characteristics of an act that tell ... whether a lie occurred or not: I. The sentence is false; 2. The person knows it´s false; 3. The person intends to deceive. A lie isn´t just what´s in the discourse; it´s also what´s in the circumstances of the act of speaking, like the knowledge and intentions of the speaker. Furthermore, "the thing that most people would say makes a lie
Organizing for Action (OFA), which lives at the web address barackobama.com because it is an outgrowth of the Obama presidential campaigns, is shamelessly seeking to exploit the deaths of school children at the hands of a maniac in Newtown, CT. I am beyond words. How low can you go?
Global warming hysterics at the BBC warned us in 2007 that by summer 2013, the Arctic would be ice-free. As with so many other doomsday predictions by warmists, the results turn out to be quite the opposite. The UK Daily Mail reports: A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year - an increase of 29 per cent. (snip) The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year. More than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left
Barack Obama is a man with only one core conviction. He has, as the basic foundation of his otherwise disorganized and uncertain belief system, the irrefutable tenet that the United States, because of its European roots, has been the epitome of oppression and arrogance throughout its history. Therefore, he is able to rationalize the need to say or do anything as the transformation of American society and the end of the pre-eminent status of the United States are his sole objectives. He has, thus, adopted a pre-meditated schizophrenic personality wherein he comports himself as an apologist and appeaser on the
Liberal media bon pensants are in a huff over remarks delivered by London´s Mayor Boris Johnson suggesting that IQ and effort have something to do with income. (snip) Britain´s Guardian, which regards itself as the leading organ of the left wing intelligentsia, busied itself ginning up an editorial pretending that Johnson is probably a racist: [Johnson used] a bizarre metaphor - "The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top" - which was likely designed to confuse with colour, and make sure that this ambitious politician didn´t say too much.
The University of Colorado at Boulder is known for being one of the most politically correct campuses in the United States, particularly when it comes to Native American cultures. (snip) I think it is absolutely fine to name the dorms after the chiefs. My problem is with the pretensions of fighting "cultural chauvinism" and "primitivization." The plain fact is that the Araphao or Hinono´ei Language was a preliterate language, unlike French. Any rendering of the language into Roman letters should qualify as "cultural chauvinism." There is no way at all to put into a foreign system of writing a preliterate
In June 2013, Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF)´s case that ObamaCare violates the Constitution´s Origination Clause. This clause reads, "All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills." (snip)Judge Howell was likely wrong to have dismissed PLF´s lawsuit against ObamaCare for, among other reasons, not violating the Origination Clause´s second half.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon