Going Postal?

http://www.infowars.com/u-s-postal-service-announces-giant-ammo-purchase/

OK, so I have a question.  Why does the Postal Service need small arms ammunition?   I’ve never seen an armed guard at a post office, nor an armed postman.  Those nice ladies at the counter at my local branch must have some hidden heat under the counter.

The bigger question in my mind is why are these non-military, non-law enforcement government agencies buying up weapons and ammunition in such large quantities?  Is it to ensure that the government has its own private police force at hand so when the public finally wises up to the fact that we’re being “had” they will be able to deploy a multitude of its own security forces to avoid potential or perceived conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act?  Or is it just preparing for civil unrest in case the military would refuse to take part in any put down of such unrest (think recently in Egypt, where the military refused to fire on the people, the government police and agencies stepped in to try to put down the insurrection)?

In light of everything government is doing to wrest control of our lives from us and the rapid pace at which our liberty is eroding, sooner or later the people are going to catch on.  Let’s hope the mailman doesn’t need to use his Glock.

Enter the Militarized Police State

OK, so hello again.  Dramatic re-entry, eh?   Yeah, I’ve been on this long hiatus, sort of a long leave of absence I guess.  I’ve wanted to write, but I just couldn’t get the motor started.  There have been some events that have gotten me fired up, but nothing that has pushed me far enough so far.  This must be the spark that I needed because it’s just so wrong and scary.

We think we live in a free country where our rights and freedoms are guaranteed by the Constitution.  Think again.  If the whole NSA scandal has not convinced you, then you’ve been living under a rock (like you really didn’t think all electronic data was being collected in the first place?).

We have a Fourth Amendment that guarantees our freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.  Fine.  In this case the PD had a warrant.  But does a warrant to search for folks that were being sought for credit card fraud really warrant a Swat team on an essentially a “no knock” entry?  C’mon.  The entry team ripping down, covering up visible security cameras?  Must not want to be recorded doing what?  If you do your due diligence and READ and listen to the report, you’ll see that this is way overkill.  Take a look at the militarization of your local PD, Sheriff’s department and State Police (not to mention Homeland Security, which is essentially a federal police force that claims to execute authority over everyone).  Ever wonder why they pretty much have just as much firepower as a Marine combat regiment  with armored vehicles?  Is that really necessary?  OK, so I’ll back off a little.  Dealing with Mexican drug traffickers, organized crime “the mob”, a potential terrorist threat (Oh, sorry, we aren’t allowed to call them terrorists anymore) but credit card fraud?  Really?

Lucky no one was hurt.  So, OK, they’re not the droids you’re looking for, so sorry.  What about the busted door, the fright of PD busting into your home without effectively giving you the chance to open the door voluntarily, especially if you as the homeowner have no idea what is going on and are totally innocent?  Progressives always fall back the phrase “common sense” when referring to their gun control laws, and other controlling we know what is best for you legislation. What about common sense in execution of a warrant for a non-violent crime where there is no history of violent activity?  You think you’re free?  Think again.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/scenes-from-a-militarized-america-iowa-family-terrorized//?print=1

I’m back.  Don’t know how frequently, but it won’t be for two an a half years, that’s for sure.  Some things just need to be shared.  And of course, my opinion must be heard!

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!  We celebrate our country’s Independence Day.  Of course, it’s one of the “big three” holidays of the summer, along with Memorial Day and Labor Day, July 4th  marks the midpoint of our summer.  So while we celebrate with cook outs and summer sales, taking long weekends to relax at home, or catching up on chores or “honey do’s”, let’s not forget the tremendous sacrifice of those that enabled the creation of this great country.  We revere the names of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Paine, Hamilton, and on.  Theirs was the great sacrifice and vision that made this great country possible.

The founding fathers wisely crafted a constitution that would provide us with the parameters to keep our republic strong and intact.  Our nation has endured like no other for more than 200 years.  The United States of America is the beacon of hope for all those that yearn to be free.

But we must not rest on our laurels.  Though our war for independence may have ended in 1783 according to the history books, the fight for freedom never ends.  There are those today that would gladly see our nation fall.  They are opposed to everything we as a people stand for and represent.  They are not interested in negotiation, compromise or treaty.  That wake-up call came on September 11, 2001.

Today, the best of our youth man a post, guarding the freedom that was so hard won that this July 4th holiday represents.  Now more than ever, we must realize that even though our revolution may have been won over 200 years ago, our freedom, our nation, our ideals, must always be defended.

We cannot fail.  Those that oppose us are not interested in compromise.  Therefore, compromise is not an option.  What the United States of America stands for is precious.  We must protect the ideals defined in our constitution. Our constitution is what makes us great.  There is no other country like us.   Be proud of us.  We are the beacon.  We are freedom.

American Iron

It’s nice to say those words. One of the things that I notice here in Michigan is that most of the vehicles on the road are domestic. The contrast is a stark one from living in Kalifornia, where the majority of the vehicles are foreign. Tons of Toyotas zipping around. I’m sure glad I’m out of there because if all those gas pedals decide to stick, there’s going to be a heap of trouble. Car carnage baby!

I wonder why that is though, the contrast in vehicles. Is it that the folks out there are so more enlightened that folks in the Midwest? Naw, can’t be. Other than the weather, what has Kali got on us? My guess is that a large number of immigrants out there just do not have the loyalty to this country and its domestic industry that native born families do. Think about it. Not saying anything bad about them, but they didn’t grow up with Chevy and Ford. Hell, they probably never saw a Chevy or Ford before coming here. Probably never had the opportunity to own a car. That would explain the huge number of BAD drivers. Never owned a car. Come to Kali. Get a license. Look out.

Now I know some of my friends that may read this are going to think I’m just a conservative beau hunk, profiling and such. Too bad. Go live it. It’s true. And I don’t want to rip on any friends that drive foreign cars, OK, I will. But that’s just me. You support the country you live in and its industry. Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s tough to buy anything that is not made in China, Korea, Vietnam, etc. anymore. And of course we all fall into that category. Trying to buy American for everything is an almost impossible task. But at least I feel that you can make the gesture of keeping the big ticket vehicle purchase on domestic shores.

And speaking of big tickets and American Iron, most of you know Jenn works for GM. She just got a new company car, a 2010 Avalanche. Nice! Now we have two of the lovely things in the driveway. $100K plus of good ole V8 powered American Iron between the two of us. Just gives you a warm feeling inside…

Not to mention the 3lbs of stainless Officer’s ACP I can once again holster. Now that’s some Iron!

Waiting and Waiting

OK, so I’m back.  Hey ya’ll, it’s been a while.

What have I been up to?  Well, moving from Kalifornia to Michigan for one (That whole adventure will be posted once I get the time to do it right).  Suffice to say, much fun was had on that trip.

Oh, and as soon as I get back from Kali, I pick up a job that has me working in Sacramento…  Go figure.  But, it’s all good.  More frequent flyer miles for me.

Here’s what’s on this free man’s mind today.

I’ve been pretty quiet about the whole political environment for a bit.  Mostly because there has been lots of other personal stuff going on to deal with, but trust me, I keep an eye on things.

So, let’s put this into context.  I’m finally back in Michigan.  We finally get to move into our fabulous new digs.  Life is returning to good, except for the crummy weather.  Now I get to do what everyone just hankers to do…Go to the post office and Secretary of State (DMV for you Kali types) to deal with change of address stuff (and mail some packages).  Who hates going to the post office or sec state (DMV)?  EVERYBODY!  Is it not the worst, most detested experience?   I actually lucked out at the post office (first stop).  I was only like, fourth in line.  By the time I got to the counter the line was out to the door, and people were already walking out shaking their heads in disgust.

Sec State was even more frightening.  I spent 20 minutes in a line just to get a number to get in another line!  What?  Just to change my address?  And the place is not all that crowded.  The guy in front of me turned back to me and said “I hate coming to this place for anything!”  Don’t we all.  Think about it.  Aren’t all the clerks just not so interested in expediting what we’re there for?  Is there no motivation to get everyone through in the most efficient manner?  I’d hear someone calling numbers so meekly…101, 102, 103… You better be Johnny on the spot cause you’ll miss you turn.  Oh, could you call out those numbers a little bit louder please?  Maybe give more than a second before you call the next number?  Ya’ll know what I mean.  Have you ever seen customers in one of those offices happy (besides when they actually get called up or are leaving)?  Really, think about it.

OK, so now I’ll throw in my 2 dollars on the political angle (you knew this had to be coming).

If this minor stuff (address change, post office) is such a pain in the arse, what the heck are we going to do if government takes control of our health care?  Think about it.  Simple things like sending a priority mail envelope with delivery confirmation takes 30 minutes.  Changing your driver’s license takes an hour.  The folks you’re dealing with don’t give a rat’s arse.  What the heck is it going to take to get flipping surgery?  Post office, DMV; government run agencies.  Is that what you want to deal with health care wise?  Number 103 for heart surgery please step forward… oops, no takers, number 104?  Oh, and I’ve been waiting for months, sorry, my heart just gave out at number 100.  Let’s have a fun wake…  Get the picture.  Government makes a mess of most everything they get their hands on and we want to trust them with our health care (read, our lives)?  Ya, right.  Why does UPS and Fedex thrive and make so much money delivering packages if the post office is so great?  Hmmmmm.  The post office doesn’t even MAKE money.  Why are they still around?

Be careful what you wish for USA.

Hey, I’m back…

Yes bloggers, I have returned.  After a short hiatus during which we relocated (repatriated ) from Kalifornia to the free USA, I’m back.  So, since Jenn and I are out of Kali and beginning another chapter of our ever so hectic and comlicated lives back in the gawd awful climate of Michigan, I decided to crank up a new blog to give me a forum to comment on current events and just what the heck is going on with us.

For those that are unfamilliar with the original blog, you can certainly catch up on what started the whole thing, and subsequent posts here

http://distinguishedcomments.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/this-is-what-started-the-idea-for-the-blog/

Anyway, I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts and our adventures, so I figured why not continue?  I’m never short of things to opine about, so what the hell…

Stay tuned.  Lots more to share.



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