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Friday, April 18, 2014

Why No One Wants To Hack For The US Government

by JASmius

The FBI and Pentagon plan to hire 6,000 cybersecurity professionals by 2016, but they're having a really rough time recruiting people to work for them. There could be many reasons why - low pay, not enough American-born resources - but it all might really come down to one thing: that the US treats hackers as the worst possible criminals. So why would a hacker want to work for them? The Resident discusses.

Might it not also be a matter of trust?  (1) Most hackers tend to be young people; (2) young people tend to be big on privacy; (3) the Obama Regime's domestic spying has put off the young people that once worshipped Red Barry as a demigod.  Now that same Regime wants them to do that same dirty work for him?  Awfully tough sell, that.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#OccupyTheRanch: Rotating Shifts Have Commenced @ Bundy Ranch

by JASmius

Looks like we're not the only ones who think the BLM Guards Tank Army's retreat is not permanent.

Of course, you know the BLM could always attack another ranch where Tea Partiers aren't standing watch.  In fact, I would bet on that being the Regime's strategy, because they're after a heckuva lot more than just Clive Bundy, and thanks to their militant police state tactics, that name has attracted far too much attention.

Bottom line is the government will always have more resources than the people will because...well, from where do you think the feds took them in the first place?

It's Official: Takers Outnumber Workers...148 Million To 86 Million?

by JASmius

No offense to your brain-and-a-half, Great One, but if the margin is nearly two to one, didn't this become "official" a long time ago?

How can we sustain this?  Print more money, I guess, until Barack Obama signs the Enslavement Proclamation forcing all white Americans into mandatory indentured servitude.  Because as everybody knows, slave economies are always the most efficient....for the slaveholders.

Tonight's Temecula Constitution Class Cancelled

Due to infirmities beyond Mr. Gibbs' control, tonight's Temecula Constitution Class at Faith Armory, 41669 Winchester Road, Temecula, California, has been cancelled.  It will resume next Thursday at 6:30 PM sharp.  Please remember Doug in your prayers as his recovery from his hit & run accident progresses.

As Doug posted last week, efforts are in progress to begin a new Constitution Class in Corona at All Star Collision. The night of the week, and exact time, are still up in the air.

There are also efforts underway to change the class so that it is available online as well. Video presentations will be provided on YouTube, and complete video, as well as live presentations, will be available with an online subscription in the near future.

To accomplish our goals, we are constantly in the need of assistance. The cost of equipment and promotion is still beyond our financial ability, but you can help. All monetary gifts are welcome, regardless of the amount. Please do what is in your heart, and I am sure the LORD will multiply what we are doing as His will determines.

If you wish to send a gift, you can go to Doug's contribution page to do so at: http://www.douglasvgibbs.com/donate.php with credit card or PayPal.

Hard Starboard Radio: al Qaeda's Master Plan

Kathleen Sebelius steps down from HHS....to run for the U.S. Senate, and ObamaCare supporters pretend to rejoice; Ukraine fighting continues, while Obama continues hailing UConn basketball coaches for championships; Russofilic eastern Ukrainians institute Jewish registration; Muslim nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews; Fueled by money from the Sunni kingdoms, al-Qaeda is signaling its intent to conquer the world for Allah; Obama still firing up racial and gender resentments to get out the vote; and the definition of true immigration reform and who the "reactionaries" really are.

Sitting back and enjoying the collapse at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.  Besides, it's not like I have anything better to do.

Ukrainian Jews Told To Register Or Be Deported

by JASmius

Looks like Vladimir Putin's minions really are going full frontal Godwinn:

Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim government that is trying to make the eastern province of Donetsk Russian or face deportation.

Deportation where, exactly?  Western Ukraine?  The direction this crisis is headed, that would be a most decidedly temporary arrangement at best.

Armed, masked men were waiting outside one synagogue, reports Ynet News, Israel's largest news website, to hand worshipers the leaflets telling them to register with the forces who are trying to return the city to Russia.
Well, heck, there's nothing Nazi-esque about that, is there?

The flyers said that all Jews in the province who are over the age of 16 must register, provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee of about $50 or "else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated."

".....now, as opposed to after all Jews in the province have registered, at which time their citizenship will be revoked, they'll be deported, and their assets confiscated more efficiently later."  Or just rounded up and sent to death camps, whichever is easier.

Pushilin admitted the flyers came from his organization but disavowed the contents, which said that Jews were being ordered to register because of their support for the Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement that fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II.

At last, a non-anti-Semitic motivation for this garish act of fascism.  See, it's also about crushing Ukrainian nationalism as well!  That changes everything!

Incidentally, did I mention that the proportion of Jews in the "People's Republic of Donetsk" is one in two hundred fifty?  So, anti-Semitic stereotypes notwithstanding, it's not like Pushilin's temporary fiefdom is being overrun by God's chosen people, although in vintage Putinesque gangster fashion, they could line their pockets to some extent by their intended Kristallnachtian plundering.

Unsurprisingly, it's proving to be a hard sell to its intended victims:

Jewish resident Olga Reznikova, 32, told Ynet she never experienced anti-Semitism in the city until she saw this leaflet. She said it reminded her of the "fascists in 1941," a reference to the Nazis who occupied Ukraine during World War II. Hitler's regime murdered one million Ukrainian Jews in the Holocaust.

"I do not intend to register," she said. "I am 32, I have lived in Donetsk my entire life and have never had to deal with anti-Semitism until I laid eyes on this piece of paper.

The risible irony?  The Kremlin is using bogus charges of anti-Semitism against the Ukrainian government in Kiev to justify its slow-motion invasion.  Psychological projection once again, the telltale fingerprint of leftalitarianism.

It's a pity Denis Pushilin isn't going after Muslims instead.  That might actually motivate Barack Obama to muster at least a token level of resistance to Czar Vlad's resurrection of the Evil Empire.

Battle Of Bundy Hill II

by JASmius

The Bureau of Land Management nearly started a range war over cattle grazing fees when it had an old west style stand-off with 68 year-old rancher Clive Bundy. A shoot-out has been averted for now, but Trifecta wonders whether it could happen later. Are free speech and private property rights truly in peril under the Obama Regime?

Put another way, Clive Bundy's stand this late in the "fundamental transformation" game shows how far out of whack things have gotten in this country, and that it's the federal government that is "kooky" far more than he is.  The only question - and I think it's more a rhetorical formality - is whether it's gotten too far out of whack to be brought back into whack.  That question will be answered when the BLM comes back to Casa Bundy for round two.

Emails Link Justice Department.To IRS Tea Party Targeting

by JASmius

To preface, let me stress once again to keep you from getting your hopes up that there is nothing - no revelation, no scandal, NOTHING - that will "bring down" Barack Obama or any underling in his Regime, no matter how puny and insignificant.  In this White House, even the janitor has more stroke than John Boehner or Mitch McConnell or any other Republican.  So what I am about to discuss next will....not....matter.

That said, it's a crying shame, because in its sheer egregiousness, IRSgate keeps getting more and more interesting:

Embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner last year discussed working with the Justice Department to prosecute nonprofit organizations that she felt had "lied" about their political activities, according to new documents released on Wednesday by Judicial Watch about the agency's targeting of conservative groups.

The new documents show Lerner's communications with Justice within days of publicly acknowledging that the Internal Revenue Service was singling out tea party, conservative, and religious groups.

They also indicate that the targeting may have reached further into the Obama White House despite Lerner's original assertions that it was all based out of the agency's Cincinnati field office.

Might as well get this one out of the way: Imagine if any Republican White House had (1) pulled something like this and (2) taken it this far.  All President Nixon did was try to get the IRS to go after his political enemies (in the highest FDR/JFK/LBJ tradition), and he had to resign to beat both impeachment and removal from office.  But Barack Hussein Obama [hmm-hmm-hmm]?  Why, it's almost as if he and his minions know they're bullet-proof.

Incidentally, the Regime didn't take it "this" far - they took it even further:

In a May 8 email, for instance, Lerner said that she had received a call from Richard Pilger, director of the elections crimes unit at Justice.

Pilger asked whether the IRS could help the department "piece together false statement cases about applicants who 'lied'" on a particular IRS form, "saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.

"DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs," Lerner said in the email.

"I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…," she said.

Lerner wrote the email to Nikole Flax, who was chief of staff at the time to Steven Miller, who was the acting IRS commissioner.

She responded in an email the next day: "I think we should do it -- also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to [Federal Election Commission]. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?"
The IRS, the Commissariat of Injustice & Revenge, AND the Federal Election Commission, colluding in a veritable council-of-war fashion against humble Tea Party groups to, as it were, swat flies with Buicks?  This wasn't just voter suppression, it was political repression and persecution.  It was a broad-based Obama Regime intent not just to keep TPers out of the political process, but to "fundamentally transform" them into political prisoners of the state.  It was vintage police state mentality.

How very Soviet Socialist of them.

"These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal."

Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that has been investigating the scandal, said the new emails underscored "the political nature of IRS tea party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats.

"These e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs," the California Republican said in a statement.

"Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner's emails,” Ohio GOP Representative Jim Jordan said in a statement.

The documents "further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission, the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives," he said.

Jordan added that had the oversight panel not become involved, "Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped-up criminal charges against tea party groups to intimidate them from exercising their Constitutional rights."

But....do you think anything will happen to Eric "The Red" over this?  Will O ask for his resignation?  Will enough finally be enough?


President Barack Obama has denied GOP charges that the targeting of the groups was politically motivated or illegal, telling Fox News in February that "not even a smidgen of corruption" was involved in the specialized screening.

And in his mind, Red Barry is telling the truth, because crushing the "forces of evil" - which is to say, any and all that would racistly oppose him in any way, shape, or form - cannot, by definition, be corrupt.  It's the Tea Party that is "corrupt," because it's "racist" for standing against him and his Marxist-Alinskyist faith, and championing those white, slaveholding Founders and their Enslavement-Proclaiming Constitution that would tie his deity down like Gulliver was the Lilliputians, and therefore must be not just stopped, but completely eradicated by any means necessary.  Once that's understood, one can see why the law and the Constitution must not be allowed to stand in the way of "doing what must be done" to preserve "the fundamental transformation" of Obamerika.


And remember, all of the above has now been formally codified in Regime policies and procedures, and is being strictly carried out in the 2014 cycle.  So if anybody is getting frog-marched out of any place in orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, it ain't gonna be Lois Lerner or Eric Holder.

But at least Tea Partiers can take those pleasant fantasies with them to provide some measure of comfort in the long years of incarceration ahead.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hey! F-B-I . . . "Big Government, Big Government, Big Government!!!!!!"

By Douglas V. Gibbs

I am one to constantly talk about big government, and the dangers of big government.  So did Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and a few others you may have heard of.  They were called radicals, extremists, and traitors.  Many times their writings were under pseudonyms, like Bruno, or Publius, in order to protect them from being arrested.

The Founding Fathers spoke out against big government as often as they could.

And so did a young man named Cicero.  Less than a hundred years before Christ, Cicero preached about honest government, challenging the bureaucrats and politicians to turn away from their dishonest ways, so that Rome could become a republic, again.  The power structure turned away from Cicero, literally turning their backs on him as he spoke, and eventually they exiled him for calling for honest government that abides by the limitations set forth the rule of law.  They sent him away, out of Rome, for daring to speak in opposition to their greedy lust for big government.

The Saxons later transformed the overpowering monarchy in England into a government based on the idea that Englishmen are freemen, and that nobody is above the law. . . including the king.  Their endeavors to ensure that the government remained individual-centric led to the Magna Carta, the Glorious Revolution, and the English Bill of Rights.  But even with a history that demanded honest government, eventually the British fell back into the trap of big government, and became tyrannical against thirteen individual colonies in the New World as a result of their willingness to do as they pleased from a parliamentary point of view, regardless of representation.

Montesquieu, a French political philosopher saw the wisdom in the individual-centric system devised by the Saxons, and the Roman Republic, and wrote in favor of systems that guarded individual rights, and liberty.  He called out for a mixed constitution, that divided the powers of aristocracy, in order to create a republic, with a separation of powers divided between three compartments of government.  He was disliked in his mother country of France, for daring to speak out against authoritarianism, and big government.

We see it throughout history.  Time and time again there are stories in history about citizens standing up to big government, and being investigated, jailed, exiled, or killed because they dared to question the tyrannical authority of the ruling elite.  Dictatorships have risen and fallen, and have destroyed societies in their wake. The Caesars.  Hitler.  Stalin.  Communists, socialists, and progressives, alike.

Many countries have a shining moment in their history where their system was individual-centric, and the government was limited to the rule of law, and governed by the representative consent of the people.  And each of these mighty civilizations fell when the prosperity, which emerged as a result of a free system, lured tyrants to lead the government, who then fundamentally transformed those countries into big government led systems with policies that aimed to trample upon the rights of the citizens, and enslave them under the iron fist of big government.  It happened to the Greek States, it happened to Rome, it happened to Sweden after their domination in the 1500s.  Now, it is happening to the United States.

In a free country, free political speech is an important right.  In a tyranny, opposition is silenced, be it through media, political correctness, or laws and judicial rulings aimed at forcing the people to accept a particular issue in the manner the ruling elite expects.  In a tyranny, religious freedom is destroyed, either by the politicization of social issues, or by establishing a dominant church, such as Islam in Muslim countries, or secularism in communist countries.  The people are mandated to follow the dictates of the ruling elite, in the name of the common good, or be detained by the body politic.  Dissent is discouraged.  Tolerance is given only to those that agree with the ruling class.  Those that dare to voice opposition are investigated, and ultimately removed from the picture.  Individuality, sovereignty, and discontent towards the government will not be tolerated.

Recently, in San Diego County, the federal government raided a gun shop, seizing the store's customer list, using the excuse that Ares Armor was selling an illegal plastic gun part (illegal based on the license held by the store).

Recently, in Nevada, a rancher's cattle was being seized, despite his family's use of the land since 1870, and the Bureau of Land Management federal agency used the excuse that the action was to save a tortoise. . . an animal the federal officials themselves have been killing to control the overpopulation of the animal.  There has been some evidence to emerge that the whole thing was over allowing the federal government, through Senator Harry Reid's son, to give China the land to use as a solar farm.

In both cases the law of the land did not matter to the federal government.  The words "Shall Not Infringe" in the 2nd Amendment did nothing to sway the federal government from storming Ares Armor.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 requiring State legislative approval, payment, and for the land to be for "needful buildings" did not stop the federal government from claiming they have jurisdiction over the land, and that the State, and the individuals on the land, has no way to stop them.

The ruling elite has decided they are above the law, and that this is no longer an individual-centric system.

Resistance is futile.

Now, according to a report, in South Carolina, the FBI is visiting gun shops to investigate those that dare oppose big government.

[In Columbia, South Carolina] an FBI agent entered the store on Monday, showed his credentials, before proceeding to ask a series of stunning questions.

Telling the gun store worker he was tasked with visiting all the firearms outlets in the local area to check on “suspicious purchases” for counterterrorism purposes, the agent then began discussing what in actual fact were “completely normal transactions,” such as, “paying with cash, purchasing long guns, and other similarly innocuous behavior.”

The FBI agent then reportedly made a shocking remark that almost seems too chilling to believe.

“If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in, you don’t have to be so worried about that. What we’re really looking for are people talking about being sovereign such as sovereign citizens or people talking about big government,” the agent reportedly stated.

Before the agent left the store, he handed the employee a flyer which lists paying with cash, buying in bulk, along with other seemingly innocuous behavior as suspicious activity.

In response to this report, I would like to make it official (as if they didn't already know this about me):

- I believe I am a sovereign citizen, an individual, with natural rights the federal government has no legal authority to take away from me.  My rights have been entitled to me by Nature's God, and they are unalienable.

- I believe the States are sovereign, voluntary members of the union, and if the federal government is deemed to have breached the provisions of the social contract known as the United States Constitution, they have a right to secede.

- I believe it is our duty, and our right, when government becomes destructive and tyrannical, for "the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness" . . . as it states in the Declaration of Independence.

- I believe the U.S. Constitution gives the people five primary tools for dealing with a tyranny such as the one we are faced with in today's federal government.  Peaceful revolution, nullification, convention, secession, and a bloody revolution.  The people are supposed to be armed with firearms specifically to stand against a tyrannical federal government, should one rise, as per the 2nd Amendment.  The federal government, in turn, has no authority to infringe upon my right to gain access to the arms I believe are necessary to fight them off with, should the system become tyrannical.

- I believe that big government is dangerous, and to be the cause of the fall of all great civilizations in history.  This government, under President Obama, is assassinating our American System, murdering liberty, and slaughtering the free market.  The way to stop it is for the people to stand up and oppose the federal government, as they did near the Nevada cattle ranch.

In the last week my email has been truncated, my Facebook censored, and I have been followed as I drove to Corona to visit my mother . . . but understand that that kind of jackbooted tyranny will not stop me, or any patriotic American who is willing to defend our freedom.  This nation was founded on principles designed to limit the powers of the federal government, not let it runaway with self-appointed powers, or be no different than the authoritarian systems in other countries.  Our liberty is an exceptional thing, and it will not be taken away.

We are ready, and we oppose big government.

It is time to remove the cancer, and replace the ruling elite with statesmen that understand what Americanism is all about.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Report: FBI Visiting Gun Shops to Investigate "People Talking about Big Government" - Info Wars

San Diego County Sheriff Gore's Dereliction of Constitutional Duties - Political Pistachio

Losing the Ranch, By Federal Gunpoint - Political Pistachio

Nevada Rancher Bundy and the Constitution - Political Pistachio

Nevada Cattle Rancher Bundy Gets Support - Political Pistachio

Bundy Ranch: More on the Reid Connection - Political Pistachio

Hard Starboard Radio: Government Is Our Master

A diary of the Left’s largely accomplished efforts to radically transform the country, particularly ObamaCare; The takeaway from the languishing Middle East "peace process"; The global war on Christianity is violent and real and enjoys the hearty approval of Barack Obama; Armed federal agents defend turtle habitat but fail to secure our national borders; The Bundy standoff reminds us that government is our master, not our servant - just what We, The People, voted for; While Ukraine fighting erupts, Obama hails UConn basketball coaches for championships; and Obama fires up racial and gender resentments to get out the h8ter vote.

A teaspoon of medicine makes the sugar come up at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.  Hey, I didn't vote for it.

BREAKING: Boston Marathon Finish Line Evacuated, Suspicious Package Found

by JASmius

It's becoming a Beantown tradition, it appears....

The Boston Police Department said Tuesday night it had taken a man into custody after two unattended backpacks were left near the Boston Marathon finish line.

The bomb squad remained on the scene, investigating the suspicious bags.
No further information about the suspect or the backpacks was immediately available. Authorities had been dispatched to the scene after the backpacks were sighted around 7 p.m.

WBZ-TV photographers at the scene said they saw a person with a backpack screaming "Boston Strong" before police cleared everyone from the area.

Witnesses told the station that the person was barefoot, wearing a long black veil and acting strange. It was unknown whether the person was taken into custody.

Boylston Street has been closed and MBTA Green Line subway service in the area has been temporarily suspended, the Boston Police Department said on Twitter.

The bomb scare came only hours after the city paused to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2013 bombing at the marathon's finish line, in which three people were killed and hundreds were wounded. Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the ceremony.

Authorities say two brothers planned and orchestrated the attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting trial. He faces the death penalty.

Hank Aaron Blistered After Anti-GOP Hate Speech

by JASmius

It's almost as if he was trying to create a self-fulfilling prophecy, isn't it?:

The offices of the Atlanta Braves have been flooded with racist letters, emails, and phone calls attacking Hall of Famer Hank Aaron after his interview comparing the way Republicans treat President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.
Stop the tape.  "Racist" letters, emails, phone calls, etc., Newsmax?  Or angry, indignant retorts to Aaron's own racist, hateful spewings?

USA Today writer Bob Nightengale said the "sheer racism" of the attack against Aaron was similar to the racist onslaught that the African-American star faced in 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record.

Stop the tape.  What "racism," Bob?  Who started this pissing match with flagrant race-baiting?

Nightengale noted that the new hate mail messages came as baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, on Tuesday.
Stop the tape.  It's almost as if Hank Aaron can read a calendar, isn't it, Bob?  You don't suppose that perhaps Aaron timed his racist broadside against half the country to coincide with Jackie Robinson Day, do you?  Just maybe?

One bigoted writer named Edward wrote an email to the Braves' front office with several expletives and racial slurs contained it, according to the Washington Post.

Quote the "racial slurs," then.  And if they actually were racial slurs, then send congratulations to Hammering Hank, because he found one idiot, and that one had to be bellicosely provoked into it.

Another baseball fan named Marion called Aaron "a racist scumbag." Mark called Aaron a "classless racist" while a writer named David said he planned to burn Aaron's "I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story" autobiography.

I don't know about burning any books, but Marion's and Mark's appellations seem to fit pretty well. 

Personally, I take Hank Aaron for a bitter, hateful old man who is a victim of the Left's grievance-mongering industry, brainwashed into believing that no matter how "just" society becomes, it will never be "just" by definition.  The inescapable logic of this poisonous mindset is that blacks must, and therefore are entitled to, enslave whites for at least several centuries before the scales of history can truly be balanced.  If and until blacks get what they're entitled to, they're also entitled to be the biggest racists, bigots, and haters on the planet, free of any and all accountability for their words and actions.

And in case you missed them over last weekend, Aaron's words were definitely in the "fighting" category:

The firestorm erupted after 80-year-old Aaron, the senior vice president of the Braves, said in an interview with USA Today that America today is "not that far removed" from the racial intolerance of the mid-20th century. 
On the fortieth anniversary of his home-run record, he said, "Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."

IOW, nobody can oppose Barack Obama on anything for any reason or by definition it's due to racism.  "Sure, this country has a black president," but that's not enough.  It's not close to being enough.  It isn't even the beginning of a start.  We must have forty-three more black presidents, and never elect a white president again.  And, you know, O has to sign the Enslavement Proclamation herding all white people onto solar panel and wind farm plantations until the dawn of the twenty-fourth century.  After all, it's only fair.

You know what it really is?  Sad.  Pathetic.  This is what racist animals like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright (remember him?), all their white lib accomplices, and, yes, Barack Hussein Obama [hmm-hmm-hmm] have done to people like Hank Aaron.  Turn a rich baseball legend into a toxic bromide-muttering crank.  Even his material is stale and tiresome - wasn't it Charlie Rangel who coined the "then they had hoods, now they wear suits with red ties" slur twenty years ago?  And how is False Messiah "treated," Hank?  Has he ever had to endure the crazed, vicious, maniacal onslaught of an unhinged disloyal opposition, as President Bush did for eight years, complete with assassination fantasies and art too numerous to fully mention, but including mock postage stamps showing him about to be shot through the head, off-Broadway plays depicting him getting shot through the head, and portraits of his severed head, complete with dripping blood and ganglia?  Would you care to show us these things, Hank?  Because I sure as hell can't find them.  What I have no problem finding, Hank, is Barack Obama being endlessly feted, fellated, worshipped, and bowed down to like no president ever has been in American history, facing a decidedly loyal opposition which, for the most part, is terrified of him precisely for fear that they'll be smeared as "racists" if they simply tell the truth about who he really is, what he really believes, and what he's done to this country.

The only real knock that was ever put on Michael Jordan, and more recently Kobe Bryant, is that he didn't use his privileged position as a star professional athlete to "fight for his race," or whatever.  But perhaps MJ was enlightened enough to realize that, because of pioneers like Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, but also because this was America, where a whole lotta white people bought his merchandise and cheered for him and thought he was cool, he was able to achieve all that he did.  Maybe those pioneers earned MJ the luxury of living as an American, hyphen-free.

Even if it was a deathbed conversion, it'd be nice if Hank Aaron could come to that same enlightened realization.

IRS Collects For "Sins Of The Father"

by JASmius

J. Christian Adams (Former Justice Department attorney) on government's latest method of legalized theft: taking money from children if parents owed it.

So let's add this up: The feds are stealing money from people who don't owe it because an ancestor might have been overpaid on some benefit or other, which the feds cannot prove; there's not the slightest level or degree of accountability or transparency from the feds over their illegal actions; and if you resist, they will squash you with extreme prejudice.  And over comparatively de minimus amounts to boot.

Petty tyranny, gentles, but tyranny nonetheless.  And yet a tyranny that We, The People, are, in practical terms, powerless to resist precisely because of the economic incentives involved - i.e. the amounts being stolen by the IRS are far less than the costs in legal fees of trying to get them back.  It's all well and good to speak of the principle of the thing, but if the feds have taken $350, does it make sense to spend ten grand fighting them on it?  In this depressed economy?  Don't think the Regime isn't aware of these incentives, either.

Seems to me like a ready-made case for a class-action suit.

Mike Rogers: US Missed Striking Secret al-Qaeda Meeting

by JASmius

Does this mean that GM is dead again?:

Michigan-8 Representative Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Tuesday that members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] have changed their communications methods following leaks last year about intelligence collection in Yemen.

Video of a recent meeting  of 100 al-Qaida members in Yemen, including some of its top leaders, is raising questions about whether the United States was unaware of the outdoor event and therefore unable to strike it with a drone attack.

You know, I have to wonder about what possible constructive purpose these leaks could have served.  It may sound incredible, but even I grow weary at times of constantly having to suspect the worst of Barack Obama, whether in a sinister or incompetent context.  But if the Regime had a means of intelligence collection on AQAP and somebody leaked it, I can't come up with a great many alternative explanations for the leaking aside from providing AQAP with a heads-up.

Now we've lost an el primo opportunity to mow down at least most of al Qaeda's current global leadership.  And given that O eschewed capturing and interrogating jihadist operatives - aka illegal combatants - thus, by deliberate policy, severely limiting our ability to gather intelligence on AQAP and pre-empt mass casualty attacks in favor of putting all our counter-terrorism eggs in the drone basket, one would have to conclude that AQAP has given us the slip and we are more or less naked to renewed 9/11-magnitude or worse attacks.

And those attacks are coming, my friends:

Al-Wuhayshi is seen in the video appearing to make direct threats at the United States.

"We must eliminate the cross. The bearer of the cross is America," al-Wuhayshi says in a translation of his speech.

There's one reason and one reason only why Barack Obama equated getting bin Laden with victory in the War on Islamic Fundamentalism: to make the ongoing necessity of fighting that war, and the necessity of having to invade state sponsors of terrorism, go away.  So would getting Al-Wuhayshi end the conflict?  Nope.  It seems as if there's always another jihadi chieftain to take the place of the last one.  Almost as if this is a clash of civilizations after all.

And now we're little more than defenseless once more.

I hope this doesn't mean my Chevrolet won't start this morning.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Justice Department Targets Political Enemies As Did The IRS

Posted By Douglas V. Gibbs

From Forbes

Like all mergers, the proposed $45.2 billion Comcast CMCSA +1.33%merger with Time Warner Cable TWC +1.01%—the largest and second largest cable providers in the nation—has its advocates and critics. There are certainly important questions about what impact the merger would have on consumers—but there are equally significant issues associated with the highly politicized approval process.

The Obama Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, must review the merger and decide whether to approve or block it. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and Justice Department have a long track record of pushing the rule of law aside and making decisions based on politics. Will the proposed Comcast merger with Time Warner TWX +0.8% Cable receive the scrutiny it deserves, or simply be fast-tracked for approval based on politics?

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Hard Starboard Radio: The Russian Spring

The West’s betrayal of Ukraine is playing into Vladimir Putin's fascist game plan; As Russian special forces invade eastern Ukraine, Kiev's leaders feel betrayed by the EU and Obamerika; Vlad owns the "high ground"; What the Left did last week to radically transform the country; and the Battle of Bundy Hill and the political powerlessness of the American people.

Let us bow down to our Obamunist overlords at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific - and give them a hotfoot.

Taxes and Health Care Go Up Under Obama

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.

The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare.

“History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The number of proposed tax increases per year is as follows:

-79 tax increases for FY 2010

-52 tax increases for FY 2011

-47 tax increases for FY 2012

-34 tax increases for FY 2013

-137 tax increases for FY 2014

-93 tax increases for FY 2015

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Obama budget with the lowest number of proposed tax increases was released during an election year: In February 2012, Obama released his FY 2013 budget, with “only” 34 proposed tax increases. Once safely re-elected, Obama came back with a vengeance, proposing 137 tax increases, a personal record high for the 44th President.

In addition to the 442 tax increases in his annual budget proposals, the 20 signed into law as part of Obamacare, and the massive tobacco tax hike signed into law on the sixteenth day of his presidency, Obama has made it clear he is open to other broad-based tax increases.


Survey shows ObamaCare sending premiums rising at fastest clip in decades

A recent survey of 148 insurance brokers shows that ObamaCare is sending premiums rising at the fastest clip in decades.

"For the last, about, five years they've been doing this survey, so this was the largest percentage increase in any quarter since they've been doing (it)," says Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute.

"But at 12 percent, 11 percent increase on average across all the states -- that puts it at the upper end of any increase we've seen for decades."

That is the national average in a survey done by Morgan Stanley. But in some states, it found rates are soaring.

"There are specific states with exorbitant increases," says Gottlieb. "Delaware had 100 percent increase, Florida had a 37 percent increase, Pennsylvania 28 percent increase, California had a 53 percent increase in their premiums."

Rates vary widely, often depending on the state and how highly regulated it was to begin with. Analysts, however, say the main reasons for the higher costs are not medical inflation, but rather the requirements of ObamaCare itself.

"There are certain regulations and certain requirements that had to be in there. And because of that it's driven up the costs of these benefits," says John DiVito of the Flexible Benefit Service Corporation, which represents hundreds of agents.Rate hikes include ten essential health benefits along with more than 20,000 pages or regulations.

The reported hikes are for the first policies issued under ObamaCare in 2014.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring To Rig Electoral College

by JASmius

Think of it as a backup plan in case Barack Obama's coup attempt is unsuccessful:

A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.

The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law -- sufficient to cast the Electoral College's majority 270 votes --  it will take effect.

The Electoral College will become a vestigial anachronism.
Remarkable, isn't it?  Kind of an Article V convention in reverse without the need for three-quarters State ratification.  Or the states effectively committing suicide.

Which states?  C'mon, do you really have to ask?

So far, nine states and the District of Columbia - casting 136 electoral votes - have joined moving half way to the 270 needed to put the compact into effect. The ratifying states are: Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, DC, Vermont, California, and Rhode Island.

Both houses in New York have passed it and its on Governor Cuomo’s desk.

And, it has already passed one house in: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon. These states, plus New York represent 107 votes. Combined with the others they are up to 242 votes . They need 270.

Who is pushing this?

All of those ratifying voted for Obama as did eight of the ten one-house states.

The Left quite obviously still has a bee up its collective butt about the 2000 election, even though there's nothing inherent in the Electoral College system that favors one party over the other if the popular vote goes the other way.  By pursuing this gambit, they could very easily be setting themselves up for a scenario in which they lose the popular vote but would have won the Electoral College, after which they will back-flip to aggrieved champions of the Electoral College overnight.  As I always say, it's any port in a storm with these people.

The puppet master behind this scheme will also come as no shock:

The Movement is funded, in part, by the Center for Voting and Democracy, a George Soros-funded election group.

Just so.  But let's remember the system the Founding Fathers bequeathed us, and why the Electoral College is such an important part of it.

Recall first that the federal government was created by the States.  That's what the Constitutional Convention was: a gathering of delegates from the Sovereign States which had agreed that the Articles of Confederation weren't working as the central government they created was too weak to carry out the functions the States needed at the national level, such as national defense, domestic tranquility, the ability to referee inter-state disputes, etc.  A stronger central government was needed to which all the Sovereign States would concede sufficient strictly enumerated powers for the necessary national functions, but no more than that.  And thus, the United States Constitution was born.

Remember as well that what the Founders created was a federal republic, not a democracy.  They understood that pure democracy - the "will of the people" - was every bit as potentially tyrannical as runaway Big Government, and that the former usually leads to the latter.  Consequently they checked and balanced Da Peepul as much as any other "special interest".

Accordingly, in setting up the tripartite structure of the federal government, the Founders ensured that the states would be represented equally with the people at large.  This is why Congress is bicameral, with a Senate (Article I, Section III) representing the states, with big states and small states getting equal representation, and a House of Representatives (Article I, Section II) to proportionately and directly reflect the voice of Da Peepul.  States check the public, the public checks the States.

In the same way, the Constitution sets forth that the President is to be elected not by direct popular vote but by an Electoral College in which each State's electors cast their ballots (Article II, Section I).  There are no constitutional requirements for how Electors are to vote, but traditionally they have voted the way their State's popular vote went, allowing the people's will to be reflected, while still also affording the States a say in the electoral process.

Check and balance.

The "war on the States" began in earnest a century ago with the Seventeenth Amendment stripping States of the right to representation in the Senate and giving that to the public at large, transforming Congress into, in essence, two Houses of Representatives.  It's unsurprising that "Progressivism" really picked up steam only twenty years later with FDR's "New Deal," establishing a dynamic of federal supremacy and State irrelevance and vassalism.  Or, to get all zen-like, that is when our constitutional system fell out of balance, and hasn't regained it since.  With the other Big Picture objective of the Left being to moronize the public at large so as to make them easy to manipulate, the wonder is that it took as long for a dictator like Barack Obama to arise as it did.

The last vestige of federalism left is the Electoral College.  And this "Interstate Compact," is in essence an end-run around Article II, Section I as well as Article V by subverting the Electoral College by enumerating a specific duty for Electors to vote according to the national popular vote result regardless of how their respective States voted.

For those in non-swing states who have grown tired of deferring to Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Virginia, et al the power to choose the president and want to see national candidates come to their neck of the woods, I simply ask you: In what would amount to a direct democracy, in which the presidency would be determined in a handful not of states, but of Democrat-dominated big cities (e.g. Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.), do you really believe your vote would be made to count for more?  Or would restoring the voice of the States, both by maintaining the Electoral College and by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment, bring the national government closer to the people and protect "flyover country," the vast majority of Americans that are, as it stands today, fundamentally powerless?

If the Founders were alive today, they'd be saying, "See, we told you so" more promiscuously than Rush Limbaugh ever dreamed.

Bundy Ranch: More On The Reid Connection

by JASmius

There are some very powerful people who have done their best to cover up what really happened at the Bundy ranch in Clark County Nevada. Fortunately they failed.

I do have to differ with the narrator on one thing: This is definitely a partisan matter.  Unless you think that Harry Reid and "bipartisan" have ever been in the same galactic cluster, or any Republican would be capable of the level of ruthlessness he put on display in trying to ruin Clive Bundy, to say nothing of mustering any such motivation for same.  It most definitely is not "left, right, left, right, to tyranny"; tyranny is the life's blood of the Left, and if there were any chance of loosening their deathgrip on the throat of the Old American Republic, it would come from the Right.

Oh, and one more thing - all our readers were "told" several days ago.

Guess that makes us journalists, huh?

Hey, States! Call a Convention!!!!

By Douglas V. Gibbs

In light of a number of unconstitutional actions by various federal agencies (the BLM at a Nevada Ranch comes to mind) the call for an Article V. Convention has been a hot topic.  Despite the recent news that Michigan was the 34th State to recently call for a convention, in reality, there have been over 750 applications by 49 States.

My Myth #5 of the 25 Myths of the United States Constitution (in the book it's Myth #22) addresses this issue.  Follow the link below for the explanation of the myth, and a recent comment exchange.

Myth #5: A Con-Con (Article V. Convention) Would Allow The Constitution To Be Re-Written

Anonymous said...

If I read correctly, there has already been a call (many calls) for a ConCon but it hasn't happened because "Congress will not set a time or place." If this is their task per Article V and they refuse to perform the task, can they effectively hold off all attempts to steer the federal government back to the intent of the Constitution, or is there some way around the self serving members of Congress to force the will of the States to be followed?

3:44 PM

Douglas V. Gibbs said...

There is a way around it. My friend, G.R. Mobley calls it a Republic Review, where the States hold a convention independent from all federal participation to "review" federal laws, regulations, and actions to decide if they are constitutional or not. Read about this in his books. www.mobiusstrippress.com

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Obama Tosses His ObamaCare Punching Bag

by JASmius

Sebelius is out...and, guess what - her likely replacement as the chief cheerleader for ObamaCare is in very deep with big backers of Common Core.

What?  You were expecting good news on "Tax Day"?  You were expecting good news period?

Fear not; I will cure you of that insufferable optimism yet.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Douglas V. Gibbs, Public Speaker, Constitution: Tea Party Beaumont

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Obama Team Calls Russian Aggression "Unprofessional"

By Douglas V. Gibbs

The aggression of Russian President Putin is going unchecked, and a part of the reason is because Putin understands that the Obama administration truly does not know what it is doing, and is looking at the situation through a premise that is so far from proper, which is making the whole situation in the eyes of the Russians downright laughable.

Remember, the position of the liberal left is from a point of view of narcissism, and the belief that now that they have the White House they have somehow become the dominant line of thinking in the world, and all minds now think like them.

Ignorance and naivete comes to mind, as well.

When Russia annexed Crimea, John Kerry's response was nearly comical.  "You just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests," John Kerry said. "This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It's really 19th century behavior in the 21st century."

He is right. . . . if we lived in a perfect world.  But bad guys don't think that way.  They don't stop and go, "Hmmmmm, is this acceptable behavior in this day and age?"

Putin knows the idiocy he faces when it comes to the Obama White House, and the utopianists that Barry has surrounded himself with, and the Russian President is continuing to do as he pleases. . . even mocking the United States, and provoking the U.S. Military, with the full understanding that the only response will be, "Hey, buddy, you are not supposed to do that.  We are civilized people now, since Obama is in office, and we got rid of the cowboy."

Russia has planted separatist fervor inside Ukraine, creating the same thing they did in Crimea. . . unrest, and an eruption of protesters calling for Russian intervention.  To try to save eastern Ukraine from abandoning the country for Russia, the Ukrainian government is relaxing control, and allowing local regional rights.

They are allowing the eastern section of Ukraine to position itself the same way South Ossetia did, and Crimea did, before Russia moved in and annexed those former Soviet possessions.

Obama's idiots in Washington has also advised Kiev to devolve powers in order to remove any argument Moscow might make about discrimination against Russian speakers -- a charge that has fed fears of a further invasion following the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea last month.

The invasion by Russia, however, has already begun.  Russian troops are not marching through cities in eastern Ukraine, but armed pro-Russia local militia are.

Fear is rising that the armed militias, surely with professional soldiers in their ranks, setting up checkpoints, barricading buildings, and seizing two police stations and an intelligence headquarters in eastern Ukraine, could be a prelude to a full-scale invasion by Russian troops.

Meanwhile, in an act of provocation against the U.S. Military, a Russian fighter jet has buzzed the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer, doing so in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes, as if daring the U.S. military to flinch.

"This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries," said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

"Unprofessional?"  You mean like eating a salad with the wrong fork?

It is as if the Pentagon has come down with the same disease infecting Kerry regarding his 19th century behavior remark.

When you show weakness, that is the kind of thing that bad guys do.  You show weakness and they will begin to taunt, because they know they can get away with it.

Hence, Reagan's famous remark, "We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression."

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary
Fears of full-scale Russian invasion as eastern Ukraine cities topple - U.K. Telegraph

Russian Jet Passes Near Navy Warship - Associated Press

Russian jet's passes near U.S. ship in Black Sea 'Provocative': Pentagon - Yahoo News

Kerry tells Russia you don't invade a country on completely false pretexts - Signs of the Times

Reagan Defense Initiative Still Important Today - Heritage Foundation

Nevada Rancher Bundy and the Constitution

By Douglas V. Gibbs

A Nevada cattle rancher is being called "defiant," for daring to stand up to the federal government.  As his battle with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) became a nationally televised range war, supporters from around the country made the trip to the empty land 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas in support of the determined rancher.  Clive Bundy argued that he was fighting for not only his ranch, and the right of his 900 heads of cattle to graze on the land his family has been in possession of since 1870, but for State Sovereignty, the constitutional idea that declares the States as autonomous and individualistic, and a concept that limits the authorities granted to the federal government, and gives no federal agency, including the BLM, the right to force fees for grazing against any rancher, especially for an environmental reason like protecting a giant tortoise the federal government itself has been killing to control the population of the reptile.

When the feds arrived, immediately one of Bundy's sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

"I have no contract with the United States government," Bundy said. "I was paying grazing fees for management and that's what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay."

The federal government had countered that Bundy "owes the American people [as if their confiscation of wealth would go to the American People] in excess of $1 million " in unpaid grazing fees and "refuses to abide by the law of land [law of the land? Do they even understand what they are saying?], despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so."

Remember, the leftists and big government supporters believe that the law of the land is "any" law passed by the United States government, referring back to Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the Supremacy Clause.  If you read that clause carefully, what you discover is the law of the land is the Constitution, and those laws "made in pursuance" of the Constitution.  Therefore, a federal law, such as federal land management that requires ranchers to pay a fee to be allowed to let their cattle graze, is an illegal federal action, and is "not" the law of the land, based on the language used in Article I, Section 8, Clause 17.

Obama's minions were apparently warned that the situation with the cattle rancher in Nevada could be a dangerous one for the federal government, and be a spark akin to the Boston Massacre or Lexington Green, should they continue to face off with the rancher and the growing gathering of supporters.  Therefore, under the pressure of "numbers," the BLM decided it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle, and the federal agency pulled out of the area.

The result of the confrontation was an important win in our fight to restore the Constitution, but it was only a battle, not the overall war.

Spokesmen for the BLM said that their retreat was nothing more than an action based on a concern about the safety of the employees of the federal government, and the members of the public present at the location of the confrontation.

The roundup began April 5, following lengthy court proceedings dating back to 1993, federal officials said. Federal officers began impounding the first lot of cows last weekend, and Bundy responded by inviting supporters onto his land to protest the action.

"People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power," Bundy's wife, Carol Bundy said to ABC News.

Hundreds of supporters gathered in the area in support of the rancher.

There were some clashes between demonstrators and the federal government goons at one point, with video showing Bundy's supporters being tasered at the site, including Bundy's son, Ammon Bundy.

In the end, the BLM released the 100 cattle seized from Bundy.  The deescalation occurred after Bundy demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows, and after the sheriff failed to act upon his constitutional duty (see "sheriff's constitutional duties" in my letter to Sheriff Gore in San Diego County), hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held.  During the standoff, armed BLM feds, backed up by at least one SWAT team, threatened to shoot at Bundy supporters if they marched any closer to a line of vehicles.

Despite threats such as “one more step and you’re dead,” the protesters continued their slow march towards BLM agents as bullhorns blared.

Refusing to back down, the protesters marched straight past the armed men and towards the cattle pen.

Sheriff Gillespie eventually appeared to inform Bundy supporters that the BLM had finally caved and agreed to release the 100 cattle they had seized that were inside the pen.

After around 30 minutes, Bundy supporters saw the cattle being released about a mile away in the distance.

The victory is huge, but as I said earlier, this was merely a small battle.  The war continues.

According to the Constitution, federal regulation over this land is illegal.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 reads, "The Congress shall have power. . . to exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) [A direct reference to the District of Columbia - Washington DC] as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, [emphasis added to the following by yours truly] and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings. . ."

In that portion of the Constitution, for federal regulation to even be legal, three criteria must be met.  The property must be paid for, approved by the State legislature, and must be for needful buildings.  The property in question in Nevada has fallen under federal control through the efforts and actions of conservation authorities, for the purpose of protecting a giant tortoise (that needs no protection), and ultimately for the continued implementation of an unratified treaty regarding "sustainable development" (Agenda 21).

Let's repeat that last part.  This is federal enforcement of a policy based in part on the mandates required by a U.N. resolution and treaty that the United States Senate "has not" ratified, therefore making it no part of the law of the land.

As for the three criteria, the federal regulations being used over the land in Nevada for environmental reasons does not involve approval by the legislative body of a State, did not involved any payment to the State for the property, and this land is not being utilized for the purpose of erecting needful buildings.  Therefore, federal possession of, or regulations over, this land is unconstitutional, and illegal.  Since federal involvement regarding the land is unconstitutional, then so are any grazing fees allowed to be required by the federal government.

In other words, Bundy is completely in the right, and even those few republicans saying he should have just paid the fees and fought this in court are wrong.  After all, who does the courts belong to?  If you go against the federal government in the "federal" courts, how do you think the judges are going to rule?

The judge's sugar-daddy who prints their paycheck will always come out on top.

The courts are the last place our fight needs to end up.

As for those that will argue that the federal government has a right over that land because it owned the land before the State became a State, and therefore the consent of the State legislature, and payment, was not necessary, misses the point when it comes to State sovereignty, and the role of the federal government in relation to the autonomy of the States.

All territorial land, as per Article IV., Section 3, falls under the full authority of the United States Congress, but once the land becomes a State, the new State enters into the contract called the "United States Constitution" with the same rights, authorities, and sovereignty afforded to the original thirteen.  The land "all" reverts to State possession, and then if the federal government would like to maintain any control over some of the land, it must be approved by the new State legislature, the land must be paid for, and the land cannot be utilized for any reason other than for the erection of needful buildings.

Environmental "blue lines" by any "conservation authority", is not a constitutional authority, and was designed to be a way around constitutional limitations.  The sustainable development excuse even tramples all over the concept of eminent domain, as laid out in the 5th Amendment, by allowing federal control over land that was not only never approved by the State, purchased, or for needful buildings, but for them to do so without providing just compensation.

State governments, county governments, and municipal governments, either under pressure, or due to their own gullibility in the face of the insidious U.N. plan for "saving the planet," have also begun to enact law, and activities, in line with the environmental land grab. . . all of it unconstitutional, unethical, and unlawful.

The fight has only just begun.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins 'Range War' With Feds - ABC News

Suspect In Jewish Center Shootings 'Entrenched In The Hate Movement'

by JASmius

The hate movement that dares not reveal its true name:

Last week, the Anti-Defamation League issued a warning: The Passover holiday was coming up Monday. So was Adolf Hitler's birthday next Sunday -- two events that could coincide with the increased possibility of violent attacks against Jewish community centers. 
On Sunday, that dire prediction came true. 
A 73-year-old Missouri man with a long resume of anti-Semitism and white supremacist activism is accused of opening fire outside two Jewish centers in the Kansas City area. Police say Frazier Glenn Cross killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, and a 53-year-old woman in the parking lot of the nearby Village Shalom Retirement Community, also in Overland Park. 
While authorities haven't disclosed any suspected motive, Cross - who also goes by Frazier Glenn Miller - has been active in the white supremacy movement since the 1970s. But after cooperating with federal authorities following an arrest in the mid-1980s, he became an outcast among much of that community, the ADL said.

....Yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah.  Go deep enough in the CNN piece and you'll be helpfully informed that Cross/Miller was a member in good standing of the "States' Rights" Party (See, he's a closet Tea Partier, nudge, nudge, wink, wink).  Look in other stories and you'll learn that he's evidently a Ron Paul fan, which isn't that unbelievable since Ron Paul has some anti-Semitic skeletons in his own closet, but here is clearly meant to be tied back to the Tea Party.

What you will not find anywhere but here, and what will robustly fail to astonish you, is that Frazier Glenn Cross/Miller is a lifelong Democrat.

Which, frankly, is the only aspect of his background that you really need to know to put his murderous actions into proper perspective.

Since Barack Obama hates all white people anyway, I'm not anticipating any "official" White House reaction, other than perhaps as propaganda fodder for another ObamaCare distraction pivot back to gun control with another TP-smearing twist.

[h/t: George Meredith]