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Friday, January 15. 2016
Climate crisis: ...the Pause may in reality be as long as 22 years 5 months
Pope alienates base, sees numbers drop
On Migrants, Has A Lightbulb Gone Off In The Vatican?
Charity Leaders Need to Oust the Scoundrels
Assault Rifles, Flash Bang Grenades Bought for Park Rangers, Report Finds
Chelsea goes on the attack
Reagan was a RINO
House approves greater oversight of Iran nuclear deal
Videos Raise Questions About Iran’s Treatment of U.S. Sailors
Folks, here’s what I find VERY ODD about what happened with Iran and our Navy yesterday…
Gowdy: Witnesses have confirmed stand-down order on night of Benghazi
'13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi': The Security Contractors Have Their Say
10 Yemeni detainees sent from Gitmo to Oman, in 'troubling' transfer
Palestinian Authority Antisemitism: Overview of 2015
Tunisia's Fragile Post-Revolutionary Order
Here’s Why America Keeps Flying a Half-Century-Old Bomber
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The President and the pols in office have a lot of power. If they cannot get what they want by manipulating the legislative process, by bribery, by vote-stacking, so forth, they can use more forceful methods. Technically legal and compelling the military and law enforcement entities to obey, the powers can and will be abused.
THE WAR GAME JADE HELM 15 DRILL IS A MARTIAL LAW, CIVIL WAR & “RED LIST” EXTRACTION DRILL
From July 15th to September 15th, 2015, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command conducted a massive military drill in an area covering the entire American Southwest.
At first glance, this drill looks like a response to a Red Dawn style attack. However, after reading the operational plan of Jade Helm, it is clear that this drill is about the martial subjugation of the people of Texas, Utah & Southern California who have risen up against some unspecified tyranny. Further, this drill is also about martial law being used as a preventative measure in states which “might” lean towards civil war against the United States government. The operational elements & impact of Jade Helm 15 cannot be considered in isolation. A careful analysis reveals how this drill is connected to Army policies associated with the confinement of detainees in what is commonly called camps. This drill is undoubtedly the most frightening thing to occur on American soil since the Civil War.
Remember Katina? Part of the martial law will be to go door to door collecting firearms. They need troops on the ground to accomplish this. Hence the arming of federal agencies like the IRS, Post Office, Game Wardens.
I suspect any attempt of Marshal law will be met in the same way as the ranches who were challenged by the land management agency. As I recall during Katrina, there were a number of local people who blocked entrance to their streets and were armed to protect their property from looters. I really don't see American soldiers (despite movies and media hype) ever shooting law abiding American citizens, especially armed ones who were probably trained in the military too.
As for the Pope, his loss of popularity is what happens when you try to please everyone by changing the rules to increase attendance. Whether or not you agree with someone, when they establish rules to live by, then stick by them and stop turning the "ten commandments" into the "ten pretty good ideas depending on who's popular this week". When the church constantly blurs the lines, they lose credibility and respect.
And this is exactly the case with your President Obama and our Chancellor Merkel. While many didn't appreciate President Regans' steadfastness, at least they knew where they stood, and most importantly, where he stood on any given issue. Merkel and Obama blinked, and now they're toast.
Wavering to the plebs is never a good idea. History has plenty of examples of how poorly this works out.
Military drills/training are common and I for one am not afraid of our military. They often learn things that are useful and sometimes surprising during these excercises. One of the things they would learn if it was about imposing a martial law is: It would literally be impossible for our military to impose martial law over the entire SouthWest. It would be possible for a consensus of Americans to accept a martial law situation that was needed to protect them; that is with their assistance and consent. But as some kind of imposed dictatorial rule it would require more soldiers than we have and a lot of mayhem. Karl is right "I really don't see American soldiers ever shooting law abiding American citizens, especially armed ones...".
I like our military, our firemen, police, EMT's nurses and doctors; the people who work to protect us and save lives. I think it is a mistake to disparage them. Now if the barb is aimed at certain politicians who might misuse their power I agree. I am afraid of what our politicians will do and might do and have done.
Reagan was a RINO- Duh. Never figured out why he gets so much love from "conservatives." Some things I remember from his time as pres:
- Signed Immigration Control Act
- Let E. Dole blackmail states into raising legal drinking age to 21
- Signed Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 which led to skyrocketing civil forfeiture abuse by local police
- Raised MDMA to schedule 1 drug
- Required every child listed as dependent to get SSN
I tend to agree. Military exercises are necessary, and even unusual scenarios should be considered. Just because something could fit an imagined tyrannical situation is not proof that actually is. At most, it is a small piece of evidence for such a claim.
And the impossibility is exactly what they would learn, and that's rather a good thing for everyone to know, isn't it?
It would be impossible as well because the combat arms of the Marine Corps, Army, and National Guard and majority conservative. They would refuse the illegal orders and mutiny or just walk away with their weapons.
I always suspect that is why the Feds are so enthusiastic about arming other Agencies such as the Ranger Service.
Well, some of that was due to compromise with a hostile Democrat controlled Congress.
But what among those things is not conservative? Or especially Conservative with a healthy dose of Religious Right.
Conservatives just want to control people in one manner, Progressives in another. Neither is anywhere near the Classical Liberalism, upon which the nation was founded.
But we must also consider the age when Reagan was President. The Refragmentation was just getting going good. The old conformist ways left over from WWII were failing. The few large government-guided corporations were giving way to a much more dynamic market of upstarts. The Republican and Democrat failed government control of the business with regulation was being unwound. Remember, Conservative Nixon had adopted socialist interventionism with wage and price controls that just made things worse.
Flash bangs make a lot of sense if you're trying to move a bear out of a dumpster or a bison out of a parking lot, things which I understand happen with some frequency in National Parks.
And if I was told to go out in the woods and see if those guys on the ridge are out-of-bounds campers or running a pot farm or meth lab, I'd want some firepower behind me as well.
Most of that column referred to his time as governor. IIRC, the amnesty bill he signed required getting control of the borders. My memory's a bit fuzzy on all the things he ran on, but I know he ran as more conservative than he (was able to) govern. I would take the way he governed over any of the candidates who are running now. I believe he is the only president to have ended a government program.
The point about his being a conservative by comparison is good, but given that the Democrats seem to want a socialist for president, I'd say he's even more conservative compared to the general population now than he was then.
Good news from Germany!
Everybody is talking about the many refugees who come. But more and more want to return. At the Berlin airport dozens start leaving every week for Iraq. They have had enough of Germany.
"Voluntary departures in crisis countries are not isolated cases," says Johann Ehrnsperger by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in Nuremberg. Even after Aghanistan and Pakistan People went back. "In most cases, the family is the driving force. In addition, many come with inflated expectations of life in Germany.
It's just a few at the moment, but at least it's a start!
I hope all this turns out better for you than I have feared. I have felt for some time that the fate of a Western Europe is hanging by a thread. I think it's going to take some radical policies to extricate Europe from the Islamification that has been taking hold. Either way, I don't think it's going to be pretty unless the voluntary reversal of the Islamic immigration gains substantial steam.
This is encouraging. My son in Tromso, Norway is hoping that the newly-arrived migrants will discover that it really is dark, cold, and snowy above the Arctic Circle.
re: Park Rangers
Sorry to bring down the black helicopters but any large National Park or Forest in the Southwest has a huge risk from drug traffickers. The rangers are either specific law enforcement rangers or are assigned that on extra duty. It is very risky to run into drug gangs on the back roads or trails. Rangers, game wardens and others are often the only authorized law enforcement in many areas. Look at this as a border control issue rather than a government takeover.
"Pope alienates base, sees numbers drop"
I would still like to know what happened to Benedict.
Maybe I read too many of Malachi Martin's books.
GWTW and DirtyJobsGuy
I live in New Mexico about thirty miles north of the border. We have a number of BP agents in our Lodge. (I'm a Freemason) and I worked with military CID when I was younger.
I have nothing but respect for our LE and Military. I posted about Park Rangers and other agencies getting armed up not to disparage them but to show what kind of nasty tricks our leaders might try to keep control.
The people in power will not disappear voluntarily.
Bring out the guillotines or at least have enough lamp posts to Mussolini 'em.
Karl, I like your "come from". Nice reading your posts. A different perspective but right on the mark.