Monthly Archives: April 2020

Reading for Fun During The ‘Plandemic’

Ooooops!  I really meant, “Pandemic,” honest!

Anyway, your whole day can’t be all work and no play; otherwise Jack and Jill become a dull couple, or individuals, or whatever.

I’ve read most of the Dave Robicheaux series, and actually went back to the above, because it’s the first in the series.  I became aware of them from the movie called, “In the Electric Mist,” starring Tommy Lee Jones, which is actually taken from the 6th book.  I’m here to tell you, the movie is really good and the series installments are very, very good reading.  Very enjoyable. Lots of humanity in them; the hero is typically walking a tightrope from descending into his own personal hell and being a happy, well adjusted person who solves murders in South Louisiana.

Check them out; you’ll be glad you did!

PS:  I get absolutely nothing from this endorsement – the series is simply good!

 

The Cold, Hard Truth…

A picture’s worth a thousand words, isn’t it?  Does this graphic bring a sense of confidence to you regarding the ability of your local, county, state, and federal police organizations to do the right thing?

Probably not.  I know it doesn’t for me.  Chances are, had this been an actual candid photograph, the officer portrayed doesn’t know why he’s been ordered to aim at whatever he’s aiming at and what the egregious threat his intended target has perpetrated, or who’s life is in jeopardy.  Don’t buy it?  Remember Vicki Weaver?  Waco?  There are countless others, but you get my point.  If this upsets you, good.

It should.

This is just a quick snippet of a post to those police officers, no matter their organization or jurisdiction, who reportedly, absolutely HATE the curtailment of citizens’ rights and the violations of both State and US Constitutions by various governors and their staffs, but are enforcing unconstitutional (again, both state and US constitutions) executive orders (legislation by decree).

Here’s the cold, hard truth:

It you are enforcing these restrictions and degrees while absolutely ‘hating and disagreeing’ with them, you are, in fact, giving tacit approval of unconstitutional actions and are, at the same time, hiding behind the same thing Nazi’s tried to do at Nuremburg:

“I was only following orders.” 

Besides the fact you’re violating the part of your Oath that requires you to support and defend your state and US constitution, each of us, as citizens, have the right and the duty to determine if a law is good or bad by our voluntary compliance with that law.  If you believe that you have no duty to judge these ‘decrees,’ or any law, for that matter, and then choose only to enforce those that meet constitutional muster, you not only are wrong, but you are part of the problem.   You have made yourself an oppressor.  That would include citing citizens for not complying with an executive order a governor has no lawful authority to mandate on his or her citizenry.

Why?  Because you are then simply a hired gun, no different than any other ‘enforcer’ that believes, ‘might is right.’

I urge all of you to consider and reflect on what your duty truly is comprised of, and to act accordingly.  Those of you who are really trying to change your organizational culture, start calling out the corrupt and criminal people within your organizations.  Arrest and prosecute them.  Break the ‘blue code of silence.’   You won’t believe how much backing and support you’ll get from people in your department’s jurisdiction when they see you stand for true law and order.

If you simply want to take individual action because you cannot abide these unconstitutional governmental actions, resign.  You’ll have much less stress and sleep better, because your conscience will be clear.

Meanwhile, in New York City….

From the Patriot Retort, here.  Emphasis mine.

You really should consider making it one of your daily stops.

Herr Wilhelm says “Achtung Juden!”

It always cracks me up that Bill de Blasio’s real name isn’t Bill de Blasio.  It’s Warren Wilhelm.

Did you know that?

And while plenty of mayors and governors across the country have been using the Wuhan Panic to embrace their inner tyrants, Bill has taken it even further by embracing his inner Wilhelm.

Herr Bürgermeister Wilhelm got a little hot under the lightning bolts yesterday after hundreds of Orthodox Jews gathered in Williamsburg for the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz who passed away from the Wuhan virus.

So upset was Herr Wilhelm that he got his people to chauffeur him to Brooklyn in order to personally give those Jews a piece of his mind.  Just a small piece, though.  He has so little to give in that department.

Heading out to Brooklyn during the shutdown isn’t exactly new for him. Herr Wilhelm has been chauffeured to Brooklyn quite a bit during this Wuhan Panic shutdown — usually so he and his lovely bride can walk in Prospect Park.

But Herr Wilhelm wasn’t satisfied with simply showing up personally. He had to make extra sure these uppity Orthodox Jews knew just how serious he was.

So Herr Wilhelm took to Twitter.

I’m sure it sounded better in the original German.

Now, Herr Wilhelm wasn’t always such a stickler for staying indoors.

Bill de Blasio

@BilldeBlasio

4,854 people are talking about this

But I get it. New York City is the epicenter of this pandemic in the US, and thanks to Herr Wilhelm’s bungling early on, too many people have died.

But to go from “get out on the town” to “Achtung Juden!” in less than two months is quite a transformation, don’t you think?

Unless of course that open invite to “get out on the town” didn’t apply to Jews.

But this is the problem with using a term like “Jewish Community” – as if every single Jew residing in New York City is responsible for the actions of this particular community of people in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Now, to be fair, the former Warren Wilhelm isn’t known for anything resembling tact.  Nor does he have the best track record for practicing what he preaches.

Breaking911@Breaking911

Meanwhile, de Blasio & his wife are escorted to Brooklyn for a daytime hike

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693 people are talking about this

Any sanctimonious lecture from this man is already galling. But an “Achtung Juden” lecture is galling and in bad taste.

A thoughtful, intelligent person would’ve quit before making matters worse.

But when has Herr Wilhelm ever been thoughtful or intelligent.

Now, thanks to his blundering, mindless stupidity, New Yorkers have one more reason to hate the idiot’s guts.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Herr Wilhelm!

 

Using the ‘Down Time’ to get back in Shape

                                                     My hair’s actually thicker, and I’m older than this guy!

Just a couple years ago, I was routinely carrying a 65 to 80 pound ruck sack up to 10 miles on occassion, but typically around 6 or 7 miles.  I was also doing about 150 to 300 push ups in sets of 25 or 30 on my ‘chest day.’  I interspersed with lighter free weights and focused on different muscle groups when it was ‘weight day.’

Then, work and life got me too busy to do it.  Transparent honesty here:  I basically got lazy.  2 years worth.  So, this year, after an outpatient surgical procedure (which I would probably not had to have if I had kept myself fit), I grabbed myself by the ass and started my PT again.

I started slow, just doing a single set of 20 push ups on the first day, and then walking 2 miles quickly on the 2nd day.  Then I didn’t do anything for 3 days because I was very sore.  Went back and did 2 sets of pushups followed by 4.5 miles walking.   Still sore for 3 days.  Went back and did 2 sets of 25 followed the next day by 6.5 miles @ 17 minutes and a few seconds per mile.  It’s coming along.

Next week, I’ll start with a light ruck, maybe 20 pounds and drop the distance down to 2 miles as fast as I can walk.  That might put me in the 16 minute range.  I’ll still increase push ups for another month, then add dips to the routine.

I was fortunate in that I didn’t gain much weight; I need to lose 15 pounds, and the exercise will take care of that, so I’m grateful.

I’ll keep this up, slowly, as fast as my body wants to go, until I’m back doing what I did two years ago.  Hopefully, I’ll keep my motivation up to continue no matter what.

I hope you find a routine that you can work on, starting slowly, even 1 pushup at a time or walking around your block.

Just don’t quit.  Don’t let yourself go like I did.

Especially now, with the projections of a 2nd wave of this virus, and the implications on the supply chain and potential unrest.

This situation is a clarion call to get thine self into decent shape, if you’re not already there, like me.

Understanding How the Constitution Works…

There are many people now so  frustrated with the the political machinations of certain political and bureaucratic leaders, that they will tell you, “The Constitution is dead,” or “The Constitution is meaningless because it protects nothing.”

I would submit that, first, I understand their frustration.  Second, I also submit that they do not have a grasp on what the scope and span of control of the Constitution actually entails, and how finite the power its permissions to the federal government are.

Thirdly, I submit the reason the Constitution is being trampled rough-shod by many entities in the government at both state and Federal levels, are because, ‘We the People’ do not hold those Oath breakers responsible for their actions.  Remember, each elected official takes an Oath, usually with their hand on the Bible, to, “support and defend” the Constitution against, “all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

As with a small child who is told they will be punished if they repeat a certain behavior, if the parent doesn’t follow through with the discipline, there’s no reason for the child to have a behavior change, and the result will be the child will disobey more while becoming more brazen in its actions.  Sound familiar?  We haven’t disciplined the runaway behavior of the federal and state governments, and now they, at will, violate their limitations set in, “The Supreme Law of the Land,” which is the US Constitution.  State governors simply say, “I’m ruling this state in an emergency,” and the People give tacit approval by not calling that governor to task by mass refusal to obey “executive orders” which are only policy guidelines.

I think this is mainly because both state and federal officials always imply the use of force or unreasonable penalty if the citizen chooses to say, “No!”

Mothers are currently being arrested for taking their children to a park in some states.  Talk is being bandied about programs that would require an internal, “Health Passport.”   To enforce this, check points will be required along major and secondary routes of travel.  We might as well get used to what the Nazi’s did in WWII at checkpoints and randomly to citizens:  “Ihre Papiere, Bitte!”  (Your Papers, Please!)

The first step in initiating a course correction of our government (both state and federal) is to understand the US Constitution, from which all State constitutions gain their construction and authority within each state.

The following article from the Epoch Times provides a great foundational explanation as to how and why various permissions and restrictions are located where they are, and what it means when something is included or excluded in the Constitution.

The document was written by very well educated citizens, and the understanding of the English language, as well as historical common law, was essential to understanding the document.

It may be helpful to have your copy of the Constitution near by as you read the piece so you may see exactly what the author is relating.

Enjoy.  Emphasis added.

Civics 101: How to Understand the Constitution

Rob Natelson

Rob Natelson
April 25, 2020 Updated: April 25, 2020

Commentary

Many people characterize the U.S. Constitution as vague or filled with broad generalities. Others identify it as the source of our basic rights. It is none of those things.

Key to understanding the Constitution is to know that it’s a very well-drafted, fairly precise document granting fiduciary powers, and that it follows 18th century customs for such documents. It was designed to put into practice the broad principles of the Declaration of Independence, to the extent politically feasible.

Much of the Constitution is made up of lists of powers granted by the people to persons and groups. Other components are analogous to terms you might find in complex 18th century documents creating fiduciary relationships—statutes conferring authority, instruments creating trusts or agency relationships, and charters erecting corporations.

The first thing most people notice when they pick up the Constitution is its majestic preamble. It explains why “We the People” do “ordain and establish this Constitution.” Preambles were common in 18th century legal instruments. Preambles did not have the force of law. They were for background information only. Preambles remain common in legal documents today. We often call them “Whereas clauses.”

Any power-granting document must explain who is receiving authority and the conditions under which they may exercise it. Hence, the Constitution outlines the structure of the new federal government: Congress, the president, and the courts.

A power-granting document also limits authority. Limits come in three forms: First, those receiving power receive only the power the document lists. If I authorize my broker to sell stock, it follows that I am not authorizing him or her to sell my house. Second, a document may flatly prohibit certain actions, and put conditions on others. The same agreement that authorizes my stock broker to sell stock may prohibit him or her from selling below a certain price. Third, the law of fiduciary (trust) relationships imposes additional restrictions on anyone exercising power on behalf of another.

The Constitution contains many specific limits. For example, it bans ex post facto laws and taxes on exports, even when they might seem warranted. The Constitution bans restrictions on free speech, freedom of religion, and the right to keep and bear arms. Some of these limits are designed to ensure good and responsive government. Others are included to further justice; still others to protect natural rights.

During the 18th century, a complex power-granting document might include terms telling the reader how to interpret it. Such terms are called rules of construction. Rules of construction don’t change the document’s meaning. They are guides to understanding. For example, the Necessary and Proper Clause tells us to read Congress’s enumerated powers to include lesser authority of the kind lawyers call “incidental.” Other rules of construction include the Supremacy Clause and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.

Power-granting documents sometimes alter pre-existing arrangements to make the overall system work better. If I give my broker authority to sell stock on certain terms, I might have to revoke authority I have given to others. The Constitution similarly adjusts some pre-existing relationships. It requires each state to have a “republican Form of Government.” It requires states to respect the official proceedings of other states. It requires them to honor certain “Privileges and Immunities” of Americans who live in other states. And so forth.

The core of the document consists of the Constitution’s listed (enumerated) powers. Some people with superficial knowledge of the Constitution claim all the enumerated powers are in the congressional list in Article I, Section 8. This is wrong. Other congressional powers are scattered throughout the document. In addition, Article II lists enumerated powers for the president, Article III for the courts, and Article V those exercised in the amendment process.

The Constitution doesn’t always use obvious language to confer authority. Some grants are latent in other kinds of phrasing. When the Constitution obligates the United States to pay pre-existing debts or guarantee to each state a republican form of government, it thereby grants authority to the U.S. government to do those things. When the Constitution obligates the president to enforce the laws, it thereby gives him the ability to do so.

The powers granted by the Constitution are extensive. But as stated earlier, they are also limited. If the Constitution doesn’t grant an enumerated power to an officer or agency, then the officer or agency doesn’t have it. I have found that many people find this difficult to grasp. But the fact is that the Constitution does not authorize the federal government to be a national health agency, a school board, or a police department.

Here’s an important, but widely overlooked, feature: The document doesn’t grant power only to federal officials. It also confers power on persons and entities who are not part of the U.S. government at all.

Thus, the Constitution entrusts states with regulating congressional elections and choosing presidential electors. It empowers those electors to select the president and vice president. It authorizes governors to call elections to fill congressional vacancies and, in some cases, to fill those vacancies temporarily. It prescribes roles in the amendment process for state legislatures, state conventions, and a federal proposing convention. All of these entities and persons receive authority in such matters from the Constitution.

Moreover, when individuals serve on federal juries or vote in federal elections, they are not exercising natural rights. They are executing powers given to them by the Constitution. Of course, those powers often are crucial for protecting natural rights.

The courts say when people exercise authority by virtue of the Constitution, they are performing federal functions.

Knowing that the Constitution is basically an 18th century document granting fiduciary powers does not minimize its significance or the inspiration of those who wrote it. But it’s a very good first step toward a real understanding of the document.

Rob Natelson is senior fellow in constitutional jurisprudence at the Independence Institute and a former constitutional law professor and historian. He is the author of “The Original Constitution: What It Actually Said and Meant” (3rd ed., 2015).

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

This Explains an Awful Lot…

I ran across this article on Lew Rockwell this morning, and followed the link to the complete article here.

The title is very direct and leaves nothing to your imagination:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “The Seven-Step Path from Pandemic to Totalitarianism    There are just seven steps from pandemic declaration to permanent totalitarianism – and many jurisdictions are about to start Step 5″

Steps 1 through 4 have already happened, and seeing their description retrospectively, one cannot help but see a logic showing intentional design and execution.  This here has been done on purpose.

The mainstream media is prepping the population for Step 5.  How?  Both government and media sources have everyone screaming for a ‘silver bullet,’ aka, a vaccine, so Step 6 shouldn’t be too hard to achieve – people will do anything right now to rid themselves of the possibility of contracting this ‘plague.’

Step 6 could be taken right out of, “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” by H.G. Wells with the properly twisted corporate and international leaders at the helm.  Testing vaccines and anti-virals on willing (and maybe unwilling) human subjects.  Of course, we’ll not know the objective of said testing until it occurs, if we’re even told the facts.

Step 7?  There are stories out on main stream news right effing now about ‘the second wave’ come September and October that’s going to be worse.

They are apparently going for all the marbles on this one.  Use what time is left wisely.  Get they collective crap together, because the next few months may be your last opportunity….

 

Warmer Weather – Magazine Cleaning Time….

In support of the last post on magazines being essential, take advantage of the warming trend and clean your mags.  They’re easy to disassemble and wipe down including the inside walls, the spring, and the follower.  You’ll be happy you did come any ‘sporty’ event in your life.

Just sayin’

Clean magazines are happy magazines!  And, not only are they more reliable, they last longer, too!!  My own preference is to take them apart annually, wipe out the inside with Gunzilla, leaving only a film on the interior mag wall, wipe down the floor plate, follower, and spring, and then leave a very, VERY light coat of CLP on the spring; then reassemble.  I’ll do it more often if the mag is subjected to rain, mud, snow, or other environmental maladies that may cause a malfunction.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

 

 

Sanity from the Michigan House and Senate….It’s ABOUT TIME!

After our governor’s expected extension of  the ‘Stay at Home’ decree while simultaneously allowing motorized watercraft back on the water, garden stores sell gardening supplies, and paint stores sell paint, and golf courses can let folks golf – only if they walk (apparently, using a cart is WAY too chancy for picking up COVID-19 – the logic, again, is really ‘iffy’).   However, you can’t sell or buy a house, condo, or rent an apartment quite yet.  Construction is also on the ‘bad’ list.

We also learned that today the Michigan House and Senate were voting on bills to oversee and evaluate the Michigan government response and add transparency to the process while the Michigan Senate will debate repealing her unilateral power under a 1945 law providing the Michigan governor powers that we’ve seen make her, in fact, a tyrannical dictator.   The senate passed the bill 22 to 15 along party lines.  Good news is that the Republicans have a 2/3 majority, and if the House approves (presuming they’re voting on it next), she can have her tantrum all she wants – she’s stated she won’t sign any bill that takes power from ‘her’ or any future governor.  Well, sweet cheeks, don’t abuse power and it won’t be taken from you.

Kudos to both the Michigan House and Senate for getting this done…..finally.

Old saying:  “Just because you can do a thing doesn’t mean you should do a thing.”  Apparently you missed that, Madam Governor.    You also missed the part about being a free citizen able to make their own choices based on being an adult.  Government is by the consent of the People; apparently you have many, many, many, many people who are removing their consent.

Of course, she’s pissed off.  Death looks to all who disagree, I’m betting.  Then again, maybe it’s the Botox not allowing any natural wrinkles that make her look so pissed off….who knows?

Personally, I cannot WAIT for her to run for re-election so I can help get her booted out!!!

Magazines: An Essential Expendable

No matter what type of semi-automatic weapon you’re carrying, be it a pistol,  carbine, or rifle, one thing’s certain:  You need to have a goodly supply of magazines.  Not knock offs, either.  OEM whenever you can, for pistols, and high end for your AR/AK/FAL/M1A.

My personal recommendation is to spend 1/3 of the total cost of the weapon purchased in additional magazines as an initial supply, then every 6 months or so, get 4 to 6 more as funds allow.  So, if I spent $600 on a pistol, I spend $200 on additional mags.  At an average of $25 each, that’s 8 extra added to the 2 or 3 that came with the pistol.  When I bought my M9, it was a safe queen with less than 2 boxes through it, but came with 4 OEM mags.  Got it for less than five bills, so I spent about $170 on magazines.  At $22 each, it gave me 8 more, so I had 12 mags almost immediately.

Reason?  Let’s be straight here – Rifle mags get bent lips really quick; magzine springs wear out, floor plates get warped; same with pistol mags.  If you’re using plastic mags, they can shatter in extreme cold, etc.

No matter what you have, you need extra mags.  Period.

                                                         Even if you have one of THESE bad boys!

The way things look, there’s coming a time that you A:  May wish you had extra mags to replace those that have caused you to experience malfunctions, and B:  May not be available at reasonable prices, which surprisingly, magazines still are around and reasonably priced, with the occassional deal being found for those that look.