Category Archives: Op-Ed

Denninger on the Definition of a ‘Right’

Here (H/T to WRSA).  It’s worth reading.  Did I mention it’s worth reading?

If you’re a ‘Super Trumper,’ consider objectively putting the President’s support of the 2nd Amendment to an acid test and see if Denninger isn’t being brutally honest (and, IMHO, in today’s state of our nation, we really need to be brutally honest when it comes to our elected leaders).

Read the whole thing, but here’s a snippet that is basically, “Rights 101” (emphasis in the original):

“Most of the Bill of Rights deals with declaring rights that pre-exist government.  All government.   Not just the United States and its government but all governments throughout the time of Man on this rock.  A government can disrespect a right but it cannot grant it because to grant something you must first have it.

The First Amendment is a declaration of pre-existing rights — to speak, to gather for peaceful purpose (such as debate, demonstration and similar) and to worship (or not) as one chooses.  No government can grant that as a privilege because it never had any of that to begin with.

The Second Amendment is a declaration of the pre-existing right to self-defense of one’s life and those around you who you happen to choose to defend against any and all who would take said life from either you or they through force.  No government can grant that as a privilege because the government did not give you the right to defend life itself; you were endowed with that by the virtue of your humanity.  One can only forfeit same in a lawful system by committing one or more acts of equal gravity to your own self-defense, which must be proved.

The Fourth Amendment is a declaration that once you acquire something through lawful means it is yours on an exclusive basis.  That is, the government cannot rifle through it at whim.  Your right to exclusive possession and privacy of same is absolute with one exception: After a showing of probable cause that it is the instrumentality of an offense against a valid law.

The Fifth Amendment is a declaration that one has the absolute right to shut the **** up.  Government cannot compel you to speak even if doing so would incriminate you.”  

Words Have Meaning – So Do Definitions: Discussion

 

 

 

I’d love to hear from folks, whether sworn officers or not, to provide explanations and definitions why our police organizations refer to the citizenry as ‘civilians’ and why they don’t believe they themselves are ‘civilians.’  As a retired military Senior NCO, still subject to recall as part of the ‘total military force,’  as are all retired military members receiving their retainer (aka, ‘pension’), I can decidedly say, with confidence, that I’m not a ‘civilian’; rather, I’m a military member separated from active service…..for now.

I know police officers (and most other civil servants) take an Oath, but I am not sure if it equals the requirements of the Oaths taken by both enlisted and commissioned members of the US military.  I am also unsure if the civil servants’ Oath has an expiration date on it; the military Oath removing us from ‘civilian status’ does not, even after discharge (if one is enlisted).

So…in the quest for knowledge, are our police organizations part of the US Military Total Force Concept which would separate them from ‘civilian’ status, or are they  ‘civil servants’ with powers of arrest to keep the peace and apprehend criminals?   HUGE difference in classification, so I really would like to know.

The questions stem from the more and more common labels our police and citizens place on them as ‘operators’ and ‘para-military.’

Another question on definitions comes from the terms, “Law Enforcement” versus, “Police Officer.”  I’ve actually heard “Law Enforcement” officers refer to themselves as, “Operators,” a decidedly military, Special Operations Forces term.  Even SWAT members, no matter how well trained by US military organizations, unless something goes on in SWAT training that changes them from civil servants to military members, are still police officers sworn to protect those they serve.  Right?

Asking because, simply put, military ‘operators’ are trained to bring death and fear to the enemy during a war, or clandestine operation supporting a war, or lead up to a war (they are usually special forces or special operations forces, hence the colloquial, “Operator” handle).  Hopefully, declared so by Congress, as per the Constitution.  “Police Officers” are the guardians of our communities, who cannot function or survive without the support of those they protect (and serve, if they’re doing it right.)  Police officers are integral to thousands of communities, they know their citizens as best as they can, and rely on them for support and back up in emergencies.  A great example of this is the Texas Bell Tower incident in 1966 where Charles Whitman killed 14 and wounded 31.  Until he was killed, every day citizens brought their hunting rifles to help put the bad guy down.  Here’s a couple quotes from an article describing the incident.

Allen Crum, a 40-year-old retired Air Force tail gunner,[27] was a manager at the University Book Store Co-Op. Across the street he saw a 17-year-old newspaper boy being dragged and went to break up what he thought was a fight. Learning the boy had been shot, and hearing more shots, Crum rerouted street traffic out of harm’s way.[27] Unable to make his way back to the store safely, he then made his way to the tower, where he offered to help the police. Inside the tower, he accompanied Department of Public Safety Agent Dub Cowan and Austin Police Officer Jerry Day up the elevator; Cowan provided Crum with a rifle.”

“Officers and several civilians [meaning not active military and non-police actors] provided suppressive fire from the ground with small weapons and hunting rifles, forcing Whitman to stay low and fire through storm drains at the foot of the observation deck’s wall.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Texas_tower_shooting

Emphasis and clarification added.  There are more examples, but this short one makes the point.

The overarching point is that words form mindset, and mindset helps to channel actions and interactions.

So, let’s define the terms.  Words have meaning, and from meaning comes action, and from action, comes results, good or bad.

What are your thoughts?

From WRSA – On Site SITREPs – UPDATE

Here.

So far, so good.  Most have probably exfil’d by now, and no reports from anywhere on any violence.

No reports of violence whatsoever, 5 plus hours after it ended.  Very cool!  Hopefully, the Virginia leftist (read socialist/progressive/communist) governor and his minions got the message about just what they might be up against if they go ‘full retard’, and as the man says, Governor Blackface:

Hey…did you know you have a lot in common with the actor pictured above when it comes to make up??

Virginia – WRSA Post Comments

Really interesting commentary there – looks as if there’s going to be ‘some doins’ on 20 Jan 2020.  I hope the day is peaceful, but reading the comments at WRSA, there are definitely some provocateurs looking to start something…anything.

Or as Phil from, “The Vulgar Curmudgeon,” in the comments about half way down (when I checked) ‘Two words:  Pig. Trap.’


And What, American Marksman, Would a Target Like This Provide You?

This photo, taken from Breitbart*, here, poses an interesting question in terms of marksmanship hypothetical discourse:

What would an active target, posed like this, mean to the armed American citizen if he or she found him or herself in a place and time where people like this were actively conducting unconventional war somewhere in the continental US?

Photo Credit: HENGHAMEH FAHIMI/AFP via Getty Image

Answer:  The astute shooter would find it much easier to sail a round through his aorta or liver or kidneys or spine or another vital spot such as the cranial cavity,  depending on the angle of view, and the shooter possessed the requisite skills.  Torso shot would have a higher percentage for most, but this target provides a lot of possibilities.

I now return you to your regular Sunday morning reading.

*Breitbart neither agrees, disagrees, or endorses this hypothetical discussion on marksmanship; link provided to their site for credit purposes.

Try This Drill Out for Size….

40 feet – cold barrel; round chambered target at 35 feet (about the same distance as the West Freeway Church incident.

Say, ‘Go!’ and put one round in the head of the ‘bad target.’  Mine below was done twice:  Once with my Glock 21 and once with my Beretta M9.   I did better with the M9, but that was the second shot.  The first, with the Glock 21, showed me I need more practice.

                        Left shot with Berretta M9; Fed HST +P – Right shot with Glock 21; Win 230gr FMJ

 

                         Practice at same distance – same target, w/Glock 21 and full 13 round magazine

If you are helping out at your church with security, your congregation should expect that you are practicing….a LOT.

 

This is a test – It is ONLY a Test!

Productivity Counts!  There ain’t NO time to be simply layin’ about if you haven’t done something productive for ‘Team Freedom’!!

No matter what level of preparedness you’re at, you might consider kicking it up a notch.  Doing something.

If you can afford it, get a AR kit and build one (just this act alone causes 3,952 liberal heads to overfill with air and burst).

Palmetto has kits for $289 and lowers for $60.  Less than $350 for a ‘better than decent AR!’  The lower below is for someone I know purdy good.

Buy some more ammo!  I just picked up a case of 9mm 124gr Winchester FMJ from SG Ammo for $206 (less tax) shipped!

Go to the range and PRACTCE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

Re-do your kit!

Teach a kid to shoot an AR!

Teach anyone how to properly sharpen a knife!

Get some more non-perishable food and water filtration that works (Sawyer, anyone?)

Take long hikes with heavy packs (you be the judge on ‘heavy’)

Plan, plan, plan!

Refrain from beating your chest on the various data collection sites (aka ‘social media’)!

Let your reward be the nice, comfy, warm feeling you get from doing the above.

And now, we return you to your regularly scheduled programming….

                                             Lee Marvin Guest Star with Vic Morrow on “Combat!” tv series

 

Virginia AG Declares Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities Have ‘No Force Of Law’

From Wirecutter’s site.  Posted here because I can’t email him or comment for some reason.  Technology.  It’s all the rage.  Until it’s not.

Link to original article, here.

Key Graf:

“Neither local governments nor local constitutional officers have the authority to declare state statutes unconstitutional or decline to follow them on that basis,” Herring wrote in the opinion. “Neither the Federal Constitution nor Virginia law recognizes any “anti-commandeering” principle that allows localities or local constitutional officers to refuse to participate in the enforcement of state law.”

Except for that authority granted by God to defend one’s self and family against ALL threats.  You know, like Bastiat described it in his treatise, “The Law?”

Here’s Bastiat, on the purpose of law:  “It is not true that the function of law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education, our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents, or our pleasures. The function of law is to protect the free exercise of these rights, and to prevent any person from interfering with the free exercise of these same rights by any other person.”

Get that, moron?  Read that again.  Slowly.  Put periods after each word if you need to in order to ‘get it.’

Here’s one from Bastiat on the right to self-defense:  “Each of us has a natural right — from God — to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties? If every person has the right to defend even by force — his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.”

Basically undermines the ‘anti-paramilitary training’ laws (so-called) in Virginia and every other state in the Union.

Bastiat describes in his writing what we see today with the law perverted into something evil; the idiotic cretins at state and federal levels may want to read this really closely:

“But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.

How has this perversion of the law been accomplished? And what have been the results?

The law has been perverted by the influence of two entirely different causes: stupid greed and false philanthropy.”

And then, of course, the idiot in Virgina brings up the Constitution calling constitutional nullification ‘unconstitutional’ because it’s not in HIS legislative documents.  Don’t need to be, genius.

This guy (and the governor) obviously didn’t pass high school civics, unless he took the communist version as espoused by the Socialists in the education system).

Second Amendment.  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Ninth Amendment.   “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

Owning any rifle or sidearm one wants is a right retained by ‘the people.’

Cretin.

How about the unanimous Declaration (AKA, ‘The Declaration of Independence’)?

Opening sentence:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

And how do we do this?  Partially, by our intellects used in our careers, our families, and our lives.  We also have the RIGHT to own (keep) and carry (bear) the same weapons (not buying into the namby-pamby NRA term of ‘firearms’) as the PTB (who also refer to them as ‘weapons’ rather than firearms).  The 2nd Amendment warns the government and admonishes the citizenry to have the same means as the government.  Just in case we need to tell the government to  back off if if it won’t go quietly.

And then there’s John Locke, who eloquently said (emphasis added), “Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other.”

The People of Virginia have clearly stated their case:  “Leave our weapons alone! We will NOT comply or enforce your UNCONSTITUTIONAL laws!”

Hopefully, the idiot cretins in Virginia’s state government have the reading comprehension level necessary to fully understand what they’re playing around with….