Sunday, February 27, 2005

A Bit of Futuristic History: the U.S. Secession from the U.N.

"For 115 years, the United States had belonged to an international alliance known as the United Nations. This global governing body was formed to help ensure the survival of liberty throughout the world. Consequently, U.S. and U.N. policy eventually became inexorably linked-and this posed a problem."

Good read, thanks to Arklahomboy for pointing it out

I am Thinking of Hanging it up

"Michael Fogler has a novel way of solving your personal problems: leave your job and never go back. In his book, Un-Jobbing: The Adult liberation Handbook (Free Choice Press, 2000), he offers strategies to help the work-immersed realize that not only can they live well with half the money they currently earn, but they may in fact find richer, fuller lives in the process."

I have been running searches on these thoughts this weekend

'Warriors of Honor'

"Brian Barkley's 'Warriors of Honor: The Faith and Legacies of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson,' provides a rare glimpse of two 'masterful generals, brilliant strategists and, above all, faithful Christians.'"

Seems worth a viewing

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Do John Adams' words mean anything?

"John Adams believed: 'The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is no force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist.' "

The notion that governement (local, state or federal) can simply take a man's property and give it to someone else is repuslive and contrary to everything our nation was founded to be.

Powell Doctrine

"Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state, has for the first time publicly criticised troops levels in Iraq and spoken of the rifts between himself and Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, that undermined his role as architect of American foreign policy."

There was much truth and beauty in the Powell Doctrine...too bad some refused to listen to people that know

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Charges against homeschoolers dropped, plainclothes cop fired

"Not only have the charges against a South Carolina teenage boy and a homeschooling mother stemming from a confrontation with a plainclothes police officer been dropped, but the officer involved has been fired. "

This is excellent news. I would have been shocked if this sort of thing had stood in my State.

Michael Snow, the goon that started all of this, has been fired and will most likely be in search of a nice job as a Wal-Mart security guard.

Kudo's to Police Chief Charles Reece and the city of Simpsonville for doing the right thing.

Even though this all turned out ok, I am still certain that if I were in the same situation as the mother and observed a crazy fool yelling and pushing my children very bad things would have happened. I would certainly have knocked him upside the head, he would have acted like any good nazi and pulled his gun and one of us would have died that day. You just don't do what he did without consequences. He is lucky he was only fired.

Battle over the past rages on in an evolving South |

CSMonitor"Some observers see a note of irony in the growing suppression of conservative Southern memorials at a time when old Confederate values like militarism, chivalry, gentility, and religiosity are gaining political prominence. It's a lesson, they say, in how a rebellious American region maintains its influence beneath pressure to rescind its mottoes and murals."

The empire needs the spirit, morality, solidness, steadfastness and civility of the South but the South does not need the empire. Much like the British Empire which was said to have been built upon the bones of the Scots so too is the American Empire built on all that is good and noble in the South. It is Southerners that revere the flag of the empire when others deface it. It is Southern son’s that serve in the legions of the empire in proportions far greater than any other people group or region.

It is high time that Southerners relieved themselves of the yoke of an oppressor of 150 years and broke the chains that tie us to every immoral deed of the empire.

Pope John Paul II

"VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope John Paul II was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance for the second time in a month Thursday after suffering fever and congestion from a recurrence of the flu, the Vatican said."

Over the years I have realy taken little notice of the Pope and his activities. Now, as I begin to be interested in his political views it seems he is rapidly approaching the end, again.

Telegraph | News | Pope labels democracy 'godless'

"The Pope published a new book yesterday strongly attacking the 'negative' society of the West, calling it a godless 'anti-Gospel and new totalitarianism' masquerading as democracy."

Like I said earlier the old Pope is on the money...."a new totalitarianism' masquerading as democracy". I simply could not say it any better myself (not that I am comparing my intellectual capabilities to John Paul's-just so I do not offend any Catholics among us).

Democracy is an evil, vile notion dreamed up by men than simply had too much time on their hands. It did not work out so well for the Greeks did it. Who the heck wants to live under the tyranny of the majority when it is a indisputable fact that most people simply do not have the capacity to make rational choices.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

U.N. plans to register every baby born

"The United Nations is supporting a new campaign urging governments around the world to register every newborn child, and it's getting help from South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "

First registration and then what? Taxation, legislation, enslavement? Good grief when will we figure out that the UN is our worst enemy, far worse than any groups of terrorist and even worse than Washington DC itself.

Sure this sounds all touchy feely and nice. After all it is for the children right? If it is important then individual governments should do it. If they fail to do it and it is so important then individual people should force their governments to act.

There is no place in this world for the UN or any of thier plans, programs or ideas.

Police assault Mother with baby and teenagers

"According to parents who witnessed the event, the policeman began shouting at two teenage boys, pushing at least one to the ground. When he went to grab one of the boys, a mother, who at the time was holding another woman's baby, stepped in to stop him, not realizing he was a police officer....
"The plainclothes guy told the woman holding the baby to put him down, that she was going to be arrested," Adams said. "I asked him what he was arresting her for since she hadn't done anything wrong. He told me for assaulting a police officer. I protested that she hadn't known he was a police officer. He told me to shut up or I would be arrested too.

So not only can he arrest a boy for carrying a knife that was not concealed, and charge him with carrying a concealed weapon, not only can he assault a woman holding a baby, then arrest her for assaulting him, but apparently he can arrest people just for arguing with him."

read the entire disgusting thing

This really gets my dander up. As a father I know for certain what I would do if some crazy fool ran up screaming at my children and pushing them to the ground. I know it would not go well, I would do much more than stand between him and my child.

I have been to Simpsonville, SC (the city where this happened) several times. It is a relatively quiet place. There are no gang related incidents to speak of and the crime rate is not out of control. In that part of SC wearing a knife in a sheath on one’s belt is not only common but very legal. Why did this happen?

Why, numerous reasons but mostly to do with our out of control big government mindset that tells our faithful servants that they can do anything as long as it is to protect us.

This goon (the fool that started it all, i.e. the police in street clothes) deserves more than an investigation and paid leave. He needs a beating like your grandma would give you if you forgot how to act around ladies.

Imagine that this lowlife has a gun and a shiny badge that gives him Barney-like powers (Andy Griffin, not purple dinosaur). He just might stop your mother, girlfriend or wife. What if she smarts off to him? Would you like the idea of this goon manhandling your loved one just to protect his fragile ego and reinforce his penile deficient authoritarian complex?

You say I have gone too far…hogwash. This character has done similar things before. You do not suppose he was just having a bad day do you?

Shame on Police Chief Charles Reece for having this monkey on his staff and shame on the city of Simpsonville for not immediately apologizing to the family and all present and firing this fellow poste haste.

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem
El Cid

FortuneCity Hosting

We often make mistakes when looking for the cheapest solution to a problem. This blog is hosted by Fortunecity (it turns out it was not the least expensive but it has proven to be the cheapest).

I would strongly advise anyone seeking a host to avoid this service. For the third time in a year my access to my files and ability to post has been hampered by their meddling. They provide no phone number, answer email request when they feel like it and are generally arbitrary and capricious with my service.

I noticed last Sunday that I could not post. I fired of some email and waited. I searched through all my email to ensure that the company had not already informed me of some problem; nothing. I fired off more email the next day and then again the next.

Finally, I received this:


As outlined in an earlier email we will begin your account migration to our new enhanced service on Sunday, February 20th. Your website and email will function normally during this time. If you have more than one domain name in your account, it is possible that they will not moved at the same time.

Hosting Accounts:

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, however, in order to ensure a successful migration of your website content your account will be locked. This means that you will be unable to make changes to your website from Sunday, February 20th until Saturday, February 26th.

I never received the “earlier email”, this was my first notice that my service would be interrupted for a WEEK!! For this they apologize for the inconvenience!! And to think, I pay these people for a basic service. My mistake, just don’t make the same error yourself.

If you want customer friendly hosting for your blog check out Venompages Hosting. I have had only one period of real downtime and this was a result of poor Kate being without a functioning PC. She is small enough to know you by name and respond to you needs. Also she is blogger friendly and willing to help with advice.

I you really must go with a larger company that promises 24/7 support and all that just shop around and take FortuneCity off your list (I knew better when I purchased my account but that is water under the bridge now).

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem
El Cid

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Pope Calls Gay Marriage Part of 'Ideology of Evil'

"ROME (Reuters) - Homosexual marriages are part of 'a new ideology of evil' that is insidiously threatening society, Pope John Paul says in a new book published Tuesday.
In 'Memory and Identity,' the Pope also calls abortion a 'legal extermination' comparable to attempts to wipe out Jews and other groups in the 20th century."

And old Bill Buckley recently said that "the Pope must die"...seems to me the old fellow still has fire in his britches.

I am Southern Baptist and thus the Pope holds no great sway on me other than being a political figure. As such I have tended not to disagree with him too much.

So why would neo-con Buckley wish for the Pope's death? Could it be he opposed the globe-trotting agenda in Iraq?

Gallup Poll Reveals Reagan Now the People's Choice

"NEW YORK: A new Gallup Poll, released today, finds that Ronald Reagan is now the people's choice for America's greatest president ever. Bill Clinton comes in second.

While this finding may suggest that many Americans favor only recent presidents, it does represent a strong rise for Reagan since his recent passing. The previous Gallup survey on this subject placed Reagan behind co-leaders Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy."

Good grief, if there were ever a stronger justification for more and BETTER history education. Find a president that endured more than George Washington or set a better example for generations to follow. The man no longer even gets his own holiday, and schools teach little about him.

I am amazed how Kennedy, Lincoln, FDR and Clinton would end up on the top of any list other than "biggest mistakes in office". Reagan gets a buy on this poll only because he died recently. Like Reagan if you will but he is no George Washington.

Mark this down as further proof of the short-sightedness and ignorance of the American people.

Criminal News Network?

"The gist of it is that CNN did a story on purchasing a .50 BMG caliber rifle. They used to locate a seller (in Texas) & used a local to purchase the rifle for around $2,500. After the transaction the CNN reporter flew home (Georgia) with he rifle & did some cheap tricks with it (shooting through an aircraft door at 300 yards, etc.) that damn near any centerfire rifle is capable of doing. Just the typical MSM demonization of firearms with the implication that more gun control laws are needed."

Publicola points out more CNN follies

Biblical-giants book soars up charts

"A unique book ("The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse") that purports to explain the past existence of giant beings referred to in the Bible as the Nephilim is skyrocketing up online best-sellers lists, now appearing in the top 10 at "

I am considering reading this. I have always been fascinated by the reference to these things as well as reference to the Book of Enoch. Of course the Book of Enoch is filled with stange tales.

Army Having Difficulty Meeting Goals In Recruiting

"The active-duty Army is in danger of failing to meet its recruiting goals, and is beginning to suffer from manpower strains like those that have dropped the National Guard and Reserves below full strength, according to Army figures and interviews with senior officers . "

I have discussed this looming problem and the numerous reasons why this will occur. This seems less like news and more like a mere statement of fact at this point.

Monday, February 21, 2005

In defence of Thomas Woods

ArklahomBoy: "The Emacipation Proclamation? You mean when Lincoln had a chance to end slavery in the states he actually presided over, but chose not to? Sounds like Mr. Boot's never read Lincoln's First Inaugural... "

ArklahomBoy tackles the task of adding some sanity to the hue and cry against Woods (along with a few others). I have yet to weigh in because I have yet to read the book.

However, Woods is alright in my book up until now and I doubt anything he wrote is likely to change that. In my personal dealings with him (American Secession Project, he is the author of Secessionist Paper No. 10) I found him to be friendly and amicable.

Read this piece called "Secede" by Woods. I agree completely.

A pretty good thrashing of Woods, with a few defenders in the mix, is taking place over at IsThatLegal? among other places.

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem
El Cid

Just a Test

Technorati Profile

Response to Tom

Re: your July 2, 04 entry (on the US lawmakers requesting UN observers for our election)

It's now Nov 25, and Ukraine is on the verge of civil war because their government committed vote fraud. What has supported the people (thousands of all ages standing outside in freezing cold, peacefully demanding a valid election) and brought other countries in on their side (including US) is the outside observers who have reported what they saw. They saw enough fraud on the government side to declare the election tainted, and reasonable people listened.

You call those who want our election observed, traitors? Why, because liberals are just as bad as terrorists? We'd take away your guns, bibles and destroy marriage, right? (Remember Hitler said the bigger the lie, the better?)

So tell me, WHY are you afraid of our voting being observed? The more open and transparent the better, I'd say.

Unless my side was cheating.
Tom | Email | 11.25.04 - 8:34 am |

Tom raises a valid question that I was unable because of time to respond to. I shall attempt to answer him now.

I am certainly not afraid of some other looking into our election process because they may find cheating and/or irregularities. I am in fact certain that they would find such things, on all sides.

My objection is that it is not the place of foreign national, extra-national or international “authorities” to look into, verify or interfere with our political processes. I believe in the rule of law and national sovereignty.

It is The People that are the final judges of what is just and right. It is The People that hold ultimate sovereignty in our system.

You assert that civil war and or discord in the Ukraine is a necessarily bad thing. I would say that when the government itself violates the compact of government it is the right of the people to act in any way necessary to right the wrong.

To concede this authority to foreign nationals in the hope that they may right the wrong and protect the sovereignty of the people is foolish. It is just one more step toward the ultimate loss of freedom.

I only fear the apathy of the people to right the wrongs of government themselves. That is my fear and that is why I believe that US politicians advocating foreign observers checking up on our elections are traitors.

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem
El Cid

Sunday, February 20, 2005

America ruled by 'Men in Black'

"If you've ever wondered why. no matter who holds political power, American society always seems to drift to the left, famed legal scholar Mark Levin has the answer: the black-robed justices of the Supreme Court, subverting democracy in favor of their own liberal agenda. "

seems like a good read..I do however dislike the reference to democracy....this is a Republic for crying out loud. The "cult of democracy" is strong from all sides it appears.

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem
El Cid

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Reading List

Cicero, one of my few readers asked for a reading list that I might recommend if he decided to enter the profession of arms. Obviously over the years I have read much like most everyone else. Here are but a few of the works that have helped form my mind and thoughts (at least my military mind). This are not listed in the order of precedence they ought to be in, just put these plus many more on your list and get to them as you can.

This Kind of War; T.R. Fehrenbach
Good history but more importantly good lessons in why it is important to always look for ways to make the organization better. The section on the Battle of Kunu-ri ought to send chills up the spine of any leader. Undisciplined troops will fail when their technology and logistics no longer supports them. The American Army today is not so very different from those soldiers that went into the valley at Kunu-ri as some may like to believe. Many of our soldiers consider themselves technicians; they are accustomed to comfortable garrison lives. Take away our technological and logistical advantages on any battleground in the world today and discipline will collapse just as it did in the mountains of Korea. Read this book and then you should never again ask why think of subjects like “how can I change the organization”

The Defence of Duffer’s Drift; Swinton
Simple book with a simple story.

The General: Robert L. Bullard and Offership in the United States Army; Allan R Millet
Presents an excellent discussion of the introduction of management science into the military art. Discusses how this materialistic system with quantifiable data makes service less selfless. Bullard was of the opinion that a system dependent upon technology and quantifiable data replaced “manly honor”. His views are not nearly as 19th Century as they may seem at first glance. Much of what is wrong in the military can be attributed to business school thinking. Anyone thinking of entering the military with an eye toward making a difference would do well to understand this.

Attacks; Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
Every American officer should read Rommel. Beyond the fact that he was a tactical genius he teaches us much about being an officer. His trials as a junior officer during WWI teach much about selfless service. His actions upon returning to Germany after North Africa in WWII and discovering the true meaning of nazism is a solid demonstration of doing right no matter the cost. Attacks does not cover his actions against an unjust government but it lays a sound foundation for understanding the man that laid down his life to do what was right later in life.

My Reveries Upon The Art of War; Field Marshall Maurice de Saxe
Saxe understood much of human nature and leading men. He was also a true reformer.

De Re Militari-The Military Institutions of the Romans; Flavius Vegetius Renatus
Western military thought and organization owe much to this work. Vegetius understood much about human nature and organization and discipline of an army. American military officers would do well to understand the history of Rome and her legions. The similarities between the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Empire with legions thrown about the world enforcing Roman peace is striking when compared to the events of the last half-century. Reading the institutions one can see many similarities between the Roman soldier and the American soldier. The principles that Vegetius advocated for change and transformation in the Roman Army apply to the American Army. One point to be remembered; Vegetius’ recommendations were not heeded and Rome eventually collapsed.

Starship Troopers, Robert A. Hienlen
Yes this is a novel, a silly one of sorts but there are a couple very good points, particularly reference officer NCO relations. Read this when you do not have time for heavy thinking.

I Rode With Stonewall, Henry Kyd Douglas
Another view into a great man of God and a tactical genius.

Company Commander, Charles B. MacDonald
Company command is the greatest priviledge and challenge a man can aspire to. This book nails it.

Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller
Amazing story of a guy that would not quit

The Fall of the Roman Empire: The Military Explanation. Ferrill, Arther
Discusses the collapse of the Roman Empire as a result of its military decay.

The Challenge of Command, Nye, Roger H
A must read

These are but a few. Of course you have to read the trendy tomes such as Sun Tzu (good read but overrated). Pick also sever biographies. Everyone goes for the biographies of great men, and you should read about Lee, Jackson, Washington etc. Also read about the men around them and about ordinary men. As I mentioned above Rommel is one of my favorites for numerous reasons, not only was he a great battlefield leader he had the moral courage to risk everything to end a bad regime.

Hope this helps you and maybe someone else along the way

HR 418- A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform

HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: "I rise in strong opposition to HR 418, the REAL ID Act. This bill purports to make us safer from terrorists who may sneak into the United States, and from other illegal immigrants. While I agree that these issues are of vital importance, this bill will do very little to make us more secure. It will not address our real vulnerabilities. It will, however, make us much less free. In reality, this bill is a Trojan horse. It pretends to offer desperately needed border control in order to stampede Americans into sacrificing what is uniquely American: our constitutionally protected liberty."

"papers please" the nice goose-stepping gestapo asks with a toothy grin

One more brick added to the house of tyranny