April 20, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Aftermath


Fox News: 2nd Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect in Custody
CNN: Boston Police Announce Marathon Bombing Suspect Captured

Soon pundits and commentators everywhere will be analyzing, diagnosing, and offering opinions on this past week's events in Boston. It began with the bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday, a barrage of news reports from Tuesday to Thursday followed by the release of two grainy photographs just before suppertime Thursday evening. A few hours later two young men used a stolen ATM card to withdraw money from an ATM at a Seven Eleven. Then they shot a MIT Campus Police Officer and carjacked an SUV only to find themselves in a massive running firefight through the streets of Cambridge that killed one of the young men and left the other a fugitive. To "insure public safety" and aid their search for the fugitive, local government ordered citizens throughout the Boston Metro Area to remain locked in their homes, except when police came by in which case they were expected to throw open their doors and welcome officers inside for unconstitutional house to house searches. Citizens and taxpayers were forbidden from traveling in the streets, all public transportation was shut down, no one was allowed to go to work and companies were ordered to remain closed. Terror reigned throughout the Boston Metro Area as people cowered inside their homes with over nine thousand law enforcement officers and national guard troops prowling the streets in full tactical gear and a variety of light armor vehicles.

Let me be perfectly clear: there is no excuse for the violent terrorism of Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev. None. Tamerlan is now dead and Dzhokar is in custody. If Dzhokar survives his wounds, he will face trial in accordance with American criminal law. This is a good thing. Law enforcement learned who the two bombers were in record time and within five days of the Boston Marathon bombing the entire episode had ended. All that is left now is to bury the dead, nurture the wounded back to health, and repair the damage done by bombs and bullets. This was a horrible and unnecessary episode of extreme violence and will go down in history as one of the worst terror attacks on American soil to date. However, I cannot see this week as anything except a tactical victory for terrorists around the world who hold America up as "the Great Satan" of the modern age. Yes, you read that right: to my way of thinking this was a tactical victory for the terrorists. Pundits and politicians high and low will go out of their way to spin this as a victory for us, but it is not. The American system lost in this confrontation and lost badly. We got our patriotic asses kicked by two young men equipped with small arms and homemade bombs.

Consider, for example, casualty figures. On our side four people died (three in the marathon bombing plus the MIT Campus Police officer ambushed on Thursday night) and nearly two hundred were wounded. On their side there is one dead and one wounded. In terms of material loss, on our side there are several storefronts that will need replacing, several vehicles that will need either repair or replacement, bomb damage to roads, and thousands of bullet holes in dozens of locations. Material loss on their side: nothing. It will take days, perhaps weeks, to calculate the economic damage suffered by both the Boston Metro Area and America as a whole. I don't know what that number will be, but I am certain it will be tens of billions and possibly hundreds of billions of dollars. Economic damage on their side: some small arms and a minor amount of bomb making material. Beyond all this, there is a huge precedent that has been set that no one in government or media seems able to face: an entire American city was shut down and brought to its knees by two young men equipped with small arms and homemade bombs! For almost twenty-four hours the constitution was suspended and millions of people were imprisoned in their homes. Without any kind of legislative action or judicial review local government was able to impose strict martial law. From late Thursday night to early Friday evening, Boston was under a complete military dictatorship backed by over nine thousand law enforcement agents and billions of dollars in high-tech military hardware. Boston, the birthplace of the revolution and a city that still bills itself as the heart of American liberty, was held captive by a police state imposed with no discussion, no debate, and not a single vote.

I will not claim this was a "false flag" event. Nonetheless, it is perfectly obvious to me that this act of terrorism and the resulting firefight allowed our government to conduct a real-time, live action drill aimed at proving and perfecting their ability to impose martial law with no warning and no civilian right of either refusal or rebuttal. Instead of a simple dry run, the bombing and firefight gave them a real-time training exercise of immense proportions and incredible potential. This is unbelievable! Lessons learned in Boston this week will be applied to scenarios and wargames at all levels of government. Now the government knows for an absolute fact that given the right impetus and good cooperation from our complicit media, they can impose martial law and no one will object, at least not for the first twenty-four hours. Should our government find an appropriate excuse, they now know exactly what steps to take to convince American people of every sub-culture and economic strata to accept complete and total government control over their lives with no objection whatsoever.

This has been both a strategic victory for those people in government who dream of total control and a tactical victory for terrorists and terrorist wannabes of all stripes who dream of paralyzing our nation and destroying our way of life. We did not lose this round because the Tsarnaev brothers were terror masterminds. Quite the opposite, actually. We lost this round because despite their bumbling, amateurish actions they succeeded where Al Qeada had failed: they shut down an entire American metropolis with minimal investment and minimal loss of material and manpower.

I guarantee you this one thing: America's enemies both foreign and domestic spent this week watching and learning! The only question that remains is not "if" they will apply this lesson but "when" they will apply it because I can also guarantee you that sooner or later they will apply what they have learned.

You had best start preparing now.



April 17, 2013

Man in Texas Confronted by Police



Everyone in this video is wrong. There was no legal reason for the police to stop this man and his son during their hike. They were in an area where dangerous wild animals are a very real threat that needs to be taken into account. Some people carry bear repellent, he chose to carry a rifle and a handgun. However, the use of a tactical harness to carry his AR-15 clone in front of his chest is an extreme choice. He has the right to carry his rifle any way he likes, including a front mount tactical harness, but that does not make it a smart choice. There is no chance of his being ambushed by an overly aggressive cougar or a pack of demonic wild hogs. He would have more than enough time to draw a pistol or bring to his shoulder a rifle on a traditional sling. By the same token, it is equally foolish of people who see him walking along a hiking trail with his son to assume he has some kind of diabolic intent and phone 911 in a panic. There was no grounds for the police to confiscate his rifle. The use of a front mount tactical harness does not constitute a threat to either the public safety or the safety of police officers who stop him to ascertain his intent. It does, however, make the rifle difficult to remove when a police officer asks to inspect it.

In short, he should not have been surprised when police showed up asking to inspect his weapon. By the same token, the police should not have been surprised when he was reluctant to turn it over to them. Everyone did everything wrong and it is a miracle this incident came to a conclusion without shots being fired and someone being killed.



April 09, 2013

Firearm Confiscations Have Begun in NY and Connecticut


I don't pay much attention to InfoWars these days. Over the past three years I've depended more on the NRA-ILA for news about firearms related legislation and events. The NRA is more focused and generally more current. However, I do have many people on my Facebook friends list who are avid Infowars fans and they regularly post videos and snippets. Some of them I look into further and some of them I ignore. This one was posted this morning and the title immediately caught my eye.

The thing that worries me most about the video above is that Alex Jones is not screaming and yelling. Instead of his usual ranting and raving, he is calmly reciting a long list of facts. Towards the end he does get a bit rambunctious, but most of the video is delivered in a tone of dead seriousness. Now that worries me. His body language and verbal tone imply that this time he himself is genuinely frightened by what he is reporting. Very odd, but normally I would shrug it off and go onto something else. The problem that arises is that today's "something else" turned out to be an even more worrisome video.

The man who created that video thought he was being funny. He went out to a public space with both a ludicrous petition and an obviously insane way of presenting it. Apparently he starts off promising that anyone who signs the petition will be entered into a drawing for an XBox. Then he explains the petition is to ask Congress to repeal the Second Amendment. Stepping further into a parody of liberal punditry, he states, "those white gun-owners don't need their guns anyway." For the icing on the cake, he tells every potential signer directly, "this will allow all guns to be confiscated from law-abiding citizens so that only criminals and the police will have access to guns, especially the criminals."

There have been some truly insane things over the past few years, but that one takes the cake. People are told this petition will help insure that only criminals have guns and still they sign. For me, that is truly horrifying. People are effectively, consciously making a decision take guns away from law-abiding gun owners trained in safety and self-defense and then give those guns to criminals dedicated to violence and by doing this, they honestly believe they will reduce the violence in society.

By the time I'd watched those two videos I was in such a deep state of shock and disbelief that I passed up the next few posts related to gun control. I did not want to accept the reality that my fears for the future of my country are not just my imagination. It is too hard sometimes to genuinely accept that there truly are people in America who believe that by giving firearms to the most violent people in society while taking them away from the sanest, most productive members of society they will somehow magically improve society. They really do believe this. For them, this is real. I am appalled. I knew things were bad but I had no idea just how bad they were. Ordinary, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens are more afraid of their gun-owning neighbors than they are of violent career criminals. That's insane!

Eventually, I did go back over the posts I'd skipped. Turns out to be a good thing, too. I almost missed a blog post that supports the Infowars video because it provides a completely independent report on a completely separate instance of the exact same thing happening in New York as happened in Connecticut.

Ammoland.com: NY Gun Confiscation Has Begun

So both New York and Connecticut have launched gun confiscation campaigns, not even "buy backs", actual firearms confiscations from law-abiding, non-violent citizens. Both states have local Veteran's Administration officials working together with their State Pistol Licensing Bureaus to confiscate without reimbursement every registered gun they can find an excuse for collecting no matter how slim the legal justification. Now, suddenly, the events of a week ago make perfect sense.

Townhall: 8 year-old nabbed on felony BB gun charges
The Blaze: NY Dad's Pistol License Revoked Over 10 year-old Son's Comments at School

This many incidents in less than five days marks a definite trend on behalf of individual government autocrats to impose their preconceived ideas of right and wrong on law-abiding, non-violent citizens. It turns out that Alex Jones is absolutely correct. In the shadows and hallways of obscure government bureaucracies the word has gone out to confiscate from law-abiding, taxpaying citizens every firearm they can find the shallowest, most obscure legal grounds to confiscate regardless of whether or not those firearms have any potential of being used in a violent confrontation.

So when President Obama makes yet another speech demanding that the Republican Party give him the legal tools necessary to impose the provisions of a United Nations Treaty without even being honest enough to reference that treaty, that speech is suddenly much more than just another political harangue against his opponents. It appears there truly is a sinister campaign on behalf of this administration and its supporters to consolidate their hold over our nation and remove the means necessary to oppose them from the people most likely to do so. Alex Jones is right. The final move to consolidate control and destroy the opposition has begun. President Barrack Obama has become the American version of Premier Adolf Hitler. We all know how that episode ended.

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